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The Straight Dope

Hole Theory

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Dec 2,2009 - I just read your 1981 column on what would happen if the Earth were swallowed by a black hole...

The Straight Dope

Racing Wind

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Nov 25,2009 - The America's Cup, for those whose taste in sports runs more to bowling, is the most prestigious prize in sailing.

The Straight Dope

Border Lines

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Nov 18,2009 - How is it that, in places without natural features such as a river or mountain range to mark a border, U.S. states could establish a nice, even line over hundreds of miles before GPS?

The Straight Dope

Does the Camera Really Add 10 Pounds?

Plus: Is there any nutritional value in eating corn?

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Nov 11,2009 - I’ve often heard people say “the camera adds 10 pounds” when they’re photographed. Is that just an excuse or is there any truth to it?

The Straight Dope

Angry Men

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Nov 4,2009 - You know, there was a time, back when Cadillacs had fins and people sang along to Burma-Shave commercials...

The Straight Dope

Cheap Drugs

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Oct 28,2009 - When I buy over-the-counter pharmaceuticals from our local drug store, I always buy the house brand...

The Straight Dope

Brain Freeze

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Oct 21,2009 - What's the deal with getting a song stuck in your head? Why does it happen, especially if it's a song you don't like or don't even know well? Yet all you can think about is that stupid tune.

The Straight Dope

Private Posts

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Oct 14,2009 - Years ago you were asked whether it was legal to publish a letter someone had sent you. You said the author's permission was needed. Now that it's 2009...

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Pooch Patrols

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Oct 7,2009 - I play poker with this guy on a fairly regular basis at the casino. He's got this medical alert dog he brings with him everywhere. Apparently the dog will warn him 20 minutes prior...

The Straight Dope

Trash Talk

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Sep 30,2009 - Some years ago I read about a slightly loony "garbologist" who liked to go through people's trash, including that of one person in particular--Mr. Robert Zimmerman of Woodstock, New York, aka Bob Dylan...
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