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The Straight Dope

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By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Sep 23,2009 - I love to go to the steam room (or if there isn't one, the sauna) after a workout. But I've always wondered: Do they really help? Or rather: I sweat a lot in the steam room...

The Straight Dope

Ash Forward

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Sep 16,2009 - I'm sure you're familiar with the tale of Clarence Darrow hiding a wire in his cigar to keep the ash...

The Straight Dope

Vital Signs

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Sep 9,2009 - Do earlobe creases really indicate you may have coronary heart disease?

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Skeeters & Secreters

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Sep 2,2009 - Do mosquitoes favor certain blood types over others? I have noticed while out working that mosquitoes love me, while my brother never gets bit. Why is my blood so tasty?

The Straight Dope

Veggie Trouble

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Aug 26,2009 - I've noticed a lot of my neighbors have built elevated gardening beds in their yards using wood that's marked as treated with arsenic. Will the arsenic get ...

The Straight Dope

Euronukes?

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Aug 19,2009 - Are there really bus-size nuclear reactors all over Europe (especially in France), that can safely power small towns? If so, why don’t we have them?

The Straight Dope

A New Wrinkle

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Aug 12,2009 - I'm a hard-working attorney with minimal personal time who enjoys the efficiency that no-iron shirts afford. However, I heard a potentially disturbing statement...

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Get the Drift?

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Aug 5,2009 - I've seen pictures of Pangaea, the giant landmass that eventually separated into the continents we know today...

The Straight Dope

Squeezing Diamonds

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Jul 29,2009 - You realize, Marcus, we're talking about what 1. a fictional character of virtually unlimited powers (barring kryptonite-related issues) could, 2. if real, be 3. theoretically but 4. realistically expected to do.

The Straight Dope

Y2K Waste

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Jul 22,2009 - What's the final word about Y2K? We were told this was a serious problem, and that huge dollars and man-hours were needed to head off trouble. Why didn't the sky fall, as predicted? Were the dollars spent before Jan. 1, 2000...
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