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The Straight Dope

Target Demographic

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Jul 8,2009 - I recently read a speech by Noam Chomsky in which he says that during the Vietnam War "soldiers were fragging officers."

The Straight Dope

Lunar Lessons

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Jul 1,2009 - Jared Diamond claims, "When NASA wanted to find some place on Earth resembling the surface of the Moon, so that our astronauts preparing for the first moon landing could practice in an environment similar to what they would encounter..."

The Straight Dope

Karate Kid

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Jun 24,2009 - My son just finished a three-month karate class. Last night, he asked me if karate really would help someone defeat a larger, stronger opponent. I told him I honestly never had heard of anyone using any martial art to win a fight...

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Crash & Cash

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Jun 17,2009 - Tales of people making out like bandits just before or during the 1929 stock market crash are relatively rare, possibly because the fortunate few kept it to themselves, given the mood of the times...

The Straight Dope

NASA Patents & Emissions Math

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Jun 10,2009 - Will this silly story never die? I've mentioned previously that NASA didn't invent Teflon, Velcro, or Tang; we therefore deduce that it can't be making money on the patents.

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Moving Day

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Jun 3,2009 - With the dearth of good real estate on Earth, I've been considering alternatives. One obvious candidate is Mars. However, in its current orbit, it's too nippy and the air is too thin to satisfy anyone except Sherpas.

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Supporting Arguments

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // May 27,2009 - Do bras keep breasts from sagging as you get older? I’ve heard reports that they do nothing at all. —Curious

The Straight Dope

Bubble Overdose

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // May 20,2009 - What's the deal with air in your bloodstream being lethal? Is this true? I have to assume it is; presumably it's the reason for tapping on a syringe to get the air out of it. But if so, how does it stop your heart?

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Death by Taser

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // May 13,2009 - News a little slow getting up to Calgary, Dugie? Lots of people have died after being Tasered—which is not to say they were necessarily Tasered to death ...

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Pit Bulls: Threat or Menace?

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // May 6,2009 - I keep hearing pit bull owners claim their dogs are no more dangerous than any other medium-size to large dog. It's just bad press, they say.
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