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Ask a Mexican

By Gustavo Arellano
POSTED // Sep 19,2007 - Dear Readers: I asked half-breeds a couple of weeks ago to write in with nicknames that describe their mixed Mexican heritage. Many, muchos responses continue to trickle in—gracias for the submissions. Following is a handy glossary that ustedes...

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The Straight Dope: Word Up?

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Sep 5,2007 - A speaker at a recent school board meeting claimed the vocabulary of the average American grade school student was 25,000 words in 1945 and about 10,000 today. This is pretty disturbing if true. What do you think?  —Dave Evans, Bellingham,...

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Newsquirks

By Roland Sweet
POSTED // Sep 5,2007 - Curses, Foiled Again William Bates, 19, was arrested for robbing a gas station in Victorville, Calif., after he called the authorities to report the crime, claiming to be a witness but arousing suspicion. He subsequently pleaded guilty to assault and...

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Ask a Mexican

By Gustavo Arellano
POSTED // Sep 5,2007 - Dear Mexican: A new line of Speedy Gonzalez clothing came out earlier this year. As a black vendor in a predominantly Mexican market, I immediately thought about selling some of these items. I am 35 and, although I remember the cartoon coming on when...

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Free Will Astrology

By Rob Brezsny
POSTED // Sep 5,2007 - ARIES (March 21-April 19) A few years ago, the Cambodian government decided that the country’s karaoke bars had become hotbeds of vice. To suppress their evil influence, the prime minister called out the army’s bulldozers and demolished them....

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Newsquirks

By Roland Sweet
POSTED // Aug 29,2007 - Curses, Foiled Again Two teenage girls broke into a tattoo parlor in Fairfield, Maine, and tried to avoid setting off the alarm by using hairspray so they could see the alarm beam. “They said they saw it on TV,” Deputy Police Chief Steve Trahan...

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Ask a Mexican

By Gustavo Arellano
POSTED // Aug 29,2007 - Dear Mexican: Do you agree with immigration rights activists calling Elvira Arellano, who is an illegal immigrant and a criminal I might add, the Mexican Rosa Parks? The very idea that these people refer to her as such is deeply disturbing. Rosa Parks...

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The Straight Dope: Drugs on Tap

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Aug 29,2007 - I’ve learned a few things working with chemotherapy agents in research, such as the vast majority kill cancer cells by the same mechanisms that cause the cancer in the first place. In the lab, we use very small amounts and are very careful about...

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Free Will Astrology

By Rob Brezsny
POSTED // Aug 29,2007 - ARIES (March 21-April 19) “Here’s how you can tell if you have a bad psychotherapist or counselor,” says my friend Laura. “She or he buys into all your BS, never questions your delusions and builds your self-esteem even if that...

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Newsquirks

By Roland Sweet
POSTED // Aug 22,2007 - The Joy of Housecleaning Joanne Drysdale, a 49-year-old mother of three, has invented a sex toy that connects to a vacuum cleaner and gives multiple, back-to-back orgasms lasting up to a minute each—all without ever touching the skin. She said her...
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