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The Straight Dope

Kiss & Tell

Young people really all that promiscuous?

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Jul 2,2012 - In a recent debate about monogamy, I observed that college students, and young people in general, tended to be more promiscuous early in life and settled down later.

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E.T. See TV

Are aliens watching our shows?

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Jun 25,2012 - ETV programs about space exploration and the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI) often say our broadcast signals are traveling into space and will someday be seen by intelligent beings many light years

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Listen Up!

Why the loud TV commercials?

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Jun 4,2012 - Just when I get the TV volume adjusted to the optimum level, a commercial comes on and rattles the house like a sonic boom. Who’s the Einstein who decided I should listen to commercials at a level loud enough to rupture my eardrums? —Rick Gray

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Tall Tales

Was Jesus a copycat?

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // May 28,2012 - I first heard the claim that Jesus was a copycat of the Egyptian god Horus when I watched the so-called documentary Religulous.

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The End Is Nigh

What's the most likely to happen?

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // May 21,2012 - I’d like your opinion on which is most likely in our lifetime: 1. The sun explodes. 2. Earth shatters, like that planet in the asteroid belt. 3. We get the Big Rip, where everything dissolves as Shakespeare predicted

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... Like a Bee

What's the worst sting?

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // May 14,2012 - I was reading on Cracked.com about the tarantula hawk, a giant wasp that hunts tarantulas and has one of the most painful stings on Earth.

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Sneeze to Survive

What use do allergies serve?

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // May 8,2012 - Many studies indicate spending time on a farm during childhood reduces the likelihood of allergies, especially hanging around farm animals and stables.

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Huge Danger

How much energy is wasted on fatties?

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Apr 30,2012 - Recently someone asked about the amount of energy Americans are storing in body fat. A more pertinent question is how much energy is wasted hauling that fat around.

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Reefer Fear

Is pot stronger these days?

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Apr 23,2012 - Is pot stronger these days? Some folks state as fact that parents should realize, “Pot these days is stronger than when they smoked.” Are you aware of any evidence for this?

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A Time to Kill

Daylight Saving Time vs. raccoons

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Apr 16,2012 - On my drive into work today, the first workday back since the Daylight Saving Time spring forward, I noticed a stark increase in road kill, specifically raccoons. Has anyone else noticed this?
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