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The Straight Dope

Milking It

Has anyone ever made cheese out of human breast milk?

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Nov 18,2013 - Has anyone ever made cheese out of human breast milk? I live in southern Italy, where they make cheese out of everything else. Additionally, has there ever been a culture that thought of breast milk

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Urine Trouble

Are serial killers bed-wetters?

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Nov 11,2013 - I’ve always heard that a notable number of serial killers were bed-wetters. I could never figure out what correlation there could be in any outside-of-TV-land reasoning, besides maybe crazy parents having more ammo for

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What the Frack?

Wh's right in the fracking debate?

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Nov 4,2013 - What’s the Straight Dope on fracking? People on the left say it poisons everything for miles around and can’t be done safely. People on the right say it allows access to cheap domestic fuel and can reduce or even eliminate

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Man's World

Where are the Sci-Fi life forms?

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Oct 28,2013 - In sci-fi stories, alien planets often have multiple species of indigenous intelligent life forms, whereas Earth has only one species that is much more advanced than others.

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Jail Cake

How did the joke about sending a prisoner a cake with a file baked inside it originate?

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Oct 21,2013 - How did the joke about sending a prisoner a cake with a file baked inside it originate? Did people ever actually try this, or was there a particular movie or book it occurred in?

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Bottoms Up

Why can't alcoholics learn to drink in moderation?

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Oct 14,2013 - I have a dear friend who’s an alcoholic. When he came out of treatment, I told him I couldn’t see why he wasn’t able to condition himself to have, say, a single glass of beer and stop at that.

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Om, Whatever

Can "Enlightenment" be measured?

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Oct 7,2013 - I’m curious if science has made any inquiries into enlightenment via meditation, including Zen Buddhism and similar methods. If you strip out all of the mythological and moral aspects of it, Zen is little more than

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Wake & Work

Early-to-bed-early-to-rise noticeably healthier, wealthier or wiser?

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Sep 30,2013 - Until recently, television viewers were at the whim of network executives when it came to scheduling—most had to stay up until 11 p.m. to catch the full slate of prime-time programming.

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Sex Games

Is the Olympic Village really a raunchy sex den?

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Sep 23,2013 - I read recently that 150,000 condoms were distributed to the Olympic athletes in London’s 2012 games, which seems excessive by any standard. Is the Olympic Village really the raunchy sex den its condom consumption suggests?

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Lost World

What if dinosaurs still roamed the earth?

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Sep 16,2013 - If there had never been a dinosaur extinction due to a meteor strike, would human life have evolved into what it is today? Clearly, the meteor that struck Earth had an enormous impact and changed the course of evolution,
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