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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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Not Your Type

Can you eat right for your blood type?

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Sep 9,2013 - Some of my associates at work are talking about adjusting their diets based on their blood type. I was shown articles out of The Eat Right for Your Type Complete Blood Type Encyclopedia, but to me it seems like

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Cheap Tricks

Are prostitute rates stable?

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Sep 2,2013 - I once heard someone—it may have been my father—claim the price for a prostitute has remained relatively stable throughout the ages. Has it, relative to the price of, say, bread, games, household utensils, etc.?

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Lint Trap

Could one knit a sweater from human navel lint?

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Aug 26,2013 - Could one knit a sweater from human navel lint? —Craig Charles, Dallas

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Wild Thing

Is there a beast in the ocean?

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Aug 19,2013 - I’ve heard rumors about gargantuan animals living in the deepest parts of the sea that we haven’t been able to explore properly yet. One such tale was of deep rumbling sounds that could come from the belly of an enormous beast.

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Cash Flop

Bitcoin: The currency of the future?

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Aug 12,2013 - Recently, you mentioned bitcoin as being a popular medium of exchange in the deep, dark Web. A couple of friends have tried to get me to invest in bitcoin because it’s supposedly the “currency of the future.” What’s the deal?

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Dead End

Anyone killed by bad GPS directions?

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Aug 5,2013 - Are there any figures for people seriously injured or even killed by bad GPS directions? I’m not talking about distracted drivers, but rather schlubs that followed GPS instructions off a cliff or something.

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Pretty Power

Does winning the Miss America title give the ladies a start on financial success?

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Jul 29,2013 - Does winning the Miss America title give the ladies a start on financial success? Or is it just something to list as an extracurricular, like a guy being an Eagle Scout?

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Speed Demon

Why can't I buy an automobile with a jet engine in it?

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Jul 22,2013 - Why can’t I buy an automobile with a jet engine in it?

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Space Slam

What about meteors hitting the moon?

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Jul 16,2013 - I’m curious about the effect of a sizable (say, one kilometer) meteorite striking the moon. Assuming it hit the side facing us, would we be able to see the impact or the aftermath (plumes of dust) with the naked eye? —Kirk Andersen, Kyoto
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