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The Straight Dope

Down & Dirty

Cunnilingus = world of woe?

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Jul 1,2013 - I have noticed a high positive correlation between muff diving and a sore throat. Within a few hours I develop throat pain and sometimes, like now, a full-blown flu.

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Run the World

Could the energy expended in gyms be harnessed?

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Jun 24,2013 - After working out recently, I was gloating about how hard I’d pushed myself and that I “bullied some iron.” That got me thinking: Could the energy expended in gyms be harnessed?

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I'll Fly Away

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Jun 17,2013 - Balsa-wood-and-tissue-paper airplanes powered by houseflies.

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Up in Smoke

Are e-cigs noncarcinogenic?

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Jun 10,2013 - In a staff report on your site about whether nonsmoking actors use fake cigarettes when playing a part, the writer said there’s no such thing as noncarcinogenic smoke, implying smoke is the primary danger.

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Rule the World

Secret societies: Beat 'em or join 'em?

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Jun 3,2013 - The Straight Dope columns I find particularly interesting are the ones about secret societies: the Illuminati, the Bilderbergs, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Trilateral Commission, the Masons, etc.

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Make a Killing

How's the whacking business?

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // May 27,2013 - I’ve always wondered—has anyone tried to estimate how many people are getting whacked each year, and how much are people paying for it to be done? I’m currently employed, but it’s always nice to keep your options open.

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Packing Heat

Is that a gun in your pants?

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // May 20,2013 - In TV shows and movies, we often see someone shoot a revolver and then immediately place it inside the front waistband of their pants. Wouldn’t they get burned in a very sensitive place from the extremely hot barrel?

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Death From Above

Beware of falling pianos

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // May 13,2013 - “A young man named George Snyder was instantly killed at Grand Rapids Monday. He was employed at Chase Bros’ [sic] piano manufactory, and as he was passing out of the factory on his way to dinner, a piano which was suspended

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Time to Get Ill

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // May 6,2013 - Everyone hops into a time machine with a madman at the controls

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Bored to Death

Is there an explaination for boredom?

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Apr 29,2013 - Is there a scientific explanation for the phenomenon of boredom? Can you be bored to death?
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