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Bad Vibrations

I use my motorbike daily to get around. Last week, my mom said the vibrations from the tank could damage my sperm. Is there any truth to this?

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Apr 22,2013 - Nonetheless, your mother may not be too far off base. Motorcycle exhaust greatly reduces sperm count...

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Falling Objects

Have there been any confirmed deaths by falling pianos? How about anvils?

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Apr 15,2013 - Have there been any confirmed deaths by falling pianos? How about anvils? —Stephen, Acme Industrial Products

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High Pressure

What's the deal with corporate heels?

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Apr 8,2013 - When I worked in the corporate world, I had to wear mid- or high-heeled shoes. But now that I’ve changed jobs I get to wear flats, and in retrospect I don’t know how I ever put up with the discomfort of wearing heels every day.

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Risky Business

Have corporations ever killed people?

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Apr 1,2013 - If Hollywood has taught me anything, it’s that working for a multinational corporation (or investigating one as a journalist) carries the risk you’ll uncover damning information revealing a vast criminal conspiracy,

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Braaaaaains!

What’s the deal with the zombie apocalypse?

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Mar 25,2013 - What’s the deal with the so-called zombie apocalypse? It’s all over the Web, in movies and on television, and there are even books about how to survive when the shambling hordes come for you. Did I miss something? —Anonymous

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Crime Facts

Where's the reliable information?

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Mar 18,2013 - The Sandusky horror is just the latest in a seemingly endless stream of pedophile scandals. Is there any reliable information on the incidence of these kinds of crimes? —Stan Kaplan

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The Perfect Storm

Are hurricanes getting worse?

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Mar 11,2013 - Whenever there’s a really bad storm, environmentalists on the left and apocalypse enthusiasts on the right act as though it’s self-evident that hurricanes and other storms are becoming more frequent and intense. Environmentalists cite global warming, while apocalypse enthusiasts blame sinners for incurring God’s wrath. But I never see any statistics showing the hurricane situation is actually, quantifiably getting worse. Does anyone have solid facts on this? Are there more (and worse) hurricanes than in the past? —Geoffrey Card

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Itchy & Scratchy

What's the purpose of itching?

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Mar 4,2013 - As bodily defense mechanisms go, pain makes sense: Put your hand on a hot stove and your body screams “Get out of here!” But what’s the purpose of itching? Chicken pox, mosquito bites, hemorrhoids and rashes

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Head Games

Do pads & helmets cause more injuries?

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Feb 25,2013 - A rugby player friend of mine says one reason for the serious injuries in American football is pads and helmets. He says players can hit harder because of protective equipment and do so knowing they will suffer less injury

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Like a Virgin

Throwing women into volcanos?

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Feb 18,2013 - My query concerns the common conception of primitive cultures sacrificing virgins by throwing them into the maw of an active volcano. Many people seem to think this actually happened, but I can’t find even one reliable report
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