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The Straight Dope

Hairy Truth

Why is the human race relatively hairless?

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Dec 3,2012 - Assuming evolution didn’t anticipate the invention of clothing, why is the human race relatively hairless? What hair we have provides minimal protection against the elements.

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Man vs. Man

Wars won with a single sword fight?

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Nov 26,2012 - I’m currently reading Polybius’ Rise of the Roman Empire and stumbled on a quote that begs for elaboration. In book VI, Polybius offhandedly remarks, “Many Romans have volunteered to engage in single combat so as to decide a

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Over the Moon

How much is the moon worth?

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Nov 19,2012 - Has anybody tried to assign a monetary value to the moon? If so, did they only take the mineral value into account, or did they include the many services the moon provides, such as the tides and enough light not to walk into signposts at night?

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We're All Fracked

What's the current thinking on peak oil?

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Nov 12,2012 - What’s the current thinking on peak oil? Your column six years ago led me to think the petroleum tap was running dry and we’d soon be trading in our cars for bikes and roller skates.

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Work Together

Women better multitaskers than men?

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Nov 5,2012 - All the women I know take it as gospel that females are better multitaskers, implying they get more done than men. In my experience working with women, they’re at best only equally productive as the guys.

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Bad Blood

Vampires susceptible to blood-borne diseases?

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Oct 29,2012 - I need to know: Are vampires susceptible to blood-borne diseases? Especially STDs such as AIDS or herpes? I’m considering a transition in lifestyle and have narrowed it down to vampire or pirate. So will my poison be blood or rum? —Daniel Lancaster

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Mr. Fix-It

Could Obama freeze gas prices?

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Oct 22,2012 - My wonderful father, born in 1939, insists high gas prices are the only reason the economy is in the tank (no pun intended). He constantly tells me Richard Nixon was able to stave off economic hardship for our country because he froze gas prices during his presidency,

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Up a Tree

Why's a 2x4 not two by four?

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Oct 15,2012 - The difference between nominal and true size was known as "scant" allowance.

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God Save Us

Can you claim sanctuary in a church?

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Oct 9,2012 - The nuns in Catholic school taught us there was such a thing as sanctuary—the police cannot arrest a suspect in a church. Does this concept have a basis in law, or is it just a social custom that can be discarded on a whim?

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Cold as Ice

How to freeze out the sun?

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Sep 24,2012 - I am five, and have been wondering about this for almost half my life now: How many ice cubes would it take to put out the sun? My mum found your website and thought you must know the answer, since you know everything. —Rei Mordue
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