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How useful are at-home DNA tests?


The Scoop

Why are there so few kinds of cutlery?

The Real Holy War

Is the West kidding itself about Islam's intentions?

Freest Speech

Which country has the most generous free-speech protections?
Just wondering which country has the loosest free-speech laws.

Got Gas?

What's with the weird fluctuations in gas prices?
Why are increases in gas prices often so abrupt and large, while decreases are small and incremental?

Caffeinated History

Who first figured out how to make coffee?
>Coffee: let's grow this plant, pick the berries, take the seeds out, roast and then grind the beans, pour hot water through the grounds, and throw the beans away.

Otherworldly Life

Scientists prove ball lightning exists! Can UFOs be next?
Years ago you wrote that, despite extensive research, scientists were skeptical that ball lightning really existed.

Forget Neutrality

What's the worst outcome in the net-neutrality debate?
>There seem to be two major concerns with a lack of net neutrality.

Dirty Minded?

Do men really think about sex every six seconds?
I was wondering if you could settle a dispute I'm having with a charming young lady.

Star SEALs

Are the Navy SEALs really so special?
Why are Navy SEALs currently the "it" special forces?

Cosmic Will

Does quantum mechanics prove the universe is conscious?
Of course not. However, you bring up an interesting line of speculation.

Death Rap

How have most human beings died throughout history?
Historically, what has been the leading cause of death for humans?

The First Loaf

How did bread get invented?
No other question bothers me as much as this one: How did bread come about?


How soon can we expect driverless cars?
People talk as if self-driving cars are only a few years away.


What did the West do to provoke Islamic hostility?
One argument I hear about why Islamist terrorists commit their acts is because the West interfered in their countries.

Holy Patriarchy

Did God have a wife, and if so where'd she go?
>I saw a British documentary that stated that God—the Jewish, Christian and Muslim God, that is—used to have a female companion, but then male dominance made it impossible to imagine such a powerful female being, and goddesses were no longer worshipped.

Take the Heat

How bad is the warming world going to get?
So, the world is warming. How bad can we expect things to get?

Agent Orange

How harmful was Agent Orange, anyway?
Was there ever any determination as to the dangerousness of Agent Orange?


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