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The Straight Dope Tells All (The Straight Dope)

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It's true! For the past twenty-five years, in his books and weekly newspaper column, world-history genius Cecil Adams has been patiently explaining to the Teeming Millions how the world works. He answered questions such as how do porcupines mate, what exactly does Barney Rubble do for a living, and where is Einstein'
Paperback, 288 pages
Published February 24th 1998 by Ballantine Books
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May 06, 2012 Joe rated it really liked it
The Straight Dope is a newspaper column with a simple but effective formula: people write in with difficult, odd, or random questions about how the world works, and the egotistical columnist gives them an answer (with a free bonus of attitude). This book collects many of the questions and answers, with a few updates.

For example: someone writes in, saying that every cigarette they've ever bought has been marked class A, implying the existence of other classes -- but where are they? It turns out t
Dec 16, 2013 Cheryl rated it liked it
Surprisingly useful and interesting information, given that it was written 15 years ago. At first I was worried because the author took a moment to explain to the reader what the World Wide Web is and talk about AOL user groups. Luckily none of the questions really dealt with technology or this book would not stand the test of time. Some of the pop culture references will be lost on those who don't clearly remember the 1990s or (possibly) the 1980s, but the historical aspects might still be enou ...more
Aug 22, 2009 Owen rated it it was amazing
It's a book about a newspaper column where readers ask questions and the columnist answers them with a tone that is both professional and casual.

The book has questions, and the book has answers. I suppose the only reason it could get *less* than five stars is if there were no questions or no answers. The author managed to include both of these elements therefore I have no idea how you could be disappointed by the book.
Feb 17, 2012 TrumanCoyote rated it really liked it
Always loads of cantankerous, scabrous (and of course informative) fun. Not really sure the guy is quite the pantologist that he assumes himself to be, particularly about science matters (and especially since he quite literally claims to know everything)...but of course that's all part of the fun (not that I'd ever bring this up with him of course, since he'd no doubt yell me to ribbons).
Jul 28, 2008 Tracey rated it liked it
Shelves: re-read
A collection of Cecil Adams' Straight Dope columns - he answers all sorts of cultural, scientific and occasionally just weird questions. This collection also references the online message board (then found at AOL) - there's a couple of names mentioned that are still active members... :^)
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