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A note from Cecil Adams about The Straight Dope

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The U.S. goes fascist. How do you escape?

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Can Congress override a presidential pardon?

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Where did two-letter postal abbreviations come from?

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Is it dangerous to eat magic mushrooms before they have dried out? What mushrooms are safe to eat?

All Latest Stories

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Do brain supplements do anything?

Origin Stories

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Is flying really worse for the environment than driving?

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Why aren’t internal organs symmetrical?

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Do dogs have better protection from ticks than people do?

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How did “nuts” and “bananas” come to mean “crazy”?

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Why does South America grow all the coca?

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How often do emergency vehicles get into accidents?

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Is there a link between the Zika virus and toxoplasmosis?

Crime, police and the law

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Why is there no blue food?

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What happened to Mercurochrome?

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How dangerous are cows?

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Why is it called a restroom, anyway?

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Is there a link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer?

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What’s so bad about processed foods?

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If head trauma is so bad for humans, how do woodpeckers manage?

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How did the gavel end up in American courtrooms?

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Will bacteriophages save us from the antibiotics crisis?

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What do we know about the effects of marijuana legalization?

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What’s the environmental impact of road salt?

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What’s the life span of a skyscraper?

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What happens to birds during a hurricane?

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Is music universal?

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How credible are the new blood-pressure guidelines?

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Do all animals yawn and stretch?

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What’s the connection between outlaw bikers and ball-peen hammers?

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Are infectious diseases becoming untreatable?

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Why isn’t venison a major industry in the U.S.?

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Why does everybody in the world play tag?

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What’s the skinny on artificial sweeteners like aspartame?

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Why are there so few kinds of cutlery?