The Straight Dope: A Compendium of Human Knowledge

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Ballantine Books, 1998 - Humor - 417 pages
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IF KNOWLEDGE WAS POWER, CECIL ADAMS WOULD RULE THE WORLD!
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's brain? His answers changed your life. Or at least settled a bet with a loved one. But surely, you are thinking, all the salient facts of the universe have been ascertained by now. Ha! Get a load of the mysteries The Master explores in this landmark volume:
; ; If Teflon is such a nonsticky substance, how do they get it to stick to the pan?
; ; Is the Great Cabal implanting microchips in our brains?
; ; Do fluorescent lights cause cataracts?
; ; What do Scotsmen wear under those kilts?
; ; Can some people extinguish street lamps by force of their bodily emanations?
; ; Is the U.S. Government really hiding alien spaceships?

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User Review  - eyelit - LibraryThing

I'm a fairly recent convert to the Straight Dope. One of the first things I learned from the esteemed Cecil Adams is armadillos are leprous (a fact not included in this book, but maybe one of his ... Read full review

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User Review  - ehines - LibraryThing

Culled from a weekly reader-submitted question column in the Chicago Reader. Thankfully dealing with any topic under the sun, rather than relationship advice. The 1970s hipster-wiseass persona begins ... Read full review

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About the author (1998)

Adams, one of the world's legendary recluses, has never been photographed or interviewed. In fact, only a handful of people have ever met him, giving rise to his reputation as the Howard Hughes of American journalism.

Zotti is the editor and confidant of Cecil Adams, one of the world's legendary recluses.

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