The Straight Dope: A Compendium of Human Knowledge

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Ballantine Books, 1984 - Humor - 417 pages
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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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Review: The Straight Dope (The Straight Dope)

User Review  - Q - Goodreads

I think Cecil Adams is awesome - I've been reading his columns for a long time (longer than I care to admit!) and always find him thoughtful and hilarious. His straight-forward approach combined with ... Read full review

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User Review  - Rich Meyer - Goodreads

While a lot of the information is quite dated now, even 15-20 years later, this is a fun book to read. Cecil Adams (aka editor Ed Ziotti) was one of the first popular columnists to answer the ... Read full review

Contents

Chapter 1
1
Urban Studies
14
The Divine the Mystical and the Just Plain Weird
33
Copyright

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About the author (1984)

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.

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