Cecil Adams is a self-proclaimed omniscient whose wisdom was first imparted to the masses in 1973 in the pages of the Chicago Reader
, a weekly alternative newspaper. In Adams's column, "The Straight Dope," he delivered answers to readers' questions--however bizarre and diverse--in sarcastic prose that has been called "strangely addictive, in an irritating sort of way."
How can a mother hen sit on a fragile egg without crushing it to bits? Why do men have nipples? How are coins taken out of circulation? Fearlessly embracing readers' questions on topics ranging from history to body parts, Adams feels his peculiar brand of information dissemination contributes to the public's basic life competence. "Before my arrival," he says, "people would go to their graves without ever knowing why wintergreen Life Savers make clouds of sparks when you chew them in the dark." Not only is Cecil Adams funny, his books also tell you things you really want to know. This particular collection of questions and answers is based on the best of Adams's first eleven years of columns, but a number of other "Straight Dope" volumes exist as well in case you find yourself strangely addicted.
From the Publisher
This is the book that STARTED IT ALL! It's Cecil's very first book collection! We've been dying to publish this book in trade paperback to match the other book in the series ever since we started publishing the "Straight Dope" columns in book form. And now we're finally able to make this format available to all of the fans who have Cecil's other books in this size. So enjoy! --E. Zack, Sr. Editor
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.