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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; Ill edition (February 16, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 034542008X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345420084
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #340,307 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

YA-Adams's appeal cuts across all age groups, and his fans will enjoy this fifth compilation of questions and answers from his popular newspaper column. His humorous and well-researched replies to questions about swimming right after eating or if watching TV will ruin one's eyes make the book entertaining and informative. The writer's Web site has an archive of columns back to 1994 and allows for reader queries.
Judy McAloon, Potomac Library, Prince William County, VA
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From the Inside Flap

Why do parachute jumpers yell "Geronimo"?

Is it aerodynamically impossible for bumblebees to fly?

Will watching too much TV ruin your eyes?

Fresh from the popular newspaper column by CECIL ADAMS!

WHAT IS CECIL ADAMS'S IQ?

"Do you want it in scientific notation? Little Ed, get out the slide rule."

--Cecil Adams

For more than a quarter of a century Cecil Adams has been courageously
attempting to lift the veil of ignorance surrounding the modern world.  
Now, in his fifth book, he takes yet another stab, dissecting such classic
conundrums as

--If you swim less than an hour after eating, will you get cramps and die?
--What's the difference between a Looney Tune and a Merrie Melody?
--Can you see a Munchkin committing suicide in The Wizard of Oz?
--Was The Texas Chainsaw Massacre based on actual events?
--Did medieval lords really have "the right of the first night"?

And much more!

THE CRITICS: STILL RAVING AFTER ALL THESE YEARS!

"Trenchant, witty answers to the great imponderables."

--Denver Post

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 20, 1999
Format: Paperback
The entire straight dope series is a hilarious and thought provoking group of books. I highly recommend all of them. The one problem I have with the more recent ones, however, is the inclusion of cyberchats involving the "teeming millions." They kind of take away from what we want to read( Cecil) and instead gives us egotistical neurotics who want to spout off a snide remark about some topic with not nearly the wit nor the intelligence of Mr. Adams.
Kudos to Cece for another great accomplishment in ridding the world of ignorance (a little at a time). Lets ditch the AOL chats though.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Arthur Kevin Rabago on November 10, 2000
Format: Paperback
Hmmmmmm- as an avid fan of SD I was happy to learn that Cece has produced his 2nd best work ever (sorry about that I'm a fan of the 1st SD). The topics are still interesting, the wit- dry and razor sharp- but- it could have been better without the Straigh Dope message board fillers (such a waste of good space for such drivel).
Nonetheless- this book will surely be a great tool in killing time (with a few yuks pitched in).
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By robin on June 18, 2001
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My Mother used to say that "no one likes a smartass" - Sorry Mom but I dont agree; not when the smartass in question is Cecil Adams. Here is a man who clearly loves to confound us with his wide and deep knowledge and has an engaging way of keeping the "teaming millions"on their toes. I secretly suspect that he gets a little help in his research but hey, who am I to quibble. This is great light reading - informative and interesting and the best thing to come out of Chicago (since my Wife)
I bought this book ( and some of the others in the series) for my daughter but read them first and enjoyed them so much that I kept them for myself. Dont worry , I'll let her borrow them from time to time So try this book - you won't regret it
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mike Smith on October 9, 2007
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What a terrific series of books.
I'm absolutely hooked on the Straight Dope, and am now unsure of what to do with myself now that I've read all the books.
This book, Volume 5 in the series, has some of the best questions yet, but, unfortunately, also contains numerous transcriptions of Internet message boards--which are funny, but kind of a waste of space. I was hoping he wouldn't do that in this book (like he did in the previous volume), but he did, and he added columns that he didn't even write, that were written by his assistants. These other columns are well written pieces, but they're not Cecil's. He's inimitable.
It's now been close to nine years since this book came out, and I'd like to think that's because they're waiting to make this next book an all killer no filler sort of deal. (And not because they're tied up in litigation for some reason.)
"Triumph of the Straight Dope" deals with whether or not human heads live after being removed from their bodies, the meaning of PEZ, the truth behind the Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and much, much more.
Cecil Adams seems as funny as ever, despite hints that he may have become somewhat more religious since the first volumes, and the book is generally a pleasure that goes by quickly.
Reading this book, after reading the previous four, I was struck by just what an epic work the collected decades of this column are when viewed all at once. Together, they're an encyclopedia of trivia and knowledge, and far more entertaining and sassy than any such tome has ever been before.
Recommended. Highly recommended. All of 'em.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By newportmb74 on September 6, 2012
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Love the straight dope books which is why i bought this...only reason I give this 4 stars rather than 5 is its HALF the size of the other ones, pumped up with filler also of cyber stuff which is useless(if you read the book youll see what I mean
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