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Straight Dope Paperback – February 24, 1998
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Cecil Adams began his quest for truth in 1973 by accepting letters from the Teeming Millions (as he calls his readers) at the Chicago Reader and his been answering bizzare trivia questions ever since. Cecil has stuck around due to his irrevrant sense of humor and willingness to answer just about anything the public can throw his way. His column is currently seen in more than 30 newspapers throughout the United States and Canada but his books are must haves!
The Straight Dope is the first in the grouping and covers all sorts of inane topics such as: What does the 'H' stand for in Jesus H. Christ? Why do pigeons bob their heads? Is it true what they say about Catherine the Great and the horse? Why is there no Channel One?
and so on... buy this book and you will be the envy of all your friends - or at least you will be on your way to becoming King or Queen of all useless knowledge. This book makes a great gift (I would know as I tend to buy it for friends) or can be useful for great party chatter!
The books seems average enough. Its 420 pages long divided into different sections. Pretty tame and normal. But the content is far from it.
The premise is also simple. Cecil Adams a pseudonym for an unknown person who I personally believe is Ed Zotti. The people send in questions and he answers them. But these are real questions. The kind that the average person thinks about or nulls about. The kind of questions that involve physics and sports and just plain out little riddles that we think about and never really received the answer to.
Whats great is the intersting level and way that Cecil writes the answeres in. He writes so funny that I found myself laughing OUTLOUD which I usually never do. The questions are also answered not given some dumb explanation which no dumby could understand. Accompanied with the book are little cartoonsih pictures that are ok.
Cecil is a national resource and i am glad that I got to know his books. They are fun and certaintly not boring as a lot of others can be. I recommend for the child (11 to 16) Know It All which is also quite entertaining. Buy this book for a laugh and YOU SHALL GET IT!
If that's ok for you and you are interested in trivia things, then I reccommend this book to you.
This is the very first book of his set of 4 and covers most of the most interesting articles appeaered on his column at the Chicago Reader since 1973.
Cecil is an eccentric guy who claims to be the "smartest" guy who knows it all around the world. its said he has devoted a whole house to compile and archive articles and data of various aspects deriving from Biology to Laws.
Tip: you can find most of his articles on line, and it wouldn't be a bad idea to read a couple of them first and find out your likeness for his way of writing.
Please, please, ignore those lame, lame books like "Why Do Men Have Nipples?" and go straight to this instead. The strangest questions are asked and answered here, with numerous fascinating digressions, and the illustrations by Slug Signorino are often hilarious as well. Put this book in your bathroom, and the odds are good you'll have the entire thing read in a couple of weeks.
People think they can get all the information they need from the Internet, but Adams really performs a service here with the immense amount of information he gathers and distills, the connections he makes that people not obsessed with this stuff never would, and the amusing tone he does it in.
Aside from being informative, this book is also often very, very funny. It's a nice glimpse into just how strange and complex the world can be, and a good read for anyone with an inquisitive mind.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a book I have read before. I enjoy the work of Cecil Adams. But that just me.Published 6 months ago by Joe_McDonald
This is one of the most hysterically funny books you can buy! Cecil used to write a column Question-Answer column and compiled questions and answers into this (and, I believe,... Read morePublished on March 30, 2013 by Tina
The straight dope used to be a TV show years ago. Cecil would answer questions, just as the book. I've always enjoyed these books, from junior high to now. Read morePublished on September 16, 2009 by Jamie L. Landuyt
The first and best Straight Dope collection. I became familiar with Cecil's column by benefit of an area rag that was reprinting the columns illegally under someone else's name. Read morePublished on February 10, 2009 by Bill Reid
He sure didn't disappoint me. Have to keep it in the bathroom though, too much to read all at once...good in spurts though.Published on January 23, 2009 by zzyypr
Cecil Adams started writing his Straight Dope column for the Chicago Reader alternative newspaper in 1973, answering many serious but offbeat questions from the public (or teeming... Read morePublished on August 20, 2008 by K.A.Goldberg
Cecil Adams is brilliant, witty, & a writer that can grab your attention by the hojos!
A professional smart-alec, Adams entertains as he makes war on Ignorance. Read more
It isn't the best or the worst. I wanted more quick facts then a long story about each one.Published on March 28, 2007 by Christopher Quinn