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Straight Dope Paperback – February 24, 1998
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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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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
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It is also about the only humor book that takes itself seriously to the extent of including an index. Darn good one, at that.
Don't miss the book!
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.
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!
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