The Straight Dope
|Type of site||Reference pages|
|Registration||Required only on forums|
|Owner||The Chicago Reader / The Straight Dope Publishing|
|Created by||Cecil Adams|
|Alexa rank||▼ 4,651 (April 2014[update])|
Creators and format[change | change source]
Most reader questions are answered by Cecil Adams. Adams describes himself as "the world's most intelligent human being." He describes The Straight Dope's goal this way:
|“||Cecil is trying to eradicate world ignorance. He deals strictly with factual questions. Questions you've always wanted to know the answers to. Questions like: What are the real lyrics to Louie Louie? When they execute a guy by lethal injection, do they swab off his arm first? How do the astronauts go to the bathroom in space?||”|
The name "The Straight Dope" comes from the American idiom meaning roughly "the true information; the full story". The column covers many subjects, including history, science, urban legends, myths, and inventions. The column's motto is: "Fighting ignorance since 1973 (it's taking longer than we thought)."
Website[change | change source]
As of 2016, The Straight Dope's website includes all of Adams' new columns, and archives of his past columns. There are also online forums where users can discuss Adams' columns, as well as many other topics.
Books[change | change source]
Television[change | change source]
Related pages[change | change source]
- Urban legend
- The Skeptic's Dictionary
- List of common misconceptions
References[change | change source]
- "Straightdope.com Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2014-04-01.
- "The First Straight Dope Column". Sun-Times Media, LLC. Retrieved May 28, 2016.
- "Newspapers carrying The Straight Dope". Sun-Times Media, LLC. June 16, 2013. Retrieved May 28, 2016.
- "Who is This Man Called Cecil Adams?". Sun-Times Media, LLC. Retrieved May 28, 2016.
- McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. 2003. p. 652. ISBN 978-0071435789.
- "Welcome to the Straight Dope Message Board". Straight Dope Message Board. Retrieved May 28, 2016.
- "The Straight Dope Books". The Chicago Reader. Archived from the original on January 12, 2008. Retrieved January 27, 2008.
- "Mike Lukas". Deja Vu Comedy Club. Archived from the original on February 6, 2008. Retrieved January 27, 2008.
- "Straight Dope – American iTunes Chart Performance". iTunes Charts. 2009. Retrieved May 28, 2016.