The Straight Dope
Type of site
|Owner||The Chicago Reader / The Straight Dope Publishing|
|Created by||Cecil Adams|
|Registration||Required only on forums|
Creators and formatEdit
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)."
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.
- "The First Straight Dope Column". Sun-Times Media, LLC. Archived from the original on April 29, 2016. Retrieved May 28, 2016.
- "Newspapers carrying The Straight Dope". Sun-Times Media, LLC. June 16, 2013. Archived from the original on May 23, 2016. Retrieved May 28, 2016.
- "Who is This Man Called Cecil Adams?". Sun-Times Media, LLC. Archived from the original on May 26, 2016. 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. Archived from the original on October 30, 2013. 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.