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Hello and welcome to the authorized Internet home of Cecil Adams, World's Smartest Human Being, and his famous syndicated column The Straight Dope. Here you will find all manner of things relating to the column and other recently conquered territories of the Straight Dope empire.
Note that this site is "authorized" as opposed to official. What this means, basically, is that I work my butt off and accept the blame for any errors, while Cecil makes a butt-load of cash. At least I think that's how it works. It also means that opinions expressed here are not necessarily those of Cecil, his longtime editor Ed Zotti, or his publishers at Chicago Reader, Inc. From time to time Straight Dope World Headquarters may use this site to communicate directly with the Teeming Millions, but such communications will always be clearly labeled as official.
One day, in response to a case of the munchies, I started scarfing forkfuls of cold macaroni and cheese from a dish in the fridge. I soon gave myself a case of hiccups, which I proceeded to douse with a drink of milk. This got me to thinking: what are hiccups? Do they have a role in how our bodies function? Why does rich food (even macaroni and cheese) cause hiccups? Why does drinking cure hiccups? And, paradoxically, why does drinking (of alcohol) also cause hiccups? --Daniel J. Drazen, via the Internet
You're lucky to be writing me now, Dan. For years very little was known about hiccups and even less was written about them. Today that's changed. We still don't know jack, but scientists have explained this to us at great length.
The list of Newspapers Carrying the Straight Dope has been updated!
No website worth its salt would be without an interactive element, so here's a chance for you to submit your own question to Cecil himself via the magic of email. Of course there is no guarantee he will interact with you. You're at a disadvantage to snail-mail correspondents who can slip a sawbuck in with their letter, but Cecil may like your question or take pity on you. Needless to say, he is looking forward to the day when they get this whole web-commerce thing ironed out.
Check out the most recent 52 weeks of the Straight Dope here. You can also peruse Slug Signorino's accompanying artwork for the complete Straight Dope experience. Slug's columns also serve as handy visual aids for grasping the more difficult topics. Unfortunately, Slug's artwork is only available for the more recent columns, but, as the columns cycle through, more and more will become available.
Before you start penning missives complaining that there is only a year of columns available and that "information wants to be free," please remember that this information actually wants to one day be bundled up and sold for $9.95 at a store near you.
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This section contains the FAQs (such as are available) on Cecil Adams, his minions and the mysterious world they frequent. Note that these are aren't so much questions that are frequently asked of Cecil, these are more questions that are frequently asked about Cecil.
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