Book Reviews of The Straight Dope: Answers to the Questions that Torment Everyone!

The Straight Dope: Answers to the Questions that Torment Everyone!
The Straight Dope Answers to the Questions that Torment Everyone
Author: Cecil Adams
ISBN-13: 9780345333155
ISBN-10: 0345333152
Publication Date: 5/12/1986
Pages: 432
Rating:
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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3.9 stars, based on 21 ratings
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Book Type: Paperback
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Answers to the questions that keep you up at night: Do cats have navels? What are the real lyrics to "Louie, Louie"? How are coins taken out of circulation? If you've got the type of inquisitive mind that just *has* to know - this is the book for you! Great "bathroom reading" - just open to any page, and you'll be fascinated!
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Cecil Adams inthe 80's answer man---a cantankerous, wiseacre and a compulsive punster who can answers lots of questions that never even popped into you mind.
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I loved this book. Awesome facts about all types of things! Written in a question and answer format.
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Lots of fun and informative inforamation - if you like Uncle John's, the Straight Dope books are for you!
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I saw Mr. Adams' column first in the alternative press papers of the 1970s and later as it was sold as 'filler' for free papers centered on real estate or entertainment late in the century. In the 1990s, I was clipping it for Dave to use as he met around a table with old soldiers and sailors. They would go through the newspaper, discuss the stories of the day, and end with a trivia exercise. Mr. Adams provided a lighter note.
The material in this book is divided into categories (chapters) and the questions presented are sufficient to allow Adams' to live up to the book's claim of being "A compendium of human knowledge." This was done before the worldwide web appeared.
It is still fun to dip into the book, although it is true that the questions about telephones are now historic.
Good index.