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The Straight Dope is a popular question-and-answer newspaper column published in the Chicago Reader, syndicated in thirty newspapers in the United States and Canada,[1] as well as being available and archived at the Straight Dope website -



The column derives its name from the American idiom meaning roughly "the honest truth" and covers many subjects, including history, science, old wives' tales, urban legends and inventions. The column appears under the tagline "Fighting ignorance since 1973 (it's taking longer than we thought)". First published by the Reader in 1973, the column is written by Cecil Adams.[1]


To date, Adams has published five collections of his columns, and his "assistant" Ed Zotti has published a children's collection in the Adams style, Know It All.[2] Adams has also published several collections of material from the column into paperback books.


In 1996, the A&E Network briefly aired a show based on the column called The Straight Dope, hosted and co-written by comedian Mike Lukas.[3]

See also


  1. ^ a b "The Straight Dope FAQ". The Straight Dope. Chicago Reader. Retrieved 2008-01-27.  
  2. ^ "The Straight Dope Books". The Straight Dope. Chicago Reader. Retrieved 2008-01-27.  
  3. ^ "Mike Lukas". Deja Vu Comedy Club. Retrieved 2008-01-27.  

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