"The Straight Dope" is a popular online question-and-answer newspaper column published in the Chicago Reader and syndicated in thirty newspapers in the United States and Canada.
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 and illustrated by Slug Signorino.
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.
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. A podcast has also been released sporadically.