The Straight Dope

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The Straight Dope
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Type of site
Question and Answer
OwnerChicago Reader / Straight Dope Publishing
Created byCecil Adams (pseudonym)
URLstraightdope.com
CommercialYes
RegistrationRequired only on forums
Launched1973; 47 years ago (1973)
Current statusNo longer updated

"The Straight Dope" was a question-and-answer newspaper column written under a pseudonym of Cecil Adams and illustrated (also pseudonymously) by Slug Signorino,[1] first published in 1973 in the Chicago Reader as well as in print syndication nationally in the United States[2] and a website by the same name.

Following the column of June 27, 2018, the "Straight Dope" column was placed on hiatus, with no decision made regarding its future.[3] The website and associated forum continues to be active.

The last website update was June 24, 2020.

Name and tagline[edit]

The column derives its name from the American idiom meaning roughly "the true information; the full story"[4] and covers many subjects, including history, science, old wives' tales, urban legends, and inventions. The column appeared under the tagline: "Fighting ignorance since 1973 (It's taking longer than we thought.”

Books[edit]

Five collections of columns have been published, sometimes referred to as the Straight Dope Cyclopedia of Human Knowledge:

  • The Straight Dope (1984)
  • More of the Straight Dope (1988)
  • Return of the Straight Dope (1994)
  • The Straight Dope Tells All (1998)
  • Triumph of the Straight Dope (1999)

In addition, the 1993 collection Know It All was published for younger audiences by Cecil's "assistant" Ed Zotti.[5]

Television[edit]

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.[6] A podcast has also been released sporadically.[citation needed]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Straight Dope FAQ". Chicago Reader.
  2. ^ "Newspapers carrying The Straight Dope". The Straight Dope. 2013-06-16. Archived from the original on 2017-10-03.
  3. ^ Adams, Cecil. "A note from Cecil Adams about The Straight Dope". The Straight Dope. Archived from the original on 2018-06-28.
  4. ^ Spears, Richard A. (2005). McGraw-Hill's dictionary of American idioms and phrasal verbs. Chicago: McGraw-Hill. p. 652. ISBN 0-07-143578-6. OCLC 61399219.
  5. ^ "The Straight Dope Books". The Chicago Reader. Archived from the original on 12 January 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-27.
  6. ^ "Mike Lukas". Deja Vu Comedy Club. Archived from the original on 2008-02-06.

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