The Straight Dope

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The Straight Dope
The Straight Dope.png
Web address
Commercial? Yes
Type of site
Reference pages
Registration Required only on forums
Owner The Chicago Reader / The Straight Dope Publishing
Created by Cecil Adams
Launched 1973
Alexa rank
positive decrease 4,651 (April 2014)[1]
Current status Active

"The Straight Dope" is an online question-and-answer newspaper column published in the Chicago Reader and syndicated in eight newspapers in the United States.[2]


The column derives its name from the American idiom meaning roughly "the true information; the full story"[3] 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.[4]


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.[5]


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]


  1. ^ " Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
  2. ^ Newspapers carrying The Straight Dope, 2013, fr/ The Straight Dope
  3. ^ McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. P.652 © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc
  4. ^ "The Straight Dope FAQ". The Chicago Reader. Retrieved 2008-01-27. 
  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. Retrieved 2008-01-27. 

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