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The Straight Dope

I never drink and drive but I swear every Chevy Nova (pre-1985) and Olds Omega (same car–different label) I see is driving down the road sideways. Well, not quite sideways but at an acute angle. Was this the product of foresighted GM engineers trying to provide a more panoramic view for drivers and passengers alike, […]

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Why do outhouses have half-moons on their doors? Perhaps it’s related to the great high school custom of “mooning”? –Joyce Kehoe, Seattle Joyce, kid, level with me: you’ve never actually seen an outhouse with a half-moon cut into the door, have you? Neither have I, despite several decades of camping trips, and I’ll bet the […]

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Walt Kelly’s old comic strip “Pogo” had an unusual version of the Christmas carol “Deck the Halls.” I’ve tried to remember all the lyrics, but I’m not convinced I’ve succeeded. So far I have: Deck the halls with Boston Charlie Fod-a-rod-a-rol (etc) Nora’s freezing on the trolley, Walla-walla-bash and Kalamazoo. Is this complete? Is there […]

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Remember after the ’68 Democratic convention, a number of professional/academic associations cancelled plans for future conventions in Chicago because of what happened here. Did they follow through on their threats, and how much convention business has Chicago lost as a result? —D.F., Rogers Park