The Straight Dope
The firefox extension “Stumble” is great for when you have a need to be distracted. Last night I hit it and stumbled upon The Straight Dope by Cecil Adams. Looks like he’s been doing the question and answer thing for considerably longer than I. I read some of his classics. Maybe I’ll pick up his method of answering (some might say — I already have from time to time!)
From the sound of one hand clapping we pick up on the great two part approach to answering a question. That of, you are either a) an idiot and if so, here is the answer or b) you are a person of exceeding wit and ingenuity and if so, here is the answer.
You can move onto the question If all Chinese jumped at once, would cataclysm result? The opening phrase says it all “ Amazing as it may seem, I am actually going to answer this incredibly retarded question. But first Uncle Cecil wishes to have a word with his devoted readers. “. It gets better from there (me thinks that Cecil sometimes gets up on the wrong side of the bed!). But he did actually attempt to answer the question at the end.
Be careful though, if you read this in a public place, people will wonder why you occasionally laugh out loud. Take the question Why does Heinz ketchup say "57 varieties"? I only see one variety. He begins “Fifty-seven varieties doesn't mean 57 varieties of ketchup, you dope, it means….” You might enjoy the comment that ties the Illuminati in with Ketchup (way before Dan Brown). I have noticed however that Cecil seems to not think too highly of Baltimore MD natives (my birthplace)! Recurring theme of his.
Anyway, thought his stories were funny and the next time someone accuses me of being rude in an answer (most of it goes back to communication, but some days — I might be “terse”) I’m going to point them right to that site. Ok, one more, the question Why is there no Channel One on Television? He answers with “I'm glad we're finally getting around to the Fundamental Mysteries, Sandy. With some of the questions I get I have to ask, where are these people's PRIORITIES?” Ouch :)
I’d just like to say though — I get no dumb questions, I do not answer like that (really!). I’m not comparing the questions I get to these questions. I just found his site incredibly amusing! I enjoy receiving and answering the questions on asktom.
Well, time about time to get in the plane to go to NYC. Speaking tomorrow at the New York OUG. Getting to do the “Things we know” talk. It is one I enjoy doing every now and then — a bit funny (he hopes) and a bit technical. And I get to involve the audience on stage. Meeting some friends for dinner tonight – should be a good trip.