The Straight Dope Mailbag

I came across the Straight Dope Mailbag (“the official Internet home of Cecil Adams, World’s Smartest Human Being”) the other day and was greeted with a long list (hundreds!) of interesting reader-submitted questions. Here are a few personal favorites:

• What happened to the Emergency Broadcast System?

• How do they score boxing?

• Are the dots on McDonald’s drink lids Braille?

• What’s the origin of “hors d’oeuvres”?

• What’s in the briefcase in Pulp Fiction?

• Do birds pee?

• What’s the story on perfect numbers?

• Was Walt Disney a fascist?

• Who or what is Chevy Chase?

The phrasing of each question is almost as interesting as the thorough responses Cecil (and guests) respond with. Yay for random knowledge.