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Interesting Questions & Answers from StraightDope.com

 

A selection of the more interesting (and less ridiculous) questions

from www.straightdope.com

 

Questions:  1-100  101-200  201-300  301-400  401-500  501-600  601-700  701-800

 

Questions 101-200

Answers

101. Is there such a thing as a diplomatic pouch?

102. Why does so much ancient Greek art feature males with small genitalia?

103. What happened to the great library of Alexandria?

104. Why is refreezing food bad? What exactly is freezer burn?

105. How is paper made?

106. What's the story on diplomatic immunity?

107. Are there inbred families in the Ozarks/Appalachians like in Deliverance?

108. What is Rosicrucianism all about?

109. How much of all Internet traffic is pornography?

110. Fun with farts: Is it dangerous to use an air hose to induce flatus?

111. Were ancient tombs really booby-trapped?

112. What's the difference between horsepower and torque?

113. What's the story on perfect numbers?

114. Could a nuclear weapon be built and carried in a suitcase?

115. What's the origin of "sight for sore eyes"?

116. Why are the police called cops, pigs, or the fuzz?

117. Does microwaving kill nutrients in food? Is microwaving safe?

118. What's the deal with the three wise men?

119. Do tall people die younger?

120. What's the origin of "cut to the chase"?

121. Is it possible to be dyslexic in Chinese?

122. How do they get the hole through a hypodermic needle?

123. Why do you need to reach "escape velocity" to get away from earth?

124. What's the origin of "slapstick"?

125. What's the origin of "potluck"?

126. What's the origin of "slush fund"?

127. What's the origin of "slow boat to China"?

128. Is good personal hygiene a recent invention? (Did the days of old really stink?)

129. Can testicles be transplanted? Whose sperm would a transplanted testicle produce, the donor's or the recipient's?

130. Do bras prevent saggy breasts?

131. Did Vikings really wear horns on their helmets?

132. Can a person be buried in the backyard rather than a cemetery?

133. What makes blue cheese blue?

134. Does shark cartilage prevent cancer?

135. How come you never see midget animals?

136. Who or what is Chevy Chase?

137. What's wrong with cousins marrying?

138. Is there more flatulence in a vegetarian diet?

139. Does ball lightning really exist?

140. What makes mustard so mustardy?

141. Does garlic really repel mosquitoes?

142. How far will ants wander in search of food?

143. What's so urban about urban legends?

144. In Ricky Nelson's "Garden Party," who is Mr. Hughes?

145. What's the temperature of space?

146. What's the origin of the tooth fairy?

147. What is grog?

148. Did Western gunfighters really face off one-on-one?

149. Did the Nazis really make lampshades out of human skin?

150. What's the origin of "coon's age"?

151. What's the origin of "bury the hatchet"?

152. Does chewing celery consume more calories than it provides?

153. What is the hottest part of a flame?

154. Can you get amnesia from a blow to the head?

155. What's the origin of "riding shotgun"?

156. What's the story behind "Mack the Knife"?

157. How do you "corn" beef?

158. What did cows evolve from?

159. How can woodpeckers stand all that woodpecking?

160. Why are storks associated with babies?

161. What is a meme?

162. Does the United States lead the world in prison population?

163. Why is "CH" the abbreviation for Switzerland?

164. What's the true story on South American Nazis?

165. Does caffeine stunt your growth?

166. Does it take fewer muscles to smile than it does to frown?

167. What is the plural of "penis"?

168. What happened to Napoleon's penis?

169. In what language do deaf people think?

170. Is "heavy water" dangerous?

171. What's up with the Amazons?

172. Are "cage free" or "free ranging" chickens really better?

173. What keeps microwave radiation from leaking out the oven door?

174. Are elements of personality revealed through handwriting?

175. Why do some animals have pellet poop?

176. Why can't fish breathe out of water?

177. What's the "Scroll Lock" key on my computer for?

178. Does multiple personality disorder really exist?

179. Why are horses traditionally mounted from the left side?

180. Do microwave ovens cook from the inside out?

181. How does the stock market work?

182. If nuclear fallout lasts thousands of years, how did Hiroshima and Nagasaki recover so quickly?

183. How are the microwaves in ovens different from those in cell phones?

184. What is nymphomania?

185. What's the real story on Stonehenge?

186. How did "faggot" get to mean "male homosexual"?

187. Why do fluorescent lights buzz?

188. How did the phrase "built like a brick shithouse" get to be a compliment? Are today's PCs more powerful than the legendary supercomputers of the 1970s?

189. If you're in orbit, is it possible to throw something down to earth?

190. Are a cat's whiskers essential to its sense of balance?

191. Was the Roman emperor Caligula as crazy as they say?

192. What is "passive-aggressive?"

193. What's the origin of April Fool's Day?

194. Why do cops in movies taste cocaine?

195. Did Native Americans really believe in the "happy hunting grounds?"

196. What's the origin of "Catch-22?"

197. What's the story behind Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven?"

198. How can light be both a wave and a particle?

199. Do insects have circulatory systems like other creatures?

200. How do fire investigators determine the cause of a blaze?

 

Questions:  1-100  101-200  201-300  301-400  401-500  501-600  601-700  701-800

 

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