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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 301-400

Answers

301. What's the nursery rhyme "Sing a Song of Sixpence" all about?

302. Do you catch more flies with sugar than you do with, ah, fecal matter?

303. What caused the Mad Hatter to go mad?

304. Should you refrigerate batteries to make them last longer?

305. What's the origin of the metre and the metric system?

306. In Asia, do people scoop the brains out of a live monkey's skull and eat them?

307. What's the origin of "hot dog?"

308. Do Americans get less vacation than people in other developed countries?

309. What does the filler text "lorem ipsum" mean?

310. Is there a monastery in Greece that won't even allow female animals?

311. Why do we have five digits on each limb?

312. Does any animal besides humans commit suicide?

313. Traditionally Eskimos ate only meat and fish. Why didn't they get scurvy?

314. What does "SOS" mean?

315. What's the song "Yankee Doodle" all about?

316. What's the origin of the barber pole?

317. Are horses really made into glue?

318. Why did James Bond want his martinis shaken, not stirred?

319. Can laser pointers damage your eyes?

320. Are birds immune to hot pepper, enabling them to eat vast amounts and spread the seeds?

321. Who invented the cocktail umbrella--and why?

322. How do they figure the distance between celestial bodies?

323. Is the Chinese word for "crisis" really a combination of "danger" and "opportunity?"

324. How far can ants see?

325. In "A Boy Named Sue," what's Johnny Cash saying during the bleeped out part?

326. I plan to destroy the moon. What effect would this have on the earth?

327. What's with news reports about things traveling faster than light?

328. Is that black line down the back of a shrimp what I think it is?

329. How come geckos stick to the ceiling but centipedes don't?

330. How did dinosaurs have sex?

331. If a man has had a vasectomy, can DNA be obtained from his semen?

332. Why do coral only have sex on one specific night a year?

333. What do the measures knot, fathom, and league mean?

334. What's the verdict on the Loch Ness monster?

335. Did Harley-Davidson patent the sound of its motorcycles? Do plants get cancer?

336. What's the most poisonous creature on earth?

337. Does the average person consume four spiders per year in his sleep?

338. Can transsexuals have orgasm after sex reassignment surgery?

339. How can ants walk on walls and ceilings?

340. Are vaccinations worth it?

341. Is there such a thing as "photographic memory?"

342. Can DNA from a booger be used as evidence?

343. What time do the astronauts use in space?

344. What's the origin of "Don't look a gift horse in the mouth?"

345. Who was Typhoid Mary?

346. What's the origin of "Kilroy was here?"

347. How do you use a bidet?

348. Why does helium make your voice squeaky?

349. Do Disney movies contain subliminal erotica?

350. What's the origin of keeping your fingers crossed?

351. Does second-hand smoke cause heart disease?

352. How does a Ouija board work?

353. What's the story with the "Protocols of the Elders of Zion?"

354. What's the origin of the dunce cap?

355. Does prolonged use of the Pill lead to infertility after you stop?

356. Are car keys unique? Can you unlock someone else's car with your key?

357. Does second-hand smoke really cause cancer?

358. Why isn't flash photography permitted in museums?

359. Who invented the little gizmo with the five swinging balls?

360. Can the candirú fish swim upstream into your urethra?

361. Does "rule of thumb" refer to an old law permitting wife beating?

362. In E=mc2, what units of measurement was Einstein using?

363. Can some people have orgasms without genital stimulation?

364. What's the origin of "cocktail?"

365. What is a troll?

366. What's that flying foot in the Goodyear logo all about?

367. Where did Pink Floyd get its name?

368. Does a mattress double its weight due to dust mites and their debris?

369. Does lipstick really contain fish scales?

370. Does acupuncture really work?

371. What is the purpose of eyebrows?

372. Did all humans descend from the same ancestor?

373. Why is the Mona Lisa so famous?

374. What's the difference between baking soda and baking powder?

375. Why do parrots imitate sounds?

376. Was the US standard railroad gauge (4'8˝") determined by Roman chariot ruts?

377. How do they train dogs to sniff for bombs?

378. What's equus eroticus all about?

379. Who invented cotton candy (candy floss)?

380. What's the big deal about gay marriage? Why do we have marriage laws at all?

381. Do ultrasonic bug repellers keep away cockroaches and crickets?

382. Why do dogs get vaccinated against rabies but not people?

383. Why is prostitution illegal?

384. Is zero odd or even?

385. What's the origin of the British holiday custom Boxing Day?

386. What's the origin of "the life of Riley?"

387. What is the strongest human muscle?

388. What's the origin of "egg nog?"

389. Why is won't the contraction of will not?

390. Is the U.S. a democracy or a republic? What's the difference?

391. What's the difference between the United Kingdom, Great Britain, and England?

392. What is antimatter? How was it discovered?

393. What's the origin of "one fell swoop?"

394. Did the Russians ever play Russian roulette?

395. What's the big deal about the Fifth Amendment?

396. If man is descended from monkeys and apes, why do we still have monkeys and apes?

397. What's the origin of the word "kudos?"

398. What's the deal with witches and broomsticks?

399. Why are "soap operas" called that?

400. What's the difference between a lawyer and an attorney?

 

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

 

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