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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 601-700

Answers

601. What's the origin of "his name is mud?"

602. How many cows are slaughtered each year to make McDonald's hamburgers?

603. Who originated, "Now is the time for all good men ..."

604. In Britain, what's the difference between a pound and a guinea?

605. How did they get the stripes in Stripe toothpaste?

606. Do ultrasonic insect repellers work?

607. Is there ever really a blue moon?

608. Why do men's suits have buttons on the sleeves?

609. Where does the name "John Doe" come from?

610. Why do people say "Jesus H. Christ?"

611. Is there a physical reason we read from left to right?

612. The amazing history of chewing gum.

613. What happened to the secrets of Houdini?

614. Do all mammals have tongues?

615. Why do we celebrate Christmas on Dec. 25?

616. What's the origin of the word "boogie?"

617. Where does "to read the riot act" come from?

618. Why are there seven days in a week?

619. Is the Great Wall of China the only manmade object you can see from space?

620. What's the story with female circumcision?

621. Is there such a thing as a gay animal?

622. Why does asparagus make your pee smell funny?

623. What's the origin of the expression "cold turkey?"

624. Why is the sea salty?

625. Do trees ever die of old age?

626. What is "perfect pitch?"

627. Why are rainbows curved?

628. Will sitting too close to the TV ruin your eyes?

629. Why do golf balls have dimples?

630. The great circumcision debate.

631. Why flies rub their hands together: the untold story.

632. How to tell if you're anally retentive.

633. Australia's Vegemite: new use for road kill?

634. Why were dinosaurs big?

635. Queen Vic said, "We are not amused." Not amused by what?

636. What's the market for spare body parts?

637. Old refrain about rain in Spain explained.

638. Is it true that armadillos carry leprosy?

639. What's the origin of the 21-gun salute?

640. Does 2 + 2 = 5 for very large values of 2?

641. What are the "seven seas?"

642. Why are boats measured in knots?

643. What's the origin of "bar," the kind people belly up to?

644. Where did Australian aborigines come from?

645. What does antidisestablishmentarianism mean?

646. What happened to the Ark of the Covenant?

647. Why is Arkansas pronounced Ar-kan-SAW?

648. How do automated teller machines work?

649. What is the origin of "bated breath?"

650. How is it that the farther we see into the universe, the younger the objects we see?

651. If blood is red why do your veins look blue?

652. What's the origin of the British slang word "bloody?"

653. Where did the Caesar salad originate?

654. How do CD's work?

655. Why do people clink their glasses together after a toast?

656. How does a court reporter machine work?

657. What's the origin of the word "dad?"

658. How can they identify people from their dental records?

659. How did diamonds come to symbolize a wedding engagement?

660. Why are dogs' noses always wet?

661. Can elephants jump?

662. Which is taller, Mt. Everest or K2?

663. What is the maximum resolution of photographic film in pixels?

664. How do they make artificial flavours?

665. Why is there a Bible in every hotel room?

666. Why is the US Republican party called the GOP? And why the elephant?

667. Was the name "Hard Rock Cafe" inspired by the Doors?

668. Why do people say, "Hear, hear?"

669. What's the origin of "hors d'oeuvres?"

670. Is humongous a word?

671. What's the origin of "hunky dory?"

672. What's the classic song "La Bamba" all about?

673. What's the difference between mutton and lamb?

674. What is a male ballet dancer called?

675. What does "Mrs." stand for?

676. What is nougat?

677. Why is the Oscar called the Oscar?

678. Why does the penis shrink when it's cold?

679. What's the origin of the piggy bank?

680. Why do they call it "plastic" surgery?

681. Why do they call it chicken pox?

682. Why is it called "real estate?"

683. Why do roosters crow early in the morning?

684. Where do we get the term "Siamese twins?"

685. What's the origin of the expression, "sleep tight?"

686. Are strawberries fruits? The seeds are on the outside, not the inside.

687. Does putting sugar in the gas tank wreck a car's engine?

688. What occupation has the highest suicide rate?

689. Do tall buildings sway in the wind?

690. What is tapioca?

691. Why do they put a worm in bottles of tequila?

692. What diseases can you catch from toilet seats?

693. What causes my eyelid to twitch?

694. What's the uvula for?

695. What's the difference between fruits and vegetables?

696. If vegetables are low fat, where does vegetable oil come from?

697. Who invented Velcro?

698. What's the difference between white gold and other gold?

699. What happens when the wind gets knocked out of you?

700. Why is Christmas abbreviated Xmas?

 

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

 

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