Straight Dope Tells All

Paperback $19.00

Ballantine Books | Feb 24, 1998 | 288 Pages | 5-1/2 x 8-1/4 | ISBN 9780345420077

  • Paperback$19.00

    Ballantine Books | Feb 24, 1998 | 288 Pages | 5-1/2 x 8-1/4 | ISBN 9780345420077

Author Essay

I’ve been the elusive Cecil Adam’s editor for the last few years–and one thing I know for sure: Cecil truly IS the world’s smartest human being. He knows everything!   Working with Cecil makes me learn more and more each day.   For example,  I never knew what to make of the word ‘pompatus’ (as in ‘The Pompatus of Love,’ used in Steve Miller’s 1973 hit "The Joker" ). And I’ve never known anything about  the origin of  ice cream headaches…and I get those all the time! But Cecil hasn’t just opened me up to things I’ve wondered about; through him, I’ve encountered a whole universe of I never KNEW I should be wondering about–for example, it seems that in bars you often find ice in the urinals (??). And as to hermaphrodites…well, let’s just say you need to take a look at p. 168–because the thought never crossed my mind!

So all this means is: I’m always delighted when we have a new book from Cecil–and this book is the most recent of Cecil’s collections from us.  This book commemorates a whopping TWENTY-FIVE YEARS since the first "Straight Dope" column was published.  "The Straight Dope" has been around that time–because it’s that good!    —E. Zack, Senior Editor

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