IF KNOWLEDGE WAS POWER, CECIL ADAMS WOULD RULE THE WORLD!
It’s true! For the past twenty-five years, in his books and weekly newspaper column, world-history genius Cecil Adams has been patiently explaining to the Teeming Millions how the world works. He answered questions such as how do porcupines mate, what exactly does Barney Rubble do for a living, and where is Einstein’s brain? His answers changed your life. Or at least settled a bet with a loved one. But surely, you are thinking, all the salient facts of the universe have been ascertained by now. Ha! Get a load of the mysteries The Master explores in this landmark volume:
¸ If Teflon is such a nonsticky substance, how do they get it to stick to the pan? ¸ Is the Great Cabal implanting microchips in our brains? ¸ Do fluorescent lights cause cataracts? ¸ What do Scotsmen wear under those kilts? ¸ Can some people extinguish street lamps by force of their bodily emanations? ¸ Is the U.S. Government really hiding alien spaceships?
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