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Type of site
|Question and Answer|
|Owner||The Chicago Reader / The Straight Dope Publishing|
|Created by||Cecil Adams|
|Alexa rank||4,651 (April 2014[update])|
|Registration||Required only on forums|
The column derives its name from the American idiom meaning roughly "the true information; the full story" and covers many subjects, including history, science, old wives' tales, urban legends, and inventions. The column appeared under the tagline: "Fighting ignorance since 1973 (it's taking longer than we thought)." First published by the Reader in 1973, the column is written by Cecil Adams and illustrated by Slug Signorino.
It was announced after the column of June 27, 2018, that with the sale of The Chicago Reader being imminent, the column was being discontinued in its present form. The rights to the column name belong to The Chicago Reader, and at this point, no decision has been made if the column will return in some other form.
In 1996, the A&E Network briefly aired a show based on the column called The Straight Dope, hosted and co-written by comedian Mike Lukas. A podcast has also been released sporadically.
- Urban legend
- The Skeptic's Dictionary
- List of common misconceptions
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