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"The Straight Dope" was an online question-and-answer newspaper column published from 1973 to 2018 in the Chicago Reader and syndicated in eight newspapers in the United States.[2]

The Straight Dope
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Type of site
Question and Answer
OwnerThe Chicago Reader / The Straight Dope Publishing
Created byCecil Adams
Alexa rankPositive decrease 4,651 (April 2014)[1]
RegistrationRequired only on forums
Current statusinactive



The column derives its name from the American idiom meaning roughly "the true information; the full story"[3] 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.[4]

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.


To date, Adams has published five collections of his columns, and his "assistant" Ed Zotti has published a children's collection in the Adams style, Know It All.[5]


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.[6] A podcast has also been released sporadically.[citation needed]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ " Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2014-04-01.
  2. ^ Newspapers carrying The Straight Dope, 2013, fr/ The Straight Dope
  3. ^ McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. P.652 © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc
  4. ^ "The Straight Dope FAQ". The Chicago Reader. Archived from the original on 2008-02-01. Retrieved 2008-01-27.
  5. ^ "The Straight Dope Books". The Chicago Reader. Archived from the original on 12 January 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-27.
  6. ^ "Mike Lukas". Deja Vu Comedy Club. Archived from the original on 2008-02-06. Retrieved 2008-01-27.

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