The Straight Dope
is a popular question-and-answer newspaper column
published in the Chicago Reader
, syndicated in thirty newspapers
in the United States
, and available online. The column derives its name from the American idiom
meaning roughly "the honest truth" and covers many subjects, including history
, old wives' tales
, urban legends
. The column appears 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. 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. Adams has also published several collections of material from the column into paperback books.
The columns are archived at the Straight Dope website, which also hosts an active message board.
, the A&E Network
briefly aired a show based on the column called The Straight Dope
, hosted and co-written by comedian Mike Lukas