Type of site
|Question and answer|
|Owner||Chicago Reader / Straight Dope Publishing|
|Created by||Cecil Adams (pseudonym)|
|Registration||Required only on forum|
|Current status||No longer updated|
"The Straight Dope" was a question-and-answer newspaper column written under a pseudonym of Cecil Adams contributed by multiple authors, and illustrated (also pseudonymously) by Slug Signorino, first published in 1973 in the Chicago Reader as well as in print syndication nationally in the United States and a website by the same name. On more than one occasion, the authors (i.e. Adam Cecil) were forced to retract or modify an answer when confronted by the readers.
Following the column of June 27, 2018, the "Straight Dope" column was placed on hiatus, with no decision made regarding its future. The website and associated forum continue to be active.
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.)”
Five collections of columns have been published, sometimes referred to as the Straight Dope Cyclopedia of Human Knowledge:
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.