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Dr. Know: Our Bottled Water History

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 Let us journey through the mists of history to a time of primitive hunter-gatherers, when a wild, half-human creature known as Frank Ivancie roamed the earth.   More
Wednesday, September 2, 2015 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Maritime Law

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My wife and I were walking across the Steel Bridge when a booming voice yelled at us to stop. Frightened, we ran the rest of the way across, which made the voice even angrier. We then saw a yacht comi   More
Wednesday, August 26, 2015 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Who's "Kevin the Drummer" on Google Maps?

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While using Google Maps’ turn-by-turn directions, I received the instruction: “Turn left at Kevin the Drummer onto NW Leahy Terrace.” There was nothing unusual about the intersection. So, what t   More
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Homeless Car-Dwellers

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I live near Hawthorne, and am plagued by people living in their cars two doors down from me. They put sheets all around the windows. Can I put a warning on their car that the police will come soon?    More
Wednesday, August 5, 2015 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: The Really Big One

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The recent New Yorker article made me wonder: When the cataclysmic earthquake hits, how far up the Columbia River will the tsunami go, assuming it’s as big as predicted? —Not Buyi   More
Wednesday, July 29, 2015 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: The Truth About Head Shops

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Now that weed is legal, can we finally abandon the charade where we all pretend that none of the things sold in the head shop will be used for smoking marijuana? Can we, at long last, call a bong a bo   More
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Do I Want A Swamp Cooler In This Heat?

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During the recent heat wave, a friend was raving about swamp coolers. I’d never heard of them. All she could tell me was, it’s a box that appears to make your room less hot. How do they work? Do I   More
Wednesday, July 15, 2015 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Benson Bubbler Basics

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Why are the Benson Bubblers [Portland’s landmark public water fountains] always running, especially when Oregon is experiencing a serious drought ? —IndraWhy do all those Benson Bubblers only rele   More
Wednesday, July 8, 2015 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Someone Clean This Up

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When I drive past the scene of an accident, I often see a lot of broken glass left behind. This could damage tires, or cause another collision when cars slow down to drive through it. Isn’t anyone r   More
Wednesday, July 1, 2015 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Does the DMV Allow Dirty Vanity License Plates?

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Recently I saw a standard, nonpersonalized Oregon license plate that featured the three letters “FUG.” I was amused, but it made me think: There must be combinations of letters the DMV skips (“F   More
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 MARTY SMITH

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