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Dr. Know: The Truth Laid Bare

Does Portland really have the highest number of strip clubs per capita?


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I always hear that Portland has the most strip clubs of any city in the U.S.—or at least the most per capita. Are either of these claims even slightly true? —Statistically Curious I don’t    More
 
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: A Surprising Lack of Herbert

Why is nothing in Oregon named after President Herbert Hoover?


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U.S. President Herbert Hoover was from Oregon. How come nothing here is named after him? —Tequila Wilhelmina I admire your penchant for brevity, Willi. You should be on Twitter—and while you’r   More
 
Wednesday, May 8, 2013 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: The Art of Taxation

Why is the arts tax billed separately?


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I voted for the arts tax, but assumed it would be included in the “regular” tax. Why is it separate? It feels like a punishment: “You voted for it, here it is, in your face.” If I don’t    More
 
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: A Weighty Question

Has there always been a wealth of fat chicks in Portland?


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Has there always been a wealth of fat chicks in Portland? I used to brag about how cute (cute, not gorgeous) our women are, but lately I’ve seen a lot of boombalattys. What gives? —Free Willy   More
 
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Not so Hard Knocks

Why are boner pills so damn expensive?


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Why are boner pills so damn expensive? Even with my Kaiser insurance, it’s $135 for eight of the little bastards. Can’t our local meth cooks make this stuff? —Going Broke in Camas One of t   More
 
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Coming Clean

This column is a big fake, right?


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I’ve submitted some great questions to Dr. Know, and have read only lame questions answered lately. I conclude that the column is a clever ruse, like letters to a famous porn magazine of past.    More
 
Wednesday, April 3, 2013 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: A Bridge Too High

They say the CRC is designed to be too low. Would legalized pot in Oregon fix it?


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The folks planning the Columbia River Crossing bridge made it too low for big cargo carriers. Would legalized pot in Oregon fix this? Imagine: The bridge absorbs enough second-hand smoke to actu   More
 
Wednesday, March 27, 2013 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Deposit Posit

Why aren't plastic sportsdrink bottles redeemable for deposit?


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I recently learned that plastic sports-drink bottles are not redeemable for the 5-cent deposit. Juice and tea containers are also exempt from the bottle bill. Shouldn’t these also be part of thi   More
 
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Coastal Columbarium

Is it true that the Tillamook Rock Lighthouse holds cremated remains?


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In a list of Oregon “factoids,” I found the following: “The Tillamook Rock Lighthouse, built in 1880, is currently used as the final resting place of up to 467,000 cremated individuals.” A   More
 
Wednesday, March 13, 2013 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Tinsel on the Stumps

Why are there so many TV shows filming in Portland lately?


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With Portlandia, Grimm, and the last season of Leverage all taking place in our fair city, Portland seems to have become a hot setting for TV shows. Why are we getting so much attention now, after dec   More
 
Wednesday, March 6, 2013 MARTY SMITH
 

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