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Dr. Know: Minding your Ps.

Is the “p” in “-corp,” silent?

Dr. Know
I’m hoping you can settle a wee phonological tiff with a co-worker: She says the “p” in “-corp,” as in “U.S. Bancorp,” or “PacifiCorp,” is silent. I say hogwash—these companies   More
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Stuffing the Odds

Should I enter the lottery’s Thanksgiving Day Raffle?

Dr. Know
Should I enter the lottery’s Thanksgiving Day Raffle? My odds aren’t great, but aren’t they better in this game, since they only sell a limited number of tickets? I’m feeling lucky! —So   More
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Blunt Questions

Can we just cruise up to Washington and buy legal weed whenever we want now?

Dr. Know
So, now that Initiative 502, the recreational pot law, has passed in Washington, what’s the deal for folks in Portland? Can we just...   More
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Portland Gangland Style

Was Portland really a mob town at some point in its history?

Dr. Know
I keep hearing that back in the day, Portland was a mob town full of hit men, bootleggers and women of easy virtue. Could our currently milquetoast city really have such a colorful past? —Multno   More
Wednesday, November 7, 2012 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Fine Feathered Feces

Does goose poop represent a significant health threat?

Dr. Know
Let’s talk goose poop: Every park and walkway near the Willamette River is covered with the stuff. Is it any health threat to people and pets? —Thomas C. Before I answer, I’d like to formal   More
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Even the Oxen Aren't Safe

Any irony behind calling our food-stamp program the "Oregon Trail" card?

Dr. Know
When I think “Oregon Trail,” I think of people barely surviving on meager rations as part of a dehumanizing ordeal. That does make the phrase an appropriate name for our food-stamp program, bu   More
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Voting None Of The Above

Who can I write in for mayor that has the best chance of winning?

Dr. Know
I can’t vote for Jefferson Smith for mayor because he is a total fuckup. I can’t vote for Charlie Hales because he’s a lying son of a bitch. At this point, any alternative sounds good. Who c   More
Wednesday, October 17, 2012 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Historically Heinous

How come Oregon has a county named after someone as despicable as Gen. William S. Harney?

Dr. Know
How come Oregon’s Harney County is named after a guy who beat his slave girl to death and led troops in slaughtering 86 Indian men, women and...   More
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Moon-Eyed

Does cooler autumn air affect how large we perceive the full moon?

Dr. Know
I found myself marveling at the rising full moon over Portland last Saturday night. It certainly seemed larger than usual. My friend says this effect is caused by light refracting through the cool   More
Wednesday, October 3, 2012 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: A-Bridged Entendre

What’s the deal with the two towers that are being erected in the river south of the Marquam bridge?

Dr. Know
I drive over the Marquam Bridge every day and cannot figure out the purpose of the two towers that are being erected...   More
Wednesday, September 26, 2012 MARTY SMITH
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