Willamette Week - http://www.wweek.com/portland/articles.sec-394-1-.html Wed, 07 Oct 2015 00:00:00 -0700 en hourly 1 You Can’t Handle the Tooth - Why the far right and left have come together to defeat fluoride. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20611-you_cant_handle_the_tooth_why_the_far_right_and_left_have_come_together_to_defeat_fluoride.html It’s an April evening at Dishman Community Center in Northeast Portland, and people are pissed. The occasion is a public debate between Healthy Kids, Healthy Portland, the local campaign that�]]> Dr. Know: The Truth Laid Bare - Does Portland really have the highest number of strip clubs per capita? http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20636-dr_know_the_truth_laid_bare_does_portland_really_have_the_highest_number_of_strip_clubs_per_capita.html 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 ]]> Dr. Know: Secondhand Pot Smoke - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-16668-dr_know_secondhand_pot_smoke_.html Dr. Know: Pusher Potential - What’s the street value of the extra painkillers in my prescription? http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21013-dr_know_pusher_potential_whats_the_street_value_of_the_extra_painkillers_in_my_prescription.html Following hip-replacement surgery, I was given a prescription for 160 painkillers called “Hydrocodone/APAP 5-325.” I’ve taken only one tablet. What’s the street value of the remaining 159?]]> Dr. Know: Venemous Inquiries - Does Portland really have a brown recluse spider problem? http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18939-dr_know_venemous_inquiries_does_portland_really_have_a_brown_recluse_spider_problem.html My roommate claims Portland is full of deadly brown recluse spiders. I say the brown recluse menace is overstated. I also think he’s using said menace as an excuse not to clean the basement. W]]> Dr. Know: Foam for the Holidays - Any way to get rid of all that Christmas-morning packaging? http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18570-dr_know_foam_for_the_holidays_any_way_to_get_rid_of_all_that_christmas_morning_packaging.html So far, biweekly trash pick-up is working for me. But the holidays are coming, and I’m pretty sure the Styrofoam from an Xbox would fill my whole trash bin. Is there any way to get rid of all th]]> Dr. Know: Vibrator Batteries - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-16372-dr_know_vibrator_batteries_.html Dr. Know: A Burning (Saint) Question - Why is there a statue of Joan of Arc in Laurelhurst? http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18702-dr_know_a_burning_%28saint%29_question_why_is_there_a_statue_of_joan_of_arc_in_laurelhurst.html Tell me, O wise one: What does a flambéed French saint have to do with the Rose City? I ask because recently, in Laurelhurst, I came upon the improbable statue of one Joan of Arc. —Koan of Arc]]> Lies My Newspaper Told Me - Five things you are wrong about. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18940-lies_my_newspaper_told_me_five_things_you_are_wrong_about.html Illustrations by Hawk Krall The scummiest election season, like, ever, is in full swing and the level of American civil discourse is at an all-time low (slut-shaming, anyone?). It seems like it]]> Dr. Know: Horning In - Why do trains still have to blow their horns in town? http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20705-dr_know_horning_in_why_do_trains_still_have_to_blow_their_horns_in_town.html Why in the name of the Almighty Monkey do we still have to suffer through trains blowing their horns as they crawl through town? I mean, this is 2013—can’t they figure out some better option t]]> Dr. Know: <i>FOODday</i> of the Dead - How do I stop <i>FOODday</i>? http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19051-dr_know_foodday_of_the_dead_how_do_i_stop_foodday.html  How do I stop FOODday? I’ve tried phone calls...]]> Dr. Know: Synthetic Urine - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-16426-dr_know_synthetic_urine_.html Dr. Know: A Dearth of Mosquitoes? - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17730-dr_know_a_dearth_of_mosquitoes_.html Traveling around America, I’ve noticed fewer mosquitoes in Portland than most other urban areas. Is it the climate? Secret nighttime spraying? Or just hungry salmon? —Forrest Here’s the thing:]]> Dr. Know: Volcanic Verisimilitude - How dormant/active is Mount Tabor? http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19368-dr_know_volcanic_verisimilitude_how_dormant_active_is_mount_tabor.html My dad says back in the ’50s he used to play up on Mount Tabor, and on a cold day he could see steam rising from the crater. How dormant/active is Mount Tabor, and is it true Rocky Butte is ac]]> Dr. Know: One-Screened Bandit - Does the Oregon Lottery tweak video poker machines to entice people to play? http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19119-dr_know_one_screened_bandit_does_the_oregon_lottery_tweak_video_poker_machines_to_entice_people_to_p.html Does the Oregon Lottery manipulate video poker machines to be “looser” at certain times—like when Social Security checks come in...]]> Dr. Know: Contrail-ian - How the hell can people miss chemtrails? http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18301-dr_know_contrail_ian_how_the_hell_can_people_miss_chemtrails.html On a sunny day, look up and you may see a contrail, which is a normal vapor trail that dissipates as quickly as a jet passes. Then there are chemtrails, which hang up there all day and spread ou]]> Dr. Know: Whence the Weird? - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-16538-dr_know_whence_the_weird_.html Portland Rock Trivia - Twelve absolutely random things you didn’t know about the Portland music scene. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19623-portland_rock_trivia_twelve_absolutely_random_things_you_didnt_know_about_the_portland_music_scene.html 1.MusicfestNW began as the bastard child of SXSW...]]> Dr. Know: <i>Armillaria fhtagn!</i> - Is Oregon really home to home to the world’s largest mushroom? http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20098-dr_know_armillaria_fhtagn__is_oregon_really_home_to_home_to_the_worlds_largest_mushroom.html Someone recently told me Oregon was home to the world’s largest mushroom. Is it as big as a whale? And where is it, so I can avoid it? It sounds creepy. —Another Liberal Arts Major Puny huma]]> Dr. Know: Mt. Hood Freeway? - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17561-dr_know_mt_hood_freeway_.html In at least two spots near where I-5 meets I-84, would-be traffic lanes overhead stand half-completed, as if freeway builders ran out of money halfway through the job. What’s the deal? —James An]]> Dr. Know: Fine Feathered Feces - Does goose poop represent a significant health threat? http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19845-dr_know_fine_feathered_feces_does_goose_poop_represent_a_significant_health_threat.html 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]]> Dr. Know: Fluoridation Situation - Is Portland’s consideration of putting fluoride in our drinking water a bad idea? http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19576-dr_know_fluoridation_situation_is_portlands_consideration_of_putting_fluoride_in_our_drinking_water_.html I’m hearing that the City of Portland is thinking about putting fluoride in our drinking water. People are getting pretty freaked out...]]> Dr. Know: EV EMF A-OK? - I hear electric cars don’t shield riders from all that EMF they produce. Are we doomed? http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21139-dr_know_ev_emf_a_ok_i_hear_electric_cars_dont_shield_riders_from_all_that_emf_they_produce_are_we_do.html I hear electric cars don’t shield riders from all that electromagnetic field (EMF) radiation they produce. I pity the way the “humans” in these cars are getting their gonads micro-nuked. Are]]> Dr. Know: When Intimacy and Dietary Philosophy Collide - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17966-dr_know_when_intimacy_and_dietary_philosophy_collide_.html With all the vegans in town, I am a little concerned about my oral sex life. Plain and simple question, do vegan chicks swallow? —Dustin C. I gotta say, Dustin, something about your letter gives me ]]> Dr. Know: Canada Geese - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-16405-dr_know_canada_geese_.html Dr. Know: Streak Legal? - I thought exposing one’s genitalia was illegal. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22704-dr_know_streak_legal_i_thought_exposing_ones_genitalia_was_illegal.html After the recent Naked Bike Ride, I’m quite confused. I thought exposing one’s genitalia was illegal. (Please note I am not advocating public mooning, especially not in Pioneer Courthouse Square d]]> Dr. Know: Monster Earthquakes - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17260-dr_know_monster_earthquakes_.html   If a monster earthquake strikes off the Oregon Coast, could the resulting tsunami come all the way up the Columbia River and flatten downtown Portland? —Seismic Citizen This is a popular mi]]> Dr. Know: The Trains Among Us - What’s the difference between subways and light rail? http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19553-dr_know_the_trains_among_us_whats_the_difference_between_subways_and_light_rail.html I saw a local-access TV show recently about the streetcar to Lake Oswego, and they mentioned NYC’s trains. The politician replies: “That’s a subway; this is light rail.” What’s the diffe]]> Dr. Know: Keller Swimming Hole? - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17862-dr_know_keller_swimming_hole_.html I often see kids swimming in the Keller Fountain, which makes me nervous for their safety. I confess that it’s also annoying to deal with screaming kids on my lunch break. Is it legal for people t]]> Dr. Know: Volcanic Panic - Will Mount Hood erupt anytime soon? http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18983-dr_know_volcanic_panic_will_mount_hood_erupt_anytime_soon.html Like you, I’m a big fan of natural disasters. I’m especially keen on that volcanic time bomb, Mount Hood. Will it erupt? How soon? And how many souls will I be able to harvest when it does?&nb]]>