Dr. Know: Our Bottled Water History

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

Dr. Know
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: The Really Big One

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

Dr. Know
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

Dr. Know
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

Dr. Know
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?

Dr. Know
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

Dr. Know: Why do the pigeons always crap on my head?

Dr. Know
Do perching pigeons have motion detectors? Every time I walk under one, its bowels promptly explode on my bald spot or exquisitely manufactured hat. The west side of the Broadway Bridge is lik   More
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Are there spent fuel rods at the former Trojan nuclear plant?

Dr. Know
Are there still spent fuel rods stored at the site of the former Trojan nuclear plant, or were they moved to Hanford when the cooling tower was dynamited by PGE? Also, would it be legal for a ne   More
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 MARTY SMITH


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