Dr. Know: Highway Punditry

What’s the deal with that wacky religious billboard just outside of Kalama?


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I drove to Seattle over the weekend and passed that wacky religious billboard just outside of Kalama. What’s the deal? —Joseph Ah, the legendary Uncle Sam billboard of Chehalis. For half a cent   More
 
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Beneath the Skin

If our skin cells are constantly regenerating, why do tattoos persist?


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I heard that our skin naturally exfoliates and is continually replaced by new skin cells. Then why aren’t the tattoos on my favorite waitress slowly fading away? —Big Tipper You “heard,”   More
 
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Cali Concious

Is Portland being invaded by Californians?


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Is it just me, or is Portland being invaded by Californians? Lately I’ve counted between six and 14 cars per day with California license plates. What gives? —Mini Coupe We interrupt this broa   More
 
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Signing-Off On Signs

Who paid for the interstate signs pointing to the Moda Center instead of the Rose Garden?


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I noticed all the interstate signs have been changed to direct people to Moda Center instead of the Rose Garden. Who paid for those new signs? Paul Allen or you and me? —A Different Paul ’Ti   More
 
Wednesday, March 5, 2014 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Urban Coyote Conundrum

Is there a fine for shooting a coyote?


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An asshole coyote just reduced our chicken population from 14 to five. There’s probably a fine for shooting that bastard in the face, but what should I do instead? —TLDR You’ve got asshole   More
 
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: The Hubbub on Scrubs

Should hospital workers really be wearing their scrubs everywhere?


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I live in South Waterfront, near OHSU, and I see people wearing scrubs everywhere. If scrubs are worn to maintain cleanliness in the hospital, doesn’t wearing them out to Little Big Burger def   More
 
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Land Bridge Willamette

What would it take to freeze the Willamette River over?


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All this snow and ice reminded me of those old pictures where people are driving across the Willamette in their Model T’s. How cold would it have to get for me to drive my Civic across the river   More
 
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Baby on Bike

Why does Oregon have a child car-seat law but not one for bicycles?


Dr. Know
Could you explain why Oregon has a child car-seat law but not one for bicycles? And why is it OK to drag little children around behind a bicycle in a flimsy tent-cart? —Hot Seat Su A cynic mig   More
 
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Pearls of Wisdom


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With regard to how the Pearl District got its name—I heard it was named after the original developer’s favorite slave. —Leon You’re a laugh riot, Leon. Ordinarily, a letter like yours woul   More
 
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Stumped on Bumbershoots

Do Portlanders really eschew umbrellas?


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There is the notion here that real Portlanders do not use umbrellas. Really? We’re stupid enough or silly enough to get drenched in a downpour? —Kevin S. What is a “real Portlander,” any   More
 
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 MARTY SMITH

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