Dr. Know: Current Trends

Can you float against the current in the Willamette?


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I recently floated the Willamette from Oaks Park to the Sellwood Bridge. Soon after, I found myself in a vicious bar argument with a friend who swears I couldn’t have floated north to south,   More
 
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Commuter Conundrum

Why is traffic so much worse in the evening than in the morning?


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I commute from downtown to Tigard via I-5. In the morning, it takes me 20 minutes or less. However, on my way home, traffic is often a parking lot. Where do all these commuters come from in th   More
 
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Edge of Midnight

Why do some park signs say "Open until 12:01 am" instead of midnight?


Dr. Know
I’ve noticed that posted hours for some parks are expressed as “Open until 12:01 am.” What’s wrong with “Open until 12 am” or even “Open until midnight”? Is this because of limited   More
 
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Streak Legal?

I thought exposing one’s genitalia was illegal.


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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   More
 
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Animal Inmates?

Is it unethical to visit the Oregon Zoo?


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A zoo is a prison for animals who are guilty of nothing except being animals. Is it unethical to visit the Oregon Zoo? —Kevin S.  I’m flattered, Kevin, that you seem to think I can furrow   More
 
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: The Naked Truth

Did Portland really invent the Naked Bike Ride?


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Did Portland really invent the Naked Bike Ride, or is it one of those things like “Keep Portland Weird” that we stole from some other city and now try to take credit for? —Hypocritical Mass   More
 
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Hot Wheels, Raw Deals

Why do I have to pay the towing fees for my recovered stolen car?


Dr. Know
My car was stolen. Thankfully, it was recovered. But since the cops had it towed, it cost me $200. The tow company says it sends most of this money back to the city. Why should I have to pay to    More
 
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Major League Dreams

Who in Portland is rich enough to buy the city another professional sports team?


Dr. Know
Portland still has only one team—the Trail Blazers—from one of the four traditional major sports leagues. Does your privileged position as a widely read columnist give you access to the well-h   More
 
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: A Local Fish Story

What are the chances that there are monster-sized fish swimming in Bull Run?


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With Bull Run being off limits to most everyone for years, there could be some monster-sized fish swimming around in there. Has it ever been considered for a monster-fish reality-TV show? —Stim   More
 
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: The Vanishing Candidates

The number of candidates in my Voters' Pamphlet doesn't match my ballot. Conspiracy?


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My Voters’ Pamphlet lists only one Democratic candidate for governor. However, my primary ballot has two candidates listed. For U.S. senator, the pamphlet has one candidate and the ballot has three.   More
 
Wednesday, May 7, 2014 MARTY SMITH

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