Dr. Know: A Surprising Lack of Herbert

Why is nothing in Oregon named after President Herbert Hoover?

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U.S. President Herbert Hoover was from Oregon. How come nothing here is named after him? —Tequila Wilhelmina I admire your penchant for brevity, Willi. You should be on Twitter—and while you’r   More
Wednesday, May 8, 2013 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Not so Hard Knocks

Why are boner pills so damn expensive?

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Why are boner pills so damn expensive? Even with my Kaiser insurance, it’s $135 for eight of the little bastards. Can’t our local meth cooks make this stuff? —Going Broke in Camas One of t   More
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: A Bridge Too High

They say the CRC is designed to be too low. Would legalized pot in Oregon fix it?

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The folks planning the Columbia River Crossing bridge made it too low for big cargo carriers. Would legalized pot in Oregon fix this? Imagine: The bridge absorbs enough second-hand smoke to actu   More
Wednesday, March 27, 2013 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Deposit Posit

Why aren't plastic sportsdrink bottles redeemable for deposit?

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I recently learned that plastic sports-drink bottles are not redeemable for the 5-cent deposit. Juice and tea containers are also exempt from the bottle bill. Shouldn’t these also be part of thi   More
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Standard Inquiries

What's the deal with the lights on top of the Standard Insurance building?

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A large pole with multicolored lights sits on top of the Standard Insurance building downtown. The lights shine either white, green or red. Is this Portland’s answer to Gotham’s Bat-Signal? An   More
Wednesday, January 9, 2013 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Armillaria fhtagn!

Is Oregon really home to home to the world’s largest mushroom?

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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   More
Wednesday, January 2, 2013 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Makin’ Paper for the Paper

With print industry ad revenue shrinking, how can Willamette Week afford to continue printing?

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I keep reading that The Oregonian’s print circulation is declining because of shrinking advertising revenue. How can Willamette Week   More
Wednesday, December 26, 2012 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: The 411 on the #1

Where did the “We’re Number One!” shout and gesture come from?

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I know Portland doesn’t have any teams likely to inspire this behavior anytime soon, but where did the custom of waving one’s index finger (real or foam rubber) in the air and shouting “We��   More
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know Knows Nose Pot

Can neti pots kill you?

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So now the Internet is telling me that neti pots—the Ayurvedic sinus-irrigation tool that you use to pour water through your nose—can kill you. Can they? Do those things even work? —Leery i   More
Wednesday, December 5, 2012 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Blunt Questions

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

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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


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