The most inventive Oregonian? Probably Douglas
Engelbart, who invented the computer mouse. Frances Gabe patented the
self-cleaning house in 1984. And Henry Phillips invented—wait for it—the
I recall that when I lived in Baltimore, there used to
be a poster in City Hall that listed all the things that originated
there (the refrigerator, the Ouija board, the dredger, Bromo-Seltzer,
Why don’t the police arrest drivers with dark-tinted side windows?
Recent studies have shown that over 93 percent of
drivers with dark-tinted side windows are either drug dealers,
pedophiles or repeat sex offenders. Why don’t the police arrest these
Recently, restaurants have begun expanding their dining
areas by annexing public, on-street parking spaces to build little
outdoor decks for tables and seats. Will you please comment on the
Can you legally ride horses on Portland’s streets?
Can you legally ride horses on Portland’s streets? And water them at Skidmore Fountain? Should I build a paddock in my driveway?
It’s funny you should bring this up, Carl. As it turns
Because of my youthful appearance, I’m often carded for
alcohol. But occasionally a barkeep will simply ask if I’m 21. I’ve
asked why, and they say undercover OLCC agents can’t lie during
What’s the street value of the extra painkillers in my prescription?
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?
Growing up, I learned you should tip 15 percent at
lunch and 18 to 20 percent for dinner. But what about at a place like
Laughing Planet, where you order at the counter? What’s the tipping
Why can't apartment complexes have compost collection?
I live in a 10-unit apartment complex.
Why aren’t we allowed to compost like single-family homes? Our dumpster
is overflowing, and the recycling is stuffed with pizza boxes.
Shouldn’t we get