Cecil Adams

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  • 17 years ago

    At a recent evening of "girl talk" with some of my friends, the subject of makeup tips came up. One of the women said her mother swore by Preparation H to reduce the dreaded under-eye puffiness we all get sometimes. We all laughed, but afterward I...

  • 17 years ago

    I've heard of people under general anesthetic who become physically paralyzed but remain mentally alert. They feel the surgeon's scalpel but are helpless and unable even to blink an eye or make a sound. Could you give me the straight dope on this ...

  • 17 years ago

    I have heard that armadillos carry leprosy. Is this true? How about any other nasty diseases? -- Tom Wilkinson, via AOL A query to the Straight Dope Science Advisory Board drew the following response: Q. Why don't lepers play hockey? A. Too many f...

  • 17 years ago

    I was at a lecture on existential philosophy, and it was mentioned in passing that Nietzsche proposed to someone early in his life. She turned him down, and he got bitter. Later in the same lecture, I was told that another famous philosopher met t...

  • 17 years ago

    In your column on Chinese foot-binding [October 22], you mentioned that small feet have been prized in many cultures, using as an example "Cinderella's tiny glass slipper." While your point is well taken, you missed a chance to mention the story b...

  • 17 years ago

    The hepatitis C virus (HCV) has become the new, ugly epidemic in this country, but it's not showing up in the headlines. What's up with that? There are 3.5 million Americans chronically infected with HCV. At least 80 percent of the cases are blood...


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