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08-29-1999, 06:44 AM
As a fan of Cecil's,(my copy of Cecil's first book, I dated 1984). When I became able to access the web, one of the first things I looked for was if Cecil had a site. I quickly became addected, & this is by far my favorite site....How about you?
08-29-1999, 06:47 AM
I didn't get the column for years. Then some paper that did carry it (I always pick up the "alternative" paper when visiting a new town)had the address of this page.
the first supraliminal
08-29-1999, 08:30 AM
I got to know Cecil Adams through AOL. I loved his columns.
And the rest is... well, here.
One beer is less than two beers.
08-29-1999, 02:50 PM
Started reading Cecil in college back in the 80's in the Santa Barbara Independent. It never occured to me (DUH!) to look for a Straight Dope website until a few months ago, and here I am.
"My hovercraft is full of eels."
Just surfed in. I don't remember where I was coming from.
While on a business trip I couldn't sleep so I started watching tv, just flipping channels and I came across some weird bald guy answering questions. Strange stuff! Watched it every night I was there. About a year later I bought a computer subscribed to AOL. One night I couldn't sleep so I fired up the computer went on line and typed in Keyword: RANDOM.
Here I am, is this karma or what?
The american people are very generous people and will forgive almost any weakness, with the possible exception of stupidity.---Will Rogers
08-30-1999, 01:34 AM
I discovered the website a few months ago while searching for an article about eyes that change colors. I made coffee, and read every single article on the site. All of them. The good ones twice.
06-26-2001, 01:56 AM
I was sent a link to a posting by a fellow Doper. I started reading and liked the community. After a couple of weeks I registered.
06-26-2001, 04:13 AM
I watched the tv show when I was younger...one day I decided to see if The Straight Dope had a web site and I came across this, I don't remember exactly when it was but it was quite awhile ago. I refused to even read the boards for a long time simply because I don't care for all the aruing and nonsense that is ever-present at alot of boards but eventually I decided that this place was different.
06-26-2001, 04:25 AM
I was reading a News of the Weird about that guy that's been in the Paris airport forever, and it seemed so improbable that I searched for a secondary source. Cecil's column on said guy came up. I read it, liked it, and went through the rest of the columns online. I wanted to comment on one of 'em (no longer recall which one or why), so I clicked on the link on the bottom of the page...
Read the boards, liked 'em, stayed. Eventually I signed up and started posting.
06-26-2001, 04:28 AM
Someone somewhere on some messageboard I dont even remember posted a link to one of Cecils colums and Bang, here am I.:rolleyes:
06-26-2001, 07:05 AM
About 3 years ago one of Cecil's columns was in "Cruel Site of the Day". Went to SD website and never left. Eventually drifted over to the message board too.
06-26-2001, 07:12 AM
I walked into the office one day to see MrO giggling at the monitor... I asked him what he was reading, and it turned out to be the Straight Dope...
The rest is history (somewhat pathetic, but history nonetheless!):D
Amazing Tiki God
06-26-2001, 07:13 AM
One of my co-workers said hey this site is pretty neat and the columns are funny as heck. Anyways long story short I came read everyone of Cecil's columns then found the message board and found a thread that dealt with some rather unruly groundhogs. After that I was hooked.
06-26-2001, 07:26 AM
I'm a Terry Pratchett Fan and one day I read that Pterry uses The Straight Dope books for research.
Being German I had never heard of Straight Dope before but it sounded interesting and I went and bought a book.
Well, to find the website was just the next logical step... . :)
I wish I had more time for the message board though... . I hardly ever post because I'm usually posting from work and my screen faces the door... . :(
06-26-2001, 07:48 AM
i found this website while looking for a straight razor to buy. it came up with a dear cecil article about why womens leg hairs cause a razor to go blunter than a mans beard. come to think of it i never did find that straight razor.....
06-26-2001, 08:06 AM
I moved from Washington DC to Cleveland OH. While Cleveland has several weekly alternative newspapers, I missed the DC City Paper.
I found that the City Paper had a website, so started enjoying it on the web. Then, linked to the SD columns online, and eventually, the SDMB.
06-26-2001, 08:10 AM
Arden kept sending me links to funny threads until I caved and joined up myself.
06-26-2001, 11:52 AM
Saw the TV show, many years latergot a working computer, remembered the TV show, and typed in http://www.straightdope.com on a whim. Stayed away from the boards for weeks, until there was a Threadspotting feature that required my knowledge.
06-26-2001, 11:59 AM
Not a clue how I found this place. Read the columns for ages on the site, but didn't actually read or join the message board until Very Vaguely Creepy was on Threadspotting.
06-26-2001, 12:07 PM
One of my co-workers turned me on to the Straight Dope, and saw a threadspotting about someone who wouldn't have a good Christmas without help. So I signed up, and sent a check. Been here ever since!
06-26-2001, 12:16 PM
I had never heard of Cecil or this site until Feb 2000. One of the smartest guys I've ever met is a former coworker from India. He was only here on a business visa for 3 months. During that time he turned me on to the site. It certainly must have extended Cecil's reach considerably to be grabbing those on the other side of the world.
06-26-2001, 12:28 PM
I found http://www.straightdope.com while lazily checking through http://www.bored.com. I remembered how much I've enjoyed the books, and showed up to surf the site. I eventually read the Evil Nazi Groundhog thread, and signed up.
06-26-2001, 01:24 PM
I caught the TV show in college about five or six years ago really late at night, but I never could find it again.
Then a couple of years ago, I ran across John Taylor's website (super hot John Taylor of Duran Duran - http://www.trusttheprocess.com) and he had The Straight Dope listed in his "Pop Culture" links.
Searching For Truth
06-26-2001, 01:54 PM
Catalyst sent me links to the MBs till I decided to join. Was a complete Cecil virgin. I'm still only here for the message boards. (Sorry, guys, I'm sure Cecil's great.)
06-26-2001, 03:28 PM
I found out about this site from http://www.bored.com. After reading through the colums I decided to find out what the sdmb was all about. I liked it so I stayed :)
06-26-2001, 04:04 PM
I'm an orphan. Someone left me in a basket on Cecil's front porch.
I was on another message board and thought "I wonder if there are even better ones than this?" I went to Google, put in "message board" and SDMB was almost at the top.
Now I wonder...
06-26-2001, 04:48 PM
Miss Welfy would AIM me links to funny threads. I decided I had something to contribe to one.
And I've been wrong ever since. :)
06-26-2001, 06:49 PM
Looking for why it was called 'the rabbit test'. That was in about December of 99.
I went to comment on one of the columns in May of this year, and to my delight found that there were message boards!
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