Hey, I can’t believe I found you on the web, 10+ years ago I first got a Straight Dope book, second hand in a bookstore in Bangkok, two years later I found More Straight Dope, under similar circumstances in Kathmandu! I live in the great white north and had never heard any more of his greatness. Well, I’ll have you know that in the intervening years several questions have been occupying space in my brains, questions I have been saving, waiting to one day hear of y’all again. I just stumbled onto The Triumph of… at my local bookstore. I was convinced my questions would appear in those pages. But, alas, not so. I’m hoping you can help me with these perplexing problems. Here goes:
- How do they make those mandarin orange segments you can buy in tins. Do they peal them? Is it, I hope not, a chemical process or what? It could be that chinese slaves are responsible for this.
- How come commercial aircraft are not equiped with big parachutes ala space shuttle. You’d still crash, I’m sure, but with luck you wouldn’t be going so fast. Surely this could save lives.
3.Why does Machu have only one ‘p’, while Picchu has two?
- Why does Bolivia have a Navy?
I have been carrying around these questions a long time and feel enormous relief knowing that the teaming millions have taken over the task of answering them.