I’m from a small town in Wyoming. When I was thirteen, I bought a Straight Dope book, not realizing that it was a column in a newspaper. Since then, I was hooked (my favorite line was about the impossibility [at the time] to lengthen one’s penis. In Cecil’s words “if you were equipped with a ding instead of a dong” there was little that could be done.).
Around here (still Wyoming), the Straight Dope is very, very obscure. I haven’t met anyone who has ever heard of it.
Eventually, when I got internet access, I looked up the Straight Dope. Thread-spotting that week was about Wally’s attempt at cyber-sex. That was how I came to find the message boards.
So, how did you find the Straight Dope?