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Dr. Know: Super Bwah?

I don't follow football. Who should I root for?

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I watch exactly one football game per year, the Super Bowl, and I have no idea whom to root for. Is there any reason for an Oregonian to prefer one side over the other? The Seahawks aren’t pla   More
Wednesday, January 30, 2013 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Murder of Crows, Sidewalk of Bird Poop

What's with the huge gathering of crows at Southwest 5th Avenue and Salmon Street every morning?

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Why do hundreds of crows gather in the trees at Southwest 5th Avenue and Salmon Street around 7 every morning? Their sound is deafening, and pedestrians have to dodge their droppings. What attra   More
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: More Fungus Among Us

What's the story on the supposedly deadly microscopic fungus found in Oregon a few years ago?

Dr. Know
Never mind the world’s largest fungus [“Dr. Know,” WW, Jan. 2, 2013]—it’s harmless. Wasn’t some new type of microscopic fungus discovered in Oregon a couple years back? A deadly one, that    More
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Standard Inquiries

What's the deal with the lights on top of the Standard Insurance building?

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A large pole with multicolored lights sits on top of the Standard Insurance building downtown. The lights shine either white, green or red. Is this Portland’s answer to Gotham’s Bat-Signal? An   More
Wednesday, January 9, 2013 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Armillaria fhtagn!

Is Oregon really home to home to the world’s largest mushroom?

Dr. Know
Someone recently told me Oregon was home to the world’s largest mushroom. Is it as big as a whale? And where is it, so I can avoid it? It sounds creepy. —Another Liberal Arts Major Puny huma   More
Wednesday, January 2, 2013 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Makin’ Paper for the Paper

With print industry ad revenue shrinking, how can Willamette Week afford to continue printing?

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I keep reading that The Oregonian’s print circulation is declining because of shrinking advertising revenue. How can Willamette Week   More
Wednesday, December 26, 2012 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: The 411 on the #1

Where did the “We’re Number One!” shout and gesture come from?

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I know Portland doesn’t have any teams likely to inspire this behavior anytime soon, but where did the custom of waving one’s index finger (real or foam rubber) in the air and shouting “We��   More
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Tis the Seasonal Job Scam

If I quit my day job for a seasonal one and get laid off, can I collect unemployment?

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I am dying to be rid of the shackles of my heinous day job. If I quit and took a seasonal holiday job, and then got laid off from that, would I qualify for unemployment? —Jane M. Before I repl   More
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know Knows Nose Pot

Can neti pots kill you?

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So now the Internet is telling me that neti pots—the Ayurvedic sinus-irrigation tool that you use to pour water through your nose—can kill you. Can they? Do those things even work? —Leery i   More
Wednesday, December 5, 2012 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Minding your Ps.

Is the “p” in “-corp,” silent?

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I’m hoping you can settle a wee phonological tiff with a co-worker: She says the “p” in “-corp,” as in “U.S. Bancorp,” or “PacifiCorp,” is silent. I say hogwash—these companies   More
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 MARTY SMITH

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