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Dr. Know: Compilation Conundrum

When can we expect a Dr. Know compilation book?

Dr. Know
I keep asking my friends and family to keep an eye out for a Dr. Know compilation book for sale somewhere. Does one exist? You crack me up and keep me well-informed about the world every week. T   More
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Graveyard Klatsch

I work graveyard, where can I meet folks with the same work hours?

Dr. Know
I work graveyard, and my days off are Monday through Wednesday. Where can I meet folks with the same work hours? Is there some special place they meet, like a coffee shop or gym, or do they just    More
Wednesday, February 13, 2013 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Groundhog Day... Again

Do they factor in global warming before groundhogs come out of their holes?

Dr. Know
It’s Groundhog Day and I heard he didn’t see his shadow. Early spring maybe? When groundhogs get up in the morning on   More
Wednesday, February 6, 2013 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Super Bwah?

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

Dr. Know
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?

Dr. Know
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?

Dr. Know
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?

Dr. Know
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?

Dr. Know
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

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