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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?

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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

Dr. Know: Stuffing the Odds

Should I enter the lottery’s Thanksgiving Day Raffle?

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Should I enter the lottery’s Thanksgiving Day Raffle? My odds aren’t great, but aren’t they better in this game, since they only sell a limited number of tickets? I’m feeling lucky! —So   More
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Blunt Questions

Can we just cruise up to Washington and buy legal weed whenever we want now?

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So, now that Initiative 502, the recreational pot law, has passed in Washington, what’s the deal for folks in Portland? Can we just...   More
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Portland Gangland Style

Was Portland really a mob town at some point in its history?

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I keep hearing that back in the day, Portland was a mob town full of hit men, bootleggers and women of easy virtue. Could our currently milquetoast city really have such a colorful past? —Multno   More
Wednesday, November 7, 2012 MARTY SMITH

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