Dr. Know: Who's "Kevin the Drummer" on Google Maps?


Dr. Know
While using Google Maps’ turn-by-turn directions, I received the instruction: “Turn left at Kevin the Drummer onto NW Leahy Terrace.” There was nothing unusual about the intersection. So, what t   More
 
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: The Really Big One


Dr. Know
The recent New Yorker article made me wonder: When the cataclysmic earthquake hits, how far up the Columbia River will the tsunami go, assuming it’s as big as predicted? —Not Buyi   More
 
Wednesday, July 29, 2015 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Do I Want A Swamp Cooler In This Heat?


Dr. Know
During the recent heat wave, a friend was raving about swamp coolers. I’d never heard of them. All she could tell me was, it’s a box that appears to make your room less hot. How do they work? Do I   More
 
Wednesday, July 15, 2015 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Benson Bubbler Basics


Dr. Know
Why are the Benson Bubblers [Portland’s landmark public water fountains] always running, especially when Oregon is experiencing a serious drought ? —IndraWhy do all those Benson Bubblers only rele   More
 
Wednesday, July 8, 2015 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Someone Clean This Up


Dr. Know
When I drive past the scene of an accident, I often see a lot of broken glass left behind. This could damage tires, or cause another collision when cars slow down to drive through it. Isn’t anyone r   More
 
Wednesday, July 1, 2015 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Does the DMV Allow Dirty Vanity License Plates?


Dr. Know
Recently I saw a standard, nonpersonalized Oregon license plate that featured the three letters “FUG.” I was amused, but it made me think: There must be combinations of letters the DMV skips (“F   More
 
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Why do the pigeons always crap on my head?


Dr. Know
Do perching pigeons have motion detectors? Every time I walk under one, its bowels promptly explode on my bald spot or exquisitely manufactured hat. The west side of the Broadway Bridge is lik   More
 
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Are there spent fuel rods at the former Trojan nuclear plant?


Dr. Know
Are there still spent fuel rods stored at the site of the former Trojan nuclear plant, or were they moved to Hanford when the cooling tower was dynamited by PGE? Also, would it be legal for a ne   More
 
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Can I pay for a coin-op parking meter space using the “smart meter” across the street?


Dr. Know
There are still a few coin-operated parking meters in Portland. As a civilized human, I rarely carry any cash, much less four bucks in quarters to park downtown for three hours. Can I pay for    More
 
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 MARTY SMITH

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