Dr. Know: The Feline Exemption

Dr. Know
Please explain why cats get to roam neighborhoods without a leash. They make terrible noises at night, leave their crap in my yard, and they kill birds. Why do my dogs need to be leashed and not cats?   More
Wednesday, September 23, 2015 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Vortex I

Dr. Know
Last week’s obituary of survival medicine expert Dr. Cameron Bangs mentioned that he served as chief medical officer at “the only state-sponsored rock concert in U.S. history.” All respect to th   More
Wednesday, September 16, 2015 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Evil Telemarketing Robots

Dr. Know
I keep getting telemarketing robocalls from different 971 numbers. I’ve clicked through to be removed from their lists, but they keep calling. When I call the numbers to complain, they’re just reg   More
Wednesday, September 9, 2015 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Our Bottled Water History

Dr. Know
 Let us journey through the mists of history to a time of primitive hunter-gatherers, when a wild, half-human creature known as Frank Ivancie roamed the earth.   More
Wednesday, September 2, 2015 MARTY SMITH

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


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