The Questions

Defy McQuaid!

Do you have something that’s been eating away at you for awhile? Perhaps a deep rooted factual question that’s been bugging you for decades?

Comment to this post with your question. Shaun McQuaid will do his best to find the answer for you.
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103 thoughts on “The Questions

  • 9/11/2006 at 11:30 am

    Similarly, this has always bugged me.

    In Lawrence, Kansas, home of the University of Kansas, we have a newspaper, the Lawrence Journal-World. Now, the university is called the “University of Kansas”, and conversely, the shortened form is “KU” (U. of Kentucky is older, and took the UK combo first).

    Anyway, in any news publication, the university is correctly mentioned as the “University of Kansas”. However, in the Lawrence Journal-World, the hometown paper, it is ALWAYS mentioned incorrectly as “Kansas University”. Furthermore, the newspaper never prints the Jayhawk logo in the paper either. Instead, they use a goofy blue hawk thingy.

    It seems to me that the LJW can’t use any trademarked item from the university (official name, logo). Why is this? Why would the university not allow the local paper to call it by its correct name? I don’t get it, and it’s always bugged me.

  • 10/4/2006 at 5:35 pm

    Are there any forthcoming innovations in plastic milk jug design?

    Over the past 20 years, we’ve seen the 20 oz. pop bottles change from glass to plastic. We’ve seen 2-liter pop bottles lose those colored plastic cup things at the bottom of the bottle. Aluminum cans have thinner walls, smaller-circumferenced lids, and larger pop-top openings than they did before. And the paper milk and juice cartons… nowadays, those have the plastic spout now.

    However, as long as I can remember, the gallon milk jug has remained completely unchanged. When did the plastic milk jug era begin (presumably from the glass jug era)? And are there any developments coming that radically change our milk packaging?

  • 10/27/2006 at 4:49 pm

    I was eating at Qdoba last night, and they had one of those news shows on the corner TV, with the little ticker on the bottom of the screen. Anyway, one of the items was that elderly Asians who eat lots of curry show fewer signs of dementia because curry has anti-oxidents… yadda yadda yadda. Some study confirmed this.

    And I’ve heard other studies, too. Eat ____ and it helps your _____. Every week, there seems to be something else that we should eat. My question is… is there a database of these studies somewhere, so we know what we should eat and why we should be eating it to be healthy? I’ve lost track of all of these studies.

    Also, how many of these studies contradict other studies? For example, maybe curry prevents dementia, but encourages exploding eyeballs. I want to know these things.

    (For what it’s worth, when I was sitting and pondering this in Qdoba, I immediately thought of McQuaid. “Hmm, I bet he knows…”)


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