The “Straight Dope” is a long-running newspaper column written by Cecil Adams, the World’s Smartest Human. Cecil’s mission is to fight ignorance, which he’s been doing since 1973 (it’s taking longer than he thought). The column spawned several books and eventually a website, where his columns (and additional reports by his staff) have been archived and where ignorance continues to be fought.
The associated community started as an America Online group, but in 1999 they left the confines of AOL and went “global” as the SDMB. Known as “the Dope” to its denizens, the message board was originally created as a way for Cecil’s fans to provide feedback and ask questions, but it has become significantly more than that. Today, the fans — known affectionately as both “Dopers” and “the Teeming Millions” — provide factual responses on just about any topic imaginable, debate the issues of the day, discuss the arts, play games, solicit opinions, natter on about miscellanea, and occasionally let off steam.
Among the Teeming Millions are dozens of creative artists — writers, artists, musicians, craftspeople. The teemings e-zine was designed as a venue for Dopers to share their writing. Founded by David Bloomberg and Patrick Malone, the original run (2001-2005) of teemings showcased some of the best of what the Dope has to offer. Those 18 issues can be found here.
In late 2009 Judy Weightman was inspired to resurrect teemings from its hiatus, and to expand the concept to include music and the visual arts. The first issue of the revival appeared in January 2010. Click here for the index to the second run.
We hope you’ll find plenty to read and enjoy here. If you have questions or comments, you can contact us here. If you find yourself thinking, “Hell, I can do better than that” — great, we’d love to see it! Here are our submission guidelines. And if you like what you see, we do hope you’ll consider joining us at the SDMB.