The Straight Dope on Grand Juries

Cecil Adams’ Straight Dope column has been mandatory reading for years for any curious individual who’d like to know, say, whether poppyseed bagels will make you flunk a drug test or what the real lyrics are to “Louie Louie.” But if you’re not into the science (why pigeons bob their heads; what happens if you turn on the headlights while driving at light speed) or the philosophy (what’s the sound of one hand clapping?), today there’s a short but detailed examination of the origins and evolution of the grand jury. The piece runs from 12th-century England to modern-day San Francisco, with some nice twists along the way.

And, no, reading it doesn’t give you continuing education credit.

Brian McDonough



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