Why have the prices of food gone up so much in the last year/since last semester? [3388A]
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Why are all the trees on campus numbered? [3356C]
Duke serves as a tree prison, and prisoners are given numbers. Also, it’s part of an inventory to help monitor the health of and schedule maintenance on the trees. The round metal tags identify a sample (certainly not all) trees in different stages in their life [...]
Dear AP, How do you know the answers to EVERYTHING? And also, why does [Duke prof.] hate me? [3356B]
When I myself went to college, I simply majored in “everything.” I doubt if Prof. [x] hates you. Why don’t you try impressing him with a spectacularly researched paper and erudite answers on exams?
Dear Answer Person, I suggest you become friends with [Duke student] currently an undergraduate senior here at Duke. She’s the coolest student I’ve met at Duke, but she hasn’t had a boyfriend in her near-four years here. How is that? [3356A]
Maybe she’s just too smart to mess up her life, or maybe the sort [...]
Why are there so few closed carrels? Why are there so many that seem free, but I’m so far down the wait list it looks like I won’t even get one before I get my degree? At the end of the semester will I suddenly get bumped up a few notches? [3355C]
Our Circulation Dept. [...]
Why do Phillipino [crossed out and corrected to Filipino by someone else] people have last names that sound Hispanic, like Hernandez, for example?
[in the same pen as the spelling correction:] A: B/c the Phillipines was once a Spanish colony and their people “got busy.” [3355B]
As the purple-pen person suggests, they were for [...]
Why is my chemistry TA so damned cool? [3355A]
He or she spilled on their person a highly evaporative liquid, or perhaps a cooling liniment, during an experiment. You might want to hand them a blanket.
Boxers or Briefs? or boxer-briefs? or nothing at all? [3354C]
It’s certainly not nothing-at-all (is that a double negative?). AP has a policy of not publicizing style of undergarment, at least not until running for public office.
What is a girasse? [3354B]
Girasse is a conjugation of a verb in a Romance language. In Portuguese, for instance, girar is roughly along the lines of “to turn around,” and the asse ending creates the first person subjunctive imperfect form, such as “I would have turned,” “I would have been turning,” ‘If I had [...]
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