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Answer Man: How does one spot fellow Orange County residents when traveling?

The Answer Man rarely ventures outside this paradise, so he doesn’t know firsthand. But reliable sources tell him the key is “nice” casual clothing....

O.C. Answer Man: Any sign of werewolves in Orange County?

Unlikely, but the most famous one died here. Lon Chaney Jr., the man who played the title role in “The Wolf Man” (1941).

O.C. Answer Man: White swallows at Mission San Juan Capistrano?

Q: Grandma is certain she saw white swallows at Mission San Juan. White swallows?

O.C. Answer Man: How did O.C. become such a hub of hipster foodies?

Tableware expert Miss Lisa of Orange’s A&P Collectables has a theory. As our local cost of living skyrockets, and wages and benefits continue to...

O.C. Answer Man: How far back does John Wayne’s O.C. connection go?

Orange County screwed him up so badly, he had to become an actor. In November 1926, USC football player Marion “Duke” Morrison seriously injured...

O.C. Answer Man: Is it legal to feed wild ducks in Villa Park?

Don’t go there. In 1995, Villa Park resident Judy Simons fed a mallard in her yard. The duck told his friends, who told their...

O.C. Answer Man: Why is Little Saigon Centered in Westminster?

After Saigon fell in 1975, Camp Pendleton had the first U.S. reception center for refugees. Families and religious groups in nearby Orange County sponsored...

Is the Santa Ana River Man-Made?

Although it looks like a soulless concrete flood-control channel today, the once-wild Santa Ana River is ancient. Over time it helped create Newport Bay,...

Answer Man: What’s with all those peacocks at Irvine Regional Park?

In 1910, Albert A. Leake became superintendent of the new Marcy Ranch, headquartered near Newport Avenue and Marcy Drive, north of Tustin. He maintained...

Q: How long has the Shake Shack stood above Crystal Cove?

This beachfront landmark appeared not long after that segment of Coast Highway opened in the late 1920s, when...