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Have 107 billion people lived?

"The Population Reference Bureau estimates that approximately 107 billion people have ever lived." Reference: ...
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Does drinking water at certain times help digestion, prevent high-blood pressure, strokes and heart-attacks?

There is a poster in our breakroom at work that states this about drinking water: 2 glasses of water in the morning helps internal organs 1 glass before meal helps digestion 1 glass before ...
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Is there a way to tell if the sun is rising or setting by looking at a picture and not knowing which coast it was taken at? [on hold]

Looking through some pictures after watching "The Zero Theorem" it crossed my mind.
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Are 35% of Americans currently in collections?

An article from the Associated Press, STUDY: 35 PERCENT IN US FACING DEBT COLLECTORS, cites a study by the Urban Institute. The article states: The study found that 35.1 percent of people with ...
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Was the rocket on the Hospital and playground fired by Hamas? [on hold]

Everyone on Facebook seems to be sharing the same story, but from completely opposite viewpoints. While some will put faith into the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) and share the story as an example of ...
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Does organic food have more antioxidants than nonorganic food?

I know that there are a lot of studies out there that claim that organic food is not significantly different than nonorganic food in nutritional content, but this new study seems to challenge this ...
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Does the average minimum wage worker have $77/week to live on?

This is based on this question on Politics.SE. There's currently a "Live the Wage Challenge" which a former governor and several congresspeople are publicly doing (abcnews, politico). The challenge ...
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Did Stalin win the battle of Stalingrad using a “secret army” of 1.5 million men?

That is the thesis of Walter Kerr's "The Secret of Stalingrad." In the "Rise and Fall of the Third Reich," William L. Shirer also refers to German intelligence estimates of as many as 1.5 million ...
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Is this video about a moving chair in Essex theatre truly a “direct proof of the paranormal”?

or is fake or explainable by some more natural phenomena? from various sources around the internet Daily Mail Is this theatre haunted? CCTV footage captures the spooky moment a chair moves all on ...
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Does a carpet made from wool have better acoustic properties than a synthetic carpet?

This PDF document is claiming the following: Wool carpets may have some advantages over nylon carpets in this respect, particularly for low frequency noise, as is demonstrated in Figure 1. ...
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Determining your ancestry through the shape of your feet?

This picture makes its rounds around blogs & forums recently: Does it have any scientific backing?
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Does delayed umbilical cord-clamping reduce the risk of anaemia?

In his article 90 Seconds to Change the World", Dr. Alan Greene claims that when a baby is born, one-third of its blood is still in the placenta and that among other health benefits, delayed-cord ...
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Has a famine ever taken place in a functioning democracy?

Nobel winning economist, Amartya Sen has said: "No famine has ever taken place in the history of the world in a functioning democracy," he wrote in "Democracy as Freedom" (Anchor, 1999) ...
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Does VoucherStore sell genuine Microsoft Windows licenses? [on hold]

I have recently encountered VoucherStore, which claim to be selling Microsoft Windows licenses, but I am not sure if they licenses they are selling are legal to be used within the US. Are they a ...
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Can lightning bring down a plane?

Some early reports by witnesses to the Air Algérie Flight 5017 crash claim that lightning caused the plane to crash: A GROUP of herders who say they saw Air Algerie flight AH5017 crash claim it ...
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Was a real hologram of Homer Simpson used at Comic Con 2014?

At the San Diego Comic Con 2014, there was what they call an hologram of Homer Simpson, but is this a real hologram ? Or just a projection on the wall ? I thought that the hologram technology was far ...
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Has criminalising recreational drugs reduced major crime? [on hold]

The United States has outlawed open access to many recreational drugs. The usual reasoning is that society would have more major crime (such as murder and other "major" (non-drug-related) offences) ...
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Are British plugs safer than all other plugs?

There is a very interesting Youtube Video British Plugs Are Better Than All Other Plugs, And Here's Why that indicates some engineering reasons why the British power plug is safer than for example the ...
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Has Dean Radin's Love study been independently confirmed by three dozen groups?

This NPR article from 2009 states that Dean Radin conducted a Love study that claimed to show a scientifically meaningful correlation between a husband thinking about a wife and her sensing it within ...
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Is this Strelkov?

The ibtimes site claims that the guy in this image is Igor Girkin, also know as 'Strelkov": Igor 'Strelkov ' Girkin (C) pictured in Visegrad in 1992 along with a Russian mercenary and a ...
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Does racism towards white people exist? [on hold]

My girlfriend (Caucasian) and I (Asian) have conflicting views on this matter. She believes that you can't be racist towards white people. White people, she says, have never been oppressed and have ...
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Who fired rockets at Malaysian MH17 flight? [duplicate]

This is still pretty confusing who actually shot down the MH17 flight ? Many news websites claim that the Plane was shot down by Russian-backed Rebels, There is overwhelming, but largely ...
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Is it safe to stand by the windows during a thunderstorm?

There is widespread belief in my culture that we should not stay near door or windows during lightning. So people advise others to stay inside house with doors and windows closed to be safe from ...
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Why does a response by the Department of Defense to an FOI request include “Majestic 12” documents? [on hold]

The document in question can be found here, and on page 449 you'll find the Majestic-12 "briefing documents", annotated with "This cannot be authenticated as an official DoD document". My question ...
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Is it possible to get a suntan while wearing suntan lotion?

In the summer, there is always an increase in advertisements and public awareness campaigns to get people to wear suntan lotion, to reduce the risk of sunburn (naturally). Some of these ...
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Do artificial sweeteners trigger insulin releases?

Various articles suggest that artificial sweeteners cause the body to respond with an increased insulin release, which may be associated with diabetes. Huffington Post Researchers found that ...
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Is it possible for a person to not see the new moon at different places on earth? [on hold]

It is known that theoretically we see the same moon phase everywhere on the earth, but practically I see that people are unable to observe the 0.8% waxing crescent at different places on earth. This ...
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Is prone masturbation detrimental to your sex life?

Prone masturbation: lying face down and thrusting the penis into or against the bed, pillow, or something else. Prone masturbation's medical term is Traumatic masturbatory syndrome (TMS). ...
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Did Julius Caesar tell his captors to double their ransom demands?

According to a Time.com article, Julius Caesar was kidnapped by pirates when he was 25. He charmed them, telling his captors to double their ransom demand and joking about how he would punish ...
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Did Coca-Cola contain cocaine?

Is it true Coca-Cola once contained cocaine? To what extent and how similar was this to the street drug cocaine? Until 1903, the world-famous soft drink contained a significant dose of cocaine. ...
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What percentage of the population has completed at least one marathon? [on hold]

Is there a good way to estimate how many people out of the living population have completed at least one marathon in their life time? Are there any estimates? I would like to know the % of world ...
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279 views

Does rubbing a bruise help against haematomas?

My parents always told me to rub firmly directly after I bruised myself, say after a hit with a blunt object (without damage to the skin). The explanation would be that this helps against haematomas ...
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Did Gandhi make racist statements about black prisoners?

Did Mahatma Gandhi make racist statements? In The Guardian article Gandhi branded racist as Johannesburg honours freedom fighter, it's stated that he said "Many of the native [black] prisoners are ...
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Does the UK has enough wind to power the country five times over?

Greenpeace UK tweeted about the UK having enough wind to power the country five times over: MT @1010: The UK has enough wind to power the country five times over. Let's use it! After a bit of ...
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Did “Max the Hacker” manipulate autocues and traffic lights?

There is a man who calls himself Max the Hacker. He appears in many Dutch videos filmed in the Netherlands, such as this one in which he shows himself purporting to manipulate news readers' autocues ...
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Does the average American unwittingly commit three felonies a day?

Harvey Silverglate has written a book, Three Felonies a Day: How the Feds Target the Innocent, in which he claims, according to the Amazon blurb: The average professional in this country wakes up ...
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Does the intensity of one's sex life influence the probability of getting cancer?

I've heard claims such as People who have sex at least 2 times a week between the age of 20 and 30 are less likely to get cancer later. and People who have too much sex are more likely to ...
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Are the Arabs using the equivalent of extortion to take the political rights to Palestine from the Jews? [closed]

The Jewish and Arab peoples (not the Arabs calling themselves the Palestinian people) filed competing claims for Palestine in the Paris Peace Talks in 1919. When the Supreme Council of the Allied ...
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Why aren't the Jewish settlements legal under International Law, Canon Law, US domestic law, and historic rules for obtaining sovereignty? [closed]

The Supreme Council of the Allied Principal War Powers recognized the Jewish People as the owners of the political rights to Palestine, but put them in trust for World Jewry until they attained a ...
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Is there a 12% chance that a solar storm does damage to the electrical grid in the next decade?

Reuters: The probability of a solar storm striking Earth in the next decade with enough force to do serious damage to electricity networks could be as high as 12 percent, according to solar ...
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Are these quotes by Malcom X, Albert Einstein, Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi about the Israeli–Palestinian conflict correct?

I've seen this image on Facebook, often these image macros are just made up, or misattributed quotes, what about in this case?
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Do crabs possess “crab mentality”?

Is there any verifiable evidence that crabs, in fact, demonstrate "crab mentality"? Individually, the crabs could easily escape from the pot, but instead, they grab at each other in a useless ...
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Was an amendment proposed making everyone in favour of a war liable for military service?

Apparently from Ultrafacts.tumblr.com, with a tweet version retweeted 137 times: In 1916 an amendment was proposed to the Constitution that all acts of war would be put to a national vote. ...
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Has ISIS issued a mandate that stores cover up mannequins’ faces?

It has been widely reported from the Associated Press that ISIS has ordered shopkeepers in the Iraqi city of Mosul to cover the faces of mannequins. (NBC news, one of many sources:) ISIS Forces Iraq ...
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“Apocalyptic Trumpets in the Sky” - Is there a convincing explanation for the noise featured in a number of YouTube videos? [closed]

There are a number of videos (more than I cared to watch) on YouTube that feature a noise that some users have described as 'trumpets in the sky'. The noises that the various videos feature sound ...
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Is federal firefighting the cause for the increase of US forest fires and their severity?

On the Cato Institute's website is this claim: The heightened danger to national forests is, ironically, the result of longstanding federal efforts to suppress fires going back many decades. Those ...
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Can PTSD be a factor in causing one to plagiarize?

On BreitBart.com the following claim is made: HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Sen. John Walsh of Montana said Wednesday his failure to attribute conclusions and verbatim passages lifted from other scholars' ...
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Does the “True Colors Personality Quiz” predict behavior?

I was recently asked to participate in an exercise that involved a personality quiz whose questions (but not the particular formatting) were identical to this one: True Colours Personality Test ...
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Are there enough IPv6 addresses for every atom on the surface of the Earth?

There is already a question on this site comparing the number of IPv6 addresses to the number of grains of sand on earth, but my question is different. There is a famous quote that everyone in ...
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Did more than 10 million people get health insurance due to the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)?

The Huffington Post claims: More Than 10 Million People Got Insurance Because Of Obamacare, Feds Say The number of Americans without health insurance declined by 10.3 million because of ...

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