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Does the “True Colors Personality Quiz” have any legitimacy?

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: ...
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IPv6 address to every Atom on the Earth Surface

There is already a question on this site which compared the IPv6 addresses with the grains of Sand on the earth, but my question is different, so do not close it. There is this famous quotation, ...
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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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Did Nazis use alternatives to Zyklon B?

According to my dad, when in lack of Zyklon B, Nazis used their truck exhaust pipes directly as a source of gas. Is that true?
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How can a toaster be 4 times colder than a smoldering cigarette, but still produce (bread) ashes? [on hold]

In Celsius, bread toasters seem to reach less than 200°C while small cigarettes fire can exceed 800°C. How can you explain this huge difference? How can they both produce ashes with so different ...
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Does the “Nonstop Elevator Hack” work?

I stumbled across this claim pretty often in the last few years. Now the problem is that I wasn't able to reproduce it but maybe it was just because I rarely visit tall buildings with multiple ...
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Is MarsOne a hoax, or are their claims reasonable? [on hold]

I was reading a little on spaceexploration.se and I came across the following comments: The amount of nonsense from Mars One is quite astounding. The number of people who have swallowed that ...
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Does this video show a sniper shooting a Palestinian?

In this troubling [not suitable for all audiences] video, you see a young man being shot. There were many claims on Reddit that it was fake, and then claims that it was real. Is there a way to know ...
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272 views

Are women more attracted to “bad guys”?

I have often heard (including in articles and discussions) that women are more attracted to bad guys. Is this true?
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Why is the light from a full moon bluish? [on hold]

Why is ambient light from a nearly fill moon bluish while the moon is white when I observe it?
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Is Michael Moore worth approximately $50 million?

On the Celebrity Net Worth website, this claim is made: Michael Moore net worth: Michael Moore is a documentary filmmaker and author who has a net worth of $50 million. Is this true? This seems ...
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Does or did Russia support the Donbass People's Militia?

Many (western) sources claim that Putin (actively) supports the rebels in eastern Ukraine, more specifically the Donbass People's Militia. For example, BBC News writes: Russia was obviously ...
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Would humans starve if spiders disappeared?

In this Washington Post article, Norman Platnick of the American Museum of Natural History is quoted as saying the following: If spiders disappeared, we would face famine. Spiders are primary ...
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Did the Free Syrian Army take a (pictured) toddler hostage?

On Al-hadath News is this picture posted: and claims that the Free Syrian Army posted this picture claiming it is "[their] youngest hostage." Is it true that the baby was taken hostage and ...
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Did Israel steal Palestinian lands?

To prevent confusion, stealing is defined in this question as: take (another person's property) without permission or legal right and without intending to return it. Being in Middle Eastern country, ...
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Was the MH17 video taken in Ukraine-held territory?

According to MISH'S Global Economic Trend Analysis, On the CBS program “Face the Nation,” Mr. Kerry referred to a video that the Ukrainians have made public showing an SA-11 unit heading back to ...
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Is Gallup's Clifton StrengthsFinder able to identify the strengths of an individual?

On their website Gallup claim that their Clifton StrengthsFinder test is able to accurately identify personal strengths. I am skeptical of this method because the test itself simply asks people how ...
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Is Israel's Air Defense System, Iron Dome, 90% successful?

According to New York Times, March 20 about Israel's Air Defense System, Iron Dome: Israeli officials initially claimed success rates of up to 90 percent. ... But a growing chorus of weapons ...
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Do North Korean men have to cut their hair like Kim Jong Un does?

I read on several websites that a recent law compels North Korean men to cut their hair like Kim Jong Un does. Where does this information come from? Is it reliable? Here is an example in Belgian ...
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Can we see a single candle X miles away?

Recently I saw a commercial for Centrum that claims you can see the light of a single candle from ten miles away. I was skeptical, but a trip to the internet claims that not only is that true, but ...
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Can a commercial flight be mistaken for a fighter jet? [duplicate]

There were a couple of incidence where passenger planes were mistaken for fighter jets or military aeroplanes and were brought down with missiles. I am skeptical that if we have such an accurate ...
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217 views

Did the Curiosity Rover take its own hands-free selfie?

Time Magazine had an article with a photographic portrait of the Curiosity Rover on Mars, attributed to NSA/JPL. Here's another version: This photos seems like it would be impossible to take. I ...
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Is fibromyalgia a discrete clinical entity?

Is fibromyalgia a discrete clinical entity? Is it a disease? Discrete clinical entity (a term often used in the medical literature, usually without definition): "there is something specific and ...
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Have one million Christians been persecuted to death or exile in Iraq by jihadis?

On the Breitbart News Network is the claim In a region where Christians predate Muslims by centuries, over one million Christians have been killed or have had to flee because of jihadi ...
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Could we buy every homeless person a house with the money spent on the F-35?

I've come across a number of articles that suggest that if we took all the money that we spent on the F-35 jet, every homeless person in the US could have been given a $600,000 home. Could this be ...
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99 views

Is fascism a right-wing ideology? [on hold]

Is fascism a right-wing ideology? See also: http://www.debate.org/opinions/is-fascism-left-wing-yes-or-right-wing-no ...
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Was MH17 shot down?

The news, the Internet and various governments treat it like a given fact that MH17 has been shot down. On basis of what evidence? I can't seem to find any - only things like "without going into ...
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195 views

Are Soldiers Overdiagnosed with PTSD in the US Military?

I am a combat veteran, but I was not diagnosed with PTSD. When I was in the military, there were Soldiers with PTSD who had never served in a combat zone. There were also Soldiers who served in a ...
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Was the video about MH17 done the day before it crashed?

Was the video implicating rebels in the shooting down of MH17 created the day before the crash? Example claim donwload SBU video of recording of rebels talking of downing #MH17 and check the ...
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Does the US military before naming every piece of equipment the US military names after a Native American tribe get permission first from that tribe? [on hold]

RHINODEN on RANGERUP claims: Most importantly of all, however, with the slightest bit of research, or if he possessed the slightest bit of journalistic integrity, Simon Waxman would have found ...
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277 views

Is this a way to survive a lightning strike?

source Text in the image (clockwise): Crouch down low like a baseball catcher. Get as low as you can. The nearer you are to the ground, the less likely you are to be struck by lightning. ...
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Did Ukraine set up Russia on the MH17 incident? [on hold]

Rebels shot several planes of Ukraine in the last days, after they got their hands on that missile system. Some say that because of this, Ukraine flight control specifically gave directions to the ...
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Does chocolate have caffeine?

Chocolate doesn't have caffeine according to this Snopes thread. Wikipedia stated that chocolate has it: [Cocoa solids] also contain alkaloids such as theobromine, phenethylamine and caffeine. ...
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Does sleeping naked in a sleeping bag keep you warmer?

The most popular question on outdoors.SE is Is it warmer to sleep naked in a sleeping bag? Now, all the answers over there are not properly researched and it was suggested in one of the ...
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Is there a non-ionizing, non-heating mechanism by which cell phones can damage sperm? [closed]

I'm aware that a similar question has been asked before, but I'm hoping my questions are different enough to warrant a new post. Does the presence of a cellphone affect sperm count or heart rate? I ...
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Do animals commit suicide?

I've done some Googling and only found case stories without any scientific backup. Most of the case reports about animal suicide online can by easily debunked by logical reasoning. For example there ...
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Did Snowden reveal that ISIS is a USA-Israel tactic?

This reports claims regarding ISIS which evolved since 2003 assuming erstwhile names like ISI,ISIS and now IS: The former employee at US National Security Agency (NSA), Edward Snowden, has ...
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Does beetroot cure cancer?

Googling the keywords "beetroot cancer cure" will come up with many articles claiming that beetroot may cure cancer. Beetroot is one of the many healthy RAW vegetables one should focus on according ...
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Did the ballet/orchestral work 'The Rite of Spring' provoke a riot?

I took this from a newspaper article in the telegraph. It is often said that The Rite of Spring are what caused the outrage, but pulsating rhythms at least have an appeal at a visceral level (an ...
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Will Lori Robinson command the largest ever theater of operation for a non-pilot?

The Washington Times claims of Lt. Gen. Lori J. Robinson that The White House has picked the first female general to head the Air Force in the Pacific, which will make her the first non-pilot to ...
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121 views

Does Beijing still see natural sunrises?

In Januari 2014, this article reported that: Over the weekend, a story that originated on the smut-ridden UK-based Daily Mail went viral among major media outlets across the world. Time, CBS, ...
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Do airline pilots decide on flight plan and receive personal bonus for fuel saving?

On the question why MH17 flew over Ukrainian civil war zone, experts say: Malaysia Airlines, like a number of other carriers, have been continuing to use it because it is a shorter route, which ...
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Does flushing the gallbladder have any positive effect on one's health?

Many websites propose cleansing the gallbladder (or the liver) in specific ways (frequently with fruit juice and oil) which they claim causes the gallbladder to expel cholesterol in the form of small ...
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Are medics often incapable of understanding or communicating statistical results to their patients?

A recent news article on the BBC summarises work of Gerd Gigerenzer that argues (my emphasis): ...it's not just that doctors and dentists can't reel off the relevant stats for every treatment ...
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Do RSS satellite samples show no warming since September 1996?

On the Climate Depot is a claim that Global Temperature Standstill Lengthens: No global warming for 17 years 10 months – Since Sept. 1996 (214 months) and this graph of RSS satellite data is ...
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How did people sleep in the past? [duplicate]

Recently I was told by a friend: People used to sleep in two shifts, one from 8pm to midnight, then wake up for an hour or two, before taking a second sleep shift from 2am to 6am. He claims that ...
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Did a Soviet nail factory produce useless nails to improve metrics?

We've all heard the story, which sounds for all the world like a typical urban legend. It goes something like this: Once upon a time, there was a factory in the Soviet Union that made nails. ...
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Do styrofoam cups cause health issues?

A friend of mine posted a link on Facebook to a Change.org petition to stop using styrofoam cups at Dunkin Donuts. Amongst their complaints was that styrofoam cups caused health issues for the staff ...
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Is redshift a reliable means to know how fast an object is moving away or towards an observer? [migrated]

Does wavelength change with distance? How do they know that the change in wavelength can only be caused by the change of speed of the object to the observer? What about noises, distortions, and ...
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Facial features impression as possible indication to personality [closed]

I have observed, in many occasions, that my personal impression of a persons physical appearance, specifically facial features, matched his behavior and personality to some extent. I mean only ...

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