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Are red-heads going extinct?

The gene that causes hair to be red is recessive. This means that you need two copies of the gene - one from your mother and one from your father - to get red hair. With the genetic admixture caused ...
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Does a boxspring offer advantages over slats?

Does a boxspring under a mattress offer advantages over flexible slats? I can imagine a boxspring might seem more luxurious since it feels more soft, but that doesn't mean that it supports your body ...
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Does alcohol make you warmer? [duplicate]

A lot of people seem to think that they can walk around in t-shirts in midwinter after having a few drinks, and people often feel warmer after drinking alcoholic drinks. However, are they actually ...
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Was a working prototype of the Warburtons toastie knife ever produced?

The Life Hack Stack Exchange has an answer talking about a prototype "toastie knife" from Warbutons Bakery. It was claimed that the prototype knife would heat up to allow butter to be spread more ...
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Does this video show a water droplet in orbit?

Andrew Rader, an author and engineeer, tweeted a GIF video showing a droplet of water rotating around some sort of probe. Everything has gravity - here's a droplet of water orbiting a needle in ...
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Can a iron + steam remove “heat stains” from a wood table?

I recently accidentally caused heat stains on our wood table by placing hot pizza boxes on it. You can see the evidence of it below.           When I googled ...
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Did Justice Scalia call Justice Thomas a “nut”? [on hold]

In a recent Vice magazine profile of Clarence Thomas, we read the following: EVEN SCALIA THOUGHT HE WAS NUTS ... Comparing himself to Thomas, [Antonin] Scalia once famously stated, "I'm a ...
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Is the origin of the phrase “suck it up” referring to WWII pilots?

I was reading this New Statesman article and was surprised to read this: The origin of the phrase “suck it up” is quite gross. Allegedly, it’s what WWII pilots were instructed to do if they ...
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Are 30% of all putative fathers not the biological father of their children as evidenced by DNA testing?

There is a 30% statistical figure quoted in several sites listed below that states almost one in three of the men tested are not the real father of the woman's child. Today 30% of DNA paternity ...
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Do aluminum-based antiperspirants cause cancer?

Some people claim that the aluminium in antiperspirants can cause cancer. For example, Mercola.com: Putting on antiperspirant is a routine part of most people's day, and you may not think much ...
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Are fathers real? [on hold]

There's this claim I have read recently: (this is my interpretation though, not exact citation) In early human civilizations (or groups), the whole concept of a father did not make sense because no ...
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Is this video of harassment in an elevator staged?

The Huffington Post has reported on a video showing a man sexually harassing a woman and then getting beat up by her: http://m.huffpost.com/au/entry/9792076 It looks fake. For example the harasser ...
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Are five million Muslims attempting to move to Europe?

This article claims that five million Muslims are attempting to move to European countries. Apparently the numbers that they’ve been selling to their unsuspecting populations are wrong by at ...
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Are black Americans responsible for more than 50% of homicides?

I have read comments and articles (an example) that claim that blacks are responsible for more than 50% of all homicides in the United States of America. How credible is this claim?
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Did Iraqi air-force bombed a US navy ship before the gulf war? [on hold]

I read in a Wikipedia article that says Iraqi air-force bombed a US navy ship before the gulf war. Is it true?
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When someone's in a lake and lightning strikes the ground 100ft away what happens? [duplicate]

I was told if lightning strikes the ground surrounding a lake 100ft away, who ever is swimming in the lake will be electrocuted. I'm confused because I know if it strikes the water, you will not be ...
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Are these logos properly attributed to their original users?

Following picture has been recently tweeted: Are the descriptions in the picture authentic?
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Did Hitler support zionism?

According to Ken Livingstone (UK Labour politician, former Mayor of London), Hitler supported Zionism: Evening Standard: Mr Livingstone told BBC Radio London he had never heard anyone in the ...
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Are there only two remaining Holocaust gas chambers?

Holocaust-denial site Holohoax101 claims: According to the USHMM website - "Between 1941 and 1944, Nazi German authorities deported millions of Jews from Germany, from occupied territories, and ...
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Do people make 35000 decisions a day?

I saw this advertisement posted on the way to work today, and it made the claim that people make "about 35000 decisions a day". A quick Google search shows that this claim is widely parroted but ...
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Are these human rights in the UK derived from the ECHR?

In Patrick Stewart's sketch "What has the ECHR ever done for us?" concerning the Brexit, he plays the Prime Minister of the UK and asks (satirically): [..] and what has the European Convention for ...
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Will Europe soon have more Muslims than Christians?

This story, which appeared in the UK tabloid The Sun (and widely repeated elsewhere), has also been doing the rounds on social media. The original story has the strapline: Muslims will soon ...
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What is this kind of pseudoscience? [on hold]

Here's the link: https://imgur.com/a/6F5SQ. (Took from someone on facebook, public shared). The objects weight can up to dozen of kg and stick on his body without help (other humans or super glue). ...
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Is 50% of happiness determined by genetics?

CBS New York quote author Gretchen Rubin as saying: “About 50 percent of happiness is genetically determined" Similarly, Lifecho say: According to some studies our happiness level depend 50% ...
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Is school the most efficient way of educating people [on hold]

Are there any examples that differ from: Children (same age or similar) going together to the class Going through fixed themes in each subject Subjects in general Advancing through school years, ...
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Does drinking water right after waking up reduce sleepiness?

Related but with no answers (at the time of this posting). Several websites and "health tips" blogs recommend doing this after waking up to reduce sleepiness after waking up. Is there any proof it ...
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Does Belarusian milk contain strontium-90 at levels above safety standards?

The Associated Press organised to test some milk in Belarus - an area affected by the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear accident The state-run Minsk Center of Hygiene and Epidemiology said it found ...
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What is the source for these brain scan images? [on hold]

Here are four brain scan images, attributed to some non-scientific twitter account on the left: https://twitter.com/ProtestPics/status/717547937841221632/photo/1 Trying reverse image search brings up ...
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Is it safe to drink water from a bottle after exposure to xrays? [closed]

Is it safe to drink water that was in an insulated water bottle that was directly in front of an X-ray machine with no lead barrier in between?
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Can one generate enough electricity from a plant to power a cellphone?

This company is marketing a product which uses the photosynthesis of a single houseplant to charge a phone. http://www.bioo.tech/ IIRC the theoretical maximum efficiency of photosynthesis is about ...
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Do anxious people have stronger body odor?

CalmClinic writes in Anxiety and the Connection to Body Odor: One of the main problems with the physical symptoms of anxiety is that many of them cause further anxiety. That's why so many people ...
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Are paedophiles treated differently by other prisoners?

When I skim through the news and I occasionally meet articles that say about Paedophile convictions I see people raging above and mentioning the treatment that will receive from the other prisoners ...
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Has there ever been a company that has called their paperboys “Media Distribution Officers”?

According to The Economist's article "Too Many Chiefs", job title inflation is on the rise: America's International Association of Administrative Professionals—formerly the National Secretaries ...
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Can cell phones be turned on remotely for surveillance by the NSA?

Edward Snowden had previously revealed that NSA has the capability to turn on a cell phone even when it is turned off ( but with batteries on ) and can then record conversations. Others like CNN state ...
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Is this picture of a bent propeller genuine?

This picture has been floating around the internet recently: Is it a genuine picture or photo-shopped? Or perhaps its some sort of optical illusion similar to the wagon wheel effect?
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Are the last two primaries and caucuses won by Hillary Clinton under investigation for major voting irregularities?

There's an image floating around Facebook lately. I can't seem to verify it. The text reads: I won two out of the last ten primaries and caucuses. Both are under investigation for major ...
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If Sasquatch is real is it possible that they are able to hide their existence from us? [closed]

What if they are highly intelligent creatures that know how to hide and live off the land? Humans have survived off the land for about 200,000 years. It could be possible they are able to do the same. ...
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Anodized Aluminum on computer..danger? [closed]

I recently got an iMac, but have been feeling anxious about using it as the keyboard is made of aluminum as is also the actual computer. the keyboard and computer are made from Anodized aluminum, ...
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Did Mike Webster pull out and glue in his own teeth?

In the 2015 American biographical sports drama film Concussion, it is claimed that Mike Webster pulled his own teeth out and superglued them back in. Is this claim true?
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Did Obama remove a Winston Churchill bust from the oval office?

President Obama recently commented on the debate about whether the UK should remain in the European Union. He supported the government position that remaining in the EU is better. Boris Johnson ...
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Is 2016 cursed for celebrities? [closed]

Here in the UK, it seems like every single day this year there has been another celebrity death. Before we have chance to mourn them or celebrate their achievements, another one pops off. People are ...
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Did Einstein secretly swap roles with his driver?

I read somewhere online (probably Facebook, which I'm convinced it's false), that Albert Einstein and his driver shared a likeness, and his driver had attended all of his talks; to the point where ...
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Did St. Augustine say God was busy preparing hell for people who ask about what was He doing before creation?

Referring to this quote: He was busy creating hell for people who ask such questions. -- St. Augustine(in reply to "What was God doing before creation?") Did St. Augustine actually say that?
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Was dark matter invented to explain the formation of primordial stars?

While reading a recent Creation Ministries article Five atheist miracles, I came across this claim: Here is the first problem: how do you get gases formed in a rapidly expanding primordial ...
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In 2014, did nearly half of all Americans believe in Creationism?

A 2014 poll by Gallup seems to say that in the U.S., 42% believe Creationist view of human origins. Is this really true? Are any of the claims from this study dubious?
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Do mirrors decrease perceived waiting time

There is a famous anecdote about a multistoried office building in New York in which occupants complained that the elevator was very slow. After installing mirrors in the lobby, the complaints ...
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Does IQ testing show that blacks on average score worse than whites?

James Watson Nobel Prize winner for his discovery of the structure of DNA made the following claim in a 2007 Sunday Times interview: "[I am] inherently gloomy about the prospect of Africa” because ...
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Is the mustard seed the smallest of seeds?

From Matthew 13:31-32, 31 He [Jesus] put before them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field; 32 it is the smallest of all the ...
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Is this tealight-flowerpot heater more efficient than just tealights?

This article at the Daily Mail describes a small heater based on tealights and flowerpots. It claims that [the system] "make[s] the heating more efficient" (I assume in comparison to just ...
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Do cats and dogs only see in grayscale?

Ask most anybody about dogs or cats, and they will repeat the claim that these animals are colorblind. To most, it means greyscale. Is it true that cats (ref 2) and dogs (ref 2, ref 3) only see in ...

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