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do site 'moderators' inhibit open and viable discussions

almost all discussion groups have a moderator that imposes his or her biases upon the groups. given the level of despotism and fiefdoms in human nature do these moderators ultimately discourage or ...
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Does abortion decrease fertility rate?

I see many website make this claim but i cannot find any scientific articles that support this claim. I know that certain complications like pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) damage to the womb ...
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108 views

Are Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen fraternal twins?

Wikipedia claims that American actors Mary Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen are fraternal twins. They have also both claimed this. Other sources claim the same: Washington Post, St. Petersburg Times, and ...
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Was this pile of code written by a single team of software engineers?

This article reads: [This is a] picture of her next to the code she and her colleagues wrote for the Apollo 11 guidance computer that made the moon landing possible. [..] To clarify, there are no ...
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Did Planned Parenthood fake being hacked?

Did Planned Parenthood fake being hacked? Example claims: Via Twitter: Their site is so hacked right now that someone has been rearranging CSS fonts and alignment. Another tweet If ...
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181 views

Does sealing electrical outlets reduce heating costs?

I stumbled upon this blog post which claims that installing foam gaskets and plugging your electrical outlets with plugs will reduce your heating costs by reducing air leakage. Is this true?
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Why do people die? [migrated]

what is the reason people die naturally even though they have no known disease? I see people become physically weak at times they get old and die eventually in case they are not attacked by any known ...
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Was the mileage of the Apollo spaceships 7 inches to the gallon for their moon flights?

According to this Facebook post apparently by Buzz Aldrin, "[Apollo]'s mileage to the moon was 7 inches to the gallon." If the moon is 250,000 miles away, that seems to come out to 2.2 * 10^9 ...
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Is the Windows 10 upgrade event the largest upgrade event? [on hold]

I got an e-mail from Microsoft about my Windows 10 reservation. It's lacking free-hand circles, but the message is clear. Microsoft states it's the largest software upgrade event ever. Are ...
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Do geniuses die younger? If yes, why? [on hold]

I have heard that geniuses (E.g. IQ over 150) tend to have shorter life spans. Perhaps it is because the brain is overworked and obsessive, which causes the body to be neglected and unhealthy. Or is ...
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Do Ukranian MPs have regular fist fights?

Multiple sources (for example, here:http://www.rt.com/news/231927-fights-rada-ukrainian-mps/) state that Ukranian Parliamentarians routinely have physical fights on the assembly floor. The videos look ...
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Do hand dryers in public bathrooms spread bacteria?

A hand drier is a warm and humid environment that is surrounded by bacteria from all the bathroom users. It is claimed that this is one of the main causes for spreading bacteria/microbes (NCBI ref) ...
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Area 51 Unknown Photograph! [on hold]

I've been looking at area 51 on google earth when I came across a weird sight.Can someone tell me what it is?
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Is this description of the processes which take place in the body for an hour after drinking Coca Cola accurate?

An infographic about what happens to your body in the hour after drinking a can of Coca Cola has gone viral, but I haven't found the sources from which this information was gathered. Here's ...
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Are US cops trained to escalate the violence? [on hold]

While in many countries the policemen are trained to de-escalate or are even legally bound to do so, US cops kill suspects so often, because allegedly escalation is part of their training. Allegedly ...
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Are two of Hillary Clinton's top campaign donors private prison contractors?

According to this article, Private Prison Lobbyists Are Raising Cash for Hillary Clinton, lobbyists for two major prison companies are serving as top fundraisers for Hillary Clinton; Corrections ...
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Has a “chariot army” been found at the bottom of the Red Sea?

It's apparently quite a popular story to "disprove doubting Atheists" regarding the miraculous crossing of the Red Sea by the Israelites during the Exodus of the Hebrew bible that in the late 1970s, ...
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Did UN observe Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam's 79th or any birthday as “World Student Day”?

It came to my notice through a Facebook post that a renowned scientist and former President of India Dr. A.P.J. Adbul Kalam passed away. When I looked upon his Wiki page I noticed this line: ...
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Did the then Commissioner of the FDA resign in 1983 and get hired on by Searle 3 months later?

After reading through this Survey Of Aspartame Studies, I stumbled onto this: In 1980, the FDA appointed a Board of Public Inquiry to address the question of aspartame's safety. The Board ...
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Did Nutrasweet industries pay for 100% of the research showing aspartame is safe?

After seeing this reddit post, and reading this article are the claims they made true? Claim Quote: Till 100% of the studies (n=74) concluding aspartame to be safe for consumption are funded by ...
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If I never go to the dentist in my life [closed]

How high is the risk, I'll die from a bad tooth complications? I understand that it's impossible to give an exact percentage, but still. Probably some evaluation is possible.
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Does wearing linen reduce skin temperature by more than 3°C?

There are many claims around about clothes made of linen being useful in warmer climates. Usually it includes explanations such as a better transportation for sweat so it can evaporate more easily, or ...
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Would eating a packet of cigarettes be fatal?

World Education, a group that promote literacy, have a resource for understanding the risks of tobacco, which claims: Chemicals in cigarettes and cigarette smoke are known to cause not only cancer ...
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840 views

Did the crime rate drop after mandatory gun ownership in Kennesaw, Georgia?

This is posted on Facebook: Was such a law actually passed? Did crime rates in the city really drop?
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Are GMOs dangerous to the environment?

I have finally understood that GMOs are not dangerous to humans (or there is no evidence on that case) but I still don't know if GMOs are safe to the environment, because I have read that pesticides ...
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Is female squirting involuntary urination? [closed]

During sex some women have a phenomenon called squirting that happens, when they release a large amount of fluid during sex. Recently I have been seeing people stating that squirting is involuntary ...
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Does homogenized milk pose a health risk?

There are people who think that homogenized milk is bad for your health. The topic of concern is the homogenization step, where allegedly 'too small' fat micro-particles are created. And this is ...
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Do drumstick flowers reduce sexual dysfunction?

TheHealthSite claims that a compound called terigospermin, found in the flowers of the drumstick plant resolves erectile dysfunction. This property of drumstick is mainly due to a compound called ...
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Is (cow) milk's consumption bad for humans? [closed]

There are several claims that milk is bad: http://www.fullyraw.com/why-milk-is-bad-for-you/ http://saveourbones.com/osteoporosis-milk-myth/ ...
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Did Neanderthals keep Cro-Magnons as sex-slaves?

Some time ago, it was thought that modern people came from Cro-Magnons, and Neanderthals became extinct. But after the Neanderthal genome project, we found that modern people have from 1% to 4% of ...
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Does low-intensity radio-frequency radiation lead to cancer? [duplicate]

A recent review article, Oxidative mechanisms of biological activity of low-intensity radiofrequency radiation reached a surprising conclusion our analysis demonstrates that low-intensity RFR ...
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421 views

Are “Hitler” brand ice cream cones sold in India?

A number of recent articles (Daily Mail, Fox News, Hindustan Times) describe ice cream cones being sold in India which are labelled as "Hitler" distinctly on their boxes. If you think the Nazi ...
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122 views

Does bad handwriting indicate intelligence? [closed]

I've read a few days earlier that bad hand-writing is linked to intelligence: The brain thinks so fast that it doesn't bother on the details of the hand-writing. At first sight, I think it's a hoax. ...
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Are the methods and conclusions of the study “Clear connection between wireless devices and cancer, experts say” sound?

The article, no longer linked at Science Daily, by is summarized: A metabolic imbalance caused by radiation from your wireless devices could be the link to a number of health risks, such as ...
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Does the draft of the new Armenian constitution allow killing people when “absolutely necessary”?

The Armenian government plans to adopt a new constitution, which would give the country a parliamentary government. An Armenian friend of mine told me that it also includes a paragraph, which would ...
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Did people long ago used to drink beer because water was dirty?

I've heard this dozens of times before. But from what I know beer doesn't have enough water in it to counteract the diuretic effects of its alcohol content, making this impossible. Which is true?
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Does James Woods have an IQ of 180?

An article claimed that the Actor James Woods has an IQ of 180: Woods aced his SATs, got into MIT (but dropped out to pursue acting) and has a reported IQ of 180. After doing some research, I ...
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Are the lips of this illumination of St. Mary moving?

The Mirror reports that a video of footage of an illumination of St. Mary, at St Charbel's Church in Sydney, Australia, appears to have her her lips moving to a prayer: I'm skeptic... but I don't ...
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Did Fidel Castro ever make this prediction?

The Bimini Times just put out this pretty interesting and prophetic Castro quote, The US will come to talk to us when they have a black president and the world has a Latin American Pope. - Fidel ...
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522 views

Did Richard Feynman see Josef Papp's machine explode?

Josef Papp was an inventor who received patents for engine technology. Wikipedia explains: The engine continues to be considered by many scientists as a hoax. Papp's poor physics theoretic ...
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Does dyeing elephant tusks help discourage poachers?

Recently, I've often seen this image claiming that some people are dying elephant tusks to prevent individuals from hunting them. Has this actually been done? Is it common? Initially, this seemed ...
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Does Frankincense cure cancer?

I saw this implausible claim today: Even scientists now recognize the power agents that exist within some essential oils which stops cancer spreading, and which induces cancerous cells to close ...
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597 views

Was Messina destroyed by earthquake three days after local newspaper dared God to do so?

Popular Christian author Nancy Leigh DeMoss said the following on her radio show: One hundred years ago Messina was a prosperous, gorgeous coastal city on the Italian island of Sicily, just off ...
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Is America's prosperity the result of slavery? [closed]

It has been claimed (see below for example) that America's relatively high prosperity is the result of slavery, which enabled the development of American capitalism, by using slaves as, well, capital, ...
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Are you supposed to throw away old non-refrigerated yoghurt and cheese? [migrated]

Pretty much every resource out there says that you can only store food like yoghurt or cheese refrigerated at X temperature for X days, and must throw away any leftovers etc. What if you don't follow ...
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Does turning off cellular data when connected to WiFi extend a phone's battery life?

The claim has been repeatedly made on the internet (example: 1, 2, 3* )that when a mobile phone is connected to WiFi, disabling cellular data can extend battery life, as it stops the phone from ...
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Is “Better to see something once, than to hear about it a thousand times” used by Asians?

A tourism-related twitter account tweeted: Better to see something once, than to hear about it a thousand times. (Asian Proverb) Is this a phrase that has been used a reasonable number of times ...
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Did George Bush take over a year of leave as President? [duplicate]

This image from Facebook claims that "George Bush had America on autopilot for more than a year", followed by a number of presidential vacation days for various American presidents, with the Democrat ...
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Was this image used in an anti-rape advertising campaign?

I saw an "advertisement" make the rounds on Facebook, which reads: Jake was drunk. Josie was drunk. Jake and Josie hooked up. Josie could NOT consent. The next day Jake was charged with RAPE. ...
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What church prayed for Hitlers survival and well-being? [closed]

In the famous debate (to me at least) between Christopher Hitchens vs. Dr. William Lane Craig, Biola University April 4, 2009, Biola University Mr. Hitchens claims the following. In Nazi Germany, ...

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