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Was this Indian from British India the first to strike Berlin during World War I?

This article came to my eye recently. The article glosses over the exploits of a citizen of British India who, purportedly, rose from utter obscurity to becoming an ace flier. The article only cites ...
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Can you ever legally buy a gun with no background checks in the US? [duplicate]

Many claims are made online about how easy it is to buy a gun in the US. Is there in fact any circumstance in any state where it is legal to buy (and hence also sell) a gun to an individual with no ...
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Is it legal to hire only beautiful people?

Josephine Fairley wrote a column in the Telegraph claims that it is perfectly legal to hire only beautiful people. But while it's illegal to discriminate on the grounds of gender, sex, race, ...
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Is it true president Obama HAD to use Twitter for his political ambitions? [on hold]

I'm reading a book related to IT. In there it is stated that Barack Obama has had to enlist Twitter to achieve his political objectives. Is this true or is it open for ...
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Are 1 to 4 tons of coal required to create only one solar panel?

In the There's No Tomorrow video, they affirm several things about solar panels (and a lot of other things). The one I'm the most curious about is this: All the world's photovoltaic solar panels ...
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Does the Netherlands goverment fund 'Hookers for the Handicapped'?

In the Netherlands, citizens with disabilities receive money from the Government as part of the 'Hookers for the Handicapped' program, to pay for sexual services up to 12 times a year. This move ...
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Will there soon be more female doctors than male doctors in Canada?

Obviously no one can know the future with certainty. But several articles make statements regarding more women graduating with medical degrees than men and that in the near future more doctors will be ...
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Was Nikola Tesla right about his ether theory? [migrated]

There are a lot of articles on the net that mention Nikola Tesla's ether (aether) theories (like this). Was there any truth to this idea of his ? Why was it rejected by the scientific community ? Did ...
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Did an octopus visit another tank to hunt?

I've seen several versions of this story. An aquarium (or pet store, or rich fish collector) noticed that fish were mysteriously vanishing from a tank at night. After this happened a few times, ...
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Do reverse phone lookup services work?

This morning I received a phone call from an unknown caller. I punched the number in Google to see if any hits came up. Unfortunately all I got was the long list of services that show up promising to ...
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anomymoues in Ecuador is he telling the truth? [on hold]

Is anonymouesEcuador telling the truth about the President of Ecuador? that he is corrupted and has millions of dollars hidden in banks outside of Ecuador? and is the biggest corrupted government in ...
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Does a swelling make an X-ray photograph or MRI scan harder to interpret?

I started to write an answer to Why should we try to reduce swelling after injury? along the following lines: There is another reason why suppressing the swelling in response to injury can be ...
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Have more British Muslims joined Islamist groups than serve in British armed forces?

From the New York Times: Her Majesty’s Jihadists Her Majesty’s Jihadists More British Muslims have joined Islamist militant groups than serve in the country’s armed forces. How to ...
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Do watches break very often for some people?

I know of someone who cannot seem to wear watches without them breaking much quicker than expected. This person was told it is because their body is producing too much electricity and that by ...
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Does reading what you listen parallely improve your ability to speak English?

I can write English well, and can also understand it well (provided someone speaks i a known accent.) For improving my spoken English I have got audio books. I can understand what I am being told by ...
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Is Finitro Forte Plus an effective treatment for arthritis?

This advertisement for a product says (French original, followed by my translation into English), Finitro Forte Plus montre des résultats surprenants dans le traitement de l'arthrite, de ...
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Were Mermaid passengers shipwrecked by 5 different vessels before being successfully rescued?

In a post by dotcommerce.ro called You think you had bad luck ? Think again! this story was mentioned: It’s either a case of the worst luck in history or the best: In 1829, a ship called The ...
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Is there a word with positive connotations describing those other than religious people [closed]

The majority of words used to describe those other than religious people are negative. They use the religious words as the base of their naming, implying THEIR intuitive goodness, versus all others ...
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Are the bones of puppies not joined at 2 weeks old?

This image just popped up on my Facebook wall because someone shared it. To me, it sounds ludicrous. It said this: This is an X-ray of a 2 week old puppy. This is the entire Facebook post: This ...
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Is drinking while standing unhealthy?

In Quora there is an answer that states: Scientifically, drinking while standing lets water hit the lower part of the esophagus strongly, & by time this leads to a dilation and relaxation of ...
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Is this video by Carl Sagan?

I found a video a video on youtube : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ugyrzr5Ds8o Carl Segan on Hindu Civilization, Can anyone confirm if this footage is really from Carl Sagan?
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If you have half of a Canadian $20 bill, is it worth $10?

I recently saw this tweet by What The F*** Facts: In Canada, if you have half of a $20 bill, it is worth $10. Is there any truth to this claim?
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Why should we try to reduce swelling after injury?

The very common advice for immediate treatment of an injury is R.I.C.E. — rest, ice, compression and elevation — to reduce swelling. But why should we try to reduce the natural swelling ...
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Do Russians need to disclose their encryption keys to the Federal Security Service? [closed]

Is it true that in Russia, citizens have an obligation to send copy of all of their private encryption keys to the Federal Security Service (FSB), even without receiving a specific demand? Update: ...
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Did Pope Gregory IX call the Holy Fire a fraud?

It is commonly claimed that Pope Gregory IX said the annual Holy Fire miracle in Jerusalem is a fake. This backed up by the Holy Fire Wikipedia page. Unfortunately, the reference for that claim ...
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Is radioactive milk being sold in inner-city black neighbourhoods in New York?

I recently had this article come across my newsfeed: Radiated Milk Sold in Black Neighbourhoods I always wondered about the high rates of cancer and diabetes in my neighborhood, and in other ...
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Could the 2001 anthrax letter attacks been connected to the disclosure of Project Jefferson? [closed]

Project Jefferson was designed to reproduce a strain of genetically-modified anthrax isolated by Russian scientists during the 1990s. It was disclosed (together with Project Bacchus, Project Clear ...
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Did the Saudi mufti issue a fatwa saying that men can eat their wives?

According to some news reports, a leading Muslim leader in Saudi Arabia has permitted men to eat their wives (the whole thing, or only part if that's all they need) if they get hungry enough. This is ...
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Do homeschooled kids perform better academically?

"The home-educated typically score 15 to 30 percentile points above public-school students on standardized academic achievement tests." Brian D. Ray, Ph.D. source I tried finding a primary source ...
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Was Germany's reunification an annexation? [closed]

Russian media has reported that members of the Russian legislature have claimed that Germany's reunification was in fact an "annexation" of East Germany by the West and thus they have no right to ...
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Did Rockstar Games post this tweet about EA games?

There has been a photo circulating everywhere claiming that RockStar, producer of the famous game GTA V, tweeted the following: I saw it on my twitter feed, on this forum and on this website. I ...
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Are people happier when they spend money on experiences rather than physical objects?

In several articles, such as here and here, the claim is made that people who use their money (and, presumably, their time), to buy experiences, rather than physical goods, are happier. We are ...
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Do homeschooled kids lack socialization skills?

This article, Socialization: Tackling Homeschooling’s “S” Word on the PBS web site, claims, The mainstream perception of homeschool students is that they are an antisocial bunch, toiling away ...
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Do non-religious people make more money?

Two separate people claimed in answers and comments on Do atheists commit far fewer crimes? that atheists have higher income than religious people. Sklivvz wrote about criminals in the USA: [..] ...
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Did Guru Padmasambhava say this?

Did this person say this, as reported by Awaken.com? When the iron bird flies and horses run on wheels, the Tibetan people will be scattered like ants across the earth." -- Guru Padmasambhava of ...
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Are these pictures of the recent terrorist attack in Kenya (NSFW)?

There is a post going around facebook about the recent terrorist attack in Kenya with the following pictures (spoiler'ed for queezy stomachs): Warning, graphic images (18+): And the following ...
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Was Mikhail Bakunin a murderer?

I own a copy of the card game Burn In Hell by Steve Jackson Games. There is a card in the game for the anarchist Mikhail Bakunin. He is caricatured with one eye shut, bearing resemblance to ...
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This question is about the drug-CPH4- in the film Lucy [duplicate]

We all know that the name of CPH4 is invented and the real name is hCG since we all know too that its a molecule that a pregnant women makes during the 6th week in the placenta. But what I want to ...
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Did Iraq have the use of electricity 5000 years ago?

Just I came across this tweet of which I'm skeptical of. So, I ask: Had Iraq use of electricity 5000 years ago?
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Did BMW recall their GPS system due to its female voice?

In 2010, Clifford Nass was quoted as making a claim about BMW's GPS systems: In his book titled “The Man Who Lied to His Laptop” published in 2010, Clifford Nass, a communications professor at ...
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Is being a professional logician associated with serious mental health issues?

In Indiscrete Thoughts, Gian-Carlo Rota claims that: It cannot be a complete coincidence that several outstanding logicians of the twentieth century found shelter in asylums at some point in ...
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Can bouncing batteries tell you if they are charged or not?

I saw this article this morning, and while it seemed fairly legitimate, I was skeptical about it. The claim is that if you drop a battery (flat end down) it will bounce higher/longer if the charge is ...
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Is vertical farming viable? [closed]

Are vertical farms a “a global solution” to the world’s urban food needs." - Professor Dickson Despommier or just bad math written large? Vertical farms are portrayed as amazing solutions, but I ...
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Does “Top Gear” have 350 million viewers worldwide?

I have often seen figures claiming that Top Gear's estimated worldwide audience is 350 million (e.g here). I don't doubt that it's a popular show, but that seems a little high to me. It reminds me ...
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Non-alcoholic fatty liver and juvenile type 2 diabetes: rising incidence or just more diagnosis?

I've repeatedly heard the claim, often from anti-fructose advocates, that there is a skyrocketing prevalence of two formerly rare disorders: non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and juvenile type ...
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No creams or ointments for first aid of a child with a large scald?

According to a study, Are parents in the UK equipped to provide adequate burns first aid?, the proper first aid for a burn is to "STOP the burning": Strip hot clothes and jewelry Turn on the ...
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Are razor blades tax-free in the UK?

This picture has been circulating heavily on social media: Proof of notability can be found here. I think the tax on tampons is true but the bit about razors being VAT-free as an essential strikes ...
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Who said “You can kill a man but you can't kill an idea”?

You can kill a man but you can't kill an idea Goodreads.com referenced the quote to the Greek philosopher Sophocles. where Brainyquote.com referenced the quote to Medgar Evers.. Who did said ...
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Does gelatin aid hair and nail growth?

It's an old saw, your parents telling you to eat your gelatin because it will make your hair and nails strong. There are sites on the internet stating similar claims, but they're usually the same sort ...
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Will people automatically look at the person they feel closest to when laughing?

In the post: 31 Psychological Life Hacks That You Can Exploit To Give Yourself An Advantage In Social Settings by thoughtcatalog, it said: When a group of people laugh, people will instinctively ...

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