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Is Warren Buffett the “only … man in history [who] has invested billions of dollars of other people’s money successfully over the long run”?

In "$1 billion stakes on the menu", The Economist (2016-05-21 print edition) writes: only one man in history has invested billions of dollars of other people’s money successfully over the long ...
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Beepocalypse by CCD [duplicate]

I heard by a lot of media that the bees are disappearing, due to CCD (colony collapse disorder). The question about the disparition has already been answered. But, all my amateur beekeeping friends ...
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Getting water out of soda fountains when there are two tabs [on hold]

In the USA, sometimes soda fountains have a separate slot for water, as well as a small tab that is attached to a drink like lemonade. Is there any difference in the water type / quality? In my town, ...
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Do artificial sweeteners raise the risk of diabetes?

A recent study about the effect of artificial sweeteners suggests they may increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. This has been widely reported in the media, for example the Mail Online ...
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Do dealers give free drugs to teenagers?

So we've all heard our parents telling us that "if a stranger give you drugs for free, don't be greedy and don't accept it". However, I've never seen it happens in real life yet, so do (or did) drug ...
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Do certain colors fatigue eyes faster?

This UX.SE question about the use of bright pink in graphic design prompted an answer that says it should not be used because “it hurts the eyes.” It cites a Color Matters website about this, and ...
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Use of peeple leaves [on hold]

Is there any use of peeple(Ficus religiosa)leaves boiled water for removal of blood clot.My relative recently diagnosed 95% blocage and used boiled water of Peeple leaves 3 times a day for 15 days and ...
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Are the top selling prescription drugs only effective for one in five patients? [on hold]

A 2016 editorial in the BMJ makes the following claim: The top 10 prescription drugs in sales have a cumulative clinical response rate of less than 20%. The claim is not the central theme of the ...
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Was the bombing in Ankara a false flag attack? [on hold]

An article written by former CIA officer Philip Giraldi on the website of "the american conservative" claims there are good reasons for Turkey's leadership to have orchestrated bombings in Ankara: ...
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Does a SSD only store data for 3 months without power?

On this document published by Dell, in section 6, it states: enter image description here Does this mean that bit rot will begin as early as 3 months? I have not heard of this happening with SSD ...
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Does alcohol help with HDL cholesterol level?

This article claims that drinking alcoholic beverages helps to increase HDL (i.e. "good cholesterol") levels. drinking moderate amounts of alcohol have been shown to improve "good" cholesterol ...
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Usage of Picture in my book [migrated]

Can I use the Konstantin Korotkov photograph of the life force leaving a dead body in my book? as it says on the internet free to use and share. Thank you
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When/how did aluminum become “evil” [on hold]

When I was young, no one really cared about possible detrimental health effects of aluminum - at least from what I can remember. Now, there's a lot of discussion around aluminum. It's linked to ...
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Is Russia generations ahead in hypersonic missile development?

According to a news article on Russia Today, Russia is leading the US in hypersonic missile development by generations: The bottom line is that Russia – in terms of hypersonic missile development ...
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Where is this picture from? [closed]

Where is this picture from? I saw it on the display on Windows 10 and I would like to know where its from.
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Does contrast in colours just adaptation of human brain? [closed]

I can understand that colours are not real thing in nature, it is just manipulation of our brain to visible light rays of different frequencies, amplitude, and wavelength. But is it true that we ...
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Is there a difference between consultation and collaboration? [closed]

Is there a difference between the two terms or is consultation the same as collaboration in terms of an anthropological definition? I know that collaboration means to just literally work together ...
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What is this “hole” that blows sand into the air? [migrated]

This YouTub clip, "Strange Hole in the desert Blows Sand into the air in Saudi Arabia", shows a hole in the desert that erupts like a geyser, except with sand instead of water. Apparently, it is in ...
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Does a child die from malaria every two minutes?

A child dies from malaria every two minutes. -- CNN article on Faso Soap This doesn't sound right to me. I know Africa (the main location of malaria) is a big and populous place, but this seems ...
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Is exercise on a full stomach more effective at burning Calories?

This article makes a number of interesting claims about health and fitness, but I wanted to focus on this one: In one International Journal of Sports Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism study, ...
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Can audio played during REM sleep improve recall?

I was reading about sleep-learning - for example of the type depicted in The Simpsons episode, Bart's Friend Falls in Love: Homer orders a subliminal cassette tape to help him lose weight, but is ...
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Do supermarkets spray fruit to keep it from rotting?

Many people wash their fruits because they say that supermarkets put a chemical spray on them to keep them nice for a long time without rotting. (They are concerned that eating food with that spray is ...
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Are spiders more important than dogs?(not wild dogs) [closed]

I think spiders are more important than the average day puppies that we live with. Spiders help the food chain and dogs just sit there poop, eat, sleep, and look cute.
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Do male human brains have better global efficiency than female human brains and female brains have better local efficiency in the right hemisphere?

Wikipedia writes in Lateralization of brain function: Significant differences between male and female hemispheric rivalry and dominance have been established. Male brains have significantly better ...
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Does the right eye feed information to the left brain hemisphere while the left eye feeds information to the right brain hemisphere?

Changingminds writes in Right and Left Brain: The brain cortex (the crinkly 'walnut' bit) is divided into two clear hemispheres, connected by the corpus callosum, which provides an 'information ...
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How do my eyes adapt to the dark? [closed]

What is the scientific mechinisim for our eyes adapting to the darkness at night after about 15 minutes? I was told our brain reverts to fear of the dark and makes us "more aware". I felt that ...
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Does preservative and pesticides in food prevent corpses from rotting?

In this 2003 article it is said that in Germany, the time before a coffins collapse and crumble into the soil is expanding Previously that process would take from eight to 10 years - but now in ...
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Did Crimean Tatars collaborate with Nazi Germany's crimes against humanity?

The article Tell Eurovision in 1944 Stalin deported Crimean Tatars to protect them from punishment for Nazi war crimes, by Scott (13672 views, 64 comments) claims that Crimean Tatars collaborated with ...
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Did the U.S. Army treat a President's cold using chlorine gas?

Several texts on the history of chemical warfare mention the story that in May 1924 the U.S. Army Chemical Warfare Service (CWS) treated President Calvin Coolidge for a severe cold with chlorine. For ...
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Does “Boriska” have alien knowledge? [closed]

I've come across a claim (you can see an example here, but you can Google the name and see many more examples) about a boy named "Boriska" in Russia who claims to be a reincarnated Martian and knew ...
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Was Hitler the father of Obama? [closed]

In this video they claim that Obama's farther was Adolf Hitler. Is this really true? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XesDygYTmWo If he went to Kenya why did he not move to Tanzania which was an old ...
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Would public healthcare costs increase (in the long term) if all smokers quit? [migrated]

According to research by Jan J. Barendregt, M.A., Luc Bonneux, M.D., and Paul J. van der Maas, Ph.D.: RESULTS Health care costs for smokers at a given age are as much as 40 percent higher ...
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Is Silicon Dioxide Bad For You Over 30mg A day [closed]

I have been doing a lot of reading on silicon dioxide and it is found in water food and beer. What are the top things to watch out for?
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Was a mirage involved in the Titanic's sinking?

I watched a documentary, Titanic's Final Mystery. It premise is summarised by this Smithsonian Magazine article. An unusual optical phenomenon explains why the Titanic struck an iceberg and ...
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Is the “Light Walker” dentist's tool effective at many issues?

In my local newspaper a little while ago, there was a full-page article (can't find an online copy) on a local dentist who uses a device called "The Light Walker", supposedly made by a group in ...
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Does broccoli have a nervous system?

It appears there are non-reliable sources on the internet claiming broccoli has a nervous system: forum at funnyjunk.com: Broccoli have a very primitive nervous system. Technically, they are able ...
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Are fruits better than processed fruit juices?

I had a discussion with a friend of mine. He claimed that (processed) fruit juices from any organization (say Tropicana) are not at par with naturally occurring fruits, rather they are worse. He said ...
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Do we dream every night?

Tell someone you don't dream at night, and you'll often get the reponse, "Oh, didn't you know we dream every night? It's just that we forget our dreams". This is usually said as if it's a scientific ...
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Did Lenin say “a lie told often enough becomes the truth”?

This particular quote is often attributed to different people including Hitler and Goebbels. Being an USSR-born I've heard many Lenin quotes about information and propaganda, but not this one, still ...
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Lung cancer due to inhaling oily steam in the restaurant kitchen for a long period of time

There is a rumour which states that chefs increase their likelihood of developing lung cancer if they work for long periods of time in the kitchen with oily steam. Does anybody here have such ...
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Is this photo of a person with Ukrainian flags, swastikas, and a Super Mario T-shirt genuine? [closed]

From this tweet against Crimean Tatar Ukrainian Eurovision 2016 Winner Jamala (6 RTs, 8 loves, with the text "your love") and /r/WTF (score of 216, caption of "Just Your Average militiaman in Ukraine, ...
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Does soaking in natural hot springs have any health benefits when compared to soaking in heated non-spring water?

There exists a common belief that soaking in natural hot springs has significant health benefits. For example, Hotelexecutive.com claims that: So What Exactly Can Soaking in Natural Hot Springs ...
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Did the United States provide weapons to PKK? [closed]

This article reports that US provided weapons to fighters linked to PKK. Did those weapons reach PKK?
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Did Donnie Yen beat up eight men in one fight?

According to Wikipedia, Donnie Yen one beat up eight men guys in a single fight: There's one reported occasion that confirms him being an efficient martial artist. According to news reports by ...
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Kant's attitude to introspection [migrated]

In "A History of Modern Psychology", Schultz & Schultz, 10th edition we read A century before Titchener’s work, the German philosopher Immanuel Kant had written that any attempt at ...
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Does fluoridation and chlorination in the US cause thyroid issues?

From an answer in Travel.SE with a net score of 10: Mains water is typically laced with chlorine and fluoride by law, to the point that you step out of the shower smelling [like] you just stepped ...
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Are people on average more likely to die in an extinction event than in a car crash?

An article in The Atlantic makes following claim: Human Extinction Isn't That Unlikely “A typical person is more than five times as likely to die in an extinction event as in a car crash,” ...
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Is Arsenic Essential to Life?

A website selling Himalayan Salt advertises: As a trace mineral, arsenic is a necessary part of healthy blood. Small amounts of arsenic are essential to life. Is this claim true?
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Was Glyn Barrett invited to speak at a meeting for an atheist society in Cambridge?

I saw a video on Facebook, linked from God TV, (both now removed but available here) where Pastor Glyn Barrett of !Audacious Church, in Manchester UK said he was invited to debate at a meeting of the ...
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Are there 14,000 abandoned wind turbines in the USA?

A number of blogs and sites seem to repeat a claim 14,000 ABANDONED WIND TURBINES LITTER THE UNITED STATES, and in particular: The towering symbols of a fading religion, over 14,000 wind turbines, ...

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