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Does diet pop lead to depression in women

According to this fox new article, Dont drink pop, they state in reasons to not drink diet pop that it has been shown in studies to be linked with depression in women. Plus, diet drinks have many ...
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If gods were aliens, what ghosts could be? [on hold]

I'm not specifically talking about ghosts in modern-era, those which are captured on videos/photos. I read that ancient people used to believe in ghosts. They believed in gods too. Ancient astronaut ...
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Are expired medicines safe to use? [on hold]

The US FDA warns: Using expired medical products is risky and possibly harmful to your health. In the late 1970s, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) began requiring an expiration date on ...
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Did a dust storm in Saudi Arabia cause it to “rain” money?

The report Video: Storm in Saudi Arabia (or Dubai) causes money to rain. Emirates 24|7 News, February 24, 2015 claims that a recent dust storm in Saudi Arabia contained, briefly, bank notes ...
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Will the upcoming solar eclipse stress the European electrical grid? [migrated]

From an article in the Financial Times today, about a solar eclipse on March 20th, 2015: An eclipse of the sun next month could disrupt Europe’s power supplies because so many countries now use ...
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Did scientists in UK find a sphere that is of extraterrestrial origin which contains alien biota?

Is there an independent verification of the claims made by University of Buckingham researchers? From http://www.express.co.uk/news/weird/554074/Alien-seed-sent-Earth-aliens-Scientists-baffled: ...
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Does the availability of modern contraception only explain 10% of human fertility reduction?

It is widely assumed that the most important factor leading to large family sizes and fast population growth is the lack of availability of contraception. But Tim Worstall's book Chasing Rainbows ...
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Does marrying a relative confer fertility benefits?

While doing research today I run into this piece: An Association Between the Kinship and Fertility of Human Couples Previous studies have reported that related human couples tend to produce ...
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Did Soviet dissidents support democratic ideals? [on hold]

According to The Net Delusion many Soviet dissidents were wary of western democracy and favoured communism: Despite the widespread myth that Soviet dissidents were all believers in US style ...
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Does frequent sex cause vaginas to become permanently stretched?

This is a common belief, sometimes used to shame women - that virgins have 'tight' vaginas and women who partake in more sexual intercourse have 'loose' vaginas due to permanent stretching. Is this ...
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Do professional beggars earn six-figure amounts yearly?

Sources such as The Metro, Huffington Post and NY Daily News have cited examples of professional beggars, who are said to earn close to six-figure amounts yearly. The Straight Dope mentions ...
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Is food handled in China but available in Australia less safe than food handled in Australia?

Recently, there's been an incident involving frozen berries handled in China spreading Hepatitis A in Australia. People are responding to this by arguing for better labeling of where food products ...
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Has every U.S. presidential election been won by the candidate with the most money?

According to Russell Brand: Every election in American history has been won by the party with the most money to campaign. Let's assume that he means every presidential election. Has every ...
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Does drinking beer help to prevent Alzheimer/Parkinson diseases?

Lately I've seen news like this saying that drinking beer could prevent Alzheimer's disease. On the other hand, the alzheimers.net website lists beer as one of many things that can actually increase ...
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Is there any correlation between temperature and illness? [closed]

How many times did you hear your mother tell you, "Put on a jacket or you're going to catch a cold!" or "Come in out of the rain before you catch cold!" It's also a fairly common trope in Jane ...
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Could a grid-iron football deflate due to weather conditions? [closed]

My dearest New England Patriots won the Super Bowl this year. From a physics standpoint, is it plausible that the footballs were slightly under-inflated due to atmospheric pressure? Bill Nye claims ...
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Why do we go back to our native language when it comes to numbers? [closed]

Many people including myself speak English as a second language. What I realized is we always talk about numbers in our native language, no matter how fluent we are. I was wondering what the fact or ...
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Is the “Asshole Effect” a phenomenon correlated with wealth?

From the Globe & Mail article “It’s true: The rich really are ruder”: Psychologist Paul Piff has coined a memorable label for the phenomenon: the Asshole Effect. Prof. Piff and his colleagues ...
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Do more people die of drinking related complications than smoking related complications?

Zakir Naik says, Today we have come to know that tobacco in any form smoking chewing etc, is the second largest cause of death. The first largest cause of death of is alcoholism. Several billions ...
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Is this video of a boxing kangaroo match authentic?

Video link here It's awesome, weird, and unbelievable at the same time. If it was edited, I'm not sure how they did it. It LOOKS authentic but I would want confirmation. Anyone who has more info on ...
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Did Comcast attempt to coerce Netflix by slowing down its traffic?

In 2014, a news story erupted over a dispute between Netflix and Comcast over connectivity and distribution. Comcast was accused of deliberately blocking or restricting Netflix traffic. For example, ...
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Is Holocaust denial illegal in the West? [closed]

Living in the Middle East, I've had many discussions with fundamentalists and Islamists about freedom of speech. They have often claimed that freedom of speech in the West is a myth because denying ...
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Does a physical barrier such as Vaseline help prevent a cold or flu during air-travel?

This site claims that this action will help prevent you getting sick during air-travel: try applying a small amount of Neosporin or petroleum jelly just inside the nostrils (use a Q-tip if your ...
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Can triple antibiotic ointment in the nostrils prevent flu?

I've seen this claim on Facebook a few times recently (it has 116k shares right now): I was just reminded of a TIP for avoiding the flu when I worked in the hospitals many years ago. Swab inside ...
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Can noise be reduced by 7 decibels with a curtain? [migrated]

I would like to reduce noise in my room and found a site selling curtains which can reduce noise by 7 decibels. Is this kind of reduction really possible with just a curtain? I wonder if this is ...
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Does the UK government have only 300 staff investigating tax evasion of £70bn+ vs 3250 staff investigating benefits (welfare) fraud of £1.2bn?

The following graphic is doing the rounds on Facebook: Is it true? Does the graphic give an accurate representation of the comparative headcount/effort/resources that the UK government (as a ...
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Is smoking marijuana while breast feeding dangerous?

This site claims: Mothers that cannot quit smoking marijuana ( who have a marijuana dependency ) can continue to breastfeed as long as they do not expose their babies to the secondhand smoke. ...
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Do honeybees disrupt native pollinators in North America?

One of my colleagues at work is vegan, and I became curious about why vegans don't eat honey. After a search on the internet I found a website explaining why honey is not vegan. However what baffled ...
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Can this Ayurvedic concoction reduce chances of swine flu?

The Indian Government is openly distributing an Ayurvedic Kadha ( concoction) that claims to reduce the chances of contracting Swine Flu. They're doing this along with the sale of vaccines for Swine ...
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Do atheists commit far fewer crimes?

From How secular family values stack up Atheists were almost absent from our prison population as of the late 1990s, comprising less than half of 1% of those behind bars, according to Federal ...
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Are secular/atheist adults less vengeful, nationalistic, militaristic, authoritarian and more tolerant?

From: How secular family values stack up Many psychological studies show that secular grownups tend to be less vengeful, less nationalistic, less militaristic, less authoritarian and more ...
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Was Pope Francis a Black Sabbath fan in his youth?

Recently I stumbled upon the following image: Could this be real? I'm guessing this is fake, but I am at work and can't do a complete research about it. The reason I find this may be fake is ...
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Is approximately 80% of a child's intelligence acquired from the mother?

Uberfacts, a Twitter account with 9.43M followers claims that 80% of a child's intelligence is acquired from the mother. How true is this? Gizmodo doesn't do a very good job of debunking this: ...
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Did witchcraft testing inevitably result in death by either drowning or execution?

From a speech by Australian politician David Leyonhjelm, but I've heard it elsewhere many times: The senator borrowed other stories from history in the speech, opening with details of the old ...
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Have there been documented cases of “blood pumping from the trunks of trees”?

Several British news reports (including the BBC "Bleeding trees") describe trees issuing red blood-like liquid when cut. Once the stuff of myth and legend, modern day eye-witnesses now catch on ...
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Are heroin/cocaine not as physically addictive as previously claimed?

This article suggests that most of the addiction is due to the environment, not the actual chemical effects on the body. In particular, the article claims that the common thinking, as encapsulated in ...
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Do Silicon Valley tech workers' kids have low vaccination rates?

The Wired has published article "The Sickeningly Low Vaccination Rates at Silicon Valley Day Cares", in which they claim ridiculously low vaccination rates in daycare centers associated with some of ...
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Were staff at Bletchley Park predominantly male?

In "The Imitation Game", most of the staff portrayed on-screen were male, and Joan Clarke faced sexist assumptions that because she's a woman, she was in the wrong room when she tried to go into the ...
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Is or was Australia an egalitarian country? [closed]

Australia is often seen as an egalitarian country, or as a country which used to be egalitarian, but whose egalitarianism is under threat From the first source: It would be fair to say that ...
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Are there any geological periods found on top of each other that have dinosaurs of that period with in them? [closed]

In diagrams, It is common to depict geological periods to be directly on top of each other with fossils of that period within them. When looking for evidence of this, I have only found examples of ...
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Did Alan Turing publish a paper called The Imitation Game (as claimed in the movie)?

I have seen a couple of Turing's papers, but never have found one called "The Imitation Game". The Imitation Game seems to be a name used by Turing to refer to his test to decide whether an ...
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Was Turing's team involved in the development of the Ultra system to determine which decrypted Enigma messages to act upon?

Did Alan Turing's decryption team develop an statistical analysis algorithm to decide whether to use information from decrypted Enigma messages without risking the Germans to find out that they had ...
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Do pigeons and doves mate for life and never remarry?

I just came across this quote of Saint Jerome: Even the pigeons and doves don't take another partner if their companions pass away. Remarriage is even rejected by the birds. Is this true? ...
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Are Roman numerals used in the end credits of films to mask their age?

© Time Warner Studios MCMXCVIII A post on MTVSE questions why movies use Roman numerals in the copyright notices of the end credits. The accepted (and referenced) answer (ref 1, ref 2) states that ...
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Can an air-bubble in a syringe kill the patient?

I have heard of stories where, while giving injection to patient, a doctor forgot to remove all the air from the syringe. The patient died when the air reached to brain. Can injecting air into a vein ...
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Is the name of Prophet Muhammad mentioned in the Bible?

Is the name of the Prophet Muhammad or Ahmad mentioned in the Bible? Does Jesus predict the coming of Muhammad in the Bible? This video (part 2) is an example of this claim. Here is a quote of a ...
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Does a mobile phone charger that is plugged in but has no phone attached to it use energy?

Obviously, I am talking about simple charger without any indicator lights etc. If yes, why does it use energy when the circuit is not closed? Examples of the claim: ...
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Has the US federal government ever defaulted on a loan?

A number of newspapers claim that the US federal government has never defaulted on its loans (though I noted that it did restructure them in 1930). In particular, the Economist states in the article ...
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Do commercial airline pilots make around $19,000 - $25,000 per year?

I always thought pilots were paid well. I am currently watching the movie "Capitalism, A love Story," and Michael Moore interviews some pilots, in which the pilots say they make around $19,000 - ...
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Does water have a memory as claimed in homeopathy?

In homeopathic remedies the original substance is often diluted to a point where statistically there should be not a single molecule left of the original substance. The most common explanation by ...

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