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Low level laser therapy for pain

My dad just visited the chiropractor for leg pain. He was given this "laser" device that is supposed to relieve pain. I think the product is called B Laser (Low Level Laser Therapy). Right away I am ...
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Do vegetables actually offer any nutritional value beyond fiber and a comprehensive vitamin pill? [duplicate]

Are vegetables better for you than regularly taken multivitamin and fiber supplements? NB: I am not asking whether vegetables are good for you, I am asking whether they're better than a cheaper, more ...
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How effective is electroshock therapy?

Electroshock therapy was a popular treatment for depression and other mental illnesses in the middle of the 20th century. After losing its favor for many decades, it seems that it is being ...
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126 views

Do they grind up chicks for breakfast omelets? [on hold]

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/09/01/chicks-being-ground-up-al_n_273652.html This story is on Facebook, about a video showing chicks being ground up to make breakfast omelets. Is this real or ...
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Did the Ourang Medan “ghost ship” exist?

According to rumors, the S.S. Ourang Medan was a Dutch cargo ship whose crew mysteriously all died on the seas. The bodies were found in terrified postures, and when a rescue ship attempted to tow the ...
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Do car theft victims have to pay around 1,000 USD to have their cars returned in the US?

This Yahoo! news article says: The 30-year-old’s 2000 Monte Carlo was stolen from in front of his mother’s house last summer. Finally, several months later, Williams was told that his car had ...
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Are incarcerated pedophiles protected by special laws in federal prison in the US?

Andrew Auernheimer (aka. weev) is reported to have said last Friday: "Did you know they have special laws to protect kid-fuckers in federal prison?” Andrew Auernheimer asked me with a grin on ...
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Do US food stamp recipients outnumber women who work full-time?

This story has been circulating through the conservative media channels: In the average month of 2012, according to the Department of Agriculture, there were 46,609,000 people participating in the ...
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Is Jenny McCarthy anti-vaccine? [on hold]

Jenny said that her position on the record is not anti-vaccine, but Phil Plait said that the position IS anti-vaccine? Wikipedia says that a person is anti-vaccine if he/she "claims that vaccines do ...
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Is tax wedge 80%-90% in most of western Europe vs 50% in US?

Wikipedia definition of tax wedge references a document, which makes following claim: Europe's comparatively high tax burden has created big marginal effects and tax wedges. For example a 2007 ...
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John Chang Chi Healer [on hold]

This article: http://politicalblindspot.com/scientists-and-skeptics-unable-to-debunk-qi-energy-healer/ claims that John Chang could heal people through "accupuncture". The interesting bit is that, ...
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Do functional programming languages offer significant advantages?

Many functional language advocates make a few surprising assertions about them: functional languages code is significantly less buggy than otherwise functional languages code is significantly faster ...
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Can a car run on water? As per this experiment [duplicate]

The Agha Waqar's car that ran on water was a great news for a long time. Where a Pakistan based inventor invented a car that got all the power from water. He was using a water kit to get the energy. ...
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Does GPS use General Relativity?

Sources on the internet claim that the GPS system requires Relativity to work (xkcd). I've searched information about the GPS system, how it works and how it was set up, reading information from many ...
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Do vitamin supplements have any health benefits?

According to some recent research, Vitamin supplements almost never have health benefits, are a waste of money and could even be harmful, a group of scientists said in a damning indictment of ...
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Are birds magnetically repelled from high-voltage power lines?

There is a board game from the 90's called 'Mind Trap' in which players must solve tough riddles. One of the riddles goes like this: Sid Shady claimed that he developed a special insulation for ...
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Did the US ban the Volkswagen XL1 for being too fuel efficient?

There are dozens of articles similar to this one floating around claiming the new Volkswagen XL1, which can get 300+ MPG (0.78 L/100 km) in ideal driving conditions, has been banned in the USA because ...
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Is sugar one element away from cocaine or any other drug?

I've heard multiple times through out my college and early work career that they believed sugar was one element away from being cocaine (or some other drug). However, none of these people had a ...
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Why is global mortality rate so low? [closed]

I trying to find out recently how many people die each year and I found that current mortality rate is around 8/1000. This seems a bit low because with zero population growth you'd expect the number ...
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Was sucralose accidentally discovered in the course of insectide research?

I see repeated claims, mostly from sources of highly questionable veracity, that Sucralose was developed while searching for new insecticides. ABC news also makes this claim in a summery of various ...
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Does carrageenan cause gastrointestinal inflammation and higher rates of intestinal lesions, ulcerations, and even malignant tumors in humans?

I came across this article on how to avoid carrageenan on a friend's facebook post. The "article" starts with this statement: Carrageenan is a common food additive extracted from red seaweed. ...
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Was the heartbleed bug introduced on purpose? [closed]

Almost everybody as heard about the recent Heartbleed bug, revealed by Neel Mehta and fixed by Adam Langley and Bodo Moeller ; at least everybody working in the IT field. The bug introduced a ...
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Is there an occult ( hidden ) numeric symbolic meaning to the 911 event? [closed]

In light of some information that I present here I am now convinced that 911 was a kind of human sacrifice by occult leaders and not as has been officially claimed by various Governments that it was ...
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Was Mao's Great Leap Forward responsible for 30 million deaths?

I recently found an article calling into question the effect of Mao's policies on the famine during the Great Leap Forward in China towards the end of the 1950s. The author doesn't go as far as to ...
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Is life expectancy of an Amish person same as average in US?

Amish website claims: What is the average life expectancy of Amish men and women and what is the number one cause of death in the Amish communities? It is the same as for all persons in ...
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Are animals fleeing Yellowstone park?

This article claims that animals are fleeing en masse from Yellowstone National Park. At Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, there is a mass animal exodus underway. Miles of buffalo can be seen ...
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Is an imminent volcanic eruption the most plausible explanation for the Yellowstone animal exodus?

According to this article, which has been circulating lately on Facebook: At Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, there is a mass animal exodus underway. Miles of buffalo can be seen running ...
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Is it safe to use HUL's Pureit Water Purifier?

I am using Hindustan Unilever PureIt. does it work perfectly in terms of purifying the water.
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What is the evolutionary purpose of crying? [closed]

As the title says, I am fascinated why it is important for human beings to cry. Do other animals also cry like we do? How it fulfills the purpose of evolution as a whole?
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Does the US government have secret research projects? [duplicate]

At Rense.com, a writer claims: The United States is known to have a huge budget for so called ``black projects,'' because it spends more on defense than can be accounted for by adding up the value ...
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Is the inside of a field cucumber 20 degrees Fahrenheit cooler than its surroundings?

I've heard this claim before, but every time I dig deeper I am unable to find a reason for why cucumbers would be significantly colder than their surroundings. Is there any validity to this claim? ...
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Is Fukushima Dai-ichi responsible for earless bunnies?

Picture scraper @Globe_Pics, which has 520,000 followers, tweeted the following (currently 205 retweets, and 135 favorites): Earless bunnies were born in Japan after the Fukushima Nuclear ...
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Has anybody flown to Diego Garcia to look for MH370? [duplicate]

A popular conspiracy theory is floating around that a passenger on-board MH370, named Philip Wood who worked for IBM, managed to stash a mobile phone and take a black photo with the coordinates ...
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Is tearing off the skin inside my lip with my teeth going to cause significant health problems later in life? [closed]

I'm a pretty big lip biter. I take the skin inside my lip between my teeth and tear off little strings. I do this all across my lower lip, usually every day. Sometimes the sores generated are very ...
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Is it possible to have a split personality like those seen in the movies? [duplicate]

Has there ever been any people who existed from split personality disorder like those seen in movies? In the sense they had more than one coherent, distinct personalities (and weren't biopolar or ...
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Does CALEA cover VoIP-only Skype calls? [closed]

I'm not sure where to ask this question, but came across a previous question discussing Skype, CALEA and wiretapping. CALEA does apply to "interconnected VoIP providers", so it's clear that Skype ...
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Is using “sleep mode” wasteful and harmful to a computer?

I have my home computer set to go into "sleep mode" when idle for a short time, and I assumed that by doing so I was saving lots of energy and that it was good for the computer by shutting down ...
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Are actuarial life expectancy tables based on information that is 40 years out of date?

I was chatting to some older folks today that had recently attended a "retirement course" (i.e. a course that teaches you about retirement and what to expect etc.). One of the presenters apparently ...
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Did most of the American riflemen in combat during World War II avoid firing at the enemy?

cynical-c: Only 15 to 20 percent of the American riflemen in combat during World War II would fire at the enemy. Is this statistic accurate?
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Are the tigers at Tiger Kingdom in Phuket drugged?

The Tiger Kingdom attraction in Phuket lets you walk into the enclosure and pose for photos with real, live, full-size tigers. They claim that the tigers are not drugged. From their website: ...
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Can the Gobe device measure your caloric intake?

Healbe currently has an IndieGoGo campaign for the GoBe. Everything else is just a manual calorie tracker. Only GoBe precisely calculates calorie intake, burn, and metabolic rate during any ...
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Is food in Alberta, Canada contaminated with radioactivity?

A Canadian high-school student is reported to have found that some kelp from supermarkets is radioactive beyond safe limits. “Some of the kelp that I found was higher than what the International ...
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Are there any studies that show mentally practicing a skill to be more effective than physically practicing?

I saw this video in which Tony Robbins claims practicing mentally can be more effective than practicing physically. He refers to a study where basketball players struggling with free throws were ...
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Do poor children hear 30 million fewer words by age 3?

According to PolitiFact.com, Barack Obama stated that: By the time she turns 3 years old, a child born into a low-income home hears 30 million fewer words than a child from a well-off family. ...
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Did the wild Parakeets of Austin come from New York City?

The story is that (ref, ref): the first Monk Parakeets arrived at Kennedy Airport in New York City. Supposedly the crates broke and several of the birds escaped. Argentina gets cold, but I’m not ...
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Did the wild Parakeets of Austin originate as housepets?

The story is that (ref, ref): In a city known from producing fake rain (remember the sprinklers on MoPac near 35th Street?) and celebrating Spamarama, it should be no surprise that Janet Gilles ...
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Terabytes of data generated by Boeing Jet every hour

2010 article from gigaom (http://gigaom.com/2010/09/13/sensor-networks-top-social-networks-for-big-data-2/ Sensor Networks Top Social Networks for Big Data) says that twin engine Boeing Jet aircraft ...
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Did such a medical device ever exist that blew air into the anus?

Does the medical device described in Guliver's Travels, published in 1726, resemble anything that actually existed, or has there ever been a medical need to pump air into the anus? I was ...
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Did a soldier fight off 40 train robbers?

The Art of Manliness website reports Bishnu Shrestha, who had just retired from the Indian army where he served as a Gorkha soldier, held off a horde of robbers that tried to rob a train in India. ...
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Do races/ethnicities have different odors?

This is a serious question and not intended to demean any ethnic group or racial group. I'm Caucasian and have dated Asian (Chinese), black and South Asian (Indian and Pakistani) men. I have noticed ...

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