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Did Saint Charbel Makhluf's body remain intact for 50 years?

Saint Charbel Makhluf, O.L.M. (or Sharbel Maklouf),[1] (Arabic: مار شربل‎, May 8, 1828 – December 24, 1898) was a Maronite monk and priest from Lebanon. During his life he obtained a wide ...
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Does pair programming improve the correctness of software?

Some advocates of pair programming suggest that two software engineers working on a single feature together - at the same desk, at the same computer - will create software that is more correct - that ...
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Will 1 out 4 women be a victim of domestic violence?

In their newest video the "FCKH8" company claim that: 1 out of 4 women will be the victim of domestic violence Is this indeed the case for women in the US?
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Is eating orange before lunch good? [on hold]

Can we eat orange before lunch? Is it good for health? Or there is any problem? I could not find a proper answer for this though searching several times.
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If the Moon landing was faked, how does one explain the feather/hammer drop video? [duplicate]

During Apollo 15, an experiment was conducted in which a hammer and feather were dropped at the same time to, quite poignantly, demonstrate Galileo was right even on the Moon. There's an excellent ...
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Can Hydrogen Peroxide administered via ear drops reduce the duration of the common cold?

I was looking for information about common colds and this URL came up on page 1 via Google search: ...
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Possibility of claimed dog-human hybrids [on hold]

This question is after all about hearsay so I think it is a better fit here than e.g. at the Biology.SE. This is about something my wife heard from her mother, who had been told this by her own ...
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Did a broadcast of the US National Anthem in the 60's use subliminal messaging?

This video, by "Truthstream Media" tells us the following: As we watch Television, we become susceptible to subliminal messaging because we stop emitting alpha waves and start emitting beta waves In ...
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Is anti-whaling activism almost as big an industry as the whaling industry?

In the article Confronting Paul Watson and Sea Shepherd, Tetsuhiko Endo writes: In a March 2012 article in Nature, Christopher Costello and Steven Gaines from the University of California, point ...
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Is racial income inequality currently in US worse than it was in Apartheid South Africa

As reported here, (and here) white/black wealth inequality is worse now in the US than it was under Apartheid South Africa. The figures brought up during the segment are backed up, too. ...
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Do we think in a particular language? [duplicate]

We often hear statements like 'we think in our mother tongue'. Do we really think in a particular language? I am a multilingual and use english in my profession. I tried to analyse my thoughts but i ...
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Do high immigration levels lower quality of life standards?

In a UK panel show, Question Time, a politician says: However, if you have a country in which the population goes up as a direct result of immigration, what you find is not a shortage of green ...
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Can you get sick (cold, flu and such) from having bare feet? [closed]

This silly silly question is a "sore spot" topic for my husband and myself so am looking for help any Medical opinions would be especially useful! My husband gets soooo angry when he sees our children ...
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How fully-informed was President George W Bush about CIA interrogation techniques?

BBC, in a piece detailing an interview with former Vice President Dick Cheny on Fox News, quotes the former statesman as saying that Bush was "Fully-Informed" on the techniques: Former US ...
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Is it “perfectly legal” to walk topless in New York City?

A travel advertisement aired on the radio in Italy states that it is "perfectly legal" to be topless in New York City; is this true? The ad doesn't say anything else useful to the question.
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Were postal stamp depicting LTTE symbols and its chief, Prabhakaran, released by government of France?

There were news saying that France has issued or released a postal stamp of LTTE chief Prabhakaran. I am wondering if such stamps were issued by the French postal services. Here are the some sources ...
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Is DDT significantly less harmful than claimed by the EPA?

The 1962 book "Silent Spring" by Rachel Carson was instrumental at affecting public opinion against DDT and other pesticides culminating on banning DDT all over the world. While Carlson has many ...
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What is the original source of “Everything in the world is about sex, except sex. Sex is about power.”?

Frequently, "Everything in the world is about sex, except sex. Sex is about power." is seen attributed to Oscar Wilde: e.g., here, here, and here. This seems unlikely to me, for several reasons: I ...
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Did Neil Gaiman say “A book is a dream you hold in your hand”?

There are lots and lots of people on the web repeating a claimed quote by Neil Gaiman, with some variations: A book is a dream [that] you hold in your hand[s]. Very few of these people bother to ...
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Does technology exist that can read memories from human brains?

According to this Buzzfeed article (#11): Scientists are making videos out of human memories with some suspicion GIFs that purport to show the result. Other sites make similar claims. Buzzfeed ...
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Did switching to a common currency cause prices to go up in European countries?

Many consumers in the European Union are afraid of switching to Euros since it (reportedly) means increased prices on most products. For example: In order to address consumers' concerns about ...
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Is it dangerous to use wooden cutlery and cutting boards with raw meat?

I have heard multiple times that "one should never cut raw meat on a wooden cutting board nor mix it using a wooden spoon." The reason most often cited is that apparently bacteria can survive in the ...
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Is there any proof that blackle.com conserves energy? [duplicate]

There are claims that blackle.com conserves energy given that it is darker themed and produces less light. There is a counter under the search box that constantly increases. But in today's era of ...
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Did a woman find a chicken head in her McNuggets?

A story circulated some time ago, and it occasionally comes back to life within social media, that once a woman found a chicken head inside her child's chicken nuggets at McDonald's. Did this ...
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Did stone age people have an income of slightly below $2 a day? [closed]

In his 2014 book "War! What Is It Good For?", historian Ian Morris writes: Ten thousand years ago, there were only about six million people on earth. On average they lived about thirty years and ...
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Is Obama the First President to Write a Computer Program?

According to a recent Wired article, US President Barack Obama was the first president to write code: President Barack Obama told the world that everyone should learn how to code. And now he’s ...
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Did the NYPD use an ambulance to trick protesters into cooperating?

I saw this tumblr post (with over 50,000 notes, so it's notable), which says: Tonight the NYPD tricked protesters into helping them by driving empty ambulances through the crowd. We thought they ...
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Was the Eric Garner grand jury shown the video of his death?

In almost every article I've read about the decision of the grand jury not to bring charges over the death of Eric Garner, it's taken for granted that the jury did see the video footage of his death. ...
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Did Gandhi tell this story about sugar?

There's a story about quitting eating sugar (or about verifying that you can do something before you order someone else to do it), which is attributed here to the Mahatma Gandhi, and which is told as ...
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Have there ever been any real, credible bomb threats?

Bomb threats are common. Most alleged bomb threats also turn out to be fake. While done for various reasons, they serve as an effective denial-of-service attack and waste lots of manpower and ...
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Did a Russian Orthodox priest sprinkle holy water on Russia's Central Bank's servers?

Tweet by @bankableInsight (3,639 retweets, 1,662 favorites), reported by the NZ Herald: This is a Russian priest sprinkling holy water on the central bank's servers in an attempt to stop the ...
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Does IQ testing show that blacks on average score worse than whites?

James Watson Nobel Prize winner for his discovery of the structure of DNA made the following claim in a 2007 Sunday Times interview: "[I am] inherently gloomy about the prospect of Africa” because ...
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Did 80% of Soviet males born in 1923 die in WWII?

I found this fact on OMG Facts: 80% of Soviet males born in 1923 died in WWII. Not surprisingly, Russia was the country with the highest WW2 causalities, with over 21 million. I can't find ...
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635 views

Is being able to talk evidence that you can breathe?

In discussions and articles about the death of Eric Garner I encountered several people denying that he was actually choked and couldn't breathe. The essence of that argument most often was that "if ...
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Did the “Russian Sleep Experiment” happen?

While talking about scary things and war, my girlfriend acted surprised when she found that I don't know what "Nikolayev gas" is. When I opened up wikipedia and didn't find anything she told me that ...
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Do private school students attain lower GPAs in college than “equal” public school students?

First, I realize this question is quite like this one, but I want to focus more on the college GPA and then relate it to two older studies. There are a few decades old study which show that public ...
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Is Sweden's economy deteriorating fast?

I am rather surprised to read this article: Sweden to become a Third World Country by 2030, according to UN In 2010 Sweden had the 15th place in the HDI rankings but according to UN ...
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Have cats hunted at least 33 species to extinction?

I heard recently that cats have hunted numerous species to extinction, but I couldn't find a reliable source for this. Several sources say that they have been blamed for these extinctions, but is ...
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CPH4 is exist or not [duplicate]

what if our brain really works at more than 50%.In Lucy movie they were telling about the drug name CPH4 or they tell that it will produce at the time of pregnancy when women is at 5 or 6 months.Is ...
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Was Colonel Sanders rejected by 1009 restaurants before he started his first franchise?

Some sources claim that Colonel Sanders of KFC was rejected for at least a 1000 times before some restaurant agreed to sell his chicken. For example, the book Life Lessons for the Teenage Girl ...
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Can Soursop cure cancer cells more effectively than chemotheraphy? [duplicate]

http://www.jewsnews.co.il/2014/12/01/soursop-fruit-1000-stronger-at-killing-cancer-than-chemotherapy/ Claims yes Jews news contains many articles about some X that supposedly kill cancer cells ...
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If smoking causes lung cancer, why has a decline in smoking not led to a decline in lung cancer?

According to the CDC, smoking prevalence among US adults (18+) has decreased quite a bit over the years: 1974: 37.1% of the population 1980: 33.2 1990: 25.5 2000: 23.3 2010: 19.3 According to ...
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Has the snowball approach to debt repayment been shown to have any advantages?

The snowball approach to debt repayment involves paying down the smallest debt first, followed by the next smallest, and so forth. If one were instead able to and follow through with paying down debt ...
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Does the Cuban healthcare system perform better than those of countries of similar economic strength?

Cuba is frequently cited as an example of a country which has great healthcare considering its limited economic resources. For example: Salim Lamrani, Cuba's Health Care System: a Model for the ...
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Can TV “detector vans” detect TVs? [duplicate]

This official web page claims that TV Licensing... [has] a fleet of detector vans that can detect the use of TV receiving equipment at specifically targeted addresses within minutes. Is this a ...
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Did NATO promise not to expand into Eastern and Central Europe?

In its own fact sheet NATO denies Russia's claims that NATO promised not to expand: Russian officials claim that US and German officials promised in 1990 that NATO would not expand into Eastern ...
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Did a successful businessman once fail an interview for a menial Microsoft job for having no email?

Years ago, I received a chain email containing an inspirational story about a man applying for the position of 'office boy' at Microsoft, being rejected for not having an email address, and then going ...
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285 views

Does SNAP have the lowest rate of fraud of any federal program in the US?

An image circulating on Facebook makes the claim (among others) that: The food stamp program has the lowest fraud fraud [sic] rate of any federal government program. Is it true that the food ...
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Were Michael Brown's hands up when he was shot according to grand jury testimony?

Joe Scarbrough blasted the media and the St. Louis Rams for coming onto the field in a silent protest in support of Michael Brown. SCARBROUGH: Yeah, guys came out, hands up don’t shoot for the ...
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Is immigration causing unemployment among low-skill workers in the UK?

Immigration policy is a hot topic in UK politics, but is it actually costing British jobs?

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