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Did Kim Davis just want her name removed from the marriage licenses?

A commenter at Hot Air writes about Kim Davis, the county clerk from Kentucky who was jailed for refusing the issue same-sex marriage certificates. Nope she is quite willing to issue marriage ...
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Is this history-related question suitable for Skeptics.SE? [migrated]

"Did Albert Einstein really recieve this rejection letter" - I found this on History.SE, and I feel that it's sufficiently skeptics-related as it is questioning the authenticity. Would this be a ...
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Do EnChroma glasses “cure” color-blindness?

A few news stories have been circulating around about glasses that "cure" some forms of color-blindness: CNBC - Glasses that let the color blind see color Today.com - Watch these brothers' emotional ...
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Did this woman die of a heart attack?

The video below circulated in Singapore (and I think Malaysia too) on Whatsapp and Facebook with the accompanying message. (Though my guess is that it was taken in China.) https://www.youtube.com/...
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Are sexual/romantic characteristics correllated with blood type?

I saw this assertion on many sources, here's one: http://www.japanzine.jp/article/jz/521/love-sex-blood-types Many Japanese people believe that just as different blood types are incompatible, so ...
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Did the term “meritocracy” originate in a dystopian satire?

When Michael Young, a British sociologist, coined the term meritocracy in 1958, it was in a dystopian satire. (source: "The War on Stupid People"@The Atlantic) The satire mentioned was by Michael ...
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Did Democrats protest lack of vote on a bill that ACLU argued as “undermining civil liberties”?

There were the selfie-happy Democrats singing "We Shall Overcome" while demanding passage of a bill that those right-wing nutjobs over at the American Civil Liberties Union have "strongly" argued ...
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Carrot used to be of many colors? [duplicate]

http://9gag.com/gag/agG0W0W This says that we used to have purple and white carrots. Now all carrots are orange. I want more than whether it's true or not. I want to know how. How can the dutch ...
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Did Kali Muscle weigh 99 pounds when he was 16 years old?

Body-builder, YouTuber and actor, Kali Muscle, claims in this video that he weighed 99 pounds (45 kg) when he was 16. When I first started training, when I was 16 years old, I was 99 pounds. ...
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Physics News of Iranian Physicists is Boycotted [on hold]

It seems there is a conspiracy (all around the west from USA to EU) to prevent Iranian physicists to become famous. Have you ever seen a scientific newspaper to write about Iranian Physicists or ...
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Does the STS103-734-73 NASA picture show an alien spacecraft?

UFO News reported in July 2014 that an older image taken of the Hubble Telescope is on an alien spacecraft (a "UFO"). The image was taken in December 1999,, on STS-103, a repair mission on which ...
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Does playing electronic games interfere with a child's healthy dopamine response?

In this August 2015 Psychology Today blog article, a child psychiatrist and author, Dr Victoria Dunckley makes a number of claims about how screen time is causing symptoms of mental health problems. ...
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Does a hydrogen-on-demand system increase fuel efficiency by 60%? [duplicate]

I recently discovered the "hydrogen on demand" system for increasing gas mileage. From what I understand, the system injects your combustion chambers with hydrogen which increases the amount of fuel ...
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Does cow urine contain gold?

I stumbled upon a video of a baba (spiritual guru | Baba Ramdev) saying that cow urine contains gold. This belief is widespread in India. I looked it up and many sites saying cow urine contains gold. ...
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91 views

How true is the profile-belief picture portrayed by the Quora site? [on hold]

I noticed that most answers on the Quora site seem to be long and professionally written, there are no sloppy answers although I would have expected at least some, as some users cannot write well. ...
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Is Edge (significantly) better than Chrome for laptop battery life?

Microsoft recently released the results of a benchmark of four different browsers with respect to battery life. Chrome comes out the worst, then Firefox, then Opera and then Edge, by quite a margin. ...
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Any explanation for the Shaolin stomach bowl trick (besides Chi energy)? [on hold]

Edit: Before I describe the trick I would like to say that this trick was presented as a having been achieved through intense concentration and channelling Chi energy from around the performer's body ...
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452 views

Does the UK send the EU £350 million a week?

I got this propaganda leaflet through my door today, this has been widely claimed by parties in favor of the British EU referendum: We send the EU £350 million a week - let's fund our NHS ...
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Was child porn found in the possession of Michael Jackson?

A recent article in the Daily Mail states: Michael Jackson was found to have a sizable collection of pornographic material at his Neverland Ranch in 2003 according to police reports cataloging the ...
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Does this video show the US arming Islamic State?

This video, published by Iran's Press TV 16 Feb 2015, claims to show a US Chinook dropping weapons for ISIL militants. According to Iraqi media, the video, released by the Iraq-based Hezbollah ...
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Do Republican legislatures tend to relax gun laws after mass shootings?

The Economist says the following in an article on recent mass shootings in the USA which discusses the evidence that restrictions on gun ownership reduce deaths: ...a mass shooting leads to a 75% ...
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Was the vertical cannonshot related by Samuel Rowbotham ever performed?

A common claim in support of "Flat Earth" models is that a cannonball fired precisely vertically drops back upon the cannon, even back down the muzzle. One such claim appears here http://www....
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462 views

Did Gauss say that Leibniz spoiled mathematics? [closed]

Today, I heard from a friend that Gauss was an ardent admirer of Newton and considered him to be the greatest mathematician of all time, the "master of all masters" he said. (Or in modern language, he ...
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Is coconut oil effective as a toothpaste or in promoting oral health?

There's a good deal of information about "oil pulling" which is the process by which you swish oil around your mouth for 20 minutes or so then spit it out. There are many claims about what it can heal,...
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Did Einstein say this about his marriage?

I found a picture with a quote on facebook today quoting Einstein. The quote states: When we first got married, we made a pact. It was this:In our life together, it was decided I would make all ...
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Do trains/boats/planes involved in accidents have a lower occupancy?

This Article from the daily mail makes some interesting (and rather ludicrous) claims, but one stuck out to me specifically. The article argues that higher cancellation rates/lower occupancy on ...
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Is the NSA installing surveillance codes in iPhones by calling Sprint customers?

I've got a iPhone 6s on the EE network. Today I got a SMS from +44 865 6696 which had the content "Message not found". If I put the number into a t9 predictive text emulator, it spells "Unknown" ...
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846 views

Do sandwiches taste better when someone else makes them?

I'm a bit skeptical about the claim in this poster: Click for a larger version. Studies show that sandwiches actually taste better when other people make them for you. When we make food, we get ...
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Is this graph of “mass shootings” backed up by reliable data?

There's this graph on the internets: But I was unable to find any sources of the data. Most of the sites that present the graph seem to be politically oriented. Is this backed by any hard data?
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Does the Eco-Cooler reduce temperatures in tin huts by around 5° Celsius, compared to simple windows?

The zero-electricity Eco-Cooler made from plastic bottles is doing the rounds all over the interwebs: Over 70% of Bangladesh’s population live in corrugated tin huts across the countryside. During ...
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Does fluoridated water increase the risk of fractures amongst osteoporosis patients?

I have heard claims that it is unsafe for those with osteoporosis to drink tap water in municipalities that add fluoride to it, because it increases risks of fractures. For example: Fluoridation.com ...
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Does the Silva method of meditation enable transcendence of pain?

The Silva method (formerly known as "Silva Mind Control") is a type of meditation, proposed by José Silva. It involves reaching and sustaining the alpha-state while actively controlling one's thoughts....
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Did the Orlando mass shooter attend gay night clubs and use a gay dating app? [closed]

A popular sentiment that has been steadily popping up on my Facebook feeds is that Omar Mateen, the shooter in the mass shooting in Orlando, had visited the gay nightclub many times previously: ...
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Did Pablo Reyes post a Facebook update that predicts the future?

It has been widely reported that the Facebook post of a user called Pablo Reyes made a number of startling predictions: Call me crazy but in 2016 Hillary Clinton will be the first female president,...
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Does Iran already have a nuclear bomb? [closed]

What makes Iran unable to develop nukes in their military sites? Why is the IAEA not able to inspect Iran's military sites? Does Iran already have nukes? If so how could we ever know (while we have ...
3
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225 views

Do hockey players sniff smelling salts?

This City News Toronto segment claims that many ice hockey players have been sniffing smelling salts (based on ammonia carbonate) for a supposed performance boost. (They go on to quote an expert ...
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Do bears get a taste for human flesh?

I'm sure I've heard similar stories regarding dogs and even hamsters, but in this Guardian story a vet says: Takeshi Komatsu, a local vet, said it was possible that the four were killed by the ...
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Are humans descended from chimp-pig hybrids?

Geneticist Dr. Eugene McCarthy claims that humans have descended from hybrids of pigs and chimpanzees: A 2013 Phys.Org article explained: he has amassed an impressive body of evidence suggesting ...
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Has the United States had 7 mass shootings in the past week? [closed]

I keep seeing a claim on social media claiming something to the effect of: [First world country] has had [small number] mass shootings since [18whatever] The US has had 7 since Monday. I'm ...
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Did Google censor autosuggest results for Hillary Clinton?

There is currently a video by SourceFed being spread around the internet, claiming that Google appear to have censored autosuggest results in order to boost Hillary Clinton's campaign by excluding ...
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Did Christians kill thirty to fifty times as many people in political violence as Muslims in the 20th century?

Blog post by US academic Juan Cole (sometimes linked to in twitter) Twentieth Century Deaths in War and Political Violence by Religion Total: 102 Million Killed by Christians of ...
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Is part of Himalayan mountain Kangtega a secret base?

There are plenty of sites claiming that part of Himalayan mountain Kangtega is a secret base: First, this could be an open area only visible with high end digital equipment. Meaning this could be ...
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Do Duracell batteries last longer than normal batteries?

The claim is Up to 10 times longer lasting power (*) vs. ordinary zinc carbon batteries in high powered toys and flash cameras (picture from Amazon) Do Duracell batteries last longer ...

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