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Has the holocaust been exaggerated by the allied forces

I am not a holocaust denier but I am skeptical of some of the numbers and details of the story. Is there any evidence of 6 million jews executed as part of a plan to eliminate the jewish race? I am ...
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Are the latest estimates of the cost of climate policy five time higher than the projected benefits?

Bjorn Lomborg argues that the implication of the latest IPCC report is that current mitigation policies are not smart in that the cost of mitigating CO2 emissions is much higher than the benefits: ...
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Does forcing a young child to smoke a cigarette discourage longer term use?

I have heard that giving your kid a cigarette when they are very little and forcing them to smoke the whole thing will make them have a bad memory of the event and make them less likely to smoke in ...
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Was the Education of Little Tree written by an ex-Klansman?

One of my favorite children's books growing up was the Education of Little Tree. This is a popular children's book in the US about a child who goes to live with his Cherokee grandparents in Appalachia ...
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Are Mars One sending people on one-way missions to mars, starting in 2024?

The organization, Mars One claims that: Mars One will establish a permanent human settlement on Mars. Crews of four will depart every two years, starting in 2024. A key part of the success of ...
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Are these gigantic stones in Russia from a technologically advanced ancient civilization?

According to the Atlantean Gardens blog humans worked 3000 ton stones were found in Russia. The Rundown Live has more photos. Dr Valery Uvarov thinks they are man-made. He is "Head of the ...
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Is the video of Soviet Dog Revival Experiment real?

In this video a dog head is brought back to life by injecting blood and air artificially. The dog (it's head actually) reacted to sound, touch and used its toungue to taste. I am not skeptic about ...
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Did Todd Standing video a sasquatch? [on hold]

Recently on Survivorman, Les Stroud went on a Bigfoot expedition. Towards the end of the episode he showed footage provided by Todd Standing with a very clear picture of what appears to be a juvenile ...
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Can worm holes be used to jump between points in space? [on hold]

When I was an undergraduate I took a class with Michio Kaku. I remember him saying something like "we can use a worm hole to jump between two distant points in space." That was more than 20 years ago. ...
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Will the US really stop surveillance of US citizens? [on hold]

The US invested in a 1.5 million foot data center: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/13/nsa-utah_n_3434175.html But the president says for the NSA to stop as in ...
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Does standing as opposed to sitting or lying improve brain activity?

I've been hearing since grade school that standing straight improves brain activity, that you will be able to think clearer, faster, better, etc. Mostly, it's teachers who say that, but I have yet to ...
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Is Easter named after the Canaanite goddess Ishtar?

According to the Richard Dawkins Foundation: Was Ishtar's symbols anything similar to the bunny and the egg? Was Easter named after Ishtar?
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is fracking inherently more contaminating than extracting or transporting crude oil, coal and non-fracking natural gas? [on hold]

I keep reading about fracking and cases of contaminated water supplies. I would like to know if there is quantitative evidence of fracking being more disruptive to people's lives in the areas of ...
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What would be a scientific proof for vision without eyes? [on hold]

Imagine there is a person, who claims that he can teach people how to see (recognize visual shapes) with closed eyes. There are several people, who actually demonstrate that ability (e. g. can tell ...
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Did Gandhi trump Professor Peters in a number of interactions?

I saw the following story on truthbook and wanted to know if it is true. (This one was found on the internet. We cannot corroborate its accuracy, but it is an amusing story...) When Gandhi ...
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Were the dogs really fooled by the disappearing biscuit magic trick? [on hold]

I just came across this video: Magician confuses dogs by making their treats disappear – with adorable results Apparently, this "magician" claims he fooled the dogs with this magic trick. The dogs ...
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Can vegetable oils, extracted from seeds, be shown to cause health problems?

There have been quite a few claims lately on the internet (though all look deceptively similar), that vegetable oils in general are bad for your health and that one should prefer oils which are not ...
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Will only 10% of the New Zealand population be religious by 2050?

I have seen this episode about religion from the documentary series "Through the Wormhole" and how it is disappearing and they say that it will have only 10% theists in New Zealand by 2050. Is this ...
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Does McDonald's uses worm meat filler in their “100% beef”?

Daily Buzz Live claims: The fact that McDonald’s uses cow eyeballs and worm fillers does not stop them from legally using the claim that they served 100% beef. McDonald’s has assured its ...
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Has anyone come up with a better idea for a currency as an alternative to Bitcoin? [on hold]

According to Michael Rivero - Article: http://whatreallyhappened.com/WRHARTICLES/slavetobanks.php We are all born into slavery, because: 'In the good old days, after George Washington and the ...
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Does potassium deficiency cause cramps?

According to Ace Fitness, it is a myth that potassium deficiency doesn't cause cramps, since there isn't enough potassium in sweat to deplete potassium. Sodium deficiency is blamed instead. Is this ...
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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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Do they grind up chicks for breakfast omelets? [closed]

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? [closed]

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 [closed]

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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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 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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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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