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Can a +3500cal-per-pound food cause more than a pound of fat gain? [on hold]

This question is related to a similar question on this site, but mine is focused on the biological side, rather than straight physics. Specifically, all of the upvoted answers on that question focus ...
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Why is only aspirin commonly found as effervescent tablets? [on hold]

Common analgesics include paracetamol, ibuprofen, naproxen and the like; but it seems to me that only aspirin is commonly available in effervescent form in addition to solid tablet form. Why is this? ...
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Did Palestinians from the PA with family reunification based IDs engage in terror activities, pre-2003?

While answering this Q, I ran into the following claim by Israeli government, cited by a Haaretz article "Gov't seeks to extend order that can curb Arab family reunification" ... on the grounds of ...
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Does your brain keep thinking for seven minutes after you die?

There is a widely published meme that you keep thinking after you die: After you die, it is believed that you have 7 minutes of brain activity left inside you Obviously it doesn't hold ...
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Can someone get pregnant merely by using the swimming pool?

This Daily Mail story says that a woman went to court as her daughter got pregnant by swimming. A mother is suing a hotel claiming her teenage daughter fell pregnant simply from using a hotel ...
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Is Roberto Nevilis the inventor of homework?

There is a claim that Roberto Nevilis invented homework in 1905. And it doesn't seem to be a recent meme - there are tons of pics for this meme: The person who invented homework was an Italian ...
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Is it prohibited to marry more than one woman in US?

It's a wide belief between Islamists in my country that in the West, men are not allowed to marry more than one woman even if all parties (both women and the man) accept it, As Islamists view it, ...
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Are the “Chiropractic Excellence” videos on youtube real? [on hold]

There is one very popular series of Chiropractic videos on youtube, that unlike all the others, claims to show major medical issues being resolved via adjustments. The most dramatic video is this ...
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Currrent outstanding predictions of evolution [on hold]

Evolution is commonly highlighted for its predictive power. For example Darwin himself predicted a precursor of the trilobite would be found in pre-Silurian layers. This was later confirmed and ...
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Are there discriminatory laws against Israelis marrying Palestianians?

I saw this on Facebook today in the wake of the SCOTUS decision on gay marriage. While the world celebrates gay marriage victory: In Israel, you can marry anyone as long as he/she not ...
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Do nightlights during childhood cause myopia later in life?

I've heard this claim many times, including this CNN report from 1999 which claims that "Night-light may lead to nearsightedness". From the article: ...research in chicks [demonstrated] that the ...
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Do yaks get shaved?

Many programmers have heard of the phrase yak shaving. In real life, do yaks literally get shaved? This answer to a question about shaving dogs has someone claiming that yaks do get shaved: ...
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Did 15 doctors save a woman who had a heart attack on a plane?

A image posted recently on 8fact claimed that: A woman had a heart attack on plane, when the stewardess asked if there was a doctor on board, 15 stood up, they were on their way to a cardiology ...
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Do homosexuals have a shorter life expectancy than heterosexuals?

I've heard a few people claim this. Have any reputable studies concluded that homosexuals live, on average, significantly shorter than heterosexuals?
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Did Lexus create a “real, rideable hoverboard”?

In a teaser video that has been viewed over 5 million times and taken seriously by many media outlets (e.g. the BBC), LexusInternational make a bold claim: Lexus has created a real, rideable ...
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648 views

Are these Charlie Brown comics on race/racism genuine? [on hold]

I saw these comic strips featuring Charlie Brown and Franklin the other day, and I assumed that they were just constructed for social commentary purposes. But I thought about it, and Peanuts has ...
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Is shaving Siberian Huskies harmful?

I recently came across a post on Imgur claiming shaving a Siberian husky exposes it to "sunburn, skin cancer, insects, and parasites". [...] the layers of your pet's coat help to protect them ...
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Did a poltergeist move furniture around in this CCTV footage?

I found this article on The Mirror web-site. Terrifying CCTV footage has emerged online of the moment an 'evil ghost' appears to attack a hotel by throwing around furniture in front of horrified ...
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Is there any evidence of systemic bias on Wikipedia? [closed]

I see it quite frequently, often when encountering fringe beliefs like anti-vaccination or 9/11 conspiracies, that you can't trust Wikipedia as a source of information. Now granted anyone can modify ...
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Did Stalin's Russia ban Jew's Harp?

In this TEDxVilnius talk entitled, Jew's Harp, Listen and You Will Hear It: Valentinas & Viaceslavas at TEDxVilnius the following claim is made, But if we talk about Russia, in time of ...
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Does the Google Chrome browser spy on users? [closed]

There are a number of places that claim that Google Chrome spies on its users: Is Google Chrome spying on its users? Google Chrome browser is spying all of us Does Google Chrome spy on users? I'm ...
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315 views

Deaths due to firearms in the US since Civil War

Quite a while ago I stumbled upon a data set from an official US source (or at least a very credible one) listing the detailed accounts of deaths due to firearms per year in the United States. Now, ...
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Do Asians have slanting vaginas?

I had heard somewhere that some women have horizontal vagina. I didn't think it was true. So I asked my biology teacher, "I've heard some women have horizontal vagina. Is it true?" He replied, ...
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Is cold-pressed juice higher in nutrients?

It is widely claimed that cold-press juicing machines are better than the cheaper, and more common, centrifugal juicing machines, because they avoid degrading the nutrients in the juice through ...
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Can pesticides from conventionally grown food be detected in urine samples?

Coop Sverige AB have a short video shown based on an unpeer-reviewed pilot study that found that a family who ate conventionally-grown food had urine tests that could detect pesticides. (The ...
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Do dietary vitamin supplements like Berocca help improve mental performance?

Berocca is a dietary supplement containing mainly B vitamins and a large dose of Vitamin C. Here's a listing from their website for Berocca Perfomance: Vitamin B1 15 mg Vitamin B2 15 mg ...
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Is this quote from Margaret Sanger authentic?

This picture recently showed up on my facebook news-feed. "Colored people are like human weeds and are to be exterminated." - Margaret Sanger, Founder of Planned Parenthood. "I admire ...
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Can you use a computer's CPU's electrical noise to extract an encryption key?

This 2015 Wired article claims it is possible to use a remote device to determine a key used during decryption by sampling the radio emissions from the processor at 100kHz They also claim that by: ...
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Can leaving your cell phone next to your desktop damage it? [closed]

I just heard from my boss that leaving my cell phone directly next to my desktop tower (specifically within a foot of the tower) will damage the cell phone due to electrical interference. He claims ...
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Do the recorded sounds from the sun sound like 'AUM' in the Vedas? [closed]

Recently I became aware that NASA scientists could record the sound of the Sun. In some articles it is pointed out that this recorded sound is similar to the sound 'AUM' which is related to the Vedas ...
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141 views

A place that is not a country but a union [closed]

I have heard someone say recently that they are not from a country, but a union. Is there such a place? What place is it? Are their laws and regulations (like citizenship etc) any different? I ...
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350 views

Did Nylon eating bacteria come about due to an increase in genetic information?

I found this video by a creationist who claims that the nylon eating ability of bacteria was not the result of an increase in genetic information. Does he actually have a point or is he wrong? ...
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Does media coverage of mass shootings leads to more mass shootings the same week?

In the end of this video, Dr. Park Dietz says: Because every time we have intense saturation coverage of a mass murder, we expect to see one or two more within a week. Is this true?
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Is there a correlation between mass-murder and use of psychoactive prescription drugs such as SSRIs?

It seems to be a commonly-held belief that there is a strong correlation between the use of prescription drugs such as SSRIs and mass-shooters. For instance, this claim: Every mass shooting over ...
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Did a Michigan jewellery store keeper successfully scare off his attackers with a shotgun in 1995?

In an answer to another question, there is a reference to this 2012 Natural News article, which in turn cites this NRA-ILA article, which cites "The Chronicle, Muskegon, MI, 8/23/95": Plans to ...
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War veteran who didn't speak for 30 years until he heard a sports match over the radio

In Influence, Cialdini mentions the story of a war veteran who remained silent for 30 years until he allegedly heard during a live radio transmission of a sports event that his home team was ...
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Is this list of facts about fluoride correct? [duplicate]

I saw this on Facebook with the following text: There are now at LEAST 44 studies linking fluoride to lower IQ and neurodevelopmental impairments. Enjoy your tap water, slaves! Quote: ...
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What are the rates of mass shootings in various developed countries? [closed]

In response to the shooting in Charleston, South Carolina, President Obama asserted that: But let’s be clear: at some point, we as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this type of ...
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Has Obama weakened the US military? [closed]

I have seen many claims that President Obama has weakened the US military. Most are from sources I classify as extreme right-wing propaganda. Examples: ...
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128 views

Is it true that unique geniuses are feminine? [closed]

Geniuses like da Vinci, Einstein, Feynman, Dirac, Heisenberg, Hawking (while he was young), Oppenheimer, von Neumann, Beche, Kafka...etc are well known to be somewhat physically weak and "feminine" in ...
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Genetic difference between plants and animals [closed]

What percentage of difference is there between plant DNA and animal DNA?
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681 views

Are annual female rape and male “made to penetrate” rates similar in the US?

In the 2010 Summary Report of the CDC's National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, there are two figures that are surprisingly similar: In Table 2.1, they claim the 12-month weighted rate ...
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576 views

Is the Earth experiencing another mass extinction event?

I have heard that Earth is experiencing another mass extinction event, with many species going extinct at a rate comparable to Earth's many other past extinction events. This has been reported in ...
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297 views

Is a woman murdered every 20 minutes for dowry?

I stumbled upon this image in Google images: The image links to www.50millionmissing.info, which has, indeed, created that poster. The site is dedicated to Indian women. Wikipedia explains the ...
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Are beggars in the Nordic countries cities typically part of organised networks?

In Sweden and other Nordic countries, the presence of beggars on the streets is a relatively new phenomenon, with many beggars originating from new EU member states. There are frequent claims that ...
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Is laughing gas not used during labor in US hospitals because it is cheaper?

In much (most?) of the world, women are able to use laughing gas to relieve pain during childbirth, but this is almost never available to women in the United States. Several websites (for ...
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268 views

Is the 12-inch foot based off the foot of a King of England?

I heard this growing up. Is the 12-inch foot we use today for measurement derived from the length of the foot of a king of England, and the rest is history?
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Have one out of every two people who have ever lived died of malaria?

Michael Finkel writes in National Geographic: Some scientists believe that one out of every two people who have ever lived have died of malaria. The Wall Street Journal Article The Tenacious ...
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Is the US FDA policy of deferring blood donations from MSM justified by increased STD risk?

I have heard the gay community complain that the Red Cross/FDA discriminate against them by refusing to allow men who have sex with other men (MSM) to donate blood. Here is an article on Wikipedia ...
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Has anyone ever tested the “Dybbuk Box” with a Geiger counter? [closed]

I came across this article about the Dybbuk Box, a cabinet that is supposedly haunted by a type of ghost from Jewish folklore. Owners of the box have all reported various negative effects while ...

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