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How the first people with different idioms could communicate with each other? [on hold]

I always wondered how back in the ancient days how humans from different peoples could communicate with each other if it there was nobody to teach them the foreign language before? Today anyone can ...
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Are African penises bigger than whites'? Are Asian penises smaller than whites'? [duplicate]

It is often said that Africans have bigger penises than the white average, and it is often said that Asians have smaller penises than average. Is this true?
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Is it better to floss before or after brushing the teeth?

On various youtube video I hear opposite opinions regarding the best order of flossing and brushing. And if we're at it, then what about mouthwash? I thought that the best practice is to go from the ...
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Does drinking coffee, or any other activity, help sober a person?

This article claims that: Also, despite popular belief, "Only time will sober a person up. Drinking strong coffee, exercising or taking a cold shower will not help." So, if you're buzzing but ...
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Are there no matriarchal societies?

In a recent Art of Manliness podcast titled "Demonic Males with Dr. Richard Wrangham", Richard Wrangham makes the claim, starting about 28 minutes into the podcast that, If there was ever a clash ...
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Did astronauts leave footprints on the moon?

Our Young-Earth Creationist physics teacher stated that he does not believe that man actually stepped on the moon. That topic has been well covered here. One of his arguments, however, was that ...
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Can the special sound frequency make addiction? [duplicate]

Supposedly, for certain music track are used any frequencies that the human ear can not hear , but the brain can. And this the frequencies create pleasant feelings, which is why more people choose a ...
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Is there a correlation between cold and illnesses generally perceived as cold-related? [duplicate]

Cold weather is usually considered to be one of the causes of common cold, flu, influenza, pneumonia etc., especially in winter. However, many believe that these illnesses may be mainly caused not by ...
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Did Lars Andersen perform the stunts in “A new level of archery”?

So lately i've discovered a Video which went incredibly viral (20 mil views in a week). It's an amateurish filmed video called "A new level of archery" about the Danish archer Lars Andersen. Now I ...
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Do granite tiles emit radioactive radon gas?

I have read that granite tiles emit radioactive radon gas, which is a health hazard. Is this true?
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Does blending food to “break down the cell walls” make it healthier?

A popular blender brand, Vitamix, claims that The 5200’s powerful blades pulverize the cell walls of whole fruits and vegetables, releasing the full nutrients found in the seeds and skin They stop ...
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Do individual heart cells “beat” when isolated?

In his book The Third Ear, author Chris Lonsdale makes the following claim in chapter 14: Some years ago, scientists did a very interesting experiment. They placed a single, live, heart cell into ...
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Is human population the main reason of destruction of environment, global warming, extinction of animals and plants [on hold]

1998 Curriculum of Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute course The Population Explosion: Causes and Consequences Jamil Maidan Flores: The Pope, the Pill and the Population Explosion Robert Newman: There ...
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Can the shampoos harm the hair or the head skin? [duplicate]

I heard that if you wash your hair in every day, your hair will fall out. For example: This magazine article, Hair loss dos and don'ts for men who are going bald: DON'T WASH YOUR HAIR EVERY ...
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Is steam cleaning any more effective than 'normal' cleaning? [on hold]

I've bought a steam cleaner, because my partner's very keen on the idea of not using 'chemicals' to clean with. Have used it a few times (it seems to fall to me, mostly) - I have to say, I'm still ...
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Will food go sour faster during dog days, as according to Scandinavian lore? [on hold]

Since I was just a small boy, my mother has kept insisting that dog days are real. This period would last from July 23, to August 23, tho some may say slightly different time-frames, all within July ...
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Is it true that married people are happier and live longer? [duplicate]

From Making is Connecting by David Gauntlett, a quote attributed to Richard Layard states "Married people are healthier and live" which has a reference that points to "Layard, Happiness, p. 66." I ...
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Do police issue more citations near the end of each month?

A related question about police quotas suggests there are quotas (some openly, some not) in some jurisdictions. This Venture Beat Article strongly suggests that more tickets are issued at the end of ...
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Do smartphones and computers cause skin to age via “tech neck”?

I was watching a health program on TV last night that was looking at skin aging, and they flashed up a panel showing various causes of skin aging. Along with the usual culprits of sunlight, smoking ...
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Are there any foods which could be scientifically called inorganic? [on hold]

In a discussion of the correlation causation fallacy I came to realise that some people are informally using the term inorganic to mean non organic. Given the definition of inorganic and the ...
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Was 2014 the hottest year on record? [on hold]

When the numbers were counted several prominent observers of climate claimed that the year 2014 was the hottest ever. For example, Scientific American reported: It’s official: 2014 has taken the ...
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Will the richest 1% soon have more wealth than everyone else?

The charity Oxfam recently launched a media campaign about global inequality with the startling statistic (this page on their website): ...inequality is rising: the combined wealth of the richest ...
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Is this list of Killings Ordered or Supported by Muhammad accurate? [on hold]

I'd like to know to what extend this list is trustable: Wikiislam.net - List of Killings Ordered or Supported by Muhammad Are the sources credible and backed up with solid information? And if not, ...
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Does hypnosis work without “believing”? [duplicate]

I automatically reject anything that requires "I have to believe it" in order to see the evidence, like christianity or The Secret. That is just a strong evidence that it is a fake. Someone: X is ...
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Is this “Remove child before washing” clothes label real?

The image below went somewhat viral: It shows a clothes label with the text "Remove child before washing". Is this an actual clothes label of an actual commercially available piece of clothing? ...
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Did Gandhi say this anti-vaccine quote?

While searching for a different image on Google, I came across this: The text in the image reads: Vaccination is a barbarous practice and one of the most fatal of all the delusions current in ...
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Materialist Defense of Existence of Free Choice and Morality. Book rec [closed]

I'm doing a detailed personal study of possible explanations for free will and morality (the existence thereof). My starting impression is that these notions can't exist in a completely material ...
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Can thunderstorms curdle milk?

When I was 13, my sister and I spent the summer on a dairy farm. We worked in the creamery, where (twice a day) we bottled fresh raw milk, as well as cleaned all the equipment. It was really a fun ...
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Is there a link between blood pressure and salt intake?

So I was reading Cracked article about health risk myths. The first entry was interesting: [Myth #5] Salt Causes High Blood Pressure [...] Countless more recent studies have utterly failed to ...
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Is there a link between obesity and blood pressure? [closed]

There are no end of articles online about the link between obesity (measured via BMI,say) and blood pressure (or hypertension, i suppose). However, I have not stumbled across any definitive ...
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Do internet-based petitions to foreign governments have an influence? [closed]

Many organizations list international petitions as a way to influence decisions by governments. Amnesty International's German site explicitly states that such "urgent actions" are an effective way to ...
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Do African countries have to pay a “colonial tax” to France?

There is a claim that as of today, a lot of African countries are forced to pay a significant percentage of their income to France, and this is the cause of widespread hunger in Africa. 14 African ...
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Did someone using a private jet tell Americans their expectations are too high?

From twitter, a tweet that's going viral, including among climate change skeptics (action against climate change is being discussed at Davos): The cognitive dissonance in the first & last ...
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Is height about as heritable as obesity?

The Thin Privilege FAQ explains: Weight is about 50% - 80% heritable (sources disagree, but here’s a study that shows it to be 77% heritable). Height, for comparison, isn’t 100% heritable (I’ve ...
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Do marine invertebrates outnumber plants in the fossil record 19:1?

I found this claim in this Creationist YouTube video. 95% of all fossils are marine invertebrates. Of the remaining 5%, 95% are algae and plant fossils. 95% of the remaining 0.25% are ...
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Is cash confiscated upon arrest in the US?

This image is going around Facebook, and reads (emphasis original): Pimps wear lots of gold jewelry bought at pawn shops to "re-pawn" for bail money since cash is confiscated upon arrest but ...
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Do two spaces after a period make speed reading easier?

Since roughly 1960, the typographical style has shifted from two spaces after a period to one space after a period. Some people have claimed that the old convention of two spaces can improve speed ...
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Do desktop computers catch fire (often)?

My housemates don't want me setting up a home server because of fire hazard, I've seen very little, if anything, pointing to desktops causing fires, just laptop batteries (Can overheating laptops ...
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Did the Hebrew exodus from Egypt ever happen?

The Book of Exodus describes a movement of the Hebrews from Egypt, through the desert, and into the Palestine/Israel region. It also describes a number miracles, such as the ten plagues and the ...
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Are any commercials “banned” for public display?

Youtube contains numerous videos claiming they contain "banned" commercials. Other websites claim to post "banned" print commercials, such as the famous You know you're not the first ad from BMW. Is ...
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Was Isaac Newton responsible for the loss of Robert Hooke's work?

This Yahoo answer citing this dead source (mirror) claims: It may be a coincidence but the only known portrait of Hooke which had been housed in the President's office, was mysteriously lost as ...
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Do girls get better grades than boys at school?

According to The Atlantic, it's not even a question whether it's true. It's just a question of knowing why. According to the article it's based on "369 studies involving the academic grades of over ...
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Did food industry make their instant cakes harder to cook in the '50s?

In a video against animal cruelty, a woman talks about the tricks food industry has been using for decades. One subject in particular intriges me. In the 1950s there was a very important ...
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Does smelling alcohol makes you drunk?

After some googling, I found a Yahoo Answers posting that claims: Smelling alcoholic beverages will not get you drunk quickly but it will get you going. Alcohol evaporates at a lower temp that ...
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Was “ugly” ever a word meaning a group of walruses? [migrated]

A Google search for ugly of walruses yields many results mentioning the word as an item of trivia. But I've yet to discover a single source actually using the word. Did it in fact ever have that ...
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Is it safe to eat food with DNA in it? [closed]

Going viral on twitter 80% of consumers want mandatory labels on any food containing DNA. http://jaysonlusk.com/blog/2015/1/15/food-demand-survey-foods-january-2015 … Is it safe to eat food ...
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Do the Amish have a lower rate of autism? [closed]

This 2006 article - after making conjectures about autism and vaccinations suggests that autism rates might be lower for (unvaccinated) Amish children, and offers some anecdotal evidence: "I have ...
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Did Two Eagles tell this joke?

Robert "Two Eagles" Green of the (reorganised) Patawomeck Native American tribe is widely quoted with a joked about progress: Where the white man went wrong, Examiner, 2012 “Indian Chief, “Two ...
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Does an old car with engine turned off pollute more than a new car going 60 mph? [closed]

On the show Real Time with Bill Maher (Jan 9, 2015), Jay Leno (a guy that seems knowledgeable about cars) made this very interesting statement 37 minutes in: A 1977 Ford Galaxy, one of those big ...
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Have refrigerators become less reliable over time?

An often recited quip, both in my home and in popular culture, is "They don't make them like they used to." Most recently, the quote was brought up when our refrigerator stopped dispensing filtered ...

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