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Are rape vans real?

Wiktionary defines a rape van as A vehicle with a large interior body having no windows or blocked windows, for which it would be easy to lure or force a person inside and thereafter conceal ...
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The number of the beast 666 = Jesus Christ? [on hold]

This Wikipedia article suggests that the Number of the Beast 666 is an isopsephy for Nero Caesar: In Greek isopsephy and Hebrew gematria, every letter has a corresponding number.... The Greek ...
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Do covered [drinking water] reservoirs cause health risks compared to open-air reservoirs?

Bull Run Waiver.org is a political group opposed to covering drinking water reservoirs in Portland, Oregon. They making a number of claims that closed reservoirs introduce greater health risks than ...
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Is it routine for Sweden prosecutors to travel to the UK to question people they are looking to arrest?

According to an investigation of the Assange case: The Swedish prosecutor, Marianne Ny, has refused to come to London to question Assange about allegations of sexual misconduct in Stockholm in ...
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Is this photo of a jet firing at MH17 a fake?

An image showing a jet firing at MH17 in the Ukraine has surfaced recently and was broadcast by the official Russian state news channel, Channel One Russia. Could this image be real? There's an ...
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Could pain through stretching increase general pain tolerance?

I found a how-to guide (not exactly a reliable source, I know) that claims that e.g. stretching your legs to the point of pain to increase flexibility also increases your general tolerance to pain: ...
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Can dreams be interpreted to obtain novel information?

Many people claim that dreams can be "interpreted" to learn information about the dreamer and/or their future. For example: Dream Moods offer assistance with interpreting symbols found in dreams. ...
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What's the deal with applied kinesiology? [on hold]

I'm 8 weeks into a leadership programme led by a man from an innovation leadership company based in Oslo, Norway. Recently the group was introduced to kinesiology. I watched a documentary series ...
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Did Thomas Edison test 1600 materials for the filament of his light bulb?

From this webpage: In 1879, after testing more that 1600 materials for the right filament, including coconut fiber, fishing line, and even hairs from a friend's beard, Edison and his workers ...
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Does consuming a surplus 3,500 calories lead to the gain of one pound of body fat?

My health "textbook" says that one pound (454 g) of fat contains 3,500 [kilo-]Calories (14,000 kJ). It provides no references for this statistic. A calorie is a unit of measure that indicates the ...
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Does sleeping in a cold room reduce the risk of diabetes?

According to Elite Daily, there may be some health benefits to sleeping in a room at between 60-67°F (15-19°C) In particular, they cite Temperature-acclimated brown adipose tissue modulates ...
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Is There Another Option to Combat Cancer? [on hold]

I've watched a couple documentaries on the subject and it seems like they all have the same thing in common. Since the government has their hands in the Heath care industry, the use of chemotherapy is ...
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Do US farmers apply Roundup to non-GMO wheat crops 7-10 days before harvest?

This article makes the claim that: Standard wheat harvest protocol in the United States is to drench the wheat fields with Roundup several days before the combine harvesters work through the ...
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Does playing video games increase hand-eye coordination? [closed]

I've definitely read articles that suggest that it is indeed possible but at the cost of actually decreasing accuracy or function of the reflexes based on extremely repetitive action.
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Are polyamorous people happier?

Gleb Tsipursky claims in his article "How Do You Live Happily Ever After When There’s A Love Triagle?": Research on poly relationships show that people with consensual non-monogamous relationships ...
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Do wires need covering when plastering? [migrated]

Many places say that you need to cover wires when plastering over them: theiet.org/forum In a zone or not I would still steel cap the cables even if they were only TV Aerial cables. and this ...
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Is the WHO tetanus vaccination campaign a covert sterilisation campaign?

Lifesite News (a Canadian conservative Christian pro-life news source) reports: But it is the five-vaccination regime that is most alarming. “The only time tetanus vaccine has been given in five ...
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Do calcified water heaters use more energy?

It is very often claimed (by both government energy efficiency experts and water-heater sellers/service people) that calcified heating elements in electrical water heaters lead to much higher energy ...
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Has an organ donor ever been at risk of having organs harvested before a sudden recovery?

I have seen claims that one shouldn't be an organ donor because you may be declared dead by mistake and have organs harvested. For instance, this Life Site article gives a few anecdotal examples: ...
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Has anyone been caught using inductive coupling to steal power?

There are lots of references to the claim that people have stolen power through inductive coupling on the Internet: The most common claim it that it was a farmer somewhere that noticed electricity ...
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Did Adolf Hitler's family make a pact to ensure the line died out?

Today on facebook I saw a claim under the heading of "11 mind blowing facts from history". The very first one states: Adolf Hitler's remaining relatives made a pact to never have children, ...
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Is Google Scholar filled with junk science? [migrated]

This article claims that Google does not filter out articles from journals poor reputations. Because predatory publishers perform a fake or non-existent peer review, they have polluted the global ...
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Is the cause of stomach cancer known?

Several fact-sheets and web-sites claim the cause of stomach cancer is unknown: Cleveland Clinic: Stomach Cancer - Cancer Institute Overview The exact cause of stomach cancer is unknown, ...
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Is it illegal to sell dolls that do not have human faces in France?

It is claimed that it is against the law to sell dolls that do not have human faces in France. It is illegal to sell an ET doll in France. They have a law forbidding the sale of dolls that do not ...
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Why are all mainstream skeptics believers not questioners of the official 9/11 story which egregiously violates the scientific method? [closed]

The fall of the Twin Towers on 9/11 2001 was the most significant event of that day. The official explanation of how the buildings came down does not have a single solitary shred of valid scientific ...
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Did Bill Cosby assault 13 women [closed]

Huffington Post Headline: 13 Women Have Accused Bill Cosby Of Rape -- So Why Has America Forgiven Him? Is this for real? Not that he has been accused, but is there actually any evidence other ...
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Did the Quran mention oxidation in the blood

The sites 1, 2, 3 claims that Quran mentioned the oxidation in blood 14 centuries ago. The claim is based solely on the folowing verse: No indeed! Rather what they have earned has rusted up their ...
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Life (i.e. cells) originated from clay

It's 'revealed' in many religious scriptures that man was created from clay: Life from clay Creation from clay There is an interesting article in New Scientist titled, Clay's matchmaking could ...
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Has Russia invaded Ukraine? [closed]

The New York Times and many other media have reported that Russia invaded Ukraine: A senior NATO official confirmed on Wednesday what Ukrainian military officials and monitors from the ...
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Why … “are human beings naturally predisposed to believe in [gods]”? [duplicate]

This is my first post (of, hopefully, many more) in the Skeptics stackexchange website. I feel that it is important to point out that, although I am now a follower of a religion, I still "backslide" ...
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In the Life of Brian, were the guard extras, who told that they couldn't laugh?

I came across the following image today(I'm just posting it as a link because the image is fairly large): http://themetapicture.com/why-monty-python-was-so-great/ The image says that in Monty ...
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Did a hospital employee put up “ebola” signs to cover up he was making fries?

According to the Dutch news site RTV Oost, an employee at the hospital Isala Klinieken in Zwolle was making fries at a place where that was not allowed. In order not to be caught, he put up signs ...
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Has a human ever been eaten by an anaconda?

In an article, Yes, Forcing an Anaconda to Eat a Human on TV Is a Bad Idea, the "world’s foremost expert on anacondas", Jesús Rivas claims: "The concern is that all that these shows do is to ...
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Did Malian sailors reach the Americas in 1311 CE?

Some sources claim that Malian soldiers arrived in the Americas in 1311 CE. For example, in Silicon Africa: 100 African Cities destroyed by Europeans: Malian sailors got to America in 1311 AD, ...
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Can mice find their way back to your home from 1+ miles away?

I've read on many pest control websites that if you catch a mouse in your home that they must be taken 1+ miles away, otherwise they will easily make their way back to their old home (ie. your house). ...
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Did Hedy Lamarr and George Antheil invent frequency hopping or spread spectrum communications?

A google search on frequency hopping gives numerous results crediting Ms. Lamarr (and George Antheil) for frequency hopping and spread spectrum technologies and further, suggests we wouldn't have WiFi ...
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Does extremely low frequency radiation from mobile phones and tablets have adverse health effects?

Is ELF (extremely low frequency) radiation emitted by the electrical appliances' battery's current considered to have adverse health effects, or is this radiation too low to be considered? I'd like ...
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Do humans normally pass gas 6 to 21 times per day?

10 Fascinating Facts About Farting People Pass Gas About 14 Times Per Day Fart, Burp, and Embrace Gas! Catapulting gaseous elements out of your orifices 13 to 21 times a day is average. ...
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Does eating the apple skin alone help to reduce cancer cells and liver cancer?

The article An Apple a Day May Really Keep the Doctor Away mention: Using colon cancer cells treated with apple extract, Liu and colleagues found that 50 milligrams of apple extracted from the ...
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Does abnormally abundant proteins (endothelial lipase) in urine indicate the presence of gastric cancer with up to 90 percent accuracy

This article UGA researchers develop non-invasive early diagnostic test for gastric cancer Two studies recently published in the journal PloS ONE identified for the first time that certain ...
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Does LSD use correlate with high achievement?

There is the famous quote by Steve Jobs Taking LSD was a profound experience, one of the most important things in my life. LSD shows you that there’s another side to the coin, and you can’t ...
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Did Hemingway beat drunks with a club at a bar in Key West?

According to some guy on reddit, Hemingway used to beat drunks with a club in a bar in Key West. Supposedly the club is exhibited in that bar and still has blood on it. Did he? And if he did, was ...
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Is it more dangerous to ride a motorcycle [with a helmet] than to drive a car?

Tell people you want to purchase a motorcycle and the usual response is "I hope you have your will made out" or "I don't want you to die" or similar. The implication is that motorcycle riding is more ...
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Do Arnica homeopathic tablets reduce bruising?

My wife recently gave birth and the taking of arnica homeopathic tablets seems to be widely recommended to help with bruising. We've seen it suggested online, several midwives have told her to take ...
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Do mice sneeze?

I heard a story on NPR today about how new safety concerns affected one scientist's research on corona viruses. The fear is that scientists may make viruses more contagious and therefore dangerous to ...
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Was SS Californian intended to be a rescue vehicle for the passengers of a deliberately-sunk Titanic?

I keep running into a (quite frankly daft) conspiracy theory regarding the sinking of the Titanic. It posits that the RMS Olympic was secretly swapped in to replace the RMS Titanic and was ...
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Did humans almost become extinct about 70,000 years ago?

I received this screenshot which is actually a post on Facebook by 8facts. It claims that humans nearly became extinct 70,000 years ago when the population sunk to 2,000. Is there any evidence ...
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Does using paper contribute to deforestation? [closed]

Does paper use contribute to deforestation? Many people and groups insist that it does because large amounts of trees are cut down to produce paper. Thus some amount of the forest lost every year ...
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Has a company ever used a drug test as a cover to test for pregnancy or disease? [closed]

Some people claim that unscrupulous employers have used drug tests as a cover to use a woman applicant or employee's urine to determine if she is pregnant (or has other medical conditions that might ...
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Is there a cancer avoidance diet that is backed up scientifically? [closed]

Is there an agreement in the scientific community upon a diet (eating program) that can avoid or drastically reduce risk of cancer? The information out there is very vague and sometimes contradictory. ...

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