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Is the United States bankrupt?

According to this Doc, United States did go "Bankrupt" in 1933 and was declared so by President Roosevelt by Executive Orders 6073, 6102, 6111 and by Executive Order 6260 on March 9, 1933, ...
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Do Extreme homeopathic dilutions retain starting materials as per nano physics?

This IIT B press release quotes some research papers which claims to prove that homeopathic remedies do retain original substances even when diluted , Obviously it is biased prima facie being ...
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Can tortoises become deformed by growing up inside rings of plastic?

I found these images on this image aggregator, which states that the photo credit is unknown for both images. The tortoises are implied to have become deformed from growing up inside the rings of ...
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Do “73% of all serial killers vote Republican”? [on hold]

The following line appears in the film The Life of David Gale (the quote can be found on IMDb here): Zack: 73% of all serial killers vote Republican Is this true? (For clarification, the claim ...
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Has the US already taken in 25% of Mexicos population as immigrants? [on hold]

In a recent interview Ann Coulter claimed: America has already taken in one-fourth of Mexico's entire population. Is this true?
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Does speeding increase the risk of accident? [duplicate]

The article, studies show higher speed limits do not increase accidents , claims that increased speeding does not increase your chance of falling into an accident. However, another article Speed and ...
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Did the Roman army have more servants than soldiers?

In one of his essays Joel Spolsky (co-founder of Stack Exchange) wrote: [...] the Roman army had a ratio of four servants for every soldier. Is this true?
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Did Switzerland declare a “Science day” in honour of Dr APJ Abdul Kalam?

Recently, I saw a post on Facebook, of this image: The caption is: May 26 is celebrated as Science day in Switzerland in honour of Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, because on that day, Kalam visited the ...
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Do pesticides containing EDCs cause IQ loss, obesity and cryptorchidism?

Recently, there have been news reports about Endochrine-Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs) have sprung up, such as this February 2015 Guardian article. Draft EU criteria could have banned 31 pesticides ...
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Is Israel the only “Free and Democratic” country in the Middle East?

I read a lot about the State of Israel being the only Free and Democratic country in the Middle East: John McCain: This is really the worst situation by far that any of us have seen as far as ...
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Did the US create ISIS?

I recently came across this post on my facebook frontpage: http://www.redflagnews.com/headlines-2015/alert-media-ignores-report-showing-pentagon-created-isis Now the post links to a multitude of ...
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Can credit cards be cloned remotely with an RFID reader?

This news story from "13 Investigates" shows Walt Augustinowicz (an RFID expert, and seller of RFID proof pouches) who has a portable reader than picks up credit card details while they are still in ...
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Why use the name “Red Indians”? [on hold]

Based on what I know ,Historically Columbus is said to have been on an voyage to India but ended up accidentally discovering America .He felt that the people he met were Indians.Since they had red ...
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Do colors change your mood? [on hold]

In 2012, the Painters of Louisville published an infographic about the Psychology of Color: It makes a number of claims about how seeing certain colors may effects on your mood and physiology. Some ...
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Are people overdosing as part of a “Paracetamol Challenge”? [on hold]

I'm seeing stories such as this Daily Mail article, claiming that there's a craze amongst teenagers to basically play chicken with paracetamol (acetaminophen). a dangerous online trend has ...
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Does the Charlie Charlie Challenge demon exist?

A strange new game is taking over Twitter, fuelled by speculation that its players can connect with a dead Mexican spirit known as Charlie. I was surfing the internet and came across this, the ...
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is there a ghost on this picture? [on hold]

There's something creepy on this picture, what do you see?
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Are confident guys more likely to get a girlfriend?

MenHealth.com writes: Simply put, confidence gets the girl. In Learn How You Can Get A Great Girlfriend on the blog DatingPaladin the author writes: Getting a girlfriend is something that ...
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Do GMO companies forbid independent research on their seeds?

I was linked to this article on Global Research.ca today which claims that GMO companies (specifically Monsanto, but also naming DuPont and Syngenta) ban independent research on their seeds. ...
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Are babies natural swimmers?

This 1980 New Scientist column article says that Human babies can swim instinctively at a few weeks old, and although they lose this ability at a few months they learn quickly if introduced to ...
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Did Ray Bradbury ever claim that “Fahrenheit 451” was not about censorship?

One of the persons I follow on twitter recently linked this article. It contains the following claims: [Ray Bradbury] has always insisted that the main theme of the book is the role of the ...
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Did BBC ignore 50,000 people protesting against austerity?

I saw this on Facebook today: 50,000 people in London protest austerity outside the BBC. BBC completely ignores them. Facebook indicates that the meme was posted on June 22, 2014. The ...
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Do governements take actions to destroy drugs plantations? [on hold]

I am not sure my question enters the scope of skeptics.SE but I give a try. This question indicates that illicit drugs constitute the first market in the world. I suppose it is connected to other ...
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Did Chinese philosopher “Tson Tse” anticipate key ideas of evolution 2500 years ago?

In his famous book Glimpses of World History, Jawaharlal Nehru writes (p. 610, Penguin 2004 Edition, emphasis mine): As I have been telling you of Darwin's theory of the origin of species, it ...
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Can acidosis be diet-induced?

I know Acidosis is a legitimate medical diagnosis. Some woo-peddlers like to claim that eating too much acidic foods can cause this condition, and recommend alkalizing foods which, ...
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During pregnancy, do babies send stem cells to their mothers to repair organ damage?

This picture is floating around the facebooks with no attribution to an original source (not even a source of the image): The image says: During pregnancy, if a mother suffers organ damage, the ...
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Is China creating fake rice which includes resin? [closed]

From The Straits Times: "Fake rice made of plastic reported to have reached Asian shores but not Singapore's" PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - The sacred bowl of rice that used to ...
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Can you legally drive away when Wisconsin police officer knocks on your car window?

So I came across this article: When a Cop Knocks on the Window, Just Drive Away (in Wisconsin) Earlier this month, the state's Supreme Court ruled that a tap on the glass does not in and of itself ...
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Do commercial DNA synthesis labs maintain a “watch list” of dangerous DNA sequences?

This New York Times article claims that Their DNA could be put on a watch list, as sequences for anthrax and smallpox are, so any attempt to buy them from DNA supply houses would raise flags. ...
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Can abdominal muscles take over 75% of the workload of a diaphragm and restore 100% lung function?

This News Report says that the boy mentioned had 75% of his diaphragm removed due to cancer, however as a result of strong abdominal muscles now has 100% lung function. Is this really feasible, or is ...
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Does ghee help burn body fat?

Several people claim that ghee can promote weight loss by burning fat. Max Sport and Fitness: Ghee promotes a healthy digestive system and is good for weight loss due to its concentration of ...
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Are there high levels of dioxin in Vietnamese coffee?

First heard this claim on TV (yeah, I know, right). Here's a follow-up I came across online: Agent Orange In Vietnamese Coffee I was sent an interesting article the other day that claimed that ...
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Are current climate models too vague to be physically or scientifically meaningful? [closed]

In a recent article on the climate skeptic site Watts Up With That backed up with a published paper in Energy and Environment, Pat Frank argues that current climate simulation models are ...
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Did JFK earn $150,000 a year as president, and donate it all to charity?

I found this on Facebook: It claims that: During his presidency, John F. Kennedy never collected his salary of $150,000 a year. Instead, he donated the full amount to charity. Initial ...
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Does heating breast milk in a microwave oven destroy nutrients?

Related to this question but from nutritional point of view. Does microwave heating (not excessive) reduce human breast milk nutritional qualities? Especially compared to conventional stove ...
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Is about 50% of world population middle class? [closed]

According to this news more than 50% of people would be middle class: http://www.economist.com/node/13063298, the news is from 2009 so maybe now it would be around a 48% or the like considering ...
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“62 workers may lose their lives for each game played during Qatar’s 2022 World Cup” - realistic estimate, or not?

Today's Guardian (the British newspaper) contains this opinion piece from journalist Marina Hyde: The Guardian: How many slave deaths for the Qatar World Cup can Fifa put up with?, 20 May 2015 It ...
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Is it true that no indigenous people exercise sovereignty over any part of the Americas? [closed]

I was reading about the Brazilian state of Amazonas when I came across this sentence: "Today, indigenous people do not exercise sovereignty over any part of the New World" - Source: ...
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Is a new case of dementia diagnosed every 4 seconds?

I recently heard a claim that a new case of dementia is diagnosed every 4 seconds from various resources including the World Health Organization, The total number of new cases of dementia each ...
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Do one third of American 8th graders think that Canada is run by a dictatorship?

According to this article in the nationalpost 33% of american 8th graders believe that Canada is run by a dictatorship: In recent results from the U.S. National Assessment of Educational Progress ...
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Can a wasp ingest and use a snake's venom?

Some people claim that if one comes across a dead venomous snake one should always cut of and bury the head as otherwise wasps could reach the venom and add it to their own stinger, for example this ...
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Is anything about the 1999 NOAA “Julia” recording prevented from publication as being classified?

The unexplained "Julia" sound is described as: Julia is a sound recorded on March 1, 1999 by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). NOAA said the source of the sound was ...
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Is there any scientific explanation for this trumpet noise from the atmosphere?

According to this Daily Mail article, there have been recordings of trumpet like noises from the atmosphere. However, nobody knows the cause of it. However, as it is from the Daily Mail, I am taking ...
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Is this ad with a German coast guard mistaking “sinking” with “thinking” by Berlitz?

In the following ad, a trainee German coastguard is shown the equipment, and then left to his own devices. He receives a message from a ship which is sinking, saying "Mayday, mayday, we are sinking", ...
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Does diet affect the intensity of allergies?

I had a recent discussion where it was claimed that one's diet has a huge effect on the intensity of allergic reactions. I was wondering if food which is unrelated to one's allergies (e.g. eating ...
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Are nontraditional family units less likely to produce a well-adjusted child? [duplicate]

A recent discussion on the impending referendum in the Republic of Ireland on adding the amendment "Marriage may be contracted in accordance with law by two persons without distinction as to their ...
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Does getting a running start increase your vertical jump?

Many people believe that a run-up helps them to jump higher. Is this true? (While it seems natural to do this, I'm having trouble believing that horizontal speed can help one jump vertically.)
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Do Super PACs have to report their donors?

According to the Center for Competitive Politics: One major misconception about Super PACs is the incorrect belief that they do not disclose their donors. In fact, all Super PACs are required by ...
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Has it ever rained fish?

There have been several reports of "raining fish" where fish fall from the sky (usually during a rain storm). An example such as this 2010 video from National Geographic seems unlikely at best. Has ...
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Does the death penalty in California cost more than $300m per execution?

In the talk show Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, John Oliver was arguing against the death penalty and showed the following image claiming that the death penalty cost more than $300m per execution ...

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