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Is rice water a good fertilizer?

When rice is washed, the wash water becomes whitish due to the starchy powder in the skin of unwashed rice. I've often heard or read, usually in water-saving, money-saving, or gardening tips, that the ...
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Do trees die of cursing in Solomon Islands?

From http://wingedwizard.wordpress.com/2013/05/07/solomon-island-tree-curse/ According to some reports in the Solomon Islands of the pacific the islanders practice a special form of ...
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Is it very difficult to kill a whale at sea humanely?

It is said that it is difficult to kill a whale (at sea) in a humane way: Experience has shown that it is very difficult to kill a whale at sea humanely; that is, by causing minimum pain or ...
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Do mosquitoes urinate on you when they bite you?

This is a claim that I have seen on several "Did You Know?" lists so far. They all state that when a mosquito bites you, they also urinate on you at the same time and that is what causes the area ...
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Is sleeping with your head pointed north dangerous? [duplicate]

According to the top-voted answer of this question: When we sleep in this position, iron from the whole body starts to congregate in our brain which can cause headache, Alzheimer’s Disease, ...
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Is CPH4 from Lucy real?

In the science-fiction film Lucy, the titular character takes a drug called CPH4 that increases her brain capacity. The writer and director of the film, Luc Besson, claims in several interviews that ...
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Did David Blaine hold his breath for 17 minutes?

David Blaine (born David Blaine White; April 4, 1973) is an American magician, illusionist and endurance artist. He is best known for his high-profile feats of endurance, and has made his name as a ...
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Is the O-type blood used as a universal donor?

In biology classes at school I was taught that O can be a donor to all blood types (given matching Rh group and other details), and AB can receive transfusion from any type. Quick googling seems to ...
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Does drinking coffee reduce breast size?

A study of 300 women done in the UK says that drinking 3 cups of coffee per day can cause a woman's breasts to shrink by an average of 17%. drinking three or more cups a day was enough to cause a ...
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Determining your ancestry through the shape of your feet?

This picture makes its rounds around blogs & forums recently: Does it have any scientific backing?
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Does sleeping naked in a sleeping bag keep you warmer?

The most popular question on outdoors.SE is Is it warmer to sleep naked in a sleeping bag? Now, all the answers over there are not properly researched and it was suggested in one of the ...
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Can a woman get pregnant after only one instance of intercourse? [closed]

A lot of people believe that a woman can get pregnant the first time she has intercourse. Is this true?
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Are men more likely to be LGBT than women?

According to this article gay men exceed lesbians as a proportion of the population, and this study suggests that there are more male-to-female transgenders than female to male transgenders. Yet, a ...
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Are humans the only species to have permanently enlarged breast?

According to this didyouknowblog (http://didyouknowblog.com/) humans are the only species to have permanently enlarged breast. It quotes an article from the Guardinan ...
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Does sniffing rosemary improve memory?

A "meme" now circulating on Facebook claims that Scientists Find Sniffing Rosemary Can Increase memory by 75% The credited web site, www.herbs-info.com has this article on the topic, which in ...
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Does drinking water after eating watermelon cause cholera?

This question is about a myth popular in India and Pakistan (as printed). The myth is that drinking water or milk after eating watermelon causes cholera. Have any experiments falsified/supported this ...
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Have scientists successfully cloned a dinosaur?

An article makes a claim that scientists have cloned a baby Apatosaurus. From Article: Scientists at Liverpool’s John Moore University have successfully cloned a dinosaur, a spokesman from the ...
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Do plastic bags of water deter flies? [duplicate]

Today I had lunch in a small Mexican taco place, and they had hanging, in the middle of the room, two clear plastic bags filled with water: I asked the reason for the hanging bags of water, and was ...
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Do roaches die (naturally) on their backs? [closed]

First, a major qualifier here; by naturally, I mean not forced to die on its "stomach" (like by being stepped on). Secondly, I live in the U.S., so maybe this applies to only American roaches. ...
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Is the chemical composition of genetically modified crops tested?

A February 2002 Harper's Magazine article, Unraveling the DNA Myth discusses the fact that the effect that genes have on plants is not always as simple as one gene coding for one protein, and that ...
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Is it possible for ingested dsRNA (or other genetic materials) to affect human gene expression?

I am usually pretty skeptical about claims on the danger of genetically modified crops because the issue of health for me logically breaks down to: Do the genes altered produce toxic chemicals in a ...
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Are 75% of cells in the human body non-human? [duplicate]

A recent issue of the Swiss popular science magazine "Beobachter Natur" contains an article about microbes in which the following claims are made: 75% of the cells in our body are non-human, however ...
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Are tears structurally or chemically different depending on the reason for crying?

An artist named Rose-Lynn Fisher has made photos of human tear drops under a microscope, and shows them to be different in their structure depending on how those tears were generated. Sad tears have a ...
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What is the mainstream position of biologists and anthropologists on the issue of human race? [closed]

Race is perhaps one of the most controversial and sensitive issues in anthropology, biology, and other related fields. As a non-scientist, I've used google to probe the disparity between the positions ...
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Does stress make you age faster? [closed]

So we know that excess cortisol can damage the hippocampus (through a direct mechanism), and we also know that stress can reduce the length of telomeres (though we don't seem to know the mechanism of ...
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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? [closed]

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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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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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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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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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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Do pain killers “target” pain?

Everyday I hear advertisements that some painkiller directly targets the pain. e.g. Nurofen's UK web-site Targets pain fast. [...] Targets pain twice as fast as standard ibuprofen ...
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Does red meat increase the risk of heart disease?

Conventional common wisdom has been that red meat consumption increases the risk of developing heart disease. There are a lot of studies indicating this may be true, but there are also a lot of ...
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Do vitamins improve memory abilities?

Some people claim that taking vitamin can improve your memory. For example, Memory Improvement Tips: Everyone has heard there are vitamins and supplements that can improve your memory and other ...
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Does research into genetical differences increase or decrease public prejudice? [closed]

I've come across this question in different fields. Gender & race being the most controvercial but also things like hair color and left or righthandedness. When proper research is done, does it ...
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Do fleas jump lower after being covered by lid? If so, do their offspring adjust to this lower height?

This is one of the popular experiments mentioned in motivational books. Here is summary from a motivational webpage: At the beginning of the experiment a number of fleas are placed in a jar. The ...
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Are the origins of Rh- blood unexplained by science?

Researcher Daniel Wilks claims: Blood type O is a universal blood type. Blood types are further broken down into two groups, negative and positive. This is called the RH factor. The RH factor is ...
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Did cows in Germany blow up their own barn by farting?

As reported by Reuters, Flatulent cows start fire at German dairy farm - police Methane gas from 90 flatulent cows exploded in a German farm shed on Monday, damaging the roof and injuring one of ...
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Did human speech suddenly develop out of nowhere?

Did human speech suddenly develop out of nowhere as claimed in this video? Is it true that our evolutionary ancestors had none of these speech attributes?
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Was there a last common ancestral species between humans and chimpanzees?

Wikipedia: Human Evolution states that humans and chimpanzees are related in an evolutionary sense. The caption to this picture from Wikipedia says The hominoids are descendants of a common ...
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Does everybody have almost same brain-waves while they're thinking about the same thing?

Do people have almost same brain-waves (Waves that captured by EEG) while they are thinking the same thing (For example thinking about an Apple)? To put it another way, are there patterns in measured ...
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Can humans “feel” the earth's magnetic field?

Someone told me that human cells can somehow feel the earth's magnetic field. The same guy thought that centrioles are probably involved. Is it true? If not, would it be true for stronger magnetic ...
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Do humans sleep better in darkness?

Do humans (and I guess also most creatures) sleep better in darkness?
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Are oranges actually green? [closed]

On an episode of Qi there was a 'fact' that claimed oranges aren't actually orange they are green and they lose their green colour in transport and become orange. Now I was indeed skeptical about ...
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Does animal experimentation delay results in medical research?

There is currently a vehement debate in the Italian media about animal rights activism and experimentation on animals. Caterina S., a person with four genetic diseases, publicly demonstrated her ...
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Is homosexuality primarily genetic? [duplicate]

It seems to me that, evolutionarily speaking, the fitness of a purely homosexual animal or human is much lower than that of a heterosexual one, and therefore would be strongly selected against. Thus I ...
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Does natural selection have less impact on modern humans?

This question is motivated by two other questions that hinged on this one but did not explicitly ask the question. Is intelligence declining due to the lack of selection pressure? Is human evolution ...
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Are all the atoms in our bodies replaced on a regular basis?

In a related question, Are all cells of the human body completely replaced every seven to ten years?, it is explained that there are cells in the human body, like neurons, that are never replaced. ...
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When and how does the consumption of fluoride cause health problems? [duplicate]

I have heard about orally consuming fluoride and rinsing with a solution containing fluoride to help prevent cavities, but I've also heard some claims that fluoride is bad for peoples' health. What ...
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Are these “necropants” trousers made from human skin?

The Museum of Icelandic Sorcery & Witchcraft in Holmavik allegedly holds a pair of 17th century Icelandic trousers, made from a corpse. Warning, the image in the article is not for the faint of ...