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Did Amazon remove copies of 1984 from Kindles?

I read on one of the Free Software Foundation's websites the following claim: This is not conspiracy -- we know this capability exists because Amazon has previously deleted copies of 1984 from ...
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Did former president Woodrow Wilson extensively rely on Napoleon Hill's work during the World War?

In the best-selling book Think And Grow Rich, author Napoleon Hill claims that: This secret was extensively used by President Woodrow Wilson, during the World War. It was passed on to every ...
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Is it not possible to swim in crude oil?

In the book Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi, one of the characters falls into crude oil and state that one cannot swim in crude oil. The character can swim in water. If true, why would you not be ...
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Does listening to complaints damage your neurons?

I read this old news today as it's gone viral in Italy: That pain you feel listening to complainers? It's real enough to peel away neurons from your brain and render it pretty much useless, ...
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Is prophet Mohammed's “Last Sermon” an accurate translation?

The poorly-cited Wikipedia article states: The Farewell Sermon (Arabic: خطبة الوداع‎, Khuṭbatu l-Wadā), also known as Muhammad's Final Sermon or The Last Sermon, was delivered by Muhammad on ...
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African Pentecostal Witch Hunting Guide real?

I found this online: "The African Pentecostal Church's Guide of Inquisitions of Witches and Magicians in the African Continent - 1989 (Translated from the Swahili Manuscript of the late Bakari Sudi ...
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Which publishers provide reference for scientific topics and latest research in a handbook format? [closed]

I'm curious and looking for books specially handbooks which cover all the breadth of latest research provided for a specific scientific topics. I've already found one publisher which is Cambridge ...
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Do 33% of high school graduates never read another book for the rest of their lives?

I've seen this statistic reported on several sites (for example, Those Who Don't Build Must Burn and Want To Do Meaningful Work? Keep Reading. Literally), along with a list of other startling numbers. ...
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Are there cultures who swear oaths of servitude for saving of a life?

In the book Robinson Crusoe (and to a lesser extent the movie Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves), there is a character who, when his life is saved by the protagonist, swears allegiance (and, basically, ...
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Are there no camels in the Qur'an?

It seems to be an often-repeated saying that "there are no camels in the Koran". But I just repeated this factoid in the presence of a guy from Syria who insisted it's not true and that there is a ...
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Did Marco Polo travel to China?

I have been living in China now for nearly 5 years. One of the first books I bought when I first came was a copy of Marco Polo's Il Milione. It made interesting reading on one long train journey I ...
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Is Robinson Crusoe the first English novel?

This is not the first time I've heard of this, and I'm not really sure this is true. Then I came across this book review: Robinson Crusoe is a novel by Daniel Defoe, first published in 1719 and ...
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Is the Bible the most read book?

I have often heard that the most popular book is the Bible, but it seems to me that, for example, classical Indian books as the Mahabharata or the Chinese Four Books and Five Classics may be more ...