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Does cow urine contain gold?

I stumbled upon a video of a baba (spiritual guru | Baba Ramdev) saying that cow urine contains gold. This belief is widespread in India. I looked it up and many sites saying cow urine contains gold. ...
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Do Duracell batteries last longer than normal batteries?

The claim is Up to 10 times longer lasting power (*) vs. ordinary zinc carbon batteries in high powered toys and flash cameras (picture from Amazon) Do Duracell batteries last longer ...
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Does fluoridation and chlorination in the US cause thyroid issues?

From an answer in Travel.SE with a net score of 10: Mains water is typically laced with chlorine and fluoride by law, to the point that you step out of the shower smelling [like] you just stepped ...
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Are recent claims from India of a car fueled by water and calcium carbide legitimate?

Recently, I came across a video and a news report where it has been reported that a man from India has invented a car which uses water as a key fuel component. The car runs on acetylene gas produced ...
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Does copper react differently with different people? [closed]

One of my friends and I have developed a habit of drinking water from only copper vessels as I have read several benefits of drinking from that. But I observed one strange phenomenon during past few ...
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Is soap foam better for cleaning than soapy water? [closed]

Most people who wash something using soap (e.g. the dishes), seem to believe that the bubbles contribute a great deal in the actual cleaning. This is not something I explicitly saw written down ...
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Should I refrain from putting my clothes to dry outside on a full moon?

This website (French) explains: N'étendez jamais votre linge de couleur un soir de pleine lune. En effet, ces nuits sont plus froides que les autres et font poindre une rosée contenant du peroxyde ...
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Will storing plastic water containers on concrete cause contamination?

Several preppers make the claim that storing plastic containers with water on concrete floors is bad because chemicals from the floor can leak into the plastic and then end up in the water. Here are ...
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Would drinking a glass of glyphosate be harmful

In an interview Dr. Patrick Moore claimed that: You can drink a whole quart of it and it won’t hurt you. He then declined the offer to drink a glass of the herbicide to prove his claim, saying: ...
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Chemtrails : A dangerous govt. plot or just another debunked theory? [duplicate]

According to countless chemtrail research theories , trails left in the sky by high-flying govt. aircraft are dangerous chemical or biological agents deliberately sprayed for reasons undisclosed to ...
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Is water with extra oxygen tastier, healthier, or otherwise desirable for humans?

In Japan, it is apparently common to add oxygen to bottled water. But this isn't standard H20. It's a new mix containing 12 to 15 times as much oxygen as regular water. (...) "It's totally ...
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Does freshly-boiled water contain more oxygen?

I was (probably foolishly) reading the side of a box of herbal tea-bags, and noticed that they recommended always using freshly boiled water, because "Freshly boiled water contains more oxygen." As I ...
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Does the hops in beer cause sleepiness?

Does the hops in beer have (a consistent and noticeable) effect on drowsiness? Whenever I drink a beer, I get so sleepy that I can barely keep my eyes open. Is it the hops? It can't be the just ...
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Do extreme homeopathic dilutions still retain quantities of the starting materials?

This Indian Institute of Technology Bombay press release quotes some research papers which claims to prove that homeopathic remedies do retain original substances even when diluted. The paper ...
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Does copy paper become “old and yellow”?

I have a part-time job at a place where printing, copying, scanning, faxing, and shredding happens every day. Thus, we have about two large cabinets with about 56 reams of paper (packs of 500 sheets) ...
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Is diet soda as bad for your teeth as regular soda or methamphetamine?

I've heard of many claims about soda water itself containing carbonic acid (as claimed by a teacher I had in high school) and having a generally high pH that's enough to destroy one's teeth. This ...
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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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Does water bring out the flavor and aroma in scotch?

I've often heard that adding just a few drops of filtered, room termperature water to scotch helps to "bring out the flavor and the aroma." The scotch guy at my store told me it involves a chemical ...
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Has carbon dating indicated that live humans are 4000 years old?

A friend of mine told my wife that carbon dating is unreliable because it has been performed on live humans and indicated that the test subject(s) are 4000 years old. Is there any truth to this claim?...
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Is it almost impossible to find animals that are not contaminated by chemicals?

From Chapter 3 of Rachel Carson's seminal book, Silent Spring (1962): FOR THE FIRST TIME in the history of the world, every human being is now subjected to contact with dangerous chemicals, from ...
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Does wetting your toothbrush have health effects?

Today I read a tweet from @Funny_Truth: "Don't wet your toothbrush after you put toothpaste. Water will reduce the healthy benefits of toothpaste." Is it true? If it is what does actually ...
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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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Do vacuum wine stoppers help preserve wine?

Vacuum wine stoppers are very popular, but I don't know how effective they actually are. I've been unable to find any scientific results. I have found plenty of people who have bought the products and ...
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Does baking soda eliminate a cockroach infestation?

My questions concerns a population, more significant than simply exterminating an individual cockroach. Claim: http://pest.tips.net/T003494_Kill_Roaches_with_Baking_Soda_and_Sugar.html If you're ...
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Is CPH4 from science fiction movie '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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Do styrofoam cups cause health issues?

A friend of mine posted a link on Facebook to a Change.org petition to stop using styrofoam cups at Dunkin Donuts. Amongst their complaints was that styrofoam cups caused health issues for the staff ...
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Are harmful chemicals leached from ordinary Ziploc bags when used for sous vide cooking?

Sous vide cooking is a style of cooking where you seal meat in bags and soak it in water at a specific temperature for a very long time, sometimes days. Some worry that in this process, harmful ...
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Are snowflakes incapable of four-fold symmetry?

The following blog post says (emphasis added) Walking by our neighborhood’s great institution of learning this evening, I was pleased to see paper snowflakes in a window. Pleased, then ...
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Is sugar one element away from cocaine or any other drug?

I've heard multiple times through out my college and early work career that they believed sugar was one element away from being cocaine (or some other drug). However, none of these people had a ...
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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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What do we know about red mercury?

My friend, known as a liar, came to me two days ago and told stories about red mercury, something I never heard about. Could do magic, the pharaohs used it. 1 kg worth 30 million dollars, used in ...
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Have chronic conditions such as heart disease, prostate cancer, infertility ever been linked to everyday exposures to chemicals in food?

Claim: http://www.ewg.org/research/mens-health "There has been significant research in recent decades showing that chronic conditions such as heart disease, prostate cancer, infertility may be linked ...
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Is pouring liquor from a bottle onto a flambé an explosion risk?

Several TV chefs including, the late Julia Child, have advised against pouring liquor directly from the bottle to a pan to be ignited, as 'flames could travel up the stream and ignite the bottle' ...
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Can burning potato peels clean a chimney?

Some state, that burning dry potato skin would remove or reduce carbon black in a chimney. One can find many examples for this online: The potato peels burn at high energy and will help push the ...
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Did January 2014 American snowfall char and burn when exposed to fire?

This site, ‘Fake Snow’: Videos In Multiple States Show Strange Snow That Doesn’t Melt Normal, Burns, Smells of ‘Plastic’, shows several videos and images of people burning snow they collect from ...
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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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Do charcoal bags help removing volatile organic compounds (VOCs)?

I have read some claims that charcoal bags help removing harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Bamboo Charcoal helps improve indoor air quality by absorbing and trapping odors, allergens,...
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Is consuming drinking water stored in PET bottles harmful

It's a common practice in India to store drinking water in Polyethylene Terephthalate(commonly know as PET) bottles. It is also claimed in many health forums & newspapers articles that PET bottles ...
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Does chlorine in water harm soil bacteria?

This article claims that both chlorine, and chloramine, which are added to many municipal water supplies to kill harmful bacteria, can also harm the good bacteria in soil, necessary for a healthy ...
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Does putting salt into a wound make the wound worse?

It's commonly believed that the idiom "rubbing salt into the wound" is derived from a literal action of making things worse. Wiktionary claims the literal act was done for torture: Derived from ...
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Will fluoride and chlorine dissipate from tap water left to sit overnight?

One common recommendation for watering house plants with tap water is to allow the water to sit overnight before watering, so that the fluorine and chlorine that are commonly added to tap water (which ...
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Can a body be dissolved by a few liters or gallons of Hydrofluoric acid?

In the "Cat's in the Bag..." episode of Season 1 of "Breaking Bad," characters are shown with 4 gallon-jugs of Hydrofluoric Acid that they use to dissolve 2 adult corpses. Chemistry is a major plot ...
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Does (liquid) nitrogen react with chlorine or other chemicals in a swimming pool?

Various news outlets are claiming that people suffered from poisoning after liquid nitrogen was poured into a swimming pool. The intended effect was to produce mist. For example,the telegraph ...
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Is there formaldehyde in the glue of bamboo cutting boards? Is it dangerous?

Many purveyors of bamboo cutting boards make a point to advertise that the cutting board is made from formaldehyde-free glues. There seems to be fairly widespread advise to avoid formaldehyde in ...
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Does “liquid-injection damp-proofing” work to water-proof walls?

There are technologies for sale, especially in Germany, to drill holes in the walls of a cellar, and inject into the concrete or masonry a liquid, such as Sodium Silicate The manufacturers promise ...
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Does drinking water from plastic bottles contaminate your blood? [duplicate]

I wanted to know if there is any research on the issue Daniel Vitalis raises on bottling water here (5th minute and on). He claims that if one drinks water bottled in plastic bottles one will ...
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Was there a cocktail named 'Mickey Slim' that used DDT as an ingredient?

According to Wikipedia, a Mickey Slim is a cocktail made by combining gin with "a pinch of DDT" which provided an experience similar to (the original) absinthe. The source appears to be The Dedalus ...
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Would baking soda and vinegar clean hair, and how?

There's a popular hair cleaning regime circulating in the 'green' blogs called the "no 'poo method." Rather than using shampoo, one rinses the hair with a tablespoon of baking soda in a cup of water, ...
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Did James Lovelock deny that CFCs destroyed ozone?

In the discussion threads of one of the answers to this meta question How much can we trust peer reviewed scientific literature? EnergyNumbers alleged that James Lovelock had originally denied that ...
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Is Coca-Cola effective at removing blood-stains?

From My Perfect Automobile: In many states the highway patrol carries two gallons of Coke in the trunk to remove blood from the highway after a car accident. I doubt it's real. Does Coca-Cola ...