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Do “License Plate Blockers” work?

There are several products on the market that claim to block license plates from being read by cameras, including: Plastic covers, number plate covers which are designed to protect your ...
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Is the “Back to the future” Huvr board real?

This website is promoting a hovering skateboard. As far as my knowledge can tell, this seems fake. The only two known technologies I know of which can hover like that are magnets and quantum ...
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Do any precious stones actually have intrinsic value? [closed]

I watched this CollegeHumor video "Why Engagement Rings are a Scam", which claims that diamonds - particularly dimaond rings - derive all their value from a one hundred year marketing campaign by ...
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Do expensive mattresses give better quality of sleep?

I'm currently shopping for a mattress, and prices range from $200-$2000+. My current mattress is a $500 IKEA memory foam mattress, and I feel like I get a good night's sleep, but if it could be shown ...
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Do products from no-name brands have inferior quality compared to the ones from popular brands? [closed]

Today pretty much almost all electronics are produced in China. For example, China and Malaysia make 95% of Dell's products. So considering that the same factory assembles laptops for both Dell and ...
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Does baking soda remove stains from your teeth?

I've heard this a few times now with people claiming that brushing your teeth with baking soda is a good way to whiten your teeth and generally a better product to use than toothpaste. Toothpaste ...
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Did Colgate face marketing issues in Argentina because its name meant 'go hang yourself'?

Over the years, I've heard the following anecdote repeated often as an example of marketing-gone-bad: In Argentina (or sometimes, Latin America), Colgate-Palmolive faced huge hurdles in marketing ...
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Is Sensodyne recommended by “nine out of ten dentists”?

Sensodyne is famously known for saying "Recommended by nine out of ten dentists". Since being introduced in 1961, Sensodyne has become the favorite sensitive toothpaste of dentists around the ...
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How fair is “N% lower environment load” claim for lower grammage paper?

This is basically a rephrase of this question from Sustainability SE. Paper manufacturer UPM claims they have paper that has the same key characteristics (as white, as thick and as usable in office ...
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Does The LEGO Group produce more tires than any other tire manufacturer?

This claim, mentioned in the title text of the most recent XKCD, is one that I've heard before. The LEGO Group is already the world's largest tire manufacturer. This time, however, I did some ...
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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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Do LED lights of any colour damage your eyes?

There is a Daily Mail article from May 2013: Do 'environmentally friendly' LED lights cause BLINDNESS? In the article, they specifically focus on blue LED lights and the wavelength of this light ...
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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 high dryer heat shrink clothes?

The general consensus on the internet (if you Google around, visit forums, Yahoo! answers, some from people who claim to work in the laundering business) is that high dryer heat causes clothes to ...
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Wi-fi is more power-efficient than 3G?

Everyone is saying that Wi-Fi is more power-efficient than 3G on smartphones. But, I don't think so, because two radios are turned on at the same time, the 3G radio is still active when enabling ...
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Is Coca Cola harmful for one's health? [duplicate]

There's a huge array of stories relating to Coca Cola (and other similar soft drinks) stating its nefarious properties and health risks. This is just one example: ...
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How well does “insulating paint” insulate (if at all)?

Some manufacturers make big claims for insulating paint. For example, Thermilate is claimed to be capable of: reducing energy-loss through walls and ceilings by up to 25% with just two coats. ...
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Can the useful lifespan of razor blades be extended by stroking them over jeans?

This article and this video, amongst others, claim that you can extend the useful lifespan of razor blades for a substantial amount (months), if you regularly stroke them over jeans, immediately after ...
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Do some ingredients in lip balm cause dry lips?

According to this LifeHacker article, some brands of lip balms actually cause the problem of dry lips rather than solve it. America News Now spoke to dermatologist Gary Slaughter, who found ...
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Do consumer-grade body-fat scales provide consistent results?

There are weight scales that additionally claim to measure body fat by electrical resistance. According to this article, body-fat scales are "absolutely" superior to just-weight scales, although the ...
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Do lingerie bags protect delicates from damage in washing machines?

Mesh lingerie bags are widely sold to protect lingerie and other delicate fabrics from damage in the washing machine. They are also known as wash bags. An example of such a product here. Protects ...
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Are air humidifiers necessary, does low humidity have negative heath effects?

Air humidifiers are broadly sold and marking points to "healthy" relative humidity levels as (accordingly to different sources) is 30-50% and during artificial heating (normally, winter) seasons we ...
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Was superglue invented to seal bullet injuries in Vietnam?

I cut myself recently and used superglue to seal the wound. I thought it was normal but when I tell people that act like I'm crazy. Then I tell them this story: Superglue was invented during the ...
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Do copper bracelets help arthritis?

Many people tell me to wear a magnetic or copper bracelet to improve my arthritis is there any science behind this? Many online shops sell copper bracelets containing magnets for their health effects. ...
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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 ...
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Are bleaching powders effective cleaning agents?

The claim from the manufacturer: Have you seen a stain on your clothes that you can't seem to remove? Don't fear! Vanish Oxi Action Powder contains Oxi Powerlift which removes all types of stains, ...
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Can artificial sweeteners make you gain weight?

For the last five decades, diet soda has been a given for anyone on a diet who wants to drink something other than water. This because instead of it containing large quantities of sugar it had ...
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Did children in Ethiopia hack Android in five months?

I have recently read an article that claims that children that never seen a book and didn't know how to speak English learned how to use an Android phone and hacked it. Is this true? The article ...
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Death by exploding office chair?

Some old news reports "Chinese boy killed when height adjusting mechanism in chair explodes" 1 There are a lot of similar news, all happened in China. Can this mechanisms explode ? Is the explosion ...
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Is sleeping on airbeds unhealthy?

I have often heard from people that sleeping on airbeds is not good for health, reasoning that it is filled with air and molds to the shape of our body, so cannot provide enough support for the back. ...
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Can a Renault Megane drive 1700 km with 1 tank?

source See the above advert which claims that Renault Megane can cover 1700km with one tank. According to this link the Megane model has a fuel tank capacity of 60 Liters. Can the Megane cover ...
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Is Lockitron a fake?

There's a video going around which proportedly is to sell a product called Lockitron. To summarise the video, Lockitron is a wifi-enabled, deadlock motivator. You can lock and unlock your door ...
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Are laundry detergent and fabric softener fumes dangerous to human health?

One of my neighbors raised the topic of toxins in the dryer effluence from our buildings' laundry rooms. That's not particularly surprising, but she claimed there was evidence that the trace toxins ...
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Does the Eneloop battery have lower self-discharge?

In the following pages: What's eneloop? Self-Discharge it is mentioned that the Eneloop battery has has an even lower self-discharge […] in comparison with other high quality ...
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Does Sensodyne Total Care Toothpaste work?

As shown in the toothpaste cover: It is mentioned that using Sensodyne Total Care toothpaste can do the following: Protects against sensitive teeth […] Protects against tooth decay ...
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Against the law to spray-clean not according to label directions?

I have a bottle of Clorox Clean-Up Cleaner with Bleach, marketed for sale in the United States. Its label reads, in part (and with emphasis removed): Directions for use: It is a violation of ...
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Do the water filters in Pure & Clear filters work?

Dr Mercola advertises Pure & Clear Filters: Pure & Clear filters use a “selective filtration” process rather than a mechanical one for a couple of very important reasons. This advanced ...
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Do ionizing hair-dryers reduce frizz and drying time?

The new wave in Hair Dryer technology involves marketing benefits based on Ionization. Is there any evidence for any of this though? Conair® Turbo 1875: "Ionic technology helps enhance your ...
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Does Louis Vuitton burn all their unsold bags?

It first ran across the notion with this meme Every year Louis Vuitton burns all their unsold bags A google search yields lots of results but none of them seems credible. Snopes yields nothing. ...
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Does immersing a wet phone in rice prevent it from dying?

There is a tale spreading around about people who have supposedly resuscitated their cell phones using bags of rice after dropping them in water or otherwise getting them soaked. The supposed science ...
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Did Muhammad Ali say “Impossible is nothing”?

Did Muhammad Ali say the following quote? Or was it created by Adidas? Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they've been given than to ...
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Is avoiding to rinse dishes after soaping them unhealthy?

Some people do their dishes and leave the suds on, letting it air-dry, or using a towel. Some rinse it off. I cannot understand the British habit of washing and rinsing dishes in the same dirty ...
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Do high refresh rates prevent motion blur on TVs?

Several TV options are available and most sellers tend to convince you that the higher frequency the TV is the better it is. For example this site says: LCD TV manufacturers have tried doubling ...
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Can I increase the longevity of fresh cut flowers with bleach?

This Reader's Digest article says: Increase cut flowers’ longevity Freshly cut flowers will stay fresh longer if you add 1/4 teaspoon bleach per quart (1 liter) of vase water. Another popular ...
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Have cell phones ever been used as microphones by a government?

Besides what a government can obviously do: listen to live conversations, know my approximate location, read my SMS and look at my unencrypted internet traffic, people claim that some phones could be ...
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Is leapmotion a scam?

Looking for altertative ways of Human–computer interaction, I found www.leapmotion.com, which looks promising. They say in the website and in some interviews that they will release this device to the ...
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Do Ryanair use cookies to raise the price of their tickets after you have visited the site before?

According to this website, this and a few others, apparently, RyanAir uses cookies to detect whether you've been to the site before and increases the price, presumably because it believes if you're ...
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Could cutting one's self on a broken CFL bulb cause severe injury?

Related: How dangerous is a broken compact fluorescent lamp (CFL)? Actually someone asked this exact thing on that question, but it wasn't addressed, perhaps because they provided no link/further ...
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Can the Bioguard X bracelet protect the body from radiation?

We have TV commercials in Israel right now of a new invention that is also planned, from what I read, to be marketed worldwide. It is a bracelet that according to the company protects you from ...
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Does Pureit Polisher remove the chlorine from chlorinated water?

This purifier claims to produce 100% pure water. They use chlorine. Chlorine, when taken in for a long period, is bad for health. The 4 stage purification process. Polisher Removes chlorine and ...