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Was a working prototype of the Warburtons toastie knife ever produced?

The Life Hack Stack Exchange has an answer talking about a prototype "toastie knife" from Warbutons Bakery. It was claimed that the prototype knife would heat up to allow butter to be spread more ...
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Do aluminum-based antiperspirants cause cancer?

Some people claim that the aluminium in antiperspirants can cause cancer. For example, Mercola.com: Putting on antiperspirant is a routine part of most people's day, and you may not think much ...
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Did the ancient Egyptians call aloe vera “the plant of immortality”?

I came across the following on facebook (it linked to this article): I was wondering whether that is actually true. Did the ancient Egyptians call aloe vera (and possibly other related species) the ...
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Does the IntelliGender gender prediction test have 78% accuracy?

In 2009, CNN described Intelligender, an over-the-counter test that predicts the gender of an unborn baby based on hormones in the mother's urine. It claims that within 10 minutes of taking the ...
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Does the 3M mouse pad extend battery life up to 50% or 75%?

The 3M company has a product called 3M™ Precise™ Mouse Pad with Repositionable Adhesive Backing and Battery Saving Design, MP200PS that claims to: Battery saving design extends battery life of ...
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Do large companies pay for shills? [closed]

On many forums and sites facilitating discussion, whenever the topic of consumerism is raised (eg. Android over iOS), there is a common accusation that one of the parties is a shill - someone paid to ...
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Do fruits and vegetables sold in supermarkets taste worse than those grown on local farms?

It is a common belief that the produce sold at American supermarkets is "bland" and "tasteless". For example, the article "EVER WONDER WHY MODERN PRODUCE IS SO TASTELESS?" mentions that: They look ...
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Does placing metal inside the microwave damage the microwave?

It's practically common knowledge that microwaving metal objects can damage the microwave. I've heard this multiple times, mostly from my mom, and I've always believed it to be true. But is it? Would ...
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Do LED light bulbs last as long as claimed by the manufacturers?

Manufacturers routinely claim that their LED light bulb can last from 20,000 hours to 50,000 hours: Anecdotes, such as this one suggest otherwise. Daily mail wrote: More than a quarter did ...
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Can a “special resistor” save a water heater tank from rust?

The Rheem water heaters say The Rheem Performance Platinum 50 Gal. Electric medium water heater provides an ample supply of hot water for households with 3 to 5 people. This unit comes with two ...
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Does “reverse sound technology” make headphones safer?

Purebuds Earphones claims that their use of "Reverse Sound Technology" makes their earbuds safer, preventing hearing damage. I searched for a scientific study of this technology, or at least a good ...
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Does the E-Kaia device harvest electrical power from small plants?

The E-Kaia device claims to be able to harvest electricity released into soil by small plants. Here's a Daily Mail article describing it. And because not all of the electrons are needed, ...
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Is Triclosan safe for use in toothpaste?

Colgate Total includes 0.3% Triclosan. The company says that the FDA, ADA, and others have confirmed that this is safe. Other sources claim that it is not safe, citing risks of cancer, endocrine ...
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Is the “Dr. Visser Seal of Approval” an accurate quality mark for good children's shoes?

The Dutch store Scapino sells a line of shoes that have received the "Dr. Visser Seal of Approval". The claim on their website† states (translated from the original Dutch): Scapino has used ...
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Do different locks ever have the same key?

There is a specific pattern for each lock and key made in the world. A specific key can only open a specific lock which has the same pattern in which the key can fit. This thread here suggests that ...
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Are mass-bred chicken fed with hormones or other substances that, when you eat their meat, can have significant negative effect on your health? [closed]

My friend told me that chicken meat is unhealthy - presumably chicken are fed with hormones which can be unhealthy, as well as the meat could contain some added chemicals. My question applies to ...
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Does Coca Cola taste different in glass bottles?

It is a common belief that the Coca Cola drink tastes different in glass bottles: Why does Coke from a glass bottle taste different? Why does Coke taste better in a bottle? Why does glass-bottled ...
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Does 32 g of Gatorade powder contain 33 g of carbohydrates?

A screenshot of the nutrition facts of a can of Gatorade powder was posted on my Facebook feed: The label reads "Per 32 g (about 3 tbsp)", but if you read through the ingredients, the amount ...
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Is the creator of Hello Kitty a satanist? [closed]

I've read various article on-line stating that the creator of Hello Kitty is a satanist and that "Hello Kitty" actually means demon or Satan in Japanese or Chinese: ...
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Are there any laws preventing the copying of keys containing a DO NOT DUPLICATE stamp?

While I worked at Walmart during college in the states, we would copy keys for customers, unless the key looked like this. We were told that it was illegal to copy such keys, however, customers ...
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Does leaving the fan on during an RV a/c cycle time save energy? [duplicate]

When running an RV a/c during the summer, is it more energy-efficient to let the fan run while the compressor is cycling? Does it cause more wear and tear? Does it even matter if you allow the fan to ...
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Is human hair used to make bread?

While browsing Facebook I came across a post on eDidYouKnow, Is this something that actually happens on a regular basis or is it just one of possible ways to create L-cysteine?
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Do watches break very often for some people?

I know of someone who cannot seem to wear watches without them breaking much quicker than expected. This person was told it is because their body is producing too much electricity and that by ...
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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 this “Remove child before washing” clothes label real?

The image below went somewhat viral: It shows a clothes label with the text "Remove child before washing". Is this an actual clothes label of an actual commercially available piece of clothing? ...
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Can you sharpen scissors by cutting Aluminum foil?

I needed to sharpen a pair of scissors, so I did a quick Google search to learn the technique. I was very surprised to find a number of sites suggesting that scissors can be sharpened by cutting a ...
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Does a deep freezer use more energy when there is a layer of ice in it?

In light of the potential upcoming power shortages in Belgium, there are a lot of "tips" going around to save power during the cold months. One of them is to thaw out the ice in the deep freezer as, ...
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Does the “Re-Timer” device help to alleviate “winter blues”?

The Re-Timer website states: Re-Timer is a wearable light therapy device for Winter Blues. Winter Blues is a low-mood experienced primarily during the winter months. Symptoms can include loss ...
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Is this Halloween campaign from Pepsi and Coca Cola real?

For 2013's Halloween, there's an ad on the internet about a Pepsi can with a Coke costume, stating it's “scary”, to which Coca Cola responds with “Everybody wants to be a hero”. So far, so good, ...
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Does Calcium Chloride remove bad smells?

This advert for Thirsty Hippo Basic Tub claims it is: composed of calcium chloride maintains living conditions pleasant by eliminating moisture and bad smells of the air from a closet, wardrobe, ...
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Where is the science behind “Bamboo Charcoal”? [closed]

I recently saw a crazy article about bamboo charcoal burgers in Japan. That prompted me to look into bamboo charcoal and among other things, it is allegedly a great deodorizer and can last for 2 ...
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Is looking at an IR transmitter bad for your eyes?

I've seen some warnings regarding IR sensors and transmitters such as the 4th panel below for the Nintendo 3DS: The Operations Manual says, Do not get too close to the infrared transceiver ...
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Can a “brain-sensing headband” be used to train to be less stressed?

Interaxon claim that their "brain-sensing headband", Muse, together with an iOS or Android app, can provide a user with some feedback that can be used to train the brain to become more calm and less ...
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Does Charles Shaw wine contain animal blood & feces?

A post by Chris Knox on Quora was quoted on Gothamist, talking about Charles Shaw wine (aka "Two Buck Chuck"), says: "And it not only grabs ripe grapes, but unripe and down right rotten ones as ...
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Is it possible to get a suntan while wearing suntan lotion?

In the summer, there is always an increase in advertisements and public awareness campaigns to get people to wear suntan lotion, to reduce the risk of sunburn (naturally). Some of these ...
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Does a carbon fiber seat help karting performance and protect ribs?

I found a karting seat that is made from carbon-fiber here: http://www.ribtect.com/RibtectSeat_Original.html On that page, it claims: To Improve Performance: The Ribtect seat helps the ...
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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 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 52% of computer users lose irreplaceable documents, photos, music and videos every year?

Livedrive claims that "52% of computer users lose irreplaceable documents, photos, music and videos every year?". Is there any published study on that matter?
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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 ...