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Does a pair of trainers (shoes) hanging on a telephone wire mean the house nearby is a crack den?

I've been told this many times (in the UK). It's even mentioned in a wikipedia article: Some also say that shoes hanging from the wires advertise a local crack house where crack cocaine is used ...
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Are Japanese authorities cracking down on adult themed entertainment in preparation for the 2020 Olympics?

From a reddit post: Getting quite a few news about Tokyo cracking down on Lolis, hentai, hentai games, boob sizes, cosplay conventions and recently have their eyes set on an Imouto theme cafe... ...
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Are bikinis banned from the 2013 Miss World competition in Indonesia?

The Sun newspaper reported: The pageant is taking place in the Far East country for the first time and organisers are wary of upsetting Muslim fanatics. [...] But the pageant's ...
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Do a third of Italian men live with their parents?

I have heard that Italian men live with their parents as a racial stereotype joke and from some Italian friends. They say that this is true because they have seen these people in their environments or ...
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Have all sustainable cultures been illiterate (or not made a fetish of reading)?

I have been reading "What Is Education For" by David Orr and the author makes the following statement: It is a matter of no small consequence that the only people who have lived sustainably on the ...
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Did the French Revolution cause people to give the Ace (in a deck of cards) rank above a King?

Wikipedia says After the French Revolution some games started to use the ace or 1 as the highest card which symbolized the lowest in society rising above the King. A discussion forum ...
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Did the Harvard Museum of Natural History put this label on their display?

This picture is circulating the internet This blog identifies the HMNH label as the Harvard Museum of Natural History. Did they in fact put this label on their display?
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Does the name of Easter derive from a goddess called Eostre? [closed]

As I write this, the Easter holidays are just beginning. In their honour, I have a question about Easter: I've widely heard that the name of the festival has its roots in its pagan origins, and ...
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Does the Pepsi brand name stand for “pay every penny to save Israel”?

Is this how the name Pepsi was formed? Example of the claim
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Are there more Greeks living outside of Greece than inside it?

I heard recently that there are more Greeks currently living outside of Greece than inside it. My source, of course, didn't qualify whether that statistic only includes people who were born there, but ...
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Is prostitution uncommon among geishas?

Many news stories and plenty of ensuing comments about geishas have people making a strong point that geishas are not prostitutes. However, the wikipedia article makes a meal out of the topic and ...