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Has the Holocaust been exaggerated?

I am not a Holocaust denier but I am skeptical of some of the reported numbers and details of the historical event. Is there any evidence that 6 million Jews were executed as part of a plan to ...
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Are these gigantic stones in Russia from a technologically advanced ancient civilization?

According to the Atlantean Gardens blog humans worked 3000 ton stones were found in Russia. The Rundown Live has more photos. Dr Valery Uvarov thinks they are man-made. He is "Head of the ...
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Did Gandhi trump Professor Peters in a number of interactions?

I saw the following story on truthbook and wanted to know if it is true. (This one was found on the internet. We cannot corroborate its accuracy, but it is an amusing story...) When Gandhi ...
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Did the Ourang Medan “ghost ship” exist?

According to rumors, the S.S. Ourang Medan was a Dutch cargo ship whose crew mysteriously all died on the seas. The bodies were found in terrified postures, and when a rescue ship attempted to tow the ...
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Did such a medical device ever exist that blew air into the anus?

Does the medical device described in Guliver's Travels, published in 1726, resemble anything that actually existed, or has there ever been a medical need to pump air into the anus? I was ...
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Is the flavor of artificial banana flavoring based on the “Gros Michel” banana?

I've heard the claim that artificial banana flavoring doesn't taste like bananas since it was based on a different cultivar than the one we know today. Until the 1950's the main banana cultivar ...
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Was pepper once worth its weight in gold?

It's a frequent claim that common black pepper was worth its weight in gold in early modern times. Just yesterday I heard it again in a documentary about the Dutch East India Company's spice trade in ...
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Did St. Patrick rid Ireland of druids and other pagans?

I've read that the common story about St. Patrick ridding Ireland of "snakes" is actually a reference to ridding Ireland of druids and other pagans. Some sources say that he accomplished this through ...
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Have there been any fatalities caused by octopi?

To what extent are octopi violent towards humans? Has there been any confirmed fatalities? The source of all knowledge claims that some have the capacity to kill humans, and claims there have been ...
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Did Nizari Ismailis assassins commit murders under the influence of hashish?

From Wikipedia: The Assassins (from Arabic: حشّاشين‎ Ḥashshāshīn) were an order of Nizari Ismailis, particularly those of Persia and Syria that formed in the late 11th century. In time, the ...
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Do hieroglyphs in Egypt depict aircraft?

In the article, Impossible? 3,000 Year-Old Hieroglyphics Depict Modern Day Technology! Markings of the Fallen Angels?, they claim that there are aircraft depicted in 3000-year-old Egypt hieroglyphs: ...
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Did Lyndon Johnson have an amphibious car?

I came across an info graphic that says that former U.S. president Lyndon B. Johnson had an amphibious car and would drive guests into the lake while screaming about the brakes. Is this true?
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Was the Taj Mahal originally called Tej-o-Mahal?

I have been reading this article. And it was pretty controversial in claiming that the Taj Mahal is actually a Hindu temple and not an islamic tomb. Tajmahal is not a Islamic mausoleum but an ...
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Has a company fired its employees by deactivating their access badges?

A few years ago, at the beginning of the financial crisis, there was this rumor that traveled from mouth to mouth about some company that did some layoffs. The story says the company's management ...
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Was Hitler a vegetarian?

It is commonly believed that Adolf Hitler was a vegetarian. Sometimes that is used as some sort of argument-by-association that vegetarianism is a bad idea: For example, "Vegetarians Are Evil" ...
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Did a magnitude 8.2 earthquake hit Jerusalem in 33AD?

A Telegraph article makes an interesting claim, in a discussion about the Shroud of Turin: However a new study claims than an earthquake in Jerusalem in 33AD may have not only created the image ...
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Did deep learning start at Microsoft?

Bill Gates has recently said: The ultimate is computers that learn. So called deep learning which started at Microsoft and is now being used by many researchers looks like a real advance that ...
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Did the British attempt to rename the Taj Mahal?

From an article in Pakistan's Dawn: Renowned researcher and historian, Dr Mubarak Ali writes in his book, Gumshuda Taareekh (Lost History): [snip] “The British even gave renaming Taj ...
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Is there a letter from Bohr about the 1950 Nobel prize?

César Lattes had some important participation in the discovery of the the pi meson, but the Nobel prize was awarded to Cecil Powell alone. There are claims that Niels Bohr left a letter explaining ...
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Was the combination of yoghurt and honey called “the food of the gods” in ancient Indian records?

From Wikipedia's article on yogurt: In ancient Indian records, the combination of yogurt and honey is called "the food of the gods". All that the provided reference states is: Whatever the ...
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Was the radical change in art in the 15th century assisted by technology?

The British artist David Hockney argues in his book Secret Knowledge that: from the early 15th century many Western artists used optics--by which I mean mirrors and lenses (or a combination of the ...
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Was Leonardo da Vinci a polyphasic sleeper?

I have read from various (low quality) sources that Leonardo da Vinci practiced polyphasic sleep, maybe the Uberman's sleep schedule. Polyphasic sleep refers to the practice of sleeping multiple times ...
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Can the events of the Ramayana and Mahabharata be astronomically dated to around 7300 BCE and 5561 BCE respectively?

The Ramayana is one of Hinduism's greatest epics. Nobody appears to know with certainty when the poem was composed or when the events in it occurred. However, while some scholars claim that the events ...
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Did Winston Churchill say we should not cut art funding?

There's a famous quote by Winston Churchill that, when asked to cut arts funding in favour of the war effort, he replied: “Then what are we fighting for?” (it can be found here, among other places). ...
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Could the wristwatch worn by Felix Baumgartner be the first wristwatch to break the speed of sound?

Recently I was really surprised to know that Zenith watch brand claims that because Felix Baumgartner was wearing a specific model of their wristwatch during his famous Stratos Mission freefall that ...
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Did Socrates say “The secret of change is…"?

The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new. Did Socrates say this ?
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Were giant skeletons found in 1936?

There are many examples of this claim on the web In 1936 Larson Kohl, the German paleontologist and anthropologist, found the bones of gigantic men on the shore of Lake Elyasi in Central Africa. ...
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Were the Jews the first to believe in monotheism?

Wikipedia suggests that Akhenaten (who died perhaps in 1336 BC or 1334 BC) was "The first claims of global supremacy of a specific god". Monotheism - Origin and development says, In the cities of ...
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Can technological innovation increase overall unemployment? [closed]

This is my first question on the site, it may look hypothetical at first but its not. For those unfamiliar with the Luddite Fallacy its synonymous to 'Technological unemployment' Apparently ...
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Do the Jewish control a larger proportion of U.S. wealth than their proportion in the population?

As per StormFront (warning: neo-nazi website): While only 3% of the population, the Jews control over 25% of the nation's wealth and this percentage rises every year. Is only 3% of the ...
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Did a Jewish prisoner write this quote about God and forgiveness?

According to a number of social media sites, including Reddit: “If there is a God, He will have to beg my forgiveness.” — A phrase that was carved on the walls of a concentration camp cell during ...
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Do magicians in Egypt turn sticks into snakes?

Rabbi Lawrence Keleman in his book Permission to Receive states that Egyptian magicians today (or when the study it was based on was published in 1960) do a similar stick-snake trick as in the Book of ...
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Did the Qur'an predict the defeat of the Persians at the Battle of Issus?

The Wikipedia page of the Qur'an and Miracles states Some Muslims believe that the Qur'an predicted many events years before they happened. They argue that such prophecies are proof of the ...
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Which of these deities were believed to be born on Christmas?

I got this in my Facebook timeline today and it seems to be viral Gods born on December 25th: Happy Birthday Horus (c. 3000 BCE) Happy Birthday Osiris (c. 3000 BCE) Happy Birthday ...
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Has Britain invaded most countries in the world?

The following map has been around on the internet for a while and claims that Britain has invaded almost every country in the world (source): I received it most recently in a tweet from ...
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Was the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937 passed because of the commercial interests of Dupont?

In How Marijuana Became Illegal Bud Fairy writes: During the same period, Du Pont was developing cellophane, nylon, and dacron from from fossil fuels. Du Pont held the patents on many synthetics ...
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Have 50 million Eastern Orthodox Christians been killed in the 20th century?

Eastern Orthodox Christians claim that there has been a 'Holocaust' of sorts in the latter part of the 19th century and throughout the entire 20th century (and continuing into the 21st century). But ...
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Are there any historical records of Gospel miracles? [closed]

The primary source documentation for whatever Jesus did are the Gospel accounts of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Are there still any non-religious sources for the works/Miracles performed by ...
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Did the Britons stop growing crops in the time between 3300BC & 1500 BC?

It has been suggested to me more than once by amateur historians on forums, that in the time between 3300BC and 1500 BC the Britons stopped farming crops, and instead only kept livestock and foraged. ...
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Did Nirvana ever do a cover of “I Smell Sex And Candy”?

A Google Search turns up lots of results that suggest Nirvana did the song "I Smell Sex And Candy" but according to Wikipedia It was done by Marcy Playground and the article doesn't mention Nirvana. ...
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Did the Britons start growing crops before 1500 BC?

It has been suggested to me more than once by amateur historians on forums, that before 1500 BC the Britons only kept livestock and didn't grow crops at all. For example, AskHistorians on ...
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Was Christian Europe the first place to abolish slavery?

In discussions on the whether Christianity played a key role in the abolition of slavery in the Western world, I've read the claim that the Christian Europe state, around 800-1000 AD, was the first ...
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Did people use to urinate everywhere at fancy balls?

My history teacher once told us about how several centuries ago people in Europe who were guests at fancy balls and masquerades used to urinate on curtains, under stairs and in dark corners of dimly ...
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Is there no Nobel Prize for Mathematics because of an infidelity?

The Berkeley Daily Planet reports one rumour I heard: The one Nobel Prize you won’t hear announced is for Mathematics―because, in contrast to Chemistry, Physics, and Literature, there is no ...
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Was “bug” used to refer to software bugs before being popularized by Grace Hopper?

A very famous photo is the following which is the picture of a moth stuck to a piece of paper with the writing "First actual case of a bug being found". We already know that bug was being used for ...
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Was Nelson Mandela a killer?

There are many claims that Nelson Mandela was a killer; for example: Obama holds surprise press conference to praise genocidal killer Nelson Mandela He signed off on the deaths of innocent people, ...
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Was Truman told that the first atom bomb was going to be used on a military target?

In his diary entry for July 25, 1945, US President Harry S. Truman wrote: This weapon is to be used against Japan between now and August 10th. I have told the Sec. of War, Mr. Stimson, to use it ...
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Did most people self-identify as Bulgarians in first census of Macedonia?

I remember seeing on TV in my own country (Bulgaria) floated the claim that during the first census done in Macedonia, most of the population was self-identifying as Bulgarians. After that, the story ...
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Did the EU threaten to sue in connection with “Comic Sans” having an eye on the Euro symbol?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comic_Sans_MS#cite_note-2 Earlier versions of Comic Sans had an eye in the Euro sign. This was later removed because 'The EU was going to sue us over that.'[2] The ...
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Was Einstein's riddle (the zebra puzzle) created by Albert Einstein?

I guess a lot of people have seen this riddle which is commonly attributed to Einstein. What is the true source of it and did Einstein have anything to do with it and the claim that only 2% of the ...