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How long did whites believe that black people “have no soul”? [on hold]

I mean, were they really that ignorant? Maybe the first Europeans in Africa could believe this, but 300+ years after that? After so many mixed children were born, raised, sold and bought? After ...
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Is this a photo of Margaret Hamilton standing next to Apollo Project code that she wrote?

The image below is widely circulated on Facebook: The caption says: Margaret Hamilton, lead software engineer of the Apollo Project, stands next to the code she wrote by hand and that was used ...
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Were lawn jockey statues used to indicate stops on the Underground Railroad?

Ran into the following meme on Facebook, accompanied by a picture of one of the statues. They credit it to http://www.ugrrf.org/ (although I can't find that text on their site): A lot of people ...
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Did Soviet soldiers commit two million rapes of German women in 1945?

During the Allied troops entry and occupation of German territory during the later stages of World War II, it is alleged that mass rapes were committed by Allied Forces. The Telegraph reported: ...
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“The Process of Creation ended approximately 6000 years ago and ushered in the beginning of humanity” [duplicate]

I am a Christian and believe there is overwhelming evidence from the bible that civilization started approximately 6000 years ago. I believe that the earth was created instead of evolving. I believe ...
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Did ancient Peru use electroplating?

Wikipedia states that ancient Peruvian metalsmiths applied gold with electroplating, citing a 1979 article in The Journal of The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society. I'm not familiar enough with ...
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Do loopholes in the Great Wall face the China side?

There is a pseudoscientific theory popularized by Russian authors Fomenko and Nosovsky which, among other things, claims that the Great Wall of China had been built by peoples living to the north of ...
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How legitimate are these 'Communist Rules for Revolution'?

Please disregard the website on which this is found. Were these "rules" actually found in 1919? If so, how legitimate are they? From: ...
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Is the handprint on the Carbon County jail wall uneraseable?

The Old Jail Museum in Jim Thorpe, PA, formerly the Carbon County Jail has one cell with a handprint on the wall. According to legend (emphasis mine): Before their hanging, the men proclaimed ...
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Did Puritans punish people for celebrating Christmas?

The Facebook group Americans for the Separation of Church and State posted this link: Puritans in Massachusetts arrested and fined anyone who celebrated Christmas. But go ahead, tell us how ...
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Did U.K. nuclear power plants of the '80s play a continuous sound and indicate emergency by stopping it?

Allan Friswell's comment (scroll down) on this video for "O Superman" for Laurie Anderson contends: The UK nuclear power stations of the 80s had that "ha" sound on continuously 24/7. Apparently it ...
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Is the Stuxnet worm a government facade? [closed]

I just read about Stuxnet, which is allegedly a computer worm that silently infected thousands of computers and eventually sabotaged Iran’s nuclear program. I find it difficult to believe that so many ...
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Was the Original Statue of Liberty a Muslim Woman?

I saw this article on Facebook: Smithsonian: Statue of Liberty was originally a Muslim woman By Bradford Richardson November 25, 2015, 03:19 pm An article on the ...
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Was Ignaty Karpezo buried alive and then found alive?

Wikipedia claims the following. Ignaty Karpezo was a general during WWII. After a heavy bombing he was found without signs of life. A medic determined death. He was buried consequently. But after a ...
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Did Woodrow Wilson say he was a 'most unhappy man' that 'unwittingly ruined' the USA?

According several "sources" including Alex Jones, Peter Joseph, users of Facebook, and 'Occupiers of Wallstreet,' Woodrow Wilson said: I am a most unhappy man. I have unwittingly ruined my ...
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Which typically comes first: basic science or technological advance?

Matt Ridley claims in his latest book (and also in an article in the Wall Street Journal): In his book he argues: Again and again, once you examine the history of innovation, you find scientific ...
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Did Haj Amin al-Husseini tell Hitler to exterminate the Jews?

Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu recently made the following claim: “Hitler didn’t want to exterminate the Jews at the time, he wanted to expel the Jews. And Haj Amin al-Husseini went to ...
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Is the Treblinka Archaeology study a hoax? [closed]

Treblinka was a Nazi extermination site for Polish Jews between July 1942 and October 1943. Jews were claimed to have been shipped to Treblinka and upon arrival immediately executed by carbon monoxide ...
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Did Ancient Roman bureaucrats file data only by year?

In an aside in an article about the greatest human innovations where he proposes the relational database as a candidate, Tim Worstall quotes the following comment about the Roman Empire: Finding ...
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Did the Nazis kill Jews with gas chambers?

I just heard Holocaust denier and former academic, Robert Faurisson, explaining a few things about gas chambers. What he claims : The dilapidated chambers, thought to be gas chambers in the Nazi ...
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Is the skull fragment, said to be Hitler's, from a young woman?

Wikipedia tells the story of some alleged fragments of Hitler's skull that were tested in 2009: In May 1946, SMERSH agents recovered from the crater where Hitler was buried two burned skull ...
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Is extreme poverty in the world getting worse?

In a recent Guardian article Jason Hickel argues that the west needs to de-develop in order to have any hope of meeting the UN goal of eradicating world poverty. He specifically says: Growth has ...
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Was the wild west less violent than the current west?

Matt Ridley's latest book has a chapter on the evolution of government, in which he starts by making the startling statement: The truth is that the wild west was without much government, but it ...
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A century ago, was giving birth a major cause of death?

When reading this article on BBC News I was surprised by the following claim: Just compare now to what happened 100 years ago or so. Then, many women died in their 40s because of having to give ...
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Has Syria received proportionally more refugees than other countries in recent history?

This comment by Sonia Bous Aidi on a recent Humans of New York post about the European migrant crisis is powerful if true: Syria became home to the Circassian refugees in 1860 Syria became ...
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Did Six FBI Agents die before they could testify before the Warren Commission?

While reading a different question Was Martin Luther King taped by the FBI while committing adultery? I came to the Wikipedia page for William Sullivan ...
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Was Martin Luther King taped by the FBI while committing adultery?

In a review of Taylor Branch's biography of Dr Martin Luther King Jr, Slate Magazine repeats a story that can be found in several places on the web: On Jan. 6, 1964, FBI men installed microphones ...
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Was the oven mitt first developed by Earl Mitt?

Did "Earl Mitt" even exist at all? I first heard this story from an answer to this English Language and Usage Stack Exchange question about oven mitts/oven gloves. Earlier today, the story was in ...
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Was the original version of the Statue of Liberty of a Black slave?

A few people I know on social media are passing this image around this week. The claim is the original Statue of Liberty was a black women, given to celebrate the end of the Civil War, and the ...
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Did the Nazis meet in a “gay” bar?

It is an assertion made by the German Journalist, Heinz Hohne in "The Order of the Death's Head". The assertion was popularized by the fraudulent anti-gay book, "pink swatiska". Hohne's book was ...
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Did Columbus have Jewish ancestry?

There are a number of articles and books that claim that Christopher Columbus has Jewish acenstry: Christopher Columbus: Jewish Virtual Library The mystery regarding Columbus' origins is largely ...
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Did the No. 303 Polish Fighter Squadron score the most kills in the Battle of Britain?

It's often claimed in Polish media that No. 303 Polish Fighter Squadron scored the most kills in the whole Battle of Britain. This claim is repeated in Wikipedia, although with annotation [citation ...
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Did the Center for Naval Analysis recommend that the damaged areas be reinforced on all bombers, creating a famous case of survivorship bias?

One example of this claim from the Statistics How To website: Abraham Wald’s Naval Work In World War II, statistician Abraham Wald tried to determine how to minimize bomber losses. Prior to ...
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Did a man from a non-existent country, Taured, appear in a Japanese airport in 1954, and then disappear?

A number of different web-sites document this mysterious storey of an apparent traveller from an alternate history: It’s July 1954; a hot day. A man arrives at Tokyo airport in Japan. He’s of ...
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Are Ashkenazi Jews genetically more European than Semitic?

Referring to this article Surprise: Ashkenazi Jews Are Genetically European. But a new study suggests that at least their (Ashkenazi Jews) maternal lineage may derive largely from Europe. ...
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Did Thomas Edison kill elephant Topsy?

It is largely believed that Edison electrocuted lot of animals to prove that AC current was dangerous. There is a video on youtube that goes to show that Edison killed Topsy. But in Wikipedia I found ...
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Do the Japanese believe that USSR dropped nuclear bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki?

I have heard this claim a few times from some random people, and recently came across it in pravda.ru as well: from "Japan will never forgive USA" There is such a statistics: 25 per cent of young ...
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Did Nelson Mandela order the Church Street bombing? [duplicate]

"In his book Long Walk to Freedom, Nelson Mandela wrote that as a leading member of the ANC’s executive committee, he had ‘personally signed off’ in approving these acts of terrorism. This is the ...
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Does Lebanon ban the diary of Anne Frank?

According to factslides, a reddit post, Wikipedia, and the Wall Street Journal, the Diary of Anne Frank is banned in Lebanon. According to a reddit comment this is "rubbish". Other news reports a ...
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Was wife of Emperor Bayezid forced to serve naked at a party?

I got this from a Quora answer: 1)When Taimur won war with Ottoman emperor Bayezid, he had emperor put in a cage like animal. He also made empress of Bayezid serve wine naked in his court. ...
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Did nude pictures kick off the industry for photographs?

The Internet History Podcast claims: When photography was developed in the 18th century, photographic commerce was mostly about selling people portraits of themselves or their loved ones—at least, ...
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Did Lenin say this about guns?

a system of licensing and registration is the perfect device to deny gun ownership to the bourgeoisie - Lenin This quote can be found all over the internet, but I can't find any reliable ...
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Did the Greeks provide Turks with ammunition during the Greek War of Independence to save Parthenon?

The following anecdote can be found in the History Revealed magazine from January 2015. In 1822, during the Greek War of Independence, Turkish troops found themselves under siege at the Acropolis ...
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Did Neanderthals keep Cro-Magnons as sex-slaves?

Some time ago, it was thought that modern people came from Cro-Magnons, and Neanderthals became extinct. But after the Neanderthal genome project, we found that modern people have from 1% to 4% of ...
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Did Richard Feynman see Josef Papp's machine explode?

Josef Papp was an inventor who received patents for engine technology. Wikipedia explains: The engine continues to be considered by many scientists as a hoax. Papp's poor physics theoretic ...
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Is America's prosperity the result of slavery? [closed]

It has been claimed (see below for example) that America's relatively high prosperity is the result of slavery, which enabled the development of American capitalism, by using slaves as, well, capital, ...
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Is “Better to see something once, than to hear about it a thousand times” used by Asians?

A tourism-related twitter account tweeted: Better to see something once, than to hear about it a thousand times. (Asian Proverb) Is this a phrase that has been used a reasonable number of times ...
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What church prayed for Hitlers survival and well-being? [closed]

In the famous debate (to me at least) between Christopher Hitchens vs. Dr. William Lane Craig, Biola University April 4, 2009, Biola University Mr. Hitchens claims the following. In Nazi Germany, ...
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Did Nazi soldiers cut off their own eyelids?

My cousin says he read in a The Journal of Scott Pendleton Collins: A World War 2 Soldier that the Nazi soldiers cut off their own eyelids. The reason was allegedly to improve their ability to see. ...
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Was prophylactic appendectomy or tonsillectomy ever performed upon children?

Some people here in Russia say that there was a time when appendixes were considered so useless and potentially dangerous by USA doctors that they performed operations upon asymptomatic children to ...