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Has ISIS issued a mandate that stores cover up mannequins’ faces?

It has been widely reported from the Associated Press that ISIS has ordered shopkeepers in the Iraqi city of Mosul to cover the faces of mannequins. (NBC news, one of many sources:) ISIS Forces Iraq ...
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Did the ballet/orchestral work 'The Rite of Spring' provoke a riot?

I took this from a newspaper article in the telegraph. It is often said that The Rite of Spring are what caused the outrage, but pulsating rhythms at least have an appeal at a visceral level (an ...
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Do non-conservative US media organizations discourage reporting criticizing government? [closed]

John Stossel claims: MEDIA BIAS: When I began my career as a consumer reporter, I had an obvious agenda: Businesses cheat consumers! Government must regulate them! [...] But when I wised up ...
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Did CNN fake footage during the gulf war purporting a live gas attack?

The YouTube video purports to show then-CNN reporter Charles Jaco rehearse a dramatic "live" report from Saudi Arabia during the 1990 Persian Gulf War from a studio, exaggerating the level of danger. ...
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Did JPMC CEO author the circulated letter to 25 y.o. golddigger?

I have seen this publication in many editions posted on FB and other sources. While the reply to her is brilliant and priceless, I have a hard time believing that the CEO of such major visibility as ...
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Are these curses real?

For example: According to a theatrical superstition, called the Scottish curse, speaking the name Macbeth inside a theatre will cause disaster. (Wikipedia) and According to the legend, a ...
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Are American media controlled mostly by Jews?

The image "Who controls your mind? 2013" below claims that a very large proportion of the US media companies have Presidents, CEOs, Founders, Owners, Vice Presidents and Chairs that are Jewish. It ...
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Are the footprints found in Great Britain 800,000 years old?

Some footprints were found in Great Britain earlier this year. They are reported to be about 800,000 years old. Here is how they were dated, according to a Yahoo! article: Scientists dated the ...
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Do low-income Americans drink more Coca-Cola than their counterparts?

Since the controversial Super Bowl commercial by Coca-Cola, there are those who contend it was a conspiracy by Coca-Cola to appeal to an emerging demographic and boost sales. Coca-Cola knew ...
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Did Sandahl Bergman lose a finger during the filming of Conan the Barbarian?

Further, the actress playing Valeria had her index finger severed during a fight scene where they inexplicably used a real sword instead of a prop, and then even more inexplicably gave it to an ...
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Did NATO instruct anti-government neo-Nazi groups in Ukraine on conducting diversions and waging guerilla?

There are multiple claims in Russian press that in 2006 NATO in Estonia has instructed neo-Nazi anti-government paramilitary hate groups from Ukraine on how to conduct diversions and wage guerilla ...
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Does science fiction inspire significant amounts of people to pursue STEM careers?

It's a common belief within the science fiction community that sci-fi has motivated a lot of people to pursue careers as scientists and engineers. A brief search finds many anecdotal accounts where ...
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Did the Porsche which Paul Walker was in at the time of death have a different number plate to the one he was last seen in alive?

I came across a site and in the comments section somebody says that the number plate of the Porsche he was last seen in, was different from the one that crashed. I've tried challenging this claim, but ...
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are tv news programs truly independent of each other? [closed]

i have always assumed that tv news stations were independent of each other. i know they often report on the same facts, but i assumed they did so from their own independent angles and purely because ...
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Is umami a real flavor, or a marketing strategy?

I've been watching today's Paul Hollywood's Pies and Puds, and they have just had a shown a segment where they create seaweed dessert to sample a fifth human taste, umami. Apparently the perception ...
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Does eating vegetarian kill more animals than eating meat?

Read in an Italian magazine: The University professor who conducted the study, such Mike Archer, showed instead that the production of plants consumed by humans can kill a number of animals 25 ...
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Did this building cause carpet to burn and cars to melt?

The BBC reports that a building with curved glass in London appears to have caused damage nearby as a result of the architecture focusing the sun's rays. Seems plausible enough to me, but is this ...
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Does 51% of CNBC climate coverage deny that climate change is caused by man-made pollution?

Here is the source of the claim: Mediamatter for America climate statistics graph Tweeted, and re-tweeted by Al Gore The source that the image refers to: REPORT: CNBC's Climate Denial Is Bad For ...
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Is cancer a trade off to enable faster evolution?

In an interview on pop-sci magazine "The Scientist", Dr. Robert Austin from Princeton is asserting that: It’s a tradeoff, he says, for the rapid evolution our species has leveraged to become the ...
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Was time travel achieved and then hidden from the public? [closed]

Background Without getting in too much details and going off-topic, I just want to say I personally find that the idea of time travel is ridiculous, at least in the current frame of physics and our ...
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Can up to 70% of scientific studies not be reproduced?

I read and heard a lot about the Reproducibility Initiative recently, claiming that the data of many scientific studies cannot/was not/is not be reproduced. “In the last year, problems in ...
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Were the mother and uncle of Jaswinder Kaur Sidhu arrested?

Wikipedia claims that the mother and uncle were arrested in the case of Jaswinder Kaur Sidhu. However, the main link given there is broken. Is there any alternate reliable source confirming this?
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Did Roger Ailes say “the truth is whatever people will believe” or something substantially similar?

The below image popped up on Facebook apparently alleging that Roger Ailes, president of the Fox News Channel, said: "The truth" is whatever people will believe. The peculiar placement of the ...
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Do the Sage Journals use a pay-for-publication model (such as Bentham Open)?

I prefer to use peer reviewed journals of the highest integrity as the sources of what I would consider a good answer on this site. While perusing the JREF Forums, I was struck by a question asked ...
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Did US President Bill Clinton pay down the national debt by $223 billion in 2000?

CNN has this statement about the Clinton Surplus: President Clinton announced Wednesday that the federal budget surplus for fiscal year 2000 amounted to at least $230 billion, making it the ...
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Are Fox News viewers more likely to believe misinformation than viewers of other news outlets?

Huffington Post writes: Fox News viewers are much more likely than others to believe false information about American politics, a new study concludes. The study, conducted by the University of ...
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Does training while wearing weights improve body performance?

Everybody has heard about training while wearing weights in different parts of your body: ankles, arms, torso, etc. There are many references in cartoons that treat about Martial arts like the ...
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Were the arrested US citizens who walked into Iran merely “hikers”?

I see that there's another news report on CNN regarding detained U.S. hikers in Iran. It seems that all too frequently the media reports similar stories every time some random "hiker" is jailed in a ...
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Is a photo of Rick Perry's college transcript authentic?

Various major US news outlets are echoing a Huffington Post article titled "Rick Perry's College Transcript: A Lot Of Cs And Ds" including NPR, Fox, and the Des Moines Register. Because if you ...
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Is a proposal to build an artificial mountain being seriously considered?

Thijs Zonneveld, a former cyclist, made a joke that a 2,000m high artificial mountain should be created in the Netherlands. Now, the mass media are reporting that it is being seriously considered: ...
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Is it possible to do the things Derren Brown does with just psychology or linguistic suggestion?

Edit2: I'm revising the question again. Please note that I am not talking about card tricks like THIS. I'm talking about specific examples below which are at least portrayed as far more complex, ...
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Does Ferrari cheat at track tests?

The article How Ferrari spins by Chris "Monkey" Harris contains claims that Ferrari has dishonest practices with the press. How bad has it been? I honestly don't know where to start. Perhaps the ...
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Is quicksand deadly?

A classic movie threat: quicksand that will ensnare you and kill you by drowning. [Still from Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull] It's in countless movies and TV, but does ...
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Does Baywatch-style CPR work?

It's a common movie scene. Someone falls in a large body of water and drowns, losing consciousness. Our hero rescues the victim, gives 10 seconds of CPR, emits various imprecations to the tone of ...
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Did Evan Longoria save a reporter with bare-hand catch?

Here's what I'm talking about. There are a lot of opinions whether it's fake or not, I really don't know! What are the chances that one (even a professional player, let alone common mortals) can ...
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Are media reports about squatters' rights accurate?

So a few months ago there was a spout of stories in the UK papers pertaining to squatters, and the fact that they have just been breaking into houses and changing the locks whilst the owners had been ...
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Is banning plastic bags beneficial to the environment?

There's always this big talk about plastic bags, but how much can you compare banning them to other measures? Bottomline: Is it worth the whole media coverage about this issue, or is it just a ...
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Is the IKEA catalogue being distributed in more prints than the Bible?

According to IKEA The 2010 edition [of the catalogue] is the world’s third most printed publication (next to the Bible and Harry Potter) But Martin Roth wrote an article in 2002 where he ...
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Is Japan's Fukushima nuclear disaster “on par” with Chernobyl?

Many news organizations (e.g. CNN, Huffington Post, etc) are referring to the Japan incident as something as severe as Chernobyl, i.e. a nuclear event with International Atomic Energy Agency rating ...
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Did the 1938 radio broadcast of 'The War of the Worlds' lead to mass hysteria?

I've heard it so many times that I considered it a fact. (Image Source) In 1938 Orson Welles' radio adaption of H.G.Wells' The War of the World incited a nationwide panic: All across the ...
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Does dowsing (aka Water Divining) work?

Also known as water divining, the more general term is dowsing. Practitioners claim to be able to detect minerals and even specific objects. I first became interested in dowsing in my teens, when the ...