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Is 2016 cursed for celebrities? [closed]

Here in the UK, it seems like every single day this year there has been another celebrity death. Before we have chance to mourn them or celebrate their achievements, another one pops off. People are ...
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Do 30% of seniors get a heart attack each year?

I saw an ad somewhere that claimed 30% of seniors die each year from heart attack. This sounds way, way too much. Is it really true?
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Do nails and hair continue to grow after death?

I've heard that nails and hair continue to grow even after death. Is this true or just a myth?
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Is adult life expectancy the same in hunter-gatherer tribes and in industrialized societies?

This article Common misconceptions about science II: Life expectancy says: Another common misperception about science, which is held even by many social scientists, is that, both in our ...
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Did over 1000 people in Haiti report seeing Tupac a week after his death?

I stumbled upon this website http://thadrill.com/2013/03/1000-people-called-haiti-police-saying-they-saw-2pac-shukur/ that claimed over a 1000 people in Haiti reported to the police that they had seen ...
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Did 12 Michael Jackson fans die by suicide in wake of his death? [closed]

Several articles from celebrity news sites, posted in June of 2009, posted claims that around 12 Michael Jackson fans had taken their own life. These sources all nearly say the exact same thing: ...
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Do sleeping pills have a comparable mortality hazard ratio as cigarette smoking?

On Seth Robert's blog, Seth published an email discussing sleeping pills from Daniel Kripke saying: Imagine my surprise when I observed that sleeping pill use was associated with a comparable ...
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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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Are you more likely to be struck by lightning than to win the lottery?

A common claim about how unlikely it is to win a multi-million dollar lottery jackpot is that one is more likely to be struck by lightning than to win the lottery. Is this claim true? Assume our ...
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Do people fall over when shot because they've seen it on films?

I heard this anecdote from someone who watched this QI episode: The reason people fall over when they have been shot is because they have seen people do it in films. You never fall from being shot ...
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Do old dogs run away to die?

My dog passed away a few days ago. He ran away from home early in the morning, and by the time we found him it was late afternoon and he was very weak, on the brink of death. Soon after we brought him ...
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Can straining to defecate be lethal?

Elvis Presley and Don Simpson famously died going to the loo. However, both were heavy drug users, which was in both cases determined to have been the cause of death. However, this hasn't stopped ...
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Has anyone died from eating fruit pits that contain amygdalin (cyanide)? [duplicate]

It's often noted that fruit pits, the hardened seeds inside peaches, cherries, and plums, contain amygdalin, which breaks down into cyanide in the body. It is also often noted that apple seeds and ...
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Did Hedviga Golik sit dead and undiscovered for 42 years in front of her TV?

While searching for data for another question on here regarding people dying watching TV, I stumbled upon a Gizmodo article about one unfortunate Hedviga Golik, who died in front of her TV in 1966 and ...
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“62 workers may lose their lives for each game played during Qatar’s 2022 World Cup” - realistic estimate, or not?

Today's Guardian (the British newspaper) contains this opinion piece from journalist Marina Hyde: The Guardian: How many slave deaths for the Qatar World Cup can Fifa put up with?, 20 May 2015 It ...
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Does rabies have an almost 100% mortality rate with around 160 deaths per day?

One of my favourite information snippets to dish out to unsuspecting friends is that there are roughly only 10 recorded cases of rabies survival without vaccination, while it's estimated that around ...
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Does dairy milk and meat decrease your overall health and make you live less? [closed]

In this extremely popular and numerously mirrored lecture, Dr. Michael Greger presents "proofs" that humans should not consume dairy milk and meat at all, because it is destructive to health in ...
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Do atheists commit far fewer crimes?

According to a post by latimes.com, "How secular family values stack up": Atheists were almost absent from our prison population as of the late 1990s, comprising less than half of 1% of those ...
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Is this 90 year old mummy “not dead, just meditating”

Here is a news headline so unusual it can't be true: Buddhists claim mummified monk is 'not dead, just meditating' Senior Buddhists say a mummified monk found preserved in Mongolia last week ...
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Have 36 bankers died in 2014 from accidents, suicide, and murder?

This blog claims that: I would call a rash of 36 deaths – grizzly murders, accidents and questionable suicides – in one year… suspicious. And that’s just this year. If you look back, this has been ...
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Did banning abortion in Chile lead to lower maternal mortality?

One of the common arguments for legalised abortion is that abortions will continue anyway despite being illegal and these illegal abortions will lead to higher rates of maternal death. This, somewhat ...
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Is standing near Lake Karachay for an hour fatal?

I read this 9gag post (Okay, 9gag isn't really reliable for facts), where it says : I then checked it at Wikipedia (Again, not the most reliable, really, but it does the job when necessary), and ...
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How many pedestrians die a year in NYC from being hit by a car?

In researching my other question, I found a hard time getting all the sources of numbers of deaths to agree with each other. Some of the numbers I found are as follows: 168 pedestrians and 10 ...
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Would lowering the speed limit in NYC by 5mph lower the number of pedestrian deaths by a factor of 2?

According to the Mayor of New York City, De Blasio: (my emphasis) Excessive speed contributes to 25 percent of roadway fatalities on New York City Streets and is the leading cause of motor vehicle ...
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Is it true that when a person dies he/she will lose 21 grams? [duplicate]

In the movie "21 grams", it was said that one loses 21 grams of his/her weight exactly in the moment of death. Is this true? Is this amount of weight loss (21 grams) independent of person's ...
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Is this a way to survive a lightning strike?

source Text in the image (clockwise): Crouch down low like a baseball catcher. Get as low as you can. The nearer you are to the ground, the less likely you are to be struck by lightning. ...
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Do animals commit suicide?

I've done some Googling and only found case stories without any scientific backup. Most of the case reports about animal suicide online can by easily debunked by logical reasoning. For example there ...
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Did irradiated Chernobyl firefighters re-volunteer to avoid others being affected?

I don t have any link to the claim right now, but it is heavily repeated where I live. I'll edit to add a link later A commonly repeated story says that the firefighters that were tasked to stop the ...
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Should the foreign object in a deep puncture wound be left in until medical care is available?

People believe that foreign objects in deep puncture wounds should be left in until medical care is available. Is that belief true?
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Were two brothers killed on the same moped by the same taxi driver, exactly a year apart?

I was sent an email today with a bunch of "coincidences," many of which are probably false. This one stood out since it has a year and an age (some specifics), so perhaps it has the chance of being ...
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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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Was Mao's Great Leap Forward responsible for 30 million deaths?

I recently found an article calling into question the effect of Mao's policies on the famine during the Great Leap Forward in China towards the end of the 1950s. The author doesn't go as far as to ...
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Have more people been killed by automobiles than by all wars combined?

I read this claim somewhere recently, and a google search shows that it's occasionally made around the web, but was perhaps more common in the 1970's (many of the stories I find online are people ...
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Did war in the 20th century murder more than “all previous deaths”?

In the chapter on Statism: Our Condition of the 1983 version of the New Libertarian Manifesto by Samuel Edward Konkin III the following can be found, In the 20th Century alone, war has murdered ...
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Does taking paternity leave make you live longer?

I've just come across the following PubMed article (referenced here and here) which claims that taking paternity leave causes one to live longer: It has also been suggested that paternity leave ...
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Did Nelson Mandela die on June 26, 2013?

I'm completely rewriting this question to hopefully make it more clear. First claim (this is from guardianlv.com): Now that it has been officially announced that Nelson Mandela has passed away, ...
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Was Paul Walker killed by a US Government drone?

Truther News, part of conspiracy theory site, Truther.org reports: While initial reports state that the car split in two after striking a tree at a high rate of speed, one look at the crash scene ...
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Is it possible to “swallow” your tongue?

According to this site and some others: Qusai Emad al-Khawalda died from lack of oxygen after swallowing his tongue during the first half of the match with Al-Jazeera in Amman, Faisaly official ...
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Does smoking cannabis kill 30,000 people per year?

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-179264/Cannabis-kills-30-000-year.html Cannabis is as dangerous as cigarette smoking... [...] [C]annabis could be a major contributor to UK ...
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Did Konstantin Korotkov take a photograph of the life force leaving a dead body?

ADG (UK) - Alien Disclosure Group - published a story in September 2013: The timing of astral disembodiment in which the spirit leaves the body has been captured by Russian scientist Konstantin ...
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Is Australian fauna more dangerous?

It's a popular meme, "in Australia everything tries to kill you", often backed up by the list of dangerous animals, such as box jellyfish, variety of spiders, salt water crocodiles and sharks. However ...
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Are suicide attempts via wrist cutting likely fatal?

New York Times: Those methods that require forethought or exertion on the actor’s part (taking an overdose of pills, say, or cutting your wrists), and thus most strongly suggest premeditation, ...
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Did someone die in a dutch oven?

This article has been going around social media being touted as news. Husband Convicted Of Manslaughter After Dutch Oven Goes "Horribly Wrong" According to the story: The case for the ...
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Did the victim of neo-Nazi violence as reported in Pink News die?

From Pink News: The gay teenager who was kidnapped and tortured by Russian neo-Nazis has died from his injuries it has been claimed [by Spectrum Human Rights]. ... PinkNews is unable to ...
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Are 42% of human deaths worldwide from abortion?

Lately, social media has been flooded with all sorts of "facts" about abortion. This one in particular caught my attention: 42% of yearly deaths in the world are from abortion A worldwide ...
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Was an air hostess electrocuted by her iPhone 5

Several Chinese news sources are reporting that at some time in the last 24 hours an air hostess was electrocuted when she was talking on her iPhone 5 at the same time it was charging. Hong Kong News ...
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Why are car seat belts mandatory in some countries? [closed]

Seat belts reduce serious crash-related injuries and deaths by about 50%. It is compulsory in some countries (several US states, Canada, Australia, most all of European countries, ...) and others are ...
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Does ignoring the extent of death caused by medical error distort the public perception of the quality of US healthcare?

Despite comparative evidence that US healthcare is very expensive and not particularly good by international standards, Americans seem to love it as evidenced by the debate on Obamacare and questions ...
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Can the dead speak via Electronic Voice Phenomena (EVP)?

I have seen various EVPs on ghost hunters shows. Some are very feeble and can be only heard through a recorder, others can be picked up live and are clear as day. I know science does not believe in ...
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Did more than 660 High-School students die as a direct result of Football injuries?

At the end of their show (Penn & Teller Bullshit, s.07 ep.03) on violent video games, Penn & Teller claim (at the 26:10 mark): from 1931 until 2007, 665 kids died from injuries they ...