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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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Is there any scientific explanation for this trumpet noise from the atmosphere?

According to this Daily Mail article, there have been recordings of trumpet like noises from the atmosphere. However, nobody knows the cause of it. However, as it is from the Daily Mail, I am taking ...
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Did Manahel Thabet develop a groundbreaking formula to measure distance in space without the use of light?

I stumbled upon the Wikipedia page of Manahel Thabet recently. Here are some extracts from the Wikipedia page. "At the age of 25, she earned her first PhD in Financial Engineering magna cum laude, ...
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Are these pictures of the recent terrorist attack in Kenya (NSFW)?

There is a post going around facebook about the recent terrorist attack in Kenya with the following pictures (spoiler'ed for queezy stomachs): Warning, graphic images (18+): And the following ...
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Did Willie Soon fail to disclose a conflict of interest with the fossil fuel lobby?

Willie Soon recently co-authored a paper that criticised the big computer models used for many projections of future climate (which in turn have fed the IPCC process that drive consensus climate ...
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Did global warming exacerbate the Syrian conflict?

Newspapers have recently reported that research shows that Global Warming can now be assigned as a major contributor to the ongoing conflict in Syria. For example, The Independent: Climate change ...
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Did a dust storm in Saudi Arabia cause it to “rain” money?

The report Video: Storm in Saudi Arabia (or Dubai) causes money to rain. Emirates 24|7 News, February 24, 2015 claims that a recent dust storm in Saudi Arabia contained, briefly, bank notes ...
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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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Does the New York Times refuse to publish material that offends religious sensibilities?

Recently, some news organisations (Le Monde linking to this blog in the Washington Post) mention that New York Times, AP, CNN, MSNBC, The Telegraph (and apparently other news groups) have "shunned" ...
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Do less-intelligent people vote right-wing because they feel safe?

The always fascinating Daily Mail came out with a rather surprising article where it claims a Canadian experiment, or review, concluded that people with less-than-average childhood intelligence tend ...
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Did a Russian Orthodox priest sprinkle holy water on Russia's Central Bank's servers?

Tweet by @bankableInsight (3,639 retweets, 1,662 favorites), reported by the NZ Herald: This is a Russian priest sprinkling holy water on the central bank's servers in an attempt to stop the ...
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To get husbands, pastor undresses and kisses female church members behinds at beach

I came across this article from Facebook where this site (Warning: Site contains nudity) claims a pastor asked his female members who are spinsters to a beach where they were asked to undress and were ...
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Do more “animal sacrifices, desecrations of cemeteries” happen at Halloween?

The Daily Mail wrote that the Vatican claims that Halloween is evil and dangerous for young people and there are more animal sacrifices, desecrations of cemeteries and thefts of sacred bones ...
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Did this couple lose 500 pounds of weight in 2 years?

According to this post on a facebook page, this couple lost 500 pounds of weight in 2 years. Is it real or just a fake post?
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Was there a coordinated action on 9/11 to crash an unarmed F-16 into a hijacked plane?

An article came across my attention describing the events on September 11th 2001 for Heather Penney, an F-16 pilot who had just finished training. She tells the story that she and her instructor went ...
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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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Does the IRS claim that 7 out of 7 specific hard-drives crashed in a single month?

A post relating to a political issue is going around saying it is astronomically unlikely that 7 hard drives would crash in the same month, specifically: The odds of a disk drive failing in any ...
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Does North Korea propaganda falsely claim 2014 World Cup participation?

This video is being spread on Facebook. It purports to be a North Korean television segment that fraudulently tells the North Koreans that they are participating in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, and ...
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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 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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Did the ocean freeze suddenly, trapping fish?

I've seen a few news stories about the ocean freezing in a "instant" and trapping fish, like this Gizmodo Australia one. Norwegian public radio (Google-translated) reports on the instant dead of ...
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Did Michael Jackson sexually abuse children?

There's been endless controversy over the late 90s and early-ish 2000s about Michael Jackson and sex allegations with children. This whole article is about it. This is the original article from BBC ...
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Did a man jump to his death after too much shopping?

According to a news article, Man commits suicide after girlfriend refuses to quit shopping, a man in China jumped to his death after his girlfriend insisted on going to one more shoe outlet after an ...
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Do restaurants in China recycle 'gutter oil'?

A video titled This Video Of Chinese Street Food Made From 'Gutter Oil' Is The Most Disgusting Thing You Will See All Day rose to the top of the reddit front page today. It claims some restaurants in ...
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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 an Indian baby spontaneously combust 4 times?

I was just reading the "news". There's a story going around about a baby in India who has spontaneously combusted 4 times. The story has turned up in numerous "news" sites around the globe. "A ...
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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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What is Jacob Barnett predicted to win the Nobel prize for? [closed]

Jacob Barnett is a young prodigy that is currently pursuing a Master's degree in a quantum physics related field at the age of 15. A couple of months ago, I spotted a number of special interest ...
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Did Monsanto buy and/or hire Xe/Blackwater/Academi?

I've seen a lot of posts on Facebook lately linking to various blogs and "news" sites mentioning that Monsanto purchased and/or hired Blackwater (aka Xe - search for "Monsanto Blackwater" with your ...
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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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Does high dryer heat shrink clothes?

The general consensus on the internet (if you Google around, visit forums, Yahoo! answers, some from people who claim to work in the laundering business) is that high dryer heat causes clothes to ...
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Does going to church add up to 3 years of life expectancy?

According to the New York Times: ONE of the most striking scientific discoveries about religion in recent years is that going to church weekly is good for you. Religious attendance — at least, ...
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Did journalist Amber Lyon claim that the US Government paid CNN to control content?

One of my conspiracy theorist friends on Facebook recently linked an article claiming that Amber Lyon was fired from CNN for blowing the whistle on the Obama administration paying CNN to not air ...
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Is this story of a guy getting paid many years for doing nothing an urban legend? [closed]

I have heard this story once. It happened in Switzerland. In the federal palace, they were doing some painting and other renovation works. One corridor which was being used every day by many people ...
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Can overheating laptops cause fire?

I have come across a Facebook post from an unverified and unreliable source, which claims that a fire was started using heat as a source alone. Here is the exact post which is the subject of the ...
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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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Are pigs man-eaters?

This BBC news article reports that a farmer was eaten by his pig: Authorities are investigating how a farmer in the US state of Oregon was devoured by his pigs. Terry Vance Garner, 69, went ...
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Does a -9 dB room cause hallucinations?

Does being in an anechoic chamber cause hallucinations? According to several blogs (that likely copy each other), it does. The Orfield Laboratory in Minneapolis–Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States is ...
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Did lightning strike the St. Peter basilica the night the Pope resigned?

The internet is full of this claim, most of them (it seems) use the same picture: source There are many other major news agencies reporting the same event, but by reading their articles, they seem ...
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Did a US software developer outsource his own job to China?

I heard this story repeated by various news sites about a software developer in the US who outsourced his own job to China, without his employer's knowledge The original source is is Verizon's ...
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Does the average European adult weigh 71kg?

The Daily Mail says that the average weight of both males and females in Europe is UN 70.8kg in this article: ...
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Can a woman lift a 1.5 ton car?

The Christian Post A woman lifted a car to save her dad, according to reports in an amazing and daring rescue. L. K. is reported to have lifted the 1.5 ton car [BMW 525i] off of her father in an ...
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Does listening to complaints damage your neurons?

I read this old news today as it's gone viral in Italy: That pain you feel listening to complainers? It's real enough to peel away neurons from your brain and render it pretty much useless, ...
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Is the “Reader voices strong opinion on atheists” letter a hoax?

I've seen on Facebook the following image being shared: Letters to the Editor Reader voices strong opinion on atheists It's time to stomp out atheists in America. The majority of ...
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Did John McAfee, the anti-virus creator, found an alternative medicine company?

The New Zealand Herald published today (November 17, 2012) reports that John McAfee, the anti-virus creator, claimed "to have founded an alternative medicine company using local plants to make a ...
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Do Facebook and email have “wide ranging biological effects” and potentially cause cancer?

From the Daily Mirror: Social networking sites such as Facebook could raise your risk of serious health problems by reducing levels of face-to-face contact, a doctor claims. Emailing people ...
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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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Do the trees follow Fibonacci series? How?

Does the number of leaves on a branch follow Fibonacci numbers from top to bottom? Or is there more to nature than I really see it. This question came up after reading this article: Aidan ...
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Can a man fall faster than the speed of sound?

I have heard that a man can fall faster than the speed of sound, and survive, by jumping from 36,000 meters; a free fall that, it seems, lasts ten minutes after the jump. Is it true?
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Is GoDaddy covering up hacking downtime by claiming personal responsibility?

In the past couple of days I received a "we're sorry" email from GoDaddy. In which the tone was quite apologetic as if the cause of the recent downtime was their fault. The service outage was due ...