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Did Yanis Varoufakis tweet to Lagarde about repaying dues?

There's a screenshot of a Twitter status circulating suggesting that at 1:19 AM - 1 Jul 2015 Yanis Varoufakis tweeted: @Lagarde sorry for the delay. I am really trying to pay the due but I cannot ...
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Are these Charlie Brown comics on race/racism genuine? [closed]

I saw these comic strips featuring Charlie Brown and Franklin the other day, and I assumed that they were just constructed for social commentary purposes. But I thought about it, and Peanuts has ...
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Is this quote from Margaret Sanger authentic?

This picture recently showed up on my facebook news-feed. "Colored people are like human weeds and are to be exterminated." - Margaret Sanger, Founder of Planned Parenthood. "I admire ...
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Did Thomas Edison say the “…faith in fiction is a damnable false hope” quote?

Did Thomas Edison say the following quote? : To those searching for truth—not the truth of dogma and darkness but the truth brought by reason, search, examination, and inquiry, discipline is ...
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Did Dr. Benjamin Spock recant his child-rearing teachings later in life?

I've heard a folk legend that Dr. Benjamin Spock, author of the controversial best-seller "Baby and Child Care", recanted his teachings later in life. Is this true? "We have reared a generation of ...
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Are more than half of scientists who have ever lived alive today?

This Washington Post article quotes Brian Nosek as making the claim that: Brian Nosek offers up a stunning factoid: More than half of the scientists who have ever lived are alive today. It then ...
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Did Ray Bradbury ever claim that “Fahrenheit 451” was not about censorship?

One of the persons I follow on twitter recently linked this article. It contains the following claims: [Ray Bradbury] has always insisted that the main theme of the book is the role of the ...
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Did Chinese philosopher “Tson Tse” anticipate key ideas of evolution 2500 years ago?

In his famous book Glimpses of World History, Jawaharlal Nehru writes (p. 610, Penguin 2004 Edition, emphasis mine): As I have been telling you of Darwin's theory of the origin of species, it ...
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Did Jonas Salk say “I have had dreams and I have had nightmares”, etc.? Where?

Yet another quote that zillions of people have repeated all over the web, with no one giving a source. It's attributed to Jonas Salk, and the two main variations I've found are: I have had dreams and ...
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Did classical Greeks claim that “children were generated solely from the fathers sperm”?

I just read on a site about Greek mythology: It may seem odd for Metis to have been pregnant with Athena but, never mentioned as her mother. This is because the classic Greeks believed that ...
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Did Nikita Khrushchev make this remark about Switzerland?

It is alleged that Nikita Khrushchev said the following: When all the world is socialist, Switzerland will have to remain capitalist, so that it can tell us the price of everything. Did Nikita ...
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Did Freeman Dyson say that atoms have awareness?

A video uploaded on YouTube, Richard Dawkins irritated by irrationality, pictured a debate with Richard Dawkins and Deepak Chopra on whether God exists or not. Chopra: You said that atoms get ...
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Did Hitler say “Who speaks today of the extermination of the Armenians?”

This article claims that just a week before the September 1, 1939 invasion of Poland, Hitler asked: Who speaks today of the extermination of the Armenians? Did Hitler say this quote or something ...
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Did Pope Gregory IX call the Holy Fire a fraud?

It is commonly claimed that Pope Gregory IX said the annual Holy Fire miracle in Jerusalem is a fake. This backed up by the Holy Fire Wikipedia page. Unfortunately, the reference for that claim ...
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Did Rockstar Games post this tweet about EA games?

There has been a photo circulating everywhere claiming that RockStar, producer of the famous game GTA V, tweeted the following: I saw it on my twitter feed, on this forum and on this website. I ...
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Did Guru Padmasambhava say this?

Did this person say this, as reported by Awaken.com? When the iron bird flies and horses run on wheels, the Tibetan people will be scattered like ants across the earth." -- Guru Padmasambhava of ...
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Who said “You can kill a man but you can't kill an idea”?

You can kill a man but you can't kill an idea Goodreads.com referenced the quote to the Greek philosopher Sophocles. where Brainyquote.com referenced the quote to Medgar Evers.. Who did said ...
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Did John Lennon say, “Love means having to say you're sorry every five minutes”?

On the Wikipedia page for Love means never having to say you're sorry, which is a quote from the book and movie Love Story, it says: John Lennon offered a contrary version: "Love means having to ...
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Did Gandhi say “The most violent weapon on earth is the table fork”?

Did Mahatma Gandhi say The most violent weapon on earth is the table fork. Example of the quote as a heading image of the twitter account @Cutwitts:
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Did Gandhi call vaccination a barbarous practice?

While searching for a different image on Google, I came across this: The text in the image reads: Vaccination is a barbarous practice and one of the most fatal of all the delusions current in ...
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Did someone using a private jet tell Americans their expectations are too high?

From twitter, a tweet that's going viral, including among climate change skeptics (action against climate change is being discussed at Davos): The cognitive dissonance in the first & last ...
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Did Two Eagles tell this joke?

Robert "Two Eagles" Green of the (reorganised) Patawomeck Native American tribe is widely quoted with a joked about progress: Where the white man went wrong, Examiner, 2012 “Indian Chief, “Two ...
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Does an old car with engine turned off pollute more than a new car going 60 mph? [closed]

On the show Real Time with Bill Maher (Jan 9, 2015), Jay Leno (a guy that seems knowledgeable about cars) made this very interesting statement 37 minutes in: A 1977 Ford Galaxy, one of those big ...
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Did James Buchanan say there were “too many educated people in the world”?

I was recently reading through a rather popular elementary/junior high school textbook A History of Us: The New Nation. On page 167, the author, Joy Hakim, says of James Buchanan (the 15th president ...
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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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Did Einstein ever remark on compound interest?

In personal finance articles I frequently find quotes injected to attribute some further relevance to one's position. Over the years, I've read Einstein quoted as saying that 'compound interest was ...
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What is the original source of “Everything in the world is about sex, except sex. Sex is about power.”?

Frequently, "Everything in the world is about sex, except sex. Sex is about power." is seen attributed to Oscar Wilde: e.g., here, here, and here. This seems unlikely to me, for several reasons: I ...
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Did Neil Gaiman say “A book is a dream you hold in your hand”?

There are lots and lots of people on the web repeating a claimed quote by Neil Gaiman, with some variations: A book is a dream [that] you hold in your hand[s]. Very few of these people bother to ...
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Did Gandhi tell this story about sugar?

There's a story about quitting eating sugar (or about verifying that you can do something before you order someone else to do it), which is attributed here to the Mahatma Gandhi, and which is told as ...
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Did Darren Wilson make this statement? [closed]

This statement is attributed to Darren Wilson, the policeman who shot Michael Brown. “It is with deep sympathy that I come to you today. What happen, has happened and I can’t do anything about it. ...
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Did Obama say the USA is “no longer a Christian Nation”?

In 2007, did Barrack Obama declare that the USA "was no longer a Christian Nation"? This was in an email asking Christians to band together against Obama.
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Did Martin Luther refer to physicians who assume diseases come from natural causes as “ignorant blockheads” (or the German equivalent)?

I found this quote, attributed to Martin Luther: Idiots, the lame, the blind, the dumb, are men in whom the devils have established themselves: and all the physicians who heal these infirmities, ...
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Did Hitler say “We'll work a hundred years without physics and chemistry”?

Hitler is reported to have been told by Carl Bosch in 1933 that if Jewish scientists were forced to leave Germany, physics and chemistry would be set back 100 years. He's reported (in the comments ...
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Sophocles — “Success is dependent on effort”?

I'm trying to find the source of the quote "Success is dependent on effort." There are lots and lots of quotation sites that attribute it to Sophocles. However, I have yet to find a single site that ...
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Did David Attenborough say that Israelis are more cruel than any animal?

Did Sir David Attenborough say the following about Israelis? From Israel has lost both the battle and the war (Wikipedia article on Arab News), but the quote has been circulating elsewhere as well: ...
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Did Horace say this quote about money?

On various web/quote pages for example here and here, Horace is alleged to have said, Make money, money by fair means if you can, if not, by any means make money. Did he write this? Did he ...
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Did Moshe Feiglin call for concentration camps?

The Daily Mail claims that Moshe Feiglin, Deputy Speaker of the Israeli Knesset, called for concentration camps in Gaza. Israeli official calls for concentration camps in Gaza and 'the conquest of the ...
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Did Gandhi make racist statements about black prisoners?

Did Mahatma Gandhi make racist statements? In The Guardian article Gandhi branded racist as Johannesburg honours freedom fighter, it's stated that he said "Many of the native [black] prisoners are ...
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Are these quotes by Malcom X, Albert Einstein, Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi about the Israeli–Palestinian conflict correct?

I've seen this image on Facebook, often these image macros are just made up, or misattributed quotes, what about in this case?
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Did Hitler say: “I would have killed all the Jews of the world, but I kept some to show the world why I killed them”?

Did Hitler ever say : "I would have killed all the Jews of the world, but I kept some to show the world why I killed them"? This one and similar in meaning can be seen on many websites.
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Did Gandhi support homeopathy?

Sites like this one claim Gandhi can be quoted to be in support of homeopathy: Mahatma Gandhi Homeopathy cures a greater percentage of cases than any other method of treatment. Homeopathy is the ...
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Did JFK say that “you can win with half the people's votes but cannot govern with half against you”?

According to Al Jazeera: Jose Miguel, president of the Institute of Legal Medicine, told Al Jazeera: "The most worrying thing is the intolerance and deep divisions within the population, so the ...
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Did Winston Churchill say “those who kneel for peace … get humiliation and war”?

Some Spanish sites, including Facebook statuses and the Columbian National Daily El Tiempo claim that Winston Churchill gave a quote that translates roughly as "those who kneel for peace ... get ...
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Did the head of the Joint National Committee on language claim Jesus spoke English?

In Bill Bryson's book The Mother Tongue, it is claimed, that Dr. David Edwards, head of the Joint National Committee on Languages once said: "If English was good enough for Jesus, it's good enough for ...
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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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Has Phil Karlton ever said “There are only two hard things in Computer Science: cache invalidation and naming things”?

Several references to the quote "There are only two hard things in Computer Science: cache invalidation and naming things" can be found, such as Martin Fowler's blog and others. I'm unable to find ...
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Did René Descartes say “People would get rid of half of their problems if they could agree on the meaning of words”?

In many Russian language articles and sources (for example, wikiquote) I come across the quote attributed to René Descartes, which can be translated “People would get rid of half of their problems if ...
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Einstein: “Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind.”

This quote is attributed to Einstein. Did he say it?
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Did Einstein talk about creating a new theory being like climbing a mountain?

Did Einstein say the following: Creating a new theory is not like destroying an old barn and erecting a skyscraper in its place. It is rather like climbing a mountain, gaining new and wider ...
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Did Charlie Chaplin write this letter to his daughter?

There is a letter circulating that puports to be from Charlie Chaplin to his daughter. Here is one example. It starts: Now it is night. One Christmas night. All unarmed wars in my little castle ...