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Are GMO crops to blame for farmer suicides in India?

Anyone who follows the genetically modified organism (GMO) debate has probably heard the claim that GMO crops, and specifically the inability to save seed and other associated production costs, have ...
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Is wrist cutting fatal?

I think we've all heard the stories about people who attempt to commit suicide by slitting their wrists. It's even the first listed method of suicide on Wikipedia. Does it work? There have been ...
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Was Kurt Cobain listening to R.E.M.'s Everybody Hurts when he killed himself?

Kumail Nanjiani on why he hates R.E.M.’s “Everybody Hurts” The above article on the A.V. Club website makes the following claim: This might not be true, but the legend is that this is the song ...
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In Pre-WWII peacetime Germany, were there about 18,000-20,000 suicides per year?

In a discourse to his staff in 1943, Hitler made this claim: In peacetime Germany, about 18,000 or 20,000 people a year chose to commit suicide, [...] Source Was this true? I'm skeptical of ...
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Stock Market Crash of 1929: Did Wall Street investors jump off buildings?

I think the tales of Wall Street financiers plunging to their deaths in 1929 are probably well known. The Hudsucker Proxy From Random Facts - The Great Depression: After the initial ...
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Was there a peak in suicides associated with the release of Pokémon red and green?

My 13-year-old stepson just told me this story: When Pokémon Red and Green was first released in 1996, there were dozens or hundreds of suicides of children caused by high-frequency sounds in the ...
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Do spies use cyanide or other suicide agents as a last resort?

Spy movies and novels have popularized the idea that CIA agents, or other spies, will carry cyanide pills, or other "quick and painless" suicide devices with them on covert missions, to use as a last ...
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Are suicide rates higher during week-ends and holidays?

In the ever growing series of questions about time or weather dependencies of crime or other kinds of behavior, I have heard several times people pretend that the suicide (and attempted suicide) rate ...