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Were 53 terrorist attacks thwarted in New York City since September 11, 2001 and June 2015?

The movie Survivor claims in the credit scene that SINCE 9/11, AMERICAN LAW ENFORCEMENT HAS STOPPED 53 TERRORIST ATTACKS IN NEW YORK CITY ALONE Is this true?
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Did the Mexican Government publish a manual for how to illegally enter the US?

On donaldjtrump.com, Trump writes For many years, Mexico’s leaders have been taking advantage of the United States by using illegal immigration to export the crime and poverty in their own country ...
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Does/Did the USA support terrorist organization like IS/ISIS or Al-Qaeda with weapons or money? [closed]

In this Free21 radio interview, the Swiss historian and controversial author, Dr. Daniele Ganser claims that USA supports terrorist organizations with money, food and weapons. He claims that the USA ...
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Does diversity improve the workplace? [closed]

A question was asked on the Workplace SE: Why is diversity in the workplace important? I share Joe's opinion in that the answers provided can only be primarily opinion-based. Reading through the ...
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Was Russian Su-24 fighter able to disable electronics aboard USS Donald Cook and thus lead to personnel aboard the ship to resign?

According to some news sources, an incident occurred on April 11th, 2014, between a Russian SU-24 fighter jet (some articles refer to it as a "tactical bomber") and USS Donald Cook (a guided missile ...
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Are motorists in Washington entering city limits with criminal intentions required to phone to chief of police?

Several sites claim that there is a strange law in Washington state. For example: Dumblaws.com claims: A law to reduce crime states: "It is mandatory for a motorist with criminal intentions to ...
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Is the derogatory meaning of the term “conspiracy theory” something that was specifically promoted by the CIA? [closed]

The German Wikipedia article "conspiracy theory" ("Verschwörungstheorie") says, roughly translated by me: Since about the early 1960s, the US government does not support conspiracy theories any ...
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Has someone been killed or injured by being 'struck by a turtle'? [closed]

Sources, such as the Walked Into a Lamppost? Hurt While Crocheting? Help Is on the Way in the Wall Street Journal, say that there is a medicare code in NC for being 'stuck by a turtle'. I couldn't ...
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Do teachers make more per hour on a career basis than doctors?

This site, shared on facebook many times, as well as linked in many places, claims that, because of the immense amount of debt and training doctors must undergo, an American physician, when you divide ...
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Is Obama the only president who has been denied by the opposing party when trying to raise the minimum wage?

This is circulating on Facebook: Here's a list of every president in American history who has wanted a raise in the minimum wage but been denied by the opposing party: President Obama ...
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Did Planned Parenthood fake being hacked?

Did Planned Parenthood fake being hacked? Example claims: Via Twitter: Their site is so hacked right now that someone has been rearranging CSS fonts and alignment. Another tweet If ...
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Are US cops trained to escalate the violence? [closed]

While in many countries the policemen are trained to de-escalate or are even legally bound to do so, US cops kill suspects so often, because allegedly escalation is part of their training. Allegedly ...
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Did the crime rate drop after mandatory gun ownership in Kennesaw, Georgia?

This is posted on Facebook: Was such a law actually passed? Did crime rates in the city really drop?
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Is America's prosperity the result of slavery? [closed]

It has been claimed (see below for example) that America's relatively high prosperity is the result of slavery, which enabled the development of American capitalism, by using slaves as, well, capital, ...
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Did George Bush take over a year of leave as President? [duplicate]

This image from Facebook claims that "George Bush had America on autopilot for more than a year", followed by a number of presidential vacation days for various American presidents, with the Democrat ...
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Was this image used in an anti-rape advertising campaign?

I saw an "advertisement" make the rounds on Facebook, which reads: Jake was drunk. Josie was drunk. Jake and Josie hooked up. Josie could NOT consent. The next day Jake was charged with RAPE. ...
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Have the ending credits of Rambo III been changed?

I've seen this comparison of the ending credits of Rambo III: Original ending credits: Rewritten(?) ending credits: Did this happen, or is it manufactured? I've found this comparison on twitter. ...
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Has the US Government tagged people to be killed with stickers on the mailboxes?

The YouTube video Anonymous: Code Red contains conspiracy theories about how the Obama Government is planning a holocaust of its own citizens. It purports to be from the Anonymous group. One of the ...
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Does Planned Parenthood sell the organs of late-term fetuses?

A story has shown up on my news feed claiming "breaking news" that Planned Parenthood harvests organs from late-term abortions. link to blog This is probably the most gut-wrenching story I have ...
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Does the TSA have a fail rate of 95% in breach tests?

Does the TSA fail at a rate of 95% at detecting (fake, "test") terrorists in breach tests? The best information that I have about this is a news report. Is there any official source confirming it?
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Did Madeleine Albright say that “Siberia held too many resources for Russia alone”?

I saw this quote here. Is there any evidence, which confirms or refutes that she actually said and meant (it wasn't a translation error, she didn't later dismiss the statement) it?
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Was prophylactic appendectomy or tonsillectomy ever performed upon children?

Some people here in Russia say that there was a time when appendixes were considered so useless and potentially dangerous by USA doctors that they performed operations upon asymptomatic children to ...
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Did the USA kill thousands of people between 2001 and 2013 using UAVs to inspire terror? [closed]

A few weeks ago I watched a documentation on French/German TV about UAVs (drones). In it an expert claimed that the USA used them to commit more than 1500 terror attacks in third party countries (with ...
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Are a majority of the FBI's most wanted fugitive murderers born outside the USA?

American News posted an article in defense of some recent comments by Donald Trump. They say: 'the Center for Immigration Studies reported that “57 of the 76 fugitive murderers most wanted by the ...
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Are there 30 million non-legal immigrants in the United States?

Ann Coulter's Adios America book claims that there are 30 million non-legal immigrants in the United States. In an interview, she explained that figure comes from: a Bear Stearns study of ...
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Was there a study finding that being an atheist is viewed on the level of being a rapist in the US?

In the newest episode of Q&A (which was broadcast on Monday, 29 June 2015), a theoretical physicist and cosmologist named Lawrence Krauss from America, made this statement/comment. There's ...
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Did a United States government official state that refusal to recognize the ICC was due to fear of George W. Bush would be prosecuted? [closed]

In a recent edition of Time Magazine - I cannot find the article online, nor do I have access to a print copy anymore - a short article regarding the actions of the International Criminal Court (ICC) ...
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Are there any laws preventing the copying of keys containing a DO NOT DUPLICATE stamp?

While I worked at Walmart during college in the states, we would copy keys for customers, unless the key looked like this. We were told that it was illegal to copy such keys, however, customers ...
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Is it prohibited to marry more than one woman in US?

It's a wide belief between Islamists in my country that in the West, men are not allowed to marry more than one woman even if all parties (both women and the man) accept it, As Islamists view it, ...
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Deaths due to firearms in the US since Civil War

Quite a while ago I stumbled upon a data set from an official US source (or at least a very credible one) listing the detailed accounts of deaths due to firearms per year in the United States. Now, ...
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Did a Michigan jewellery store keeper successfully scare off his attackers with a shotgun in 1995?

In an answer to another question, there is a reference to this 2012 Natural News article, which in turn cites this NRA-ILA article, which cites "The Chronicle, Muskegon, MI, 8/23/95": Plans to ...
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Are annual female rape and male “made to penetrate” rates similar in the US?

In the 2010 Summary Report of the CDC's National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, there are two figures that are surprisingly similar: In Table 2.1, they claim the 12-month weighted rate ...
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Is the lighthouse and American navy story a real event?

I've known for some time the joke about the American military ship insisting that another ship moves out of their way just to discover it was a lighthouse. I've always thought it was simply a joke, ...
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Have US Navy SEALS used tomahawks?

I read the first paragraph of an article in The New York Times today. It said of US Navy SEAL Team 6: On clandestine raids in the dead of the night, their weapons of choice have ranged from ...
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Is it illegal to hang lingerie on a clothesline near an airport in Kidderville, NH?

There are some online sources claiming that, in Kidderville NH (USA), it is illegal to hang lingerie on the clothesline if you live near an airport. Is this true?
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Did Gina Grant serve only 12 months in prison for killing her mother?

Today, a professor of ethics was discussing the story of Gina Grant, a straight-A student, aged 14, who stabbed her mother to death by a crystal candlestick with the help of her boyfriend who tried to ...
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Did an experiment show none of 680 Air Force cadets were of “average” size?

Various workshops given by Nielsen-Norman Group in the User Experience field, mention a specific experiment that involved Air Force cadets. The experiment is meant to illustrate the point that ...
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Does one in six Americans struggle with hunger?

Feeding America claims, that one in six US Americans struggles with hunger. Is that claim true? Is the definition of "hunger" they use similar to the one when talking about hunger for example in ...
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Is the United States bankrupt?

According to this Doc, United States did go "Bankrupt" in 1933 and was declared so by President Roosevelt by Executive Orders 6073, 6102, 6111 and by Executive Order 6260 on March 9, 1933, ...
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Has the US already taken in 25% of Mexicos population as immigrants? [closed]

In a recent interview Ann Coulter claimed: America has already taken in one-fourth of Mexico's entire population. Is this true?
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Can you legally drive away when Wisconsin police officer knocks on your car window?

So I came across this article: When a Cop Knocks on the Window, Just Drive Away (in Wisconsin) Earlier this month, the state's Supreme Court ruled that a tap on the glass does not in and of itself ...
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Did JFK earn $150,000 a year as president, and donate it all to charity?

I found this on Facebook: It claims that: During his presidency, John F. Kennedy never collected his salary of $150,000 a year. Instead, he donated the full amount to charity. Initial ...
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Is it true that no indigenous people exercise sovereignty over any part of the Americas? [closed]

I was reading about the Brazilian state of Amazonas when I came across this sentence: "Today, indigenous people do not exercise sovereignty over any part of the New World" - Source: ...
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Do one third of American 8th graders think that Canada is run by a dictatorship?

According to this article in the nationalpost 33% of american 8th graders believe that Canada is run by a dictatorship: In recent results from the U.S. National Assessment of Educational Progress ...
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Do Super PACs have to report their donors?

According to the Center for Competitive Politics: One major misconception about Super PACs is the incorrect belief that they do not disclose their donors. In fact, all Super PACs are required by ...
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Does the death penalty in California cost more than $300m per execution?

In the talk show Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, John Oliver was arguing against the death penalty and showed the following image claiming that the death penalty cost more than $300m per execution ...
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Are Earthquakes on the rise?

This came across my social media feed: U.S. Geological Earthquakes Survey 1973 - 4,539 Earthquakes 1974 — 4,528 Earthquakes 2000 — 19,131 Earthquakes 2010 — 23,040 Earthquakes 2011 — ...
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Are over 20 of the US Navy SEALs who killed Bin Laden now dead?

This is making the rounds on social networks: DID YOU KNOW Over 20 Navy SEALs who (allegedly) "killed" Osama Bin Laden are now dead. Is there any truth to this (today as in 8 May 2015)
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Do 4% of Americans say they believe in “lizard people”?

Public Policy Polling reported in an an opinion poll that: 4% of voters say they believe “lizard people” control our societies by gaining political power Lizard people are also known as ...
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Does the amount of land needed to get the USA to zero-carbon electricity correspond to a small area of Texas?

After watching Elon Musk's presentation regarding the Tesla Powerwall, I had a question. On his diagram of the USA, he claims that a "tiny blue square" on the top of Texas that consists of solar ...