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If most hospitals and universities in the U.S are non-profit institutions, why are they so expensive? [on hold]

If you don't have insurance, a hospital bill can easily get in the tens (if not hundreds) of thousands of dollars. This is unarguably many times over what the hospital needs to cover the costs of ...
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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? [on hold]

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 ...
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Are there more open jobs than available developers?

A recent Stack Overflow blog post claims that: With nearly five open jobs for every available software developer, the need for qualified technical talent is higher than ever. I have seen this ...
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Is there a relative dearth of older black men in West Baltimore?

An article from CNN says about West Baltimore: the older black men were gone. I asked 28-year-old Zachary Lewis about the absence of older men. [...] "There ain't no more 'Old ...
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How many people died at the Tulsa Race Riot? [closed]

There is a video on Facebook by the Young Turks that claims 3000 black people were killed by the KKK, but there is a text "UPDATE" under the video that corrects it to 300. Other sources I saw online ...
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Is this a US military armored vehicle modified for railroad use?

Is the vehicle depicted below some form of US military armored vehicle modified for use on railroads? Is it an MRAP so modified? Is it self-powered or simply able to be towed by a locomotive?
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Was measles vaccine introduced after the disease was under control

Recently, I have been arguing with people opposing the use of vaccines. One google search query led me to an article claiming that are death cases by measles vaccines. The article goes on claiming ...
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Can you ever legally buy a gun with no background checks in the US? [duplicate]

Many claims are made online about how easy it is to buy a gun in the US. Is there in fact any circumstance in any state where it is legal to buy (and hence also sell) a gun to an individual with no ...
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Is radioactive milk being sold in inner-city black neighbourhoods in New York?

I recently had this article come across my newsfeed: Radiated Milk Sold in Black Neighbourhoods I always wondered about the high rates of cancer and diabetes in my neighborhood, and in other ...
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Do homeschooled kids perform better academically?

"The home-educated typically score 15 to 30 percentile points above public-school students on standardized academic achievement tests." Brian D. Ray, Ph.D. source I tried finding a primary source ...
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Do homeschooled kids lack socialization skills?

This article, Socialization: Tackling Homeschooling’s “S” Word on the PBS web site, claims, The mainstream perception of homeschool students is that they are an antisocial bunch, toiling away ...
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Can the president and vice president of the United States be from the same state?

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/25/opinion/run-rubio-run.html says: Since the Constitution effectively prohibits the election of a president and vice president from the same state, Mr. Rubio can’t ...
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Are male nurses salaries higher than female nurses salaries?

A recent article on USA Today claims that on male nurses make more than female nurses: even in an occupation that women overwhelmingly dominate, they [women] still earn less than men [...] ...
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Is the curtain behind Obama in this picture a “muslim prayer curtain”?

I've been shown this image a few times: Naturally, it's a little ridiculous, because there are surely at least a thousand pictures of him near an American flag. But it is making a claim that the ...
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Is this a genuine 1965 literacy test?

According to the Michigan-based Ferris State University's Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia, this is an excerpt of the text of the 1965 Alabama Literacy Test: If it were proposed to join ...
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Has every U.S. presidential election been won by the candidate with the most money?

According to Russell Brand: Every election in American history has been won by the party with the most money to campaign. Let's assume that he means every presidential election. Has every ...
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Do honeybees disrupt native pollinators in North America?

One of my colleagues at work is vegan, and I became curious about why vegans don't eat honey. After a search on the internet I found a website explaining why honey is not vegan. However what baffled ...
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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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Are secular/atheist adults less vengeful, nationalistic, militaristic, authoritarian and more tolerant?

From: How secular family values stack up Many psychological studies show that secular grownups tend to be less vengeful, less nationalistic, less militaristic, less authoritarian and more ...
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Do Silicon Valley tech workers' kids have low vaccination rates?

The Wired has published article "The Sickeningly Low Vaccination Rates at Silicon Valley Day Cares", in which they claim ridiculously low vaccination rates in daycare centers associated with some of ...
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Is cash confiscated upon arrest in the US?

This image is going around Facebook, and reads (emphasis original): Pimps wear lots of gold jewelry bought at pawn shops to "re-pawn" for bail money since cash is confiscated upon arrest but ...
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Do glyphosate-based herbicides cause autism?

I just read this article on a 'health news' site: http://healthimpactnews.com/2014/mit-researcher-glyphosate-herbicide-will-cause-half-of-all-children-to-have-autism-by-2025/#sthash.C8EWLSzN.gbpl In ...
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Did Seal Team Six fire more rounds in one year than the entire Marine Corps's ammunition allowance?

In season 2, episode 7 of Black Ops, the narrator asserts that In one year, Seal Team Six fired more rounds than the entire Marine Corps ammunition allowance. Thats a pretty impressive ...
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Is it legal to shoot groups of Native Americans in some US States?

At a young age, I remember being told by a teacher that if there are five or more native Americans in a group, it is legal to shoot them, because it is considered a war party. The teacher told me that ...
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Did Fox News win a court case for the right to lie?

Project Censored have an 2010 article titled The Media Can Legally Lie: In February 2003, a Florida Court of Appeals unanimously agreed with an assertion by FOX News that there is no rule against ...
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Did a cop get fired after stopping police abuse?

From https://twitter.com/PolicePoliceACP/status/546020531665772544 (1754 retweets, 705 favorites) Cop Stops Cop From Choking a Handcuffed Man, She Was Then Beaten/Fired Read more >> ...
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Did this baseball bat stand up after been thrown?

My friend just send me this video of a baseball bat mysteriously standing up after being thrown. He claims it happened but I say its fake: Baseball bat standing up in a fake looking way Did this ...
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Will 1 out 4 women be a victim of domestic violence?

In their newest video the "FCKH8" company claim that: 1 out of 4 women will be the victim of domestic violence Is this indeed the case for women in the US?
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Did a broadcast of the US National Anthem in the 60's use subliminal messaging?

This video, by "Truthstream Media" tells us the following: As we watch Television, we become susceptible to subliminal messaging because we stop emitting alpha waves and start emitting beta waves In ...
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How fully-informed was President George W Bush about CIA interrogation techniques? [closed]

BBC, in a piece detailing an interview with former Vice President Dick Cheny on Fox News, quotes the former statesman as saying that Bush was "Fully-Informed" on the techniques: Former US ...
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Is it “perfectly legal” to walk topless in New York City?

A travel advertisement aired on the radio in Italy states that it is "perfectly legal" to be topless in New York City; is this true? The ad doesn't say anything else useful to the question.
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Is Obama the First President to Write a Computer Program?

According to a recent Wired article, US President Barack Obama was the first president to write code: President Barack Obama told the world that everyone should learn how to code. And now he’s ...
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Did the NYPD use an ambulance to trick protesters into cooperating?

I saw this tumblr post (with over 50,000 notes, so it's notable), which says: Tonight the NYPD tricked protesters into helping them by driving empty ambulances through the crowd. We thought they ...
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Was the Eric Garner grand jury shown the video of his death?

In almost every article I've read about the decision of the grand jury not to bring charges over the death of Eric Garner, it's taken for granted that the jury did see the video footage of his death. ...
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If smoking causes lung cancer, why has a decline in smoking not led to a decline in lung cancer?

According to the CDC, smoking prevalence among US adults (18+) has decreased quite a bit over the years: 1974: 37.1% of the population 1980: 33.2 1990: 25.5 2000: 23.3 2010: 19.3 According to ...
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Does SNAP have the lowest rate of fraud of any federal program in the US?

An image circulating on Facebook makes the claim (among others) that: The food stamp program has the lowest fraud fraud [sic] rate of any federal government program. Is it true that the food ...
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Were Michael Brown's hands up when he was shot according to grand jury testimony?

Joe Scarbrough blasted the media and the St. Louis Rams for coming onto the field in a silent protest in support of Michael Brown. SCARBROUGH: Yeah, guys came out, hands up don’t shoot for the ...
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Do 99.99% of federal grand juries indict?

The headline of this Washington Post article advertises: The single chart that shows that federal grand juries indict 99.99 percent of the time The chart itself compares the number of cases that ...
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Does a video show Michael Brown robbing a store in Ferguson the day he was shot?

The Inquisitr reports that there is a conspiracy theory regarding the alleged robbery by shooting victim Michael Brown. The theory claims that the video, claimed by the police to prove Brown robbed a ...
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Are these claims about Owsley County, KY factual [duplicate]

Facebook is a great source of notable claims. Another one today is this picture: There seem to be three separate claims in this picture: Is Owsley County 99%+ white? Is Owsley County 95% ...
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Have prior U.S. Presidents used executive actions to change immigration policy

I only caught 2 seconds of it on the TV news, but I heard President Obama claim that what he was doing with respect to Immigration Policy was not novel and in fact X-number of prior presidents had ...