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Were there ice-cold whiskey vending machines in the 1950s?

This image has been making the internets circuits: usually with the caption: An ice-cold whisky dispenser, sometimes found in offices. (1950s). Were there really such things? It seems photoshopped ...
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When was Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl deployed to Afghanistan?

I have not been able to find a clear answer as to when Bergdahl was delpoyed for a school project. All sources I've found agree that he was deployed sometime during 2009, but many disagree on the ...
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Did Native American have a Zodiac-like birth sign tradition?

This "Native American Zodiac symbol" page was shared to me on social media. In this article, we’ve narrowed the focus to the ‘birth animals’ – the Native American zodiac. Like the modern ...
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Do 5 percent of cancer patients in the U.S. end up in a clinical trial?

Joe Biden's A Moonshot to Cure Cancer call claims: 5 percent of cancer patients in the U.S. end up in a clinical trial Is that number true? The page doesn't give any reference.
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Were lawn jockey statues used to indicate stops on the Underground Railroad?

Ran into the following meme on Facebook, accompanied by a picture of one of the statues. They credit it to http://www.ugrrf.org/ (although I can't find that text on their site): A lot of people ...
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Did Hillary Clinton admit in her memoirs to creating ISIS?

The Iranian religious leader Ayatollah Khamenei claimed in a speech posted on his official website that: Some Americans have confessed in their own memoirs [including Hillary Clinton's memoirs] ...
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Have only 5% of U.S. inmates received a trial?

According to this article, 95% of inmates in the U.S. have never received a trial, choosing a plea bargain to avoid potentially punitive sentencing if found guilty. The reality is that almost no ...
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Was ISIS created by the USA?

I hear many folks talking about the founders of ISIS and they say that USA created it to make chaos in the Arabic countries. Mark Danner (here) : "In a fact the united states created ISIS, ...
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Was this Jet Blue airplane snowed in?

This image has been making the rounds of Twitter, which shows a Jet Blue as airplane completely snowed in, with just its tail sticking out. The image is said to have been taken at New York's JFK ...
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Have more U.S. senators been arrested for sexual misconduct in bathrooms than trans women?

I just saw this in my Facebook feed, and now I'm curious if it's actually true. Do they actually keep records of this? It seems improbable, just because there are so many more trans women than ...
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Are those born in the US considered non-citizen wards of the state and/or corporations?

A colleague recently shared An Open Letter to Sheriff Ward of Harney County Oregon - and to All County Sheriffs in America from Judge Anna This letter makes a number of claims, among which: ...
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Are the ABA and IRS foreign-owned private debt collection agencies?

A colleague recently shared An Open Letter to Sheriff Ward of Harney County Oregon - and to All County Sheriffs in America from Judge Anna This letter makes a number of claims, among which: The ...
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Have local/state common law courts been replaced with federal martial/maritime courts in the US?

A colleague recently shared An Open Letter to Sheriff Ward of Harney County Oregon - and to All County Sheriffs in America from Judge Anna This letter makes a number of claims, among which: Common ...
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Are American courts and federal agencies foreign-controlled private corporations?

A colleague recently shared An Open Letter to Sheriff Ward of Harney County Oregon - and to All County Sheriffs in America from Judge Anna This letter makes a number of claims, among which: The ...
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Do private prisons have 49% more inmate-on-staff attacks than publically run prisons?

Peter Wagner writes in Section III: The Prison Economy: Percent more inmate-on-staff assaults in privately run medium and minimum security prisons than in publicly run facilities: 49% Is that ...
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Is Ted Cruz a “natural born” US citizen?

A Forbes report, Birther Hypocrisy- Right Wing Has No Problem With Canadian Born Senator Ted Cruz Running For President sums it up. Ted Cruz was born in Calgary, Canada, the son of an American ...
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Was the term “conspiracy theorist” made popular by the CIA?

I have seen the following infographic on facebook recently. The text reads: Did you know... The term "conspiracy theorist" was a term made popular by the CIA to stop critical thinkers from ...
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Was there a law ever passed that prevented two trains from proceeding at a crossing?

Dumb Laws states that in the state of Washington When two trains come to a crossing, neither shall go until the other has passed. In Railway and Locomotive Engineering: A Practical Journal of ...
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Has the US given more aid to the average Israeli citizen than the average American citizen?

From an article entitled, "U.S. Aid to Israel: What U.S. Taxpayer Should Know", by the Washington Report on Middle Eastern Affairs, Since 1949 the U.S. has given Israel a total of $83.205 billion. ...
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Did war veteran, Bob Wieland, crawl across America on his hands?

According to Wikipedia: Bob Wieland is a Vietnam War veteran who lost his legs to a mortar mine in 1969. [...] He "ran" across America on his hands, taking three years, eight months, and six days ...
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Did two people get arrested for “manspreading”?

I've read in multiple places that two men have been arrested in New York for "manspreading", sitting on the subway with legs spreading. It seems quite unbelievable. First of all, I don't think people ...
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Do more than 1/3 of Kansas residents own guns?

The image below, circulating on Facebook and clearly edited, claims that Over 1,000,000 Kansas residents own guns. Kansas has just under 3 million residents in total, which would mean that more ...
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Has the average standard of living in the United States decreased in recent years?

I have seen many articles claiming that the standard of living in the United States has decreased over the last 15-30 years. (I understand standard of living to be the ability of workers to buy the ...
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Gun control: are domestic disputes a major cause of gun deaths in the US? [closed]

Some years ago I heard an interesting gun-control argument that I've never seen repeated. It goes like this: A (male) and B(female) are a married or otherwise cohabiting couple. They are arguing ...
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The candidate with the bigger campain budget is allways elected [duplicate]

Hearing a french conference, the speaker told us that it's easy to understand american presidential elections, because the candidate with the highest campain budget allways is choosen. But I can't ...
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Did the town of Woodland, North Carolina, USA reject a solar plant because of cancer and photosynthesis concerns?

The Raonoke Chowan News Herald reported on 8 December 2015 reports that the town of Woodland, North Carolina, USA rejected a solar farm, citing concerns on photosynthesis and cancer: Jane Mann ...
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Are people unable to legally immigrate to the United States for a better life? [closed]

In the 2005 documentary Romántico, Carmelo Muñez Sanchez asks about applying for a visa to come to the United States and is told that in order to be accepted he needs proof of his financial stability ...
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Do most black scientists come from non elite-universities?

According to Vice News, Supreme Court Justice Scalia repeated a claim from one of the briefs: "Most of the black scientists in this country do not come from the most advanced schools," Scalia ...
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Do predators assault women in female toilets pretending to be transgender?

One claim that pops up quite often in the media is that allowing transgendered people to use the bathrooms that match their gender identity will lead to sexual harassment and sexual predation in what ...
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Did Obama admit training IS?

In a video, Obama appears to be saying that "We're speeding up training of ISIL forces, including volunteers from Sunni tribes". Is this video genuine or fake?
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Can Mormons distinguish Mormons by the texture of their skin?

Katherine Orgill writes in Skin texture glow distinguishes Mormons from others: The study was prompted by a comment Rule received from a colleague who said he believed Mormons could identify ...
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Are there 'friendly' fire restrictions programmed into exported (american) weaponry? [duplicate]

There appeared a claim, probably in context of the turkish-russian incident: This seems too far off to be true, but it got me wondering whether nations implement precautions to prevent 'friendly' ...
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Did Donald Trump say that muslims should be visibly marked?

Donald Trump has been reported in the news and over the internet for suggesting that Muslims should wear some visible id or badge of some sort. Raw Story headlined with: Trump crosses the Nazi ...
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Can all new gasoline vehicles run on E85 ethanol-based fuel?

From the the documentary Pump at 1:07: NARRATOR: But what if we don't need a flex fuel car or even a kit? What if the car you drive today already contained the technology that could enable it ...
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Do 3400 Americans die from household firearms every five weeks?

From Neil deGrasse Tyson 3,400: Americans who died by Terrorism since 2001 3,400: Americans who died by household Firearms since five weeks ago. Several users have since asked for a source, ...
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Did the United States' internment involve Japanese foreign nationals?

The mayor of Roanoke, Virginia, David Bowers, wrote in a statement President Franklin D. Roosevelt felt compelled to sequester Japanese foreign nationals after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and it ...
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Did a Russian Judge meet with Supreme Court Justice Souter?

Context During a Q&A Session at a Case Western Reserve University event, Judge John E Jones III gave an anecdote about Justice David H Souter giving a tour of the Supreme Court to a Russian ...
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Is the cause for the Berkeley Boom “unknown”? [closed]

Articles about the unsolved mystery of the "Berkeley Boom" claim that the loud noises that can be heard throughout Berkeley, California, and in neighbouring cities, might be caused by fireworks, cops, ...
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Did Woodrow Wilson say he was a 'most unhappy man' that 'unwittingly ruined' the USA?

According several "sources" including Alex Jones, Peter Joseph, users of Facebook, and 'Occupiers of Wallstreet,' Woodrow Wilson said: I am a most unhappy man. I have unwittingly ruined my ...
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Is this comparison of wedge tailed eagles and bald eagles accurate?

From https://twitter.com/dannolan/status/665409197685764096 (408 RTs, 495 likes), though another comparison between the two exists in Australian Popular Science [US flag, picture of American ...
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Does Bernie Sanders have more individual donors than any candidate in history?

This NPR / article has the headline "Bernie Sanders Now Has More Donors At This Point Than Any Other Candidate In History" I am skeptical that this is true especially in the latter part of the ...
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Is the US the only country where anyone can declare their own candidacy for president?

A statement by Robert Reich on Facebook makes the following claim: America is the only democracy in the world where anyone can declare himself or herself a candidate for the presidency. Which ...
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Is the “Right to Bear Arms” an Individual Right or a State's Right to Defense? [closed]

"A well regulated Militia" being the first part of the Amendment appears to steer the legislation towards militia/national guard - especially with "being necessary to the security of a free state" ...
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Do the plastic shade balls in Los Angeles leach chemicals into water?

An engineer with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power claims that the plastic balls, which are introduced into the water reservoir in an attempt to combat the severe drought, don't leach any ...
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Following the attacks on Benghazi, did “thousands” of Libyan people show their support for Chris Stevens?

In former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's testimony before the House Select Committee on Benghazi today, she mentioned in her opening statement that (I'm paraphrasing, but it's essentially what ...
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Were Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy the only two presidents who ever attempted to end the Federal Reserve Banking Cartel?

The image below is widely circulated on Facebook: Is it true that Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy the only two presidents who ever attempted to end the Federal Reserve Banking Cartel? The ...
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Was the wild west less violent than the current west?

Matt Ridley's latest book has a chapter on the evolution of government, in which he starts by making the startling statement: The truth is that the wild west was without much government, but it ...
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Did Six FBI Agents die before they could testify before the Warren Commission?

While reading a different question Was Martin Luther King taped by the FBI while committing adultery? I came to the Wikipedia page for William Sullivan ...
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Was Martin Luther King taped by the FBI while committing adultery?

In a review of Taylor Branch's biography of Dr Martin Luther King Jr, Slate Magazine repeats a story that can be found in several places on the web: On Jan. 6, 1964, FBI men installed microphones ...
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Are mass murderers in the US mostly white? [duplicate]

http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2014/06/are_most_mass_murderers_really_white.html Before rushing to play pin the tale on the honkey, did anyone bother to check the history of mass ...