An organized, armed, and often a prolonged conflict that is carried on between states, nations, or other parties.

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Did most of the American riflemen in combat during World War II avoid firing at the enemy?

cynical-c: Only 15 to 20 percent of the American riflemen in combat during World War II would fire at the enemy. Is this statistic accurate?
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Were younger people more likely to support Vietnam war than people older than 50 years old in the 60s?

Claim: “According to Gallup polls done throughout the 1960s, young and educated people (meaning college students) were far more likely to support the war than their old and educated fellow citizens. ...
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What do we know about red mercury?

My friend, known as a liar, came to me two days ago and told stories about red mercury, something I never heard about. Could do magic, the pharaohs used it. 1 kg worth 30 million dollars, used in ...
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Have more people been killed by automobiles than by all wars combined?

I read this claim somewhere recently, and a google search shows that it's occasionally made around the web, but was perhaps more common in the 1970's (many of the stories I find online are people ...
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Did America go to war to secure oil supply? [closed]

"There was suspicion among many in the Arab world and among parts of the American public that the United States had gone to war in Iraq precisely to secure the oil wealth these contracts seek ...
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Did the 20th century “tax and inflate more wealth than previously produced”?

In the chapter on Statism: Our Condition of the 1983 version of the New Libertarian Manifesto by Samuel Edward Konkin III the following can be found, In the 20th Century alone, war has murdered ...
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Did war in the 20th century murder more than “all previous deaths”?

In the chapter on Statism: Our Condition of the 1983 version of the New Libertarian Manifesto by Samuel Edward Konkin III the following can be found, In the 20th Century alone, war has murdered ...
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Did the Nixon administration use anti-drug law against anti-war movement?

The History Channel stated that Nixon administration actively used anti-drug law to get rid of anti war activists. Is it true?
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Has Britain invaded most countries in the world?

The following map has been around on the internet for a while and claims that Britain has invaded almost every country in the world (source): I received it most recently in a tweet from ...
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Have 50 million Eastern Orthodox Christians been killed in the 20th century?

Eastern Orthodox Christians claim that there has been a 'Holocaust' of sorts in the latter part of the 19th century and throughout the entire 20th century (and continuing into the 21st century). But ...
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Did Nobel Peace Prize winner, Martti Ahtisaari, threaten to bomb Belgrade and kill half a million people?

In this article "Does Putin really need Nobel Peace Prize", it is claimed that the Nobel Peace Prize laureate Martti Ahtisaari had the following conversation with Serbian president Miloshevich during ...
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Did the Germans invent Radar first?

The popular view of the Battle of Britain is that one of the critical factors that enabled the British to win it was Watson-Watt's invention of Radar. The History Learning Site, for example, ...
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Did von Braun say “The rocket worked perfectly except for landing on the wrong planet”?

A number of sources including Wikipedia state that when the first V-2 hit London, Wernher von Braun apparently said: The rocket worked perfectly except for landing on the wrong planet. This ...
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Why can't Japan have a navy? [closed]

According to: wiki.answers.com Under the rules of occupation in 1945, Japan was ordered to comply with US/Allied restrictions: War is illegal for Japan to engage in; other than self defense. ...
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Was an arguments over how many telegraph poles Germany needed to deliver cause to WW2?

I was reading a Batman comic where the Joker claimed that "You know what caused last World War? An argument over how many telegraph poles Germany owed as a war debt creditors.". This piqued my ...
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Was slavery the principal cause of the American Civil War?

In episode 3F20, "Much Apu About Nothing" of The Simpsons, a proctor is administering an American citizenship test to Apu Nahasapeemapetilon and the following exchange occurs: Proctor: All ...
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Why nobody ever attack Switzerland? [closed]

Why in WW1 or WW2 nobody invaded Switzerland? All other countries was in some wars. How Switzerland do it and should we learn from them?
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Has North Korea threatened a preemptive strike on the USA or its allies? [closed]

According to various news articles, such as this, North Korea is threatening to mercilessly attack the USA or it's allies. This is a quote from the article: "North Korea's supreme military command ...
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How many Americans served in the Afgan and Iraq wars from 2001 to 2013?

This article quotes a man who says that it was millions! That sounds way off. Since the U.S. went to war in Afghanistan in 2001 and Iraq in 2003, about 2.5 million members of the Army, Navy, ...
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Did ancient Chinese frontline troops decapitate themselves to scare their foes?

From Wikipedia's page on King Goujian of Yue, a king in Ancient China (~500BCE): King Goujian's army was known for scaring its enemies before battle by forcing its front line, composed of ...
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Is the the “civilian casualty ratio” in modern day warfare about 3-4:1?

This site claims that, in modern warfare, about 3 civilians are killed for every combatant killed. This concept can be scientifically proven by understand (sic) the basic concept of “civilian ...
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Do depleted uranium shells cause birth defects?

I've seen a few articles on depleted uranium rounds possibly causing birth defects in the last few years, but most of the articles have a 'doubter'. From what I can tell, the numbers aren't ...
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Was superglue invented to seal bullet injuries in Vietnam?

I cut myself recently and used superglue to seal the wound. I thought it was normal but when I tell people that act like I'm crazy. Then I tell them this story: Superglue was invented during the ...
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is Coltan the main cause of conflict in Congo since 1997?

This PDF (i saw a translated version) has been brought to my attention. it claims that Coltan is the main cause of a conflict which has claimed the lives of four million people since 1997 and as also ...
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Did Obama refuse to help former SEALs in Benghazi?

According to SOS and many small journals, Facebook censored a meme stating that President Obama refused to save the lives of former Navy SEALs in Benghazi. The meme simply stated, “When Obama called ...
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Can Exocet missiles be remotely disabled with secret codes?

It is reported that Margaret Thatcher, during the Falklands War, put pressure on French president François Mitterrand to give her secret codes so that the British armed forces could disable ...
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Was a tech support call made, mid-coup, to help unlock an armoury?

I'm trying to verify an urban tech legend I heard a few years ago. Some poor SuperMac TechSport got a call from some middle level official... from the legitimate government of Trinidad. The ...
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Will the internet survive a major (nuclear) war, between regional or global powers? [closed]

In nearly all conflicts going on around the world today, access to the internet has become vital, and controversial. Thankfully, however none of them have seen the world wide web as a target, rather ...
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Would tying sulphur to the feet of birds allow you to burn down a house?

According to legend: The last vengeance took place in the year 946 when Olga traveled around the land of the Drevlyans in order to gather tributes. She besieged the town of Iskorosten, which ...
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Was 19 the average age of a combat soldier in Vietnam?

The anti-war song 19 by Paul Hardcastle claims that: In World War II the average age of the combat soldier was 26... In Vietnam he was 19. Are these figures accurate? I'm more interested in the ...
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Do colour-blind people see through certain kinds of camouflage?

I found this claim in Unweaving the Rainbow by Richard Dawkins. This is the Google Books link to the relevant page. Nobody knows whether or how this benefits them, but it may be suggestive that ...
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Was the average life expectancy of a US soldier in Vietnam 15 minutes? [closed]

A friend of mine quoted this statistic today and I was a little skeptical. Wikipedia tells me that about 536,000 soldiers from the U.S. went to Vietnam and about 58,000 of them died, but I'm not sure ...
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Was a duel between representatives of the fighting armies an accepted way to end armed conflicts in ancient time?

The bible describes the battle between Goliath and David as a dual between two champions each represents his side fighting between them selves to determine the outcome of a battle. The same is ...
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Could a global nuclear war damage planet earth structurally in a significant way? [closed]

Assuming that a global nuclear war would mean use of the whole global nuclear arsenal, is it possible for a global nuclear war to release enough destructive energy to damage our planet in a ...
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Has Obama or any other US President authorized the assassination of US citizens?

In this interview with RT News, Sean Stone -- the son of Oliver Stone and outspoken critic of US anti-Iran sentiment -- claims that President Barack Obama has "assassinated American citizens" (~4:20 ...
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Has weather been weaponised?

A letter in The Guardian makes the following claims: While seemingly fantastical, weather has been weaponised. At least four countries – the US, Russia, China and Israel – possess the technology ...
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Did Morocco provide 2,000 monkeys to the American-led effort in the Iraq War?

I've heard in various places - chief among them, Will Ferrell's 'You're Welcome America' - that Morocco contributed monkeys for bomb or land mine detonation in the 2003 Iraq War. Did this deal ...
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Are US-sold aircrafts not able to shoot on Israeli targets?

According to this article, the old U.S. system ... automatically identified all Israeli targets as a "friend," preventing Turkish fighter jets from firing at them, even if Turkish pilots were ...
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Did the US win the Vietnam War in any sense?

As far as I know, the Vietnam War was won by the communists. But a colleague of mine, a former US Marine, insists vehemently that US won in some way or, at least, was set to win but they had an early ...
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Has France ever won a war?

France is commonly made fun of for not having won a war, for instance when they rejoined NATO and the daily mail made fun of them: Why did the French celebrate their World Cup in 1998 so wildly? ...
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Do Israeli soldiers kill Palestinian kids?

My Arabian friend showed me this (NSFW) video of a child getting shot. He also gave me some links after a quick search: The Independent: I watched an Israeli soldier shoot dead my two little girls ...
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Did the CIA sell drugs in the US?

According to Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Gary Webb in his controversial article series The Dark Alliance For the better part of a decade, a San Francisco Bay Area drug ring sold tons of ...
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Is there a “cyber war”?

I've been extremely sceptical of this new concept of a cyber war. That is, a malicious country or organisation could attack another country by bringing down their network through, say a DDoS or a well ...
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Are modern wars used for selling new weapon tech? [closed]

At the time of writing this the UK, France and USA have enforced a no fly zone on Libya using long range missiles and fighter bombers. France used planes for this mission to destroy Libyan planes ...