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Jul
31
comment Is the Windows 10 upgrade event the largest upgrade event?
Phones and tablets are also upgrading, not just PC's.
Jul
28
comment Would eating a packet of cigarettes be fatal?
Even if this claim is true, you can't draw any useful conclusions about cigarettes from it. Eating toothpaste probably isn't good for you, but that doesn't mean using toothpaste is harmful.
Jul
28
comment Would eating a packet of cigarettes be fatal?
Not sure why this answer has so many upvotes, it's the answer to a completely different question..
Jul
27
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Jul
13
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Jul
1
comment Can science explain how bicycles work?
See Physics.SE Why doesn't a bike/bicycle fall if going with a high speed?
Jun
22
comment Do more males than females use the Internet?
Simply looking at the number of males vs. females who use the Internet is not a useful comparison, because nearly everyone uses the Internet these days. A better measure would be, average hours using the Internet per day (which would give a reasonable estimate of 'For a random person who is on the Internet right now, what are the chances they are male?')
Jun
4
comment Is eating rice harmful to birds?
Related: Do birds eat chewing gum they think is bread?
Jun
4
comment Has the Red Cross raised half a billion dollars for Haiti to build 6 houses?
Right, which is why I don't expect you to debate it here. But some more references would be helpful for anyone else researching this topic. You only have one.
Jun
3
comment Has the Red Cross raised half a billion dollars for Haiti to build 6 houses?
I think most people reading this are more concerned with "Should I be upset at Red Cross for wasting my donated cash," rather than about the truth of this particular hyperbole. You mentioned "Other parts of the article raise some very valid concerns [..] which have been noted by other reports" - perhaps you could link to those other reports?
May
29
comment Can tortoises become deformed by growing up inside rings of plastic?
@RossPresser: Are you seriously suggesting someone just happened to find a tortoise with a physical deformity the exact shape and size of a plastic ring, then decided to somehow force a plastic ring around it and take pictures?
May
26
comment Are confident guys more likely to get a girlfriend?
Yes, because the question is not "Do you need to be confident to get a girlfriend", it's "Does being confident increase your chances of getting a girlfriend?" You are setting up a completely different question, then arguing against it. That is the very definition of a straw-man argument.
May
26
comment Are confident guys more likely to get a girlfriend?
-1 this is a straw man argument. You seem to be implying that because 97% of men over 25 have had sex, that means 97% of the time the guy gets the girl. Even if that implication were valid (it's clearly preposterous to anyone who's ever tried to "get the girl"), that still wouldn't answer the question of whether confidence increases those odds.
May
17
comment Has it ever rained fish?
@DavePhD: The hailstone comment is moot. Hail forms in the sky, fish don't.
May
15
comment Does rabies have an almost 100% mortality rate with around 160 deaths per day?
In order for your factoid to be relevant, you need to include what percentage of vaccinated people who contract rabies die.
May
15
comment Does rabies have an almost 100% mortality rate with around 160 deaths per day?
@DJClayworth: There are many people who get the vaccination before being exposed. My wife is a vet student, and she (and all the other students) are required to be updated on their rabies vaccinations, and are required to keep it updated when they begin practicing. I'd bet other professions (eg. vet-techs, dog-catchers, etc) have similar requirements. Plus there are people who are exposed more than once, but don't need to get the vaccination a second time.
May
9
comment If someone dies during a test, does everyone else pass?
Why did this get closed? It's the answer that's bad, not the question...
May
7
comment If someone dies during a test, does everyone else pass?
(in response to a deleted comment): You didn't make any incorrect claims, but you also did not answer the question. The statement "That picture comes from an unsourced wikipedia article" does not answer the question "If someone dies during a test, does everyone else pass?". Therefore this should be a comment, not an answer.
May
7
comment If someone dies during a test, does everyone else pass?
I have heard this urban legend too, and I've never read that wikipedia article. Given that the wikipedia article you link has no references either for or against the claim, that means this answer is unsourced.
Apr
10
accepted Are these pictures of the recent terrorist attack in Kenya (NSFW)?