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Did Ohio pass a law granting students the right to give scientifically wrong answers consistent with their religious beliefs?

The Patheos blog and WKRC local12 report: The Ohio House on Wednesday passed the "Student Religious Liberties Act." Under the law, students can't be penalized if their work is scientifically wrong ...

united-states politics religion education  
asked by gerrit 61 votes
answered by Paul Draper 45 votes

Is Chika Ofili's method for checking divisibility for 7 a "new discovery" in math?

Chika Ofili, a 12-year-old Nigerian boy based in the United Kingdom, has received the ‘TruLittle Hero Awards’ for discovering a new mathematical formula. Source According to the above website ...

mathematics  
asked by Pedro A 22 votes
answered by default locale 50 votes

Are more than half of all new PhDs in the U.S. from diploma mills?

John Bear, co-author of Degree Mills, a book that delves into the topic of fake degrees in higher education has claimed that more than half of all new PhDs in the United States are issued from diploma ...

university  
asked by Frank Fanelli 13 votes
answered by jwenting -9 votes

Is Fox News not classified as a news channel?

This article mentions in passing: I even pointed out how Fox News wasn’t even a news channel. It changed classification in 2018. That one blew a few minds. The article references Fox News ...

media  
asked by Paul Johnson 8 votes
answered by Lady_A 21 votes

Does having your bedroom door closed while sleeping improve fire safety?

The UL (formerly Underwriter Laboratories) has a Fire Safety Research Institute (FSRI) that claims that sleeping with the bedroom door closed reduces the risk of being killed in a fire: UL FSRI ...

safety sleep fire  
asked by John Doe 8 votes
answered by Oddthinking 4 votes

Can hypohydrosis (inability to sweat) be caused be excess adrenaline?

A BBC TV interview with Prince Andrew (of the British royal family) is described below: On claims he was sweating, he said: "I have a peculiar medical condition which is that I don't sweat or I ...

medical-science  
asked by A E 8 votes

Is climate change causing more storms and worse storm damage?

The BBC reports, under this headline Climate change: Bigger hurricanes are now more damaging One of the big questions that scientists have wrestled with is how to compare storm events from ...

climate-change meteorology  
asked by matt_black 6 votes
answered by jean 1 vote

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

Does eating yeast stop you from getting drunk?

This article claims that eating active yeast powder before drinking will mitigate the effects of alcohol, by breaking down the alcohol before it enters your blood stream. You see, what Owades knew ...

alcohol yeast  
asked by Nick 43 votes

Does honey with warm water and lemon reduce tummy fat?

There is a common belief that one can reduce tummy fat by drinking honey and lemon juice mixed in warm water the first thing in the morning. This questionable website, for example, makes this claim ...

nutrition weight-loss honey alkaline-diet  
asked by Dheeraj V.S. 21 votes
answered by Oddthinking 19 votes

Was David Cameron linked to "Hang Nelson Mandela" posters in the 1980s?

A post circulating Facebook and elsewhere reads: Nelson Mandela will die soon. Today, tomorrow, this week, next week. It won't be long. Remember this, he out-lived Thatcher. When he does die, and ...

history politics united-kingdom nelson-mandela  
asked by slim 17 votes
answered by Tom77 15 votes

Is this image about child teeth development accurate?

There's a picture on Pinterest depicting a child's skull with all deciduous teeth (baby teeth) still attached, and adult teeth showing in a quite developed stage underneath: The picture is ...

biology children dentistry  
asked by Ilari Kajaste 30 votes
answered by default locale 40 votes

Is it unsafe to swim during a lightning storm?

I was cautioned by mom that I mustn't go swimming when there is lightning; the theory is that it is more likely for lightning to hit you when you are in the water. Is this fear justified?

physics  
asked by Graviton 48 votes
answered by David Hedlund 26 votes

Did Valerie Jarrett say she wanted "America to be a more Islamic country"?

This picture, being shared on Twitter, alleges that Valerie Jarrett, former Senior Advisor to the President, during the Obama administration, claimed to be of Iranian descent and of Islamic faith in ...

united-states politics quotes islam iran  
asked by Evan Carroll 86 votes
answered by Evan Carroll 178 votes

Did the UK homicide rate go up after handgun ownership was banned?

During debates about gun control, I have seen gun advocates quote a statistic that the UK homicide rate increased in 1996 following a ban on handguns. Furthermore, the claim usually goes on to suggest ...

united-states united-kingdom guns  
asked by Bob Tway 96 votes
answered by Schwern 229 votes

Can you answer these questions?

Did the IG change his conclusion in the Sharyl Atkisson investigation?

In 2013, journalist Sharyl Atkisson accused the Obama Administration of hacking and surveillance of her computers. Michael Horowitz, the Inspector General (IG) for the Department of Justice, ...

united-states politics criminology  
asked by Keshav Srinivasan 1 vote

Do US Navy SEALs select team members by performance vs trust ratings?

In one presentation which has gone viral on Linkedin, author/motivational speaker Simon Sinek claims that US Navy SEALs select candidates for 'SEAL Team 6' by rating them by two characteristics: ...

united-states military  
asked by inappropriateCode 2 votes
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