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Did a plesiosaur attack 5 teens in 1962?

Earlier this year, the son of the late Brian McCleary, Sean McCleary, was interviewed about his father's story of seeing a plesiosaur attack and kill his four friends, Larry Bill, Warren Salley, Eric ...

cryptozoology  
user avatar asked by Paul Kern Score of 1

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

Was the experiment with five monkeys, a ladder, a banana and a water spray conducted?

I've found the following picture online. It is about the moral/paradigm behind consistent behavior. Click to enlarge. The image text says A group of scientists placed 5 monkeys in a cage and ...

psychology behavior memory morality  
user avatar asked by Tamara Wijsman Score of 484
user avatar answered by BlueRaja - Danny Pflughoeft Score of 407

Was this image of Cecil Williams drinking from a "white only" fountain digitally manipulated?

Here is an image of a civil rights photographer named Cecil Williams drinking from a water fountain with a "WHITE ONLY" sign on it. The image is dated to 1956. The sign appears translucent ...

photography  
user avatar asked by Avery Score of 27
user avatar answered by IMSoP Score of 48

Did one of the victims of the Buffalo shooting invent a water-powered engine for cars?

According to a number of conspiracy sites (see Natural News and Newspunch), Buffalo shooting victim Aaron Salter Jr had just invented and patented a gas-free car that runs on water (implying that is ...

technology  
user avatar asked by TheAsh Score of 27
user avatar answered by Oddthinking Score of 59

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  
user avatar asked by Evan Carroll Score of 89
user avatar answered by Evan Carroll Score of 185

Is this what "happiness looks like"?

This gif has been widely distributed on imgur/reddit/twitter/media and it is meant to represent Molecules of the protein myosin drag a ball of endorphins along an active filament into the inner ...

biology video  
user avatar asked by Sklivvz Score of 41
user avatar answered by Oddthinking Score of 53

Do vote counts for Joe Biden in the 2020 election violate Benford's Law?

Benford's Law is a statistical rule that says that the distribution of digits in real-world numerical datasets tends to follow a specific pattern. It is often used to test whether an election is ...

united-states politics statistics democracy us-elections-2020  
user avatar asked by Jacob Hoffman Score of 149
user avatar answered by Schwern Score of 441

Does our brain make ourselves look five times more beautiful than we really are?

This "random fact" has been going on for a few days and no one seems to know it's source or if it's supported by any reliable research. If the research does exist I'd be much interested in checking ...

psychology neurology  
user avatar asked by Renan Score of 8
user avatar answered by Borror0 Score of 19
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