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Has the United States only ratified 5 of 18 international treaties on human rights?

A recent opinion piece in the English edition of Le Monde Diplomatique makes passing reference to the idea that the United States "has ratified only five of the 18 international human rights ...

united-states politics law  
asked by Patrick Score of 30
answered by Weather Vane Score of 56

Was 17 the average life expectancy in Liverpool in the 1850s?

DK History of Britain and Ireland: The Definitive Visual Guide (2011) claims: 17 The average life expectancy in years in Liverpool during the 1850s. High infant mortality depressed the figure, as did ...

united-kingdom life-expectancy  
asked by user24096 Score of 15
answered by user24096 Score of 18

Did a Wisconsin school file sexual harassment complaints over pronoun usage?

The New York Post claims A Wisconsin school district has filed sexual harassment complaints against three middle schoolers for calling a classmate by a wrong pronoun. They cite fox17.com as source, ...

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asked by pinegulf Score of 10
answered by Joe W Score of 12

Did vehicle registration occur before automobiles?

I found an article online that makes the claim: "... registration plates having been used on carriages and wagons in the U.S. as far back as the early 1800s." The article can be found here: ...

united-states history road-vehicles  
asked by David G. Score of 8
answered by Weather Vane Score of 6

Were "Fabricated abortion statistics" used to influence the Roe vs Wade decision?

I read in the National Catholic Register an assertion that the numbers that Justice Blackmun cited in Roe vs. Wade came largely from a book called "Abortion" and that ex-Abortionist Bernhard ...

united-states abortion  
asked by Peter Turner Score of 7

Does the Swiss law say that international health law supercedes national law?

In this video, starting at about 28:40, Dr. Astrid Stuckelberger says Even the constitution of Switzerland there is a little line they have added without asking us, which says that international law ...

public-health switzerland  
asked by Erel Segal-Halevi Score of 3

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

Are crime rates up by 10% in Germany?

On June 18th and 19th, 2018, the President of the United States, Donald Trump tweeted that the crime rate in Germany has increased: (1) Tweet from June 18th, 2018 (2) Tweet from June 19th, 2018 ...

politics criminology germany  
asked by hiergiltdiestfu Score of 108
answered by Common Guy Score of 165

Are people of Nordic Nations "happier, healthier" with "a higher standard of living overall than Americans"?

Ernest W. Adams wrote in the answer to the question "Why are people so negative about Nordic nations, especially Sweden?": There are a lot of right wing Americans who have been preaching ...

united-states politics economics sociology  
asked by Sakib Arifin Score of 156
answered by DJClayworth Score of 268

Have mathematicians concluded that an Indian mathematical physicist has solved the Riemann Hypothesis?

The Riemann Hypothesis is a mathematical hypothesis that describes the distribution of prime numbers. It is one of the seven Millennium Problems put forth by the Clay Mathematics Institute, notorious ...

mathematics scientific-papers  
asked by justauser Score of 131
answered by Dan Romik Score of 249

Did Einstein say the "if you judge a fish" quote that many are attributing to him?

The quote: “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” I'm just not confident that this is ...

quotes albert-einstein  
asked by Christopher Rayl Score of 62
answered by Unreason Score of 36

Is Kamala Harris' approval rating the lowest of any vice president?

Is Kamala Harris' approval rating "the lowest of any vice president"? I was watching this Fox News video and I am not sure if it's accurate or not. Sources: 28% approval rating as of Nov 8, ...

united-states politics statistics  
asked by Node.JS Score of 37
answered by tim Score of 88

Do sea otters rape baby seals to death?

Popular facebook group Nature isn’t always kind and cuddly. A study showed that sea otters will restrain baby seals and then begin copulation; sometimes drowning it during the 105-minute-long ...

zoology ethology sexual-abuse  
asked by Wertilq Score of 67
answered by Oddthinking Score of 89

Did Einstein say "if you can't explain it simply you don't understand it well enough"?

A very popular quote attributed to Albert Einstein but did he really say it? If so, what is the original document containing the original explanation of it?

education quotes albert-einstein  
asked by Renan Score of 87
answered by HappySpoon Score of 41
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