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Can cartoon characters literally come to life and kill people? [closed]

Edward Brian McCleary claims that he saw Cecil, from the 'Cecil and Beany Show' chase and kill 4 of his friends in 20 feet deep water, causing him to get PTSD for the rest of his life or something. ...
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Do rape survivors have any defenses that may lower the chance of pregnancy, even if pregnancy is still quite possible

Please read this question in it's entirety before responding to it There has been a previous question on this site as to rather women had a defense that prevent pregnancy due to rape, with the ...
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Why is YouTube removing dislikes on The White House Channel?

The website https://81m.org/ has developed a tool to periodically check the latest videos uploaded to the Official White House YouTube channel using YouTube's API, and counts the increases of likes/...
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Is the incidence of CVST in vaccinated persons any higher than would be expected normally?

US health authorities are calling for a pause in the use of the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine, after reports of extremely rare blood clotting cases. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ...
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Do 90% of employees who accept a counteroffer still end up leaving after a year?

According to a very highly upvoted post on Workplace.SE that says you should never accept a counteroffer: 80% of people who accept counter offers are gone from that company within 6 months, at the 12 ...
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Are travel restrictions during pandemics ineffective in most situations?

From the World Health Organization: Updated WHO recommendations for international traffic in relation to COVID-19 outbreak (29 February 2020) WHO continues to advise against the application of travel ...
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Does the FileCoin network have a capacity of 2.6 Billion Gigabytes?

According to the title of this article on decypt.co entitled, Filecoin Now Has a Global Capacity of 2.5 Billion Gigabytes It says, The Filecoin network has reached a total capacity of 2.5 exbibytes,...
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Does New York restrict voting more than Georgia's new law?

Some people have claimed that New York actually restricts voting more than Georgia, even after Georgia's new Election Integrity Act. New York’s voting laws are far more restrictive than Georgia’s by ...
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Is it illegal to give water to voters in line in Delaware?

After the passage of S.B. 202 in the U.S. state of Georgia, there was a lot of outcry about the provision that makes it illegal for anyone to hand out food or water at the polls (emphasis added): No ...
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Do elements of the genetic code of SARS-CoV-2 provide evidence that SARS-CoV-2 originated in a lab?

The website Rootclaim, which uses Bayesian analysis to estimate the probabilities of various hypotheses about news events, claims to have ascertained that with high (approximately 75% probability), ...
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Did Hitler say: “My mother was an ordinary woman, but she gave Germany a great son”?

Triumph Over Violence is a Soviet movie from 1965 which talks about the nazi Germany. Among others, the movie contains a quote attributed to Hitler: My mother was an ordinary woman, but she gave ...
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Do Afghans keep track of their birthdays?

According to this article (not in English) (not paywalled version) (Google Translate translation) the man in the article has a problem with his visa because he used a fictitious birthdate (as advised ...
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Did the CIA have a plan to airdrop condoms over Russian soil as a way of psychological warfare?

In various place on the internet, a story circulate about a scrapped CIA plan in which they would airdrop very large condoms labelled "Small" or "Medium" as a way to imply american ...
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Has the distribution of income and wealth in the USA got much more skewed towards the rich in the last 4 decades?

I recently asked this question about a statistic quoted by Kurt Andersen designed to illustrate the current wealth distribution in the USA in his book Evil Geniuses. It provoked a great deal of (...
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Would the median household income in the USA be $140K and mean net worth $800K if wealth were evenly distributed

In his book (Evil Geniuses) about how the USA got where it currently is, Kurt Andersen speculates about how far wealth and income inequality has risen in the last few decades. He attempts to visualise ...
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Has any US official said that the economy cannot be “fixed” if the pandemic is not “fixed”?

Context A week ago or so, Romania observed a conflict between the central authorities dealing with the pandemic (who want more restrictions) and the local authorities in a county (who want fewer ...
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Have any versions of “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?” had to remove the Ask the Audience lifeline due to the audience purposely voting wrong?

The Russian version of "Who wants to be a Millionaire?" had to scrap the "ask audience lifeline as the audience would intentionally give the wrong answer. This image can be found (for ...
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Is it illegal to post (mail) books and newspaper from United Kingdom to Switzerland?

I was reading about posting (mailing) items from United Kingdom to Switzerland with Royal Mail . https://www.royalmail.com/sending/international/country-guides/switzerland lists prohibited items Here ...
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Is there currently an epidemic of crimes against Asian Americans?

There's a common belief that we're seeing an epidemic of crimes against Asian Americans. Claims are too numerous to cite comprehensively so I'll just cite President Biden's tweet: We can’t be silent ...
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Are chemicals in plastic causing a significant reduction in fertility?

This story in the Guardian quotes Shanna Swan, professor of environmental medicine and public health at Mount Sinai school of medicine in New York City. She makes a number of claims about the impact ...
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Biden 'fake' interview: video of Biden's hands appearing the wrong side of microphones

In the following video, US president Joe Biden is shown being interviewed in the open air. Reporters are holding microphones. In a couple of places the video shows Biden's hands appearing 'magically' ...
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Was the living room called the “death room” around World War I? If so, by whom?

On a Reddit post I recently stumbled across the surprising assertion that the living room was once called the death room, with the explanation being given variously that it's where you would mourn the ...
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At his conference, did Biden have photos of reporters with instructions for who to allow to ask questions?

A picture of Joe Biden at his first press conference as President was shared by various tabloids such as NYPost and The Sun. They claim that the image shows journalists Biden intended to call on. Eg ...
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Is this video of an attack on an elderly Asian woman authentic?

A video of what appears to be an attack on an elderly Asian woman has been posted on social media, with the following description: UNPROVOKED ATTACK ON ELDERLY ASIAN WOMAN A 69-year-old woman was ...
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Is Spartacus based on true story?

Spartacus (TV Series 2010–2013) The inspiration behind this series is the Thracian Gladiator Spartacus, who led a slave uprising against the Roman Republic Spartacus, 19th-century illustration. ...
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Has the US Air Force studied squid to improve aircraft camouflage?

The Hawaiian bobtail squid is known to have a close relationship with a particular species of bacteria that lives within the squid. The bacteria are naturally bioluminescent, which is hypothesized to ...
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Does Sci-Hub use malware and phishing to obtain researchers' login credentials?

There is a new BBC article, Police warn students to avoid science website about Sci-Hub, a pirate site to circumvent paywalls on science journals. But Max Bruce, the City of London police's cyber ...
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Does Israel have a contracted minimum quota of people they must inject with Pfizer vaccines?

From Outcry to the world, from Israel!!! (NL+ENG subtitles) (transcript from The Current Situation in Israel as Told by Ilana Rachel Daniel) “There is a contract. There is an actual physical contract ...
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Was a Canadian father jailed for referring to his trans son as his daughter?

A recent PostMilennial article claims: After the hearing, Hoogland gave an interview to The Federalist saying that people cannot change sex, and that mega-doses of exogenous testosterone would damage ...
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Did Albert Einstein say he admired the Catholic Church for standing up to Hitler?

The alleged quote would be: Only the Church stood squarely across the path of Hitler’s campaign for suppressing truth... I never had any special interest in the Church before, but now I feel great ...
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Does “UV protective” clothing offer significantly more sun protection than regular clothing? [duplicate]

For example SkinCancer.org claims that: Not all clothing protects equally. A white T-shirt provides only moderate sun protection, with a UPF of about 7. When that T-shirt gets wet, it provides a UPF ...
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Do the COVID-19 vaccines have worse side-effects for people who have already contracted COVID-19?

A March 16 KFYR-TV article [hat-tip @Laurel] reports: In a study posted by medRxiv (med archive), researchers report many people who had previously been infected with the virus reported flu-like ...
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Does glass allow UV-A rays to pass while blocking UV-B rays?

According to ThoughtCo (and many other sites): Glass that is transparent to visible light absorbs nearly all UVB. This is the wavelength range that can cause a sunburn, so it's true you can't get a ...
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Do atoms exist, or are they just fable? [duplicate]

A self-published religious tract Χξς by Wayne Ellis Pyron Jr. contains a number of extraordinary claims. On the first page he claims to be Buddha and also the god of the Old Testament. On the second ...
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Does the Covid-19 vaccine create anti-bodies that out-compete your natural broad spectrum anti-bodies?

Geert Vanden Bossche, who at one point advocated some form of "universal vaccines", has said that the Covid-19 vaccine makes your body create antibodies to fight only covid, rather than the ...
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Are there as many hair follicles in your nose as on your head?

The Cleveland Clinic website on nose hair says, "The inner surface of your nose has as many hair follicles as your head.". That seems like a lot! From a few measurements (sample size N=1 ...
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Were senior officals who outran their executioners pardoned in the Ottoman Empire?

According to various sources, in the Ottoman Empire, when a senior official was given a death sentence, he'd race with his executioner. If he were to win the race, the death sentence would be commuted,...
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Was there an organized violent campaign targeting whites (“white genocide”) in South Africa?

Many South African white nationalist sites claim there has been white genocide in South Africa. The following images were uploaded to Pinterest around 2015. Warning: These images may be disturbing as ...
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Will China soon have a bigger navy than the USA?

According to this CNN article China either already has, or is on course to have a larger number of 'battle force ships' than the USA. Is this true?
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Was Jussie Smollett framed by Chicago Police?

Based on a petition on change.org there is a lot of information about Jussie. I never heard this information until recently. Is any of the things to pointing to him being innocent "true" ...
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Did Uber, in its early startup days, hire engineers just by asking newly hired engineers “Who are the best engineers you've worked with”?

In a 2016 article, Blitzscaling, Reid Hoffman claims: In hiring, for instance, you may need to get as many warm bodies through the door as possible, as quickly as you can—while hiring quality ...
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Should you wash tuna cans before opening them?

My dad told us we need to wash tuna cans before opening them because canned food (at least tuna) is imported on ships and rats really like to "take a trip" on these ships, too. They touch ...
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Did the US government accuse China of genocide against Uyghurs based on a single report?

Background: CNN reported in January 2021 that The US has officially determined that China is committing genocide and crimes against humanity against Uyghur Muslims and ethnic and religious minority ...
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Did farmers adopt cars faster than inhabitants of cities?

I learned from this post: Start with a niche that: Cars are almost among the lucky exception to the niche rule. However, there was still one group of people in the USA that moved from horses to cars ...
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Do PCR COVID tests have high risk of false positives?

An October 2020 article in Germany's Finanztreff claims: Almost two-thirds [of positive tests for COVID-19] are false positive - at least The Wadsworth Center, the laboratory of the US state of New ...
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Did BGI genetically test Uyghurs in Xinjiang?

In July of last year the U.S. Commerce Department publicly accused subsidiaries of BGI (formerly Beijing Genomics Institute) of genetically testing Uyghurs in Xinjiang as part of a campaign of ...
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Did Oxford University pledge to make its vaccine open license?

There are numerous news stories circulating that claim that before signing an exclusive deal with AstraZeneca to manufacture their COVID-19 vaccine, they had previously pledged to donate the license ...
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Was “Yankee” originally a derisive term for smugglers?

Johan Norberg in Open: The Story of Human Progress (2020) claims: ‘Yankee’, after all, was originally a derisive term for smugglers. Is this true?
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Does this picture show an Arizona fire department extinguishing a fire in Mexico?

This was posted by the Swiss news portal watson.ch:
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Does the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission require weatherized pipelines and equipment (but Texas's doesn't)?

The Houston Chornicle writes: Texas has the only American electricity grid with no rules for resiliency. Instead, the GOP majority argued that a system that pays higher prices when demand goes up ...

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