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Does the Taliban rape gay men?

When Hanan met the men, they raped and beat him, Afghan LGBTQ rights activist Artemis Akbary told ITV. Akbary told the outlet that Taliban fighters are likely to do this again. "They'll make a ...
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Are there camps in North Korea where people born there don't know Kim Jong Un?

In Joe Rogan's podcast #1691 Yeonmi Park (I don't have exact timestamp) said there are types of camps where people are considered so below human that regime don't even bother to subject them to same ...
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Why does PHE data indicate higher death numbers for vaccinated than unvaccinated persons?

INTRODUCTION: The Public Health England technical briefings are technical documents indicating specific statistics and their breakdowns regarding COVID. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/...
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Can rebaudioside M (Reb M) be made through fermenting natural sugarcane?

According to Forbes, the new Amryis's Purecane product is produced is by fermenting sugarcane, But the Amyris scientists developed a unique method of making Reb-M using fermentation, the basic ...
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Can someone die of hypothermia just from thinking they're in a cold place?

There's a legend about a guy named Nick Sitzman who was accidentally locked in an unplugged walk in freezer. It was during the summer so it was actually hot, but he thought the freezer was on, and he ...
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Do African countries using Ivermectin have a better Covid-19 situation?

In the great Ivermectin debate, one frequently mentioned argument on the pro-side is a comparison among African countries. They argue, that a set of countries in Africa have significantly lower cases ...
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Did the Chinese government act to suppress news of their Covid outbreak in Wuhan before December 30, 2019?

Wei Jingsheng, a Chinese national who defected in 1997, has written a book (“What Really Happened in Wuhan”) that details how he first heard of a mysterious new virus at the time of the World Military ...
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Is it true that in India one can be listed as literate if he can sign his name? [closed]

A post on Reddit says that: The sweeper that works in my house is listed as literate and she can just sign. Is it true that in India one can be listed as literate if he can sign his name?
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How can the J&J vaccine shot be effective against COVID-19 if it only has a ~60% efficacy rate? [closed]

According to the CDC's page on the safety of J&J vaccines, the reported efficacy rate of the vaccine is a staggeringly low 66.3%. That said, the government is still promoting and touting the J&...
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Is the story of the Fourth Cookie true?

This story of a psychology experiment was told as part of a Commencement Address by author Michael Lewis. It has been quoted in a number of places around the web. They began by grabbing students, as ...
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Can an astronaut on Venus cook a 16-inch pepperoni pizza by holding it in the air for 4 seconds?

According to Neil deGrasse Tyson, one can cook a 16-inch pepperoni pizza on Venus by holding it in the air for 4 seconds. However, no detailed calculations were given to demonstrate this.
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Did Republicans mock Biden for showing grief over the loss of his dog?

In June, George Takei tweeted: Republicans are mocking Biden for showing grief over the loss of his dog. If you lose your dog but feel nothing, you might be a Republican. As of today, this tweet has ...
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Did China shut down a port for one COVID-19 case and did this closure have a bigger impact than the blocking of the Suez canal?

Journalist Fabian Kretschmer claimed in a DW interview (at 1m56): For every case you have to shut down a factory, you have to shut down a port. In May, for example, they had to shut down the Yantian ...
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Did Capablanca accuse members of the House of Commons of cheating in chess in 1919?

There is a quote attributed to Cuban world chess champion José Raúl Capablanca after he gave a simultaneous display in the UK House of Commons in 1919 which is repeated on many Russian-speaking ...
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Has CNN lost 70% of their audience compared to the beginning of the year, mainly because Trump is no longer president?

An opinion piece in The Hill says: That's what happens when all-things-Trump are myopically put at the forefront of every offering: You take J.R. Ewing off "Dallas," and there's no more &...
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Are seven keys able to turn off the internet? [duplicate]

Are seven keys able to turn off the internet? I had recently researched the possibility of turning off the internet, and found an explanation in another forum: How to take down the internet? The ...
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Are the ingredients listed in "Macbeth" common plants?

It is easy to find dozens of sites claiming, generally without attribution, that the ingredients in the famously gruesome witches' brew from Shakespeare's play Macbeth are herbalist jargon for common ...
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Did Poland and Hungary withdraw from (i.e. fully denounce) the Convention on Early Notification of a Nuclear Accident?

Wikipedia says so (since 2013), and there's a list on IAEA website that seemingly backs that up... but it's not wholly clear what the list actually means (image/table cropped to Poland.) Wikipedia's ...
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Is India drastically undercounting covid deaths?

The official count of covid-19 deaths from the Indian government currently (2 September 2021) stands at about 440 thousand, a rate of about 315 per million people (see Our World in Data). This is a ...
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Is it safe to eat rotten meat?

We can read here: Meat can be eaten when it has gone off (i.e. green), but must be cooked absolutely thoroughly and never reheated. This is an old trick for living on recently dead animals (South ...
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Did Parker Pens release an advertisement in Spanish that accidentally implied their pens would prevent pregnancy?

I've heard some variation of this story a handful of times: an advertisement for a pen was meant to claim that it wouldn't leak in your pocket and embarass you, but in Spanish, they used the word ...
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Does decreasing an urban speed limit from 50 km/h to 30 km/h increase air pollution?

Starting on 2021-08-30, the driving speed limit within the Paris municipality was reduced from 50 km/h to 30 km/h. There is a debate on the impact that this will have on air pollution. The Paris ...
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Is the Kabul evacuation "the largest airlift of people in history"?

As quoted here in an August 21 news piece: “The President noted that this is the largest airlift of people in history and that it would not have been possible without the early support from Qatar to ...
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Is wisdom tooth impaction causally linked to soft, processed foods?

In a book by an anthropologist at Ohio State, it is claimed that (1) third molar impactions dectupled after the Industrial Revolution, and (2) this was due to a new abundance of soft, processed food. ...
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Is "Magic: The Gathering" the world's most complicated game?

For this question we stablish games as officially recognized board or card games. Several sources stablish that game as the most complicated one, although it does so by mentioning that a computer was ...
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Did Kai Kostack provide an accurate representation of the NIST simulation of the 7 World Trade Center building collapse?

Kai Kostack made a widely-watched YouTube video looking at a recent UAF 7 World Trade Center study's results. In it, he displayed the NIST simulation for comparison. Image purportedly from the NIST ...
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Are expired car seats no longer safe to use?

Many websites will claim a variant of the following claim: Do not buy a used car seat unless you can verify the age of the seat. There should be a manufacturer's label on the back or bottom of the ...
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Did the Daily Express newspaper call Josef Fritzl the most evil Austrian in history?

LINK The video is extremely NSFW. Jimmy Carr in the video claimed that an English newspaper claimed that Josef Fritzl was the evilest Austrian in history, did that actually happen?
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Did the Voice of America become more critical of the US after the end of the Cold War?

In a speech given to Voice of America (VOA) staff towards the end of the Trump presidency, Mike Pompeo (who was Secretary of State at the time) stated that after the end of the Cold War VOA (like ...
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Is the quote "Your mind is software. Program it. Your body is a shell. Change it. Death is a disease. Cure it." attributable to Peter Thiel?

The source is in this tweet by Tim Ferriss dated Sep 10, 2014. I've listened to the podcast referenced there (correct link) and searched the transcript of that podcast on YouTube, but couldn't find ...
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Is the COVID-19 vaccine 50 times more likely to kill young people than COVID-19 itself?

Michael Yeadon, a former vice president at Pfizer and lately known as, e.g., making unsubstantiated claims about covid vaccinations, has made the claim in question in a video interview (archived ...
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Did ancient Hindu texts describe the existence of photons as early as 3100 BCE?

BooksFact.com is a popular Vedic blog (17K YouTube followed, 3K FB followers). In 2014, they published an article that claims that the Bhagavata_Purana was written 5100 years and contains a ...
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Secret instructions for the German submarines for the cruise to Agartha, a hidden land in the Antarctic. Are they authentic?

I saw this document posted on several websites about forgotten continents. They detail the maneuvers that a submarine must take to make it through the Antarctic to the other side. Is there anything ...
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Can video games cause seizures?

It's very common in the USA for video games to come with a health warning that playing them can cause seizures. For example, the 2010 release of Sega's Sonic Colors for Nintendo Wii contains the ...
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Have 200+ Pakistani military personnel been killed in the past 6 months by "insurgents crossing the border"?

In an Aug 12 story, AP reported the claims of some Pakistani officials that Pakistan has its own concerns, accusing Afghanistan of harboring militants opposed to the Islamabad government. Pakistani ...
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Did Abraham from the Bible come from Ur in Mesopotamia?

Genesis 11:31 describes Abraham as coming from Ur, an ancient city-state in South Mesopotamia, nowadays Southern Iraq. In March 2021, Pope Francis gave a speech from an archaeological site in Ur that ...
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Do cows need their tails when ploughing?

I was watching this documentary about North Korean defectors, and one of the claims struck me as very odd. One of the defectors claimed that the CIA was largely responsible for the famines in North ...
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Does decriminalising sex work result in increased trafficking and organised crime?

The Australian Christian Lobby sent out a campaign in relation to a proposed law to decriminalise prostitution. Part of the campaign against the law is that it will increase trafficking and organised ...
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Are summer colds up?

This article by the New York Times suggests that there is some expectation of a bad cold season. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that cases of common respiratory viruses, ...
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Did "the" London Agreement of 1945 bind the Soviets in writing to provide air access to [West] Berlin?

One Australian Airforce page offers this nutshell version of why the Soviets agreed to air corridors but shut down land access to West Berlin in the late 1940s. Berlin was in the centre of the Soviet ...
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Is the sewage from the Burj Khalifa transported away by trucks?

There are several articles and videos on the net claiming that the Burj Khalifa tower in Dubai is not connected to a wastewater treatment plant by a sewer system, but that instead the sewage is ...
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(To what extent) was the Lithuanian fence on the border with Russia (Kaliningrad) "funded by NATO" (or the EU)?

Wikipedia has claimed NATO funding for this fence for some years, e.g. today it says: In early 2017, with increasing military activity and political tensions in the region, the Lithuanian government ...
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Are young liberal women more likely to have a mental health condition?

Evie Magazine reports on a 2020 Pew Research study, in an article titled Over 50% Of Liberal, White Women Under 30 Have A Mental Health Issue. Are We Worried Yet? Conservatives label younger liberal ...
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Did Pik Botha Lobby For The Release Of Nelson Mandela?

In a 2013 interview from Al Jazeera, long-time South African Foreign Minister, Pik Botha claims that he long lobbied for the release of the future President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela who spent ...
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Did the Indonesian army have a virginity test for female recruits?

The original article is on Newsweek which I personally consider a reliable source. The virginity check, which extended to military fiancées, involves someone placing two fingers into the vagina to ...
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Did Pfizer intentionally delay the COVID vaccine until after the election?

According to an November 2020 article from Fox Business: President Trump had repeatedly said he expected to have the results by the end of October – ahead of the November election. In a statement on ...
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Are 99% of US beef cattle given steroids to promote faster growth?

Top google result The Meat You Eat: Steroid Use in Livestock claims Each year, U.S. farmers raise some 36 million beef cattle. 99% of all beef cattle entering feedlots in the United States are given ...
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Did the French government print posters explaining COVID-19 vaccination passport policy already in January 2020?

We see this poster, for example from the official site of the city of Toulon: (Explaining that citizens now either need to show a certificate for having 1. covid-vaccination 2. covid-test negative ...
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Is this data about COVID Vaccination breakthrough infections from the Israeli government?

I've been seeing this infographic circulating lately in private WhatsApp groups, and also on Twitter 1, 2. It has also been retweeted by Ivory Hecker who has 100k twitter followers and 173k Instagram ...
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Is methane responsible for nearly one-third of all global warming to date?

A recent BBC article says that the latest IPCC report says methane is responsible for 0.3°C out of 1.1°C of all cumulative warming since pre-industrial times. According to the IPCC, around 0.3C of ...

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