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Does the second law of thermodynamics disprove the existence of a God?

According to the second law, the entropy of the universe is always increasing and had an initial value. At the beginning the entropy was very small but nonzero, smaller than it was today’s by a lot. ...
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Is the “new automatic chess e-board” Regium a scam?

The chess world is hearing about Regium: MOST AMAZING & REVOLUTIONARY CHESS E-BOARD REGIUM is an Automatic Chess e-Board with the latest Technology. Play chess with REGIUM against Internet ...
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Did Sir Arthur Conan Doyle prank 12 men into fleeing their countries?

Purportedly, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator and author of Sherlock Holmes sent a telegram to 12 men "of great virtue and respected in society". The telegram read "Flee! All has been discovered". ...
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Is Bernie Sanders the first candidate to win the first three states in a primary?

I saw this float around Facebook. It seems it originated from the Twitter account of People For Bernie, Bernard Sanders is the only candidate in history (in a competitive primary) to win the ...
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Does 5:2 diet activate SIRT1 gene and provide health benefits?

5:2 intermittent fasting is For two days a week, you eat a limited diet, of just 500 to 600 calories, and for the other five days, you eat whatever you want. From the above article, the ...
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Are pomegranate seeds edible? [closed]

My dad usually eats cherry seeds, which seemed dangerous to me, so I searched it online and indeed it can be dangerous. Today, I was about to eat a pomegranate but I wasn't sure if the seeds are ...
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Is Trump the “chief law-enforcement officer of the United States”?

This article from Business Insider, and many others, say that President Donald Trump falsely designated himself the "chief law-enforcement officer of the United States" while speaking with ...
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Do library fines affect return rates?

I just got an email from the Free Library of Philadelphia announcing that they no longer charge fines for material returned past the due date. The announcement, reproduced on their blog contained the ...
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Is it true that SERE's in the army are given a dog to raise to kill them? [duplicate]

My daughter told me that her fiance was in the SERE's in the army and that he was given a puppy to raise and then had to shoot it so he would learn to not become attached? He is stating that the dog ...
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Is this picture of Trump, Bloomberg, and Clinton playing golf real? [closed]

Picture reads "it's big club and you ain't in it", and has Rudy Giuliani, Donald Trump, Michael Bloomberg, and Clinton. That's quite similar to this tweet of the same Image without the caption by ...
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Were Vietnam veterans spat on?

The idea that Vietnam veterans in the United States were spat on when they returned seems to have taken hold. It's mentioned in the movie First Blood ("Rambo"): Then I come back to the world and I ...
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Did the reintroduction of wolves into Yellowstone NOT restore the ecosystem? [closed]

Did the reintroduction of wolves into Yellowstone NOT restore the ecosystem to a state that is closer to its original balance? I have seen and read many documentaries and articles about how the ...
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Is cleaning a used mask is better than keep buying new ones? [closed]

Due to the current outbreak of COVID-19, masks are being used a lot more often than usual. The uptake in sales has caused a shortage of masks which are currently being utilized by mostly due to a ...
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What makes people perform acts of violence such as the My Lai massacre & the Rape of Nanjing [closed]

People placed in high stress situations such as war behave differently how they normally do. What is scientific explanation for this form of dissonance?
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Have 41% of transgender people attempted suicide?

In Daniella Carter's TED talk "Walking in your truth as an LGBT youth", she mentioned: I need it, they need it, we need the love, we need the liberation, we need the support, not only for the 2.5 ...
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If wide shoes are simply taller on the same platform, why foot measuring devices don't measure girth/height? [closed]

I'm trying to understand the science behind shoe sizes in regards to width, and I'm having difficulty finding sources in the midst of all the online stores trying to sell you their product. At http://...
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Was the 1971 Pakistani surrender in Bangladesh the first public surrender in history?

In 1971 India invaded east Pakistan, which ended in the "public surrender" of the Pakistani military on the 16th of December, and modern day Bangladesh is the result. Many of the articles and videos ...
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Are vegetables, grains and fruit an important part of a healthy diet?

Western nutritionists recommend that a substantial part of a healthy diet include fruit, vegetables and grains. e.g. Nutrition Australia's Healthy Eating Pyramid (via Vuly): Click to enlarge. ...
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Coronavirus - Is it safe to receive a package from China?

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has stated that is 'safe' to receive packages from China. e.g. from their Facebook page Is it safe to receive a letter or package from China? Yes, ...
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Do long sessions of computer use damage the user's skin?

I believe that regularly spending long periods of time facing computers monitors while using them significantly damages the skin. The Daily Mail reported in 2018: According to [Rebecca Mason, skin ...
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Did Biden ask the State Department to lift Kolomoyskyi’s travel ban?

Conservative talk show host Glenn Beck said this on BlazeTV on Thursday (at the 33:54 mark of this video): Kolomoyskyi’s company Burisma was implicated in a money-laundering ring. Hunter Biden then,...
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Did Lyndon Johnson spy on Barry Goldwater's 1964 campaign using CIA and FBI assets?

An article by Lee Edwards on the Heritage Foundation website claims so with quite some level of detail, e.g. In the fall of 1964, the White House turned to the CIA to get advance inside information ...
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Did Nancy Pelosi say “We'll have to pass the bill to find out what's in it”?

I found some comments by republicans/conservatives who claim she said this*, some indicating it was in regard with Obamacare, but I haven't been able to find any context or primary source. So the ...
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Did Thomas Sowell say this about the social justice? [closed]

Envy was once considered one of the seven deadly sins before it became one of the most admired virtues under its new name" social justice
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Is it possible for time on Earth to randomly stop?

On the Glitch in the Matrix subreddit, there are many examples of time stopping. Here is an example: Something felt really weird, my parents were like frozen up (not moving completely) my dad had ...
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Is the Dunning-Kruger effect reversed in Japan?

Wikipedia seems to claim so citing a single study: The study "Divergent Consequences of Success and Failure in Japan and North America: An Investigation of Self-improving Motivations and Malleable ...
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Do the U.S. interstate numbers correspond to land area?

This question is about the numbering scheme of U.S. interstate highways. Wikipedia says: In the numbering scheme for the primary routes, east–west highways are assigned even numbers and north–south ...
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Did GetUp! only spend 16% of donations on campaigns in 2019?

The conservative political lobby group Advance Australia has made a claim on their Facebook wall about progressive political lobby group GetUp!: In 2019 GetUp! spent only 16 cents in the dollar of ...
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Does Warren Buffet have an IQ higher than 150?

Tobias Handke writes: It is said that Buffet himself apparently has an IQ over 150 (160 is considered a genius), the influential investor doesn't believe it's the sole reason for his success. ...
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Did 20% of American millionaires inherit their riches?

A 2019 Investopedia article, 7 Millioinaire Myths, which has been widely copied makes the claim that "Millionaires Just Inherited Their Money" is a false preconception: According to Thomas J. ...
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Did Michael Bloomberg ask for a box to stand on during debates?

In an interview with Sean Hannity, President Trump made a claim about Michael Bloomberg: You know now he wants a box for the debates, to stand on. the implication being that he wanted to make ...
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Did Tencent release accurate statistics for the Wuhan coronavirus that were 10 times the official figures?

Taiwan News reported the following on February 5: As many experts question the veracity of China's statistics for the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak, Tencent over the weekend seems to have ...
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Do 30 year old Millennials have lower average household income than Gen X did?

A 2017 Business Insider article claims that, in the UK: for the first time in more than 100 years the current generation of workers — millennials — are doing worse than the generation before them, ...
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Why is the estimated fatality rate of the 2019-nCoV virus so low?

I have seen multiple sources claiming that the fatality rate of the 2019-nCoV virus is around 2% to 10%. At the same time, as of February 3rd 2020, 362 patients were reported to have died from the ...
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Did Bernie Sanders say immigrants steal our jobs?

In an interview with the former Maryland governor, Martin O’Malley, that appeared in The Guardian there are some notable claims that I haven't heard of till now. For example, this part refers to ...
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In WWI, did the British Board of Invention and Research propose conditioning seagulls to associate a submarine's periscope with food?

One of the more unusual ideas proposed by the BIR [British Board of Invention and Research] involved dragging a dummy periscope behind a ship while food was discharged nearby. The aim was to attract a ...
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Do vaccines against childhood diseases leave the immune system less capable of fighting cancer?

I recently saw someone post this NSFW screenshot image about vaccines in a discussion about the Chinese coronavirus outbreak. It is a screenshot from this NSFW 4chan thread. The anonymous poster ...
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Is ceramic window-tinting film the type of window-tinting film that is able to block the most percentage of UV radiations from entering a car?

I read on http://thespokaneshop.com/spokane-window-tinting/different-types-window-tint-film (mirror): Ceramic film is also most effective in its blocking of ultraviolet light from the interior; in ...
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Are there actual cases of school libraries refusing to lend books to children that are outside their determined reading level?

In the article Three Myths About “Reading Levels” (Feb 28, 2017) published by Psychology Today, it is asserted (emphasis mine): Unfortunately, though, the ubiquity and precision with which these ...
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Is Rand Paul's apparent outing of Trump's whistleblower a crime? [closed]

A tweet from @SethFromThe716 is very popular (4.2K likes at the time of this question). It says [U.S. Senator] Rand Paul violated the law by publicly outing the whistleblower [of President Trump]...
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Has the rabbitfish remained unchanged for 180 million years?

The 2009 Creation Magazine had an article using the Striped rabbitfish (Hydrolagus matallanasi) as an example of a species that has supposedly existed for millions of years, as evidence that the Earth ...
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Was the Wuhan corona-virus made in a Chinese lab? [closed]

This idea was discussed in the Washington Times. The article discusses whether the Wuhan corona-virus could have been made in a Chinese bio-weapon lab: Dany Shoham, a former Israeli military ...
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Are smart motorways more dangerous than ordinary motorways? [closed]

A recent BBC Panorama documentary and associated news report, 38 people have been killed in traffic accidents on smart motorways in the past 5 years describes some dangers of smart motorways: Smart ...
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Did 30 U.S. Marines die in a helicopter crash between January 24th and January 27th, 2020?

Social media and some news websites are reporting that there was a helicopter crash in Iraq that killed 30 U.S. Marines over the weekend of 24-27 January 2020. From Google, found when googling "...
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Have China and India more than doubled carbon emissions since 2000 while U.S. emissions have fallen?

The following meme has been shared circa Dec 2019 on social media and several blogs: The text reads: China's Carbon Emission Change Since 2000: +208% India's Carbon Emission Change Since 2000:...
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Did (former) German Minister Manfred Lahnstein admit that Germany wanted the EMS in order to get a competitive edge over other European countries?

A 2017 article about the European Monetary System (EMS) in Foreign Policy relates this story: But there was always a suspicion that Germany was trying to get long-term trade advantages from linking ...
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Is Stack Overflow the most trusted developer community?

I read on https://stackoverflow.blog/2020/01/21/scripting-the-future-of-stack-2020-plans-vision (mirror) (emphasis is mine, to match the question): Stack Overflow, the world’s largest and most ...
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Do CO₂ emissions need to be cut to near zero to stop global temperatures rising?

In Bill Gates' 2010 TED talk, Bill Gates: Innovating to zero! [YouTube], Gates mentions that he has asked the top scientists on this several times: Do we really have to get down to near zero? Can't ...
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Does preferential voting disadvantage minor parties and independents?

Starting from something shared on a face book feed I came across a claim that a disadvantage of preferential voting is that it disadvantages (reduces the chance of being elected) minor parties and ...
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Can using black glue coating on an umbrella block 99.99% of UV-A and UV-B radiations?

I read on https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B07XP321LY/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 (mirror): Black glue umbrella is the newer version sun umbrella instead of silver glue ...

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