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Does “Baby It's Cold Outside” have a historical link with Osama Bin Laden? [on hold]

A recent Wall St. Journal article titled "The Jihad against 'Baby It's Cold Outside'" claimed a link between the controversial Christmassy song and a chain of influential moral reactionaries, ...
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Is the equity ratio of US banks around 3%?

Did John H. Cochrane, a professor of economics at Chicago, wrote: In order to make $100 of loans, a typical bank borrows $97—from depositors, from money-market funds, from other banks, or from ...
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Does Sandiaga have a 8.4 trillion rupeah debt?

Sandiaga Uno is the former Deputy Governor of Jakarta, and a Vice Preidential candidate for the 2019 Indonesia Election. In April 2017, Tribun-Bali claimed he had a large debt: 8.4 trillion Indonesia ...
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Do SOTHYS youth serums help prevent skin aging, sagging, and wrinkles?

For her Christmas present, my mom in her 50s insists on 1 bottle each of: Firming-specific youth serum, Reconstructive youth serum, Wrinkle-specific youth serum, Perfect shape youth serum. For at ...
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Does the Black Knight satellite exist? [on hold]

Is there an unidentified satellite, known as the Black Knight satellite, in a retrograde orbit around the Earth?
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Is there any chance that human caused global warming causes human extinction [on hold]

It appears that most doomsday models give a practically 0% chance that humans go extinct from global warming, and the vast majority of extinction scenarios come from nano technology, AI, a super virus,...
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Is in vitro steak, not ground or bits, possible in 2018?

This article seems to say that it's possible to create the complex structure of a steak today. Is there any more reliable source that discusses the actual implementation of lab grown steak? Toubia ...
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Do lipid droplets in our skin create a laser?

The home page of Dr Jack Kruse, who claims to be a neurosurgeon and "optimal health educator" contains the following paragraph: There is a deep connection between thermodynamics in biology and the ...
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Does too much deuterium clog up our mitochondria?

I recently came across a strange idea that appears to be popular in the biohacking and alternative health community. The essence of it is that many of the ills of modern life are cased by a buildup to ...
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Can stealth aircraft be detected by looking for shadows of sources behind them? [on hold]

The 1998 essay, Anti-Stealth Technology proposes three types of detection mechanisms that allegedly could overcome the stealth technology used to hide military aircraft. The technology involves ...
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Is Ayurveda's “Panchakarma treatment” beneficial? [on hold]

One of my senior colleague claims that he lost all of his hairs, but after receiving panchakarma treatment he regained his hairs and none of his hairs are white (at the age of 40). Is there any ...
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Does Earthing Therapy reduce cortisol secretion and help sleep?

Earthing Therapy involves "earthing" and "grounding" the human body by electrically connecting it to the ground. In the book Sleep Smarter, by Shawn Stevenson, he claims there is research that says ...
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Is the US saving enough money from the USMCA to pay for the Wall?

President Trump just tweeted this: I often stated, “One way or the other, Mexico is going to pay for the Wall.” This has never changed. Our new deal with Mexico (and Canada), the USMCA, is so much ...
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Does central heating contribute to obesity? [closed]

I remember a letter sent to the Financial Times some time last year from a farmer who claimed it wasn't surprising that obesity rates have increased because nowadays, with the ubiquity of central ...
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Do day-care centres lower the IQ of children?

Toni Bortoluzzi, a former Swiss politician, has recently claimed that the more time a child spends in "nursery" (a.k.a. crèche or day-care centres), the lower their IQ will be in their pre-teen or ...
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Does turning the lamp in my classroom off and on use more energy than it being turned on for 30 minutes?

My physics teacher regularly said to our class: Turning these lights [pointing to the ceiling of the classroom] off and on uses more energy than leaving them on for 30 minutes. Is this true? I ...
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Were Trump's tax cuts the largest in American history?

If anyone feels this is truly a duplicate of: Is the GOP tax plan the 'largest tax cut in history'? Feel free to close or delete the question. That question above was asked on 18 December 2017, ...
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Do “Zombie bacteria” live for millions to tens-of-millions of years?

Sputnik News reports that researchers are finding a "subterranean Galapagos" including "creatures such as microbial life thriving at 121 degrees Celsius or 'zombie bacteria', which can reproduce or ...
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CIA's declassified document: is this evidence of alien civilizations visiting us?

The following is a very short document (it will take just a couple minutes to read): https://www.cia.gov/library/readingroom/docs/DOC_0005517761.pdf. Below is a screenshot in case the link gets taken ...
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Is there as significant danger to frequent close contact with a pet dog? [closed]

An article in the National Geographic here talks of the dangers of dog licks. On the other hand, this NYT article states that dog owners tend to live longer and healthier than non-pet owners. Is it ...
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Have people died by being shocked through the headphone cord of their cell phone?

The headline of an article in Vice magazine claims that "A 16-Year-Old Has Died After Being Electrocuted by His Headphones" Last week, a teenager was electrocuted to death while listening to ...
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Does marijuana reduce chronic pain?

The cannabis may help some patients who have limited relief from other remedies, but current cannabis formulations are unlikely to replace existing treatments." https://www.webmd.com/pain-management/...
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Were there fewer first-home buyers in Australia in 2017 than seventh-home buyers?

An ABC news item today quoted a claim about the Australian property market without any indication that they verified it: [Queensland] State Housing Minister Mick De Brenni said that last year more ...
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Will the United Nations global compact on migration make it a criminal offense to criticize migration?

Liberty Nation and the Sunday Express cite MEP Marcel de Graaff from the Dutch Party for Freedom as saying: “One basic element of this new agreement is the extension of the definition of hate ...
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What do we know about the P-DTR method? [closed]

TL;DR: P-DTR (Proprioceptive Deep Tendon Reflex) is supposedly a neurological (physiological) method for assessment and treatment of hypertonic (overly tense) muscles. Due to lack of publications; ...
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Are these 'French children held at gun point'?

I've come across this post on facebook several times now. The video shows a group of young people kneeling on the ground with police around them. The text attached is as follows: School children in ...
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Is Dalmatia one of the rainiest places in Europe?

The Tourist Maker article lists the Dalmatian coast as the fourth rainiest place in Europe: You will probably be surprised to learn that one of the rainiest places in Europe is not somewhere else ...
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Did western capitalists fund the Bolsheviks? [closed]

It is now a matter of record, that Thompson syndicated the purchase on Wall Street of Russian bonds in the amount of ten million roubles. (Hagedorn, p. 192) In addition, he gave over two million ...
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Is large Muslim immigration within an European country a cause for higher sexual violence in that particular country?

An article in FrontPage Magazine argues that: the more open a European country is to Muslim mass migration, the more dangerous it is to women. It provides various examples of European countries ...
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Has Virgin Galactic flown any tourists yet [closed]

I'm not sure if I'm supposed to post this question in https://space.stackexchange.com/ or https://travel.stackexchange.com/ but today I heard from a friend for the first time that Virgin Galactic has ...
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Are polyfluorinated chemicals linked to men's penises being smaller?

A recent story in Huffpost raises the spectre that cooking in non-stick pans could be harming male fertility, not least by making penises smaller: Chemicals used to make non-stick pans have been ...
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Did Einstein say: “I'm doing just fine, considering that I have triumphantly survived Nazism and two wives”

The book "How to think like Einstein" (Isbn-13 978-1-4926-2627-5) has a number of quotes in it that are attributed to Albert Einstein On page 28 of that book, it claims "Einstein Thinking" "...
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Is there a detectable bias in drug-sniffing dogs based on handler belief of presence of drugs?

As discussed in the comments of Does normal paper currency contain enough narcotics residue to attract a drug-sniffing dog?, and further explored in the 2017 NPR article, "Eliminating Police Bias When ...
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Will smart meters cost each UK household 420 GBP?

The roll out of smart meters is well on its way in the UK. In this article it is claimed that smart meters will cost each household 420 pounds. Apparently, this money will be taken from each customers ...
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Did they live that long in Genesis? [closed]

"So all the days of Seth were nine hundred and twelve years, and he died," (Gen. 5:8). "So all the days of Enosh were nine hundred and five years, and he died," (Gen. 5:11). "So all the days of Kenan ...
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Do antibacterial coatings in fridges reduce bacterial load?

Some modern fridges have "antibacterial coating" in their list of features. It is claimed this reduces the levels of bacteria growth. Some people go on the further claim this in turn reduces odour ...
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Does General Relativity bring “Cosmic Time,” which is the same for all frames-of-reference?

In a recent podcast, the philosopher William Lane Craig said that while Special Relativity taught us to doubt whether any given clock is, or whether it could be, an absolute measure of time, General ...
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Healing Tooth Decay via Electrically Accelerated and Enhanced Remineralisation?

According to The Guardian scientists from the UK have developed a tool to repair cavities without filling or injections. The new treatment, called Electrically Accelerated and Enhanced ...
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Was George H. W. Bush the “youngest pilot in the US Navy”?

According to this Miller Center, Bush enlisted in the Navy on his 18th birthday and became notable as the youngest pilot to earn his wings in World War II. And, again, on The Independent, he ...
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Does normal paper currency contain enough narcotics residue to attract a drug-sniffing dog?

It seems pretty well established that paper currency (e.g. in the US) is commonly contaminated with trace amounts of cocaine or other illegal narcotics. (See Snopes for instance, though I'm happy to ...
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Do “smart meters” bring about any significant savings?

UK television stations are showing multiple commercials such as this one which make claims about making significant savings if you get a smart meter (the linked ad claims fitting a smart meter would ...
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Did Alfred Kinsey sexually abuse children for his studies?

The following is an interesting question posted in Psychology.SE which was closed as off-topic. It was not migrated here so I thought I would ask it. An article at https://web.archive.org/web/...
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Can Vedic mantras and yajñas (sacrifice) bring rain?

In this YouTube video titled Rainfall with Yajnam from 2015, speaker Venkata Chaganti claims that certain yajnas conducted by the Hindu Temple of Atlanta (HTA) were responsible for increased rainfall ...
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Is this heart transplant denial letter from an insurance group?

In a recent tweet from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, she claims that this letter which recommends a fundraising effort of $10,000 for medical care, 'comes from an insurance group'. Well-known conservative ...
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Authenticity of Quote - Eating with fork and knife like love via interpreter [closed]

I have found on numerous websites the quote "Eating with knives and forks is like making love through an interpreter" attributed to a Shah of Iran. Is this a genuine quote?
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Did the number of U.S. Food & Drug Administration food safety inspections fall from the 1972 to 2006?

Food Inc documentary claims that the number of FDA food safety inspections had fallen from 50,000 in 1972 to 9164 in 2006 and this information is also cited here. However, I cannot find any ...
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Did Brother Yun escape a maximum security prison without help?

Liu Zhenying (known as Brother Yun) is an exiled Chinese Christian evangelist. Supposedly, he was sentenced to a maximum security prison some time ago and escaped miraculously, and "without any ...
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Does CS tear gas permanently damage children?

In the final assault ending the 1993 siege of a compound in Waco, Texas , in which 76 people were killed, the FBI fired 40mm M651 CS and Ferret CS rounds into buildings containing adults and children ...
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Does UV-A light from sunlight damage our vision?

Ultraviolet (UV) light is divided into wavelength bands. UV-A is the 315-400nm. The American Optometric Association claim that UV-A may cause injury to the eye: WHAT PART OF THE UV RADIATION IS ...
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Was Kepler's sci-fi book “Somnium” used as evidence in his mother's witchcraft trial?

Widely considered the first sci-fi book, Somnium was written by astronomer Johannes Kepler around 1608 and was only published in 1634, after his death. I first heard the claim that the book was used ...

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