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Do certain fruit combinations ripen faster?

It is commonly claimed that certain fruits (e.g. apples, bananas, high-ethylene fruits and their dastardly "ripening hormone") make other fruits ripen faster. These claims appear on mainstream media ...
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Does wearing tight boxers lead to lower testosterone levels?

According to 11 unique Ways To Increase Your Testosterone Without Steroids: If you heat up your boys by wearing tight boxers or by taking long hot baths and showers, you are just basically ...
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Is it unsafe to swim during a lightning storm… In the city? [on hold]

This is a follow up question to this question: Is it unsafe to swim during a lightning storm My pool in the back-yard is the lowest point. I am surrounded by other homes, fences, and trees. There ...
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Is the discovery of tuff amongst dinosaur fossils in Utah incongruous scientific consensus about dating of the fossils?

A Creation Ministries International article makes the following claim about the multiple-local-flood explanation for the deposits at the Morrison Formation: The idea of many local floods might at ...
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Is there any amount of safe meat, dairy, or other non-vegan foods? [on hold]

Someone I know has recently been reading a book that makes them want to follow a plant-based diet which excludes all non-vegan foods. The claim is that being vegan is, in absolute terms, healthier ...
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Is aerial firefighting a cost effective way of combating forest fires? [on hold]

Every summer we see the same image: brave firefighters flying helicopters and planes with tanks full of water or fire retardant over yet another forest fire. But is there actual evidence on whether or ...
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Does substitute activism translate into actual activism [on hold]

I recently had a discussion on activism. In my opinion it is more than often, that a major problem is pointed out, e.g. plastic pollution in the ocean, but the call for action only involves a very ...
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Is this news article from 1912, essentially explaining climate change, real?

I found this image on reddit, and I'm wondering if this is real? Was this actually published over 100 years ago? Transcription: Science Notes And News COAL CONSUMPTION AFFECTING CLIMATE ...
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Is there any scientific proof for reincarnation? [on hold]

Question title explain everything. Is there any scientific proof for reincarnation? I know that there are some parapsychology studies now a days.. But still couln't find whether there any scientific ...
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Did Omarosa claim in her book to have heard Trump’s N-word tape? [on hold]

Former Trump White House official and reality TV star Omarosa Manigault-Newman said this in an interview with NPR regarding her new book: MANIGAULT-NEWMAN: And once I heard it... RACHEL MARTIN, ...
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Is Roundup weed killer carcinogenic?

Monsanto have been found liable for the terminal cancer of a former groundskeeper exposed to glyphosate and other chemicals in their Roundup herbicidal product. On Friday, a California jury hit ...
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Is this Pfizer’s official Facebook page?

This Facebook page purports to be that of Pfizer, but it contains some unusual posts. However, there is another Pfizer Pharmaceutical page with a lot more Facebook Likes, so I’m not sure if this is ...
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Did Talleyrand say “If we go on explaining we shall cease to understand one another”?

Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord (a.k.a. Talleyrand) was a French diplomat of the late 18th Century. A number of websites of quotes (for example: [1], [2], [3]) claim that he said: "If we go ...
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In California, is water from the north diverted into the Pacific Ocean?

Possibly addressing the Californian wildfires, president Donald Trump claims that in California "water coming from the north" is "being diverted into the Pacific Ocean". Governor Jerry Brown must ...
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Antistatic bracelet without a ground connection

Last winter in Japan, some of my friends were buying bracelets like this, that claim to prevent or reduce static shocks: Here is an advertisement picture describing how it is supposed to be used, ...
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Do pharmaceutical companies contribute to anti-drug campaigns?

According to an article by The Guardian, a pharmaceutical company called Insys lobbied against marijuana legalization in Arizona; and then was approved for a cannabis-derived pharmaceutical five ...
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Probiotic Machine [closed]

Have been told there are various types of machines that spray or emitted probiotics into the air that will "eat" all the bad things in the house like dust (of which is mainly dead skin) and animal ...
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Has Israel interfered in US Elections? [closed]

So I came upon this July 2018 Independent article which quotes social critic Noam Chomsky as saying that Israel interfered in US election(s): Veteran activist Noam Chomsky has accused Israel of “...
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Hindu gods outside India [closed]

How is it possible for certain Hindu gods how always lived in India . Are getting prayed outside India in different form . Like this one - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ramakien It is not possible ...
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Do the recent changes in US drug policy correlate with an increase in people moving from prescribed opioids to heroin?

I was reading about the price of heroin on The Recovery Village and they say: Heroin pricing varies a lot depending on the region where it’s sold, and as drug cartels have seen people become ...
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Is keyless theft/relay theft a practical threat for vehicles with fob/keyless entry?

Some sites, such as AutoExpress, are warning about a method of breaking into vehicles with keyless entry by capturing and relaying the fob's signal. To quote AutoExpress: The process criminals use ...
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Does Florida have a law which states that unmarried women are not allowed to go parachuting on Sundays?

KHSB (NBC News) (2011) has a self-explanatory headline: No unmarried woman can parachute on Sundays is just one of Florida's most bizarre laws CNN talks about this law in "World's strangest laws" (...
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How long do disposable plastic shopping bags take to break down

Recently in Australia some major supermarkets have begun phasing out disposable shopping bags. A lot of people are saying things like that the new reusable bags are worse than the disposable bags. ...
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Is the “climate change” responsible for the 2018 European heatwave? [closed]

The following article Why is Europe going through a heatwave? as well as other articles on the current heatwave in Europe and the British Isles tend to suggest that: The heatwaves in the northern ...
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Was Christopher Steele told to stop collecting information about a Trump-Russia ties?

According to The Hill They do, however, indicate that Steele was told to stop gathering intelligence on behalf of the FBI in November 2016 — building on information already known as a result of the ...
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Is at least $70 million in health care costs in the USA directly attributable to low literacy?

According to the Gaston Literacy Council of Gastonia, North Carolina: Reports show that low literacy directly costs the healthcare industry over $70 million every year. That website does not ...
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Is lack of adequate funding a substantial factor determining the poor accuracy of US state-level polls?

One of the conclusions of an AAPOR paper on the 2016 US polls contains this detail: As this report documents, the national polls in 2016 were quite accurate, while polls in key battleground states ...
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Was an elderly woman forcibly euthanized in the Netherlands?

A disturbing story appeared on my news feed this week, Elderly Woman Forcibly Euthanized The article says that in the Netherlands an elderly woman with dementia was euthanized against her will. ...
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Does one SUV tank of ethanol “take as much grain as could feed a person for a whole year?”

From The Great Transition, (c)2014, by Lester R. Brown (preface, page xiii): [F]illing the tank of a large SUV one time with ethanol takes as much grain as could feed a person for a whole year. ...
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Is it safe for a child to sleep near a baby monitor?

I have always assumed baby monitors and all wireless technology to be completely safe and have been informed by a 'friend' that I have been endangering my children by using them. We used an RF ...
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Has claiming that “claiming that Israel's existence is racist” is racist been used by those who wish to restrict non-racist criticism of Israel? [closed]

The IHRA definition of anti-semitism includes as an example "claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist endeavour". I believe they argue such a claim denies the Jewish right to self-...
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Neil Armstrong: “One small step for man” or “one small step for a man”?

Today on Facebook the Science Museum (London) posted: #OTD in 1930 American astronaut and aeronautical engineer Neil Armstrong was born. In July 1969, Armstrong and Apollo 11 pilot Buzz ...
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Did the vedas accurately describe the planetary system like elliptical orbits and Sun being the centre?

There is a book called 108 eternal truths which claims many things which have been proved wrong on this site. It makes the following claims about vedas describing the planetary system. The Vedas are ...
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Are there millions of cases of girls raped by Muslim men in Europe which resulted in only 222 convictions?

Recently I saw a youtube video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SLT9JOE64WQ) where the first minute of the video seems to show a British man talking in Parliament where he says that since 2005 there ...
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“Give me a child” Quote from B. F. Skinner

B.F. Skinner has been quoted all over the place on the internet (e.g. PsychologyDegreeGuide) to say Give me a child and I'll shape him into anything I am starting to think he didn't as I am yet to ...
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Does the US military use an Xbox 360 controller to control one of their EOD robots?

According to this 2016 gameranx video: The US military actually uses an Xbox 360 controller for EOD robots - which are essentially robots that pick up bombs, or deliver bombs. (EOD stands for ...
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Have coelacanth fossils younger than 65 million years been found?

In a Creation Ministries International article, they make the following claim about coelacanths: Paleontologists believed that coelacanths went extinct about 65 million years ago. However, in 1938, ...
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Is Germany paying for vacations for refugees to the refugees' home countries?

This article The German Government Is Paying For Refugees To Return Home For 3-Week Vacation on noted blog Zerohedge.com, lifted in its entirety from another source, claims: I am in Germany on ...
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Do a majority of people believe the moon landings were faked?

A recent breakfast TV slot on the UK's ITV pitted a cosmologist against a believer that the Apollo moon landings were faked. I don't think the cosmologist did a good job of showing what sorts of ...
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Does Great Britain have the lowest state pensions (relative to average wages) in the OECD?

I recently came across this political post on Facebook It is arguing that Great Britain is the 'worst' in the developed world, and I'm sceptical of a few assertions made here. UK pensions don't seem ...
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Was Trump late for his meeting with the Queen?

President Trump claims that he was early for a meeting with Queen Elizabeth II and she made him wait. Donald Trump has rejected reports that he was late to meet the Queen as "fake disgusting news", ...
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Why aren't we using AI to inform our militaries? [closed]

I came across this article that said AI was almost if not as good as humans in team player games like DOTA. Now DOTA has landscapes, multiple players, different abilities etc. So that immediately set ...
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Did Trump hire actors to support him at his campaign announcement?

The Atlantic reported in 2015 that Trump hired actors to support him in a campaign announcement: Donald Trump's presidential campaign announcement last month was widely mocked, not only for the ...
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Did Hitler use a verse from the Quran in one of his speeches?

In this book ( سلسلة قادة الحرب - كتاب أدولف هتلر.. الطبعة الاولى - بيروت - صفحة 38 - ترجمة كمال عبدالله. ), the author claims that Hitler quoted a verse from the Quran. Is there any evidence of this? ...
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Is this Singapore school letter about exams real?

This is doing the rounds on Facebook: A school principal in Singapore sent this letter to the parents before the exams Dear Parents The exams of your children are to start soon. I know ...
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Was Paul Manafort exonerated for the crimes he’s now charged with?

Andrew Napolitano just said this on Fox News regarding the trial of Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort: Here’s Manafort’s defense: I was investigated for all this by the government 8 years ago ...
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Did Francis of Assisi say/write “Start doing what is necessary…”?

“Start doing what is necessary, then do what is possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible” is attributed to St. Francis in thousands of web pages. But books.google.com can't find it in any ...
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Do you need photo ID to buy groceries in the United States? [closed]

On 31/07/2018 President Donald Trump said that "You know, if you go out and you want to buy groceries, you need a picture on a card. You need ID." Is this true, do you need photo ID to buy groceries ...
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Did Air Force personnel tell Trump the F-35 is something “you can't see”?

I know there's a question here which addresses the "it is invisible" claim. What I want to ask here is based on the two of the earliest (and most detailed) claims that Trump made on the topic, ...
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Did Odigo employees receive warning of the 9/11 terror attacks?

Odigo Messenger was an Israel-based social network service, that ran from 1999-2004. According to a 2001 article from the Israeli newspaper, Haaretz: Odigo, the instant messaging service, says ...

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