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Do UK background checks successfully ‘prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups’? [on hold]

When working with children in the UK, it's common to hear griping about the restrictions and administrative overhead imposed by compliance with the Disclosure & Barring (DBS) regime. Despite this ...
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Does genetic testing incidentally reveal true parentage often enough to be a real concern? [on hold]

In this article on genetic testing within the US military, the authors write that ‘One particularly troublesome type of unintended finding, which can occur when both parents and offspring are studied ...
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Were pens caps holes designed to prevent death by suffocation if swallowed?

Someone posted on a social website the following trivia: "Do you know that pen caps have holes so that if someone swallows a cap, then air could still pass through?" This started a small debate, some ...
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Did Oliver Kahn deny children's penalty goals thus charity money?

There is a claim on Reddit, originally from Twitter, stating that Oliver Kahn denied all penalties from children, even though every goal was worth charity money. Original transcription: Currently ...
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Did the McCarthy Hearings violate the First amendment rights of its subjects? [on hold]

In the book Einstein and Oppenheimer: The Meaning of Genius, it explains: in December 1953, Einstein talked at length with Al Shadowitz [...] who had been subpoenaed by Senator McCarthy to appear ...
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Did Mussolini say the state controlled three-fourths of the Italian economy?

Three-fourths of the Italian economy, industrial and agricultural, is in the hands of the state. And if I dare to introduce to Italy state capitalism or state socialism, which is the reverse side of ...
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Is Feynman's claim about the history of measurements of the charge of the electron after Millikan accurate?

In a 1974 speech Richard Feynman famously described an example of confirmation bias in science: One example: Millikan measured the charge on an electron by an experiment with falling oil drops, and ...
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Did Lenin say he made a mistake, their actions caused oppression and massacres and what Russia needed was ten Francis of Assisi?

I have found claims about Vladimir Lenin saying near end of his life: "I have been mistaken. It was necessary, I suppose, to liberate the multitude of oppressed people, but our method only ...
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Is a Gazan woman running for Office in Belgium?

I am currently researching some information about Gazans who manage to emigrate in order to improve this answer. During this process I have found what it seems to be an interesting article about Gazan ...
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Have 1.5% of all nuclear reactors ever built melted down?

During a June 28, 2012, "Talk at Google", Stanford professor Mark Jacobson made the following claim: One and a half percent of all nuclear reactors ever built, and there have been about 440, have ...
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Micro-master to PhD? [on hold]

There is an increasing number websites that offer online modules that are part of actual on-campus curriculum, under the name of micro-masters. Some of them offer you the chance to do your second ...
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Did 20% of US soldiers in Vietnam use heroin, 95% of whom quit afterwards?

The following claims were made around 04:50 of this TED talk by Johann Hari: 20 percent of all American troops were using loads of heroin, and if you look at the news reports from the time, they ...
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Did “hundreds of birds” fall out of the sky in the Netherlands due to a 5G test? [duplicate]

A conspiracy news site claims that (emphasis added): Hundreds of birds have fallen from the sky in The Hague, the Netherlands, during a 5G experiment to see how large the range was and whether the ...
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Who wrote “A writer only begins a book. A reader finishes it.”?

Literature.SE is one of a couple SE sites that run community promotion ads. One such ad (below) includes a quote by Samuel Johnson. Ad credits to @Rand al'Thor and @BESW. “A writer only begins a ...
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Do these five football players have genius IQs?

This Sokkaa.com article is one of many claiming that these handful of football players have exceptionally high IQs. Most of the football players in the world are evaluated based on physical health, ...
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Does Myanmar deny medical care, humanitarian aid, education, and food to Rohingya?

From a New York Times opinion piece titled "I Saw a Genocide in Slow Motion" (various paragraphs, not necessarily continuous, are quoted; emphasis added): Sometimes Myanmar uses guns and machetes ...
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Does rubbing the end of a cucumber improve its taste?

It's said that cutting off the end of a cucumber and rubbing it at the incision makes the cucumber less bitter. It would be very surprising to me if rubbing just one end of the cucumber could alter ...
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Are fares for US transcontinental flights at an all-time low?

The Wall Street Journal published an article May 8, 2019 titled "Flying Coast-to-Coast Nonstop Has Rarely Been Cheaper." Part of the article is quoted below. Flying coast-to-coast nonstop has ...
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Is the penalty for a woman having an abortion more severe than the penalty for rape?

On social media there are a lot of posts fuelled by the recent restrictions on abortion in Alabama and Missouri. Some of these (the first is from Instagram and the second is from Twitter, although I ...
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Does science define life as “beginning at conception”? [closed]

The following link makes such a claim https://www.princeton.edu/~prolife/articles/embryoquotes2.html The following references illustrate the fact that a new human embryo, the starting point for a ...
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Did 295 of Marsh & McLennan employees die in the World Trade Center during 9/11? [closed]

According to Wikipedia, Paul Bremer was Before rejoining government in 2003, he was chairman and CEO of Marsh Crisis Consulting, a risk and insurance services firm which is a subsidiary of Marsh &...
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What effect does listening to music on streaming services have on artist revenues?

There are quite a lot of reports saying that the fees Spotify, Apple Music and other music streaming services pay artists are very low. These reports tend imply that because people are streaming, not ...
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Was this Communist Party Directive from 1943 genuine?

When certain obstructionists become too irritating, label them after suitable buildups as fascist or Nazi or anti-Semitic and used the prestige of anti-fascist and tolerance organisations to ...
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Are patterns of holes in surfaces surprisingly good clickbait?

The title is based on @Oddthinking's very helpful comment. From A Complete Taxonomy of Internet Chum1 published in The Awl (bold italics added by me): Bottom Left: Deeply Psychological Body Thing: ...
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Is new nuclear power cheap? [duplicate]

A common theme amongst calls for nuclear power in Australian politics is the idea that nuclear power is cheap. For example, the United Australia party (Wikipedia) ran the below full page add making ...
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Are Rembrandt's two anatomical paintings the only two where the identity of the cadaver is known?

From a Ewa Kotz's Master Thesis from the University of Amsterdam (page 12): “Lesson of dr. Deijman”, together with “Lesson of dr. Tulp” are the only two anatomical paintings where we know the ...
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Is food becoming less nutritious because of depletion of soil minerals and nutrients?

Over and over, I have heard and read claims that the soil growing much of the planet's crops is "depleted" and thus our foods do not have sufficient minerals, vitamins, and other nutrients. Five ...
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Is America “seeing a spike in celibacy fuelled by economics, technology and female empowerment?”

From The Economist: America is seeing a spike in celibacy fuelled by economics, technology and female empowerment. Also from The Economist (emphasis added): Who could have predicted a little ...
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Is the US constitution based on the religious principles? [closed]

This site makes the claim: https://donotlink.it/N72k Indeed, our second president and co-author of the Declaration of Independence, John Adams, issued a fervent warning to future generations that “...
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Does salt (or sodium) not make you thirsty?

This is from a Toronto MS thesis: High dietary sodium intake is hypothesized to increase food intake (FI), fluid intake and glycemic response. Two short-term randomized repeated-measures studies ...
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Is 95% of what you read in the financial press “either wrong or irrelevant?” [closed]

From a Cato Institute article by Steve Hanke1 (emphasis added): Most press reports about Zimbabwe’s fantastic hyperinflation are off the mark – way off the mark. Even our most trusted news sources ...
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Did the “The Hampshire Advertiser” publish an article about many droughts in Europe on Saturday July 17 1852?

Craig Kelly, an Australian Politician, shared this photo on Facebook in the context of global warming and climate change. The article contains dates of droughts and "excessive heat" during the ...
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Is the March of the Immortal Regiment a cult of the German Third Reich?

The March of the Immortal Regiment is a recent tradition which is part of the annual Moscow Victory Day Parade Russian journalist and politician, Alexander Nevzorov has criticised it: (Inaccurate ...
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Have heroRATS cleared more than 100,000 mines?

From the Washington Post (emphasis added): The Belgian organization APOPO has been training its “heroRATS” to find land mines for 20 years, and it says the animals have helped clear more than 100,...
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Do many commonly consumed food items in Australia have the halal certification emblem on them?

I found this quote in a viral email: "In Australia, and indeed in many countries around the world, many of the most commonly consumed food items have the halal emblem on them. Just look at the ...
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Did Ahmadinejad say that enriching Uranium to 20% made no economic sense?

A Foreign Policy "argument" article from January 2012 contains this part What has raised the world’s suspicions is that Iran continues to produce 20 percent enriched uranium despite the fact that ...
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Did Solovief fire a rifle bullet through 8 people (and into a 9th)?

Recently, I have been reading the "Compilation of Narratives of Explorations in Alaska" published by the Senate Committee on Military Affairs. You can read this story below: It was Solovief who ...
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Does smoking one joint give as much exposure to cancer-producing chemicals as smoking four to five cigarettes?

I was linked to a website from Parenting Stack Exchange called drugfreeworld. I then browsed around a bit, and I found this interesting line on the Marijuana page: Aside from the discomfort that ...
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Was the Highlands Ranch shooting the 115th mass shooting in the US in 2019

I was reading an article from the BBC about the Highlands Ranch School shooting and they made the following claim This is believed to be the 115th mass shooting in the US in 2019. This was on the ...
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Was Mohammed the most popular first name for boys born in Berlin in 2018?

German right-wing party AfD has recently posted this claim on its Facebook page: ++ Neugeborene: Mohammed auf Platz 1 der Vornamen in Berlin ++ Man höre und staune: Der häufigste Erstname für ...
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Is the difference in leadership skills between men and women negligible?

A. Lawrence on her PSI blog claims “Studies show that one's sex has little or no bearing on personality, cognition and leadership.” Is this the general consensus among the researchers in the field? ...
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Are there vaccine ingredients which may not be disclosed (“hidden”, “trade secret”, or similar)?

I sometimes encounter people claiming that there are ingredients in vaccines that can be kept secret by the manufacturer. I would be surprised to hear this, because the manufacturers have to conduct ...
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Will vaccines prevent an estimated 936,000 deaths for kids born 1994-2018? [closed]

The CDC published a poster on March 28, 2019 that reads: For kids born 1994-2018 vaccines will prevent an estimated 936,000 deaths in their lifetimes. The statement appears in reputable sources ...
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Does the FDA not pull life-threatening devices?

From an Associated Press article titled "Patients shocked, burned by device touted to treat pain" (emphasis added): The investigation also found that the FDA — considered by other countries to be ...
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Are participation medals / trophies a widespread phenomenon? [closed]

I've heard a lot of rumours about this, its a common suggestion that "Millenials" are lazy and entitled, partly because they were given "participation medals" in school. By searching the web, I have ...
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Can Bitcoin's huge energy footprint be easily reduced? [closed]

In Uninhabitable Earth, David Wallace-Wells notes Bitcoin's huge energy footprint ("more electricity than is generated by all the world’s solar panels combined") and asserts that a simple change to ...
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Is any special diet an effective treatment of autism?

Treatment Ratings for Autism claims that basically any special diet is an effective treatment of autism. Is this true? From the study, The following data have been collected from the more than 27,...
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Are 700 more planes a day expected to fly because of the Heathrow expansion?

Some people are protesting a proposed expansion of London Heathrow. I saw some protestors of the Heathrow expansion with signs that read "Stop 700 more planes a day". Greenpeace tells me "A third ...
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Is this cow urine study published in NCBI valid? [duplicate]

The cow is regarded as a sacred animal in Hinduism, and as expected, there are a lot of people in India (including very prominent religious leaders and politicians) who want to show that even its ...
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Does population growth stabilize when the mortality rate falls below 10 deaths per 1,000 people?

From Forbes in 2011: In society after society, [Bill Gates] saw, when the mortality rate falls—specifically, below 10 deaths per 1,000 people—the birth rate follows, and population growth ...

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