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Did George Biddell Airy write a paper “On Certain conditions under which a Perpetual Motion is possible”?

George Biddell Airy was an English mathematician. He was Astronomer Royal from 1835 to 1881 According to the Bessler Wheel web-site (a site dedicated to investigationg perpetual motion machines, Airy ...
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Was the U.S. government responsible for Popeye's dependance on spinach?

Whenever the cartoon sailor is on the verge of a fight, he squeezes open a can of spinach, pours the greens down his throat, and uses his muscles to pummel his opponent. Some sources claim that this ...
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Does China force US companies to hand over technologies?

In June 2019, Bloomberg reported: It’s been one of the most contentious fronts in the U.S.-China trade war: so-called forced technology transfers. The term refers to ways in which companies ...
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Has anyone ever been found either criminally or civilly liable for giving advice on a forum for plumbing/electrical/hvac/other?

I've seen on several forums (and/or members thereof) around trades where they say they don't give advice to non-pros because they're afraid the amateur will do it wrong and they'll be found liable. ...
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Did Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell backtrack on raising interest rates from 2.5% to 3.25% in Jan 2 2019?

In this May 22 2020 article, NYU Stern Prof. Nouriel Roubini (BA Bocconi University 1982, PhD Harvard 1988) proclaimed: In other words, you’re saying that because of structural weaknesses in the ...
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Have luxury stores in New York City boarded up, or hired security guards who weren't there before?

In this May 22 2020 article, Nouriel Roubini (BA Bocconi University 1982, PhD Harvard 1988) proclaimed: You’re going to start having food riots soon enough. Look at the luxury stores in New York. ...
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Is it true that whole flaxseed can last for six months past the written expiration date on the package? [closed]

In this page CAN FLAXSEED GO BAD? mentions Flaxseed can go bad, and its shelf life depends upon how it’s processed and stored. The more processed flaxseed is, the more likely it is to spoil. (...
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Did the CDC aggregate Covid-19 test data from PCR diagnostic tests with antibody tests?

On May 21st, 2020, The Atlantic reported that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been mixing the test data from diagnostic and antibody testing, apparently since beginning to ...
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Are there many per capitas? [closed]

Politico quotes Donald Trump : Just this past week, Trump reveled in a mental list he has been keeping of how many tests the U.S. has conducted, approaching 14 million, in comparison with other ...
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Did chemist Glenn Seaborg claim the Oklo reactor was man-made?

The Oklo mine in Gabon is thought to be the site of the only natural nuclear fission reactors. An Instagram video posted by Instagram user matrixdisclosure claims it was actually man-made. Nobel ...
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Can you truly fall asleep in two minutes with this military technique?

The military secret to falling asleep in two minutes | The Independent. The trick is reportedly used by the US army to help them fall asleep in situations that are less than peaceful, such as on ...
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Was the crew dropping the “Tsar Bomba” nuclear bomb given only a 50% chance to survive?

Background The Tsar Bomba was the most powerful nuclear weapon ever created. On 30 October 1961 the Soviet Union experimentally detonated the bomb after dropping it from a plane above Nova Zembla. A ...
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Does China have a legitimate reason to think that the arrest of Meng was politically motivated? [closed]

Canada may very well have the world's most perfect judiciary system that it claims to be fully independent from any political influence, but that's not even close to explaining why Canada took ...
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Do J'ba Fofi (Congolese Giant spiders) exist?

It's Something wiki (dedicated to cryptozoology) reports: The J'ba Fofi (Baka: "giant spider"), also known as the Congolese Giant Spider is a cryptozoological creature that is said to exist in the ...
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Are you more likely to wake to a noise which is “relevant” to you?

Here How Noise Affects Your Sleep, While you sleep, your brain continues to register and process sounds on a basic level. Noise can jostle your slumber—causing you to wake, move, shift between ...
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Academic study on the proportion of hearing “no” versus “yes” among toddlers

I vaguely remember a study claiming that children heard the word "no" a lot more often than the word "yes". I could not find it today; I did find this claim A UCLA survey from a few years ago, ...
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Is covid-19 cases including deaths in New York relates some how with testing and panic in hospitalization? [closed]

It is proven now that covid19 is present in USA since mid January2020. From NYC site https://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/covid/covid-19-data.page intensive testing started beginning of March. Covid19 ...
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Is it true that countries led by women are more successful at handling COVID-19?

This claim's been around a bit, e.g. this source, this source, this source. The countries named are Germany, New Zealand, Iceland, Finland, Belgium, Taiwan, Norway. I'm wondering if this claim cherry-...
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why there was no lock down for swine flu , but for COVID-19 we have a lockdown? [closed]

When the swine-flu outbreak happened in 2009, there was no lockdown but for COVID-19 we are having lockdown. Even though swine-flu was more dangerous none of the international flights stopped or ...
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Was the Nazi Hakenkreuz logo based on the Indic swastika?

"Swastika" is sanskrit word for an ancient geometrical symbol, broadly used in Indic cultures. Amongst countries that were involved with World War II, it is associated with the Nazi flag, designed by ...
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Does wearing face masks eliminate the risk of spreading COVID-19 by 98.5%? [duplicate]

From The Telegraph: Face masks should be mandatory on planes and trains as it reduces coronavirus spread by 98.5 per cent, the Chief Executive Officer of Ryanair has said. Michael O'Leary ...
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Has Donald Trump ever had a 50,000 domestic arena crowd?

Eric Trump, in an interview with Fox News Jeanine Pirro, claimed the following: “They think they’re taking away Donald Trump’s greatest tool, which is being able to go into an arena and fill it ...
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Did the US Federal government take 3 months from the warning its BARDA chief to require more production of N95 masks?

This exchange from a Congressional hearing was mentioned on Twitter and cited by some news Q: "It took 3 months from your initial warnings...for the federal government to...require the production ...
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Did Ecuador's privatization of its healthcare system (under Moreno) substantially reduce the number of ICU beds?

As claimed on iacenter.org: What’s behind this crisis is that during the past three years, the neoliberal regime of President Lenín Moreno privatized the public health system and systematically ...
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Is vodka (or alcohol solutions with less than 60% concentration) an effective hand sanitizer against Covid-19?

There has been a lot of insistence in some quarters that hand sanitizers need to have > 60% alcohol contents, even against the new coronavirus and so that e.g. vodka (which typically has lower ...
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Did the NIH start developing a COVID-19 vaccine on January 11?

https://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1188532.shtml A Chinese state media claims Trump said that the NIH started developing a COVID-19 vaccine on January 11. Is this claim accurate? If it is, then how ...
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Did the CDC refuse to identify America’s COVID-19 “Patient Zero”?

In an April 10 article, the alternative media outlet, UNZ Review [claimed]: Every public health official on earth knows this yet, despite its WHO obligations, the CDC refuses to identify America’...
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Could the Ark of the Covenant have killed by acting as a capacitor?

In the biblical account of Uzzah, he touches the Ark of the Covenant on the road from Gibeah to Jerusalem; this irks the god of Israel, who knocks him out on the spot. A 2014 Gizmodo article quotes ...
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Was Taiwan free of new COVID-19 cases for 30 days up to 12th May, 2020?

Anadolu Agency, a Turkish news agency reported on 6th May: It has been 24 days since the last case of local transmission of COVID-19 was reported in Taiwan. Agon Hare is a musician who runs a ...
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Is South Africa the “protest capital of the world?”

If you’re South African, you often hear that “South Africa is the world’s protest capital”. There’s even a Wikipedia page that begins with this line. The origin of this statement, as far as I can tell,...
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Did the Soviet Union murder over 20M people under its control after the war?

Richard Rumelt (business professor at UCLA, 2011): During the whole post-WWII period, the Soviet Union murdered upward of 20 million people, its own citizens and others under its control True?
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Do people play Scrabble Go for 100 minutes per day?

This BBC News article about the Scrabble Go mobile game by EA Games makes a fantastic claim Scrabble Go was launched on 5 March and had been downloaded more than 10 million times by the end of ...
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Is this quote by Adolf Hitler?

In Willfully Ignorant, Pat Miller attributes a quote to Hitler in Mein Kampf.  The quote has recently been getting some traction on the internet without mentioning Miller’s novel.  I can't find it in ...
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Has China not published an official number of Covid-19 tests performed in its territory?

Taiwan’s vice president Chen Chien-jen claimed in a May 8 interview with France24 (around 3:40) that they cannot find the official number of Covid-19 tests performed in China... the implication being ...
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Does wearing contacts increase the risk of retinal detachment if you receive a blow to the head?

It's fairly well established that a blow to the head can be a contributing factor to retinal detachment, and there are various people who claim that wearing contact lenses or being nearsighted are ...
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Did the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND) accuse China of pressuring the WHO to suppress news about the Wuhan outbreak?

As reported on Arirang TV and in (more clear detail) on Taiwan News Chinese leader Xi Jinping (習近平) asked World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus to suppress ...
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Were masks imported to China in Jan-Feb resold to Mexico at 20-30 times the price in March?

Global News reports In March, the masks sold to China in January and February were being sold back to Mexico at 20 to 30 times the price, according to [Jorge] Guajardo [Mexico’s former ambassador ...
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Did Feynman write 'Orange Juice' as a response to Pauling's advisory on Vitamin C?

Apparently, according to the Nobel Prize's official Facebook, Richard Feynman composed a song on the congas known as 'orange juice' after fellow Nobel-laureate Linus Pauling wrote to him claiming that ...
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Did public officials confirm the inaccurate registration of Covid-19 deaths [duplicate]

In this interview, Elon Musk says (starting at 1:29:46) that a lot of deaths from Covid-19 are not accurately reported, as in some deaths "from covid" are reported because of the presence of some ...
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Did the Trump administration propose new cuts to the health budget in February 2020?

As quoted in an interview: Chomsky described the Trump administration’s approach to the problem as “surreal.” “So in February, the pandemic is already raging. Everyone outside the United ...
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Are/were US broadband internet service providers making 90%+ profit margins?

A 2012 blog article from Stop The Cap quotes the Wall Street Journal (without a link) as saying: Cable executives and analysts say that about 90% of the money cable operators charge for broadband ...
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Has the US unemployment rate reached 24.9%?

Before this seven-week stretch of 33.5 million initial jobless claims, there were already 7.1 million unemployed Americans as of March 13. When those figures are combined, it equals more than 40 ...
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Static contraction training: is working out for 25 seconds once a month enough to build muscle?

According to conventional wisdom, in order to get results in a timely manner, one should train multiple days a week lifting weights for several sets of 1–5 reps for strength and 6–12 reps for ...
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Did Europe have a Covid-19 case in December?

CNN reports that a Frenchman named Amirouche Hammar had Covid-19 in December in Paris. This was supposedly discovered after old samples were re-checked for the Covid-19 virus. Alas there's hardly any ...
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As of May 2020, are there twice as many deaths from Covid-19 in New York City as there are on a usual day from all other causes combined?

From CNN Dr. Tom Frieden, the former director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, laid out "10 plain truths" about Covid-19 on Wednesday as he spoke at a House Appropriations ...
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Is Indo-Aryan Migration Theory true?

Indo-Aryan Migration Theory says that Aryans came to India from Asia Minor (Anatolia or Turkey) and settled in Indus valley in India and they created a caste system and Hinduism. Is Indo-Aryan ...
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Was the yellow fever virus a past standardized biological weapon in the US Army?

Dany Shoham writes in a 2012 paper [full text, paywalled]: The yellow fever virus – a past standardized BW in the US Army, then carried by infected Aedes mosquitoes as vectors – was thus ...
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Did Fauci outsource gain-of-function research to China during a US moratorium?

A Times of Israel blog writes: Back in October 2014, the US government had placed a federal moratorium on gain-of-function (GOF) research—altering natural pathogens to make them more deadly and ...
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Are there artificially created viruses that are both deadly like Ebola and transmissible like the common cold?

A popular YouTube personality, Dr. John Campbell, a retired nurse teacher, makes a claim in a May 4th video around the 4m27s mark: Now let's be quite clear. No-one is saying [SARS-CoV-2] is a ...
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Is Obama worth 30 times more than when he entered the White House?

This article by Business Insider, from 2019, states that "[the Obamas are] worth 30 times more than when they entered the White House in 2008". Is it true? Is it normal?

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