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Did Alexander Graham Bell suggest that “Ahoy!” (or some variation of it) be the standard telephone greeting?

This claim is found all over the place. Sometimes the phrase is “Ahoy-hoy!”, sometimes simply “Ahoy!”. In Wikipedia's article about “Ahoy”: Alexander Graham Bell initially suggested that the standard ...
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Was inflation in the US 0% for July 2022?

A few days ago, President Biden said Today, we received news that our economy had 0% inflation in the month of July — 0% This was contested in conservative media, with Fox News running the headline &...
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Did Barack Obama keep 33 million pages of documents, including nuclear weapons documents?

A public statement from former U.S. president Donald Trump claims that former president Barack Obama kept 33 million documents from his presidency, most of them classified and many of which contained ...
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Was a speech by Stalin released on vinyl where the entire B-side consisted of applause?

Stalin once gave a lengthy speech that was later released on vinyl. The entire B-side consisted of recorded applause. I've seen this claimed in one syndicated article, but I can't seem to find other ...
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Are the mathematical constants e and π encoded in the Bible?

Some numerologists claim that the mathematical constants e and π are encoded in the Bible via gematria. For example, blogger Joe Vasta argues that Genesis 1:1 encodes 3.141554508×1017. The value of π ...
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Is there an increase in sales of child-size coffins?

A number of "news sites" have been reporting an increase in child-sized coffins. (The linked is an example, there are many more). The implication being there is an increase of childrens ...
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Did Betelgeuse explode on August 7, 2022?

This widely watched live stream claims to show the Betelgeuse supernova in progress. But I can't find any information elsewhere
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Did EU flag used to add stars for new members? [closed]

I remember reading somewhere that: EU flag used to add a star every time a new country joins. They eventually stopped doing that because of some political pressure. Something about other nations ...
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Do Americans in Russia typically get sentenced to nine years in prison for offenses that local Russians typically get only a one year sentence?

Trevor Reed says that is the case, but he only offers a sample of two Americans (himself and Griner). He says that Russians would "usually receive a year, two years maybe" for the same ...
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What is really being shown in this video from Richard Hirschman? [duplicate]

Richard Hirshman claims that embalmers have found unusual blood clots in bodies that they are preparing. He displays several samples, and makes claims as to what is causing them. These claims, and ...
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Did a million Germans die after World War 2 in "Eisenhower's death camps"?

According to The Millennium Report Call it callousness, call it reprisal, call it a policy of hostile neglect: a million Germans taken prisoner by Eisenhower’s armies died in captivity after the ...
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Does the Inflation Reduction Act increase taxes on people making less than $10,000 / year?

Quoting Democrats rely on misleading messaging to sell Manchin-Schumer bill: In 2023, the year in which the legislation would increase tax revenue most, individuals making less than $10,000 per year ...
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Did a vegan dog live for 29 years?

According to PETA's "Meatless Meals for Dogs and Cats", One remarkable example is that of Bramble, a border collie whose vegan diet of rice, lentils, and organic vegetables contributed to a ...
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Does getting more doses of COVID-19 vaccinations correlate to more hospitalisations in NSW, Australia?

Twitter user @LCHF_Matt has created a NSW Surveillance Report which is a dashboard that compare the rate of "events" (which can be configured to include COVID-19 deaths, COVID-19 ICU ...
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Did Trump save on taxes by burying his ex wife on a golf course?

This article claims that burying Ivana Trump on a Bedminster golf course eliminates property, income and sales tax. Trump is accused of burying Ivana at his Bedminster golf club to take advantage of ...
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Do the Huichol of Mexico tie rope around the father's testicles during birth?

Gathered from the Internet: Members of the Huichol tribe in Mexico view childbirth as a time of great pain and pleasure that must be shared by both men and women.At the time of childbirth, the ...
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Did the former Ukrainian ombudsman for human rights admit to exaggerating facts concerning sexual violence during the 2022 war in Ukraine?

In May 2022, former Ombudsman for Human Rights of Ukraine, Lyudmila Denisova, was removed from her position. This happened due to criticism on how she communicated insights on cases of sexual violence ...
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Do a company's sustainability efforts impact employee retention?

It is common to seem claims that sustainable business practices help retain staff: A 2019 Fast Company article discussed an (unlinked) survey of 1,000 US employees: Nearly 70% of respondents said ...
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Does a Portland Public Schools curriculum teach K-5 students to subvert “white colonizers”' sexuality and explore “the infinite gender spectrum”?

A recent article by [conservative activist] Christopher Rufo in City Journal, also cited at various places around the Internet such as The Daily Caller and Why Evolution is True, claims that: ...
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Did China achieve its benchmark of lifting 1.4 billion people out of poverty mainly by lowering the standard?

In the video "Poor Chinese Girl eats RATS" (which is from the same source as the one deriding China for declaring itself a "developing country", FWTW) it is said that: their ...
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Does China receive billions of dollars of foreign aid and special WTO status for being a "developing country"?

According to this video, "China Just Lost the Space Race!", China is a so called "developing country" which has for decades been receiving billions of dollars of foreign aid and ...
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Can anyone get stuck into a "toxic/destructive/violent relationship"? [closed]

I frequently hear people that have been in a "toxic/violent/destructive relationship" claiming that anyone can end up like that. In a trivial sense of that statement, that is the probability ...
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Were unsuspecting visitors pranked at the East Taihang Glasswalk?

The East Taihang Glasswalk is a skywalk in the mountains in China. It purportedly had special effect that makes it appear to crack when you step into it. Atlas Obscura One glass bridge in China is ...
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Are schools "grooming" children into thinking they're transgender? [closed]

I've seen many people make the claim (especially right-leaning news sites) that recently schools have been "grooming" children into thinking that they're transgender, and making them go ...
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Does flying a small GA aircraft use less fuel than driving the same distance by car?

This is a notable claim by Friedrich Merz, head of the CDU party and a member of the German parliament: „Ich bereue nicht, dass ich zur Hochzeit von Christian Lindner geflogen bin. Um es mal auf den ...
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What courts have approved Adobe Caslon Pro, and Adobe Sabon?

Adobe asseverates that While there’s no one “official” font style for legal documents, there are a few court-approved fonts that are considered most easily readable: Arial Century (and Century-...
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Do most scholars agree upon four historical facts about Jesus of Nazareth?

In this article, William Lane Craig claims: Fortunately, Christianity, as a religion rooted in history, makes claims that can in important measure be investigated historically. Suppose, then, that we ...
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Has the oil industry made $1 trillion dollars of profit a year for 50 years?

A headline in the Guardian on July 21 2022 claims the following: Revealed: oil sector’s ‘staggering’ $3bn-a-day profits for last 50 years [Note that $3 billion/day is roughly $1 trillion per year.] ...
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Is moderated livestock grazing an effective countermeasure for desertification?

In this TED talk from 2013, Allan Savory claims that livestock/cattle grazing (not industrial farming, but rather some frugal grazing of herds) help prevent and reverse desertification processes, ...
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Are there 90% more computer science students and 90% fewer electrical engineering students than 50 years ago?

This article makes the claim that: While computer science course take-up had gone up by over 90 percent in the past 50 years, electrical engineering (EE) had declined by the same amount. The ...
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Will Earth drift outside of the Goldilocks zone in the next half-billion years?

According to American actor Terrence Howard in his address at the Oxford Union Society: Our planet is moving away from our sun at six inches a year [...] 15 centimeters a year our planet is pushing ...
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Does the US want to break down Russia into separate countries?

Does the US want to break down Russia into separate countries? Russian state TV references the CSCE's recent Decolonizing Russia discussion (it's indeed a government agency, isn't it?)
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Is this video of a fast-moving river of lava authentic?

In July 2020, Facebook page "Meteorologist Greg Pollak" posted a video (Facebook link): WHOA! Check out how fast this river of lava was moving in Hawaii back in 2018 👀🌋 Note: This is not ...
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Did the Russian government have a 20 billion Euro budget surplus in the first half of 2022?

Various German media outlets (including the Tagesschau) have reported, that the Russian state has made a 23 billion Euro surplus in the first half of 2022. Despite the sanctions, Russia achieved a ...
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Are women 8 times more likely to be murdered after being (non-lethally) strangled by their partner?

Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention - makes the claim: A woman who has suffered a nonfatal strangulation incident with her intimate partner is 750% more likely to be killed by the same ...
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Do KFC, McDonalds and Burger King kill about 1 billion animals every day?

I came across this post supporting beheading a cattle for Eid al-Adha Festival: Its states that KFC, McDonald's and Burger King kill about a billion animals each day. Is this true?
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Did Vashishth Narayan Singh challenge E=mc^2?

According to this website, Vashishtha Narayan Singh [was] a man from Bihar who challenged Einstein theory E = mc2 and also theory of Gauss. Many other sites make the same claim about Vashishth ...
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Did America change size in NASA photos over the last 50 years?

Caption: Come on NASA* make your mind up, what does the Earth really look like? *All images are official NASA pictures of Earth, as released through the mainstream media outlets and major news ...
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Is 86% of the food fed to livestock unfit for human consumption, and is most of it byproducts of crops grown for human consumption?

Most sources I found imply that animal agriculture uses much more land and resources per unit of nutrition compared to plant agriculture for human consumption. A quick Google search shows that this is ...
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Is there any possibility that CERN's Large Hadron Collider run 3 can be devastating?

When I was a kid, there was a lot of discussion on electronic media channels that the run of CERN's Large Hadron Collider would lead to black holes. At that time, the president of India, APJ Abdul ...
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Did Putin claim that the predominantly Russian-speaking Donbas region is pro-Russia?

Source Putin has maintained the predominantly Russian-speaking Donbas region is pro-Russia, although polls have indicated that is not the case. This is the first time I've seen this claim, ...
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Are the chapters and verses of the Quran perfectly distributed to form symmetries?

From between 2006-2012, a series of books was published by a Turkish electrical engineer and hadith scholar called Halis Aydemir. In them, he asserts that splitting the Quran in various categories ...
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What are the actual current total count and per capita count of interracial rape? [duplicate]

There are many pictures floating over the internet which says Black on White rape is so much more than White on Black rape. How true is this? Is this true even now? Source: https://bjs.ojp.gov/...
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Has Newton's Third Law of motion been "debunked" and are there discrepancies in formulas of variation of mass with velocity?

An Indian "scientist" who is called Ajay Sharma, allegedly found proof that Newton's Third Law of motion isn't applicable to every situation, and therefore it's declared false, or at least ...
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Do aspherical lenslets in glasses slow the progression of myopia?

Several major lens manufacturers have claimed that their lenses can slow the progression of myopia (short-sightedness) in children. Essilor claim their Stellest lenses can: slow down myopia ...
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Can Trump actually reach the steering wheel in the Beast? [closed]

Cassidy Hutchinson testified that someone told her Trump tried to grab the steering wheel of the car he was being driving in. When told that wouldn't be possible, Trump "reached up towards the ...
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Can the Bajau people stay underwater for as long as 13 minutes?

'Sea Nomads' Are First Known Humans Genetically Adapted to Diving claims: But a group of people called the Bajau takes free diving to the extreme, staying underwater for as long as 13 minutes at ...
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Do homeless people in the USA refuse to work?

In 2008, economist Thomas Sowell claimed in a newspaper article: Working in a homeless shelter is widely regarded as “community service” — as if aiding and abetting vagrancy is necessarily a service, ...
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Did Francine Shapiro work as John Grinder's assistant and write an article on NLP eye accessing cues before she invented EMDR?

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a: is a form of psychotherapy developed by Francine Shapiro in the 1980s that was originally designed to alleviate the distress associated with ...
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Is the equivalent of 2000 American football fields lost every hour due to drought and desertification?

BBC states the following Approximately 12 million hectares (46,000 sq miles) are lost around the world each year as a direct consequence of drought and desertification. That's the equivalent of 2,000 ...
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