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Can an RNA vaccine change your DNA permanently?

I was sent this recent Food For Thought YouTube video. It contains a number of wild claims about vaccinations. In particular, it contains snippets of edited, unsourced footage of Bill Gates saying: ...
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Did a suicidal woman talk a police officer into jumping with her?

Right now, memes featuring a supposed news paper article stating "SUICIDE WOMAN TALKS COP INTO JUMPING WITH HER!" are going around. For example: More examples (not displayed as images to ...
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Do blue light filters on phones and computer screens disrupt sleep?

These existing questions ask whether the blue lights from computer screens affect sleep: Does blue light from screens (phone, computer, TV) before sleep affect sleep? Does the color temperature of a ...
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How popular is the anti-vaccination movement? [closed]

If you live in North America, Europe, or some parts of Asia, you likely to have heard of the anti-vaccination movement. While the movement is real, I do not know how popular it is. How much of the ...
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Can the these psychiatric diagnoses be falsified? [closed]

Can the autism spectrum disorder (asperger) and/or ADHD diagnoses be falsified? I have asked a lot of people, both professional psychiatrists as well as people with any of those diagnoses and no one ...
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Did Saddam Hussein get found guilty of anything other than sentencing four innocents in a case of mistaken identity? [closed]

Four mistakenly killed Hundreds of men, women and children were detained after the failed assassination attempt. More than 140 people were sentenced and executed1 for their alleged involvement in the ...
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Did Coinstar add a delay and fake noises because people didn't believe a machine could count coins quickly?

I saw a post on Reddit claiming that Coinstar machines are extremely fast at counting coins, but that the company had to introduce a delay and fake noises to the machines because customers didn't ...
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Did everyone have same salary in Communist countires? [closed]

I know a little about Socialism and Communism, the main idea of Communism was that everyone will have equal share in everything, the common ownership of everything. But it seems a quite unintuitive ...
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Is “Disaster Center” a reliable site for statistics? [closed]

I am writing an article on the effects of legalizing cannabis, and I came upon a site called Disaster Center, where I gathered my statistics from the crime indexes of Georgia (a country that has ...
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Is hydroxychloroquine + zinc + antibiotics an effective treatment for COVID-19?

It's often claimed, for example, in this Spectrum News report that a drug combination of hydroxychloroquine and zinc and antibiotics is an effective early treatment for COVID-19. Researchers at NYU's ...
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Did Neem Karoli Baba read the thoughts of Ram Dass?

Here is a claim made by former Harvard professor and later spiritual teacher and author Ram Dass (born Richard Alpert) in a YouTube video and in an article on his web-site Ram Dass visited a Hindu ...
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Did the Smithsonian publish this infographic about 'whiteness'?

The American Conservative ascribes some claims to Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC): Look at this stunning exhibition from the website of the Smithsonian’...
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Did Pakistan lose each and every war it fought with India from 1947 to 1999?

The speaker in this video says that: The Pakistani army has lost every war it's fought with India from the original war in 1947 until the latest war in 1999 ... This is a recurring narrative that ...
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Did Maureen Healy, who was shot in the head by Feds in Portland, write the following press release?

There is a "press release" circulating on the internet. It purports to have been written by Maureen Healy, the protestor who received a blow to the head from a projectile in Portland, Oregon....
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How dangerous is Covid19 from a statistical viewpoint? [closed]

I am living in Switzerland. The average mortality age people die due to Covid-19 is 83 years (median). The expection of life in Switzerland is also at 83 years (median). What conclusions can be drawn ...
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Are falling coconuts more dangerous than sharks?

I was fortuitously reading about sharks in the Mediterranean Sea on a small Italian online news site. As a side note the article claims that an average of seven people are injured or killed (not clear)...
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Do doctors recommend that ears should be checked annually?

In a Business Insider video about a procedure for removing excess earwax, the subtitles claim: Doctors recommend getting your ears checked annually. I've never heard of this before.
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Are private contractors being used by Federal Agencies in the response to the ongoing George Floyd protests?

I've been referred to this medium article, which makes a series of claims about the roll of private contractors in providing crowd control services for Federal Agencies. Specifically, I am interested ...
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How useful are online hearing frequency tests?

There are several online hearing frequency tests. Here is one example with over 10 million views: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H-iCZElJ8m0 The idea is that the recorded audio consists of a pure ...
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Did Intel have low chip yields due to a clerk hand-checking blank wafers?

In this blog post Bob Cringley recounts the following story (abriged for brevity here): There was a time in the early 1980s when Intel suffered terrible quality problems. [..] The problem was caused ...
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Are people more likely to die of COVID-19 in hospital than at home?

From a variety of Facebook posts about COVID-19: Que raro ese COVID-19 ...en casa se curan, pero en los hospitales se mueren (Example 1, 2, 3, with slightly different texts) Translation into English:...
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Was the Babri Mosque built by Emperor Babur by destroying an ancient temple?

This incident is a very complicated one with a lot of strings attached to it. But, what I can understand is the following: In 1992, Babri Mosque was vandalized and destroyed by Hindu extremists saying ...
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Did several countries have very low Coronavirus deaths thanks to inhaled steroids?

A West Texas physician named Richard Bartlett has been making the rounds on social media, claiming that Taiwan, Japan and Iceland have been using inhaled steroids such as budesonide to treat ...
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Did a Yu-Gi-Oh tournament prize card sell for $2 million USD?

I recently learned about a prize given out for the first ever Yu-gi-oh tournament in Japan in 1999, a stainless steel normal monster Black Luster Soldier. In numerous online english-language articles,...
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Does going vegan roughly save 600 gallons of water a day?

On average, a vegan, a person who doesn't eat meat or dairy, indirectly consumes nearly 600 gallons of water per day less than a person who eats the average American diet. "National Geographic&...
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Did Nelson Mandela, Chris Hani, and O.R. Tambo say these quotes?

The above image was posted on the South African Subreddit. The three quotes are as follows: What I fear is that the liberators emerge as elitists who drive around in Mercedes Benzes and use the ...
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Are outpatient surgery physicians in Louisiana required to have admitting privileges to a hospital within 30 miles of the clinic?

Recently, I received a Pro-Life mailing regarding the recent June Medical Services, L.L.C. v. Russo Supreme Court case regarding the Louisiana law that required doctors who perform abortions to have ...
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Does limiting the price of pharmaceuticals lower the number of new treatments produced?

A recent article in Forbes arguing against the latest US Government proposals on drug pricing argued the following: Everywhere they've been tried, price controls have reduced biopharmaceutical ...
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Does 1 acre of hemp produce more oxygen than an equivalent amount (let alone 25x) of forestland? [closed]

I have a friend who likes to promote hemp on Facebook, and one of the posts had this "factoid": Looks highly doubtful to me but I can't find any real supporting/disputing info. Is there ...
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Does lavender oil prevent fleas on dogs?

I just heard a rumor that Lavender oil prevents fleas when used on dogs. Researching this I found one source (Prevetion.com) which provides a claim, Research has found that lavender can be effective ...
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Were slaves involved in the building of the Pyramids of Giza?

The claim: Paid, skilled workers built the pyramids without the use of slave labor. Relevant links: Hawass: ‘The Great Pyramids were not built by slaves’ “Linking building the Great Pyramids to ...
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Was Kulbhushan Jadhav an Indian spy working for RAW?

On 3 March 2016, Pakistani security forces arrested an Indian person from Pakistan's restive Baluchistan province. They also recovered an ID and a passport from him. The ID said he was a "serving ...
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Is it a “standard tactic” of law enforcement to “apprehend individuals” in unmarked cars?

There are reports of federal agents in Portland "grabbing and arresting protesters and detaining them in unmarked vehicles." In response, Jann Carson, interim executive director of the ACLU ...
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Did the pope ever commission Mercator to make a map?

According to this video, at 2:14, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPajzKpP1WY "The pope commissioned Mercator to make a map that shows the spread of Christianity." and further claims this is ...
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Is this colour footage of Breslau in 1939 authentic?

This 7 minutes footage on youtube purports to be from 1939 in Breslau, Germany (today Wrocław, Poland). In it we can see The banks of the Oder/Odra A random boy cycling in the streets Some military ...
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Does milk worsen the amount of mucus in the lungs for Cystic Fibrosis?

For those that are not aware, Cystic Fibrosis is a genetic disorder that affects cardic and digestive ability by damaging internal organs such as the liver and stomach (by removing the ability to ...
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Do dramatic cases of body shaking and trembling in religious settings have supernatural causes?

There are many examples of people experiencing dramatic body shaking and trembling in religious settings, such as the ones below: Example 1 Example 2 Example 3 Example 4 Example 5 Example 6 Example 7 ...
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Can eating a few cherry pits lead to cyanide poisoning?

In 2017, a Serbian news station reported a UK man was hospitalized after eating cherry pits [Google translated] Matthew Krim (28) ate cherries and out of pure curiosity swallowed three pieces along ...
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Was Pierre Teilhard de Chardin a defender of eugenics? [closed]

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin was a French philosopher and Jesuit Catholic priest who was mentioned in the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Dangerous Tendencies of Cosmic Theology: The ...
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Is moist heat therapy preferable to dry heat for pain relief due to arthritis, myofibrosis, back pain, muscle strains and spasms?

https://www.amazon.com/Chattanooga-Original-Hydrocollator-Therapy-HotPac/dp/B01ALJE8J8 (mirror) claims: Benefits of moist heat therapy over dry heat are well established for pain relief due to ...
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Does practicing writing essays make you better at writing essays?

We've all written innumerable essays from middle school onwards. All teachers appear convinced that this will improve students' essay writing skills. However, when trying to find out what this belief ...
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Do facemasks cause CO2 poisoning?

I came across this video on BitChute purporting to test the CO2 levels of what appears to be a KN95 (a Non-NIOSH Approved Respirator) whilst the mask is in use. The video shows a device displaying CO2 ...
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Did Christopher Langan learn to speak at 6 Months? [duplicate]

This site claims: Longan learned to speak when he was only 6 months old and acquired reading ability himself before he was four. The linked wikipedia article calls him "the smartest man in ...
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Can the human body significantly build muscle while losing body fat?

The fitness community often says that you can't slim down and build muscle at the same time. The reason for this is said to be that the body is in a “catabolic state” with calorie deficit. In order to ...
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How effective are face masks? [closed]

Actually, all the countries worldwide are discussing policies about face masks. Masks were, up to now, mainly used by surgeons, and now, all medical workers are working with masks. In Switzerland, my ...
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Has the lifespan of farmed animals decreased? [closed]

So, one of the common arguments made by vegans (and generally people who oppose factory farming) is that the average lifespan of farmed animals has decreased, and that that's a proof that lives of ...
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Does Steve G. Jones have the title “Dr”?

My friend posted a screenshot of this cooky ad on his Facebook feed: (larger version) When someone uses phrases like "astral projection", "astral planes", "transcendence&...
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Is there more police brutality in cities controlled by the Democratic party?

Shaun King posted this claim on Twitter: Democrats, from top to bottom, are running the cities with the worst police brutality in America right now. Is this true? It seems to have been picked up by ...
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Can red state legislature automatically give Trump a second term?

Their are some people online (Greg Palast) saying that if Trump loses the election, he will claim fraud, have the results thrown out and have state legislature use the 12 amendment to give him a ...
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Do 37% of people in the UK believe that their job either makes no difference or makes the world worse?

According to David Graeber: They discovered that people in the UK, 37% agreed that if their job didn't exist either it would make no difference whatsoever or the world might be a slightly better ...

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