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Is the Notre Dame fire not an accident? [closed]

According to this conspiracy video, the fire of the Notre Dame could not have been an accident, despite what the authorities now claim. Would this be plausible? I have no clue about the pyrotechnics ...
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Will the Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah be the 'longest bridge' in the world?

In any metric, this doesn't seem to qualify as the longest bridge in the world. I could be miscalculating, but a number of articles are using the title 'longest'. The articles below are highlights ...
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Was Hoysaleswara Temple built with lathes?

I saw this very popular video a few days ago: Hoysaleswara Temple, India - Built with Ancient Machining Technology? Here is a related article. It claims the following If you look closely, you ...
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Did unit confusion lead to a house with enormous doors and windows in Ypres, Belgium?

The Wikipedia article on metrication contains an unsourced statement regarding an incident in Ypres (Ieper), Belgium: During the reconstruction of Ypres after World War I, British Army engineers ...
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Has the legendary city of Dwarka been found under water?

There have been some reports in India that the legendary lost city of Dwarka has been found underwater: Unacknowledged.info (2014): Dwarka. Mythical City Found Under Water? The explorations ...
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Stalin's absent-minded signature resulted in Hotel Moskva having two designs?

Is this explanation true/false/unverifiable? Four Seasons Hotel Moscow (Wikipedia): The original hotel was notable for its use of two different designs for the wings off the central structure. ...
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Are there any underground cities in the United States?

There are plenty of stories about hundreds of underground cities being build here and there in USA, but I've only seen photos of one under the Denver airport (and even so it's no real proof that these ...
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Was the Taj Mahal originally called Tej-o-Mahal?

I have been reading this article. And it was pretty controversial in claiming that the Taj Mahal is actually a Hindu temple and not an islamic tomb. Tajmahal is not a Islamic mausoleum but an ...
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Did the British attempt to rename the Taj Mahal?

From an article in Pakistan's Dawn: Renowned researcher and historian, Dr Mubarak Ali writes in his book, Gumshuda Taareekh (Lost History): [snip] “The British even gave renaming Taj ...
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Is there any other skyscraper that was destroyed totally just by fire except the three World Trade Center towers?

Since the events of 9-11 it has been claimed several times that no other skyscraper in history has ever collapsed from fire damage. It's usually used as a part of the argument that fire alone cannot ...
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Did this building cause carpet to burn and cars to melt?

The BBC reports that a building with curved glass in London appears to have caused damage nearby as a result of the architecture focusing the sun's rays. Seems plausible enough to me, but is this ...
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Do windmills in Ireland turn clockwise, unlike the rest of the world?

I've seen a few places online (example) that lays out a statement, essentially with two claims. The statement: "Windmills always turn counter-clockwise. Except for the windmills in Ireland." So ...
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Has an architect ever forgotten the weight of the books when designing a library?

A common story that is sometimes repeated, going as far to be included in an episode of How I Met Your Mother, is as follows: Once an architect was commissioned to design a library, they put a ...
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Will people start running against glass doors if they cannot see through?

We have a bit of a discussion with the administration of our university about putting up posters on the glass doors in our campus buildings. The hallways have a lot of doors made of glass which would ...