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Is Israel exporting 100s-of-Millions, or Billions, USD of arms per year?

A multi-annual chart on the "trading economies website suggests Israeli arms exports have a "total insurable value" of hundreds of millions of USD per year. However, this story on the ...
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Is Amazon copying sellers' items and then selling their own versions instead?

This meme is being shared on social media: Source is the Wall Street Journal: At its height about a decade ago, Pirate Trading LLC was selling more than $3.5 million a year of its Ravelli-brand ...
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Does Amazon use Oracle instead of AWS to run their business?

According to Oracle CEO Larry Ellison: Let me tell you an interesting fact, Amazon does not use AWS to run their business. Amazon runs their entire business on-top of Oracle, on-top of the Oracle ...
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Is it true that besides Volkswagen, many other car companies also similarly cheated in the emission test but faced limited consequences?

The Volkswagen emission cheating is well-known at this stage. However, I heard some people say that many other car manufacturers have actually been performing similar cheating in emission tests. Last ...
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Only the US, Liberia and Myanmar are “not metric”?

What’s the actual base of the oft-repeated claim that besides the US only Liberia and Myanmar had not officially/fully/completely/… adopted the metric system? For which definition of “not metric” is ...
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Do large companies pay for shills? [closed]

On many forums and sites facilitating discussion, whenever the topic of consumerism is raised (eg. Android over iOS), there is a common accusation that one of the parties is a shill - someone paid to ...
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Are roses popular on Valentine's Day because they are durable to transport?

In Episode #603 of Planet Money, it is claimed that giving roses is a recent phenomenon. They claim roses are popular due to their toughness (and the fact they bloom close to Valentine's Day) Roses ...
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Are "Hitler" brand ice cream cones sold in India?

A number of recent articles (Daily Mail, Fox News, Hindustan Times) describe ice cream cones being sold in India which are labelled as "Hitler" distinctly on their boxes. If you think the Nazi ...
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Did a 700 percent increase in pencil sales occur in Britain on the back of the Sudoku boom?

A The Independent of London article, The rise and rise of Sudoku, claimed that: [...] sales of pencils in Britain are reported to have risen 700 per cent on the back of the Sudoku boom. A 700% ...
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Did a woman find a chicken head in her McNuggets?

A story circulated some time ago, and it occasionally comes back to life within social media, that once a woman found a chicken head inside her child's chicken nuggets at McDonald's. Did this really ...
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Was Colonel Sanders rejected by 1009 restaurants before he started his first franchise?

Some sources claim that Colonel Sanders of KFC was rejected for at least a 1000 times before some restaurant agreed to sell his chicken. For example, the book Life Lessons for the Teenage Girl claims:...
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Did Monsanto buy and/or hire Xe/Blackwater/Academi?

I've seen a lot of posts on Facebook lately linking to various blogs and "news" sites mentioning that Monsanto purchased and/or hired Blackwater (aka Xe - search for "Monsanto Blackwater" with your ...
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Did Apple sue New York city over the nickname Big Apple?

An article in The Guardian - Apple's rot starts with its Samsung lawsuit win Makes the following claim: Apple is one of the most aggressive intellectual property litigators of all time ... It's ...
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Were modern Japan customs for Valentine's Day and White Day instigated by retailers?

In Japan, women give chocolates to men on Valentine's Day, and men give gifts to women on White Day, which falls on March 14. There are various claims that Valentine's Day and White Day customs are ...
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Were any women involved in the 2008 financial crisis?

In the article titled Men want more testosterone, the world needs less in the Globe and Mail on Sep. 27, 2011, Margaret Wente states: Perhaps you’ve noticed that not a single woman was involved ...
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Did removing one olive lead to an airline saving thousands of dollars?

Quite a common story that gets brought up around airports or business meetings when someone wants to provide a famous example of small change for massive savings is the olive story. Apparently there ...
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Are shoppers disproportionately more likely to buy an item if it costs $3.95 (compared to $4.00)? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: The origin of "99 cents" I find that there are disproportionately many price tags that say $3.95, $69.99, $198, etc. See amazon.com for example. I suppose the ...
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Is Mother's Day an invention of florists?

I've just heard someone claim that Mother's Day was an invention of florists, with the aim of selling more flowers on that day. Is there any evidence that the flower-selling industry is responsible ...
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Is Coffee the most traded commodity in the world after Oil?

I have heard the claim that Coffee is the most traded commodity in the world right after Oil. Is there any proof of that? I have also heard that coffee is the most consumed beverage after water? Any ...
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