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Questions tagged [consumer-products]

Use this tag for questions about the effectiveness of products which are sold to end consumers. Typically this is used for claims about products when there is no more specific tag available, such as [medicaments] or [natural-remedies].

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Do Humidifiers Increase Risk of Respiratory Infections?

According to this report "Humidification should preferably use evaporative or steam humidifiers, as cool mist humidifiers can disseminate aerosols contaminated with allergens" Similarly, a NY ...
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Do certain fruit combinations ripen faster?

It is commonly claimed that certain fruits (e.g. apples, bananas, high-ethylene fruits and their dastardly "ripening hormone") make other fruits ripen faster. These claims appear on mainstream media ...
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Can my coffee maker brew stronger coffee? [closed]

The product description for the Hamilton Beach Coffee maker notes that I can: Choose Your Brew Strength Get your preferred brew flavor with two brewing strengths – choose from bold or ...
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Could a tattoo encode a wave form to reproduce significant sound sample? [closed]

I just ran into https://skinmotion.com/ which sells "Soundwave Tattoos". My gut says tattoos cannot have high enough resolution to actually encode 15s of audio - even at speech quality. Reading all ...
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Were enough guns to arm the Marine Corps sold during this year's Black Friday?

According to this article by The Tribunist (which in turn quotes USA Today), emphasis added In all, the FBI fielded 203,086 [background check] requests on Black Friday, up from the previous single-...
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Was it only Johnson & Johnson which hid the link between its Talcum powder and Cancer risk? [closed]

Recently a woman successfully sued Johnson & Johnson for not giving enough warnings about the Cancer causing risks of its baby powder. But why only Johnson & Johnson? Do other Talcum powder ...
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Do handwashs kill 99.9% of bacteria?

My handwash liquid states that it kills 99.9% of bacteria. This usually comes with a disclaimer at the back: "based on laboratory tests". First of all, if I make a handwash, I would certainly like it ...
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Are cheap scallops made from flounders or stingrays?

Jaws the book (1974) claimed that if you use a cookie cutter to punch holes from flounder wings, you can create fake scallops and that these are commonly sold in restaurants: 'I was just looking at ...
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Does vegetarianism save animals? [duplicate]

A common belief about vegetarians is that they reduce the number of animals that die or at least reduce the demand for meat. But I also heard that less demand for meat will reduce meat prices and ...
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Are artificial sweeteners linked to strokes and dementia?

The Guardian is claiming a new study "links" drinking a can of artificially sweetened to dementia and stroke, then putting a disclaimer that the study does not show a "causal" connection. While ...
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Are the chemical compounds BPA, BPS and BPF harmful to humans?

According to the following article by Time, and the study that it cites, several compounds of the chemical bisphenol - used in commonly-handled products like shopping receipts and plastic containers ...
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Does using a neck brace reduce damage taken in a car crash?

In the movie Focus, you can find this scene, where a man puts on a neck brace, before crashing into another car, and this same guy seems to be the only one unscathed. I know movies tend to portray ...
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Do sports compression clothes give their claimed benefits?

Sellers of sports compression clothes make a lot of claims about their products. Here are some I saw on the back of a 2XU packet. This is not exclusive to them: Benefits of compression ...
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Is Casey Neistat's video of himself flying under a drone genuine?

In this video a vlogger shows off themselves flying, doing jumps and snowboarding uphill by being attached to a large drone. Was he effectively being dragged and lifted by the drone?
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Are people more careless with their mobile phones when an upgrade is due?

Gizmodo reports from an article in the Journal of Marketing Research that People Trash Their Phones When an Upgrade is Close The report describes the study further, noting that thee effect is ...
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Do vinegar or salt prevent the cloth colors from bleeding?

Here are the claims: Vinegar helps “set” colors and prevents build-up of detergent residue, which contributes to color fading. [...] Pour ½ cup of salt in the wash cycle to prevent the dyes in ...
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Does sharing earphones increase the risk of middle ear infections?

A Google search reveals many claims that sharing earphones is unhealthy. Marie Claire magazine provides an example: Kelly Reynolds, Ph.D., associate professor of environmental health at the ...
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Do Duracell batteries last longer than normal batteries?

The claim is Up to 10 times longer lasting power (*) vs. ordinary zinc carbon batteries in high powered toys and flash cameras (picture from Amazon) Do Duracell batteries last longer than ...
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Is there an EU regulation which says flags must be from non-flamable material?

There is currently a viral video spreading around on social networks of an (alleged) anti-eu protester trying to burn an EU flag but has difficulty setting it on fire because, as the post claims, ...
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Was a working prototype of the Warburtons toastie knife ever produced?

The Life Hack Stack Exchange has an answer talking about a prototype "toastie knife" from Warbutons Bakery. It was claimed that the prototype knife would heat up to allow butter to be spread more ...
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Do aluminum-based antiperspirants cause cancer?

Some people claim that the aluminium in antiperspirants can cause cancer. For example, Mercola.com: Putting on antiperspirant is a routine part of most people's day, and you may not think much ...
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Did the ancient Egyptians call aloe vera “the plant of immortality”?

I came across the following on facebook (it linked to this article): I was wondering whether that is actually true. Did the ancient Egyptians call aloe vera (and possibly other related species) the "...
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Does the IntelliGender gender prediction test have 78% accuracy?

In 2009, CNN described Intelligender, an over-the-counter test that predicts the gender of an unborn baby based on hormones in the mother's urine. It claims that within 10 minutes of taking the ...
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Does the 3M mouse pad extend battery life up to 50% or 75%?

The 3M company has a product called 3M™ Precise™ Mouse Pad with Repositionable Adhesive Backing and Battery Saving Design, MP200PS that claims to: Battery saving design extends battery life of ...
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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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Do fruits and vegetables sold in supermarkets taste worse than those grown on local farms?

It is a common belief that the produce sold at American supermarkets is "bland" and "tasteless". For example, the article "EVER WONDER WHY MODERN PRODUCE IS SO TASTELESS?" mentions that: They look ...
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Does placing metal inside the microwave damage the microwave?

It's practically common knowledge that microwaving metal objects can damage the microwave. I've heard this multiple times, mostly from my mom, and I've always believed it to be true. But is it? Would ...
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Do LED light bulbs last as long as claimed by the manufacturers?

Manufacturers routinely claim that their LED light bulb can last from 20,000 hours to 50,000 hours: Anecdotes, such as this one suggest otherwise. Daily mail wrote: More than a quarter did not ...
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Can a “special resistor” save a water heater tank from rust?

The Rheem water heaters say The Rheem Performance Platinum 50 Gal. Electric medium water heater provides an ample supply of hot water for households with 3 to 5 people. This unit comes with two ...
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Does “reverse sound technology” make headphones safer?

Purebuds Earphones claims that their use of "Reverse Sound Technology" makes their earbuds safer, preventing hearing damage. I searched for a scientific study of this technology, or at least a good ...
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Does the E-Kaia device harvest electrical power from small plants?

The E-Kaia device claims to be able to harvest electricity released into soil by small plants. Here's a Daily Mail article describing it. And because not all of the electrons are needed, harvesting ...
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Is Triclosan safe for use in toothpaste?

Colgate Total includes 0.3% Triclosan. The company says that the FDA, ADA, and others have confirmed that this is safe. Other sources claim that it is not safe, citing risks of cancer, endocrine ...
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Is the “Dr. Visser Seal of Approval” an accurate quality mark for good children's shoes?

The Dutch store Scapino sells a line of shoes that have received the "Dr. Visser Seal of Approval". The claim on their website† states (translated from the original Dutch): Scapino has used ...
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Do different locks ever have the same key?

There is a specific pattern for each lock and key made in the world. A specific key can only open a specific lock which has the same pattern in which the key can fit. This thread here suggests that ...
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Are mass-bred chicken fed with hormones or other substances that, when you eat their meat, can have significant negative effect on your health? [closed]

My friend told me that chicken meat is unhealthy - presumably chicken are fed with hormones which can be unhealthy, as well as the meat could contain some added chemicals. My question applies to ...
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Does Coca Cola taste different in glass bottles?

It is a common belief that the Coca Cola drink tastes different in glass bottles: Why does Coke from a glass bottle taste different? Why does Coke taste better in a bottle? Why does glass-bottled ...
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Does 32 g of Gatorade powder contain 33 g of carbohydrates?

A screenshot of the nutrition facts of a can of Gatorade powder was posted on my Facebook feed: The label reads "Per 32 g (about 3 tbsp)", but if you read through the ingredients, the amount of ...
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Is the creator of Hello Kitty a satanist? [closed]

I've read various article on-line stating that the creator of Hello Kitty is a satanist and that "Hello Kitty" actually means demon or Satan in Japanese or Chinese: http://www.kittyhell.com/2010/08/...
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Are there any laws preventing the copying of keys containing a DO NOT DUPLICATE stamp?

While I worked at Walmart during college in the states, we would copy keys for customers, unless the key looked like this. We were told that it was illegal to copy such keys, however, customers would ...
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Does leaving the fan on during an RV a/c cycle time save energy? [duplicate]

When running an RV a/c during the summer, is it more energy-efficient to let the fan run while the compressor is cycling? Does it cause more wear and tear? Does it even matter if you allow the fan to ...
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Is human hair used to make bread?

While browsing Facebook I came across a post on eDidYouKnow, Is this something that actually happens on a regular basis or is it just one of possible ways to create L-cysteine?
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Do watches break very often for some people?

I know of someone who cannot seem to wear watches without them breaking much quicker than expected. This person was told it is because their body is producing too much electricity and that by ...
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Does copy paper become “old and yellow”?

I have a part-time job at a place where printing, copying, scanning, faxing, and shredding happens every day. Thus, we have about two large cabinets with about 56 reams of paper (packs of 500 sheets) ...
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Is this “Remove child before washing” clothes label real?

The image below went somewhat viral: It shows a clothes label with the text "Remove child before washing". Is this an actual clothes label of an actual commercially available piece of clothing? Or ...
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Do desktop computers catch fire (often)?

My housemates don't want me setting up a home server because of fire hazard, I've seen very little, if anything, pointing to desktops causing fires, just laptop batteries (Can overheating laptops ...
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Can you sharpen scissors by cutting Aluminum foil?

I needed to sharpen a pair of scissors, so I did a quick Google search to learn the technique. I was very surprised to find a number of sites suggesting that scissors can be sharpened by cutting a ...
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Does a deep freezer use more energy when there is a layer of ice in it?

In light of the potential upcoming power shortages in Belgium, there are a lot of "tips" going around to save power during the cold months. One of them is to thaw out the ice in the deep freezer as, ...
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Does the “Re-Timer” device help to alleviate “winter blues”?

The Re-Timer website states: Re-Timer is a wearable light therapy device for Winter Blues. Winter Blues is a low-mood experienced primarily during the winter months. Symptoms can include loss ...
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Is this Halloween campaign from Pepsi and Coca Cola real?

For 2013's Halloween, there's an ad on the internet about a Pepsi can with a Coke costume, stating it's “scary”, to which Coca Cola responds with “Everybody wants to be a hero”. So far, so good, but ...
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Does Calcium Chloride remove bad smells?

This advert for Thirsty Hippo Basic Tub claims it is: composed of calcium chloride maintains living conditions pleasant by eliminating moisture and bad smells of the air from a closet, wardrobe, ...