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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Does immersing a wet phone in rice prevent it from dying?

There is a tale spreading around about people who have supposedly resuscitated their cell phones using bags of rice after dropping them in water or otherwise getting them soaked. The supposed science ...
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Did Muhammad Ali say “Impossible is nothing”?

Did Muhammad Ali say the following quote? Or was it created by Adidas? Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they've been given than to ...
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When washing-up, is it unhealthy to omit the rinsing stage?

Some people do their dishes and leave the suds on, letting it air-dry, or using a towel. Some rinse it off. I cannot understand the British habit of washing and rinsing dishes in the same dirty ...
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Do high refresh rates prevent motion blur on TVs?

Several TV options are available and most sellers tend to convince you that the higher frequency the TV is the better it is. For example this site says: LCD TV manufacturers have tried doubling ...
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Can I increase the longevity of fresh cut flowers with bleach?

This Reader's Digest article says: Increase cut flowers’ longevity Freshly cut flowers will stay fresh longer if you add 1/4 teaspoon bleach per quart (1 liter) of vase water. Another popular ...
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Have cell phones ever been used as microphones by a government?

Besides what a government can obviously do: listen to live conversations, know my approximate location, read my SMS and look at my unencrypted internet traffic, people claim that some phones could be ...
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Is leapmotion a scam?

Looking for altertative ways of Human–computer interaction, I found www.leapmotion.com, which looks promising. They say in the website and in some interviews that they will release this device to the ...
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Does Ryanair use cookies to raise the price of their tickets after you have visited the site before?

According to this website, this and a few others, apparently, RyanAir uses cookies to detect whether you've been to the site before and increases the price, presumably because it believes if you're ...
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Could cutting one's self on a broken CFL bulb cause severe injury?

Related: How dangerous is a broken compact fluorescent lamp (CFL)? Actually someone asked this exact thing on that question, but it wasn't addressed, perhaps because they provided no link/further ...
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Can the Bioguard X bracelet protect the body from radiation?

We have TV commercials in Israel right now of a new invention that is also planned, from what I read, to be marketed worldwide. It is a bracelet that according to the company protects you from ...
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Does Pureit Polisher remove the chlorine from chlorinated water?

This purifier claims to produce 100% pure water. They use chlorine. Chlorine, when taken in for a long period, is bad for health. The 4 stage purification process. Polisher Removes chlorine and ...
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Are ceramic heaters more efficient than convection heaters?

A colleague is trying to tell me that I should pay more and get a ceramic heater rather than a cheap convection room heater because I'll save money on electricity. I have one like this: Sure it's ...
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Can toilet paper (together with bodily waste) alone cause a clog in the toilet

I've encountered it in several places, mainly in public/hotel toilets, but also in my sister's old apartment, where people are asked to not throw anything (except for bodily waste) including toilet ...
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Will sticking a knife into a toaster electrocute me?

As a child, do you remember being told not to stick metal utensils into the toaster to unlodge toast? If by chance that utensil touches the wrong thing inside of the toaster, you could be easily ...
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Was bovine somatotropin (“BGH/BST”) deemed safe for humans after a 90-day test on 30 rats?

In a popular Youtube video about an investigation into Monsanto's push for BGH/BST by Fox News reporters (and their subsequent dismissal), at around 1:50, it claims that "...the longest test they ...
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Are bone conduction headphones safer with regards to hearing loss?

In this video, at about 1:35, a claim is made that bone conduction headphones are safer with regards to hearing loss, because the sound doesn't "affect the eardrum". Is that true? I thought hearing ...
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Does closing a swing-top bottle make recycling more costly?

Here in Germany there are a number of beer brands that come in a swing top bottle: (picture taken from Wikipedia; copyright by Michiel1972, license GNU/GFDL) I often heard the claim that you should ...
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Can air conditioner units emit vitamins?

I have seen many examples of air conditioning units that claim they can emit Vitamin C, D, E, etc. For example, taken from a Gizmodo article: Fujitsu have again come up with another world first, ...
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Were 6 million units of the TRS-80 Model 100 portable computers sold?

According to Wikipedia, the TRS-80 Model 100 sold 6 million units. This number seems very high. In fact, our former Dear Leader, Jeff Atwood wrote: wow, they sold six million portable TRS-80s? ...
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Can airport X-ray machines scramble Kindle screens?

According to the Daily Mail, there have been reports of X-ray machines scrambling Kindle screens, despite Amazon's claims that it is impossible. Can X-ray machines have this effect?
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Is the Coca-Cola recipe a secret?

Is the Coca-Cola recipe a secret? I would like to draw attention to the distinction between a recipe and composition: Composition: a list of all ingredients, including quantity/proportion. Recipe: ...
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Do CFL light bulbs last >8 times as long as incandescents?

It is claimed that CFL bulbs will last many times longer than incandescents; Wikipedia gives a figure from 8x to 15x. My own experience is that I'm replacing CFLs far more often than those figures ...
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Is a high thread count for bed sheets directly linked to how good the quality is?

Bed sheets often state the thread count as an indication of quality. Is the thread count really a good measure of quality? If not, what other things can be checked to determine the quality of the ...
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Is mycoprotein (Quorn) safe for human consumption?

There have been severe arguments over the safety of mycoprotein: Quorn is considered a healthy food in UK and Europe Some parties in the US have cried havoc It's quite discussed in Canada Quorn ...
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Are consumer-grade laser pointers sold in the US lasers?

In comments on Would a laser weapon visibly fire?, it is claimed that the majority of devices sold to consumers as lasers are, in fact, LED-based. I think that (at least in the US), laser devices up ...
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Do air ionizers have any substantial benefits or risks?

This question regarding an ionizer in an Asus laptop has a little bit of information about air ionizers (air ionisers for those using UK English), but not a lot at the time of writing. There are ...
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Are flat cables tangle-free?

Well, probably everybody knows and hates this. Detangling the headset cable when putting it out of your pocket. This headset product claims to prevent the cable from tangling up by the "flat cable ...
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Is it safe for nursing mothers to dye their hair?

My wife has been abstaining from dying her hair during pregnancy. Now the baby is born, I suggested she could use the dye again. She said no. A search online was inconclusive: A pregnant woman at ...
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Air Ionizers built in to laptops - Marketing gimmick?

I came across this claim on a currently selling Asus laptop: My gut reaction is that this is just a marketing gimmick. Is there any way to validate Asus's claims?
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Do protective covers for mobile phones offer significant protection from serious physical damage?

Simple question, would those costly silicon and plastic covers protect my phone from damages if it were to fall to the ground? Due to commenters request - let's limit the question to iPhone covers ...
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Are Japanese capacitors more reliable in general?

Motherboard and PSU manufacturer's marketing department typically like to highlight the fact that they use Japanese capacitors, and there are even videos on Youtube and some articles about how to ...
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Do electronic bug repellers work? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Ultrasound pest control devices Do electric insect repellers example work? For context, I live in a rented house that has several of these installed. My personal observation ...
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Can table salt damage a dishwasher?

The manual for my dishwasher as well as the warning sign on a box of dishwasher salt says that you should never load food salt into the water softener because it will damage the ion exchanger. Given ...
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Are old car models more reliable than new ones?

I heard that components from older cars (like the ones before '92-93) are more resistant than the ones from new cars. New ones are made from cheap elements, so if you push them to the limit they will ...
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Are printers/cartridges designed to fail?

I stumbled upon this (off-topic) question on electronics.SE Are products designed to fail? I have heard that some companies trick consumers into buying and replacing printers & cartridges more ...
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Do Persian rugs become more valuable the more they are walked on?

I've heard of the claim that Persian rugs (especially the pre-1950's, hand-woven kind) actually appreciate in value the more they are used. For example: We have seen that in the Middle East some ...
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Do ultrasonic cat repellents work?

Amazon sells roughly 355 different cat repellent products but judging by the consumer ratings, most of them don't actually work -- and even those that do, could be correlation rather than causation. ...
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Do fruit/vegetable washes effectively remove pesticides?

Is there any evidence to suggest that commercially available fruit/vegetable washes can effectively remove pesticides from produce? Here are some example claims: Veggie Wash uses natural cleaners ...
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Do juicers preserve the nutritional quality of fruit and vegetables?

I heard that fruits and vegetable have much more vitamins when we eat them in normal way (biting) then when we use juicer and drink only the juice. Is it true that juice from fresh fruit and ...
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Ultrasound pest control devices

A couple times I've seen advertised on TV and in supermarkets electronic devices that allegedly irritate all sort of insects and rodents, such as mosquitoes, mice, and rats, forcing them away from the ...
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Does the Power Balance energy bracelet make you healthier? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Do those hologram bracelets do anything at all? Nowadays, many shops sell energy bracelet which claims to improve your health because the bracelet have some kind of force ...
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Are PC-based players generally superior to console-based players in first-person shooters?

I have heard that the reason that the XBox live games cannot be played with friends on Windows machines is that when MS tried it out, the keyboard-based players were so dominant that Microsoft decided ...
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Do magnetic water softeners work?

I'm extremely skeptical of the idea of magnetic water softeners (strong magnets attached to pipes), but desperately wish it were true because I hate lugging 40# bags of salt out to my well house in ...
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If I buy “flushable” wipes, can I flush them without problems?

I know they say "Flushable" right on the package, but are they? Do they break down fast enough to not cause problems in septic/sewer systems?
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Can one use microfiber cloths and products to “clean without chemicals”?

There's a company called Norwex, started in Norway and now in other countries including Canada and the US, which claim its products "Clean without Chemicals": Our line of cleaning products will ...
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Does laying LCD screens flat harm them?

Some colleagues told me recently that you should not lay LCD screens (e.g. TVs and computer monitors) flat. They should never be put face down horizontally, but kept vertical, or they may go bad. If ...
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Are different versions of movies being released on purpose? or do some cinemas censor parts of movies?

I have seen movies at different cinemas, but sometimes I could swear that some scenes were addded or removed to the point of almost making the movie having a completely different impact! First time I ...
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Did car and oil companies actively try to suppress electric cars' development?

According to some (e.g. the documentary film Who Killed the Electric Car?), car and oil companies have actively tried to suppress electric cars' development. Electric cars seem to have technological ...
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Do bar-codes contain “The Number of the Beast”?

I've encountered lots of people and some other sources that claim that every bar-code contains the number 666 and is therefore "The Number of the Beast"? The first thing a scanner looks for when ...
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Can tapping the top of a soda/pop stop it fizzing over?

People often tap the top of coke cans to stop them foaming over like this: Is there any evidence to suggest that tapping the top stops this happening?