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Did some men in the Middle Ages remove their left testicle in an effort of having a son?

As mentioned here: During the middle ages, it was believed that sperm produced by the left testicle produced girls. To ensure having a son, men would have it removed. I have not heard about this ...
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Did stock trader, Mark Minervini, make 33,554% from 1994-1999 years?

This 2020 Business Insider article claims that author and stock-trader, Mark Minervini made a compounded total return of 33,554% from 1994 to 1999, which equates to roughly 220% a year This seems ...
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Was heroin originally developed as a cure for morphine addiction?

The video What Does Heroin Do To Your Body? claims that heroin was originally developed by the Bayer pharmaceutical company as a treatment for tuberculosis and morphine addiction. Is this true?
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Did a turkish man invent a steam engine 200 years before the industrial revolution and only made it to spin doner kebab? [closed]

I've seen this picture being reposted in many different places recently: Is it true? Where can this machine be seen? What is it if it's not a steam engine? Update: The pictures posted above show ...
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Did China lose a submarine (possibly a Xia class SSBN) with all hands on board in 1983-1985?

It's been claimed a video by a US submariner that the Soviet submarine K-10 collided with an unknown submarine in 1983 and this likely was a Chinese one ... because two years later the Chinese press ...
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At Chernobyl, did someone see the fuel channel caps bounce shortly before the explosion?

The well known 2019 show Chernobyl mentions an operator who happened to walk through the reactor hall of Unit 4 seconds before the reactor exploded. He allegedly saw this: If this story seems ...
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Is the Kabul evacuation "the largest airlift of people in history"?

As quoted here in an August 21 news piece: “The President noted that this is the largest airlift of people in history and that it would not have been possible without the early support from Qatar to ...
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Is wisdom tooth impaction causally linked to soft, processed foods?

In a book by an anthropologist at Ohio State, it is claimed that (1) third molar impactions dectupled after the Industrial Revolution, and (2) this was due to a new abundance of soft, processed food. ...
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Did ancient Hindu texts describe the existence of photons as early as 3100 BCE?

BooksFact.com is a popular Vedic blog (17K YouTube followed, 3K FB followers). In 2014, they published an article that claims that the Bhagavata_Purana was written 5100 years and contains a ...
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Secret instructions for the German submarines for the cruise to Agartha, a hidden land in the Antarctic. Are they authentic?

I saw this document posted on several websites about forgotten continents. They detail the maneuvers that a submarine must take to make it through the Antarctic to the other side. Is there anything ...
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Did "the" London Agreement of 1945 bind the Soviets in writing to provide air access to [West] Berlin?

One Australian Airforce page offers this nutshell version of why the Soviets agreed to air corridors but shut down land access to West Berlin in the late 1940s. Berlin was in the centre of the Soviet ...
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Did Wild West outlaws regularly wear face masks?

An article ("Westerners used to wear masks" by Andrew Gulliford, June 13, 2020) in The Journal of Cortez, Colorado, claims that it was a regular practice of bandits in the "Wild West&...
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Did Newton "invent" Physics to perform better spells? [closed]

I know Atomic Robo is not exactly an authority on real history, but there's also some truth and interesting details intermingled. How true is the statement "Newton invented Physics so he could ...
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Was it ever common in the USA for women to use their husbands' Social Security Numbers as their own?

The December 2015 Uniform Assessment Instrument of Virginia's Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (an instruction manual for administration of certain public social services) contains the ...
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Is this "ancient Hebrew leather manuscript" seized by police in Turkey authentic?

Some time ago there was news of a manuscript stolen from a Syrian museum, seized from smugglers in Turkey. There are many other articles about this as well. Turkish police seize ancient manuscript ...
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Is there a bill in Iowa that bans the teaching of sexism, slavery, and racial segregation?

Is there a critical race theory bill in Iowa that bans the teaching of the following topics: sexism, slavery, racial segregation, racial discrimination, including topics related to the enactment and ...
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Did Heimlich maneuvre posters become mandatory in New York shortly after that technique was performed on mayor Ed Koch in 1981?

The New York Times reports in its obituary on former New York mayor Ed Koch, that posters on the Heimlich maneuvre became mandatory in New York restaurants when the mayor got rescued by it: If you ...
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Was a 37,000-year-old elephant-skin drum found in the Antarctic?

I was searching information about drums skins made of animal hide and I thought, "has there ever been a drum made with elephant skin?". When I googled this I keep finding multiple links that ...
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Is COVID the biggest/worst pandemic in Global History? [closed]

The novel coronavirus pandemic, known as Covid-19, could not have been more predictable. Beginning in December 2019, in the region of Wuhan, China, a new (“novel”) coronavirus began appearing in human ...
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Did the Indus Valley Civilization use cotton as a writing material?

In his book, Science and Secrets of Early Medicine, Jürgen Thorwald writes about the script of the Mohenjo-Daro and Harappa civilizations: (in rough translation) Seals, bronze plaques and clay shells ...
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Did the CIA have a plan to airdrop condoms over Russian soil as a way of psychological warfare?

In various place on the internet, a story circulate about a scrapped CIA plan in which they would airdrop very large condoms labelled "Small" or "Medium" as a way to imply american ...
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Is Spartacus based on true story?

Spartacus (TV Series 2010–2013) The inspiration behind this series is the Thracian Gladiator Spartacus, who led a slave uprising against the Roman Republic Spartacus, 19th-century illustration. ...
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Were senior officals who outran their executioners pardoned in the Ottoman Empire?

According to various sources, in the Ottoman Empire, when a senior official was given a death sentence, he'd race with his executioner. If he were to win the race, the death sentence would be commuted,...
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Did farmers adopt cars faster than inhabitants of cities?

I learned from this post: Start with a niche that: Cars are almost among the lucky exception to the niche rule. However, there was still one group of people in the USA that moved from horses to cars ...
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Were 80 million black slaves killed in the USA by the end of the civil war?

I was listening to a speech by Malcolm X, where he said (at 1:57) that over 80 million black people were killed in America (100 million brought over as slaves, but less than 20 million remained at the ...
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Did British journalists keep silent about Russian defections to Germany in WW2?

In George Orwell's essay, The Prevention of Literature, he claims this: When Germany collapsed, it was found that very large numbers of Soviet Russians — mostly, no doubt, from non-political motives —...
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Did Emma Willard send a letter to the French government appealing for women’s suffrage in 1848?

In T.M. Roberts' Distant Revolutions: 1848 and the challenge to American Exceptionalism it's said briefly (on p. 92 and without a citation/reference) that: In 1848 Emma Willard, the director of the ...
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Does archaeological evidence show that Nazareth wasn't inhabited during Jesus's lifetime?

The gospels say that Jesus's home village was Nazareth. A book by Rene Salm claims that according to archaeological evidence, the village of Nazareth didn't become inhabited until after the time when ...
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Does "the captain's daughter" refer to a whip/cat o' nine tails?

Many versions of the popular sea shanty "Drunken Sailor" includes the following verse: What shall we do with a drunken sailor, Put him in bed with the captain's daughter. Sources including ...
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Were most active policemen in the Weimer Republic not Nazis?

From the Holocaust Encylopedia: The police in the Weimar Republic In the years of the Weimar Republic, most active policemen were not Nazis, meaning they were not members of the Nazi Party or of Nazi ...
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How did the myth that student loans are non-dischargeable originate?

A fairly common myth is that student loans cannot be discharged through bankruptcy (USA). For example, this NPR article discusses the myth and its falsity. While I have been able to find plenty of ...
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Did Argentine President Juan Peron grant free access to the radio, the press and two soccer stadiums to a preacher called Tommy Hicks in 1954?

The title is a summary of claims I've read from several informal sources. For example, this site claims: It was in this environment that Tommy Hicks was welcomed into the presidential office. After ...
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Was the safety of a WW1 helmet called into question because survivorship bias was neglected?

A common story about the British "Brodie helmet", issued first in World War I, is the following: After introduction of the helmet, the number of reported head injuries increased. This called ...
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Did Emperor Nero burn Frankincense equal to Oman's annual production at his wife's funeral?

In a documentary about Oman -The Paradoxical Life In Muscat - Magnificent Megacities it is narrated that - According to the legend, Emperor Nero burned the whole of Oman's annual production ...
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Were owners of slaves in 1860, largely Democrats?

According to Dinesh D'Souza "claim that no Republicans owned slaves in 1860 is incorrect. A handful did. " "Here’s the big picture: Out of the 4 million slaves in the US in 1860, more ...
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Did Isidore of Seville ever claim Roman god of wine, Bacchus, got his name from "baculus" (walking stick)?

On multiple places on-line, including Wikipedia, there is information that Saint Isidore of Seville claimed that the name of the Roman god of wine, Bacchus, got his name from "baculus" ...
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Did Burmese typewriters contain an upside-down character, which subsequently became proper typewriter style?

I was reading about the Internet Archive's work to archive the materials of a famous New York City typewriter family: http://blog.archive.org/2020/08/26/an-archive-of-a-different-type/ I was ...
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Did the cat-o'-nine-tails' bag ever exist?

There are numerous instances on the Internet and in Google books, which claim the cat-o'-nine-tails, a late 17th century instrument of punishment used by the Royal Navy, was kept in a bag. It is said ...
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Did Uganda's president Yoweri Museveni hand the national flag to intercessors in 1997 in the midst of a Christian revival?

World Trumpet Mission, an international revivalist ministry founded in 1988 in the Republic of Uganda by John Mulinde, presents the following historical timeline on their website (emphasis mine): In ...
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Did the CIA feed false information to McCarthy to discredit his true claims that they were infiltrated by Soviet agents?

In Legacy of Ashes (which won the National Book Award for Nonfiction), Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, Tim Weiner, claims that: McCarthy's file grew thick with allegations that "the CIA had ...
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Did German troops ignite pools of kerosene on a ship in March 1943?

A recent video on the YouTube Lindybeige channel relates the story of Operation Creek in WWII in which irregular British forces invaded a German ship off Goa (now in India), March 1943. He cites James ...
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Are farm bankruptcies in the US "at highs not seen since the Great Depression"?

A June 29 Vox article quoted a Democratic party notable saying: “Trump’s failed trade war wreaked havoc on industries across the country. Farm bankruptcies are at highs not seen since the Great ...
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Are the following Twitter quotes from Vox leader true?

Recently Vox leader, Santiago Abascal, tweeted that the Spanish government was the worst government in the last 80 years, stating the following facts: Translation: 🚩 Never in 80 years has a ...
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Was it ever cheaper to starve slaves and replace them than to provide them with food?

In a recent opinion piece in the Guardian, historian David Olusoga makes this shocking claim about slavery in the 17th Century British Empire: The system [Hans Sloane] witnessed and wrote about was ...
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Did besieged Russians eat 'library candy' made from boiled down book binding glue?

David Benioff's 2008 historical fiction novel City of Thieves follows two youths during the siege of Leningrad in 1942. In one scene, the narrator explains how the starving inhabitants of the city ...
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Did more more Pilgrims die from drowning after getting drunk than were killed by Native Americans?

Joy Browne's 2011 book Dating For Dummies says: Alcohol has been, is now, and will continue to be for the foreseeable future the major drug of abuse in this country. (More Pilgrims drowned in the ...
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Was Alberto Rivera formerly a Jesuit priest?

"Chick tracts" are a series of comic books by cartoonist Jack Chick. The publisher estimates that is has printed over 800 million tracts since its founding. An issue in this series from 1981,...
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Did the "slipping on a banana peel" gag plausibly originate as a reference to horse manure?

Although many people today might not have ever experienced slipping on a banana peel in real life, the peels are actually slippery enough to have caused more than a few accidents in total (see DavePhD'...
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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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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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