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Did secret police in the Eastern Bloc use X-ray machines to give people cancer?

This Reddit thread claims that the Soviet secret police used hidden x-ray machines to give people cancer in order to remove them quitely from power. I've heard that claim colloquially before but have ...
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Did commerical flag makers catalog and sell the second Confederate national flag as “whiteman's flag”?

According to the 1957 Stevens-Davis and allied families: a memorial volume of history , biography, and genealogy : Commercially, this design is called the "Whiteman flag" or "White-man design", ...
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Did Islam dominate slave trade, and did Christians enter the slave market only later? [closed]

Stefan Molyneux claims in The Truth About The Crusades that: Islam dominated slave trade between the 7th and the 15th century, while the Christians entered the market of human flesh much later - ...
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Did the Constitution of the Confederate States of America ban the slave trade?

From 25 Strange Facts From History You Probably Didn’t Learn In School: The Constitution of the Confederate States of America banned the slave trade. Did the Confederate States of America banned ...
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Did the North Korean Navy sink the heavy cruiser U.S.S. Chicago by torpedo boat in 1950?

I am from an Eastern bloc nation. In my childhood I was taught that the North Korean Navy sunk the U.S. Navy heavy cruiser U.S.S. Chicago by torpedo boat in 1950. The teaching was such: On June ...
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Did the Soyuz 1 mission fail because of an ignored decimal point?

I am from an Eastern bloc nation. In my childhood I was taught that the Soyuz 1 mission failed because a decimal point was ignored during the pre-flight check, which was the cause of the parachute ...
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Did Whiskey taxation make up 30%-50% of England's revenue?

In this article it is claimed that (1st paragraph): Especially in England and Ireland, it became the drink of choice, and through taxation, came to contribute 30%-50% of the nation’s revenue. This ...
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Did a Jewish boxer survive the holocaust by fighting fellow prisoners?

During the Holocaust, Jewish boxer Salamo Arouch was imprisoned at Auschwitz. He was forced to fight fellow prisoners; the losers were sent to the gas chambers or shot. He survived over 2 years and ...
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Did 13 men kill themselves after being rejected by Princess Qajar?

This has been doing the rounds on social media sites, this image with this caption Princess Qajar. A symbol of beauty in Persia. 13 young men killed themselves because she rejected them. Is this ...
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Did The Beatles write “Norwegian Wood” after hearing Bob Dylan's “4th Time Around” as claimed by producer Al Kooper?

It's widely believed that the Bob Dylan song "4th Time Around" was inspired by "Norwegian Wood" by The Beatles. However, music producer Al Kooper claims that John Lennon heard live renditions of "4th ...
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Did the bible say slavery was okay? [closed]

I am in high school and we are doing a report on why slavery is or is not okay. A lot of my peers have been saying that the bible says there is nothing wrong with slavery. Is this really true?
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Did the story of Columbus and the lunar eclipse take place?

In eclipse season, it’s bound to happen that someone will quote the story of Columbus fooling the settlers into believing that his god was upset with them and therefore eclipsed the moon. But as ...
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Did CNN broadcast this “fake news” in 1990? [duplicate]

I came across this footage on youtube. It shows CNN anchor Charles Jaco broadcasting what seems to be a fake news story about the 1990 gulf war, using a stage, fake palms, fake sounds, etc. This ...
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Did spaghetti originate in China?

From an English-speaking competition at Beijing in 2005, a contestant claimed that spaghetti came from China. The contestant said that Marco Polo lived in China for 20 years. He learned making ...
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Did Franciscan friars survive the nuking of Nagasaki in a way suggesting a miracle?

Note: This is a very similar question to this: Did eight Jesuit priests survive the nuking of Hiroshima in a scientifically inexplicable manner? However, since in spite of their parallelism these ...
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Ancestry tracking DNA tests

Since the advent of cheap DNA tests, several companies have sprung up which will tell you ancestral origins according to your DNA. 23andMe claims, Where in the world are you from? Find out ...
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Was John F Kennedy accidentally shot by a secret service agent?

In the book Mortal Error: The Shot That Killed JFK, Bonar Menninger argues that the third shot that hit John F Kennedy was fired by accident by a secret service agent. The book's Wikipedia page ...
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Ancestral DNA tests [closed]

A friend of mine recently took a DNA ancestry test using one of these mail-order services. Sadly he did not provide the name of the company used. According to his results, he has partial Native ...
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Did Muhammad behead 600 Jews in one day and torture unbelievers?

This Skeptics.SE question mentions a anti-Muslim billboard that contains the following claims about Muhammad: Married 6 year old Slave owner & dealer Rapist Beheaded 600 Jews in one day 13 wives, ...
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When instituting Quds Day, did Khomeini say that one should emulate Imam Ali who killed 700 Jews?

The German newspaper Der Spiegel claims: Der Schwiegersohn des Propheten ist das Vorbild: Imam Ali habe "siebenhundert Juden an einem Tag" erschlagen. Ihm solle man nacheifern, verkündet ...
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Did McKinsey & Co. tell AT&T there was no market for mobile phones?

In this interview about his time at Bell Labs and their ability to "invent" the future, Prof. Brian Kernighan (the famous computer scientist involved in the development and popularisation of the ...
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Did William T. Thompson design a flag with explicit white supremacist symbolism, which was adopted by the US Confederacy?

I saw a meme on social media that claimed that a William T. Thompson designed a flag with explicit white supremacist symbols, that was, for a time, an official flag of the Confederacy. The text of ...
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Did Betsy Ross make the first US flag?

I think that there is a common idea that the first US flag was designed by Betsy Ross, who told George Washington to change the flag from 6-pointed stars to 5-pointed stars. Due to this, pictures of ...
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Was this a fire brigade reservoir at Auschwitz?

There seems to be a lot of photo evidence suggesting that there is a "fire brigade reservoir built in the form of a swimming pool" within the concentration camp at Auschwitz. Is it a "fire brigade ...
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Did Muhammad marry a 6 year old?

Making the rounds of news sites today is a story of a billboard in Indianapolis that makes the following six claims regarding the prophet Muhammad, under the heading "The Perfect Man": Married 6 year ...
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Did the future Prime Minister of Poland help the future president of USA to pay his tuition?

The Amazing Real Life Experiences tells a story about how the pianist Ignace Jan Paderewski did a favour for a student Herbert Hoover, and that later Hoover (in his role of head of the US Food and ...
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Did Master Stone Masons have to Bow to the King?

I have heard this multiple times, including in a documentary once. The claim is that the Master Stonemason, in historic times, did not have to bow to the King (generally implied to be from the British ...
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Did a British committee in 1907 recommend pushing Middle East into internal wars?

The 2007 article The Arab Scene 100 years After Campbell-Bannerman is an English translation of an article about a committee created by British Prime Minister Henry Campbell-Bannerman in 1907. The ...
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Did Marie Antoinette say “Let them eat cake”?

Is there any evidence that Queen Marie Antoinette said "Let them eat cake"? It is often purported that she said this in response to learning that the peasants had no bread to eat.
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Was there a co-regency of Tiberius and Augustus?

Caesar Augustus was the first Emperor of the Roman Empire. He succeeded the dictator Julius Caesar and was succeeded by Caesar Tiberius. Some claim Tiberius was co-regent with Augustus for a couple ...
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Did Ataturk say this about Islam?

Various places (for example, the books Reset: Iran, Turkey, and America's Future by Stephen Kinzer and From the Ruins of Empire: The Revolt Against the West and the Remaking of Asia by Pankaj Mishra) ...
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Is “five” removed from military countdowns because it sounds like “fire”?

This question on english.stackexchange.com asks if a word with multiple meanings could be misunderstood and result in death. This answer says: The word 'five' is generally omitted from countdowns ...
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Were there bears at the Treblinka Zoo?

I am doing a history project on the Treblinka extermination camp for school, and learnt about the zoo Investigating further I found that the zoo contained at least four foxes, two peacocks and a roe ...
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Were Many of the people McCarthy Accused Paid Spies of the Soviets [closed]

According to an answer on this question on the WorldBuilding StackExchange There were plenty of communists in the United States in the 1950s and 1960s. It's popular today to laugh at the paranoia ...
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Were the works of Greek and Roman thinkers available to the West during the Middle Ages? [closed]

The conventional wisdom, repeated recently in How the Middle Ages Really Were, claims (the quote is "composite"): ...the works of Greek and Roman thinkers like Aristotle, Galen, Ptolemy, Archimedes ...
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Did steel from WWI battleships make it into space?

In the UKTV series Abandoned Engineering (Series 1 Ep 4), Ghost Ships, the claim was made that steel from the German Fleet scuttled in Scapa Flow in 1919 was incorporated into one or both of the ...
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Did Jesus use cannabis?

In pro-cannabis circles, it's often purported that Jesus used Cannabis-based anointing oil to heal/treat/perform miracles. Is this historically accurate? Jesus was almost certainly a cannabis user ...
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Would it have been possible for the ancients to have built a Tower of Babel? [closed]

As recorded in Genesis 11:1-9, the ancients allegedly built a tower to the skies in a valley in Babylon (near present-day Baghdad), and God scattered them across the Earth as a punishment. As ...
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Did training Bell executives in humanities subjects lower their interest in working? [closed]

The story I heard happened in the 1950s-60s, at 50-60x at Bell Telephone in the USA Top management of the corporation noticed a majority of their managers were formerly engineers and often they don'...
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Did the first Mughal emperor of India, Babur, write love poems for men?

Sites such as this, this and this claim that Babur the founder of the Mughal dynasty and the first Mughal emperor of India wrote love poems for men. Ziya Us Salam an Indian literary and film critic ...
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Were Buddhists murdered en masse during the first Muslim conquest of India?

Lost Islamic History says: The first great expansion of Islam into India came during the Umayyad Dynasty of caliphs, who were based in Damascus. In 711, the Umayyads appointed a young 17 year old ...
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Do “popular revolts” usually occur with the support of the ruling dictatorship's army? [closed]

CGP Grey's Rules for Rulers video outlines a theory of the social and political forces that govern the rulers of a nation, regardless of that nation's structure of government. In summary, he states ...
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Was a practice of making non-Muslims wear special markings introduced by Umar II?

The Wikipedia page Yellow badge says: The practice of wearing special markings in order to distinguish Jews and other non-Muslims (Dhimmis) in Muslim-dominated countries seems to have been ...
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Is this a real astronaut quote? [closed]

or true terror until you hear someone knocking on the space station door from outside. You look through the porthole and see an astronaut, but all your crew is inside and accounted for. You use ...
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How many non-citizens were removed from the US from 2009--2015?

I'm trying to reconcile two different sets of data. The House Judiciary committee reports: | year | Criminal Alien Removals | Non-Criminal Removals | Total | |------+-------------------------+------...
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Did John Stuart Mill write a history of Roman law at age 10?

Professor Michael Sandel claims that philosopher John Stuart Mill was a child prodigy ... He knew Greek at the age of three, Latin at eight. And age 10, he wrote a history of Roman law. I tried ...
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Did Isaac Newton give lectures to empty rooms while he was a professor at Cambridge?

A Google search for the terms "isaac newton lecture empty room" will return a litany of sites stating the claim that while Newton was a professor at Cambridge, he would often have nobody show up to ...
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Is “the funniest interview you will ever see” genuine?

There's a funny (or not funny, some might find this offensive) video on You Tube called "the funniest interview you will ever see". It shows a Dutch talk show host having a fit of uncontrollable ...
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Did 5 million non-Jews die in the Holocaust?

Times of Israel: “Five million non-Jews died in the Holocaust.” It’s a statement that shows up regularly in declarations about the Nazi era. It was implied in a Facebook post by the Israel ...
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Did no citizen of countries banned by Trump's executive order kill any american since 1975? [duplicate]

This has been circulating on facebook and twitter: One of the pages that shared it has 4 million subscribers which alone makes it notable. Are both of the numbers correct? Both murders and those ...