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Does the Constitution of the US have anything to say about slavery?

The Nikole Hannah-Jones wrote an article for the 1619 Project in the New York Times, where she claimed: The Constitution contains 84 clauses. Six deal directly with the enslaved and their enslavement,...
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Did Kamala Harris ignore anti-pedophilia California Child Protection Act of 2012?

An Open Secret (anti-pedophilia, anti-Hollywood film) posted on Twitter the following claim which was retweeted 1k+ times: Did you know? California Child Protection Act of 2012 Requires adults ...
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Did Amazon pay $0 in US taxes in 2018?

Background I saw this article saying that Amazon paid $0 in corporate income tax last year. Is this true or just phrased to sound like they are getting away with paying nothing? Here's the article: ...
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Did Canada “mandate the content of voluntary speech”?

In this clip with Jordan Peterson conversing with Russel Brand, Peterson says, (3m:57s) The government, for the first time in the history of Canada and really in a move that was unprecedented in ...
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Did the 1994 US crime bill “bring down crime”?

In 1994, the US federal government adopted the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act (signed into law Sept. 13, 1994). Ben Shapiro, host of the 'Daily Wire' podcast on YouTube, referred to it ...
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Does Lincoln County, Oregon require only white people to wear masks?

According to the New York Post: Oregon county issues face mask order that exempts non-white people Lincoln County, Oregon, has exempted non-white people from a new order requiring that face coverings ...
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Is it legal for a Muslim husband to beat his wife in Saudi Arabia?

Today on the 700 Club’s “Bring It On” segment where viewers ask Robertson questions, one man wondered how he should go about repairing his marriage with a wife who “insults” him and once tried to ...
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Does New York City legally recognize 31 different genders?

Several news sources (for example, The Odyssey Online and the Toronto Sun in 2016) claim that New York City recognizes 31 distinct genders. On the other hand, an article from the Huffington Post ...
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Has anyone ever been found either criminally or civilly liable for giving advice on a forum for plumbing/electrical/hvac/other?

I've seen on several forums (and/or members thereof) around trades where they say they don't give advice to non-pros because they're afraid the amateur will do it wrong and they'll be found liable. ...
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Slurping soup in New Jersey

I read once in a book of weird facts heard that slurping soup is technically illegal in New Jersey, and, looking it up, have found a ton of lists of "wacky laws" saying that this is true. Nothing I ...
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Does an HHS proposal to modify Obamacare policies allow doctors to discriminate against LGBT patients?

This article claims that The Trump administration is moving to scrap an Obama-era policy that protected LGBTQ patients from discrimination. However the proposal in question claims it would only be ...
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Are Australia's 5G radiation safety standards at least one hundred times laxer than of 6 other listed countries?

I saw this poster on the Facebook wall of a friend. The earliest I traced it was to Electrosensitivity Australia's Facebook wall where it was shared over 1700 times. RADIATION LEVEL SAFETY STANDARDS ...
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Are flight attendants exempt from COVID-19 quarantine restrictions when leaving New York or entering Canada?

Are the posts below true? fathrowaway7. 2020 Mar 27 23:54 GMT. I’m a flight attendant. We are still flying because we are considered “essential.” You heard about those orders to quarantine ...
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Is Rand Paul's apparent outing of Trump's whistleblower a crime? [closed]

A tweet from @SethFromThe716 is very popular (4.2K likes at the time of this question). It says [U.S. Senator] Rand Paul violated the law by publicly outing the whistleblower [of President Trump], ...
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Was the Holocaust legal?

In the below image, which has been circulating on social media, it is implied that the Holocaust was legal in the same way that slavery and segregation were legal. Is this true? Was the Holocaust ...
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Will the 2019 EU Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market ban memes?

There have been lots of reports recently about how the EU are trying to ban memes. For example: Trusted reviews The European Union (EU) is pressing ahead with efforts to ban online memes under new ...
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Can a judge let the parties of a trial resolve their disputes on “the field of battle”, legally, in the US?

I read the following article by Associated Press: The judge had the power to let the parties “resolve our disputes on the field of battle, legally,” David Ostrom said, adding in his filing that ...
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Did the IG change his conclusion in the Sharyl Atkisson investigation?

In 2013, journalist Sharyl Atkisson accused the Obama Administration of hacking and surveillance of her computers. Michael Horowitz, the Inspector General (IG) for the Department of Justice, ...
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Are Pennsylvania motorists required to hide their cars from horses?

News sources, blogs, email chains, and periodicals publish lists of "stupid laws", which are supposedly still on the books. One particularly amusing one: Any motorist who sights a team of horses ...
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Does the Constitution of Bhutan state that 60% of Bhutan must be forested?

Transcription: Did you know? The constitution of Bhutan specifies that 60% of the country must remain forested. -- MightyFacts.com Title and picture is pretty self explanatory. Is the ...
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Does torture work well as an interrogation technique?

Wikipedia's Effectiveness of torture for interrogation says, Torture has been used throughout history for the purpose of obtaining information in interrogation. Some arguments say that it is an ...
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Did hundreds of thousands of people die due to lack of seat belts in the period before they were made mandatory?

In a recent interview, Tesla founder Elon Musk gives a historical reference as example of slow government reaction to public harm: At 8m15s: Take something like seatbelts. It was known for, I ...
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Did DOJ officials conclude no further action was warranted on the Whistleblower complaint?

The White House just accidentally sent all House Democrats its talking points regarding President Trump’s phone call with the Ukrainian President and the related Intelligence Community whistleblower ...
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Is it illegal to sell used mattresses?

I'm possibly selling a used mattress (plead the 5th) and to my surprise was told that it's illegal! I've never heard this before. It seems that many others are asking this question and have heard it ...
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Was it ever illegal to name a pig “Napoleon” in France?

This is an oft-cited "unusual law", e.g. from The Sun: IN FRANCE it is illegal to name a pig Napoleon, almost 200 years after his death. Experts say the odd law exists because ­calling a ...
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In Alabama, if a person is found not guilty of rape, is their accuser assumed to be lying?

jessica a. m. @my2k so the Alabama abortion criminalization bill has an extra tacked onto the end of it wherein, if a woman reports being raped and they find the person she accused not guilty, SHE ...
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Is it illegal in Alaska to wake up a sleeping bear for the purpose of taking a photograph?

DumbLaws.com claim: While it is legal to shoot bears, waking a sleeping bear for the purpose of taking a photograph is prohibited. The Gray Line Alaska blog repeats the claim. There is also a ...
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Were Papadopoulos, Manafort, and Flynn subjects of FISA applications?

Democratic Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee said this in December, in a closed-door hearing of the House Judiciary Committee (on pages 66-67 of this transcript, released a few days ago): I want to ...
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In the USSR's legal system, was everything illegal unless specifically allowed?

Alan Dershowitz was recently interviewed by Michael Tracey on the latter's podcast. At 09:20 into the interview, Dershowitz makes the following claim regarding the USSR legal system: ... unlike in ...
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Did Jhering coin the bon mot “In Germany everything that is not allowed is forbidden”?

On a website collecting aphorisms, we find: In Deutschland ist alles verboten, was nicht erlaubt ist; in England ist alles erlaubt, was nicht verboten ist; in Rußland ist alles erlaubt, was ...
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Do UK background checks successfully ‘prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups’? [closed]

When working with children in the UK, it's common to hear griping about the restrictions and administrative overhead imposed by compliance with the Disclosure & Barring (DBS) regime. Despite this ...
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Is the penalty for a woman having an abortion more severe than the penalty for rape?

On social media there are a lot of posts fuelled by the recent restrictions on abortion in Alabama and Missouri. Some of these (the first is from Instagram and the second is from Twitter, although I ...
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Is refusing to decrypt data for the police illegal in England and Wales?

I've been recently downloading PuTTY from the official page and I have noticed a message stating: LEGAL WARNING: Use of PuTTY, PSCP, PSFTP and Plink is illegal in countries where encryption is ...
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Does the Westboro Baptist Church get most of their funding from lawsuits?

The Westboro Baptist Church is notorious for picketing things like funerals and they generate a lot of attention by doing so. A common trend in discussions about the church goes something like: ...
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Did a homeowner fend-off three armed intruders with a high capacity magazine?

A recent NBC News article, Judge blocks California's ban on high-capacity magazines over 2nd Amendment concerns claims the judge wrote an 86 page decision that included a story that a woman fended-...
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Did Dubai sentence someone to four years in jail for possession of three poppy seeds from a bread roll?

The BBC and various other news sites make variations of the following claim: Previously, a Swiss man was jailed for possessing just three poppy seeds which he had transported with him to Dubai. ...
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Is there a death penalty if you jump off a building (and don't die) in New York?

According to dumblaws.com, in New York (City? State? or both?): The penalty for jumping off a building is death. It is the second most-voted weird law in NY in ranker.com also: If Jumping Off ...
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Could Michael Cohen reduce his sentence by cooperating with, or lying to, Congress?

This Trump tweet said Michael Cohen was one of many lawyers who represented me (unfortunately). He had other clients also. He was just disbarred by the State Supreme Court for lying & fraud. He ...
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Does the US Federal Government want to cut down and burn trees on a property to protect an extinct frog?

Edward Poitevent made a claim on the Tucker Carlson show that the government wants to take his land in Louisiana without paying, cut down all trees and burn it in the name of protecting an extinct ...
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Can a US President's declaration of emergency be overridden by simple majorities of both chambers of Congress?

Jennifer Rubin writes in the Washington Post that: [the US President's] declaration of an emergency can be overridden by a simple majority of both houses Is it true that a presidential declaration ...
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Is it illegal to leave your house without underwear in Thailand?

There are some other strange laws in Thailand but this seemed to be the most "interesting" one to me. How are they even going to find out? Are they going to observe your bulge? There are a lot of ...
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Do death penalty cases cost the state more than life-long imprisonment?

There are some claims on anti-death penalty sites that death penalty (in USA) costs are significantly more then costs of long-time imprisonment. For example : The death penalty is much more expensive ...
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Did an unmarried couple in Iran get shot for holding hands in 2007?

In this video from 2007 Douglas Murray, a British journalist and critic of Islam, says: In Iran, when people - when a couple were shot the other week for holding hands when not being married, the ...
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Did Mueller indict a Russian company that didn't exist?

Conservative author Dinesh D'Souza just tweeted this: Is Mueller this dumb? Or does he think the press is too dumb to notice he indicted a Russian company that doesn’t even exist? This is a ...
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Is it illegal in any U.S. jurisdiction to be in neutral at a red light?

In this related question, I asserted that it was illegal to be in neutral gear while stopped at a red light. The first comment to that question challenged me to quote chapter and verse. Astonishingly,...
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Is the Clinton Foundation currently under investigation?

Marc Lotter, former special assistant to President Trump, just said this to CNN's Erin Burnett in the course of defending President Trump from the fact that the Trump foundation is shutting down after ...
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Does this 2015 draft of the Armenian constitution propose to allow killing people when “absolutely necessary”?

The Armenian government plans to adopt a new constitution, which would give the country a parliamentary government. An Armenian friend of mine told me that it also includes a paragraph, which would ...
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Are some police in Mexico acting as hired killers?

According to the 2016 book "The Three U.S.-Mexico Border Wars" by Tony Payan, some police in Mexican border towns protect wealthy criminals and even "serve as sicarios" (hit men; p. 58). Are there ...
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Were many former American slaves put back into virtual slavery after the civil war?

The ACLU has been a critic of the 13th amendment to the US constitution for some time, claiming that the clause that reads that slavery shall not exist "except as a punishment for crime whereof the ...
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Are US workers legally required to pay income taxes?

In the 2006 film America: Freedom to Fascism, several interviews are shown which claim that American workers do not need to pay income tax. Specifically, this clip claims that There is no law which ...

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