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Questions about the state or condition of being subject to death; mortal character, nature, or existence.

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Was an elderly woman forcibly euthanized in the Netherlands?

A disturbing story appeared on my news feed this week, Elderly Woman Forcibly Euthanized The article says that in the Netherlands an elderly woman with dementia was euthanized against her will. ...
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Does each car in inner London cost society £8,000 in health and environmental cost over its lifetime?

The topic of air quality is getting a load of attention in newspaper headlines in the days leading up to Clean Air Day (21st June, apparently). For example, The Independent reports a recent study on ...
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Do more people die from flying champagne corks and golf balls than are attacked by coyotes?

According to the Humane Society: Coyote attacks on people are very rare. More people are killed by errant golf balls and flying champagne corks each year than are bitten by coyotes. On a Wikipedia ...
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Is a tow truck driver killed every six days on average in the US?

Along I-90 in Massachusetts (and I presume elsewhere in the state), there is a digital billboard which sometimes displays a message from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation that a tow truck ...
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Does tobacco kill half of its consumers?

A World Health Organization "meme" doing the rounds claims: Tobacco is the only product that kills half its consumers. There are two claims here: That tobacco kills half its consumers. That no ...
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Do about 100 Germans die every year due to risky masturbation?

EveningStandard claims in Masturbation 'kills up to 100 Germans a year', new study shows that up to 100 Germans a year die to masturbation for using risky methods like auto-erotic asphyxiation or ...
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Are ladders more dangerous than guns? [closed]

You know, studies show that keeping a ladder inside the house is more dangerous than a loaded gun. That's why I own ten guns, in case some maniac tries to sneak in a ladder. - Grunkle Stan I've ...
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Has Pokémon Go caused hundreds of deaths?

This article in The Register claims that Pokémon Go may have a bad side effect on road safety. The headline is: Pokémon GO caused hundreds of deaths, increased crashes And the article summarises ...
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Is austerity in the UK responsible for “120,000” extra deaths?

The UK government has been implementing tight constraints on public spending to attempt to recover from the 2008 financial crash and bailout. But this austerity is controversial. A recent report in ...
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Death by electroshock from 12V battery

A solar power book makes this claim: A low voltage system can cause major problems simply because of the huge current that a 12v battery can generate: in excess of 1,000 amps in short burst can ...
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Killed by 9V battery (via multimeter)

I found a Darwin award story claiming that someone was killed by pushing the leads of a Simpson 260 into his skin in ohmmeter mode. Furthermore, the story claims it is based on an unnamed US Navy ...
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Is it possible to survive landing in water when free-falling?

This popular YouTube video which is about surviving when jumping from a plane with the parachute failing says at 1:03: You're looking for 3 things: Swamps, snow, trees. Your best chance of ...
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Have people survived landing in trees when free-falling?

This popular YouTube video which is about surviving when jumping from a plane with the parachute failing says at 1:03: You're looking for 3 things: Swamps, snow, trees. Your best chance of ...
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Have people survived landing in swamps when free-falling?

This popular YouTube video which is about surviving when jumping from a plane with the parachute failing says at 1:03: You're looking for 3 things: Swamps, snow, trees. Your best chance of ...
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Is landing in water worse than landing in trees when free-falling? [closed]

This popular YouTube video which is about surviving when jumping from a plane with the parachute failing says at 1:03: You're looking for 3 things: Swamps, snow, trees. Your best chance of ...
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Has any other president personally paid the family of a fallen soldier?

I was reading in the news that President Donald Trump has written a check for $25,000 for the family of a fallen soldier. The article, indirectly quoted Donald Trump as saying: “He said, ‘I’m going ...
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Are female surgeons less likely to kill you?

A 2017 article in The Times has the following headline: Female surgeons less likely to kill you, study finds The article reports: Patients operated on by a woman are less likely to die within a ...
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Does mortality fall when doctors go on strike?

In a 2017 article arguing that inaction is sometimes better than action (the urge to do something often dominates the urge to do the right thing) Tim Harford makes the following comment (I've included ...
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Does significant consumption of French fries double your chance of death?

A report on an Australian news site claims that: Eight-year study finds heavy French fry eaters have ‘double’ the chance of death The report quotes some of the details of the research: On ...
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Was 2016 the Deadliest year for the LGBTQ community?

This image claims the following: 2016 was recorded to be the deadliest year for the LGBTQ community. 27 transgender people were murdered in 2016, overtaking previous records in 2015 (21 ...
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Do about 10 people die from unintentional drowning daily?

Is it true that 10 people die from unintentional drowning daily as this article claims? Either way, secondary and dry drowning are both incredibly rare. In fact, as The Washington Post reports, ...
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Did Elder Joseph of Vatopaidi start smiling 45 minutes after his death?

Elder Joseph of Vatopaidi was the Abbot of The Holy and Great Monastery of Vatopedi on Mount Athos, Greece. He died in 2009. Several religious Christians claim that his corpse started to smile after ...
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Does consuming Vitamin C after eating shrimp result in death by arsenic?

I get lots of spam from family and friends, but this one in particular called my attention. It claims that if you eat shrimp and the ingest anything with Vitamin C, in a short period of time you would ...
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Did a disproportionate number of celebrities die in 2016?

There is a general claim being made that 2016 has had an unusually high number of celebrities pass away. While the past few days may have had a cluster of celebrity deaths, is 2016 really an unusual ...
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Was Fred Hampton murdered?

Multiple films and books refer to the death of Blank Panther Party leader Fred Hampton as a murder or assassination. My understanding is that the police inquest into the raid that resulted in his ...
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Is Tupac Shakur alive?

Did Tupac Shakur fake his own death? Numerous conspiracy theories have developed over the years - one being that he is somewhere in Cuba, but I feel that myth could easily be debunked or confirmed ...
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Does Texas have the worst maternal mortality in the developed world?

A 2016 article in the Guardian claims that Texas has seen a doubling in the maternal mortality rate after the closure of 80 family planning centres giving obstetric and gynaecology advice to pregnant ...
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Was John Ashe about to testify about Clinton before he died of a crushed throat?

WhatReallyHappened writes: Initially reported as having died from a heart attack, John's throat had obviously been crushed. At that point the official story changed to him accidentally dropping a ...
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Did Tony Yahle die and come back to life?

According to CBS and a variety of other news outlets, a man called Tony Yahle's heart stopped for 45 minutes, he was pronounced dead, and then he came back to life. Many of the articles make ...
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Does a child die from malaria every two minutes?

A child dies from malaria every two minutes. -- CNN article on Faso Soap This doesn't sound right to me. I know Africa (the main location of malaria) is a big and populous place, but this seems too ...
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Does preservative and pesticides in food prevent corpses from rotting?

In this 2003 article it is said that in Germany, the time before a coffins collapse and crumble into the soil is expanding Previously that process would take from eight to 10 years - but now in ...
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Did toddlers with guns claim more American lives than terrorism in 2015?

The Economist isn't a fan of Donald Trump as a presidential candidate. In an analysis of his ascendence to the Republican nomination they try to discern some of the factors. As part of their list of ...
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Is 2016 cursed for celebrities? [closed]

Here in the UK, it seems like every single day this year there has been another celebrity death. Before we have chance to mourn them or celebrate their achievements, another one pops off. People are ...
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Do 30% of seniors get a heart attack each year?

I saw an ad somewhere that claimed 30% of seniors die each year from heart attack. This sounds way, way too much. Is it really true?
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Do nails and hair continue to grow after death?

I've heard that nails and hair continue to grow even after death. Is this true or just a myth?
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Is adult life expectancy the same in hunter-gatherer tribes and in industrialized societies?

This article Common misconceptions about science II: Life expectancy says: Another common misperception about science, which is held even by many social scientists, is that, both in our ...
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Did over 1000 people in Haiti report seeing Tupac a week after his death? [duplicate]

I stumbled upon this website http://thadrill.com/2013/03/1000-people-called-haiti-police-saying-they-saw-2pac-shukur/ that claimed over a 1000 people in Haiti reported to the police that they had seen ...
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Did 12 Michael Jackson fans die by suicide in wake of his death? [closed]

Several articles from celebrity news sites, posted in June of 2009, posted claims that around 12 Michael Jackson fans had taken their own life. These sources all nearly say the exact same thing: [1][...
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Do sleeping pills have a comparable mortality hazard ratio as cigarette smoking?

On Seth Robert's blog, Seth published an email discussing sleeping pills from Daniel Kripke saying: Imagine my surprise when I observed that sleeping pill use was associated with a comparable ...
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A century ago, was giving birth a major cause of death?

When reading this article on BBC News I was surprised by the following claim: Just compare now to what happened 100 years ago or so. Then, many women died in their 40s because of having to give ...
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Are you more likely to be struck by lightning than to win the lottery?

A common claim about how unlikely it is to win a multi-million dollar lottery jackpot is that one is more likely to be struck by lightning than to win the lottery. Is this claim true? Assume our ...
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Do people fall over when shot because they've seen it on films?

I heard this anecdote from someone who watched this QI episode: The reason people fall over when they have been shot is because they have seen people do it in films. You never fall from being shot ...
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Do old dogs run away to die?

My dog passed away a few days ago. He ran away from home early in the morning, and by the time we found him it was late afternoon and he was very weak, on the brink of death. Soon after we brought him ...
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Can straining to defecate be lethal?

Elvis Presley and Don Simpson famously died going to the loo. However, both were heavy drug users, which was in both cases determined to have been the cause of death. However, this hasn't stopped ...
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Has anyone died from eating fruit pits that contain amygdalin (cyanide)? [duplicate]

It's often noted that fruit pits, the hardened seeds inside peaches, cherries, and plums, contain amygdalin, which breaks down into cyanide in the body. It is also often noted that apple seeds and ...
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Did Hedviga Golik sit dead and undiscovered for 42 years in front of her TV?

While searching for data for another question on here regarding people dying watching TV, I stumbled upon a Gizmodo article about one unfortunate Hedviga Golik, who died in front of her TV in 1966 and ...
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Will 62 workers may lose their lives for each game played during Qatar’s 2022 World Cup?

Today's Guardian (the British newspaper) contains this opinion piece from journalist Marina Hyde: The Guardian: How many slave deaths for the Qatar World Cup can Fifa put up with?, 20 May 2015 It ...
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Does rabies have an almost 100% mortality rate with around 160 deaths per day?

One of my favourite information snippets to dish out to unsuspecting friends is that there are roughly only 10 recorded cases of rabies survival without vaccination, while it's estimated that around ...
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Does dairy milk and meat decrease your overall health and make you live less? [closed]

In this extremely popular and numerously mirrored lecture, Dr. Michael Greger presents "proofs" that humans should not consume dairy milk and meat at all, because it is destructive to health in ...
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Do more people die of drinking related complications than smoking related complications?

Zakir Naik says, Today we have come to know that tobacco in any form smoking chewing etc, is the second largest cause of death. The first largest cause of death of is alcoholism. Several billions [...