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Did Donald Trump say republicans are the dumbest voters in the country?

I saw this image going around Twitter lately: If I were to run, I'd run as a republican. They're the dumbest group of voters in the country. They love anything on FOX News. I could lie and ...
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Did Donald Trump say that muslims should be visibly marked?

Donald Trump has been reported in the news and over the internet for suggesting that Muslims should wear some visible id or badge of some sort. Raw Story headlined with: Trump crosses the Nazi ...
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Did Gandhi call vaccination a barbarous practice?

While searching for a different image on Google, I came across this: The text in the image reads: Vaccination is a barbarous practice and one of the most fatal of all the delusions current in our ...
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Did Gandhi support homeopathy?

Sites like this one claim Gandhi can be quoted to be in support of homeopathy: Mahatma Gandhi Homeopathy cures a greater percentage of cases than any other method of treatment. Homeopathy is the ...
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Did Gandhi express admiration for Hitler early in WW2?

Early in his extremely readable and widely admired history of the Battle of Britain (The Most Dangerous Enemy), Stephen Bungay puts Britain's situation after the defeat of France in context by ...
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Did Christopher Columbus ever make this statement?

This was posted to Reddit's /r/occupywallstreet for Columbus Day 2013. "As soon as I arrived in the Indies, on the first Island which I found, I took some of the natives by force in order that they ...
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Did John Earle Sullivan invite Proud Boys on stage at a rally and said he wants to work with them?

The Salt Lake Tribune writes (Jan 16) about John Earle Sullivan: In June 2020, John attended his first Black Lives Matter event, according to Lex Scott, the founder of the Utah chapter of the group. ...
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Did JFK call himself a jelly donut in his famous Berlin speech?

This morning, in an attempt to find inspiration for a name for my new puppy (who is a great talker), I googled "great orators". The second hit took me here, where JFK is again listed as one ...
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Did Einstein say "if you can't explain it simply you don't understand it well enough"?

A very popular quote attributed to Albert Einstein but did he really say it? If so, what is the original document containing the original explanation of it?
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Did Valerie Jarrett say she wanted "America to be a more Islamic country"?

This picture, being shared on Twitter, alleges that Valerie Jarrett, former Senior Advisor to the President, during the Obama administration, claimed to be of Iranian descent and of Islamic faith in ...
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Did Bill Gates say 640k ought to be enough for everyone?

This is a quite famous quote: 640k ought to be enough for anybody. Did Bill Gates say this?
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Did Einstein say the "if you judge a fish" quote that many are attributing to him?

The quote: “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” I'm just not confident that this is ...
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Did Edison refuse to pay Tesla, saying "You don't understand our American humor"?

The story that Edison scammed Tesla out of his payment for services he was hired for is widely spread on the Internet. The story was featured on this The Oatmeal webcomic, which is excerpted below: ...
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Did Einstein say "Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe."

The following quotation is commonly attributed to Albert Einstein: "Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe." However, I've been unable to ...
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Is a writer named Lisa Holst responsible for the belief that everyone eats eight spiders a year?

If you're reading this there's a good chance you're fan of Snopes.com, and I certainly count myself as the same. However, an issue recently came up a with particular Snopes article that was invoked on ...
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Did Rockstar Games post this tweet about EA games?

There has been a photo circulating everywhere claiming that RockStar, producer of the famous game GTA V, tweeted the following: I saw it on my twitter feed, on this forum and on this website. I ...
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Did Einstein ever remark on compound interest?

In personal finance articles I frequently find quotes injected to attribute some further relevance to one's position. Over the years, I've read Einstein quoted as saying that 'compound interest was ...
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Was the name "Wendy" created for Peter Pan?

I ran across something odd today... I have an iPhone app that lists facts, trivia, and other useless information (it's called Cool Facts, downloaded from iTunes). So far, nothing I've found on it ...
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Did Augustine of Hippo warn Christians to beware mathematicians?

On the first page of Mathematics for the Nonmathematician, mathematician Morris Kline quotes Augustine of Hippo as saying: The good Christian should beware the mathematician and all those who ...
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Did Netanyahu express support of Hamas in 2019?

When discussing the ongoing Israel/Hamas war, the following quotes occasionally come up. Anyone who wants to thwart the establishment of a Palestinian state has to support bolstering Hamas and ...
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Did the computing term "bug" come from a moth stuck in a computer?

The story goes like this: Back when computers still consisted of vacuum tubes, a system went down one day and people started investigating the cause. They found that a moth was stuck in the ...
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Did "Antifa in Portland" issue an "anonymous tip" in Nov that John E. Sullivan be “locked out” of their circles because he is "agent provocateur"?

A Jan 15 OpIndia article says: On the 23rd of November 2020, Antifa in Portland is said to have issued an ‘anonymous tip’ demanding that John Sullivan be “locked out” of their circles. “While it’s ...
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Did Haj Amin al-Husseini tell Hitler to exterminate the Jews?

Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu recently made the following claim: “Hitler didn’t want to exterminate the Jews at the time, he wanted to expel the Jews. And Haj Amin al-Husseini went to ...
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Einstein: "Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind."

This quote is attributed to Einstein. Did he say it?
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Did a Jewish prisoner write this quote about God and forgiveness?

According to a number of social media sites, including Reddit: “If there is a God, He will have to beg my forgiveness.” — A phrase that was carved on the walls of a concentration camp cell during ...
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Did Martin Luther King Jr. say "Do you know that Negroes are 10 percent of the population of St. Louis and are responsible for 58% of its crimes?"

According to 54,900 Google results, Martin Luther King Jr. said in 1961: Do you know that Negroes are 10 percent of the population of St. Louis and are responsible for 58 percent of its crimes? ...
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Did Roger Ailes say "the truth is whatever people will believe" or something substantially similar?

The below image popped up on Facebook apparently alleging that Roger Ailes, president of the Fox News Channel, said: "The truth" is whatever people will believe. The peculiar placement of the ...
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Did Lucretius write about evolution and natural selection?

Robert Krulwich of NPR claims that Professor Stephen Greenblatt claims that Lucretius (around 99-55BC) said: ... moving randomly through space, like dust motes in a sunbeam, colliding, hooking ...
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Did Lenin say "a lie told often enough becomes the truth"?

This particular quote is often attributed to different people including Hitler and Goebbels. Being USSR-born I've heard many Lenin quotes about information and propaganda, but not this one, still it ...
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Did Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, The Supreme Leader of Iran, say this about pedophilia?

In an article on FaithFreedom.org, Jennifer King claims: Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, The Supreme Leader of Iran, the Shia Grand Ayatollah, 1979-89 said in his official statements: "A man ...
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Did Hitler say "Thank God I've always avoided persecuting my enemies"?

I found an old book called The Bad Guys' Quote Book (by Robert Singer) in a secondhand bookstore. On the cover there is a quote from Adolph Hitler, which I have also found in other paraphrases: "...
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What is the correct version of Iraq's prime minister Nuri al-Said's quote?

Benny Morris claims: Already before the war, Iraq’s prime minister had warned British diplomats that if the United Nations decided on a solution to the Palestine problem that was not “satisfactory” ...
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Did Ariel Sharon say that the Jewish people control America?

Kevin Barrett claims: I remember it like it happened yesterday. It was early October, 2001. I was driving through the Shorewood neighborhood of Madison, Wisconsin, listening to BBC News on ...
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Did Theodor Herzl adhere to Spinozism?

The following are found among a list of Theodor Herzl quotes on the Web site of the World Zionist Organisation: When I say God I do not mean to offend the freethinkers. For my part they can say ...
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Did Biden ever threaten to impeach any president who went to war without congressional approval?

Just saw this and I was wondering if it was a legit quote. I've seen similar claims about Biden too, here the PolicyMic headline states "Joe Biden Wanted Bush Impeached For the Very Thing Obama is ...
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