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Is this photo of a road detouring around a tree digitally altered? [duplicate]

This image has been widely shared. It has appeared on Oddthinking's Facebook wall after a recent event in Australia where a sacred tree was chopped down to make way for a new road. It was offered as ...
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Did Edgar Hoover say that telling what he knew about the JFK assassination would be dangerous?

Former Governor of Minnesota Jesse Ventura writes in American Conspiracies: Lies, Lies, and More Dirty Lies That the Government Tells Us: FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, responding to the question &...
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Did the New York Post publish authentic email correspondence of Hunter Biden? [closed]

The New York Post recently published a story alleging it had found a cache of emails on a laptop apparently belonging to Hunter Biden that demonstrate widespread allegations of nepotism and corruption ...
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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 Tony and John Podesta exchange emails with Marina Abramovic discussing a Spirit Cooking dinner?

WikiLeaks hosts an alleged email exchange involving Tony Podesta, John Podesta and Marina Abramovic. In the exchange, Marina invites the Podesta brothers to partake in what is referred to as a "...
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Did Einstein say this quote about blind belief in authority being the “greatest enemy of the truth”?

There is a quote/image circulating Facebook (please don't get me started on the source), quoting Einstein: Blind belief in authority is the greatest enemy of truth I would like to avoid getting into ...
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Did Martin Luther King, Jr. say that “I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy”?

Did Martin Luther King, Jr. say I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy It's been going around the tweeterwebs today in ...
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Did BLM post the quote “Loving your culture and placing your race first doesn't make you racist”?

This image: indicates that BLM posted an image with the following caption: Loving your culture and placing your race first doesn't make you racist Did that happen or is it fake?
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Did a founder of the Black Lives Matter Global Network organization claim to be a trained Marxist?

According to an online NY Post article, one of the founders of the Black Lives Matter Global Network organization allegedly referred to herself and her fellow organizers as "trained Marxists"...
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Was the debris of a missile presented by India authentic?

In February 2019, Indian officials presented the alleged wreckage of an AIM-120C5 AMRAAM missile as evidence that Pakistan used an F-16 in the shooting down of IAF jets (as only an F-16 could fire ...
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Is this quote correctly attributed to Einstein? “Intelligence is not the ability to store information, but to know where to find it.”

Poor Albert Einstein gets attributed many quotes he never uttered. I have a feeling this is one of them, because I couldn't find a proper citation. Intelligence is not the ability to store ...
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Did Putin say that “to forgive the terrorists is up to God”?

Refer to the Fox News item here, Putin said that: To forgive the terrorists is up to God, but to send them to Him is up to me It seems that the only source I can trace to is a tweet from Remi ...
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Did Freeman Dyson say that atoms have awareness?

A video uploaded on YouTube, Richard Dawkins irritated by irrationality, pictured a debate with Richard Dawkins and Deepak Chopra on whether God exists or not. Chopra: You said that atoms get ...
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Did Leonardo da Vinci say this quote about principles for the development of a complete mind?

I have read on many sites online, like Reddit and Goodreads, the following quote supposedly from da Vinci's notebooks: “Principles for the Development of a Complete Mind: Study the science of art. ...
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Has Phil Karlton ever said “There are only two hard things in Computer Science: cache invalidation and naming things”?

Several references to the quote "There are only two hard things in Computer Science: cache invalidation and naming things" can be found, such as Martin Fowler's blog and others. I'm unable to find ...
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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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Is this quote about the Bhagavad Gita properly attributed to Albert Einstein?

The Bhagavad Gita is Hindu scripture. The blog of Sivana East claim that Albert Einstein said: When I read the Bhagavad-Gita and reflect about how God created this universe everything else seems ...
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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 Marilyn Monroe say that she could stop giving oral sex after signing her first contract?

This my first question here. I hope it is appropriate for this site. I recently saw here (I am translating from Greek) that Marilyn Monroe after signing her first contract said something like ...
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Did Aristotle say words to the effect of “when you put a message on a blank slate, that first message is critical”?

I want to verify this: “Aristotle always said, a long time ago, that when you put a message on a blank slate, that first message is critical,” Dr. Robert Redfield, the director of the Centers for ...
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Did Trump salute 600 times at the West Point commencement exercise before using two hands to drink water?

At the Tulsa rally of June 20th, Donald Trump defended his apparent difficulty tilting a glass of water with his right hand by saying his arm was tired from saluting 600 times. “They said you couldn’...
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Did Zakir Naik say “every Muslim should be a terrorist”?

The Salafi Movement Wikipedia page currently quotes Zakir Naik as saying "every Muslim should be a terrorist". They cite a TIME article: Von Drehle and Ghosh, An Enemy Within: The Making of ...
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Did Einstein speak some unknown last words to his nurse?

On various unreliable places on the web one can find the following tale (rendition below copied from here): Einstein refused surgery, saying: « I want to go when I want. It is insipid to prolong life ...
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Did Alain Finkielkraut say that “the left no longer has ideas, only enemies”?

A bunch of Spanish-speaking sites attribute (with slight variants) the following quote to French philosopher Alain Finkielkraut: La izquierda ya no tiene ideas, sólo enemigos. ("The left no ...
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Did Margaret Sanger say “The most merciful thing that a large family does to one of its infant members is to kill it”?

This quote appeared on my Facebook feed. It was attributed to Margaret Sanger who founded the organization that later became Planned Parenthood. "The most merciful thing that a large family does ...
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Did Desmond Tutu criticize African missionaries for stealing land?

The following quote has been widely attributed to Desmond Tutu: When the missionaries came to Africa, they had the Bible and we had the land. They said “let us close our eyes and pray.” When we ...
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Was Einstein's riddle (the zebra puzzle) created by Albert Einstein?

I guess a lot of people have seen this riddle which is commonly attributed to Einstein. What is the true source of it and did Einstein have anything to do with it and the claim that only 2% of the ...
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Did Saudi Grand Mufti Abdul Aziz claim the earth is flat?

According to various social media posts (eg one and two and google search shows many results with the meme), Ibn Baz said the following in 1993: Transcript: "The earth is flat. Whoever claims it ...
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Is Neil de Grasse Tyson's claim that the Gregorian calendar is the “most accurate calendar ever devised” true?

This statement comes from a Joe Rogan show episode where he chats to Neil de Grasse Tyson. His statement is about the Gregorian calendar, and goes as follows: "Point is, this was hard-earned, and ...
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Did George Biddell Airy write a paper “On Certain conditions under which a Perpetual Motion is possible”?

George Biddell Airy was an English mathematician. He was Astronomer Royal from 1835 to 1881 According to the Bessler Wheel web-site (a site dedicated to investigationg perpetual motion machines, Airy ...
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Did Margaret Mead say that a healed femur is the earliest sign of civilization?

A 1997 issue of the Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons, in an article I could not identify, contains the following story: The noted, late anthropologist, Margaret Mead, was once asked, "...
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Did Erwin Schrödinger say there is only one mind in the universe?

Blogger Hendrik Wintjen writes: Austrian physicist Erwin Schrödinger is known for the phrase “The total number of minds in the universe is one. In fact, consciousness is a singularity phasing ...
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Did Newton say that humanity would be able to travel at 40 miles a hour

I've received a text that says: "The chariots storm through the streets, rushing back and forth through the squares. They look like flaming torches; they dart about like lightning." - Nahum 2:4 ...
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Did William Pitt the Younger say, “We must yoke up the children to work in the factories”?

Purdy (2016): skilled adult labour was in such short supply that when his Chancellor of the Exchequer warned Prime Minister William Pitt that businesses were becoming unable to pay their taxes to ...
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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 Oscar Wilde declare his genius to a customs officer?

A famous quote atributed to Oscar Wilde is that, when he was asked by a customs officer in New York if he had anything to declare, he answered: I have nothing to declare except my genius. Does ...
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Did Will Durant say “The Islamic conquest of India is probably the bloodiest story in history”?

DanielPipes.org claims Will Durant said: "The Islamic conquest of India is probably the bloodiest story in history. It is a discouraging tale, for its evident moral is that civilization is a ...
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Was this Communist Party Directive from 1943 genuine?

When certain obstructionists become too irritating, label them after suitable buildups as fascist or Nazi or anti-Semitic and used the prestige of anti-fascist and tolerance organisations to ...
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Did Bernie Sanders say that a woman cannot be president?

During the January 2020 Democratic debate at 43:27 the moderator asked Bernie why he said that a woman cannot win an election https://youtu.be/Ppm_mqo9Tyc?t=2607 . Bernie responds by denying that he ...
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Did Lenin say “destroy the family, you destroy the country”, and if so in what context?

Various publications e.g. "The Parent Care Conversation" (which seems to be a religiously inspired book in some parts at least) attribute the saying "destroy the family, you destroy the country" to ...
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Did Alexander Graham Bell write “the unchecked burning of fossil fuels would have a sort of greenhouse effect” in 1917?

Quoting from a clearly low-quality journal: In 1917 Alexander Graham Bell wrote. The unchecked burning of fossil fuels] would have a sort of greenhouse effect", and "The net result is the ...
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“Don’t take liquor in the bedroom, and don’t stick anything in your ears”

Today’s Guardian says And if your grandkid ever asks for sage advice, just regurgitate Kurt Vonnegut’s: don’t take liquor in the bedroom, and don’t stick anything in your ears. I’m scared of being ...
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Did Einstein say “God plays dice with universe”? [closed]

I know what you thinking. You are thinking: "the correct sentence is "God does not play dice"", as in his letter to Born. However, in the What is Random? video of Vsauce channel, Michael says: ...
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Did Morgan Freeman say this phrase about oppression?

A friend sent me an image of Morgan Freeman with the following phrase as subtitle, assuring that the man himself said it: "Oppression is not hearing a word that offends you. Oppression is being ...
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Did Macaulay address the British parliament about Indian culture?

There is a viral photograph and a passage about Lord Macaulay's address in the British Parliament about India. "I have travelled across the length and breadth of India and I have not seen one ...
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Did Brock Chisolm, the first director of the United Nations WHO, say this anti-individualism quote about a “world government”?

Did Brock Chisolm, first Director General of the United Nations World Health Organization, say this quote? To achieve world government, it is necessary to remove from the minds of men their ...
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Did Benjamin Franklin warn the young American Nation against the Jews?

In reading some recent history, I came across an open letter from Osama bin Laden to the American public. In it, he claims the typical "Jews own your banks and media" stuff. But he also claims that ...
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Is Amin al-Husseini's memoir being accurately quoted concerning eradicating Jews?

A variety of sources are stating that in a memoir Amin al-Husseini, once the Mufti of Jerusalem, wrote: Our fundamental condition for cooperating with Germany was a free hand to eradicate every ...
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Did Eleanor Roosevelt say that the Jews brought the Holocaust on themselves?

Glenn Beck this morning claimed that Eleanor Roosevelt made the argument at the time of WWII that the Jews had brought the German actions on themselves because of their control of finance and media. ...
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Did Richard Nixon say, “Jews think they can run the world”?

Daily Stormer: In Chicago the demonstrators got close enough to rough up Pompidou and spit on his wife. “This is unconscionable,” raged Nixon. “The fucking Jews think they can run the world. Well…” ...

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