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Did the Deputy Chief of Staff of the Israeli Army say this about human trafficking?

Did General Yair Golan, the Deputy Chief of Staff of the Israeli Army say this? General Golan, Deputy Chief of Staff of the Israeli Army, on Holocaust Memorial Day, said: “If there is ...
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Did Henry Ford predict revolution if people understood the banking and monetary system?

Several sites claim that Henry Ford said the following: It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be ...
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Did Pope Francis say that women are “unfit for political office”, and merely the “helper of men”?

A popular image going around Facebook claims it to be true. The image was found on the Anti-Theists blog page, currently with 65,000+ followers. The picture reads, Women are naturally unfit for ...
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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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Did Otto Warburg make this claim about diseases in an alkaline environment?

I came across the following quote, alledgedly by the biochemist Otto Warburg: No disease, including cancer, can exist in an alkaline environment or its German counterpart: Keine Krankheit kann in ...
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Did Pascal write: “Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction”?

The sentence, supposedly by Pascal in his Pensées: Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction. is quoted extensively (especially in atheist ...
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Did Lenin say this about guns?

a system of licensing and registration is the perfect device to deny gun ownership to the bourgeoisie - Lenin This quote can be found all over the internet, but I can't find any reliable sources ...
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Was this quote on a clay tablet about unruly kids written by an Assyrian?

I've been sent an email saying that every generation thought that kids were too stupid or unruly, with this text as evidence: "Our Earth is degenerate in these later days; there are signs that ...
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Did Albert Einstein say “the only reason for time is so that everything doesn't happen at once”?

The quote The only reason for time is so that everything doesn't happen at once. is attributed to Einstein with some regularity. (For example, Google returns 47,700 results, of which all except 5,...
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Did Albert Einstein say World War 4 would be fought with sticks and stones?

Did Albert Einstein say this about World Wars? I know not with what weapons WW3 will be fought, but WW4 will be fought with sticks and stones. or did he say this? I do not know what weapons the ...
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Do headless chickens run around?

It's a clichè that is constantly repeated by the likes of Gordon Ramsey: You are running around like headless chickens! source Also, for example, they do in South Park animations Do ...
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Did Marcus Aurelius say “Live a good life”?

Is the attribution of this quote to Marcus Aurelius correct? Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on ...
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Did Amin al-Husaini say, “slaughter Jews wherever you find them”?

Mohammed Amin al-Husseini (1897-1974) was a Palestinian Arab nationalist and Muslim leader in Mandatory Palestine. He was appointed as the grand Mufti of Jerusalem in 1921 by the British High ...
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Did Ben Gurion say this about conquering Palestinian land?

I'm watching a video about the Israel/Palestine situation (supposedly from a reputable source), yet the video so far seem filled with inaccuracies and bias. For the record I'm not a member of either ...
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Did von Braun say “The rocket worked perfectly except for landing on the wrong planet”?

A number of sources including Wikipedia state that when the first V-2 hit London, Wernher von Braun apparently said: The rocket worked perfectly except for landing on the wrong planet. This sounds ...
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Did Margaret Sanger say “Colored people are like human weeds and are to be exterminated”?

This picture recently showed up on my facebook news-feed. "Colored people are like human weeds and are to be exterminated." - Margaret Sanger, Founder of Planned Parenthood. "I admire ...
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Have Putin and his family stolen $300 billion or more from Russians?

During the debates held in the House of Commons on 14th March 2018 about the alleged poisoning of Russian spy Skripal in Salisbury, U.K. Parliament Foreign Affairs Committee Chair Thomas Tugendhat ...
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Was George Washington the source of this quote equating government gun control with evil intentions?

The latest gun advocacy rhetoric I've seen includes this quote, attributed to George Washington: When any nation mistrusts its citizens with guns it is sending a clear message. It no longer trusts ...
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Was everything Hitler did in Germany legal?

"Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal." -- Martin Luther King, Jr. Is Martin Luther King right? Was Hitler "clean" (cannot be charged under the then-law) in the eyes of 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 Joseph Goebbels say “Accuse the other side of that which you are guilty”?

The quote, "accuse the other side of that which you are guilty" is often attributed to Joseph Goebbels. For example this meme and it also appears in me.me and memegenerator.net. I have looked for it ...
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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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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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Was marriage defined as “selling your daughter for three goats and a cow” in the Bible?

The organisation Planting Peace recently put up a billboard in controversial county clerk Kim Davis' hometown: Dear Kim Davis, The fact that you can't sell your daughter for three goats and a cow ...
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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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Did a lawyer representing the Charlottesville flamethrower man say to kill little babies?

According the article Black nationalist lawyer accused of anti-Semitic remarks to investigate response to rally: In addition to the allegations of promoting anti-Semitic conspiracy theories, the ...
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Did Winston Churchill say we should not cut art funding?

There's a famous quote by Winston Churchill that, when asked to cut arts funding in favour of the war effort, he replied: “Then what are we fighting for?” (it can be found here, among other places). ...
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Did Fidel Castro ever make this prediction?

The Bimini Times just put out this pretty interesting and prophetic Castro quote, The US will come to talk to us when they have a black president and the world has a Latin American Pope. - Fidel ...
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Does this line appear in 50 Shades of Grey?

Just saw this on Facebook, thought I'd better check that it's for real before sharing. "His pointed finger circled my puckered love cave. 'Are you ready for this?' he mewled, smirking at me like a ...
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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 George Bernard Shaw convert on his death bed?

I've seen this quote floating around all over the place. It's often used in popular Christian-lite reading (see the first page of the Google Books search for the quote), but is it true? I have never ...
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“The Flat Earth Society has members all around the globe”?

When one googles "The Flat Earth Society has members all around the globe", many images appear. Some of them claim this is a post by the Flat Earth Society itself, such as this one: I wonder if this ...
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Did Fidel Castro ever say “I will not die until America is destroyed”

A massively popular tweet (50k retweets) by Ryan Holmquist quotes Fidel Castro It reads, Castro: I will not die until America is destroyed Trump: I'm gonna be the president Castro: well ...
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“War never changes”: Fallout or Ulysses S. Grant?

A question at EL&U.SE asked whether the introduction to the video game series Fallout— War. War never changes— had an earlier source in literature or a speech. A web search on this phrase turns up ...
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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 Senator Biden deny that FBI investigations can add anything to the SCOTUS confirmation process?

On September 27, 2018 at the confirmation hearings for Brett Kavanaugh, during his opening remarks, Senator Grassley claimed that FBI investigations can add nothing to Senate confirmation hearings and ...
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Did Gandhi trump Professor Peters in a number of interactions?

I saw the following story on truthbook and wanted to know if it is true. (This one was found on the internet. We cannot corroborate its accuracy, but it is an amusing story...) When Gandhi was ...
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Did Hillary Clinton admit in her memoirs to creating ISIS?

The Iranian religious leader Ayatollah Khamenei claimed in a speech posted on his official website that: Some Americans have confessed in their own memoirs [including Hillary Clinton's memoirs] ...
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Did Japanese people misspell “We pray for MacArthur's election”?

The Internet is full of references to the same story: It was probably in 1946, when Gen. Douglas MacArthur was temporarily put in charge of running Japan, which was in tough shape after ...
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Sophocles — “Success is dependent on effort”?

I'm trying to find the source of the quote "Success is dependent on effort." There are lots and lots of quotation sites that attribute it to Sophocles. However, I have yet to find a single site that ...
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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 René Descartes say “People would get rid of half of their problems if they could agree on the meaning of words”?

In many Russian language articles and sources (for example, wikiquote) I come across the quote attributed to René Descartes, which can be translated “People would get rid of half of their problems if ...
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Did William Shakespeare say “I always feel happy…”?

Is the attribution of this quote to William Shakespeare correct? I always feel happy. You know why? Because I don’t expect anything from anyone. Expectations always hurt… Life is short… So love ...
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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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Has Trump exonerated Russia for the downing of flight MH-17?

In an interview with the Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte, according to the NOS (Dutch Public Broadcasting), he said the following about the relations with the USA, in light of the recent elections in ...
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Did Two Eagles tell this joke?

Robert "Two Eagles" Green of the (reorganised) Patawomeck Native American tribe is widely quoted with a joked about progress: Where the white man went wrong, Examiner, 2012 “Indian Chief, “Two ...
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Did Donald Trump ever say illegal immigrants should have a path to citizenship?

Recently, Donald Trump has called for mass deportation of illegal immigrants and limitation of birthright citizenship. However, many anti-Trump pundits have quoted a previous statement much friendlier ...
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Did Thomas Jefferson say it would take “a thousand years” to settle the Mississippi Valley?

The earliest source I can find for this claim through Google Books is a 1910 geography textbook, which gives a date for the quotation (1803), but no further sources for it. A social studies journal ...
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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 Golda Meir make this quote about curfews for women?

From Why We Can’t Stay Silent on Germany’s Mass Sex Assaults Former Israeli prime minster Golda Meir may have done and said many things people disagree with, but one of her stances is difficult ...

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