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Was the Russian Olympic Shooting Team 12 days late for the 1908 Summer Olympics due to a calendar mixup?

According to an article in Sports Illustrated, referred to by a reddit post, an article about programmer falsehoods, and elsewhere, the Russian Shooting team arrived 12 days late for the 1908 Summer ...
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Do soccer players suffer a “3%–5% drop in performance” after their first tattoo?

In a 2017 article in The Sun, “Top footballers are wrecking their performances by having tattoos, claim experts” it is claimed: Dr Ingo Frobose, of Cologne’s German Sports University, urged clubs to ...
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Is Qatar hiring fans to fake public interest in the world cup?

Many news sites (1, 2, 3) claim that Qatar is hiring hundreds of fake fans for the 2022 World Cup. Guardian Fans who have travelled to Qatar as part of a controversial paid-for supporters programme ...
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Can the Bajau people stay underwater for as long as 13 minutes?

National Geographic 4/2018: 'Sea Nomads' Are First Known Humans Genetically Adapted to Diving claims: But a group of people called the Bajau takes free diving to the extreme, staying underwater for ...
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Did NFL player Brian Bosworth sell anti-Boz t-shirts to Denver Broncos fans?

NFL player/loudmouth Brian Bosworth had a well-publicized feud with John Elway and the Denver Broncos upon joining the league in 1988: The scene at Mile High Stadium for my first game against Elway ...
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Did a billion people watch "Rumble in the Jungle"?

The fight between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman is claimed to have a billion viewership. For example Jet (Sep 1995): the first one-billion viewer fight Revisiting 'The Rumble in the Jungle' 40 ...
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Were the Chinese tennis events cancelled by the WTA in relation to Peng Shuai already cancelled because of COVID-19?

The Women's Tennis Association (WTA) announced it is cancelling "all WTA tournaments in China, including Hong Kong" based on recent events surrounding Peng Shuai. Long before #PengShuai’s ...
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Are covid vaccines causing additional cardiac events amongst athletes?

In the video "Dozens of pro athletes suddenly experiencing cardiac arrest" on "Truth in Media" the reporter Vince Swan implies that Covid vaccines are causing cardiac events in ...
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Is foot pronation a predictor for injury? Can it be corrected with shoes?

Retailers of running shoes talk about "pronation" and the risks it causes and how shoe choice can help. For examples, Asics claim: Pronation refers to the way your foot rolls inward for ...
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Did a cheetah refuse to race against dogs?

This speed race wanted to know the fastest, the dogs or the cheetah. But the cheetah did not move a finger and sat in place. People asked the race coordinator what happened. He responded after seeing ...
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Does playing slower music in gyms reduce the risk of COVID-19 infections?

I read (mirror 1, mirror 2) that South Korean authorites have introduced some rules to enforce slower (in terms of BPM) music in gyms to reduce the risk of COVID-19 infections: Music with more than ...
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Have any Olympic medalists suffered from asthma?

In almost every article about asthma there is some kind of mention that you can do sports with asthma. There have been even Olympic medalists suffering from it. Several links (all of them in Czech,...
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Does UA Rush bodywear improve athletic performance?

Under Armor is selling a products made from a new fabric called Rush. During performance, the body emits heat. The responsive UA RUSH fabric absorbs that heat and converts it into infrared energy ...
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Did Michael Jordan sell a used shirt for $1250?

A story associated with Michael Jordan is that he once sold a shirt autographed by Farrah Fawcett for $1250. A common year given is ~1976. This doesn't seem plausible. Is this story true? Below is an ...
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Do transgender women athletes have an advantage over cisgender women athletes?

There have been numerous articles in media over transgender women competing in women sports, and debating if this is fair with women whose birth sex was female. I know there are some studies, like ...
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Did Gigi Wu ("bikini climber") die of hypothermia because she was only wearing a bikini?

Example claim from a verified Facebook user: So you're saying we shouldn't walk around on top of steep mountains while wearing bikinis? https://kprcradio.iheart.com/featured/the-pursuit-of-happiness/...
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Is it less dangerous to box without gloves than with gloves?

From this YouTube video by Today I Found Out, Most pertinent here, is that neither boxer would be wearing gloves in such a classic match. As paradoxical as it sounds, boxing without gloves is ...
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Would the top 100 men in most physical sports beat each of the top 100 women?

In The Ancestor's Tale, evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins makes the following statement about sexual dimorphism: Our sexual dimporhism is moderate but undeniable. Lots of women are taller than ...
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Is bare-knuckle boxing a safer combat sport than regular boxing in terms of brain trauma?

I read on The awkward conversation that followed Chris Lytle's un-retirement for bare-knuckle (mirror): Lytle believes bare-knuckle is a safer combat sport than boxing, where he said the repeated ...
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Did Juventus sell 520,000 (or about €54M worth of) Ronaldo jerseys within 24 hours?

I am not familiar with football jersey sales and these numbers seem remarkably high to me, hence my skepticism. Guardian: Within 24 hours of his transfer being made official last Tuesday, Juventus ...
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What was the real reason for India pulling out of the 1950 World Cup? [closed]

There is a common claim that India refused to play with shoes during the 1950 FIFA World Cup. However it does mostly seem to be a myth. This, this and this article clearly seem to debunk this myth. ...
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Does Cristiano Ronaldo drink or smoke?

This image forwarded on WhatsApp makes the following claims about Cristiano Ronaldo. no tattoos (because "he donates blood twice a year and does not want to affect that") doesn't drink (...
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Did OJ Simpson murder his ex wife and Ron Goldman? [closed]

Many people believe that OJ murdered his wife and Ron Goldman. He was found not guilty in criminal court but later found liable for their deaths in civil court, based on newer evidence that wasn't ...
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Was the Super Bowl originally the Super Ball?

I've seen some various claims that the Super Bowl was originally called the Super Ball. Is this true?
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Did doctors/scientists say that breaking the 4-minute mile was impossible?

Roger Bannister's feat of breaking the 4-minute mile is often accompanied with assertions that the scientific community at the time deemed the feat impossible (or, if possible, would be fatally ...
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Does playing basketball help you grow taller?

Some people believe that playing basketball encourages you to grow taller. For example: A Scientific Theory On Why Playing Basketball May Indeed Make Young Teenagers Increase In Height And Grow ...
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Did a Jewish boxer survive the holocaust by fighting fellow prisoners?

During the Holocaust, Jewish boxer Salamo Arouch was imprisoned at Auschwitz. He was forced to fight fellow prisoners; the losers were sent to the gas chambers or shot. He survived over 2 years and ...
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Does removing headguards in boxing reduce concussion?

In this tweet from the Economist: The International Boxing Association claims that concussions went down 43% when headguards were removed pic.twitter.com/95KltTdapB— The Economist (@...
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Is horse riding the most dangerous sport you can do? [closed]

I have heard more then once from people claiming that horse riding is the most dangerous sport you can be doing. But sound like it can't possible be true. It seems that sport like MMA where the goal ...
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Did the Cleveland Cavaliers basketball team lose $40 million dollars in the 2015-2016 NBA season?

There are several sources online that claim that the Cavaliers lost $40 million dollars for the 2015-2016 NBA season: The Cavs lost $40 million last season despite winning their first NBA ...
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Did a Charlton goalkeeper stay on the pitch for 20 minutes after the match was cancelled due to fog?

The following image is circulating on Twitter: Chelsea-Charlton on boxing day 1937 was interrupted at the 60th minute due to intense fog. The Charlton keeper stayed on the pitch for 20 more minutes ...
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Do sports compression clothes give their claimed benefits?

Sellers of sports compression clothes make a lot of claims about their products. Here are some I saw on the back of a 2XU packet. This is not exclusive to them: Benefits of compression ...
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Is Casey Neistat's video of himself flying under a drone genuine?

In this video a vlogger shows off themselves flying, doing jumps and snowboarding uphill by being attached to a large drone. Was he effectively being dragged and lifted by the drone?
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Has Hillary Clinton been a Cubs and a Yankees fan for years?

According to this image circling the Internet, Clinton is on record this week saying that she is a life long Cubs fan. Yet her previous statements claim she's been a Yankee fan for years. Did she ...
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Are activities in which both people bleed on each other considered "No Risk" for the transmission of HIV?

My friend, who was a HIV care provider, claims explicitly that "no one has ever transmitted HIV through wound to wound contact" and that therefore there is no significant risk to hockey players ...
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Do swimmers' lungs use oxygen up to 3 times more efficiently than an average person?

I've come across a statement which is the following : At their peak, swimmers' lungs will use oxygen three times more efficiently than an average person. First time I saw it was on wikihow's page ...
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Does cupping have medical benefits?

Recently, in the Rio Olympics 2016, quite a few sportsmen and sportswomen have been seen with cupping marks, which allegedly result from the traditional Chinese/Oriental medicine treatment Hijama or ...
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Do hockey players sniff smelling salts?

This City News Toronto segment claims that many ice hockey players have been sniffing smelling salts (based on ammonia carbonate) for a supposed performance boost. (They go on to quote an expert ...
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Is Leicester City winning the English Football premiership the most improbable single event in betting history?

Leicester City were recently confirmed as winners of England's top football (soccer) league. Last year they were facing relegation a dozen matches before the end of the 38 game season and, at the ...
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Have jumping vault gymnasts improved immensely in the past 80 years?

This 9gag video compares a 1932 vaulter to a 2012 vaulter. Wow! I could be a competitive athlete 80 years ago. Basically, the site claims that the sport 80 years ago is far less impressive than it is ...
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Are artificial football pitches linked to cancer?

There is a lot of weather in the UK and this interacts with normal grass pitches used for sports such as soccer and rugby to cause the pitches to be unplayable. As a response many teams have adopted ...
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Was Colin Kaepernick listed for sale on Amazon after the November 1st, 2015 loss?

The news cycle (here, here) has been reporting that Colin Kaepernick, (benched) quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, was listed for sale on Amazon after the 27-6 loss to the St. Louis Rams on ...
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Is any unconscious person capable of full splits?

The following popular article on stretching claims that lack of flexibility is purely neurological (or even psychological) and that [almost] any unconscious person would be very stretchy, e.g. can be ...
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Did Brodie Smith throw a Frisbee to somebody on a zipline?

Brodie Smith is a flying-disc trick-shot performer. He claims to have successfully thrown a Frisbee disc to be caught by someone zooming by on a zip-line. A Vine video (advertised by Smith's Twitter ...
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Is this shoe lacing technique effective at preventing blackened toe nails?

See: Reddit: LPT: How to lace your running shoes (June 7, 2015) Reddit: Black toes from ultimate? (May 20, 2015) Runner's World: How To Lace Shoes: Prevent Black Toe Nails (March 4, 2011) They link ...
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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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Did this baseball bat stand up after been thrown?

My friend just send me this video of a baseball bat mysteriously standing up after being thrown. He claims it happened but I say its fake: Baseball bat standing up in a fake looking way Did this ...
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Does stretching help children grow taller?

This article claims: Stretching is a great way to increase height. Get your child to start with simple stretches like the wall stretch. Make him stand against a wall with the back towards it. ...
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Are Aikido joint locks harmful to children?

There is a fairly wide spread belief within the Aikido community that all joint locks and some throws (or rather their break falls) are harmful to children. I am looking for actual evidence-based ...
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Did Germany build their own training camp in Brazil in preparation for the World Cup?

This article claims: The Germans have made by far the most extravagant preparations. The delegation has built its own training facility in the scenic village of Santo André in Bahia, and the ...
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