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Did the Twitter account Fifndhs predict the exact World Cup results ahead of time?

There was a feeling of exhilaration and excitement on Twitter, with the Twitter account @FifNdhs called “FIFA Corruption” seemingly having predicted the final result of the World Cup final hours ahead ...
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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 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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Does playing chess burn as many calories as running?

I heard once that when two Chess Grandmasters play a five hour game of chess, the intense concentration and focus they have causes their bodies to burn as many calories as someone playing a sport ...
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Is running anti-clockwise easier than running clockwise?

Athletics events that take place on a track are always run anti-clockwise (IAAF Track and Field Facilities Manual, section 2.2). There has been some discussion in the letters page in The Telegraph ...
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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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Is stretching beneficial after exercise?

A quick internet search on stretching reveals that, if physiologists were a bit more belligerent, the question of whether or not to stretch after exercise is something actual wars could be fought over....
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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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Is running barefoot healthier for your feet?

Some time ago, the barefoot running movement started, claiming that it is more natural and reduces chronic pain. Has there been some research on it since then? A lot of people claim that it helped ...
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Does North Korea propaganda falsely claim 2014 World Cup participation?

This video is being spread on Facebook. It purports to be a North Korean television segment that fraudulently tells the North Koreans that they are participating in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, and ...
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Is playing sport at your 'home ground' a benefit?

As Wikipedia puts it... In team sports, the term home advantage (also called home field/court/diamond/ice advantage) describes the advantage–usually a psychological advantage–that the home ...
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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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Do ion bracelets work?

I recently came across a new kind of sports enhancement bracelet. Apparently it emits positive ions that are good for you. The bracelet is also a watch. There are credible scientific studies 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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Does kinesio taping work?

Elastic therapeutic tape, better known as kinesio tape, has become ubiquitous in sporting events, notably after the 2008 Olympic games in Beijing, and again in 2012 in London. Mario Balotelli, ...
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Is visualisation almost as effective as practice?

I have heard the following story many times: A study conducted by Dr. Blaslotto at the University of Chicago was done where he split people into three groups and tested each group on how many ...
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Did an elite Kenyan athlete help an armless runner drink, losing $10,000 prizemoney as a result?

From WTF Facts A Kenyan elite runner passes water to a dehydrated disabled Chinese runner who was suffering. This slowed her time. She came in 2nd in the race not only costing her the win but ...
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Does screaming help in tennis?

These days it's common to hear a woman's professional tennis match punctuated by loud grunts and outright screams whenever the ball is hit. Several players either claim that they can't help doing ...
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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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Are one-hit knockouts possible?

After stumbling upon a video of a guy getting knocked down in one hit, I did some quick research and couldn't conclude if this is a myth or not. The video in itself is very a compelling evidence for ...
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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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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 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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Is WWE (Wrestling) Fake or Real?

Is American Wrestling staged? Do the wrestlers really beat each other to blood and break bones? Have they already decided the winner and all is the mess created during a match just a staged ...
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Do 3.5 billion people watch Tour de France on TV every year?

This claim appears on multiple websites about the race: Bradford Metropolitan District Council (a local government website) A worldwide television audience of 3.5billion people watch the Tour de ...
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Did Evan Longoria save a reporter with bare-hand catch?

Here's what I'm talking about. There are a lot of opinions whether it's fake or not, I really don't know! What are the chances that one (even a professional player, let alone common mortals) can ...
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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 headers in football (soccer) cause brain damage?

I read once an article that soccer players have reduced brain function when doing too many headers (i.e. hitting the soccer ball with your head). Discovery.com A new study of long-time adult ...
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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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Does riding a bicycle reduce sperm count/male fertility?

Related Does using a laptop on your lap lower your sperm count? Can switching from briefs to boxer shorts improve your fertility? I've heard that riding a bicycle, especially for extended periods of ...
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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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Did more than 660 High-School students die as a direct result of Football injuries?

At the end of their show (Penn & Teller Bullshit, s.07 ep.03) on violent video games, Penn & Teller claim (at the 26:10 mark): from 1931 until 2007, 665 kids died from injuries they ...
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Does "eye black" improve vision under glare conditions?

Some sports people wear "eye black" (black strips on the upper cheek) under glare conditions (sun or stadium lights) to reduce glare. For example, one brand claims it is: used on the field to help ...
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Did Lance Armstrong use EPO?

Lance Armstrong has recently been "stripped" of his Tour de France titles by the USADA. They state, among other allegations: (1) Use and/or attempted use of prohibited substances and/or methods ...
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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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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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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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Is the runner's high a real phenomenon?

Photo by Nathan Rupert - via Flickr The claim is as follows: A publicized effect of endorphin production is the so-called "runner's high", which is said to occur when strenuous exercise takes a ...
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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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Did Adolf Hitler offer to make Dhyan Chand a Field Marshal in the German army?

There is a popular story about Indian field hockey legend, Dhyan Chand, and his encounter with Adolf Hitler at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Here is one randomly selected version of it: Nazi dictator ...
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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 Phiten necklaces have any beneficial properties (titanium necklaces pitchers wear)

I was just wathing the Twins/Yankess game and two pitchers had these thick rope-looking necklaces on. I had to know what they were as it was too coincidental. Apparently they are some kind of titanium ...
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Is the 100m winner the "fastest man"?

The winner of the 100m sprint is often labelled the "fastest man on the planet". Often the average speed over the race is given, but the peak speed seems to reflect the description better. Is there ...
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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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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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Does taking a shower when dehydrated increase body weight?

For sports (such as wrestling, MMA, judo, etc) where the competition is divided into weight divisions, it's common to drop cut 10+ lbs of water weight hours before weigh ins and then rehydrate right ...
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Is there one (and only one) endurance sport in which women outperform men?

I remember being told that there is one and only one endurance sport in which the women's world record exceeds the men's world record, and that the sport is Long Distance Endurance Swimming. Reason ...
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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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Did Lance Armstrong Have Cancer?

According to wikipedia: In October 1996, he was diagnosed with testicular cancer that had spread to his brain and lungs. His cancer treatments included brain and testicular surgery and ...
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Are badminton shuttlecocks made using feathers from only the left wing of a duck or goose?

Wikipedia's entry for shuttlecock reads thus: A shuttlecock (also called a bird or birdie) is a high-drag projectile used in the sport of badminton. It has an open conical shape: the cone is formed ...
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