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Did the Vanderbilts from the Gilded Age bathe in saltwater?

Recently, I visited the mansion that the Vanderbilt family (from the Gilded Age, late 1800s) used to live in -- it's commonly referred to as "The Breakers", located in Newport, Rhode Island. Many of ...
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Does paraskevidekatriaphobia (fear of Friday 13th) cause a decrease in commerce?

On the CBS FM radio this morning (101.1FM in NYC area), the host of the show mentioned offhand that "paraskevidekatriaphobia" (fear of Friday the 13th) causes a loss of $1 billion in commerce annually,...
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Was Sigmund Freud “deathly afraid” of the number 62?

The Wikipedia article on the number 62 states this, and provides a link to a (paywalled) Time article that I can't access. I found a book on Google books that chalks this up to aspects of Freud's "...
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Do a high number of human deaths in a given location correlate to an increase in reported ghost sitings in later years? [closed]

Among the various locations for "haunted" places (old houses/mansions, graveyards, etc), battlefields rank as fairly common. I suppose the logic being that since lots of humans die in these locations, ...
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Are these curses real?

For example: According to a theatrical superstition, called the Scottish curse, speaking the name Macbeth inside a theatre will cause disaster. (Wikipedia) and According to the legend, a curse ...
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If the universe is just a Matrix-like simulation, how could we ever know? [closed]

If the universe is just a Matrix-like simulation, how could we ever know? This is a sample from reading I have done. All we have to do to identify what these constraints would be is to build our ...
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Is showering after breakfast bad for the stomach? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can bathing after having eaten make you drown? Elders have always been telling us that it's inappropriate to have a bath right after breakfast because it "destroys the stomach"...