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A telecommunication medium for transmitting and receiving moving images that can be monochrome (black-and-white) or colored, with or without accompanying sound.

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Did two billion people watch the wedding of Catherine Middleton and Prince William?

The Sunday Times just now tweeted: Kate astonished everyone in royal circles with how she handled their wedding in April 2011, watched by an estimated global audience of two billion. New York Times ...
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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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Have any versions of "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" had to remove the Ask the Audience lifeline due to the audience purposely voting wrong?

The Russian version of "Who wants to be a Millionaire?" had to scrap the "ask audience lifeline as the audience would intentionally give the wrong answer. This image can be found (for ...
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Did the CNN live election analysis show a porn site logo during broadcast?

The following tweet has been making the rounds, purportedly showing the Pornhub Incognito logo appearing during a live CNN broadcast about the US election, and the news anchor appearing to react to it:...
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Did Cops have an episode in which a woman's baby was taken from her for "lying to the police"?

Mara “Get Rid of the Nazis” Wilson via Twitter (19k likes; 2k retweets), and posted on Reddit's r/Bad_Cop_No_Donut (20.1k likes) I couldn't immediately verify this claim; I didn't find a link in the ...
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Is the chance of solving a murder cut in half if they don't find a lead within the first 48 hours?

For homicide detectives, the clock starts ticking the moment they are called. Their chance of solving a murder is cut in half if they don't get a lead within the first 48 hours. This was the lead in ...
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Is this metric system video, apparently taken from Fox news, a deep fake?

This video apparently shows Fox News saying the metric system is bad and giving arguments on why the current US customary system is better. I do not come from the USA and have never watched Fox News, ...
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Was the U.S. government responsible for Popeye's dependance on spinach?

Whenever the cartoon sailor is on the verge of a fight, he squeezes open a can of spinach, pours the greens down his throat, and uses his muscles to pummel his opponent. Some sources claim that this ...
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Did Bear Grylls see Rob Hall's body on Everest?

In an interview with Vanity Fair, Bear Grylls said: I was on Everest a couple of years after Rob died up there. I actually saw Rob up there, when we climbed it, pretty well perfectly preserved. Is ...
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Are North American children adopting British accents because of Peppa Pig?

Several news items have surfaced today which report that North American children are adopting British accents at a very young age due to watching Peppa Pig episodes. The only source quoted is Romper ...
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Mythbusters tested a material that was so explosive they didn't release the episode and contacted DARPA

I have encountered a picture on 9gag, one of "weird facts" ones, that stated following: Mythbusters once investigated the explosive properties of an easily available material. It was so explosive ...
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Can hypnosis drastically modify someone's behavior? [closed]

A French TV program (Stars sous hypnose) shows celebrities who are hypnotized by an (apparently) famous hypnotizer (Mesmer). They then proceed to do incredible things (believing to be vampires, ...
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Was there ever a cable channel called The Puppy Channel which broadcast for three years?

Ages ago, I heard about something called "The Puppy Channel" - a channel in the United States that broadcast nothing but puppies. On Reddit's TIL (Today I Learned), there's a Reddit post, ...
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Did Tomoaki Hamatsu live entirely on contest winnings?

Tomoaki Hamatsu is a Japanese comedian known for trying to live for over a year on mail-in contest winnings on the show Susunu! Denpa Shonen. Wikipedia says that he set a world record for living on ...
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Was National Geographic just filming a snake attack a child and not helping?

The picture has become somewhat of a meme (NSFW) Was the boy really being attacked by a snake while the cameramen just taped? Or is this photoshopped or just an act? Picture reads, The "That's ...
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Is "the funniest interview you will ever see" genuine?

There's a funny (or not funny, some might find this offensive) video on You Tube called "the funniest interview you will ever see". It shows a Dutch talk show host having a fit of uncontrollable ...
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Did John Safran get a fatwa placed on Australian television host Rove McManus?

John Michael Safran... is an Australian radio personality, satirist, documentary maker and author, known for combining humour with religious, political and ethnic issues... Safran is known for his ...
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Will tuning your TV to a channel that isn't the presidential inauguration lower its ratings?

Plenty of people are posting the claim that if you don't watch the inauguration, or better still tune it to a different channel, this will affect ratings for the event. Will this actually affect the ...
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Is Russian TV airing a "hunger games" like reality series where contestants can rape, kill or be killed?

A popular Youtube channel ScreenJunkies recently launched a spinoff called ScreenJunkies News. (this is to show notability) On a recent episode titled "Real Life Hunger Games Coming To TV", the host ...
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Do Chevrolet commercials feature "Real people. Not actors."?

Many Chevrolet commercials I have seen in the past few years have started off with the disclaimer: "Real People. Not Actors". They have several of these commercials such as this one and that one. ...
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Is this claim about Turkey's restriction on Zorok TV accurate?

Kurdish children's channel Zarok TV to be allowed back on air in Turkey only if 40% of the shows are promoting Turkish culture and language. https://twitter.com/DrPartizan_/status/...
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Did Donald Trump call Alicia Machado "Miss Piggy" and "Miss Housekeeping"?

During the first Trump-Clinton presidential debate, Clinton said: He called this woman "Miss Piggy." Then he called her "Miss Housekeeping," because she was Latina. Donald, she has a name. Her ...
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Did ABC News briefly report that Hillary Clinton had died in the hospital, and did ABC confirm it on the phone with Infowars?

I'm obviously not asking whether the story itself is correct, I'm asking whether ABC News briefly reported it or whether it's a series of hoaxes. I saw this alleged screenshot on Reddit just now. It ...
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Does Arabic graffiti in "Homeland" criticise the show?

There are multiple reports that the show "Homeland" has Arabic graffiti that amongst other things criticise the show as racist. The news reports cite the graffiti artists commissioned by the show, ...
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Is Elvis the individual who has saved the US healthcare industry the most money in the last 100 years?

Doing the rounds again is this meme regarding Elvis: Recently, someone asked the question: “Who is the one individual that has helped save the most money in the US healthcare industry in the last ...
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What is the origin of this photo of an unexploded bomb?

The viral image below purports to show three TV screenshots of the same photo of a bomb, with the source of the being attributed to three different sources: First image: Ukrainian Channel 5. The text ...
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Are the 'Family Feud' surveys systematically fake?

Are the surveys in the gameshow 'Family Feud' (and its many international derivatives) systematically fake? When I used to watch the British version, 'Family Fortunes', I couldn't imagine that they'd ...
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Can Chris Jones cause positive hallucinations and put people to sleep through the power of hypnosis? [closed]

Chris Jones styles himself as a comedy hypnotist. In this video on his official website, he puts a man to sleep within seconds by waving the person's finger in front of his face. Recently, this ...
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Does "Top Gear" have 350 million viewers worldwide?

I have often seen figures claiming that Top Gear’s estimated worldwide audience is 350 million (e.g here). I don't doubt that it's a popular show, but that seems a little high to me. It reminds me ...
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Did a broadcast of the US National Anthem in the 60's use subliminal messaging?

This video, by "Truthstream Media" tells us the following: As we watch Television, we become susceptible to subliminal messaging because we stop emitting alpha waves and start emitting beta waves In ...
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Is there any benefit to leaving Animal Planet on when leaving a cat alone?

I recently discovered that some people put Animal Planet (or similar nature channel) on the TV when leaving a cat alone all day. I'd never heard of this before, but I found many mentions of it while ...
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Is it hard to make a fire in the wild? [closed]

I've watched several seasons of the Survivor reality TV Show so far and and many contestants have been trying. to start a fire using materials found in the wild, yet I haven't seen anyone that could ...
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Is everything staged on Discovery channel? [closed]

Sometime ago a question featured on travel.se about Mythbusters' duct tape island. The footage of the island came from a database and when the guys were running on a so called "deserted island" they ...
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Does saying "off the record" allow lawyers to make admissions without legal ramifications?

When I'm watching a show like "Law & Order", I'm always curious if the following scenario is reality or just a handy plot device of television and fiction : A discussion plays out between the ...
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Can a body be dissolved by a few liters or gallons of Hydrofluoric acid?

In the "Cat's in the Bag..." episode of Season 1 of "Breaking Bad," characters are shown with 4 gallon-jugs of Hydrofluoric Acid that they use to dissolve 2 adult corpses. Chemistry is a major plot ...
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Do major events on tv have the potential to wreak havoc on utilities such as water and electricity?

A friend of mine came across an article about the Tokyo Waterworks Bureau, saying that during a football match that was a major qualifier between Australia and Japan, staff had to monitor the match. ...
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Does Gallagher have a twin brother?

It has been widely reported that Leo Anthony Gallagher (the comedian who likes to smash watermelons with a large mallet) has a twin brother named Ron who tours the country and impersonates his brother....
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In the case of memory loss due to a blunt force impact, can memory later be restored by means of another blunt force impact?

In the case of memory loss due to a blunt force impact, can memory later be restored by means of another blunt force impact? Seems fairly common on TV. I did find some anecdotal evidence of this: ...
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Do high refresh rates prevent motion blur on TVs?

Several TV options are available and most sellers tend to convince you that the higher frequency the TV is the better it is. For example this site says: LCD TV manufacturers have tried doubling ...
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Does using the computer before sleeping affect sleep patterns?

According to this Bloomberg Businessweek article using electronics before bed may hamper sleep. Is it true that using a computer, watching T.V. or using some other type of face-to-screen electronics ...
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Do Germans love David Hasselhoff?

Source From a BBC article: David Hasselhoff, star of the hit 80s TV series Knight Rider, is renowned in celebrity-obsessed circles for being Big In Germany; not only as an actor, but as a ...
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Is the TV show "Storage Wars" staged?

I've read a few places online where people say that the TV show Storage Wars is staged and that the producers place items in the lockers. Does anyone know if that is true?
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Is there a legal video size limit for Super Bowl parties?

Slate claims: A Baptist congregation in Indiana plans to cancel its Super Bowl party this weekend, after receiving a threatening letter from the National Football League. NFL officials say the ...
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Were G.I. Joe action figure ads not allowed during the telecast of the series?

I have heard that during the telecast of the G.I. Joe TV series, advertisements pertaining to the G.I. Joe action figures were disallowed because it was assumed that viewers were too stupid to ...
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CSI image resolution enhance: How real is it?

So I watched the following 1 minute long Youtube clip from CSI New York. In the clip, using what seems to be the recording from a standard bank camera, they zoom in at least 100, and see the image ...
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Does watching TV make you stupid?

I haven't watched TV since 1969. I worked in it for decades, and knew enough not to watch it. It makes you stupid, and my colleagues in the networks agree! Some of them would point out what a verbal ...
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Are television programs designed for small children detrimental to their development?

I've heard that television (any program, including those designed for small children (Dora, recent Mickey Mouse, Bubble Guppies) is bad for the development of children, as it damages their ability to ...
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Is the Ralph Williams angry car salesman clip real?

Someone sent me this video of a car salesman supposedly working for Ralph Williams, a dealership owner in the Bay Shore area. There are lots of references online to this video. See the google results ...
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Is x% noise on TV due to Big Bang's background radiation?

I've heard quite a few times that a certain percentage (usually claimed 1%) of the noise you see on TV comes from the background radiation of the Big Bang. Is this a myth? If not, I seems like a ...
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Have Chinese regulators ordered TV stations not to broadcast crime or time travel shows?

In April a bunch of news services claimed that the Chinese government had banned shows displaying time travel. In May came this announcement on BBC: China has ordered TV stations across the ...
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