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Is Moscow metro the only profitable metro in the world?

Omsk Oblast first vice-governor Sineugin when explaining why they stopped building metro in Omsk, has claimed that Moscow metro is the only profitable in the world: The first deputy governor ...
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Will parents be arrested in Magnolia, Texas for walking with their children onto school grounds?

A friend shared a news story on Facebook that begins: Walking your child to and from school in Magnolia, Texas can now end in your extortion through fines and even jail time thanks to a new policy ...
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Was there a Soviet anti-motorcycle-helmet campaign in the late 1950s and early 1960s?

Lessig (1995, pp. 964–965) writes: Before the 1960s, motorcyclists in Soviet Russia did not wear helmets. In part this was because of a lack of any perceived need to wear helmets; in part it was ...
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Does the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier have unlimited distance range?

According to Wikipedia USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier range is unlimited distance. How can this be possible? It says it uses nuclear power/engines. How can this be safe for a military ...
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Did Henry Ford say “If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses”?

Did Henry Ford say If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.
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How common are air marshals?

I've heard/read a couple of times that there are air marshals on every international flight. But this doesn't seem to make much sense. Maybe they're only on flights that go to important cities like ...
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Do London underground drivers earn more and work less than NHS doctors?

This Facebook photo protesting the recent London underground (Tube) strikes claims that London underground drivers earn more money and have less working hours than National Health Service (NHS) ...
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Is this a US military armored vehicle modified for railroad use?

Is the vehicle depicted below some form of US military armored vehicle modified for use on railroads? Is it an MRAP so modified? Is it self-powered or simply able to be towed by a locomotive?
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Did the Philadelphia Experiment ever take place?

The Philadelphia Experiment forms the basis for a claim that in 1943 the U.S. Navy attempted to use "speculative physics" to render a ship, the U.S.S. Eldridge, invisible. Allegedly, they were ...
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Is animal agriculture responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions than transportation?

Animal agriculture is responsible for 18 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, more than all transportation combined. By http://www.cowspiracy.com/facts/ from Fao.org. Spotlight: Livestock impacts on ...
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Is this a ship-shipping ship, shipping shipping ships?

This image has been making the rounds on the internet, with the following caption: This is a ship-shipping ship, shipping shipping ships. The obvious question being: is this statement correct or ...
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Do blue lights on railway platforms reduce suicide?

Does the installation of blue lights at specific locations on station platforms reduce the incidence of suicide... at that location? using that particular method ('suicide by train')? overall? The ...
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Does rubbing a rejected coin against the ticket machine make it likelier to be accepted?

When a rapid transit ticket machine in Germany refuses to accept a coin, I've often seen the ticket-buyer scratch the same coin on the machine's metal surface before re-trying it. Some scratch with ...
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Is the idea of solar roadways practical? [closed]

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/solar-roadways#home This indiegogo campaign suggests replacing roads and highways with solar panels that could produce power, while keeping themselves free of snow ...
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Did the Ourang Medan “ghost ship” exist?

According to rumors, the S.S. Ourang Medan was a Dutch cargo ship whose crew mysteriously all died on the seas. The bodies were found in terrified postures, and when a rescue ship attempted to tow the ...
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Are you more likely to suffer a head injury walking than cycling?

An Olympic cyclist, Chris Boardman, recently made the claim that people are more likely to suffer a head injury walking, rather than cycling. [...] cycling is safe. You would have to wear a helmet ...
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Do wild dogs use trains to commute to and from Moscow?

An article in The Sun describes how wild dogs near Moscow have been living in the suburbs, yet commuting daily to the city via trains. These complexes were used by homeless dogs as shelters, so the ...
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Are biofuels environmentally friendly?

Both the EU and the USA have programmes to encourage the use of biofuels in gasoline and diesel. This is supposed to help reduce oil imports and help the environment at the same time. But government ...
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Does the decision to fly or not have no impact on GHG emissions inside the EU?

A discussion paper published at the University of East Anglia holds that due to the cap-and-trade scheme, a decisions to fly or not has no impact inside the European Union. Quoting from the press ...
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Are the New York MTA's financial documents accurate?

I've read many claims that the Metropolitan Transit Authority of New York is low on funds and is in massive debt, but I've also heard several allegations of fraud, including claims of "keeping two ...
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Are Swiss trains exceptionally punctual?

According to several people and this website, the train timings are so good in Switzerland that they use it to set their watches. (Not the other way around.) Traveling in Switzerland is relaxing ...
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Is public transport less fuel-efficient than cars?

Someone who is opposed towards energy saving and climate change (I did not realise they existed until I met him) has told me that public transport (buses, trains and so on) are less efficient than ...