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How many cattle are expected to die of heat stroke in a given year? [closed]

Recently, 2,000 cattle died of reported heat stroke in Kansas. This seems like a lot - but I also know that there are a lot of cattle in the United States, so this might be in line with an expected ...
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Did Gustavus Doane participate in and brag about participating in the Marias Massacre?

An NPR article from yesterday claims that Gustavus Doane (the former namesake of Mount Doane, now First People's Mountain) participated in and bragged about participating in the Marias Massacre. There ...
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Has a weapon functionally equivalent to the AR-15 been available for U.S. civilian purchase since 1907?

According to a (since-deleted) widely shared LinkedIn post (emphasis added): A hundred and twelve years ago, in 1907...our great grandparents were first able to buy the rifle pictured. The semi-auto ...
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Are guns the number one killer of children in the US?

Joe Biden, in his speech on June 2, said that guns are the number one killer of children, even more than car accidents. Is this claim true? According to new data just released by the Centers for ...
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Did Facebook claim its fact-checks are legally "just opinions"?

Multiple websites and media say: Facebook claims its 'fact-check' are just protected opinions, according to Facebook's legal team. However, I have not found any official Facebook sources for this ...
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Did two crisis actors both claim to be the father of the same child killed in the Uvalde, Texas shooting?

A friend-of-a-friend posted a BitChute video on my friend's Facebook wall: Two crisis actor "fathers" share the same daughter in Uvalde, Texas The description states: NBC and CNN interview ...
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Is America “the only nation where this [a mass shooting] regularly happens”?

The Onion, a satirical newspaper, re-uses a headline each time a mass shooting occurs in the US: “No Way To Prevent This,” Says Only Nation Where This Regularly Happens Most recently for the ...
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Do the majority of flood deaths happen in vehicles?

According to a radio broadcast of the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)'s NOAA Weather Radio KHB36 162.550 MHz (Manassas, Virginia) on May 24, 2022, a few minutes before 00:00 ...
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Did vehicle registration occur before automobiles?

I found an article online that makes the claim: "... registration plates having been used on carriages and wagons in the U.S. as far back as the early 1800s." The article can be found here: ...
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Were "Fabricated abortion statistics" used to influence the Roe vs Wade decision?

I read in the National Catholic Register an assertion that the numbers that Justice Blackmun cited in Roe vs. Wade came largely from a book called "Abortion" and that ex-Abortionist Bernhard ...
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Has the United States only ratified 5 of 18 international treaties on human rights?

A recent opinion piece in the English edition of Le Monde Diplomatique makes passing reference to the idea that the United States "has ratified only five of the 18 international human rights ...
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Did a Wisconsin school file sexual harassment complaints over pronoun usage?

The New York Post claims A Wisconsin school district has filed sexual harassment complaints against three middle schoolers for calling a classmate by a wrong pronoun. They cite fox17.com as source, ...
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Is the number of "ghost guns" in the US increasing?

The White House and media have recently claimed the following: Law enforcement officers across the country increasingly find there is no way to trace certain guns they recover from crime scenes. [...
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Does California have a dress code for drivers?

Many "crazy law" sources claim that California motor vehicle law contains a bizarre sartorial proscription. On CNN.com, the article "Do you know why I pulled you over?" by Craig ...
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Were Texas & Florida Hiding COVID-19 Data? [closed]

I remember reading that Texas and Florida (which have some high population density cities (and especially Florida with a high percentage of elderly, and hence at risk population) were not comparable ...
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Did the USA increase oil imports from Russia after the Ukraine invasion?

According to Zhao Lijian of the Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies at Renmin University of China (RDCY) [...] Russian Security Council Deputy Secretary Mikhail Popov said, in a contrasting ...
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Did the US government officially spend $41m to make Milosevic lose the 2000 elections?

A 2004 article in the Guardian by the late Ian Traynor says: Officially, the US government spent $41m (£21.7m) organising and funding the year-long operation to get rid of Milosevic from October 1999....
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Were a large fraction of US Dollars in existence printed since 2020?

For many months now I have heard claims on the internet and radio that some large fraction of USD "in existence" were printed since 2020. The percentage ranges between 40 and 80%. Is it a ...
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Has Dr. Fauci entered the Federal witness protection program?

In a public appearance covered by an NBC News affiliate, there is the following comment by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis with context (emphasis mine) via DeSantis announces $20M funding for ...
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Did Joseph McCarthy get no autopsy because his family refused?

HistoryNet writes: The gesture of invoking hepatitis—especially with the scary modifier “acute,” and absent the more accurate labels of alcoholic hepatitis or alcoholic cirrhosis—spared the McCarthy ...
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Did J. Edgar Hoover blackmail politicians by threatening to release information gathered through surveillance?

The encyclopedia Britannica claims: Hoover habitually used the FBI’s enormous surveillance and information-gathering powers to collect damaging information on politicians throughout the country, and ...
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Did Elon Musk pay "the most [income] taxes ever in history for an individual last year"?

After Senator Warren went on TV and said Elon Musk paid $0 in taxes in 2018, he responded in a Tweet dated 20 Feb 2022 saying (emphasis added): Will visit IRS next time I’m in DC just to say hi, ...
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Did the US break several treaties with the USSR/Russia after 1918?

Source (last paragraph) *Here’s another fact few Americans know: ever since 1918, the Russians have never once broken any treaty they’ve signed with the U.S., though the U.S. has broken a number of ...
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Did former US Ambassador, Chas Freeman, say “The CIA programs in Tibet, which were very effective in destabilizing it, did not succeed in Xinjiang.”?

In a highly-upvoted Quora answer, Godfree Roberts quotes US Ambassador Chas. H. Freeman [sic]: The CIA programs in Tibet, which were very effective in destabilizing it, did not succeed in Xinjiang. ...
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Is it true that there is not enough electricity to power all vehicles in the United States if they were electric?

According to Scotty Kilmer, in his video, "The Truth About My Worsening Condition": There is not enough electricity [currently] to charge the batteries of cars like Tesla that have lithium ...
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Are increasingly common earthquakes the result of demolishing illegal immigrant tunnels?

Earthquakes are becoming increasingly common, but they aren't naturally occurring. Some part of the military is acting by orders of President Trump to demolish the many underground tunnels all across ...
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Were 1 in 6 protesters at the 1968 Democratic National Convention FBI agents?

At a press conference today, Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene made this claim: In 1968 at the Democratic National Convention where there were 10,000 protestors. One out of six were federal ...
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Does West Virginia have higher literacy rates than states like New York, California and New Jersey?

In response to Bette Midler saying that West Virginia is moving backward, and is poor, illiterate and strung out, (she apologised but didn't retract the statement as untrue) it's been claimed that ...
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Are less than 1% of all adverse vaccine events reported?

According to Electronic Support for Public Health–Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (ESP:VAERS) "Likewise, fewer than 1% of vaccine adverse events are reported." (page 6). Is that true?...
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Have there recently been any immigrants illegally crossing the Mexico-Texas border from South Africa?

Texas Governor Greg Abbott posted on Twitter: Biden banned travel from South Africa because of the new Covid variant. Immigrants have recently been apprehended crossing our border illegally from ...
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Did COVID-19 kill ~5 times more people per capita in Jun-Aug 2021 in US counties that >70% voted for Trump than in those which voted <26-32% Trump?

It's been claimed in the media that Back in September, health care analyst Charles Gaba also told the New York Times that counties where Trump received at least 70% of the vote in the 2020 ...
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Did CNN use "lightened" photos of Darrell Brooks?

I recently found an image of a tweet shared on Reddit showing CNN using a photo of Darell Brooks (the man who recently drove an SUV into a parade crowd) that makes him look more white. Presumably, ...
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In 1984, was the top income tax rate lowered from 70% to 28%,and was Social Security then taxed for the first time?

I saw this image on social media. There a few claims here that I'm curious about the accuracy of. Of course, the President can't unilaterally alter tax laws, but regardless, did these things happen? ...
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Is Trump's book, Our Journey Together, personally signed?

The website 45books.com lists "hand-signed", "autographed" books by former US president Trump for sale: OUR JOURNEY TOGETHER (SIGNED COPY) $229.99 Get your hand-signed edition of ...
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Is Kamala Harris' approval rating the lowest of any vice president?

Is Kamala Harris' approval rating "the lowest of any vice president"? I was watching this Fox News video and I am not sure if it's accurate or not. Sources: 28% approval rating as of Nov 8, ...
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Are US Marines deliberately kept under-supplied so that they would be more combat aggressive?

I watched a TV series named Generation Kill based on the experiences of an embedded reporter during the invasion of Iraq in the 2003. The US Marines in the series often complain about lacking ...
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Did Biden use 85 cars in a motorcade in Rome?

The Daily Mail reports US President Joe Biden's administration used a particularly large motorcade in the streets of Rome recently. President Joe Biden was criticized for his use of a slow moving, 85-...
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Was there a dramatic rise in treatment-related deaths in US clinical trials during 2016-2017 compared to previous years?

For some reason when I googled "deaths in clinical trials" a page from a rather obscure (to me) US NGO "Center for Responsible Science" popped on the first page of results. It ...
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Will SpaceX's fleet of rockets triple the entire United States demand for methane/natural gas?

According to Energy Consulting Group's "SpaceX's Starship May Nearly Triple US Natural Gas Demand" page, Our analysis indicates that a fully configured Starship launch (booster and Starship)...
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Was "their" a singular pronoun in English before the 16th century?

I saw this meme on facebook: So, was "their" truly a genderless 3rd person singular pronoun prior to some change in the 16th/17th century? This Wikipedia article indicates that the ...
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Did John Wayne create his 5 rules for life?

Did the actor John Wayne create these rules? They're widely attributed to him, but I couldn't find when and where he said them. They seem to be widely attributed to him Here Also here
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Is Walter Reed not able to handle the number of Havana Syndrome patients?

Journalist Julia Ioffe just said this in a Puck News article: Meanwhile, the number of government employees suffering from Havana Syndrome has jumped from a couple dozen to a couple hundred. Some ...
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Are berries allowed to be sold with 60% "mold count" in the United States?

According to "Scientific Criteria to Ensure Safe Food.", berries are allowed to be sold with 60% mold count: TABLE D-1: Food and Drug Administration Levels of Natural or Unavoidable Defects ...
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Did a school or college in the United States ban backpacks after a shooting?

There's a story going around that an unnamed college in the United States banned backpacks after a shooting. The lack of details is suspicious and it looks more like a wrongly-captioned prank at a ...
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Did some US schools implement a 'COVID Shuffle' to move students every 12-14 minutes to avoid registering contacts?

In September/October 2020, there were news stories that claimed that school administrators were trying to "game" the contact-tracing rules (which required registering 15 minutes close ...
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Are people with a PhD least likely to be vaccinated in the US?

According to Unherd's summary of a CMU study [Title:] The most vaccine-hesitant group of all? PhDs [...] more surprising is the breakdown in vaccine hesitancy by level of education. It finds that the ...
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Has the Biden administration already deported more people than Trump's administration (during its entire tenure)?

It's been claimed in a few sources, e.g. Scoop (NZ) Trumpism With A Biden Face: US Haitian Policy [...] In a sober assessment of Biden’s report card so far, Natasha Lennard of The Intercept points ...
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Did Republicans mock Biden for showing grief over the loss of his dog?

In June, George Takei tweeted: Republicans are mocking Biden for showing grief over the loss of his dog. If you lose your dog but feel nothing, you might be a Republican. As of today, this tweet has ...
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Has CNN lost 70% of their audience compared to the beginning of the year, mainly because Trump is no longer president?

An opinion piece in The Hill says: That's what happens when all-things-Trump are myopically put at the forefront of every offering: You take J.R. Ewing off "Dallas," and there's no more &...
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Did the Voice of America become more critical of the US after the end of the Cold War?

In a speech given to Voice of America (VOA) staff towards the end of the Trump presidency, Mike Pompeo (who was Secretary of State at the time) stated that after the end of the Cold War VOA (like ...
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