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Was Nikki Haley disqualified from a beauty pageant because of race?

2024 Republican Presidential candidate Nikki Haley just said this to NBC News: If you want to know what it was like growing up, I was disqualified from a beauty pageant because I wasn’t white or ...
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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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Has Biden spent 40% of his presidency on vacation?

Fox News states: In a related story, Biden will be taking another long weekend at the beach and has spent 40% of his presidency on vacation," Fox News contributor Joe Concha posted Has Biden ...
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Did a US soldier climb onto an unmanned T-54 during the Checkpoint Charlie standoff of Oct 1961?

A US soldier present at Checkpoint Charlie in 1961 says he climbed into or at least onto an unmanned T-54 and looked inside the unmanned driver compartment to identify it if was a Soviet or East ...
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Do members of Congress get physical access to federally funded facilities?

This Feb 2024 Gateway Pundit article describes an attempt by two Republican congress members to inspect rooms at a Ramada Inn in Arizona that had allegedly been rented by the Casa Alitas program to ...
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Did San Francisco mayor London Breed "decline to veto" a resolution on a Gaza ceasefire?

The Associated Press reported on January 20: Amid a tough reelection fight, Mayor London Breed has declined to veto a non-binding resolution from the San Francisco supervisors calling for an extended ...
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Do one in three public school students wear at least partial animal costumes at school?

This video from Not the Bee, a somewhat popular American right-wing news site, claims, (quoted from YouTube's transcript, with punctuation added for readability and emphasis added to show the claim I'...
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Has Donald Trump explicitly endorsed Project 2025?

Wikipedia claims in the opening paragraph of the article about Trump's 2024 campaign, "Trump has campaigned on vastly expanding the authority of the federal government, particularly the executive ...
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Are secret U.S. army tests to blame for TV presenters speaking gibberish?

I've seen this suggestion made in several places; here's one. Around the time of April 2011, several US news presenters or personalities descended into speaking gibberish on national TV. Some have "...
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Were the Starlink units for Ukraine not paid by Musk?

In reply to Elon Musk's (controversial) peace plan for Ukraine, someone tweeted that USAID and other paid for Strlinks, you fake philanthropist. (A tweet with 6000+ "likes", so reasonably ...
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Is San Francisco's Chinatown contaminated with mercury from a 1901 "disinfection program"?

This one comes from Wikipedia's article Mercury(II) chloride, which cites Susan Craddock, "City of Plagues": Between 1901 and 1904 the Marines Hospital Service quarantined and engaged in an ...
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Did Henry Kissinger say "it may be dangerous to be America's enemy, but to be America's friend is fatal"?

It may be dangerous to be America's enemy, but to be America's friend is fatal. This quote is attributed to Henry Kissinger. I did find many references such as this WSJ article that further this ...
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Did Joe Biden mumble/stutter after saying "America is a nation that can be defined in a single word"?

In a video of the Hindustan Times, Joe Biden seems to be saying: America is a nation that can be defined in a single word: Asufutimaehaehfutbw I can't help but wonder if it is a fake. US ...
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Did the US government claim that it has the right to control "cognitive infrastructure", i.e. thoughts?

A 8 July 2023 tweet contained a snippet of an America This Week vodcast, with author Walter Kirn: Kirn: The thing that stunned me the most was the Government's contention repeated in the ruling that ...
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Do veterans account for one in seven homeless US adults?

There seems to be a lot of attention towards unemployed/homeless military veterans in the USA. Are there any statistics or studies to show that this is some sort of pandemic, or at least unemployment/...
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Are Democrats more likely to believe Astrology is a science?

In an answer on politics.SE, a Northwestern University study was highlighted, whose main findings included: more Democrats than Republicans think astrology is scientific Using Fisher’s Exact Test, ...
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Could we buy every homeless person a house with the money spent on the F-35?

I've come across a number of articles, such as Americans Have Spent Enough Money On A Broken Plane To Buy Every Homeless Person A Mansion, that suggest that if we took all the money that we spent on ...
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Do homeless people in the USA refuse to work?

In 2008, economist Thomas Sowell claimed in the newspaper article Freedom and the left: Working in a homeless shelter is widely regarded as “community service” — as if aiding and abetting vagrancy is ...
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Did Alex Jones warn of an attack on the United States by Osama Bin Laden in July of 2001?

I was listening to a podcast by Jordan Klepper in which a conspiracy theory researcher is interviewed, and explains that Alex Jones was responsible for a lot of the 9/11 conspiracy theories as he ...
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Was there widespread voter fraud in Michigan in the 2020 Presidential Elections?

Vosiznies (VINnews), a right-leaning Orthodox Jewish news site, has claimed that there has been disturbing and sizable evidence of systemic voter fraud in Michigan. They cite a video that they claim ...
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Was Stuart Seldowitz "Obama's former/ex-director of the National Security Council"?

There's a related Q here about some other past job claims about him, but there's also, e.g. in the Daily Mail: Barack Obama's former director of the National Security Council has been unmasked as a ...
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Does the US operate 400-metre tall towers/antennas in Israel?

Wikipedia had this claim up for about 15 years: Dimona Radar Facility (Hebrew: מתקן המכ"ם בדימונה) is a radar facility near Dimona, Israel, owned and operated by the United States. The Dimona ...
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Did Stuart Seldowitz work as Deputy Director/Senior Political Officer in the US State Department's Office of Israel and Palestinian Affairs?

According to this New York Post article, former White House official Stuart Seldowitz said, “If we killed 4,000 Palestinian kids, it wasn’t enough,” the bigot identified by internet sleuths as ...
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Does an Arrow 3 cost more than 10 times less than its closest US equivalent (SM-3 Block IIA)?

According to the Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance, an Arrow 3 costs $2,200,000, while a Standard Missile 3 (SM-3) Block IIA costs $36,387,000. Both of these are 21 inch (fit in that tube diameter) ...
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Did US president Theodore Roosevelt call Democrats "prison vermin"?

According to two very non-primary references, the President called Democrats "prison vermin". The first is the 1902 Political X-rays, saying that it is quoting from an 8 November 1901 letter ...
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Would US president Theodore Roosevelt refer to his political enemies as "vermin"?

A publication of the Library of Congress says: Mr. Foulke in his letters reveals an unusual frankness in letting President Roosevelt know of the attitudes of his political enemies -- "small ...
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Do 75% of new Muslim converts in the US leave Islam within a few years?

From the Islam-critical site WikiIslam: However, most individuals who convert rarely choose to study Islam objectively before making such an important decision. Instead they choose to be taken in by ...
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"Most kids don't even know that Hamas is a terrorist organization"?

On ‘Fox & Friends Weekend’, in the context of discussing a (Quinnipiac) poll about the degree of support "of the way Israel is responding to the Hamas terrorist attack" in the 18-34 age ...
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Were Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy the only two presidents who ever attempted to end the Federal Reserve Banking Cartel?

The image below is widely circulated on Facebook: Is it true that Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy the only two presidents who ever attempted to end the Federal Reserve Banking Cartel? The ...
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Is the infant mortality rate among African-American babies in Youngstown, Ohio greater than that of babies in Iran?

In a town hall meeting on June 2, 2019 with Representative Tim Ryan (D-OH), the candidate stated the following (emphasis mine) Now, a lot of people don't know, but Youngstown, Ohio is 50 percent ...
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Did almost 300k children get married in 2000–2018 in the USA?

The article Child Marriage in the United States: Prevalence and Implications from the Journal of Adolescent Health makes the following shocking claim right at the top: We found that some 297,033 ...
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Did India shoot down any Pakistani F-16 on 27th February 2019?

According to DG ISPR of the Military of Pakistan, Gen. Asif Gafoor, on 27th February 2019, Pakistan Air Force's jets engaged IAF's jets and "shot down two IAF jets". On the same day, India claimed ...
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Was it ever common in the USA for women to use their husbands' Social Security Numbers as their own?

The December 2015 Uniform Assessment Instrument of Virginia's Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (an instruction manual for administration of certain public social services) contains the ...
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Do US preschools ban lunches being brought to school?

In October 2013, on My 2 Crazy Curls, a blogger from Richmond, VA, reported receiving a letter from her child's preschool, explicitly banning students from bringing their own food to school without a ...
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Was Ross Capicchioni shot by a friend as part of a gang initiation?

Ross Capicchioni was a teenager who was shot several times and required emergency surgery. He reported that he had been shot by someone he knew who was undergoing a gang-initiation. He claims the ...
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Are "Warranty voided if removed"-labels illegal?

NPR wrote in 2018 The Federal Trade Commission says they're [Warranty voided if removed labels] illegal. Are "Warranty voided if removed"-labels illegal? What, if any, is the practical ...
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Does the Westboro Baptist Church get most of their funding from lawsuits?

The Westboro Baptist Church is notorious for picketing things like funerals and they generate a lot of attention by doing so. A common trend in discussions about the church goes something like: ...
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Does Lincoln County, Oregon require only white people to wear masks?

According to the New York Post: Oregon county issues face mask order that exempts non-white people Lincoln County, Oregon, has exempted non-white people from a new order requiring that face coverings ...
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Did a Michigan jewellery store keeper successfully scare off his attackers with a shotgun in 1995?

In an answer to another question, there is a reference to this 2012 Natural News article, which in turn cites this NRA-ILA article, which cites "The Chronicle, Muskegon, MI, 8/23/95": Plans to slay ...
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Have crime rates climbed in US cities with "rogue" progressive District Attorneys?

In a 2020 article, the Heritage Foundation claims that "rogue prosecutors" (described in the article as prosecutors who are part of the "so-called progressive prosecutor movement") ...
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Was the average prison sentence of men who kill their female partners 2 to 6 years in 1989?

According to this Jan 12, 2019 article from the Guardian: The average prison sentence for men who kill their female partners is two to six years. Such short sentencing sounds unrealistically short ...
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Can you legally drive away when Wisconsin police officer knocks on your car window?

So I came across this article: When a Cop Knocks on the Window, Just Drive Away (in Wisconsin) Earlier this month, the state's Supreme Court ruled that a tap on the glass does not in and of itself ...
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Did Emperor Norton ever kneel in defiance of racist mobs?

There is a rumour on the Chinese internet that during one of the anti-Chinese riots in the 1860s, Norton stood in front of the Chinese migrants, and, facing the rabid racist mobs, kneeled down and ...
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Does illegal immigration in the United States strain social services?

A New York Post opinion piece reported on a survey regarding Republican thoughts and feelings on illegal immigration: Respondents were asked: “What do you think is the biggest challenge illegal ...
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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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As of 26 July 2023, will four million US citizens turn 18 before the US presidential election (5 November 2024)?

Goodbye Republicans. Your damn days are numbered. 4,000,000 17 year olds turn 18 before the November election Twitter (5k+ retweets, 21k+ likes); screenshot on Reddit r/WhitePeopleTwitter (score 30k+)...
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Does a Michigan law make it a felony to purposefully use the wrong gender pronouns?

Recently Fox News claimed that Michigan House passed a bill that: [...] could make it a felony to intimidate someone by intentionally using the wrong gender pronouns, according to some legal experts. ...
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In the U.S., is more water used for electric generation, and more electricity used for water infrastucture, than anything else?

Today I received an e-mail message regarding an upcoming Energy Water Nexus Technical Conference that made this unsupported claim: Nationally, the largest category for water consumption is electric ...
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Does Iowa have more farmland suitable for growing corn and wheat than Canada?

Stephen Haber ("professor of political science, professor of history, and professor of economics" at Stanford) claims in a 2014 podcast: the state of Iowa has more farmland suitable for ...
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Is the word "field" part of the trigger warnings in US universities?

Note: I am French, we do not really have the concept of "trigger warnings", except during the national TV news where there would be sometimes a warning about a violent scene. In a video ...

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