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Did Henry Kissinger call Bangladesh a bottomless basket?

The Bottomless Basket It is often said in Bangladeshi newspapers that ex-US Foreign Minister Henry Kissinger once called Bangladesh a "Bottomless Basket". If so, why and when did he say ...
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Are there more Pit bulls than German Shepherds in the USA?

According to MyGermanSheperd.org: In the USA alone there are about 78.2 million dogs, and about 4.6% of all AKC registered dogs are German Shepherds. This gives over 3.5 million German Shepherd dogs ...
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Did two Tomahawk cruise missiles crash in Iran during the 2003 war?

According to a 2009 armscontrol article, 10 US Tomahawk missiles crash en-route during the 2003 war with Iraq, two of these in Iran. The cite a bunch of sources in their article, but none of those I ...
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To what extent did prosecutor Jenifer Yois Hernandez-Vega check porn actor Lupe Fuentes' age?

I assumed this was true and asked about it in law stackexchange. Apparently it might not be true. But well...it's on Wikipedia... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lupe_Fuentes https://reason.com/2010/05/...
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Is it true that non-Muslims are given more US visas than Muslims in muslim majority countries?

The Different Sides 🇵🇰 by Peter Sentenello At 10:15 in the above YouTube video, a local resident in Islamabad, Pakistan is saying that the rate of Pakistani Christians obtaining US visas is higher ...
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Do the most popular college books in the US include "The Communist Manifesto" & "The Republic"?

The mainstream media in China have reported several times that the most popular college books in the US include "The Communist Manifesto" & "The Republic". I have always ...
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Was Columbia University fined for animal cruelty due to experiments run by Mehmet Oz?

This SourceWatch article is being publicized in connection to Mehmet Oz: In 2004, complaints about Dr. Mehmet Oz’s dog experiments were cited in a report from an internal investigation into ...
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Did Pakistan make a broader request than what the US has granted in the $450 million F-16 package?

Some US sources cited in Pakistani media claim Pakistan might have requested/wanted more that it got in the recent $450 million package Daniel Markey, a senior adviser on South Asia to the Washington-...
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Are roundabouts actually statistically safer than traditional traffic patterns?

We have had a number of roundabouts installed near us in South Western PA in the past decade, and a quick internet search shows other states doing so as well. This seems to be an almost universally ...
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Did Martin Luther King Jr. convince Nichelle Nichols to stay on Star Trek instead of leaving after one season?

The late Nichelle Nichols repeatedly told a story about meeting Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who encouraged her to stay on Star Trek instead of leaving after the end of the first season. “You cannot, ...
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Did CIA interrogator Charlie Wise die?

I'm interested in Charlie Wise, the CIA interrogator and torturer. Several sources indicate that he died. However, it seems quite plausible to me that these reports were part of an effort by the CIA ...
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Did Barack Obama keep 33 million pages of documents, including nuclear weapons documents?

A public statement from former U.S. president Donald Trump claims that former president Barack Obama kept 33 million documents from his presidency, most of them classified and many of which contained ...
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Is there an increase in sales of child-size coffins?

A number of "news sites" have been reporting an increase in child-sized coffins. (The linked is an example, there are many more). The implication being there is an increase of childrens ...
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Does the Inflation Reduction Act increase taxes on people making less than $10,000 / year?

Quoting Democrats rely on misleading messaging to sell Manchin-Schumer bill: In 2023, the year in which the legislation would increase tax revenue most, individuals making less than $10,000 per year ...
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Does a Portland Public Schools curriculum teach K-5 students to subvert “white colonizers”' sexuality and explore “the infinite gender spectrum”?

A recent article by [conservative activist] Christopher Rufo in City Journal, also cited at various places around the Internet such as The Daily Caller and Why Evolution is True, claims that: ...
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Are there 90% more computer science students and 90% fewer electrical engineering students than 50 years ago?

This article makes the claim that: While computer science course take-up had gone up by over 90 percent in the past 50 years, electrical engineering (EE) had declined by the same amount. The ...
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Do homeless people in the USA refuse to work?

In 2008, economist Thomas Sowell claimed in a newspaper article: Working in a homeless shelter is widely regarded as “community service” — as if aiding and abetting vagrancy is necessarily a service, ...
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Does the Russian 300mm "guided" rocket 9M949 use gyroscopes made in the USA?

One Ukrainian website seem to claim that: Керована 300-мм ракета 9М949 ракетного комплексу "Торнадо-С": оптоволоконний гіроскоп для інерційної навігації. Виробництво - США. in google ...
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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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