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Do 15,000+ prostitutes travel to the Super Bowl each year in the USA?

There have been several reports that a large number of prostitutes visit the host city of the Super Bowl each year: Prostitutes Plan to Profit Big From Super Bowl Week in South Florida Local ...
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Was every Republican President since 1923 a Member of the Bohemian Grove?

Wikipedia : The membership list has included every Republican and some Democratic U.S. presidents since 1923, many cabinet officials, directors and CEOs of large corporations including major financial ...
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Is there a single US tax law that allows profits to be moved offshore to avoid taxes?

[A] tax provision that allows multinational corporations to defer U.S. taxes by moving profits into offshore financial subsidiaries. This provision -- known as the "active financing exception" -- ...
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If comparing white populations, does the U.S. have the same murder rate as Belgium?

Ann Coulter recently made the following claim on the FOX News show 'Hannity': On the gun crimes, we keep hearing how low they are in Europe, and oh, they're so low, and they have no guns. If you ...
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Is it illegal to refuse US currency for a purchase?

I hear this claim every now and then. That US currency is legal tender and that it is illegal to not accept it. The most recent example of this was on an old episode of 30 Rock: The head and the hair....
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Does the use of tasers by the police lead to an increase in people killed by police?

The anti-taser blog, Truth Not Tasers lists over 768 people that they claim have been killed by police tasers since the 1983. On the other hand, the Wikipedia article contains an unsourced statement:...
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Are lax gun laws responsible for the high rate of handgun violence in the United States? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What real evidence is there for the effects of gun control? In the wake of today's horrible tragedy in Connecticut, many say US handgun laws are to blame: If laws ...
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Are “black-box” data recorders to be installed in all new US cars?

Occupy Corporatism reports: With complete disregard for driver privacy, the Obama administration gave their consent to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to mandate black ...
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Is Tagg Romney the owner of a company that makes Ohio voting machines?

This photo is circulating across Facebook: The new owners [sic] of Ohio's voting machines under the brand name HART Intercivic is none other than Tagg Romney. We may not be able to buy this ...
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Has Obama or any other US President authorized the assassination of US citizens?

In this interview with RT News, Sean Stone -- the son of Oliver Stone and outspoken critic of US anti-Iran sentiment -- claims that President Barack Obama has "assassinated American citizens" (~4:20 ...
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Are atheists strongly underrepresented in US prison communities?

This popularly referenced survey gives statistics about the number of atheists in US prisons. It suggests just 0.21% of the prison population is atheist. There are more scientologists! This is ...
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Does a customer have the legal right to receive change in whatever denomination they want if the cashier can cover it?

I am a cashier at a gas station in California and I recently had a customer put me in this situation. They prepaid for $50 in gas with a fifty dollar bill and filled their car. They had $19 in ...
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Destruction of WTC: is this version somehow substatinated? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: On 911, was Building 7 destroyed in a controlled explosion? Recently I read an article that claimed that WTC in reality was blown up rather than fell due to fire. In discord ...
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Was the September 2012 jobs report manipulated for political purposes?

A few days ago, former GE CEO Jack Welch made a contreversial accusation/claim that the September 2012 jobs report was manipulated by the Obama administration in an attempt to portray the economy in a ...
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Are voter ID laws harmful to minority voters?

At the NAACP, Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday he opposes a new photo ID requirement in Texas elections because: "the State of Texas filed against the Justice Department under Section 5 of ...
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Is non-union labor more productive than union labor?

A claim was made today by an equipment manufacturing industry representative that in the last 10 years Non-Union labor had far out paced Union labor in productivity gains and that Non-Union Shops ...
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Do charter schools perform better than other public schools?

I've heard calls for the ordinary public school system in my state to be replaced or supplemented with a charter school system (pdf warning). Do charter schools perform better or worse than other ...
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Was Ambassador Christopher Stevens raped before his death?

US Ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens was killed in one of the recent attacks against the US Diplomatic Missions. NOPCRadio claim that he was raped before his death. Here is a report that ...
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Did Americans coin the phrase “to make money”?

This claim comes from a work of fiction but it is often repeated as true by fiscally conservative individuals who respect the author. In Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged, a character named Francisco gives a ...
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Has anyone noteworthy given up their US citizenship to escape taxation?

I've heard it said that a US citizen can escape paying US income taxes by giving up their citizenship and living in a foreign country (presumably, somewhere that has lower taxes or perhaps where a ...
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Is racial resentment towards African Americans correlated with Democrats support of a political position?

The following research claims that there is a link between high "racial resentment" (as measured by answers to questions in the survey) and support for VoterID laws. Here, CPC researchers found an ...
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Does Ron Paul get less media coverage than other similarly prominent candidates?

In this clip from The Daily Show show, John Stewart puts forward the argument that Ron Paul is being ignored by the media, showcasing some convincing clips to that effect. Are the clips referenced in ...
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Does the Defense establishment have plants in vast majority of Congressional districts?

One of the commonly cited reasons for the ratcheting of defense spending in the United States is that it's an easily justifiable kickback (tugging on patriotic heart strings) to representatives' ...
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Were all but one of the US presidents descended from King John of England?

The Daily Mail says: A 12-year-old girl created family tree linking 42 of 43 U.S. presidents to King John of England, who signed the Magna Carta in 1215. Only the eighth president, Martin Van ...
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Is Paul Ryan's Congress record of two bills passed unusual?

According to this article, Paul Ryan has passed only two bills during ~13 years in Congress. (By passed, I assume the article means authored or co-authored bills passed in at least the House.) Is this ...
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Is lean finely textured beef (LFTB) or “pink slime” safe to eat?

Currently in the United States ground beef can be sold under the label "100% ground beef" as per the the USDA Food Standards and Labeling Policy Book (August 2005); however, there have been a number ...
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Have 98% of Catholic women used birth control?

An NPR article on the debate about contraceptive coverage makes the following claim: In fact, 98 percent of Catholic women use birth control at some point in their lifetimes. Is this claim true?
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Is atheism the fastest growing “religion” in the history of the United States?

First of all, yes, atheism isn't a religion. Taking from the Wikipedia link, atheism is defined as Most inclusively, atheism is simply the absence of belief that any deities exist. Penn Jillette ...
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Is Social Security a Ponzi scheme?

Texas Gov. Rick Perry said at a September 7 MSNBC presidential debate that "it is a Ponzi scheme to tell our kids that are 25 or 30 years old today, you're paying into a program that's going to be ...
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Does the US ban high-gas-mileage cars?

A recent YouTube video features a claim that the VW Passat TDI 1.6 and similar cars have been banned by the US government, specifically because their gas mileage is too high. The purported reasoning ...
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Is the US Newborn Mortality Rate higher than 40 Countries?

There is a lot that goes into a statistic that can go wrong, between collection, data, etc. This makes me rather skeptical of claims like the following: US Newborn Mortality Rate Higher than 40 ...
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Did Warren Buffett pay a lower rate of income tax than his secretary?

Within the past few months, Warren Buffett has been quoted as saying he only paid 15% income tax while his secretary paid much more (I think the number is 35%, but I could be wrong). This "fact" has ...
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Does 20% of the population pay 80% of Federal income tax in the US?

I have heard this used in arguments (and even used it myself several times): that 20% of the US population pays 80% of the taxes. But I am starting to wonder if that is statistically accurate. Also, ...
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Are law and medicine high-paying professions?

It seems to be taken as self-evident that law and medicine are one of the highest paying professions in the United States. However it seems to me that much of the high income from these professions ...
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Are there more guns in America than people?

Daisy Rifles Ad from 40 years ago On Real Time with Bill Maher (aired March 30, 2012), host Bill Maher said: There are now more guns in America than there are people... (I'm guessing he is ...
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Are there banned words in New York standarized tests?

I just came across a random post on a random news blog saying that several words were banned from New York's standardized tests. This included common words, such as Christmas, dinosaurs, birthdays. ...
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Does the US government voluntarily underreport inflation?

According to Shadow Government Statistics, inflation in the USA is around 11%, not 3% as the official statistics claim, as shown in this chart: (source) In fact, they suggest that the US government ...
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Does Echelon exist?

ECHELON is a name used in global media and in popular culture to describe a signals intelligence (SIGINT) collection and analysis network operated on behalf of the five signatory states to the UK–USA ...
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Are consumer-grade laser pointers sold in the US lasers?

In comments on Would a laser weapon visibly fire?, it is claimed that the majority of devices sold to consumers as lasers are, in fact, LED-based. I think that (at least in the US), laser devices up ...
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Is a kill switch being considered to shut down the internet?

One of my friends has been particularly upset about this. I will try to track down a serious citation of someone making this claim but have been unable to do so. I believe there is a commission or ...
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Was Pakistani President, General Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq, assassinated?

There is a general conception in Pakistan that late General Zia was eliminated by Americans in a mysterious plane crash in August 17, 1988: The plane went down and then up and eventually hit the ...
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Is there a gold stockpile at “Fort Knox”?

I heard an interesting conspiracy theory recently with the basic idea that there isn't a gold stockpile at "Fort Knox" (anymore or ever). With the level of security so great there and reportedly few ...
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Was Osama Bin Laden Dead Since 2002?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpBPVkpmoeg&feature=related The above video claims that Osama was killed a while back, and that all the tapes released since then are fakes by the US Govt. Is there ...
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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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Is this photo of Occupy Wall Street authentic?

From Facebook: This photo is actually getting pulled off Facebook...so, the photographer added a lil text and renamed the file. Pass it on. I'm SURE the media doesn't want this one out there. Share ...
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Is it illegal to tie campaign contributions to a specific policy goal?

The petition Investigate Chris Dodd and the MPAA for bribery after he publicly admitted to bribing politicans to pass legislation implies that there is something illegal about this threat to withdraw ...
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Did the US government spend millions of dollars to train Chinese prostitutes to drink responsibly?

According to this site, "Washington is spending $2.6 million training Chinese prostitutes to drink more responsibly on the job." Is this true, and, if so, what program are they referencing?
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Has the internet caused significant job losses since 2008?

"Layoffs too often became permanent, not part of the business cycle. And these changes didn't just affect blue collar workers. If you were a bank teller or a phone operator or a travel agent, you saw ...
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Is it illegal in the U.S. for legal professionals to answer legal questions on public Internet forums?

A SE moderator said: [I]n the US, at least, legal professionals are not permitted to answer questions on a site like this. It seems odd that a law would prohibit someone who has passed a Bar exam ...
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Is the U.S. 90th in the world in terms of women in national legislatures?

The Miss Representation Extended Trailer makes the claim, at 6:03: The U.S. is the 90th in the world in terms of women in national legislatures. The voice-over adds: If people knew that Cuba, ...