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Is this a picture of Ted Cruz as a mime?

Caption reads, Ted Cruz played Adam in a mime performance of the Christian creation story when he was in high school. Is this really the fight that he wants to have? I've seen this picture now ...
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Are Russian made weapons poor in quality?

It is often said in various media and newspapers that Russia manufactures low quality defense products: Why are Russian arms technologies and military professionalism always said to be behind the US ...
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Is there evidence that women who said they were sexually assaulted by Trump lied for money?

According to Wikipedia, there are at least 19 women who have accused Trump of sexual assault or harassment. Trump has recently claimed: I was accused by, I believe it was four women," Trump said. "...
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Is it true that other cultures don't see having two windows opened as a health risk? [closed]

I live in Romania and since I was a kid, I heard people talking about something we call, here in Romania, current—basically, the air flow which is being formed if at least two exterior windows are ...
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Did close to 3,000 Puerto Ricans die in Hurricane Maria?

CNN reports: Earlier this month, [Puerto Rico]'s governor formally raised the death toll from Hurricane Maria to an estimated 2,975 from 64 following a study conducted by researchers at The George ...
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Are black people disproportionately shot more than other people in America? [duplicate]

I was watching a video by conservative political commentator Ben Shapiro. He talks about Nike's ad featuring Colin Kaepernick. There is a claim he makes that black people are not being ...
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Do conspiracy theories have an overwhelming tendency to be linked with the USA? [closed]

How many conspiracy theories are related to less globally-influential countries? If it's substantially fewer, could it be because they are not going to attract an audience? It's as if the theorists ...
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Were 48% of American billionaires Jewish in 2014?

Dr. Gerhard Falk, a Jewish American professor of sociology: 48% of American billionaires are Jewish. It is therefore not unreasonable to project that nearly half of the most successful American ...
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Is it true that Hurricane Florence saved lives? [closed]

Someone posted a shower thought on Reddit and it got me wondering: https://www.reddit.com/r/Showerthoughts/comments/9ggbpc/with_17_deaths_in_a_population_of_more_than_525/ I did a bit of research ...
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Are people with a high IQ not allowed to become police officers in New London?

This 2000 ABC News report says: A man whose bid to become a police officer was rejected after he scored too high on an intelligence test has lost an appeal in his federal lawsuit against the city. ...
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Is shooting a bald eagle a criminal offense in the US?

The German weekly newspaper Die Zeit recently published an article on its website which claims that shooting a bald eagle is a punishable offense in the US: In den USA zum Beispiel darf man keinen ...
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Was the 2,975 death toll from hurricanes in Puerto Rico inflated, as President Trump claims? [duplicate]

3000 people did not die in the two hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico. When I left the Island, AFTER the storm had hit, they had anywhere from 6 to 18 deaths. As time went by it did not go up by much. ...
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Did a non-US Hungarian citizen get extradited to the United States for not reporting an American customer of his bank?

I was reading about this case in the news - Former Executive of Loyal Bank Ltd Pleads Guilty to Conspiring to Defraud the United States by Failing to Comply with Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act ...
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Are rich, black kids imprisoned more often than poor, white kids, in the USA?

The Washington Post gives a detailed report of a recent study: A stark new finding epitomizes that reality: In recent decades, rich black kids have been more likely to go to prison than poor white ...
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Did Donald Trump get America's GDP growth to 4.2%?

In a recent tweet, Donald Trump wrote: “President Trump would need a magic wand to get to 4% GDP,” stated President Obama. I guess I have a magic wand, 4.2%, and we will do MUCH better than this! ...
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Did Palmer Luckey, founder of Oculus, back pro-Trump group?

A lot of news media are writing about Palmer Luckey, founder of Oculus, to have backed Nimble America, a pro-Trump group. He would have acknowledged this on Reddit under a pseudonym rather than his ...
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Was there 100% turnout and 100% Obama support in Cuyahoga County in 2012 Presidential Election?

The Tea Party Facebook page posted this Monday night. Is it accurate that: There are exactly 900135 registered voters in Cuyahoga County Ohio for the 2012 predidental election There were 900135 ...
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On average in the US, is there a mass shooting 9 out of every 10 days?

Reading the New York Times today, I came across this very amusing "tourism video" touting the benefit of visiting/moving to Australia, namely, "You Won't Get Shot". Don’t Get Shot in America. Live in ...
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Did any U.S. president try to set up an interest free monetary system in the past?

On this ultra-fascist page 12 Things You Were Not Told About Adolph Hitler and Nazi Germany, it is claimed that: If America nationalized their currency as Hitler did for Germany, they would ...
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Does the US spend more public money (i.e. tax/capita) on Health Care than other developed countries?

The author John Green on a YouTube post Why are American Health Care costs so high? makes the (referenced) claim that US public health expenditure per capita, is higher than most other developed ...
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Are American schools frequently short of essential textbooks?

Computer scientist and journalist Meredith Broussard recently wrote a skeptical perspective on the uses and benefits of computers called Artificial Unintelligence. One of the stories she tells where ...
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Was a 15-year-old teen sentenced to 15 years because he took 5 seconds to stop intercourse with an 18-year-old?

This story has been floating around in image form. Is it as ludicrous as it is presented, or are there nuanced facts being left out? Did it even happen? The 18-year-old woman (“J.L.”) had sex in ...
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Is there a “red shift” in U.S. elections — a significant shift to republican votes between polls and voting? Does this imply fraud?

This questions on Politics SE introduced me to the concept of the red shift. In short, the claim of a red shift boils down to a statistically significant difference between outcome of final exit polls ...
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When John McCain was shot down was his mission to bomb a civilian light bulb factory?

From RT, "Trump is right (but only on this): McCain is no war hero" John McCain flew ground-attack aircraft from carriers in the US Navy. He was shot down over North Vietnam in 1967 and spent the ...
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Did the maps for services such as Snapchat, CitiBike and StreetEasy label New York City as “Jewtropolis” for a brief amount of time?

While checking my Twitter feed this morning (August 30, 2018) I came across this tweet that claimed that services like Snapchat, CitiBike and StreetEasy renamed New York City as “Jewtropolis.” ...
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Was 19 the average age of a combat soldier in Vietnam?

The anti-war song 19 by Paul Hardcastle claims that: In World War II the average age of the combat soldier was 26... In Vietnam he was 19. Are these figures accurate? I'm more interested in the ...
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Has anyone been convicted of campaign finance violations by paying an informant before an election? [closed]

The Atlantic reports In pleading guilty to violations of campaign-finance laws, Cohen said that the then-candidate Trump had directed him to do so, arranging payments to two women who alleged ...
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Do Elite US military units use Kalashnikov weapons?

From Spiegel: This automatic weapon [Kalashnikov], known in Russian simply as an "avtomat," even receives the highest praise from Americans, Rogozin reported. Elite US military units use it, he ...
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Was JFK's 1960 election win due to fraud?

I found via politics.SE that MRC-owned site Newsbusters claims that: In a discussion of modern electoral fraud, MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell on Monday offered a journalistic admission: She conceded that ...
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Is lack of adequate funding a substantial factor determining the poor accuracy of US state-level polls?

One of the conclusions of an AAPOR paper on the 2016 US polls contains this detail: As this report documents, the national polls in 2016 were quite accurate, while polls in key battleground states ...
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Have ATMs across the US “spat out money” in the second half of January 2018?

In a response to the DDoS attacks on several Dutch banks and other institutions, cybersecurity specialist Rian van Rijbroek claimed on 29 January 2018 on the Dutch news programme Nieuwsuur that banks ...
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Do honeybees disrupt native pollinators in North America?

One of my colleagues at work is vegan, and I became curious about why vegans don't eat honey. After a search on the internet I found a website explaining why honey is not vegan. However what baffled ...
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In California, is water from the north diverted into the Pacific Ocean?

Possibly addressing the Californian wildfires, president Donald Trump claims that in California "water coming from the north" is "being diverted into the Pacific Ocean". Governor Jerry Brown must ...
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Do the recent changes in US drug policy correlate with an increase in people moving from prescribed opioids to heroin?

I was reading about the price of heroin on The Recovery Village and they say: Heroin pricing varies a lot depending on the region where it’s sold, and as drug cartels have seen people become ...
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Does the TSA have a fail rate of 95% in breach tests?

Does the TSA fail at a rate of 95% at detecting (fake, "test") terrorists in breach tests, as reported in this news story? The best information that I have about this is a news report. Is there any ...
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Has Israel interfered in US Elections? [closed]

So I came upon this July 2018 Independent article which quotes social critic Noam Chomsky as saying that Israel interfered in US election(s): Veteran activist Noam Chomsky has accused Israel of “...
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Does Florida have a law which states that unmarried women are not allowed to go parachuting on Sundays?

KHSB (NBC News) (2011) has a self-explanatory headline: No unmarried woman can parachute on Sundays is just one of Florida's most bizarre laws CNN talks about this law in "World's strangest laws" (...
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Is at least $70 million in health care costs in the USA directly attributable to low literacy?

According to the Gaston Literacy Council of Gastonia, North Carolina: Reports show that low literacy directly costs the healthcare industry over $70 million every year. That website does not ...
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Was Paul Manafort exonerated for the crimes he’s now charged with?

Andrew Napolitano just said this on Fox News regarding the trial of Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort: Here’s Manafort’s defense: I was investigated for all this by the government 8 years ago ...
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Does the US military use an Xbox 360 controller to control one of their EOD robots?

According to this 2016 gameranx video: The US military actually uses an Xbox 360 controller for EOD robots - which are essentially robots that pick up bombs, or deliver bombs. (EOD stands for ...
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Did President Carter state that the United States had developed “an invisible plane”?

The book The Presidents and UFOs: A Secret History from FDR to Obama says: Prior to the 1980 election Carter had stated in a news conference that the U.S. had developed “an invisible plane” which ...
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Are discrepancies between exit polls and official election results in the US usually indicative of systematic election problems? [duplicate]

Paul Grossinger writes on Inc.com about the last US presidential election: 1) In 28 states doing exit polling, 23 states had a margin favoring Trump, against 5 for Clinton. That's 82% of states ...
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Did Republicans select a nazi, neo-Confederate, pedophile, and pimp as general election candidates?

Post from Facebook Teabonics Reads In the past year, Republicans have selected a Nazi, a neo-Confederate, a pedophile, and a pimp as general election candidates. [Pictures of presumed GOP ...
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Are Fox News viewers more likely to believe misinformation than viewers of other news outlets?

Huffington Post writes: Fox News viewers are much more likely than others to believe false information about American politics, a new study concludes. The study, conducted by the University of ...
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Is the “Reader voices strong opinion on atheists” letter a hoax?

I've seen on Facebook the following image being shared: Letters to the Editor Reader voices strong opinion on atheists It's time to stomp out atheists in America. The majority of ...
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Does the IRS claim that 7 out of 7 specific hard-drives crashed in a single month?

A post relating to a political issue is going around saying it is astronomically unlikely that 7 hard drives would crash in the same month, specifically: The odds of a disk drive failing in any ...
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November 4th Antifa Apocalypse? [closed]

Today Fox News ran the headline: Antifa apocalypse? Anarchist group's plan to overthrow Trump 'regime' starts Saturday The rest of the article seems to describe a series of peaceful protests in ...
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Did journalist Amber Lyon claim that the US Government paid CNN to control content?

One of my conspiracy theorist friends on Facebook recently linked an article claiming that Amber Lyon was fired from CNN for blowing the whistle on the Obama administration paying CNN to not air ...
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Are dollar bills seen by the Turkish government as a secret sign of connections to Gülen?

Turkeypurge.com has an article on the trial of a (Turkish-American) NASA scientist, convicted in Turkey: The prosecutor submitted as evidence in the case a statement by an anonymous informant, a ...
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Were World War II scrap drives in the United States truly necessary for the procurement of raw materials?

I’ve been reading up on World War II scrap drive efforts in the United States, and am wondering if these (mostly) community-based efforts actually contributed enough raw materials to the war effort ...