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Is there a disparity between the number of US schools teaching creationism and the population's desire?

Concerning Evolution and Creation being taught in public schools, is there a disparity between the majority opinion and the extent that each is taught? This web site says: Fifty studies were ...
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Are United States scientists building a Stanford Torus space station in the Ukraine?

In late 2011 the prime minister of Ukraine said the following: But it is impossible to predict what will happen in 20 years. I will tell you a story: I just got back from a plant 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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If attacked, does having a handgun increase your chance of injury?

Rape survivor Amanda Collins spoke during a legislative hearing concerning Colorado’s proposed ban on concealed firearms on college campuses. She explained how she wished she would’ve had a firearm to ...
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Did Fukushima cause babies on the US West Coast to be more at risk from hypothyroidism?

A recent paper entitled Elevated airborne beta levels in Pacific/West Coast US States and trends in hypothyroidism among newborns after the Fukushima nuclear meltdown has been published and the ...
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Are atheists barred from holding public office in Texas?

I saw the following claim in B3ta newsletter #574 (possibly NSFW), under "US Postal Service hates Atheists". Awful, but then Atheists are not allowed to hold public office in six US states, ...
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Was the USA colonized by criminals?

There are some places on the Internet that claim that The Americas were (at least at the start) colonized by criminals and unwanted populations: Answerbag.com: North America was first colonized with ...
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Has North Korea threatened a preemptive strike on the USA or its allies? [closed]

According to various news articles, such as this, North Korea is threatening to mercilessly attack the USA or it's allies. This is a quote from the article: "North Korea's supreme military command ...
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Did the National Rifle Association (NRA) block research into statistics related to gun control?

About 30,000 Americans die every year from gun-related deaths (a number likely to exceed those dying from automobile-related accidents very soon if trends continue). About 1 in 3 of those are ...
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Is the key legal, historical reason that marriage exists in the United States to regulate procreation?

During a recent radio show, at approximately 2 minutes and 30 seconds into the broadcast, Charles Cooper is quoted as saying the following in federal appeals court arguments: The key reason that ...
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Did 2.5 million Americans serve in the Afghanistan and Iraq wars from 2001 to 2013?

This article quotes a man who says that it was millions! That sounds way off. Since the U.S. went to war in Afghanistan in 2001 and Iraq in 2003, about 2.5 million members of the Army, Navy, ...
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Could McDonald's pay a $10.10 minimum wage with an increase of only 4¢ per meal?

This caught my eye and seems like powerful statement, if true. WARREN: During my Senate campaign, I ate a number 11 at McDonald’s many, many times a week. I know the price on that. $7.19. According ...
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Would the US deficit disappear if the costs of medical activity were more like the rest of the world?

It is well known that the USA spends more of its national wealth on healthcare than other countries (see, for example, some of the analysis in this question: Is more than 30% of US healthcare spending ...
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Does the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) provide higher quality, cheaper care than most other US health systems?

The VHA is the integrated health system providing healthcare to US military veterans managed by the Department of Veteran Affairs. It is currently regarded by by some other health systems as a model ...
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In the USA, do supporters of the Republican party make more charitable donations than supporters of the Democrats?

Republicans argue that those that benefit more from capitalism and want the government to do less to help others would be more likely to give that money away. ABC's 2020 is one source of this claim. ...
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Is Walmart the largest company in history?

I have seen a post going around on Facebook containing a list of "facts" about Walmart. Two of them seem like very large claims: Wal-Mart employs 1.6 million people, is the world's largest private ...
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Does the US have $54 trillion?

There's a viral video going around about the wealth inequality in the US. It claims the US has $54 trillion. It cites economists from Harvard Business school, but I didn't see where that particular ...
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Will the Affordable Care Act negatively impact radiologists in America?

My doctor, and numerous medical students and residents* I know, have told me recently that most doctors, and especially radiologists, are going to be negatively impacted by the Affordable Care Act, ...
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Is the U.S. Tea Party astroturf or a genuine grassroots movement?

According to The Wikipedia article on the United States Tea Party movement (emphasis mine), TeaParty.org defines the Tea Party as "a grassroots movement that calls awareness to any issue which ...
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Did the Republican Party in the House of Representatives recently propose not a single job bill, but many morality and gun-related bills?

This graphic is doing the rounds on the Internet (found on Facebook): The claim is: House GOP: 46 abortion bills, 113 religion bills, 73 family relationship bills, 36 marriage bills, 72 gun bills, ...
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Are only 5% of Americans naturally blonde?

In his phenomenally thorough study of what the typical porn star looks like (see Is the typical female porn star a big-boobed blonde?) John Millward mentions in passing that: only 5% of Americans ...
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Who killed Martin Luther King Jr?

Nearly 45 years ago, Dr Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis Tennessee. James Earl Ray, a fugitive on the run, was arrested in London and extradited to Tennessee. ...
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Were there only two cars in Ohio in 1895, and they managed to crash into each other?

Currently on Today I Learned, Reddit. TIL [Today I Learned] In the entire state of Ohio in 1895, there were only two cars on the road, and the drivers of these two cars crashed into each other. ...
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Is the pharmaceutical industry the most profitable business in the United States?

The Russia Today article Pharmageddon: America’s bitter pill claims The pharmaceutical industry remains the most profitable business in the US. More success and financial gain for the companies ...
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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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Do death penalty cases cost the state more than life-long imprisonment?

There are some claims on anti-death penalty sites that death penalty (in USA) costs are significantly more then costs of long-time imprisonment. For example : The death penalty is much more expensive ...
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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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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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During the decade of the Clinton ban on semiautomatic rifles and high-capacity magazines, did crime not go down?

Source: USA Today, Opposing view: Eliminate 'gun-free zone' regulations Larry Pratt, the executive director of Gun Owners of America, made a claim: During the decade of the Clinton ban on ...
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Did Allied forces use chemical weapons in Okinawa during World War II?

A Japanese friend of mine claimed that Allied forces used poisonous gas during the Battle of Okinawa. I asked for a link to such a claim, and got a link to this section of the Japanese language ...
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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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Was Oppenheimer a spy passing nuclear secrets to Soviet agents?

From Los Angeles Times: A Soviet spy chief's memoirs published here today claim that the late J. Robert Oppenheimer, head of the U.S. atomic bomb project during and after World War II, passed ...
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Did/does the US government keep secret papers by Nikola Tesla?

A popular conspiracy theory holds that Tesla invented a free energy device, but that the powers that be prevented him from publishing it, because it would hurt their investments. Of course, free ...
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Did George W. Bush spend 32% of his presidency vacationing, versus Barack Obama's 5.2%?

This picture is making the rounds on Facebook: [Picture of George W. Bush] 32% [Picture of Barack Obama] 5.2% Percentage of presidency spent on vacation. Guess which one conservatives call "The ...
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Is lead exposure responsible for the rise and fall of violent crime in the US?

I just found an article titled "America's Real Criminal Element: Lead" via Hacker News that made an assertion about the cause of violent crimes that I found rather surprising. The article states that ...
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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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Does increased gun ownership in the US correlate with a reduction in violent crime rates?

This is somewhat of the converse of the question Is Gun Control Effective: A quote of famous musician and gun advocate Ted Nugent has been making the rounds on the Internet again lately: Where you ...
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Did the democrats win the popular vote in the 2012 US congressional elections?

In a review of the year article in the UK newspaper the Independent, Rupert Cornwell argues that the Republican party is in some trouble because of the drift to the right and the resulting inflexible ...
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Was there a deep US involvement with Saddam, Osama and Gaddafi?

U.S. Government Retirement Program SADDAM HUSSEIN "FRIEND" 1983 "RETIRED" 2006 OSAMA BIN LADEN "FRIEND" 1979 "RETIRED" 20?1 MUAMMAR GADDAFI "FRIEND" 2009 "RETIRED" 2011 The ...
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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 Americans would love ...
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List comparing countries attacked by Iran and the USA accurate?

Is the following infographic's comparison of Iran and the USA accurate? I'm not skeptical of the claim that the USA has attacked a lot of countries, but I am skeptical of the claim that, based on the ...
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Did this US judge rule that poker is a game of skill and not chance?

I just read a NY Times article which claims that a US Judge ruled that poker is a game of skill and not one of chance. In a ruling that goes to the heart of what it means to play poker, Judge ...
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Does United States have no technology to allow Internet voting in a secure way?

In 2011, nearly a quarter (24.3%) of participating voters in Estonia cast their ballot by remote electronic voting (that is, on their computer/phone/tablet via the Internet). Several larger ...
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Is it illegal in any U.S. jurisdiction to be in neutral at a red light?

In this related question, I asserted that it was illegal to be in neutral gear while stopped at a red light. The first comment to that question challenged me to quote chapter and verse. Astonishingly,...
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How often are guns used by private citizens in self defense per year in the United States?

According to Wikipedia the numbers reported range from 65 thousand to 2.5 million. I am very skeptical of the 2.5 million figure and in fact I am even skeptical of the 65 thousand figure. This ...
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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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Did Japanese people misspell “We pray for MacArthur's election”?

The Internet is full of references to the same story: It was probably in 1946, when Gen. Douglas MacArthur was temporarily put in charge of running Japan, which was in tough shape after ...
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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 Auto Manufacturers required under US Federal Law to provide parts for a set period of time?

Via snopes.com Message Board and here, and a similar question on mechanics.stackexchange.com: Auto manufacturers are required by US Federal Law to have parts available for any models they sold for ...
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Do the 3 red stars on Washington DC's flag represent 3 city states?

There seems to be an explanation of the meaning of the stars on Washington DC's flag. There are three cities (city-states) across this planet that share striking similarities and play a crucial role ...

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