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Are there more trees in America today than there were during colonial times?

Yesterday, one of my Facebook friends posted an article defending trophy hunting of elephants in Africa. This led to a discussion about hunting reservations in the US, and ultimately to my friend ...
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Did the United States' internment involve Japanese foreign nationals?

The mayor of Roanoke, Virginia, David Bowers, wrote in a statement President Franklin D. Roosevelt felt compelled to sequester Japanese foreign nationals after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and it ...
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In Kentucky, did one man beat up another man after they both bought the same woman's vote?

According to the Washington Post article Selling votes is common type of election fraud: corrupt candidates in Clay County, Ky., once paid $100. But that was probably too much: It attracted one ...
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Did the Standing Rock protestors potentially damage the environment and the local watershed through their own human waste and garbage? [closed]

Reuters has this to say about the mess left behind at Standing Rock and the effort to clean it: Dump trucks and heavy machinery rolled into the protest camp near the site of the Dakota Access ...
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Were men in the USA, from Muslim countries, required to register with the federal goverment?

A Los Angles Times article INS Arrests 50 in Pre-Super Bowl Sweep 24 January 2003 refers to: a new requirement that foreign men from a number of predominantly Muslim countries register with the ...
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Has Richard Spencer called for a “peaceful ethnic cleansing”?

There are many articles claiming that Richard Spencer called for a "peaceful ethnic cleansing". However, CNN says that Spencer denies this: He once called for a "peaceful ethnic cleansing," a ...
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Is this a photo of Trump's inauguration crowd?

Metro.us claims: Tuesday afternoon, Trump tweeted a photo of a framed image of the crowds at his inauguration, adding that he plans to hang the picture in the White House press hall. The date ...
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Are The Young Turks Funded by George Soros?

I was researching The Young Turks*1 and Wolf PAC*2 (But specifically TYT) and found accusations of them being funded by George Soros on a few websites (such as Soros in Vermont). I can't really find ...
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Is this an authentic US army pamphlet about Red Army, issued to soldiers in 1945?

Archive.org contains a scan of an 84-page pamphlet, called "Our Red Army Ally" that purports to be a document published by the United States War Department in 1945, for the purposes of ...
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Does the DuPont/Denka plant in Lousiana emit 250,000 pounds of chloroprene annually?

I was a bit surprised when reading the following paragraph in the article "The Louisiana Environmental Apocalypse Road Trip": The risk of cancer in Reserve, a community founded by freed slaves, is ...
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Were additional fencing and magnetometers used on the National Mall for Trump's inauguration?

On 21 Jan 2017, the White House called a press conference where the press secretary accused the media of "deliberately false reporting" on two issues of which the number of people attending President ...
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When was Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl deployed to Afghanistan?

I have not been able to find a clear answer as to when Bergdahl was delpoyed for a school project. All sources I've found agree that he was deployed sometime during 2009, but many disagree on the ...
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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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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 box ...
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Slurping soup in New Jersey

I read once in a book of weird facts heard that slurping soup is technically illegal in New Jersey, and, looking it up, have found a ton of lists of "wacky laws" saying that this is true. Nothing I ...
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Is Rand Paul's apparent outing of Trump's whistleblower a crime? [closed]

A tweet from @SethFromThe716 is very popular (4.2K likes at the time of this question). It says [U.S. Senator] Rand Paul violated the law by publicly outing the whistleblower [of President Trump], ...
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Did Madeleine Albright say that “Siberia held too many resources for Russia alone”?

I saw this quote here. Is there any evidence, which confirms or refutes that she actually said and meant (it wasn't a translation error, she didn't later dismiss the statement) it?
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Were hospitals in California half empty in April 2020 during the covid-19 pandemic?

I read this tweet from Elon Musk on https://mobile.twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1255678979043778560: Hospitals in California have been half empty this whole time Is it true that hospitals in ...
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Does illegal immigration change the U.S. electorate as claimed by Larry Elder?

In this episode of Rubin Report Larry Elder claims: The country has changed in part, in my opinion, because of immigration, including illegal immigration. People who are coming to the country ...
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Did Richard Nixon say, “Jews think they can run the world”?

Daily Stormer: In Chicago the demonstrators got close enough to rough up Pompidou and spit on his wife. “This is unconscionable,” raged Nixon. “The fucking Jews think they can run the world. Well…” ...
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Was the Dow Jones average more unstable after 2017 than in the preceding post-2008 years?

A Salon article says that Trump's trade war of choice against China has turned a steadily rising Dow Jones average, through 2017, into an unstable sawtooth pattern with massive single-day declines ...
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Was—or is?—there an ICE checkpoint at the 23rd Street N/Q/R/W subway station in Manhattan? [closed]

All around social media this past Tuesday in New York City a viral message claiming there was an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) "checkpoint” at the 23rd Street N/Q/R/W subway station ...
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Only half of students graduating with a STEM degree [in 2009] were able to find STEM jobs [then]

From a 2013 EPI report as highlighed in an article published in The American Prospect: As the EPI report lays bare, the common wisdom about our STEM problem is mistaken: We are not facing a shortage ...
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Did state actors set fire to buildings during the George Floyd riots? [closed]

A Minnesota protestor made the following claim: "Media, you need to cover the undercover cops who have been breaking these windows and breaking into businesses. We have evidence of buildings that ...
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Did the US Federal government take 3 months from the warning its BARDA chief to require more production of N95 masks?

This exchange from a Congressional hearing was mentioned on Twitter and cited by some news Q: "It took 3 months from your initial warnings...for the federal government to...require the ...
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Did Fauci outsource gain-of-function research to China during a US moratorium?

A Times of Israel blog writes: Back in October 2014, the US government had placed a federal moratorium on gain-of-function (GOF) research—altering natural pathogens to make them more deadly and ...
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Did Biden ask the State Department to lift Kolomoyskyi’s travel ban?

Conservative talk show host Glenn Beck said this on BlazeTV on Thursday (at the 33:54 mark of this video): Kolomoyskyi’s company Burisma was implicated in a money-laundering ring. Hunter Biden then,...
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Did the Taliban shoot down a US B-52 Bomber on or around April 10th, 2019? [closed]

Sputnik News is reporting that an American B-52 Bomber was shot down by Taliban militants shortly after taking off from "Shawrab Airbase" in Afghanistan in the early morning hours of April ...
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Was Joseph Mifsud working for Western intelligence agencies?

George Papadopoulos, who was a foreign policy advisor on President Trump’s 2016 Presidential campaign, just tweeted this: I just have a responsibility to inform America of the truth. Western ...
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The average age of a highly skilled factory worker in the U.S. is 56 (or so)

In a 2012 NYT piece we read that The average age of a highly skilled factory worker in the U.S. is now 56. “That’s average,” says Hal Sirkin, the lead author of the study. “That means there’s a lot ...
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Did the Vanderbilts from the Gilded Age bathe in saltwater?

Recently, I visited the mansion that the Vanderbilt family (from the Gilded Age, late 1800s) used to live in -- it's commonly referred to as "The Breakers", located in Newport, Rhode Island. Many of ...
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Did Bill Clinton have his office rearranged according to Feng Shui ideas?

According to a contestant of a 2005 Chinese English Speaking Contest: And I guess some of you still remember when the previous American president, Bill Clinton, when he first became president, he ...
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Did the US (ab)use the “deconfliction channel” with Russia to shoot the Syrian Su-22 plane? [closed]

I just read this piece of news: ... the American plane took off from a carrier (George HW Bush), flew over all of Russia's radar and missile sites in western Syria, shot down the Syrian Su-22 in ...
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Is it true that every McDonald's branch had a bunker in case of war? [closed]

About 10-15 years ago, I heard rumors that in 20 century every branch of McDonald in America had a bunker in case of war with USSR. Bunkers are placed in this way so that they can easily be found by ...
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Is there systemic bias in the approval ratings for Donald Trump?

I'm reading the news and came across a story regarding Donald Trump's approval ratings and I'm unclear on who the survey respondents were. I have no basis to see which groups of people were ...
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Were 14 US-Led Coalition Military Advisors captured by Syrian Special Forces in Aleppo?

It caught my eye on Wikipedia's current events portal that US-led coalition military advisors had been captured in a bunker in Aleppo. This story has since disappeared off of Wikipedia, but several (...
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Did the Republican and Democratic parties swap ideologies at one point? [closed]

Assuming data like this is correct: A common explanation is that the ideologies of these two political parties switched at some point in the last 150ish years, and what is the Progressive Democratic ...
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Were 3/5 of the people involved in the Cliven Bundy “Oregon Standoff” government informants? [closed]

I'm reading about how the people involved in the "Oregon Standoff" in early 2016 were all fully acquitted One Reddit comment thread discusses the allegation that the reason for the acquittal was that ...
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Do immigrants to the US commit less crimes that native born Americans? [closed]

In 2015, Donald Trump suggested in a speech that Mexican immigrants to the US were bringing crime. In response, several reporters denied it, such as the Washington Post data show that new immigrants —...
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Did Mesoamericans eat Chihuahua dogs?

There are multiple online sources that claim the Chihuahua dog breed was often eaten by the Mesoamerican cultures who lived there before the arrival of the Europeans. For example, this site claims ...
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Has the United States had 7 mass shootings in the past week? [closed]

I keep seeing a claim on social media claiming something to the effect of: [First world country] has had [small number] mass shootings since [18whatever] The US has had 7 since Monday. I'm ...
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Is the “Right to Bear Arms” an Individual Right or a State's Right to Defense? [closed]

"A well regulated Militia" being the first part of the Amendment appears to steer the legislation towards militia/national guard - especially with "being necessary to the security of a free state" ...
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Is America's prosperity the result of slavery? [closed]

It has been claimed (see below for example) that America's relatively high prosperity is the result of slavery, which enabled the development of American capitalism, by using slaves as, well, capital, ...
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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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Was the USA colonized by criminals?

There are some places on the Internet that claim that The American were (at least at the start) colonized by criminals and unwanted populations: Answerbag.com: North America was first colonized ...
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Did Christine Ford testify both that she drank alcohol and didn't drink alcohol at the party where she was assaulted?

According to Yahoo! and The Independent: Ford testified that: I did not want to tell my parents that I, at age 15, was in a house without any parents present, drinking beer with boys. but ...
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Is Ellen DeGeneres legally married because of Obama?

From 'I am a legally married woman because of him': Ellen DeGeneres farewells Obama "I want to personally thank him for changing my life," DeGeneres said. "I am a legally married woman because of ...
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Is this YouTube segment from the group known as “Anonymous”?

Is this YouTube segment, dated Dec 13, 2016 and titled "Anonymous to Trump", really a product of the group known as "Anonymous", or is it a spoof? The segment gives a litany of the ways that Russia ...
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Do FBI crime statistics suggest no-one died in the Sandy Hook massacre?

Alex Jones claimed that the Sandy Hook massacre was a hoax. As evidence, Infowars.com presents the following FBI chart: The Sandy Hook school shooting occurred at this location at this time. Does ...
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Was George Floyd a Masonic Sacrifice or even a Mason?

I am not sure what is the chicken, and what is the egg, but between public gossip and Larry Johnson tweets, there seems to be a movement claiming George Floyd was a Masonic Sacrifice. Notable person ...

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