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A tool or instrument used in order to inflict damage or harm to living beings - physical or mental -, artificial structures, or systems.

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Was the German V2 rocket the only weapon whose production killed more than its use?

Early in David Edgerton's history of technology, The Shock of the Old he discusses cost benefit analysis applied to some military weapons. He argues, for example, that the US would have caused a lot ...
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Has Longitudinal Wave Interferometry ever been used to alter the weather?

I read about these in a few places, This article states: Powers of Longitudinal Wave Interferometers 1 - influence and control the weather, 2 - deviate the giant jetstreams of the upper ...
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Was the Browning Automatic Rifle kept from US troops during WWI?

On the History Channel show Modern Marvels: Engineering Disasters 2 (S05E30) there is a segment on the French Chauchat rifle. Dr. Jack Atwater, former director of the US Army Ordnance Museum, makes ...
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Do inaudible sonic weapons exist?

The US is investigating whether diplomats in Cuba were subjected to a sonic weapon that caused hearing problems: The Guardian, 11 Aug 2017 One or more Canadians affected after suspected use of ...
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Did the government of Nazi Germany sell Mauser pistols to an underground Jewish army?

The Guardian article Ken Livingstone faces fresh inquiry over Hitler Zionism remarks quotes Livingstone as saying: the Nazi government...started selling Mauser pistols to the underground Jewish ...
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Does the GRU-43/B “Massive Ordnance Air Blast” weapon cost $US16 million?

I read in the past for the existence of the so called "Mother Of All Bombs" and for some reason I still thought it was a fuel-air or thermobaric bomb. However after the first operational use (here) I ...
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Is it possible to disable a vehicle with microwave oven magnetron from that distance

In the wellknown Youtube channel there is a scene where scooter had some kind of short circuit caused by magnetron used as a weapon from a distance. I never saw this channel to have fakes but one guy ...
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Do 1 in 2 Swiss citizens have guns and do they have the lowest crime rate?

I came across a facebook post by an Australian political party that states 1 in 2 citizens in Switzerland have guns Lowest crime rate in the world Are the above two statements true? (...
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Is the RS-28 Sarmat missile capable of destroying an area the size of France?

The Daily Mail claims Russia has unveiled chilling pictures of its largest ever nuclear missile, capable of destroying an area the size of France. Who estimated this level of destructive power? ...
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Has Egypt sold two French-made Mistral warships to Russia?

Claim: Poland's defense minister Antoni Macierewicz says he believes Egypt has sold two French-made Mistral warships to Russia for the symbolic price of $1. Associated Press, 21/Oct/2016: Antoni ...
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Are there ancient Chinese crossbows that can fire twice as far as a modern rifle?

The Terracotta Army crossbow that could shoot twice as far as a modern-day rifle: Archaeologists unearth 2,200-year-old weapon at historic Chinese site Historical texts indicate that its firing ...
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Was the ancient Indian city of Mohenjo-daro destroyed by a nuclear weapon?

This Youtube video of the History Channel documentary Ancient Aliens, Season 3 Episode 9 makes the claim that the ancient Indian city of Mohenjo-Daro was destroyed by a nuclear weapon, and that the ...
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Are there 'friendly' fire restrictions programmed into exported (american) weaponry? [duplicate]

There appeared a claim, probably in context of the turkish-russian incident: This seems too far off to be true, but it got me wondering whether nations implement precautions to prevent 'friendly' ...
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Did Assad use chemical weapons in Syria? [duplicate]

Related to Were chemical weapons being used in the civil war in Syria before 2014?. While the consensus at the time seemed to be that the government was using chemical weapons (this in particular ...
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Was Russian Su-24 fighter able to disable electronics aboard USS Donald Cook and thus lead to personnel aboard the ship to resign?

According to some news sources, an incident occurred on April 11th, 2014, between a Russian SU-24 fighter jet (some articles refer to it as a "tactical bomber") and USS Donald Cook (a guided missile ...
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Are US cops trained to escalate the violence? [closed]

While in many countries the policemen are trained to de-escalate or are even legally bound to do so, US cops kill suspects so often, because allegedly escalation is part of their training. Allegedly ...
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Have US Navy SEALS used tomahawks?

I read the first paragraph of an article in The New York Times today. It said of US Navy SEAL Team 6: On clandestine raids in the dead of the night, their weapons of choice have ranged from ...
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Can a thrown knife be used to kill silently?

Making stealth kills with a throwing knife is a common trope in popular culture, from movies like Rambo, 'realistic' spy novels like Jason Bourne to video games like Far Cry 4. Additionally, several ...
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Did priests use maces because they did not spill blood? [closed]

Many games and stories that draw upon medieval history tend to claim that priests use maces because they do not spill blood. Wikipedia provides a citation for this on the Mace page, as does the page ...
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Did Seal Team Six fire more rounds in one year than the entire Marine Corps's ammunition allowance?

In season 2, episode 7 of Black Ops, the narrator asserts that In one year, Seal Team Six fired more rounds than the entire Marine Corps ammunition allowance. Thats a pretty impressive statistic, ...
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Was the Sandy Hook massacre an elaborate hoax? (and other conspiracies) [closed]

I have heard a number of people talking about some serious and seemingly implausible allegations that the Sandy Hook shooting was an elaborate hoax. Most of the sources for these claims I have found ...
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Did US intelligence community ever claim that Iraq had WMDs prior to 2003 inavsion?

The "common knowledge" is that US went to war with Iraq in 2003 based on "intelligence reports" claiming that Iraq had active Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs) programs. On the other hand, some ...
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Will a bullet be split in half if it hits a butter knife that is fixed in place?

I was reading a manga, and I saw this: So I was wondering. Will a bullet be split in half if it hits a butter knife that is fixed in place? Have there been experiments to test that?
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What do we know about red mercury?

My friend, known as a liar, came to me two days ago and told stories about red mercury, something I never heard about. Could do magic, the pharaohs used it. 1 kg worth 30 million dollars, used in ...
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Did Sandahl Bergman lose a finger during the filming of Conan the Barbarian?

Further, the actress playing Valeria had her index finger severed during a fight scene where they inexplicably used a real sword instead of a prop, and then even more inexplicably gave it to an extra ...
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Do falling bombs make whistling sounds?

I grew up watching movies that depict the sound of a bomb dropping overhead like this: Feeeeeeeeewwwwwwwwwww Is that for real? I have never heard a bomb dropping over my head. Just curious how it ...
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Does chain mail protect against arrows?

In Lords and Ladies, fantasy author Terry Pratchett repeatedly states that chain-mails are not a good protection against arrows: chain-mail from the point of view of an arrow can be thought of as a ...
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Were chemical weapons used in the civil war in Syria by the Assad regime before 2014?

From Erdogan: Assad using chemical weapons in Syria at The Jerusalem Post: Turkish Prime Minster Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Thursday that the regime of Syrian President Basher Assad has used ...
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Are drugs, sex and weapons the largest three markets?

I heard a claim from a guy in my class during high school, which was like 6 years ago or so, saying that the three 'biggest markets' in the world are drugs, sex and weapons. It of course implied quite ...
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Did Iran launch a monkey into space and safely return it to Earth?

http://www.chron.com/news/politics/article/Monkey-business-US-unsure-of-Iran-s-space-claims-4249556.php The United States expressed doubt on Monday about Iran's claim that it safely returned a ...
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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 a semi-automatic rifle used in the Sandy Hook massacre?

Many people are claiming a semi-automatic rifle was not used in the Sandy Hook Massacre? Is this true, was a semi-automatic rifle used in the Sandy Hook massacre? NBC citing "federal officials, and ...
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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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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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Do hovercraft trigger minefields?

In the James Bond movie, Die Another Day, it is claimed that hovercrafts won't trigger mines in the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea. Griffon Hoverwork who sell hovercrafts make a ...
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Is it possible to dodge the fire of matchlock muskets?

I heard some legends about an early 17th century outlaw, who on one occasion allegedly defeated alone a number of musketeers: because of the terrain, they could only advance in a single line, so one ...
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Does body armor render the wearer “invulnerable” to bullets?

The vicious murderer who shot up the movie theater in Aurora, Colorado last week was wearing, according to some reports, "full body armor."* Proponents of concealed-carry permits maintain that if the ...
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Can you puncture a tire with a Swiss Army knife?

On films and TV you always see characters puncture a regular car tire with something like a folding knife or a swiss army knife. How hard would it be in real life to do this?
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Was Kursk sunk by USS Memphis?

On of the theories in the Kursk incident suggest that it was sunk by USS Memphis following the collision with USS Toledo. Theory has originally surfaced in 2005 film, but lately allegedly there are ...
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Can shooting someone in the forehead from point blank range not kill him? [closed]

I was reading Mathew Reilly's Scarecrow and the Army of Thieves. In the book, a guy is shot in the forehead, but miraculously he does not die because his forehead is that strong. Is it true, can a ...
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Has weather been weaponised?

A letter in The Guardian makes the following claims: While seemingly fantastical, weather has been weaponised. At least four countries – the US, Russia, China and Israel – possess the technology ...
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Would a laser weapon visibly fire?

Whenever movies portray laser weapons, they do so with a very visible beam hitting the target and then incapacitating and/or killing them. Laser weapons exist in real life, although only at the ...
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Breaking the bottom brick with your hands

In the movie Bloodsport, which claims to be based on a true story, the lead character is challenged to break one brick at the bottom of a stack, using only his hands. He successfully causes the bottom ...
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Can a gun be made from ceramic?

In the film Die Hard 2 one of the bad guys has a porcelain gun (clip): That punk pulled a Glock 7 on me. You know what that is? It's a porcelain gun made in Germany. Doesn't show up on your airport ...
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Can cockroaches survive a nuclear war?

I am sure most people will have heard this claim in some form or another: Cockroaches are so resilient that they will survive the nuclear holocaust. source Is this true?
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Did pirates shoot massive cannonball salvos?

It is commonly shown in movies that pirate ships would flank their target, and then shoot huge salvos of cannonballs at it. I think that it doesn't really make any sense: if they wanted to steal a ...
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Were nunchuka used by peasants because they weren't allowed edged weapons?

According to this article, nunchuka (sometimes misspelt as "nunchucks") originated as peasant weapons, based on the design of a rice flail - as the peasants were forbidden from possessing edged ...
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Do “sword-swallowers” swallow swords?

Sword-swallowers, such as Dan Meyer claim to be putting a real metal sword down their throats. Are they really pushing a piece of metal down their throats, or are they some sort of magic trick with ...
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Can a ninja star (hira shuriken) used as a thrown weapon kill?

In many movies, especially from the 80's when Ninjas were involved they would use their ninja stars as a deadly weapon. An example clip is here. Is this realistic? Can a ninja star penetrate and be ...
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Are Katanas made of steel folded 1000 times?

A Katana needs to be made of steel folded 1000 times, according to eHow: Pound the tamahagane into two separate blades. These need to be heated, pounded by hand, and folded 1,000 times each to ...