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Was the death rate in Boer War concentration camps the same as in Glasgow?

In a widely reported debate on BBC's Question Time, Conservative politician Jacob Rees-Mogg was accused of "justifying" the British use of concentration camps during the Boer War at the beginning of ...
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Are DNA testing companies building a DNA database for commercial applications?

There were a couple of articles last year regarding DNA testing companies such as 23andMe, selling data. See example articles : DNA-testing companies like 23andMe sell your genetic data to ...
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Was anyone murdered, disappeared, or died suspiciously to cover up the Deepwater Horizon disaster?

This recent Tumblr post claims that multiple activists and scientists were murdered or died under extremely suspicious circumstances, including one person being found dead and mutilated in a dumpster, ...
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Was Opportunity's last message to Earth “My battery is low and it's getting dark”?

On February 13 2019, NASA announced that Opportunity - a Mars rover launched in 2003 with an intended longevity of three months - was likely to be dead. In the wake of this event, and the outpouring ...
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Is drug testing done on extremely poor people?

I was told about a book "The Body Hunters: Testings New Drugs on the World's Poorest Patients" by Sonia Shah. It was published by The New Press, and it had an approving quote from Publisher's Weekly ...
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Does skip-lagging/hidden city travel make flights more expensive?

From a recent MarketWatch article, This airline sued a passenger for skipping his flight — why we should all take note, George Hobica claims that “Hidden city cheaters make airfares more expensive ...
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Do Japanese crows use traffic to crack nutshells?

In a BBC article, its contended that: In a Japanese city, carrion crows have discovered how to eat nuts that they usually find too hard to tackle. One method is to drop the nuts from height on ...
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Does the Sion electric car solar cells provide enough charge for up to 30km travel per day?

Sonomotors have an electric car, the Sion. They claim that this car use its own solar-cells to charge the batteries in one day sufficient to drive up to 34km. Their information sheet says: Thus, ...
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Were there no “white” people in Virginia between 1619 and 1679?

The back cover of historian and scholar Theodore W. Allen's The Invention of the White Race, Volume 1: Racial Oppression and Social Control quotes the late Mr. Allen When the first Africans arrived ...
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Are North American children adopting British accents because of Peppa Pig?

Several news items have surfaced today which report that North American children are adopting British accents at a very young age due to watching Peppa Pig episodes. The only source quoted is Romper ...
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Did a Tesla car collide with a Russian robot?

This story made the rounds in the news: a Tesla car "killed" an autonomous robot in Las Vegas in January 2019. There is some controversy about whether the incident was a real accident or a ...
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Did Dr Ulrich Mellinghoff Suggest 140Km/h would be a safer limit on Australian roads?

The description below has been shared by the Facebook group Sensible Speed Limits Australia which claims that Dr Ulrich Mellinghoff suggested 140km/h would be a safer speed limit in Australia. ...
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Will koalas eat pre-plucked eucalyptus leaves?

Various sources online (including a frequent copy-pasta disparaging the animal) claim that koalas will not recognize eucalyptus leaves as food if they are cleanly laid out on a table in front of them, ...
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Have the UK official alcohol limits been reduced to a quarter of the levels recommended in 1979?

Before answering the question of whether we can trust health advice we must first ask: ‘Which health advice?’ It varies so much over time and between countries. In 1979, the government advised men to ...
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Is Collectivism the cause of the 10 worst famines of the 20th century?

David Harsanyi, in this twitter post and accompanying article, makes this claim: The 10 worst famines of the 20th century weren’t caused by the excesses of capitalism or by environmental disasters ...
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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 training ...
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Do night driving glasses make it easier to see at night?

There are many yellow-tinted driving glasses being sold with claims like this one: Yellow lens tint enhances contrast at night Anti-reflective coating reduces glare. There are also many ...
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Did Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez or her office write and publish this FAQ concerning her Green New Deal? [closed]

There is a PDF circulating online that is purported to be an FAQ released by Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (hereinafter referred to as AOC). Here is a link to the PDF Examples of high-...
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Is the Wonderlic test cross validated by any other test or data? [closed]

In a quite famous lecture Jordan Peterson lists what IQ you need to work in certain professions, based on the Wonderlic test. Are there other sources to these claims than Wonderlic that gives similar ...
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Did Jerry Rubin eat so many carrots he turned orange?

Did Jerry Rubin, the former Yippie leader eat so many carrots he turned orange? (I read that many years ago in an East Bay Express article.)
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Is forced organ donation widespread in China? (强制摘取犯器官的行为已经实施了?) [duplicate]

On December 10, 2018, Sir Geoffrey Nice made the following statement: The Tribunal’s members are all certain – unanimously, and sure beyond reasonable doubt – that in China forced organ harvesting ...
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Is the use of X for unknown quantities taken from the Arabic word “shay”?

In this TED Talk, the speaker says that the use of X for unknown quantities was the result of Spanish people taking the Arabic word shay (meaning "thing"), which was used by Arabs to denote unknown ...
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As of February 2019, were US wages rising at the “fastest pace in decades”?

The President of the USA, Donald Trump, told during his "State of the Union address" speech on 5th February 2019, that [...] wages in America are rising at the fastest pace in decades Source: at ...
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Are two layers better at insulating body heat than one double-thickness layer? [closed]

It is almost universally recommended that wearing multiple layers of clothing is the most effective way to stay warm in cold weather, compared to one thicker layer, although there seems to be little ...
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Is Ruth Bader Ginsburg alive as of February 2019? [closed]

Right wing sources on social media have been abuzz with rumors that Ginsburg has died. The conspiracy theory is that Democrats are hiding her death to avoid another Trump pick on the Supreme Court. ...
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Are roads more dangerous when it first rains?

From DriversEd.com: Rain: Slow down at the first sign of rain, drizzle, or snow on the road. This is when many road surfaces are most slippery because moisture mixes with oil and dust that has not ...
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Did Neomi Rao defend dwarf-tossing?

A recent article about Neomi Rao's nomination to replace Brett Kavanaugh on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals claims that Rao has a record of defending dwarf-tossing. Conservatives are discouraging ...
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Did the restaurant chain Olive Garden have warranty terms for their pots that prevent salting the cooking water?

In 2014, the hedge fund Starboard Value published a presentation criticising the business of the restaurant chain Olive Garden, a subsidiary of Darden Restaurants. The presentation claimed that: ...
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Were 50°C (122°F) days recorded across Australia during the 1800s?

The article Forgotten history: 50 degrees everywhere, right across Australia in the 1800s claims that there were regular recorded temperatures above 50°C across Australia in the 1800s: Australians ...
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Are car headlights getting brighter?

This news story in Popular Science asks whether car headlights are getting brighter and concludes they are not: So are headlights actually getting brighter? The short answer is no—although ...
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Is the restoration of peat bogs an effective way to slow down human-made climate change?

The Finnish carbon sink project Hiilipörssi ("carbon exchange") has this tagline on their English information page: Did you know that restoring peatlands is one of the most cost-effective ways to ...
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Is the apparent drop in insect deaths on windshields due to a decline in insect populations?

The "windshield phenomenon" is a term given to the anecdotal observation that people tend to find fewer insects smashed on the windscreens of their cars now compared to a decade or several decades ...
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Are 30% of human embryos “spontaneously aborted”?

From Richard Dawkins on Feb 1, 2019 How could I have failed to predict it? My tweet of the beautiful newt embryology film is already triggering the abortion nuts. Did you know, at least 30% of ...
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Is the majority of milk in industrialized countries obtained from pregnant cows?

There is conflicting information out there. On the one hand we often find simple claims like The majority of milk in industrialized countries is obtained from pregnant cows, which contains ...
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Did the Houston Police Department intentionally target the house on Harding Street?

In this video by News Now Houston an investigative reporter suggests that the Houston Police may have raided the wrong location and killed two innocent homeowners (Dennis Tuttle and Rhogena Nicholas) ...
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Was beer more important than food in the development of organised civilisation?

The conventional story of the origin of modern civilisation places the discovery of agriculture as a major turning point. And this, it is usually claimed, was because organised cities can't grow ...
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Does the tipping function on Instacart pay the company instead of the shopper?

A local news story reports the following: Workers behind Instacart, the grocery delivery company and app, say they’re getting punished for getting a tip. People who shop and deliver for the ...
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Were hunter-gatherers peaceful egalitarians?

Peter Gray Ph.D. writes in How Hunter-Gatherers Maintained Their Egalitarian Ways: Is it true that hunter-gatherers were peaceful egalitarians? The answer is yes. During the twentieth ...
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Did John Bolton hold a notepad with the text “5000 troops to Colombia” written on it when he announced new sanctions against Venezuela?

A lot of news outlets across the entire political spectrum had a major news item about John Bolton today. An example from the CBS News Twitter account: https://twitter.com/CBSNews/status/...
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Can a US President's declaration of emergency be overridden by simple majorities of both chambers of Congress?

Jennifer Rubin writes in the Washington Post that: [the US President's] declaration of an emergency can be overridden by a simple majority of both houses Is it true that a presidential declaration ...
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Central heating cheaper to run 24 hours or on timer? [duplicate]

In this day and age where people are constantly being told to save energy to help reduce global warming etc. I have heard many people ("experts" and non-experts alike) say the opposite of each other ...
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Do spoilers increase enjoyment of a story?

There are studies such as this where people report that spoilers increase enjoyment for narrative works. According to research by UC San Diego psychology professor Nicholas Christenfeld, spoilers ...
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Were the boys unconscious during the Tham Luang cave rescue?

According to Wikipedia: In June and July 2018, a widely publicised cave rescue successfully extricated members of a junior football team trapped in Tham Luang Nang Non cave in Chiang Rai Province, ...
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“We do not need 2000 miles of concrete wall from sea to shiny sea. We never did. We never proposed that” Has Trump ever proposed a ~2K mi border wall?

On January 25, 2019 U.S. President Donald J. Trump stated "We do not need 2,000 miles of concrete wall from sea to shiny sea. We never did. We never proposed that." CNN could not ...
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Does crop burning in Cambodia contribute to particulate levels in Bangkok?

Bangkok is currently coping with unhealthy levels of PM2.5 particulates. On the 26th of January, the Bangkok Post wrote an article with the following passage on a link with Cambodian crop burning: ...
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Does aluminium in deodorants cause cancer? [duplicate]

I have read that the claim that deodorants with aluminium cause breast-cancer is false. But here is an article talking about the dangers Your antiperspirant probably contains aluminum, and that ...
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Did Hillary Clinton support legalising such late-term abortions of fetuses as claimed by Ben Shapiro?

Please note that this question contains some graphic language that some people will find distressing. Ben Shapiro makes two statements about Hillary Clinton's views on allowing abortion of a fetus. ...
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Did Hillary Clinton pay Russian officials 30 million dollars, through her campaign to get dirt on Trump?

In tonight's episode of Real Time with Bill Maher, Ann Coulter said: I mean, Hillary Clinton paid, through her campaign, 30 million dollars to Russian officials to get dirt on Trump The full ...
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Did Donald Trump dare Nancy Pelosi to cancel his State of the Union speech? [closed]

A CNN article by Chris Cillizza has the headline: Donald Trump dared Nancy Pelosi to cancel his State of the Union speech. So she did. The article does not give evidence to support the claim, but ...
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Does the UK subsidise fossil fuels more than other European countries? [closed]

According to a recent report in the Guardian the UK has much higher subsidies on fossil fuels than other European countries (presumably, it is the Guardian, this is a very bad thing). They report: ...

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