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Did the myth of carrots improving eye sight begin as WWII propaganda?

I've often heard that the myth that eating carrots helps you see better at night (not to be confused with carrots helping with vitamin A deficiency) was started by the British in World War II, as ...
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Is this an unaltered video of Joe Biden?

I saw this video posted to Reddit the other day, depicting who was claimed to be Joe Biden interacting with 10 different families. The video is rather disturbing and uncomfortable, so I warn you ...
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Have any Olympic medalists suffered from asthma?

In almost every article about asthma there is some kind of mention that you can do sports with asthma. There have been even Olympic medalists suffering from it. Several links (all of them in Czech,...
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Can fracking help reduce CO2?

The Guardian reports that the UK fracking tsar, Natascha Engel, has resigned and blamed anti-fracking activism for "fear-mongering", saying: “There is much to be optimistic about how developing ...
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1answer
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Does the UK provide 50% of EU's waters? And does this imply anything about fishing rights?

Leading Brexiteer Owen Paterson wrote in an article in the Telegraph about fisheries: At present, the UK provides 50 per cent of the EU’s waters but receives only a 25 per cent share of the Total ...
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Does eating nonsalty food with MSG make you thirsty?

Assume that you're thirsty after eating food that didn't taste salty while you were eating it. I know that MSG contains sodium. Quora posts and https://msgdish.com/msg-problems-and-answers/ still ...
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Did Aaron Levenstein say 'Statistics are like bikinis'?

From a Cross Validated (better known as Stats.SE) answer with 117 upvotes: Statistics are like bikinis. What they reveal is suggestive, but what they conceal is vital. -Aaron ...
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What are the “many falsehoods”, according to Planned Parenthood, promoted by the movie Unplanned? [closed]

Background The movie Unplanned has been gaining national attention recently despite the narrow publicity from Fox and the Christian Broadcasting Network. Claims Planned Parenthood's response to ...
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Have more people “been to space than have flown in a B-2?”

According to Popular Mechanics (emphasis added): More people have been to space than have flown in a B-2. ... A B-2 pilot at Whiteman [Air Force Base] told me that the number of astronauts who'...
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Is there a better-supported explanation than economic hegemony, why “70% of firms targeted for anti-bribery by the DOJ are overseas”?

This BBC article quotes GE's former lawyer as saying that: Pierre Laporte, a former GE lawyer who now works as Pierucci's partner, notes that 70% of firms targeted for US anti-bribery action are ...
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1answer
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Did the North Korean government ever say that Kim Jong-il never defecated?

Recently, someone claimed while talking to me that North Korea said that Kim Jong-il never needed to poop. Is there any evidence that this claim is true, such as an Internet Archive page? I have ...
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1answer
367 views

Can skipping breakfast increase risk of heart disease? [closed]

This article from the clickbait off-shoot of The Independent newspaper, iNews (archive) states that: Skipping breakfast on a regular basis could be linked to an increased risk of dying from heart ...
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Does a citizenship question on the US census affect participation?

There is currently a legal battle over changing the US census to include a citizenship question. The plaintiffs argued that participation in the census will be depressed by the addition of the new ...
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953 views

Does this video show the Notre Dame fire being deliberately lit?

There are some videos online that appear to show flashes of light on top of notre dame cathedral prior to the fire. https://youtu.be/K046fjanNmY?t=47 However, the roof of the structure was metal. ...
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Is the comeback of measles in the US “largely due to anti-vaxers?”

From CNN: In some recent years, there have been fewer than 100 cases nationwide. But the [measles] virus has made a comeback in other years, including 2019 -- largely due to anti-vaxers, experts ...
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Does UA Rush bodywear improve athletic performance?

Under Armor is selling a products made from a new fabric called Rush. During performance, the body emits heat. The responsive UA RUSH fabric absorbs that heat and converts it into infrared energy ...
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Is the Infinity MG10 a working generator that consumes no fuel?

Infinity Sav are a company pushing a product, the MG10 which is available for pre-order which, they claim, can generate electricity without consuming fuel - i.e. is a free energy machine. The ...
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Is there more forest in the Northern Hemisphere now than 100 years ago?

In April 19, 2019, there was a public debating event called "Happiness: Capitalism vs. Marxism" featuring Canadian psychologist Jordan B. Peterson and psychoanalytical philosopher Slavoj Žižek as the ...
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Has ExxonMobil sequestered over 40 percent of all captured CO2?

From ExxonMobil's website on carbon capture and storage (CCS): With a working interest in approximately one-fifth of the world’s total carbon capture capacity, ExxonMobil is a leader in one of the ...
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Did “ancient people who spoke languages that didn't have words for numbers greater than three” keep track of sheep using stones?

In the TED-Ed video "How big is infinity?" Dennis Wildfogel says (at the 50 second mark) this about "matching being more fundamental than counting": In fact, we think that some ancient people who ...
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Is it bad for an elephant’s back to carry a human?

Lots of sites warn you not to ride elephants as they are often treated poorly and don't have freedom (1,2). But these sites also mention that it’s bad for the back of an elephant. With some ...
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Did the “Windows Web Browser Choice Screen” enforced by the EU make a difference?

In response to a EU anti-trust ruling, European Android users will soon be presented with a browser choice screen. Those of us who are old enough will remember that the same thing happened on Windows ...
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Are Carpal Tunnel Syndrome exercises effective?

There are numerous articles/videos on the internet talking about exercises that supposedly help with/prevent carpal tunnel syndrome. Examples: https://www.webmd.com/pain-management/exercises-carpal-...
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Is CEO the “profession” with the most psychopaths?

An opinion article in Time has this subheading: CEO is the profession with the most psychopaths. This may have been added by a headline editor though, because the article body doesn't flesh out ...
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Do dolphins intentionally intoxicate themselves with puffer-fish venom?

Since late 2013, outlets as serious as Smithsonian Magazine have circulated the claim that dolphins intentionally get "high" by harassing pufferfish. It is further claimed that this is a collective ...
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Do wooden building fires get hotter than 600°C?

After the recent Notre-Dame de Paris fire, there has been a heavily re-posted tweet going around in response to an earlier claim that a golden cross did not melt or deform - due to an act of God. ...
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Do crows like to get dizzy? [closed]

In a lecture on the "Meaning Crisis", John Vervaeke, an assistant professor of cognitive science at the University of Toronto, and a colleague of Jordan B. Peterson, states: Caledonian crows will ...
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Is pollution the main cause of Notre Dame Cathedral's deterioration?

A 2017 Time article discussing the crumbling, wearing out, and water damage of France's Notre Dame Cathedral prior to the 2019 fire writes (emphasis added): Notre Dame, which looms over the capital ...
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Is it true that “carbohydrates are of no use for the basal metabolic need”?

In this video (at 5:09 mark) Zoe Harcombe says the following: The body needs those basal metabolic calories in the form of fat, protein, vitamins, and minerals. And that's all it needs for those. ...
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Did Craig Wright create Bitcoin? [duplicate]

The developer(s) of Bitcoin used the codename Satoshi Nakamoto. Craig Steven Wright, an Australian computer scientist, has claimed to be him. A recent Coin Telegraph article reports it is widely ...
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Is Texas, a relatively warm state, one of the leading states in hypothermia deaths?

This April 11, 2019 article on National Geographic about lost hikers and survival rates states (emphasis added): In Herrington’s wilderness survival courses, he teaches day hikers to pack a puffy ...
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Did David Prowse know his voice would not be used for Darth Vader?

A Star Wars fact I have seen a lot of times is that the original actor for Darth Vader, David Prowse did not know his voice was going to be dubbed over by James Earl Jones. Wookieepedia claims this, ...
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Does illegal immigration in the usa strain social services?

A New York Post opinion piece reported on a survey regarding Republican thoughts and feelings on illegal immigration: Respondents were asked: “What do you think is the biggest challenge illegal ...
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715 views

Did the creator of Unix say “One of my most productive days was throwing away 1000 lines of code.”?

Various books and web pages claim that Ken Thompson said: "One of my most productive days was throwing away 1000 lines of code." It's found for instance in The Art of UNIX Programming by Eric S. ...
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Did the CIA conclude that Uri Geller had psychic powers?

Did the CIA conclude that Uri Geller was able to use psychic powers such as remote viewing or telepathy or something as claimed by the Telegraph or Times of Israel? In the newly released documents ...
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Do European deer still stick to their sides of the Iron Curtain?

I found such a claim in an article here: http://nowiknow.com/the-thin-red-deer-line/ But that was a long time ago, especially if you’re a deer — they only live about ten or so years in the wild. ...
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Was credit for the black hole image misattributed?

The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) was used to create an image of Messier 87*, a supermassive black hole in the Messier 87 galaxy. This result has been heavily reported in the media leading up to its ...
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Did the UK government pay “millions and millions of dollars” to try to snag Julian Assange?

In a Fox News broadcast (timestamp 2:59), Greg Palkot (London-based senior foreign affairs correspondent for Fox News) said of Julian Assange: "He has cost the UK government and security forces, ...
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Were the people in “Inis Beag” the most sexually repressed and the people in “Mangaia” the most sexually liberated in the world? [closed]

In the 1960s, a rather obscure anthropologist by the name of John Cowan Messenger discovered an isolated and very small community in a place called "Inis Beag" in Ireland. This was apparently a false ...
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Has there been a rise of flat-Earthers?

From this tweet by Neil deGrasse Tyson: The rise of flat-Earthers in the United States... And from The Guardian Researchers believe they have identified the prime driver for a startling rise in ...
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Are spiders unable to hurt humans, especially very small spiders?

In an episode of Peppa Pig, one of the characters says that spiders are very very small, and that they can’t hurt you. Broadcasters in Australia have avoided broadcasting the episode involved, ...
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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 10th, 2019. ...
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Did 3000BC Egyptians use meteoric iron weapons?

Citing Wikipedia's article on Metallurgy Egyptian weapons made from meteoric iron in about 3000 BC were highly prized as "daggers from heaven".[11] The listed source is: 11. W. Keller (1963) The ...
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Did Scotland spend $250,000 for the slogan “Welcome to Scotland”?

A 2007 Digital Journal article claims Scotland spent six months of research and $250,000 to create a new slogan to boost tourism. What did they come up with? “Welcome to Scotland” is the new slogan,...
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Do only ~2.4% of participants in large-scale genetic studies have African ancestry?

From a February 18 23andMe tweet: Only about 2.4% of participants included in large-scale genetic studies have African ancestry. Is this claim true?
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Did Rudyard Kipling describe any drink as “from the clippings and shavings of angels' wings”?

Use any search engine with the search query '"from the clippings and shavings of angels' wings" Kipling' and you will find many results. For example: Rudyard Kipling described the powerful elixir ...
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Is the “walrus scene” a result of climate change?

In Netflix’s new David Attenborough series "Our Planet" you can find "the walrus scene" in the second episode. It's a vulgar occurrence where dozens of walruses become stranded on a high cliff and ...
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Do smart sensor posture trainer help people to effectively improve their posture?

The LUMOback: The Smart Posture Sensor gets sold on Kickstarter as a product that's supposed to help people develop better posture and thus reduce backpain. Is there any research that indicates that ...
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Is bread bad for ducks?

This image has being going around (e.g. Facebook with a message attributed to The Friends of Bushy and Home Parks: Transcript: Please don't kill us with bread! Bread is actually a danger to ...
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Are US workers highly taxed if you count health premiums? [closed]

According to "US Workers Are Highly Taxed If You Count Premiums" (2019-04-08): Finally, we can go back to the OECD NTCP data and compare the US to other developed countries. When we do that, we ...

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