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Are parents more supportive of their children transitioning if they are homophobic? [closed]

This recent article in Quilette, psychologist Dr Debra Soh discusses whether transitioning is sometimes supported by parents, in part, because they are uncomfortable with their children being ...
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Are monitors with an IPS (in-plane switching) panel better for the eyes?

slothygeek writes: There are three main display panel types for screens: IPS, VA and TN panels. Screens with TN panels are best for gaming but these are not the best for your eyes. If you want ...
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Did Republicans take 10 of 13 Congressional seats in the 2018 North Carolina general election with roughly the same number of votes as Democrats?

This image has been shared on social media Transcription: Gerrymandering in North Carolina 1,747,742 votes for Democrats = 3 Congressional seats 1,638,684 votes for Republicans = 10 ...
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Does New York City have a room for teachers suspected of sexually assaulting pupils? [closed]

This question over on Politcs.SE created a lot of argument over the pros and cons of unions in public services. One particular comment dated January 2017 by K Dog caught my eye: NYC is the worst. ...
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Was the video Sarah Huckabee Sanders tweeted out against Jim Acosta altered?

The media was all abuzz about a video Sarah Huckabee Sanders tweeted out in regards to Jim Acosta's disbarring: https://twitter.com/PressSec/status/1060374680991883265 Many outlets claimed that this ...
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Is the USA “not even in the top 10 when one compares international death rates resulting from mass shootings”? [duplicate]

Erich Pratt of Gun Owners of America claims that: the United States is not even in the top 10 when one compares international death rates resulting from mass shootings. In California, gun control ...
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Do fireworks kills birds, dogs and other animals?

Diwali is a Hindu festival of lights, celebrated with fireworks. My closest friend on Facebook shared this picture on my wall: Happy Diwali Thousands of birds, dogs & other animals ...
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Did Alan Turing ever say “Sometimes it is the people no one can imagine anything of who do the things no one can imagine”?

Goodreads lists the quote under Alan Turing but I always thought it was merely from the movie (The Imitation Game) and couldn't find anything similar in his published works
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Does sitting on cold surfaces cause hemorrhoids?

I often arrive at work before my boss does. While I wait for him, I sit on a concrete wall. We would sit on this wall together during the summer, but now that it's cold, he says it will give me ...
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Were many former American slaves put back into virtual slavery after the civil war?

The ACLU has been a critic of the 13th amendment to the US constitution for some time, claiming that the clause that reads that slavery shall not exist "except as a punishment for crime whereof the ...
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Did Mussolini say it will be “a century of the Left”?

In his 1927 "The Political and Social Doctrine of Fascism," Mussolini clearly states "this will be a century of authority, a century of the Left, a century of Fascism," Wondering if this is a real ...
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Is this accident footage authentic?

This video about texting and driving shows footage of a car crash. Many posters on YouTube claim that it is "obvious" that the crash is fake. It is not obvious to me either way. Is this footage ...
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Would higher taxes on sausages and bacon save hundreds of thousands of lives every year?

A recent analysis of the health-related harms associated with red and processed meat has hit the news with headlines like this (from the Guardian): Taxing red meat would save many lives, research ...
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Did the Neolithic Revolution increase infant mortality rates?

I was reading this article, and it's honestly better cited than a lot of things I read, but one of the claims it includes contradicts my expectations. Specifically, this claim: In the best-selling ...
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Are Republicans running ads with images of bundles of cash specifically against Jewish candidates?

The Washington Post has an article about Republican ads which depict candidates holding fistful of dollars. Specifically, the article contains claims that: “[...] I will say I have not seen images ...
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Did hundreds of birds die in a park the Netherlands? What caused it?

About a week ago at The Hague, many birds died spontaneously, falling dead in a park. You likely haven’t heard a lot about this because it seems keeping it quiet was the plan all along. However, ...
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Does a vortex vessel affect water in these specific ways?

I just saw a Kickstarter campaign for a "vortex vessel" that supposedly improves tap water for drinking. Some of the claims: "[Tap water is] stuck in closed pipes where no beneficiary chemical ...
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Is gender studies a science? [closed]

A dailywire article quoting an "hungarian political magazine" article writes: ...Hungary, as the country’s government has decided to remove gender studies programs from state-run universities. ...
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Did a leaked email reveal that NATO and France had Gaddafi killed to prevent the release of a new gold-backed currency?

"Supposedly", the leaked Hillary emails exposed NATO and France was behind taking down Gaddafi in Libya due to the "gold backed" dinar they were about to release. Based on the link from: https://...
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Was iOS twice as memory-efficient as Android?

John Brownlee wrote, in 2014, on Cult of Mac: iOS is twice as memory-efficient as Android [...] As it turns out, an iPhone 6 with 1GB of RAM runs much faster than a similarly specced ...
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Does Amazon use Oracle instead of AWS to run their business?

According to Oracle CEO Larry Ellison: Let me tell you an interesting fact, Amazon does not use AWS to run their business. Amazon runs their entire business on-top of Oracle, on-top of the Oracle ...
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Do different colors of carrots have different health benefits?

According to Time, carrots have different benefits depending on their external colors, The nutrients: Carrots are jammed with a wealth of nutrients, and medium-sized sticks are only 25 calories. ...
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Is the Worldview or any other satellite series going to provide global daily coverage at 30 centimetre resolution?

A report broadcast on the TV BBC News Channel on 2018-11-01 at approximately 20:55 GMT (not available online) claims that soon, satellites will provide "daily 30 centimetre resolution global coverage"....
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Do more people drown in deserts than die of thirst?

I had first heard about the claim that more people drown in deserts than die of thirst in school maybe 30 years ago. The explanation is that sudden rains can create dangerous flooding in normally dry ...
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In Massachusetts, can someone be “arrested and fined up to fifty-thousand dollars” for reporting suspicious behavior in a women's bathroom?

A Massachusetts political advertisement No On 3, Keep MA Safe says: What does Massachusetts Question 3 mean to you? It means any man who says he is a woman can enter a women's locker room, ...
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Are US workers legally required to pay income taxes?

In the 2006 film America: Freedom to Fascism, several interviews are shown which claim that American workers do not need to pay income tax. Specifically, this clip claims that There is no law which ...
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Do cars produce more emissions idling than when in motion? [closed]

The author of this article claims that Cars produce more emissions when idling than when in motion. This seems like a patently false statement. How could cars produce more emissions when idling ...
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Does eating organic food reduce your cancer risk?

CNN (and just about every other news source) report the results of a new study on the effects of eating organic food: You can protect yourself from cancer by eating organic, a new study suggests. ...
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Have we wiped out 60% of vertebrate populations since 1970?

According to The Guardian (reporting an analysis by WWF) humanity stands on the verge of an ecological catastrophe as: Humanity has wiped out 60% of mammals, birds, fish and reptiles since 1970, ...
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Were official poverty rates in India distorted by changes to dietary needs?

In this January 2006 episode of BBC Hard Talk, then Director of Action Aid India, Babu Mathew, was asked whether poverty amelioration is linked to economic growth in light of the fact that in 1978 ...
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If cows were a country, would they rank 3rd in greenhouse gas emissions?

According to GatesNotes.com: If all the cattle in the world joined together to start their own country, they would rank behind only China and the United States in greenhouse gas emissions. But they’...
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Does Chinese astrology influence death rates?

In Joseph Henrich's book The secret of our Success he discusses the importance of culture as a factor in the rise to success of Homo sapiens. In chapter 14 he specifically discusses examples where ...
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Do spiders never stop growing during their lifetimes?

In the a recent Doctor Who episode, Arachnids in the UK, it is claimed that spiders never stop growing. Is this true?
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Are 2 million Uighurs and Muslim minorities put into political camps

Reuters: Gay McDougall, a member of the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, cited estimates that 2 million Uighurs and Muslim minorities were forced into “political ...
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Did a man get heckled for dressing up as a Nazi—and dressing up his son as Adolf Hitler—at a local Halloween event in 2018?

I saw this tweet on Twitter (it’s been self deleted by its author since it was first posted here, but add Wayback Machine link for reference) and am a bit skeptical about the claims made it—and ...
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Did a NY Supreme Court judge give positive reviews about USSR prisons?

After writing (or perhaps, "collecting" or "curating") his work, "The Gulag Archipelago", Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn received a Nobel Prize: the book revealed a 20th century horror that claimed many ...
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Do video gamers tend to be conservative and have a large voter turnout?

I found this pdf referencing a study done on video gamers. Among other claims it states that "80% of those surveyed will vote in the 2016 election". It also has a pie chart claiming the following ...
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Is there any evidence of a secret level of deeply-hidden web-pages called “Marianas Web”? [closed]

There is a rumour that there is an Internet-based network, similar to the dark web (not to be confused with the deep web) called Mariana's Web (after Marianas Trench.) The Infographics Show discussed ...
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Can you extract over 500 gallons of water from the air a day for a few cents per bottle?

According to the Daily Mail article LA couple win $1.5 million XPrize for radical system that can make clean water from AIR for less than 2 cents a quart, David Hertz and Laura Doss-Hertz have ...
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Does eating cucumber with tomato cause indigestion?

According to Elephant Journal, Ayurvedic practice avoids mixing eating tomato and cucumber together as they can disturb the agni (digestive fire) and imbalance the doshas (energy principles); ...
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Does the US Army move tanks in bulk to Ukraine?

I know the site I am sharing is mostly fake news. For instance their latest claim (excerpt below) is not supported by any link to external source. But still, the claim was really alarming and I am not ...
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Did Otto Warburg make this claim about diseases in an alkaline environment?

I came across the following quote, alledgedly by the biochemist Otto Warburg: No disease, including cancer, can exist in an alkaline environment or its German counterpart: Keine Krankheit kann ...
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Did Antifa Exist as a Group in the USA Between 2000 and 2017? [closed]

The first major use of the word "Antifa" in modern times (that I can find) is something on Breitbart from 4/21/2017, claiming that the mayor of Berkeley was a member of an anti-fascist group 'By Any ...
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Did Facebook ads significantly influence voting behaviour in the 2016 presidential election?

There have been significant concerns in some political groups about foreign interference via social media on many recent elections. But there seems to be little hard evidence that any content on ...
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Do leftist groups claim that “the Caravan” was “cooked up by Republican operatives”?

The Wired article Alert: Don't Believe Everything You Read About the Migrant Caravan covers various claims from the right, with specific sources attributed: Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz, President ...
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Is the Taylor oil spill on the scale of Deepwater Horizon?

According to CNN, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill leaked 176.4 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. By comparison, and also according to CNN, they say According to the [the Department ...
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Does requesting a bilingual trial often result in dismissal?

Life hack sites like to claim that requesting a bilingual trial will cause minor cases to be dismissed. I have seen this on multiple sites, but it seems they have a tendency to shut down after a year ...
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Real Risk of Bankruptcy after a Lottery Win? [duplicate]

There are currently claims that between 30% and 70% percent of lottery winners will go bankrupt. Indeed, the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards says nearly a third of lottery winners ...
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Is this animation showing the moon's librations a real capture or generated?

In one of the answers to an entertaining question on Physics.SE about "simple check for the global shape of the earth", there is a link to this awesome demonstration of the libration of the moon: ...
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Did atmospheric ammonia keep the oceans liquid from 3.8 to 2.5 billion years ago, when the sun was colder? [closed]

Solar evolution implies, for contemporary albedos and atmospheric composition, global mean temperatures below the freezing point of seawater less than 2.3 aeons ago, contrary to geologic and ...

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