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Does USA imprison people of color at a higher rate than whites for the same crime convictions?

The Ben & Jerry's website says: America locks people up at a higher rate than any other country, and bias is baked right in. If you’re a person of color or struggling to make ends meet, you’re ...
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Do coca leaves help relieve symptoms of altitude sickness?

Coca leaves are widely used to relieve symptoms of altitude sickness in some South American countries, either chewed or brewed into a tea. Wikipedia says that no study has studied their effectiveness ...
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Did Xóchitl Lopez invent a water heater?

Various news stories have said that Xóchitl Guadalupe Cruz López, an eight-year-old girl living in Chiapas, Mexico, invented an inexpensive water heater made of recycled materials. At just 8 ...
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Are white and non-white police officers equally likely to kill black suspects?

Well, that's the conclusion of a 2018 US study, as reported in the press: "White officers do not kill black suspects at a higher rate compared with nonwhite officers," concludes a research team led ...
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Can light travel at 30x the speed of light? [closed]

The claim seems to be that the researchers can make light travel faster than the speed of light. Is this true? How does it even make sense? It’s in Nature so presumably there’s something in it, but ...
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Can mercury inhalation from dental amalgams cause Alzheimer's disease?

We can read here: In fact, some scientists believe that vapor inhalation from dental amalgams can cause Alzheimer's disease in certain genetically predisposed individuals, although the safety of ...
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Does the EU fund you only if you legally agree not to damage the EU's reputation in any way?

In this YouTube video shows clips of Jacob Rees-Mogg. At 6:55, he is shown hosting an LBC talkback show, talking about EU funding. He claims: You don't get money from the EU unless you sign up to ...
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Did Archduke Franz Ferdinand mow down animals with a machine gun?

I know Archduke Franz Ferdinand was an inveterate hunter, and this might be an understatement: Franz Ferdinand had a fondness for trophy hunting that was excessive even by the standards of European ...
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Did Ayn Rand use the term “ineptocracy”?

"Ineptocracy" as can be googled today is a certain criticism of democracy. One book (titled Far-Right Fantasy: A Sociology of American Religion and Politics) seems to say that Ayn Rand used the term: ...
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Does the Idaho Potato Commission associate potato skins with healthy eating?

A person is suing TGI Friday's for false advertising regarding their bagged "Potato Skins" snacks. Part of the claim is that potato skins are associated with healthy eating, which makes the snack ...
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Does Germany produce more waste than the US?

According to the German Environment Agency, Germany produced 411 million tons of waste in 2016. According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, the US produced about 260 million US tons (236 ...
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Did a homeowner fend-off three armed intruders with a high capacity magazine?

A recent NBC News article, Judge blocks California's ban on high-capacity magazines over 2nd Amendment concerns claims the judge wrote an 86 page decision that included a story that a woman fended-...
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Did the USS Buck (DD-761) send the message “Temper, Temper”?

In a March 26, 2019 Reddit post with 1.0k upvotes, there is a picture with a story as follows (emphasis added). 15 Mar 1952: The Wisconsin receives her first direct hit in her history when one of ...
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Is micro rebar a better way to reinforce concrete than rebar?

This site claims that the small wires(twisted steel micro rebar) they created are a good replacement to a typical rebar concrete reinforcement if not even better. a reinforcement technology that ...
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Do islamic countries have an higher than average porn consumption despite porn being banned in them?

In first place, I'm linking this wikipedia web page to show that, as a general rule, pornography seems to be banned in islamic countries (although it doesn't show data for all of them, it looks like a ...
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Why some nurses are getting pregnant simultaneously? [closed]

(Hoping that I am posting this in the correct page) Many years ago I was reading an old magazine (perhaps 30 years old or so) and in one of those trivia columns, I read about some hospital where many ...
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Is drinking a half-bottle of wine a night ‘as bad as three cigarettes’

A recent study on the cancer risks of drinking alcohol has been widely reported in news headlines. The Times headline is: Half-bottle of wine a night ‘as bad as three cigarettes’ The BBC summarise ...
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Is Alnatura preventing unionizing of its workers?

Alnatura is a German producer of organic food. The German newspaper taz has repeatedly claimed that Alnatura is trying to prevent the forming of a Betriebsrat (Works council). In October of 2015, ...
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Do windmills take more energy to build than they could produce? [duplicate]

Saw this posted on a friend's feed on Facebook recently. Are the numbers correct, and is the final statement ("A windmill could spin until it falls apart and never generate as much energy as was ...
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Did the IMF admit that capital controls have been successful in Malaysia?

A DW article says Malaysia stood out as a country that refused IMF assistance and advice. Instead of further opening its economy, Malaysia imposed capital controls, in an effort to eliminate ...
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Was breaking apart coins for change ever a common custom?

Discussion at many online sites asserts that it was a common custom (e.g., in medieval or Roman times) to pay for a purchase with a coin and have the coin broken apart, with part of it returned as ...
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Did Bear Grylls see Rob Hall's body on Everest?

In an interview with Vanity Fair, Bear Grylls said: I was on Everest a couple of years after Rob died up there. I actually saw Rob up there, when we climbed it, pretty well perfectly preserved. Is ...
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Does blue light from screens (phone, computer, TV) before sleep affect sleep? [duplicate]

One claim I come across again and again and again in some form is this: Blue light from screens before sleep affects the production of melatonin in your body therefore it's harder to fall asleep (...
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Do a diver and a clownfish share a 10 year friendship?

A YouTube video from The Dodo, called Clownfish Named Nemo Has 10-Year Friendship with This Diver shows footage of a New Caledonian scuba diver, Marino, who claims to have a special relationship with ...
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Did US corporations pay demonstrators in the German demonstrations against article 13?

One of the governing parties of Germany - the CDU/CSU - claimed on Twitter that American corporations "bought" demonstrators at the recent demonstrations against article 13: Wenn amerikanische ...
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Do ice cubes with holes in them come from a purified water source?

Water in generally considered unsafe to drink in a number of South American countries, for example Ecuador. Even locals regularly buy bottled water. Ice also risks transmitting the contaminants. ...
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Does the USDA burn food every week?

In this recent Big Think video, The colossal problem with universal basic income, the presenter, Douglas Rushkoff, made a claim, at about the 40 second mark, that the U.S. Department of Agriculture ...
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Did Dubai sentence someone to four years in jail for possession of three poppy seeds from a bread roll?

The BBC and various other news sites make variations of the following claim: Previously, a Swiss man was jailed for possessing just three poppy seeds which he had transported with him to Dubai. ...
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Does the chemical in mint raise your tongue's perceived freezing point?

A recent tweet from Twitter user @RipTideAC_ states (after editing): I just found out that, scientifically speaking, minty is just cold spicy. The chemical in minty things raises your tongue'...
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Has the laser at Magurele, Romania reached a tenth of the Sun's power?

This month the laser at Magurele, Romania became the most powerful laser in the world, according to various sources. Related: Is the laser built in Măgurele, România, the most powerful in the ...
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Does cutting paper dull a knife quickly?

This question is a follow-up to "How to test the sharpness of a knife?", my answer to it, and the comments my answer generated. Charlie Brumbaugh wanted to know how to tell when he is done when ...
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Has the US killed close to half a million since 9/11?

The Brookings Register reports a half a million people have been killed by the US since 9/11. From A different path: Let’s try nonviolence: According to the Watson Institute at Brown University, ...
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Is this a real picture of Jordan Peterson in New Zealand with a fan wearing a shirt that says “I'm a Proud Islamaphobe”? [closed]

Tweet reads This is @jordanbpeterson and a fan during his speaking tour in New Zealand. February 19th, 2019. Less than one month ago. Did Jordan Peterson really take a picture with a fan wearing a ...
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Did India shoot down any Pakistani F-16 on 27th February 2019? [closed]

According to DG ISPR of the Military of Pakistan, Gen. Asif Gafoor, on 27th February 2019, Pakistan Air Force's jets engaged IAF's jets and "shot down two IAF jets". On the same day, India claimed ...
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Was the debris of a missile presented by India authentic?

In February 2019, Indian officials presented the alleged wreckage of an AIM-120C5 AMRAAM missile as evidence that Pakistan used an F-16 in the shooting down of IAF jets (as only an F-16 could fire ...
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Is sleep “defragmentation” for your brain?

I've seem several articles claiming that sleep is akin to the usual proccess of hard drive defragmentation, however for your brain. This process allegedly prunes synapses/memories and reconsolidate ...
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Do EU countries have the right to close their airspace to a particular plane model?

According to this article in "el país" España delega en la UE la paralización del nuevo modelo 737 de Boeing, the Spanish government claims that El Gobierno señala que no tiene competencias para ...
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Did Jim Lovell accidentally swear at Mission Control? [closed]

The movie Apollo 13 famously depicts a tense scene from relatively early on in the accident where the astronauts were having diffucilty controlling the space craft due to the centre of gravity being ...
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Does this video of collapsing warehouse shelves show a real incident?

This video seems to show a minor bump by a fork lift causing multiple rows of shelving to collapse, burying the fork lift and operator. Is this a real incident, or a faked video? The video has been ...
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Claim that CO2 is less relevant because it is logarithmic [duplicate]

This video presents and claims that doubling the CO2 levels would only increase the global warming by 1%, whatever that means. Now it seems like the graph contains real data, so what is up with the ...
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Is Bhutan the only carbon neutral/negative country?

Twitter moments recently had a moment about Bhutan being the only carbon neutral country in the world: Why Bhutan Is All Alone in the Carbon-Neutral Nation Club and one tweet in the Twitter moments ...
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Is the rate of food poisoning in the USA much worse than the rate in the UK?

One part of the interminable debate in the UK about leaving the EU has been a debate about what the UK would have to agree to if they do trade deals with other countries. In an interview with BBC ...
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Have textbook prices in the US more than doubled in the last 15 years?

The above chart was recently published on Reddit. ( Source: r/dataisbeautiful ) The author of the reddit thread cites the following data sources: Consumer Price Index for All Urban ...
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Are sports drinks more effective at hydrating athletes than water?

A FiveThirtyEight article, You Don’t Need Sports Drinks To Stay Hydrated challenges that sports drinks help prevent dehydration or increase exercise and performance better than water. It claims that ...
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Do organised anti-vaccination groups stand to gain anything?

Lately, Ethan Lindenberger has been getting a lot of attention for defying his mother and getting vaccinated against her wishes. NPR released an article today about how Ethan testified before the ...
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Do the Irish have on average a 8 point lower IQ then the British?

The website Brainstats lists IQs for different countries and lists 92 for Ireland while it lists 100 for the United Kingdom. Those numbers are surprising to me. Are they backed by good evidence?
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Are there major negative health effects from living next to a coal power plant? [closed]

EnergyJustice writes: Health Impacts & Coal Plants: There’s no shortage of data to show that individuals living near a coal plant are at higher risk for health problems than those who do not ...
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Did Paul Offit, MD, say that aluminum plays an important role in the development of a healthy fetus?

The following quote is attributed to Paul A. Offit, MD, by a number of websites and books; they can be found by Googling for the exact quote in quote marks (screenshot below) Aluminum is considered ...
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Did Amazon pay $0 in taxes last year?

Background I saw this article saying that Amazon paid $0 in corporate income tax last year. Is this true or just phrased to sound like they are getting away with paying nothing? Here's the article: ...
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Was 38.2 billion tons of carbon dioxide added to the atmosphere in 2011?

A December 2012 CNN article reported Last year, all the world's nations combined pumped nearly 38.2 billion tons of carbon dioxide into the air from the burning of fossil fuels such as coal and ...

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