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Do gang-members often hold their guns sideways?

It is often portrayed in the media that members of US gangs (e.g. the Crips and Bloods) typically hold their guns sideways. Here is a stock photo illustrating how they are portrayed in the media. Is ...
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Was the United States the equal fifth deadliest country for journalists in 2018?

As reported in the CNN article In a violent year for journalists, United States among the deadliest countries for first time, the group Reporters Without Borders has claimed that the United States is ...
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Is it possible to die from overwork?

There have been several claims that people will die from overwork like Miwa Sado1 this is related to overwork but death came from suicide. Gamers are like Brian Vigneault2 which died after 24h of ...
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Do people in USA have to take an unpaid vacation day to vote? [closed]

As a European I was quite shocked to hear that people in the USA have to take an unpaid vacation day from work to be able to take part in elections. Is that really true? So do people really get ...
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Did Trump reveal the identities of a SEAL team in Iraq?

According to Newsweek (and several other news outlets that cite Newsweek), during his trip to Iraq over Christmas, Trump revealed the identities of a SEAL team that was deployed in Iraq. President ...
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Did Gustave Whitehead achieve powered flight before the Wright brothers? [duplicate]

Specifically, this question relates to Gustave Whitehead's achievement, credited with first flight by one state and evaluated by a growing number of historians. This question is specific to Gustave ...
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Will the US military receive a 10% pay raise in 2019?

Supposedly, Trump told soldiers in Iraq that (1) he just got them a 10% pay raise, and (2) supposedly also told them that this is the first raise they have received in a decade. Fact check: Trump ...
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Could “Generation Z” be the most conservative one since WW2?

I've found several sources that explain that "Generation Z" could be the most conservative one since the end of WW2. Some of the sources, are the ones that follow: Dailymail: They don't like drugs ...
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Does commercially-produced cotton cloth contain unhealthy chemicals that cause fertility problems?

The article Czy Twoje ubrania Cię trują? "Wchłaniamy chemię przez skórę. Stąd np. problemy z płodnością" (Do your clothes poison you? "We absorb chemicals through the skin, hence, for example, ...
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Did A. I. Root witness a Wright machine flying on September 20, 1904, as he claimed?

Amos Root wrote about being a witness to some of the early flights of the Wright Brothers - not their most famous initial flight (December 17, 1903), but later flights. An online book called A. I. ...
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Would the top 100 men in most physical sports beat each of the top 100 women?

In The Ancestor's Tale, evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins makes the following statement about sexual dimorphism: Our sexual dimporhism is moderate but undeniable. Lots of women are taller than ...
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Is this picture of the melting ice at the North Pole legitimate?

There are multiple stories about the melting of ice at the North Pole, and I know enough about climate science to recognize the seriousness of the issue — my question is not about that. I've recently ...
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Has Trump authorized the construction of 115 miles of border wall?

Accordign to Twitter @realDonaldTrump I am in the Oval Office & just gave out a 115 mile long contract for another large section of the Wall in Texas. We are already building and renovating ...
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Can the US president order the army into construction?

I know the President can order the troops into battle "in defense of the nation", but can he order the troops into manual labor? I'm skeptical over this claim of presidential power from Politico ...
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Did Bob Corker ask Trump for his endorsement?

President Trump just tweeted this (see here and here): Senator Bob Corker just stated that, “I’m so priveledged to serve in the Senate for twelve years, and that’s what I told the people of our ...
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Do water pillows improve sleep quality?

The manufacturer of a water-filled pillow claims: In a published study from The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, The Water Pillow by Mediflow was clinically shown to improve quality of sleep and ...
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Did Canada “mandate the content of voluntary speech”?

In this clip with Jordan Peterson conversing with Russel Brand, Peterson says, (3m:57s) The government, for the first time in the history of Canada and really in a move that was unprecedented in ...
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Did Facebook allow Netflix, Spotify, and the Royal Bank of Canada to read users' private messages?

From As Facebook Raised a Privacy Wall, It Carved an Opening for Tech Giants Facebook allowed Microsoft’s Bing search engine to see the names of virtually all Facebook users’ friends without ...
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Does excess salt in food cause thousands of deaths per annum in the UK?

The body responsible for promoting public health in England (prosaically called Public Health England) has faced recent criticism that it it has failed to secure sufficient reductions in the salt ...
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Is this chart of executive branch criminal prosecutions accurate?

I am curious about the accuracy of the numbers quoted. In particular, are the Republican numbers inflated or Democratic numbers deflated? The original source says: The chart below only includes ...
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Was the Polish army the fifth largest in 1939?

In an Italian mini-series, Campi di Battaglia, in an episode about tanks, they claim that the Polish army ranked fifth worldwide just before the German invasion in 1939. I think the claim refers to ...
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Is the Clinton Foundation currently under investigation?

Marc Lotter, former special assistant to President Trump, just said this to CNN's Erin Burnett in the course of defending President Trump from the fact that the Trump foundation is shutting down after ...
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Is the equity ratio of US banks around 3%?

Did John H. Cochrane, a professor of economics at Chicago, wrote: In order to make $100 of loans, a typical bank borrows $97—from depositors, from money-market funds, from other banks, or from ...
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Does Sandiaga have a 8.4 trillion rupiah debt?

Sandiaga Uno is the former Deputy Governor of Jakarta, and a Vice Presidential candidate for the 2019 Indonesia Election. In April 2017, Tribun-Bali claimed he had a large debt: 8.4 trillion ...
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Do SOTHYS youth serums help prevent skin aging, sagging, and wrinkles?

For her Christmas present, my mom in her 50s insists on 1 bottle each of: Firming-specific youth serum, Reconstructive youth serum, Wrinkle-specific youth serum, Perfect shape youth serum. For at ...
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Does the Black Knight satellite exist? [closed]

Is there an unidentified satellite, known as the Black Knight satellite, in a retrograde orbit around the Earth?
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Is in vitro steak, not ground or bits, possible in 2018?

This article seems to say that it's possible to create the complex structure of a steak today. Is there any more reliable source that discusses the actual implementation of lab grown steak? Ground or ...
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Do lipid droplets in our skin create a laser?

The home page of Dr Jack Kruse, who claims to be a neurosurgeon and "optimal health educator" contains the following paragraph: There is a deep connection between thermodynamics in biology and the ...
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Does too much deuterium clog up our mitochondria?

I recently came across a strange idea that appears to be popular in the biohacking and alternative health community. The essence of it is that many of the ills of modern life are cased by a buildup to ...
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Does Earthing Therapy reduce cortisol secretion and help sleep?

Earthing Therapy involves "earthing" and "grounding" the human body by electrically connecting it to the ground. In the book Sleep Smarter, by Shawn Stevenson, he claims there is research that says ...
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Is the US saving enough money from the USMCA to pay for the Wall?

President Trump just tweeted this: I often stated, “One way or the other, Mexico is going to pay for the Wall.” This has never changed. Our new deal with Mexico (and Canada), the USMCA, is so much ...
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Does central heating contribute to obesity? [closed]

I remember a letter sent to the Financial Times some time last year from a farmer who claimed it wasn't surprising that obesity rates have increased because nowadays, with the ubiquity of central ...
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Do day-care centres lower the IQ of children?

Toni Bortoluzzi, a former Swiss politician, has recently claimed that the more time a child spends in "nursery" (a.k.a. crèche or day-care centres), the lower their IQ will be in their pre-teen or ...
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Does turning the lamp in my classroom off and on use more energy than it being turned on for 30 minutes?

My physics teacher regularly said to our class: Turning these lights [pointing to the ceiling of the classroom] off and on uses more energy than leaving them on for 30 minutes. Is this true? I ...
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Were Trump's tax cuts the largest in American history?

If anyone feels this is truly a duplicate of: Is the GOP tax plan the 'largest tax cut in history'? Feel free to close or delete the question. That question above was asked on 18 December 2017, ...
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Do “Zombie bacteria” live for millions to tens-of-millions of years?

Sputnik News reports that researchers are finding a "subterranean Galapagos" including "creatures such as microbial life thriving at 121 degrees Celsius or 'zombie bacteria', which can reproduce or ...
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Is there as significant danger to frequent close contact with a pet dog? [closed]

An article in the National Geographic here talks of the dangers of dog licks. On the other hand, this NYT article states that dog owners tend to live longer and healthier than non-pet owners. Is it ...
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Have people died by being shocked through the headphone cord of their cell phone?

The headline of an article in Vice magazine claims that "A 16-Year-Old Has Died After Being Electrocuted by His Headphones" Last week, a teenager was electrocuted to death while listening to ...
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Were there fewer first-home buyers in Australia in 2017 than seventh-home buyers?

An ABC news item today quoted a claim about the Australian property market without any indication that they verified it: [Queensland] State Housing Minister Mick De Brenni said that last year more ...
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Will the United Nations global compact on migration make it a criminal offense to criticize migration?

Liberty Nation and the Sunday Express cite MEP Marcel de Graaff from the Dutch Party for Freedom as saying: “One basic element of this new agreement is the extension of the definition of hate ...
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Are these 'French children held at gun point'?

I've come across this post on facebook several times now. The video shows a group of young people kneeling on the ground with police around them. The text attached is as follows: School children in ...
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Is Dalmatia one of the rainiest places in Europe?

The Tourist Maker article lists the Dalmatian coast as the fourth rainiest place in Europe: You will probably be surprised to learn that one of the rainiest places in Europe is not somewhere else ...
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Is large Muslim immigration within an European country a cause for higher sexual violence in that particular country?

An article in FrontPage Magazine argues that: the more open a European country is to Muslim mass migration, the more dangerous it is to women. It provides various examples of European countries ...
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Has Virgin Galactic flown any tourists yet [closed]

I'm not sure if I'm supposed to post this question in https://space.stackexchange.com/ or https://travel.stackexchange.com/ but today I heard from a friend for the first time that Virgin Galactic has ...
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Are polyfluorinated chemicals linked to men's penises being smaller?

A recent story in Huffpost raises the spectre that cooking in non-stick pans could be harming male fertility, not least by making penises smaller: Chemicals used to make non-stick pans have been ...
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Did Einstein say: “I'm doing just fine, considering that I have triumphantly survived Nazism and two wives”

The book "How to think like Einstein" (Isbn-13 978-1-4926-2627-5) has a number of quotes in it that are attributed to Albert Einstein On page 28 of that book, it claims "Einstein Thinking" "...
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Is there a detectable bias in drug-sniffing dogs based on handler belief of presence of drugs?

As discussed in the comments of Does normal paper currency contain enough narcotics residue to attract a drug-sniffing dog?, and further explored in the 2017 NPR article, "Eliminating Police Bias When ...
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Will smart meters cost each UK household 420 GBP?

The roll out of smart meters is well on its way in the UK. In this article it is claimed that smart meters will cost each household 420 pounds. Apparently, this money will be taken from each customers ...
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Do antibacterial coatings in fridges reduce bacterial load?

Some modern fridges have "antibacterial coating" in their list of features. It is claimed this reduces the levels of bacteria growth. Some people go on the further claim this in turn reduces odour ...
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Does General Relativity bring “Cosmic Time,” which is the same for all frames-of-reference?

In a recent podcast, the philosopher William Lane Craig said that while Special Relativity taught us to doubt whether any given clock is, or whether it could be, an absolute measure of time, General ...

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