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Does detergent help clean clothes in washing machines?

The Telegraph reported in 2008 that British historian Ruth Goodman: stopped using soap in her washing machine and says the clothes come out just as clean. "We're all victims of 150 years of hype ...
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Does Denver International Airport have Pneumatic Tube Systems?

From the Wikipedia page for the Pneumatic tube: Denver International Airport [DEN] uses many pneumatic tube systems, including a 25 cm diameter system for moving aircraft parts to remote concourses,...
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Are hogs scalded alive in slaughterhouses?

I read that hogs are at times scalded alive during butchering in the United States: The killing line moves so quickly that some of the pigs are still conscious when they are dumped into the ...
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Does non alcoholic beer have roughly the same alcohol as orange juice or a ripe banana contain at .5% alcohol?

On a post on the beer cartel about non-alcoholic beer in the post, it implies that non-alcoholic beer has roughly the same level of alcohol as freshly squeezed orange juice or ripe banana Alcohol-...
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Did Michael Jordan sell a used shirt for $1250?

A story associated with Michael Jordan is that he once sold a shirt autographed by Farrah Fawcett for $1250. A common year given is ~1976. This doesn't seem plausible. Is this story true? Below is an ...
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Could Michael Cohen reduce his sentence by cooperating with, or lying to, Congress?

This Trump tweet said Michael Cohen was one of many lawyers who represented me (unfortunately). He had other clients also. He was just disbarred by the State Supreme Court for lying & fraud. He ...
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Did the Trump admin. hire an Israeli private security firm to spy on Obama aides?

According to Ynetnews.com: Black Cube, notorious for its work for disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, reportedly hired by Trump administration officials to spy on 2 Obama aides involved ...
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Did this Facebook group criticizing Lady Gaga exist before 2008?

Currently there is a tweet being widely shared (as of time of writing this question, it has 148,103 Retweets and 517,460 Likes) that claims: When Lady Gaga was in university, there was a Facebook ...
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How many middle class families' tax burden was less in 2018 because of Trump's tax cuts?

In the news lately (early 2019) are many stories of regular people complaining that they have drastically lower tax refunds than the previous year, and some even owing instead. This is in the wake of ...
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Would the Green New Deal cost 600k per household?

A recent Fox News report uses numbers provided by a self-proclaimed "center-right" American organization which details the predicted costs of the Green New Deal, totaling up to 93 trillion dollars, or ...
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Do transgender women athletes have an advantage over cisgender women athletes?

There have been numerous articles in media over transgender women competing in women sports, and debating if this is fair with women whose birth sex was female. I know there are some studies, like ...
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Does Skippy chunky peanut butter contain trans fat?

According to their website, Skippy brand peanut butter does not contain trans fat. However, the current label for their chunky peanut butter contains the following ingredient in the listing: ...
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Are men more likely than women to accept an offer for casual sex?

It is widely believed that men are more amenable to offers of casual sex than women. (Note: This is a different claim to "men want casual sex more than women" or that "women are more easily able to ...
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Did diseases, decrease over 90% before the introduction of vaccines? [duplicate]

There is this meme going around, which is also used as an anti-vaccine argument, which basically states, that vaccines didn't save millions of lives, because most of the diseases declined by over 90% ...
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Did more than 900 people die of measles in Madagascar since October 2018?

I'm seeing a claim trending on social media that more than 900 people died of measles in Madagascar recently. I'm referring to this article, which opens with: Geneva: At least 922 people have died ...
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Did President Obama state he was close to starting a war with North Korea?

President Trump said this in a press conference on Friday: I believe [President Obama] would have gone to war with North Korea. I think he was ready to go to war. In fact, he told me he was so ...
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Does raspberry jam serve as fever reducer?

In USSR when I grew up, it was a common folk remedy (which seemed to work) to use raspberry jam (usually with tea) as fever reducer. Specifically, it caused you to sweat a lot, not sure if that was ...
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Is it possible to determine if a person has had receptive anal sex through a physical exam?

Physical examinations of the anus are sometimes used in North Africa to determine if a man has practiced receptive anal sex, and hence has broken laws against homosexuality. Here is one such report ...
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Do 100,000 foreign spies reside in the US?

CNN Declassified, "Spies among us: Get a peek at their playbook" by Thom Patterson, Updated July 18, 2017, reports of an expert estimate of 100,000 foreign agents: (CNN)Spies are living among us. ...
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Do US sanctions against Venezuela outweigh the aid being sent?

President Trump recently imposed sanctions against Venezuela's state-owned oil company PDVSA. However, the US has also sent aid, primarily food, to the Colombian border, with the aim of getting it to ...
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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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