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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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Fact or fiction: Paper dulls a knife quickly [duplicate]

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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Can vegemite or marmite heal ulcers?

Can yeast extracts, such as vegemite and marmite treat ulcers within your mouth?
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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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What is the reason that the moon appears larger on the horizon?

According to the Wikipedia article Moon illusion, it has apparently been "proven" that the moon's larger appearance at the horizon is, indeed, an illusion, and not a magnification of some kind. I ...
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Would we see a doomsday asteroid beforehand?

Forbes : We Probably Wouldn't Even See A Doomsday Asteroid Until It Was Too Late [...] So how much warning will we really have if an asteroid is about to hit Earth? The answer is pretty grim. ...
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Is the Ralph Williams angry car salesman clip real?

Someone sent me this video of a car salesman supposedly working for Ralph Williams, a dealership owner in the Bay Shore area. There are lots of references online to this video. See the google results ...
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Does 5G pose health risks?

Among others, the website RadiationHealthRisks claims: Second, according to experts, because of the shorter length of millimeter waves (MMV) required by 5G to support the bandwidth, these ...
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Is there a death penalty if you jump off a building (and don't die) in New York?

According to dumblaws.com, in New York (City? State? or both?): The penalty for jumping off a building is death. It is the second most-voted weird law in NY in ranker.com also: If Jumping Off ...
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Does learning immediately before going to sleep increase the effect?

I have read now several times as a "secret tip" that learning directly before going to sleep significantly increases the effectiveness of learning, probably the long-term memory when, for example, ...
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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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Is there a zionist conspiracy behind the New Zealand terrorist attack? [on hold]

A friend of mine believes in this conspiracy - https://phibetaiota.net/2019/03/breaking-new-zealand-false-flag-by-zionist-israel-with-complete-new-zealand-police-and-freemason-complicity/ How can I ...
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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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Did Jim Lovell accidentally swear at Mission Control? [on hold]

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 “raising awareness” have a meaningful impact?

People often talk about the indirect value of "raising awareness" or "consciousness raising". For issues that most people already know about (like cancer), is there value to raising awareness?
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Is a large percentage of Dutch people bothered by cursing?

The Dutch Bond Tegen Vloeken (Association Against Profanity) regularly advertises against the use of cursing, swearing, and profanity. Their 2015/2016 campaign features 5 posters, each stating a ...
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Does briefly searing a steak on one side before flipping it over once “seal in the juices”?

As long as I can remember when people have fried steak, they have flipped it after the first say 20 seconds to sear it and "seal in the juices", then cooked the other side, then flipped it back to the ...
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Is Sweden experiencing a “rape epidemic?”

The US think-tank, the Gatestone Institute - along with many conservative web-sites, has claimed that rapes in Sweden have gone up because of the influx of refugees from the Middle East. Forty ...
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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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Is this a real picture of Jordan Peterson in New Zealand with a fan wearing a shirt that says “I'm a Proud Islamaphobe”? [on hold]

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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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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Do any world leaders have access to a nuclear “red button”? [closed]

In this article North Korean dictator Kim Jon Un claims (according to NBC) that: "The entire mainland of the U.S. is within the range of our nuclear weapons and the nuclear button is always on ...
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Total Internal Reflection in sound waves [closed]

I have read that when a light wave passes thorough the optically denser to lighter medium, only then is the concept of critical angle valid, and the light suffers total internal reflection at angle of ...
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Did the BBC fake scenes in Planet Earth 2 with composite shots and CGI?

This YouTube video with over 100,000 views makes the claim that the BBC faked the iguana-snake chase scene in its recent documentary, Planet Earth 2. It makes the claim that the bundle of snakes was ...
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Did India shoot down any Pakistani F-16 on 27th February 2019? [on hold]

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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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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Research on seagull parasitic behavior [closed]

Several years ago i saw video on some popular science youtube channel, which says that in colonies of seagulls there are two types of birds: "lawfull", who's hunting by themselves, and "bandits", who'...
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Was the East India Company controlled by 'the Rothschilds'?

I have seen that it is often claimed in the internet that 'the Rothschilds' controlled the East India Company. This claim appears in this antisemitic question on Quora with 1k+ views: The House of ...
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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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Are most cases of polio derived from the polio vaccine?

According to this National Public Radio article: For the first time, the number of children paralyzed by mutant strains of the polio vaccine are greater than the number of children paralyzed by ...
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Is nuclear power economically untenable?

One of the arguments I've seen levied against nuclear power is that it's not economically viable, so isn't a reasonable replacement for coal over wind, co-gen, etc. For example, US nuclear power ...
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Do aftershaves products reduce skin infections?

Many aftershave products claim that shaving creates micro cuts in your skin which can be dealt with by applying their products. In fact, the internet is full of sources claiming that shaving creates ...
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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 this story about someone taking revenge on his cheating ex-girlfriend by tattooing excrement on her back true?

This one is making the rounds on the Internet currently and I'm having trouble finding any reliable source. Most people seem to be citing the following unsourced tumblr post Tattoo artist Ryan ...
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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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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 Donald Trump say that the law allowing a baby to be born from his or her mother's womb in the 9th month is wrong?

2 days ago, Twitter user Todd Dracula shared a video from a Donald Trump speech, which can be found at https://twitter.com/ToddDracula/status/954410865993879558. In it, the President appears to claim:...
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Did Martin Schulz say that it is not the EU philosophy that the crowd can decide its fate?

In the last few days, some people are attributing to European Parliament President Martin Schulz the following statement: The British have violated the rules. It is not the EU philosophy that the ...
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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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Was Paul Walker killed by a US Government drone?

Truther News, part of conspiracy theory site, Truther.org reports: While initial reports state that the car split in two after striking a tree at a high rate of speed, one look at the crash scene (...
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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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Did fertilising the ocean with 100 tons of iron sulphate increase the salmon catch by over 100,000 tons?

In July 2012 American businessman Russ George, dumped 100 tonnes of iron in the ocean off British Columbia to encourage plankton growth and thus increase salmon stocks (link). It is now claimed that ...
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Do water molecules change when you talk to them?

I've heard that saying something nice in front of water changes the water molecules shape into a nice shape and saying something bad in front of it makes the molecules align in a bad order (ugly one). ...
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Did the Houston Police Department intentionally target the house on Harding Street?

In this video by News Now Houston an investigative reporter suggests that the Houston Police may have raided the wrong location and killed two innocent homeowners (Dennis Tuttle and Rhogena Nicholas) ...
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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 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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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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Do women pay more than men when buying cars?

In the recent Bud Light commercial, Amy Schumer makes many claims regarding gender equality. One of these claims is that women pay more than men when buying cars. Here's a link to said video. Is this ...
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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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