All Questions

3
votes
1answer
282 views

Did Gigi Wu (“bikini climber”) die of hypothermia because she was only wearing a bikini?

Example claim from a verified Facebook user: So you're saying we shouldn't walk around on top of steep mountains while wearing bikinis? https://kprcradio.iheart.com/featured/the-pursuit-of-...
1
vote
1answer
45 views

Does the UK subsidise fossil fuels more than other European countries?

According to a recent report in the Guardian the UK has much higher subsidies on fossil fuels than other European countries (presumably, it is the Guardian, this is a very bad thing). They report: ...
1
vote
0answers
46 views

Is the global inequality as measured by the Gini index rising or falling?

Olle Hammar et al write in Global Earnings Inequality, 1970–2015: Our main finding is that global earnings inequality has declined, primarily during the 2000s, when the global ...
0
votes
0answers
73 views

Did monotheism lead to more victims than polytheism?

According to Yuval Noah Harari's book 21 Lessons for the 21st Century monotheism was a rather bad idea than polytheism and thus created more victims. I cannot find the exact quote, but one from the ...
7
votes
1answer
205 views

Does the Earth only have 60 years of harvests before the top soil is lost?

According to this 2014 Scientific American article by Chris Arsenault Generating three centimeters of top soil takes 1,000 years, and if current rates of degradation continue all of the world's top ...
139
votes
4answers
26k views

Does YouTube delete video dislikes?

On some YouTube videos, particularly highly downvoted ones, I often see comments asserting that their dislikes on the video are being deleted, either by YouTube or the channel itself. From the ...
1
vote
0answers
86 views

Does Saw Palmetto extract reverse hair loss?

Saw Palmetto extract is derived from the fruit of a palm tree. It is commonly claimed to be a treatment for pattern hair loss (androgenic alopecia). Some say it works by preventing the conversion of ...
1
vote
0answers
82 views

Do Gunnar glasses (or similar) reduce eye strain more than changing the blue levels of a LCD screen?

An older question asks if Gunnar glasses actually work but I am interested in whether the same benefit can be obtained from reducing the blue light emitted by a LCD screen. Whilst some mobiles and ...
22
votes
2answers
5k views

Does body armor render the wearer “invulnerable” to bullets?

The vicious murderer who shot up the movie theater in Aurora, Colorado last week was wearing, according to some reports, "full body armor."* Proponents of concealed-carry permits maintain that if the ...
1
vote
0answers
43 views

Is it useful for K12 students to be equipped with laptops? [on hold]

In an education technology conference held recently, Microsoft was promoting several new brands of relatively-cheap laptops/tablets for use by schoolchildren. Microsoft's "general manager of ...
25
votes
3answers
4k views

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 ...
10
votes
2answers
704 views

Will rats given the ability to artificially stimulate their pleasure centers starve to death?

There's a widely-held belief [example] that a rat will starve itself to death if given a lever to press that will stimulate some "pleasure center" via electrodes implanted in its brain. Supposedly, ...
25
votes
1answer
6k views

Do fevers caused by infection not exceed 105 °F (40.6 °C)?

This question is prompted by but distinct from Is fever (temperature) below 106° F harmful? That question asks about whether fevers below that temperature can cause harm. This question is asking ...
4
votes
0answers
145 views

Were 59% of British people unable to name the then Prime Minister David Cameron in 2015?

According to this article The British public still have no idea what they voted for with Brexit – it’s not elitist to admit it, it is claimed: A survey carried out in the run up to the 2015 general ...
106
votes
1answer
13k views

Were children safer in the good old days?

Edited, as every site I found in my search last night gave me sites that all say the same thing: The perception is that the world is a really dangerous place for children these days But the ...
10
votes
1answer
761 views

Is fever (temperature) below 106° F harmful?

Parents and pediatricians rush to treat low grade fever with acetaminophen and other powerful pain killers. Medical researchers refer to the over zealous treatment of non hazardous fever as fever ...
-5
votes
1answer
148 views

Does carbon dioxide pollute the atmosphere? [on hold]

Following the explosive growth in the use of coal for industrial processes, in which the UK from the late 1800s to the mid-1900s was memorably darkened with soot, the public became aware of "pollution"...
34
votes
1answer
3k views

Does Germany want their gold back?

There is a meme that is going around that states: The German government has been storing about half of its gold supply with the US FED, apparently in the NYC FED vaults. Germany decided to ...
14
votes
1answer
494 views

Do a significant proportion of the British public think “no-deal” Brexit means staying in the EU?

Brexit is the plan to take the UK out of the European Union. The way the law is currently framed means that this will happen automatically at the end of march 2019 if no transition deal is arranged. ...
33
votes
2answers
18k views

Does the tongue have different taste zones?

I've seen quite a few of these "tongue maps", showing discrete borders between taste zones and often conflicting setups, like these two: Anecdotally, I can feel all tastes all over the tongue, more ...
64
votes
4answers
27k views

Did Christopher Columbus believe America was India?

Many of us might recall learning in school that when Christopher Columbus reached the New World, he believed that he had reached India. For that reason, Native Americans are often called Indians. ...
9
votes
1answer
760 views

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 ...
50
votes
3answers
10k views

Did only one banker in the US go to prison for the Financial Crisis of 2007-08?

In the movies The Big Short (2015) and Capitalism, a love story (2009), it is claimed that only a single banker, Kareem Serageldin, went to prison for the Financial crisis of 2007–2008, for which many ...
-2
votes
0answers
195 views

Has Trump stated whether he is still proud to own the shutdown? [on hold]

Before the shutdown began, trump said that he would be "proud" to own it. On the 4th of January, he said that he was still proud of the shutdown. I haven't heard him being proud since and just ...
76
votes
6answers
8k views

Do mobile phones have anything to do with brain cancer?

Is there evidence for a correlation between the use of mobile phones and the occurence of brain cancer? If yes, is there also evidence for causality?
16
votes
1answer
1k views

Does caffeine increase productivity in office jobs?

There is a common conception amongst coffee drinkers (including myself) that drinking coffee increases productivity in office jobs, but particularly jobs in tech. Is this true? Have there been any ...
40
votes
1answer
1k views

Does normal paper currency contain enough narcotics residue to attract a drug-sniffing dog?

It seems pretty well established that paper currency (e.g. in the US) is commonly contaminated with trace amounts of cocaine or other illegal narcotics. (See Snopes for instance, though I'm happy to ...
11
votes
3answers
7k views

Did the FBI agents responsible for killing Tamerlan Tsarnaev die together during a FBI training exercise?

A viral image is being passed around Facebook claiming that two FBI agents who fell from a helicopter to their deaths during a training accident were the same two who killed Tamerlan Tsarnaev (of the ...
3
votes
0answers
363 views

Are refugees forced across the Mediterranean Sea by traffickers against their will?

So far media has painted the picture that African refugees crossing the Mediterranean Sea pay huge sums to traffickers to be brought to Europe. In an interview with BR24 Claus-Peter Reisch, captain ...
38
votes
3answers
14k views

Would eating a packet of cigarettes be fatal?

World Education, a group that promote literacy, have a resource for understanding the risks of tobacco, which claims: Chemicals in cigarettes and cigarette smoke are known to cause not only cancer ...
53
votes
1answer
10k views

Does an Executive Order keep JFK murder evidence unavailable until 2039, 2038 or 2017?

Back in 1968, Jim Garrison (New Orleans District Attorney) was interviewed by Johnny Carson about the JFK assassination. During this interview, Jim Garrison mentioned an Executive Order that keeps JFK ...
1
vote
0answers
57 views

Is vaping a healthier alternative to smoking? [duplicate]

I’ve heard from some people and advertisements that vaping is healthier than smoking, and vaping should be more popular because it causes less damage to the lungs. Is this really true, or have I been ...
15
votes
1answer
7k views

Is T. Rex more similar to sparrows than to stegosaurus?

From XKCD: XKCD comic 1211 claims that the anatomy of sparrows and T. Rex are more similar than those of T. rex and stegosaurus. While it looks like neither T. rex nor sparrows would be any good at ...
3
votes
1answer
380 views

Was the quantity of Fentanyl imported in 2018 enough to kill every American?

ABC reporter Meridith McGraw, who covers the White House, recently tweeted: Inbox: For a payment of $20.20, the Trump campaign says they will send a “faux brick” to Pelosi and Schumer’s offices “...
64
votes
0answers
8k views

Does one transaction on Bitcoin require 215 kWh? [on hold]

This seems unbelievable: This averages out to a shocking 215 kilowatt-hours (KWh) [sic] of juice used by miners for each Bitcoin transaction (there are currently about 300,000 transactions per ...
0
votes
0answers
103 views

Targeted Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy [closed]

Is targeted pulsed electromagnetic field therapy proven for post surgical pain and edema?
0
votes
0answers
150 views

Chocolate milk drink and brown cows [duplicate]

At at TV quiz game they claimed that about 16 millions adult Americans believe that chocolate or cocoa milk drinks are milked from brown cows. As it is unbelievable I've quickly searched for it and ...
2
votes
2answers
2k views

Can high-frequency coil radiation kill disease? (e.g., Lakhovsky's multiple-wave oscillator [MWO])

The idea of an oscillator-based healing device was popularized by Georges Lakhovsky and is now associated with scientists like Tesla, Clark, and Beck. There are many YouTube videos dedicated to ...
11
votes
5answers
11k views

Are there more 40-moves chess games than atoms in the universe?

I read this tweet recently: "There are more possible games of chess lasting 40 moves than there are atoms in the entire universe. Intriguing to know." I find this highly doubtful. Could ...
13
votes
1answer
506 views

Did fake news on Facebook influence US elections in 2016?

I've encountered repeated references to fake news on Facebook influencing various elections. Example from a often quoted Facebook critique in Time Magazine: As a result, when confronted with ...
5
votes
2answers
511 views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
639 views

Does Heads Up Texas Hold'em have more possible hands than atoms in the universe?

In the Vice (HBO) clip AI Poker Bots Are Beating The World's Best Players, it is claimed (at 2:00), that Texas Hold'em has "more possible hands than atoms in the universe". ..this competition ...
8
votes
1answer
545 views
+50

Is the European NO₂ limit of 40 µg/m³ for outside air backed by strong evidence?

According to the Umwelt Bundesamt, the average annual limit for the NO₂ concentration is set to 40 µg/m³ with the intention to protect people with asthma, small children and older people, especially ...
20
votes
3answers
2k views

Does long-term marijuana use lead to a significant drop in IQ?

This article claims that marijuana (cannabis) is linked to a drop in IQ. Specifically: Participants who used cannabis heavily in their teens and continued through adulthood showed a significant ...
0
votes
0answers
234 views

did Trump average one false claim every 34 seconds? [closed]

This video is doing the rounds on facebook. It claims that trump made one false claim ever 34 seconds. It then goes on to show the speech, interrupting on each claimed lie. Are the supposed lies ...
3
votes
1answer
4k views

Is this image of a skinny polar bear misleading? [closed]

Today I saw this image comparing a polar bear from 2009 to one from 2019: It’s been shared nearly 50k times, as of writing this. My question is is this accurate? My main suspicions are the following:...
0
votes
1answer
137 views

Does elective single embryo transfer (eSET) reduce pro-life hangups against IVF? [closed]

On the Centers for Disease Control website about Elective Single Embryo Transfer or eSET, health experts count the risks of multiple births as including: Some who become pregnant with multiples may ...
7
votes
1answer
297 views

Will the Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah be the 'longest bridge' in the world?

In any metric, this doesn't seem to qualify as the longest bridge in the world. I could be miscalculating, but a number of articles are using the title 'longest'. The articles below are highlights ...
15
votes
1answer
15k views

Is Boston bombing victim Jeff Bauman double-amputee soldier Nick Vogt?

From 'Disgusting' Facebook group called 'Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is innocent' attracts more than 11,000 fans worldwide Others believe the iconic image of Jeff Bauman in a wheelchair, bloodied with his ...
56
votes
4answers
16k views

Did climate scientists in the 1980s predict a 1 meter sea level rise by now?

Stuart Agnew is a Member of the European Parliament for the Eastern Counties (in the UK) and stood on the UKIP ticket. His web site describes attending a global warming conference in the "mid-Eighties"...

15 30 50 per page