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Does Myanmar “systematically [deny] education and medical care” to Rohingya?

From a New York Times opinion piece titled "I Saw a Genocide in Slow Motion" (various paragraphs, not necessarily continuous, are quoted; emphasis added): Sometimes Myanmar uses guns and machetes ...
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Was Julius Caesar good at multitasking?

A popular belief (at least in Russia) holds that Julius Caesar was good at multitasking; he was able to read, write and give orders simultaneously. Julius Caesar was the first person praised for ...
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Is this video of the Soviet Dog Revival Experiment real?

In this video a dog's head is brought back to life by artificially injecting blood and air. The dog's head reacted to sound and touch and used its tongue to taste. I am not skeptic about its ...
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Did Stalin kill more than 10 million People?

There are many sources claiming that Stalin killed between 20 and 60 million people. A few articles with this claim: In February 1989, two years before the fall of the Soviet Union, a research ...
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Was the word 'racist' coined by Trotsky in 1927?

According to the image below, "racist is a made up word by Leon Trotsky in 1927." I searched in the Online Etymology Dictionary and found that racist (n.) 1932 [as a noun], 1938 as an ...
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Did medieval Russia reject Islam because of its prohibition against alcohol?

For a long time, I have been aware of a historical anecdote about the attempt to convert Russia to Islam. I don’t know where I first heard the anecdote: I’m pretty sure it was oral, so I had to dig a ...
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Did NASA invest a million dollars in the research of a space pen, when the USSR simply used a pencil?

I encountered this picture of the "Russian space pen" from the MIT Museum gift shop When NASA first started sending astronauts into space, they realized that the ball-point pen would not work at ...
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Was this Communist Party Directive from 1943 genuine?

When certain obstructionists become too irritating, label them after suitable buildups as fascist or Nazi or anti-Semitic and used the prestige of anti-fascist and tolerance organisations to ...
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Does science define life as “beginning at conception”?

The following link makes such a claim https://www.princeton.edu/~prolife/articles/embryoquotes2.html The following references illustrate the fact that a new human embryo, the starting point for a ...
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Does rubbing the end of a cucumber improve its taste?

It's said that cutting off the end of a cucumber and rubbing it at the incision makes the cucumber less bitter. It would be very surprising to me if rubbing just one end of the cucumber could alter ...
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Are fares for US transcontinental flights at an all-time low?

The Wall Street Journal published an article May 8, 2019 titled "Flying Coast-to-Coast Nonstop Has Rarely Been Cheaper." Part of the article is quoted below. Flying coast-to-coast nonstop has ...
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Is the penalty for a woman having an abortion more severe than the penalty for rape?

On social media there are a lot of posts fuelled by the recent restrictions on abortion in Alabama and Missouri. Some of these (the first is from Instagram and the second is from Twitter, although I ...
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Is new nuclear power cheap?

A common theme amongst calls for nuclear power in Australian politics is the idea that nuclear power is cheap. For example, the United Australia party (Wikipedia) ran the below full page add making ...
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Is America “seeing a spike in celibacy fuelled by economics, technology and female empowerment?”

From The Economist: America is seeing a spike in celibacy fuelled by economics, technology and female empowerment. Also from The Economist (emphasis added): Who could have predicted a little ...
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Did 295 of Marsh & McLennan employees die in the World Trade Center during 9/11? [on hold]

According to Wikipedia, Paul Bremer was Before rejoining government in 2003, he was chairman and CEO of Marsh Crisis Consulting, a risk and insurance services firm which is a subsidiary of Marsh &...
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What effect does listening to music on streaming services have on artist revenues?

There are quite a lot of reports saying that the fees Spotify, Apple Music and other music streaming services pay artists are very low. These reports tend imply that because people are streaming, not ...
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Was Obama's JAMA paper the first academic journal article authored by a sitting president?

I have read a few sources claiming that Obama's JAMA paper published this month was the first academic journal article authored by a sitting president. Is that true? Example:
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Are patterns of holes in surfaces surprisingly good clickbait?

The title is based on @Oddthinking's very helpful comment. From A Complete Taxonomy of Internet Chum1 published in The Awl (bold italics added by me): Bottom Left: Deeply Psychological Body Thing: ...
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Is food becoming less nutritious because of depletion of soil minerals and nutrients?

Over and over, I have heard and read claims that the soil growing much of the planet's crops is "depleted" and thus our foods do not have sufficient minerals, vitamins, and other nutrients. Five ...
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Are Rembrandt's two anatomical paintings the only two where the identity of the cadaver is known?

From a Ewa Kotz's Master Thesis from the University of Amsterdam (page 12): “Lesson of dr. Deijman”, together with “Lesson of dr. Tulp” are the only two anatomical paintings where we know the ...
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How unhealthy are aluminum cooking pans?

It is regularly stated that aluminum cooking pans are unhealthy, but I come accross them very often. I see people cooking both alkaline and acid foods in them, scrape them with metal, leave food ...
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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 Alexei Ananenko, Valeri Bezpalov, and Boris Baranov die of radiation poisoning?

During the Chernobyl disaster, Alexei Ananenko, Valeri Bezpalov, and Boris Baranov were tasked with preventing a potentially disastrous steam explosion, by opening the sluice gates to drain a bubbler ...
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Can kangaroos walk backwards?

Source From Exploring Nature: They cannot jump backward because of their thick, muscular tail. Their long feet and heavy tail also make walking impossible, forward or backward. The ...
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Does Rashida Tlaib’s claim that Palestinians created “a safe haven for Jews” in post-World War II Palestine have any validity? [on hold]

There’s a lot of warped nonsense surrounding what U.S. Representative from Michigan Rashida Tlaib recently said on an episode of the Skullduggery podcast. But while I find most of her words taken out ...
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Have heroRATS cleared more than 100,000 mines?

From the Washington Post (emphasis added): The Belgian organization APOPO has been training its “heroRATS” to find land mines for 20 years, and it says the animals have helped clear more than 100,...
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Does salt (or sodium) not make you thirsty?

This is from a Toronto MS thesis: High dietary sodium intake is hypothesized to increase food intake (FI), fluid intake and glycemic response. Two short-term randomized repeated-measures studies ...
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Can governments destroy the value of Bitcoin, if they wanted to?

Note that this is a question about Bitcoin that is separate from my other question, which had asked whether Bitcoin is a pyramid scheme. Jamie Dimon, the CEO of JP Morgan, claims that the governments ...
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Is any special diet an effective treatment of autism?

Treatment Ratings for Autism claims that basically any special diet is an effective treatment of autism. Is this true? From the study, The following data have been collected from the more than 27,...
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Is Muhammad one of the most popular names for boys in England and Wales?

A number of articles describe how Muhammad is the most popular name in the UK for baby boys, topping William and other names. A few links for reference: 2016 Independent article Muhammad has ...
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Was the Highlands Ranch shooting the 115th mass shooting in the US in 2019

I was reading an article from the BBC about the Highlands Ranch School shooting and they made the following claim This is believed to be the 115th mass shooting in the US in 2019. This was on the ...
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Does smoking one joint give as much exposure to cancer-producing chemicals as smoking four to five cigarettes?

I was linked to a website from Parenting Stack Exchange called drugfreeworld. I then browsed around a bit, and I found this interesting line on the Marijuana page: Aside from the discomfort that ...
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Is the March of the Immortal Regiment a cult of the German Third Reich?

The March of the Immortal Regiment is a recent tradition which is part of the annual Moscow Victory Day Parade Russian journalist and politician, Alexander Nevzorov has criticised it: (Inaccurate ...
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Was Mohammed the most popular first name for boys born in Berlin in 2018?

German right-wing party AfD has recently posted this claim on its Facebook page: ++ Neugeborene: Mohammed auf Platz 1 der Vornamen in Berlin ++ Man höre und staune: Der häufigste Erstname für ...
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Will the third Heathrow runway fill up within 25 years? [closed]

From a Wired article article published 9 June 2018 about the proposed third Heathrow Airport runway: But Warnock-Smith1 warns that Heathrow will eventually fill up again unless air travel is ...
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Is 95% of what you read in the financial press “either wrong or irrelevant?” [closed]

From a Cato Institute article by Steve Hanke1 (emphasis added): Most press reports about Zimbabwe’s fantastic hyperinflation are off the mark – way off the mark. Even our most trusted news sources ...
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Is the US constitution based on the religious principles? [closed]

This site makes the claim: https://donotlink.it/N72k Indeed, our second president and co-author of the Declaration of Independence, John Adams, issued a fervent warning to future generations that “...
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Are U.S. Torture Techniques Tied to MKULTRA Experiments? [closed]

There is an unprecedented amount of information available regarding the "enhanced interrogation techniques" being used to train military personnel on the prisoners of Guantanamo Bay, such as this ...
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Does eating nonsalty food with MSG make you thirsty?

Assume that you're thirsty after eating food that didn't taste salty while you were eating it. I know that MSG contains sodium. Quora posts and https://msgdish.com/msg-problems-and-answers/ still ...
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Did the “The Hampshire Advertiser” publish an article about many droughts in Europe on Saturday July 17 1852?

Craig Kelly, an Australian Politician, shared this photo on Facebook in the context of global warming and climate change. The article contains dates of droughts and "excessive heat" during the ...
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Did the CIA sell drugs in the US?

According to Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Gary Webb in his controversial article series The Dark Alliance For the better part of a decade, a San Francisco Bay Area drug ring sold tons of ...
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Were 51,000 Pennsylvania jobs lost under the Obama administration?

The GOP tweeted this: ...During Obama/Biden Admin, the Keystone State LOST 51,000 jobs. Under the leadership of [Trump], the Keystone State has ADDED 5,000 manufacturing jobs & its ...
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Have more people “been to space than have flown in a B-2?”

According to Popular Mechanics (emphasis added): More people have been to space than have flown in a B-2. ... A B-2 pilot at Whiteman [Air Force Base] told me that the number of astronauts who'...
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Do many commonly consumed food items in Australia have the halal certification emblem on them?

I found this quote in a viral email: "In Australia, and indeed in many countries around the world, many of the most commonly consumed food items have the halal emblem on them. Just look at the ...
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Will vaccines prevent an estimated 936,000 deaths for kids born 1994-2018? [closed]

The CDC published a poster on March 28, 2019 that reads: For kids born 1994-2018 vaccines will prevent an estimated 936,000 deaths in their lifetimes. The statement appears in reputable sources ...
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no-go zones within the UK [closed]

got this in an email too: "In the U.K, the Muslim communities refuse to integrate and there are now dozens of "no-go" zones within major cities across the country that the police force dare not ...
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Is the Worldview or any other satellite series going to provide global daily coverage at 30 centimetre resolution?

A report broadcast on the TV BBC News Channel on 2018-11-01 at approximately 20:55 GMT (not available online) claims that soon, satellites will provide "daily 30 centimetre resolution global coverage"....
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Did the National Rifle Association (NRA) block research into statistics related to gun control?

About 30,000 Americans die every year from gun-related deaths (a number likely to exceed those dying from automobile-related accidents very soon if trends continue). About 1 in 3 of those are ...
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Did Ahmadinejad say that enriching Uranium to 20% made no economic sense?

A Foreign Policy "argument" article from January 2012 contains this part What has raised the world’s suspicions is that Iran continues to produce 20 percent enriched uranium despite the fact that ...
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Did Solovief fire a rifle bullet through 8 people (and into a 9th)?

Recently, I have been reading the "Compilation of Narratives of Explorations in Alaska" published by the Senate Committee on Military Affairs. You can read this story below: It was Solovief who ...

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