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Can emergency cellular calls be made when a phone is in Airplane Mode?

According to Verizon (a large company generally positioned to be a trusted source of knowledge for how cellular phones and cellular networks work): When using Wi-Fi Calling, 911 calls will always ...
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Does coffee cause fat and cellulite gain?

The Humans are Free article The Coffee Deception: 13 Little Known Facts About Coffee Coffee causes fat gain and cellulite because by triggering the body's flight or fight system. 11. Coffee causes ...
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Did hundreds of thousands of people die due to lack of seat belts in the period before they were made mandatory?

In a recent interview, Tesla founder Elon Musk gives a historical reference as example of slow government reaction to public harm: At 8m15s: Take something like seatbelts. It was known for, I ...
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Can water buffalo be hypnotized as depicted in Crocodile Dundee (1986)? [on hold]

In the fictional movie Crocodile Dundee (1986), the character Mick Dundee is seen "hypnotizing" a water buffalo with hand movements. Is this possible in real life?
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Does calcification of the pineal gland negatively affect normal bodily functions? [duplicate]

I received this link from an associate of mine. It smells like pseudo-scientific bull to me, but there are a LOT of claims made in the article that I can't really debunk all by myself. To quote from ...
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Did 40% of the NKVD (Soviet police) leadership have Jewish nationality?

Timothy D. Snyder wrote a history book, Bloodlands about the mass killings of Central/Eastern Europeans between 1933-1945. Jewish Currents, a magazine of the Jewish Left, cite him in making claims ...
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Does a small cup of coffee result in a 45% reduced blood flow to the brain?

The Humans are Free article The Coffee Deception: 13 Little Known Facts About Coffee makes the claim that caffeine from a cup of coffee reduces blood flow to the brain. 2. MRI images taken before ...
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Do reduced vehicle weight compromise safety? [on hold]

According to this old article, reduced vehicle weight does not compromise safety. Figure 1 shows that the risk associated with lightweight cars has a very wide range. In other words, weight does ...
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Were there 2.48 million Syrians living in Saudi Arabia in 2018?

GMI claims As per the data from 2017-2018, more than 30% of the Saudi population are expats. The total number of non-Saudis in the country is estimated to be 10,736,293. Nearly a quarter of this ...
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Will China's Three-Gorges Dam slow down Earth's rotation?

Business Insider claims that China's Three-Gorge's Dam will slow down Earth's rotation: Raising 39 trillion kilograms of water 175 meters above sea level will increase the Earth’s moment of inertia ...
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Does the coffee plant use caffeine to kill bugs and surrounding plants?

The HUmans are Free article The Coffee Deception: 13 Little Known Facts About Coffee makes the claim that caffeine in the plant is used to kill bugs and surrounding plants. 1. Caffeine is an ...
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Did Lenin say “destroy the family, you destroy the country”, and if so in what context?

Various publications e.g. "The Parent Care Conversation" (which seems to be a religiously inspired book in some parts at least) attribute the saying "destroy the family, you destroy the country" to ...
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What are the carbon taxes in Norway by industry? How did they develop since 1991? [closed]

as a non-Norwegian speaker (and neither with google translate) I'm able to find the answer to my rather simple question. Norway introduced varying carbon tax rates depending on the industrial ...
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Does milk make your bones stronger?

It's a common notion that milk makes bones stronger; milk contains calcium and bones contain calcium. But obviously it's not the case that calcium ingested is immediately deposited into bones. In fact,...
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Do crystals protect against EMF

There is no shortage of claims that certain crystals block/absorb electromagnetic fields (EMF). Independent of whether EMF is actually harmful, does a crystal on a necklace protect a significant part ...
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Did the whistleblower work with Joe Biden?

In an interview with a reporter from The Hill, and reported by both The Hill and Real Clear Politics, Senator Rand Paul made the claim that the anonymous whistleblower who raised concerns about ...
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Did Lyft and Uber pay drivers for just turning on the app and not picking up passengers?

This recent Mirror article, Couple explain exactly how they saved up £1.6million to retire at 41 claims: "For a period, we drove for Uber and Lyft in the San Francisco bay area. "For us, it ...
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Is over-reliance on wind energy the real reason PG&E is cutting power? [closed]

It's been widely reported that to mitigate the risk of power lines sparking wild-fires in California, Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), the largest utility in California, has been preemptively de-...
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Does Africa have to choose between renewable energy and economic growth?

Speaking at an energy conference in Moscow, Russia's president Vladimir Putin was critical of renewable energy. He seems to claim that it is a choice between fossil fuel driven economic development ...
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Is DAB+ digital radio more energy efficient than FM radio?

In a recent interview, the Flemish minister of Media mentioned energy efficiency as one of the advantages of DAB+ digital radio over FM radio. (And thus making the decision by the EU to completely ...
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Have profits been taken from the social business, Ecosia?

Ecosia claims to be a "social business" working towards the cause of tree planting. The FAQ on their business model claims: In October 2018, Ecosia founder Christian Kroll announced that he has ...
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Does the average American watch 5,000 movies in their lifetime?

Here is a snippet from an article on the Utah Statesman: According to a Redbox study, Americans watch more than 5,000 movies in their lifetimes, an average of about seven per month. I cannot find ...
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Was the Berlin Wall Breached Based upon an Erroneous Declaration?

In "Beyond the Ideological Lie: The Revolution of 1989 Thirty Years Later", Daniel J. Mahoney goes to great lengths to put this event in question in context to not down play the significance of world ...
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Is “US Military Intelligence report EW-Pa 128” real?

The Red House Report — Wikipédia describes "US Military Intelligence report EW-Pa 128": Is this actually a declassified document, or a clever fake? US Military Intelligence report EW-Pa 128 ...
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Do different sections of candy corn taste different?

Brach's candy corn is a popular confectionery in the USA around Halloween. It has three stripes of color. Some people claim that all three sections taste different: e.g. Thrillist conducted an ...
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Were these the last words of Trotsky's assasin?

Ramon Mercader assassinated Leon Trotsky on August 20th 1940. Ramon was jailed by the Mexican government, but was released in 1961. He died in Cuba of lung cancer in 1978. Wikipedia claims his last ...
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Does tax evasion in the EU cost 1 trillion € per year?

In a meme that’s floating around, various social costs are compared to tax evasion in the EU, which is claimed to mount up to 1 000 000 000 000 Euro annually. Here is an example: The Swedish text ...
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“There is an annual cost of around $200 (£150) per employee associated with using passwords, not including the lost productivity,”

The statement made in the question title, comes from this BBC News article: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-49877317 This seems incredible to me, is there any basis for it?
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Has an engineer called Trevor Jackson invented a revolutionary battery allowing for a car range of 1500 miles? [closed]

Since a few days several websites report about an alleged revolutionary electric vehicle fuel cell that enables 1500 miles range: Daily Mail Online StarCarSifu unserplanet.net Citing the Mail Online:...
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Were mixed race kids theorized to look like zebras?

I came across this QI tweet: Meet the quagga, an extinct subspecies of zebra with only half the stripes!🦓😲#QI. There's a video clip and at around ~0:31 seconds the following is said: I went to ...
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Is “LED Therapy” clinically effective?

An article in today's Guardian contains a number of claims about "LED therapy" (emphasis mine): The Healite uses light-emitting diode (LED) technology, delivered at a wavelength of 830nm, to ...
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Was Tulsi Gabbard in a “cult”?

As late as 2015, Tulsi Gabbard considered Chris Butler (Siddhaswarupananda Paramahamsa) to be her guru. Numerous people claim that Butler's group is a cult, while others say it isn't. Does the ...
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Do termites produce 10 times more CO2 than humans?

On October 21 2019 Australian Federal MP Malcolm Roberts posted an image to his Facebook feed claiming termites produce 10 times more CO2 than humans in a year. Is there a factual basis to this? ...
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Did over 1 million people protest in Santiago in the 2019 Chilean protests?

Spanish newspaper, El País published a recent article about the 2019 Chilean Protests: La manifestación más grande de Chile desde que cayó en 1990 el dictador Augusto Pinochet reunió este viernes ...
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Did Yuri Gagarin eat a lemon out a cup of tea when dining with the English Queen?

There is an anecdote, popular in Russia, about Yuri Gagarin, the first man in space, who was served tea with lemon when dining with the English Queen. After he had had the tea, he reached into the ...
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Is the water used in coal burning power plants “never returned to the environment”?

According to a Duke University press release titled Replacing Coal with Gas or Renewables Saves Billions of Gallons of Water: Water consumption – the amount of water used by a power plant and ...
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Is plastic significantly less likely to cause allergies than metal, paper, acrylic or bamboo

This infographic did the rounds a while back: The left column indicates the material the straws are made of. Amongst other things, it claims that the following materials have Allergy Risks: Metal ...
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Did Macron say it is better to make concessions to Russia on Ukraine rather than let Russia fall in Beijing's orbit?

The Economist states: Europeans fear that China and Russia are edging towards the formation of a new bloc that will dominate Eurasia. Mr Macron’s pivot to Russia is in part intended to stop it from ...
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Did 500 scientists sign a declaration saying “There Is No Climate Emergency”?

In this press release from The Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF), there is a claim that 500 prominent climate scientists and professionals has submitted a declaration that there is no “climate ...
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Have people trained themselves to have better memory by using the “military method”?

When I look up photographic memory techniques, I see a lot about a "military method". I think it's best captured here: This method will take you at least 1 month to develop. You must also ...
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Does microwaving food create particles that are not created when warming food by conventional means?

I was reading "Szlachetne Zdrowie" (No 7/2019) which is a Polish health magazine released by "Nasz Dziennik", which is a Catholic, very conservative newspaper of questionable quality. I read the ...
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Do the Brexit-deal measures on trade between Northern Ireland and the UK “automatically dissolve unless the majority of Stormont vote to keep them”?

If the Guardian is not omitting context here Johnson says there will be no checks on goods between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK, just some “light touch measures”. “The most important ...
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Were 1.5 million Algerians mobilized during the Algerian Revolution? [closed]

So I was watching a YouTube video titled Largest Armies in the World 1816 - 2019 In the part between 1954 and 1962 4:38 to 4:52 Algeria did not pop up in the top 10 which I found weird given that ...
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Did Bercow say he would have sent the EU extension-request letter himself, had Johnson not done so?

The Express claims: Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow said if Mr Johnson will not send the letter to the EU to request a delay, he would. Did Bercow actually say this?
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Is or was there a “Josef Broz Tito Paedophile Street” in the former Yugoslavia? [closed]

I recall reading a blog post, possibly on a travel blog about unusual place names, depicting a sign for "Ulica Josip Broz Tito Pedofila". Here's what I remember: the blog post was in English it ...
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Are police officer's families 2-4 times more likely to experience domestic violence?

I was wondering the accuracy of this claim: Two studies have found that at least 40% of police officer families experience domestic violence, ... in contrast to 10% of families in the general ...
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Does putting a tiny electrical current across the parietal lobe boosts maths ability?

A 2010 BBC article says: Applying a tiny electrical current to the brain could make you better at learning maths, according to Oxford University scientists. They found that targeting a part of ...
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Does Stannum metallicum 30X (a homeopathic product) have observable biological effects?

This study claims to have "observed biological effects conflicting with the assumption that Stannum metallicum 30X is identical to placebo". I was always under the impression that homeopathy is a ...
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Did Turkey use poison gas against the Kurds in 1937-38?

Baki Tezcan writes in an LA Times opinion piece: In the 1920s and ’30s, Kurdish citizens of Turkey were brutally massacred in military responses to rebellions. Those uprisings were also ...
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Do cockroaches eat margarine?

There is a belief that cockroaches will not eat margarine. Angie's Option Blog only humans are foolish enough to eat [margarine] – rats and cockroaches won’t touch the stuff. Facebook post ...

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