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Does the country have a significantly higher crime rate than cities and suburbs? [closed]

"Good heavens!" I cried. "Who would associate crime with these dear old homesteads?" "They always fill me with a certain horror. It is my belief, Watson, founded upon my experience, that the ...
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Neutrino “Solar Panels”: This can't be for real, is it? [duplicate]

I'm having my students research new energy technologies. One of them came across this website: -Neutrino energy: harnessing the power of cosmic radiation The website promotes a deeply unlikely ...
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Can electricity be obtained from neutrino radiation, like a solar cell?

Power Technology magazine published a 2019 article *Neutrino energy: harnessing the power of cosmic radiation. It describes a new energy technology - making solar panels, but for neutrinos instead of ...
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Was a four year-old forced to sleep on the floor of Leeds General Infirmary?

I'm referring to this article, where a four year old with suspected pneumonia was, due to overcrowding after the NHS cuts, forced to sleep on the floor of the hospital. Numerous Twitter accounts, all ...
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Are oranges bad for your health? [closed]

I saw this at my university today: I thought I'd double check this, as I find this a bit far fetched. So are oranges bad for your health?
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Does the production of a Tesla battery produce as much CO2 as driving 200,000 km?

Recently I read on Greenpeace, that the production of a 100 kWh battery, as in the Tesla Model S, produces as much CO2 as driving a regular car for 200,000 km. Source: Tesla car battery production ...
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Did the US government classify the Whaley House as haunted?

I noticed in Lonely Planet's book on Los Angeles, San Diego, & Southern California, page 400, the description for the Whaley House says that it is "officially certified as haunted by the US ...
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Can wind remain as cold as -70 degrees?

John Campbell's novella Who Goes There? was adapted into one of my favorite movies, The Thing (1982). In it, I came upon an interesting claim about temperature in the Antarctic: ..no wind could ...
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Was a copy of Bobadilla's lost report on Christopher Columbus found in a Spanish archive in 2006?

As claimed in The Guardian. A transcription of the document is apparently available on JSTOR here, the section "Pesquisa Del Comendador Francisco de Bobadilla". Has the document been confirmed as ...
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Did Matt Drudge secretly sell the Drudge Report?

In this article, PJ Media alerts readers to a Rassmussen Reports claim, a very soft claim, that Drudge sold his eponymous Website. Is this an accurate claim?
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Is plant-based food healthier for humans than animal-based food? [duplicate]

The website attached to the film "The Game Changers" says: The preponderance of scientific evidence suggests that a standard animal-based diet — where foods like meat, eggs and dairy are at the ...
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Did Downer claim Israel told him to spy on Papadopoulos?

Former Trump Campaign foreign policy advisor George Papadopoulos just tweeted this: Alexander Downer has made a bizarre, and unfounded, claim and perpetuated a conspiracy theory that the Israelis ...
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Was it traditional for MPs to fully recline on a House of Commons bench?

At 1:09 of this Sep 18 2019 the Telegraph interview, JRM proclaims JRM: It's very traditional to sit like that in the House of Commons, it has to be said. Christopher Hope, Interviewer & ...
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Has the Labour Party in Tottenham required in-home visits for Jews to join, at least in the instances described below?

In this tweet, Stephen Canning, a representative of Bocking, Essex is claiming that 25 Jewish applicants had their membership request into Labour pended dependent upon a home visit. STAGGERING: If ...
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“Applicants for asylum must prove that they have fifteen family members in the Netherlands.”

Judea Pearl & Dana Mackenzie (2018) claim: Applicants for asylum must prove that they have fifteen family members in the Netherlands. This seems like a very high bar for gaining asylum and I'...
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Does learning a language improve memory and concentration skills?

When using the language learning app Duo Lingo messages often popup when the lessons are loading. One of those messages that pop up is the claim Learning a language improves memory and ...
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Did Macaulay address the British parliament about Indian culture?

There is a viral photograph and a passage about Lord Macaulay's address in the British Parliament about India. "I have travelled across the length and breadth of India and I have not seen one ...
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Does Allulose consumption interfere with ketosis on a ketogenic diet?

Allulose is a monosaccharide otherwise known as Psicose. I've been seeing a few claims [1][2][3] online that describe Allulose in extremely glowing terms, as well as pointing out that it has just ...
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How prevalent is the use of drugs (other than alcohol) to spike food/drinks?

A few years ago, I worked in nightclub security. During my training course,* the instructor told us that it was common for people to come up and claim that they had been spiked with something, but ...
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Is cognitive-behavioural therapy the only kind of psychotherapy based on sound scientific evidence?

Is cognitive-behavioural therapy the only kind of psychotherapy supported by sound scientific evidence? This article makes such claim, which I've found surprising: Psychotherapeutic interventions ...
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Can a Cuban taxi driver make a doctor's monthly salary in just one hour?

A recent video by the Guardian, 'It's not fair': why Havana's taxi drviers vastly out-earn doctors looks at the difference between public sector workers and the privately employed in Cuba. The video ...
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Does aluminum foil safeguard your credit card from RFID attacks?

Evidence against Does Aluminum Foil Stop Identity Theft? Some sources say that if you actually have an RFID-enabled credit card, aluminum foil does the same job, if not better, than an expensive ...
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Are 20% of cleaners, store packers, and food and hospitality workers in Australia on temporary visas?

In a recent Facebook post, Australian Senator Malcolm Roberts makes the claim that 20% of Australia's cleaners, store packers and food hospitality workers are on temporary migrant visas. According ...
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Did the 2018 drought in Europe result in 2019 worldwide grain crop not meeting demand?

An essay on T-Online.de makes the following claim: Schon ein einziger Dürresommer in Europa 2018 führte dazu, dass die Getreideernte in diesem Jahr weltweit den Bedarf nicht mehr deckt (noch gibt ...
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Is the average office worker only productive for 3 hours a day?

A recent answer on StackExchange linked to a blog post claiming that: Research suggests that in an eight-hour day, the average worker is only productive for two hours and 53 minutes. According ...
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Does blending fruit affect the fibre to make you hungry again faster?

This New York Times article makes the claim that: The fiber in whole fruit “acts as a net” to slow down the process by which the body turns sugar from food into blood sugar, Ms. Krieger said, and ...
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Is Ilahn Omar a foreign agent? [closed]

US Democrat Congresswoman from Minneapolis Ilhan Omar is claimed to have been: recruited by a foreign government {Qatar}, passed sensitive information that was relayed to Iran, and received funding ...
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Did an Irish teen accidentally fire a bottle rocket at Queen Elizabeth IIs Motorcade during her 1977 Silver Jubilee visit to the Isle of Man?

I just came across this screenshot of a Tumblr conversation on Twitter: In the story, the author describes how his father took part of a scouting jamboree on the Isle of Man in 1977 and set off some ...
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Did Russia's economy boom between 1999 and 2013?

This image has been floating around on social media (e.g. 9gag It claims that Putin has been in power since 1999, and in the first 14 years: GDP rose from $159b to $2113b. GDP (PPP) rose from $1320 ...
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Did Joe Biden send out a decree to keep Rudy Giuliani off television?

In an interview with Fox News, Rudy Giuliani said in reference to former Vice President Joe Biden: Sounds like a poor imitation of the Godfather. I mean, this is the guy who sent out a decree to ...
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Do digital screens cause any permanent damage to the eyes? [closed]

Are there any permanent Direct damage from digital screen usage in general? This article is citing a paper that suggests the blue light may cause macular degeneration and they haven't tested in human ...
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Are Pennsylvania motorists required to hide their cars from horses?

News sources, blogs, email chains, and periodicals publish lists of "stupid laws", which are supposedly still on the books. One particularly amusing one: Any motorist who sights a team of horses ...
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Do one quarter of Swedes named 'Ali' have a criminal record?

I saw on Reddit that a site called Sputnik News reported that one-fourth of people named Ali in Sweden have a criminal record. I researched a little bit but couldn't find any other source validating ...
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Was Bernie Sanders not a registered Democrat (in 2017)?

A 2017 opinion-marked article in the Hill by Michael Starr Hopkins (himself apparently a Democrat) claims: All the talk about building an economy that works for all Americans means nothing if “...
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Was Lt. Col. Vindman a registered Democrat?

The Washington Examiner states: Trump has accused Vindman of being a “Never Trumper,” a charge the NSC official denied on Tuesday. “I would call myself Never Partisan,” Vindman told the House ...
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Is Fox News not classified as a news channel?

This article mentions in passing: I even pointed out how Fox News wasn’t even a news channel. It changed classification in 2018. That one blew a few minds. The article references Fox News T&Cs,...
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Is Chika Ofili's method for checking divisibility for 7 a “new discovery” in math?

Chika Ofili, a 12-year-old Nigerian boy based in the United Kingdom, has received the ‘TruLittle Hero Awards’ for discovering a new mathematical formula. Source According to the above website (and ...
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Have 331 trans and gender-diverse people been murdered in the last year (to Nov 2019)?

Transgender Europe (TGEU) have a research project, Transrespect versus Trannsphobia Worldwide. They recently issued a press release, TMM Update Trans Day of Remembrance 2019: The TDoR 2019 update ...
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During the 2019 Bolivian election count, were the comms and electricity cut off at the election HQ?

During vote count of the disputed 2019 Bolivian presidential election, the preliminary vote reporting was suspended for a period of about one day, leading to accusations that the government had fudged ...
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Does having your bedroom door closed while sleeping improve fire safety?

The UL (formerly Underwriter Laboratories) has a Fire Safety Research Institute (FSRI) that claims that sleeping with the bedroom door closed reduces the risk of being killed in a fire: UL FSRI ...
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Do US Navy SEALs select team members by performance vs trust ratings?

In one presentation which has gone viral on Linkedin, author/motivational speaker Simon Sinek claims that US Navy SEALs select candidates for 'SEAL Team 6' by rating them by two characteristics: '...
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Did the IG change his conclusion in the Sharyl Atkisson investigation?

In 2013, journalist Sharyl Atkisson accused the Obama Administration of hacking and surveillance of her computers. Michael Horowitz, the Inspector General (IG) for the Department of Justice, ...
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Can hypohydrosis (inability to sweat) be caused be excess adrenaline?

A BBC TV interview with Prince Andrew (of the British royal family) is described below: On claims he was sweating, he said: "I have a peculiar medical condition which is that I don't sweat or I ...
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Does Victoria have the highest taxes, debt and power prices in Australia?

The Victorian Liberal leader Michael O'Brien in a Facebook post Makes the claim that the state of Victoria has the highest taxes, debt and power prices of all the states in Australia. Does this add up?...
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Are more than half of all new PhDs in the U.S. from diploma mills?

John Bear, co-author of Degree Mills, a book that delves into the topic of fake degrees in higher education has claimed that more than half of all new PhDs in the United States are issued from diploma ...
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Did Ohio pass a law granting students the right to give scientifically wrong answers consistent with their religious beliefs?

The Patheos blog and WKRC local12 report: The Ohio House on Wednesday passed the "Student Religious Liberties Act." Under the law, students can't be penalized if their work is scientifically wrong ...
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Is climate change causing more storms and worse storm damage?

The BBC reports, under this headline Climate change: Bigger hurricanes are now more damaging One of the big questions that scientists have wrestled with is how to compare storm events from ...
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How can a call use cellular service when cellular service is off in Airplane Mode? [closed]

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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