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Did John Bolton hold a notepad with the text “5000 troops to Colombia” written on it when he announced new sanctions against Venezuela?

A lot of news outlets across the entire political spectrum had a major news item about John Bolton today. An example from the CBS News Twitter account: https://twitter.com/CBSNews/status/...
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Can a US President's declaration of emergency be overridden by simple majorities of both chambers of Congress?

Jennifer Rubin writes in the Washington Post that: [the US President's] declaration of an emergency can be overridden by a simple majority of both houses Is it true that a presidential declaration ...
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Are pauses in global warming due to cosmic rays? [duplicate]

During the early 2000s, climate scientists noticed that global warming had not progressed as rapidly as was expected, leading to various people claiming a hiatus, or pause, in global warming. Among ...
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Central heating cheaper to run 24 hours or on timer? [duplicate]

In this day and age where people are constantly being told to save energy to help reduce global warming etc. I have heard many people ("experts" and non-experts alike) say the opposite of each other ...
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Do spoilers increase enjoyment of a story?

There are studies such as this where people report that spoilers increase enjoyment for narrative works. According to research by UC San Diego psychology professor Nicholas Christenfeld, spoilers ...
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Were the boys unconscious during the Tham Luang cave rescue?

According to Wikipedia: In June and July 2018, a widely publicised cave rescue successfully extricated members of a junior football team trapped in Tham Luang Nang Non cave in Chiang Rai Province, ...
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“We do not need 2000 miles of concrete wall from sea to shiny sea. We never did. We never proposed that” Has Trump ever proposed a ~2K mi border wall?

On January 25, 2019 U.S. President Donald J. Trump stated "We do not need 2,000 miles of concrete wall from sea to shiny sea. We never did. We never proposed that." CNN could not ...
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Does crop burning in Cambodia contribute to particulate levels in Bangkok?

Bangkok is currently coping with unhealthy levels of PM2.5 particulates. On the 26th of January, the Bangkok Post wrote an article with the following passage on a link with Cambodian crop burning: ...
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Does aluminium in deodorants cause cancer? [duplicate]

I have read that the claim that deodorants with aluminium cause breast-cancer is false. But here is an article talking about the dangers Your antiperspirant probably contains aluminum, and that ...
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Did Hillary Clinton support legalising such late-term abortions of fetuses as claimed by Ben Shapiro?

Please note that this question contains some graphic language that some people will find distressing. Ben Shapiro makes two statements about Hillary Clinton's views on allowing abortion of a fetus. ...
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Did Hillary Clinton pay Russian officials 30 million dollars, through her campaign to get dirt on Trump?

In tonight's episode of Real Time with Bill Maher, Ann Coulter said: I mean, Hillary Clinton paid, through her campaign, 30 million dollars to Russian officials to get dirt on Trump The full ...
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Did Donald Trump dare Nancy Pelosi to cancel his State of the Union speech? [closed]

A CNN article by Chris Cillizza has the headline: Donald Trump dared Nancy Pelosi to cancel his State of the Union speech. So she did. The article does not give evidence to support the claim, but ...
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Does the UK subsidise fossil fuels more than other European countries? [closed]

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

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 ...
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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-...
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Is it useful for K12 students to be equipped with laptops? [closed]

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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Does carbon dioxide pollute the atmosphere? [closed]

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"...
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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. ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 “...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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:...
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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 ...
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Does getting regular adjustments by a Chiropractor help prevent getting or lessen the severity of any diseases?

This website claims that getting regular adjustments by a Chiropractor helps your immune system and thus can help prevent getting or lessen the severity of disease. It supports this claim with links ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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Did college students clamor for cyanide pills in student health clinics in the 1980's in America?

According to the article Media Throw Everything at the Wall to See What Sticks: Witless college students demanded cyanide pills be stocked in campus health care clinics, on the grounds that Reagan ...
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Have Democrats attacked Trump's proposed wall as “medieval”?

In this video President Trump says "They say a wall is medieval, well so is a wheel". The official transcript says: Democrats have refused to listen to the border agents, and they say this is a ...
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Was the wheel invented before the wall?

So, this extraordinary claim has been getting a lot of publicity lately: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQKrfGCd7I8 They say a wall is medieval, well so is a wheel. A wheel is older than a wall. ...
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Has the FTSE lost more value in 12 months than the UK has paid into the EU during the 45 years since they joined?

Regarding the claim “The FTSE has lost more value in 12 months than the UK has paid into the EU during the 45 years since we joined.” Is this claim accurate and furthermore what does this mean? Is ...
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Is only 4% of original forest left in the US?

The 2009 video The Story of Stuff makes several rather incredible claims. For example: Where I live, in the United States, we have less than 4% of our original forests left. My gut feeling tells ...
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Do illegal immigrants commit more murders than mass shooters?

Notable claim The claim I wish to examine is from dcwhispers.com, Case in point—the number of deaths, assaults, and sex crimes, including human trafficking, taking place on America’s southern ...
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Is it less dangerous to box without gloves than with gloves?

From this YouTube video by Today I Found Out, Most pertinent here, is that neither boxer would be wearing gloves in such a classic match. As paradoxical as it sounds, boxing without gloves is ...
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Were there more suicides than violent deaths worldwide in 2018?

According to this article at lidovky.cz, there were more suicides than violent deaths all over the world in 2018. Is that true? The important part of the original (Czech) article: 817 000 versus ...
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Did hominids and non-avian dinosaurs ever coexist?

Although the extinction of the non-avian dinosaurs is dated at ~66 million years ago there are a number of purported cave drawings that I've found online that (if verified and interpreted in a certain ...
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Did an unmarried couple in Iran get shot for holding hands in 2007?

In this video from 2007 Douglas Murray, a British journalist and critic of Islam, says: In Iran, when people - when a couple were shot the other week for holding hands when not being married, the ...
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Did the Mayo Clinic in the 1900s find 4-5 quarts (~4 litres) of raw milk a day to be healthy?

According to this claim by realmilk.com, THE MILK CURE: In the early 1900s, the Mayo Clinic administered the “Milk Cure,” which consisted in drinking 4-5 quarts of raw milk per day, obtaining ...
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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 2.5 mile diameter object crawling along the Pacific floor?

Sputnik News reported in 2017 An unusual object of surprising size was spotted potentially crawling across the floor of the Pacific Ocean, some 3,000 feet below the surface. The object has a 2....

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