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Does most illegal fentanyl sold in the US come through Mexico?

The Atlantic claims: most illicit fentanyl used in America, where 32,000 people died from fentanyl last year, comes through Mexico. Mexican cartels lack trained chemists to make fentanyl from ...
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Will a shark kept in a fish tank have stunted growth?

There is a widely recited saying that sharks kept in fish tanks won't grow to their full size. For example, author and motivational speaker Bob Harrison posted: A shark in a fish tank will grow 8 ...
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Does this video show a conscious man missing part of his skull?

Warning: The linked video contains distressing images. The Alerta National website has a recently published article about a man who was purportedly discovered in the Brazilian jungle seriously ...
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Is the pope's headgear adopted directly from a Mesopotamian hat, symbol of worshipping Dagon, as seen in his fish mouth looking mitre?

The Roman bishop of the Catholic church is often wearing a mitre. Countless sites, 'that really know the hidden truth and tell it', make the connection of 'fish mouth' and 'Dagon priest', claiming ...
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Are there 200 billion lines of COBOL in production in 2019? [duplicate]

Cited in this article from ZDNet, According to a COBOL consulting company, which goes by the delightful name, COBOL Cowboys, 200 billion lines of COBOL code are still in use today and that 90% of ...
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Can John Gottman predict which couples will divorce with extremely high accuracy?

John Gottman (a prominent psychological researcher who has done extensive work on divorce prediction) has some very strong claims about his ability to predict divorce. The claim that led me to start ...
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Have there been tornadoes off the coast of Ibiza in September 2019?

According to some Facebook posts and the Majorca Daily Bulletin there have been tornadoes off the coast of Ibiza & Majorca this week (Sept 2019). However, according to this Spanish website the ...
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Is low emotional intelligence associated with right-wing and prejudiced attitudes?

Accordiing to Diply, Researchers in Belgium have linked a lack of emotional intelligence with right-wing political views, reports PsyPost. The study, published in Emotion, found that those who ...
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Do ibuprofen or paracetamol cause hearing loss?

This 2016 Express article gives a rather disturbing warning that two common pain killers might cause the risk of hearing loss. PARACETAMOL or ibuprofen could cause long-term deafness, experts have ...
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Are Democrats more likely to believe Astrology is a science?

In an answer on politics.SE, a Northwestern University study was highlighted, whose main findings included: more Democrats than Republicans think astrology is scientific Using Fisher’s Exact Test, ...
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Do Milankovitch Cycles fully explain climate change?

The Milankovitch Cycles is the effect on the climate caused by variations in astronomical movements by the Earth relative to the Sun. A recent Natural News article attributes of the recent effects of ...
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Do the hemoglobin genotypes of a couple affect whether their offspring will get Sickle Cell Disease?

I just read this (currently unanswered) Quora quesion: What should I do? After seven years in a relationship, I just find out that our genotype is AS. Since I never heard of this before I googled ...
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Has no UK party won a majority of seats with around 35% of the popular vote?

In Yahoo news from today, it is said that despite the Conservative party's lead in opinion polls, it is headed for a hung Parliament. One of the arguments is that “No party has ever won a majority ...
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What did Socrates have to say about what strong, average, and weak minds discuss?

Strong minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, and weak minds discuss people. is widely attributed to Socrates. I should have thought that if Socrates said it, it would be readily ...
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Is Hungary's border fence with Serbia (almost) entirely electrified?

The BBC (March, 2019) says Hungary's border fence with Serbia consists of "170 km of electrified barbed wire" (at 0:30-0:35 in the video). 170km is basically the whole length of the border between ...
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Does Phenol (Carbolic acid) repel snakes?

Context: In India, snake prone villages or areas where snakebite deaths are common, people use phenol (carbolic acid) in a commercially prepared liquid solution beside the home and doorways. The form ...
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Did the US Climate Reference Network Show No New Warming Since 2005 in the US?

I believe most are aware of the difficulties on surface based temperatures. Gaps in thermometer placement and reliance on extrapolation, placement near HVAC unit, cities and other heat sources or ...
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Do 643,000 Americans go bankrupt every year due to medical bills?

I've been seeing a specific graphic circulating all over Instagram for the past few days. Here's Kim Kardashian posting it on her story. Two things seem odd about this graphic. The first is the 643,...
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Did Lenin ever say that you could “destroy society through music”?

I've seen the quote: "One quick way to destroy a society is through its music." Vladimir Lenin on (Russian?) Facebook: Spanish Twitter: and is also mentioned in the book The Authentic ...
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Does this video show a Hong Kong protestor disabling a tear gas cannister with liquid nitrogen?

A recent tweet from @PatriotCoburn says: Holy Shit the protesters in Hong Kong are grabbing the canisters of tear gas dropping it into liquid nitrogen and turning it into its harmless solid form. ...
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Were the women of Travancore, India, taxed for covering their breasts by breast size?

There are some claims regarding a weird tax which existed just over a century ago in a part of India. Several articles say that this tax existed. For example, the Economic Times: State of ...
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Is the Great Wall of China visible from space?

Is the Great Wall of China visible from space? This is quoted every now and then in film and television (e.g. The Truman Show), purportedly placing it among a rare class of single object that are ...
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Did a series of PSAs about surveillance culture lead to schools in New Mexico getting Ritalin eliminated as a behavior-modifying drug?

I was reading up on Godfrey Reggio’s film, Koyaanisqatsi (1982) when I came across this claim on Wikipedia regarding some PSAs (public service announcements) he made for the ACLU in New Mexico in the ...
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Does animal protein consumption cause inflammation?

This article by Michael Greger, M.D. claims: We’ve known for 14 years that a single meal of meat, dairy, and eggs triggers an inflammatory reaction inside the body within hours of consumption. I'...
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Is back pain often caused by unconscious emotional issues, such as rage?

Tension Myositis Syndrome (TMS) is a diagnosis for back pain given by Dr. John Sarno. According to Sarno, TMS is a condition in which unconscious emotional issues (primarily rage) initiate a ...
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Did Michael Mann based his entire pre-1421 hockey stick graph on one cedar on the Gaspé Peninsula? [closed]

Canadian author and cultural commentator, Mark Steyn, claims in his book, A Disgrace to the Profession that American climatologist Dr. Michael Mann based the pre-1421 data in his famous Hockey Stick ...
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Does a brain age faster when depressed? And would that be a bad thing?

Websites are reporting Research shows your brain physically ages faster when you're depressed Sources 1 2 3 I wonder how exact that research can be, when including such vague (as in: Surely not ...
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Are millions of chinese men without wives because of population gender imbalance? [closed]

I keep finding articles stating that because of the One Child Policy, there is a big gender imbalance in China. They say it's bad enough that millions of men won't be able to find a wife. Example: ...
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Are the 2019 Amazon rainforest fires only 7% higher than the 10 year average?

This article makes the following claim: While the number of fires in 2019 is indeed 80% higher than in 2018, it’s just 7% higher than the average over the last 10 years ago, Nepstad said. ...
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Is the Amazon rainforest the “world's lungs”?

The 72 million Google results for "Amazon world lungs" (unquoted) is evidence enough that there's a common perception that the Amazon rainforest is the "world's lungs". God knows I grew up believing ...
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Is the internet in Madagascar faster than in UK?

According to this article dated July 30 2019, the island nation of Madagascar has faster internet than the United Kingdom. If you only know Madagascar because of that animated penguins film, you'...
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Do geoducks increase sex drive?

Geoducks are a species of clam from North America, sold as aphrodisiacs, but are they? 1987 UPI article: Saving the geoduck from the sexually hungry 'The geoduck is threatened with extinction due ...
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Does sugar deplete enzymes, allowing partially digested protein into the blood, and triggering an immune response?

I've seen this identical statement quoted in several non-technical publications, without any citation other than the author. For instance: “Processed sugar is a major source of inflammation in the ...
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Does storing medicine at recommended temperatures prolong its life?

Many medical drugs contain directions to store them in certain temperature ranges - typically at room temperatures. For Example: Storage: Store at 20° to 25° C (68° to 77° F) ...
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Is the current number of forest fires in the Amazon right now considerably higher than usual?

There is this picture making the rounds right now, supposedly showing the areas affected by rainforest fires in Brazil (and other countries) right now. Of course it looks very bad and I'm pretty sure ...
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Do statins contribute to dementia?

A documentary, Cholesterol, the Great Bluff (2016) - IMDb (depending upon location, available in Cholesterol: The Great Bluff), contains many examples of why statins are not only useless, but are ...
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Did the British navy fail to take into account the ballistics correction due to Coriolis force during WW1 Falkland Islands battle?

In Natural History magazine article, Neil DeGrasse Tyson claims the following: The military normally knows all about the Coriolis force and thus introduces the appropriate correction to all missile ...
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Does sunflower oil reduce LDL (“bad”) cholesterol more than olive oil?

The Sun writes: FLOWER POWER Sunflower oil is ‘BETTER’ for your heart than olive oil – and it’s much cheaper FOR years, we've been told that olive oil is the healthiest oil to cook with and dress ...
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How prevalent has psychoactive drug use been in the Syrian civil war?

ARA news - a site with English-language news regarding Syria an the Kurdish-majority regions in particular, has posted this item: Captagon, The Drug Fuelling the War In Syria where it says: Half ...
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Did Google search manipulation push millions of voters towards Clinton in the 2016 US Presidential Election? [closed]

Donald Trump tweeted on August 19, 2019 Wow, Report Just Out! Google manipulated from 2.6 million to 16 million votes for Hillary Clinton in 2016 Election! This was put out by a Clinton supporter, ...
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Does Denmark lose almost $700 million a year “carrying” Greenland? [closed]

In this precise moment of this video, (found on this this article) Donald Trump says about Greenland: It's hurting Denmark very badly because they are losing almost $700m a year carrying it, so ...
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Have only girls been born for a long time in this village?

German media has reported that a village in Poland has had only girls born for the last decade: The head of the parish promises a reward, the Catholic village priest asks for God's help: In the ...
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Did abortion rights activists burn effigies of fetuses at a protest?

The Ask Dr Brown Facebook page shared a a video a crowd around a street fire stating: Abortion activists burn unborn babies in effigy This same video was shared on Twitter with a misleading text ...
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Do predators tend to have vertical slit pupils versus horizontal for prey animals?

The picture above is taken from a Telegram channel and the text in Russian goes as follows. Prey has got a horizontally shaped pupil to better scan the horizon and a predator's pupil has a ...
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In a lightning storm, is it safer to stand near a beech than near an oak?

According to a German folk wisdom, in a lightning storm one should avoid oaks and seek out beeches. German Wikipedia on Volksweisheit: „Buchen sollst Du suchen, Eichen sollst Du weichen“ Meaning ...
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Can you increase sleep quality by removing static electricity from the body with a specialized mattress/quilt?

The claim is: static electricity builds up during the day and prevents you from sleeping well at night, which can be circumvented by using a specialized mattress/quilt that dissipates the static ...
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Has shea butter been clinically proven to help?

Shea butter has been claimed to help with dozens of skin issues. These benefits include, but are not limited to: anti-aging properties mitigating acne healing wounds/scars/strech marks healing skin ...
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Did Police spray fake blood on themselves in Philadelphia on August 14th 2019?

According to this video police officers sprayed fake blood on themselves in response to the August 2019 Philadelphia shooting. Is this account of the incident true?
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Did Michelle Obama have a staff of 23 people, while Melania has a staff of 4?

According to this picture (shared over 100k times) Text reads, Obama donated none of his salary, Michelle had a staff of 23 Trump donates all of his salary, Melania has a staff of 4 I'm more ...
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What are the basis to claim the Easter Island statues as soul? [closed]

In this article, speeches from the governor of Easter Island are mentionned. She said, mentionning the statues on the Easter Island in the British Museum: "You have our soul" However I am surprised ...

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