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Do windmills take more energy to build than they could produce? [duplicate]

Saw this posted on a friend's feed on Facebook recently. Are the numbers correct, and is the final statement ("A windmill could spin until it falls apart and never generate as much energy as was ...
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Did the IMF admit that capital controls have been successful in Malaysia?

A DW article says Malaysia stood out as a country that refused IMF assistance and advice. Instead of further opening its economy, Malaysia imposed capital controls, in an effort to eliminate ...
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Was breaking apart coins for change ever a common custom?

Discussion at many online sites asserts that it was a common custom (e.g., in medieval or Roman times) to pay for a purchase with a coin and have the coin broken apart, with part of it returned as ...
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Did Bear Grylls see Rob Hall's body on Everest?

In an interview with Vanity Fair, Bear Grylls said: I was on Everest a couple of years after Rob died up there. I actually saw Rob up there, when we climbed it, pretty well perfectly preserved. Is ...
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Does blue light from screens (phone, computer, TV) before sleep affect sleep? [duplicate]

One claim I come across again and again and again in some form is this: Blue light from screens before sleep affects the production of melatonin in your body therefore it's harder to fall asleep (...
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Do a diver and a clownfish share a 10 year friendship?

A YouTube video from The Dodo, called Clownfish Named Nemo Has 10-Year Friendship with This Diver shows footage of a New Caledonian scuba diver, Marino, who claims to have a special relationship with ...
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Did US corporations pay demonstrators in the German demonstrations against article 13?

One of the governing parties of Germany - the CDU/CSU - claimed on Twitter that American corporations "bought" demonstrators at the recent demonstrations against article 13: Wenn amerikanische ...
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Do ice cubes with holes in them come from a purified water source?

Water in generally considered unsafe to drink in a number of South American countries, for example Ecuador. Even locals regularly buy bottled water. Ice also risks transmitting the contaminants. ...
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Does the USDA burn food every week?

In this recent Big Think video, The colossal problem with universal basic income, the presenter, Douglas Rushkoff, made a claim, at about the 40 second mark, that the U.S. Department of Agriculture ...
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Did Dubai sentence someone to four years in jail for possession of three poppy seeds from a bread roll?

The BBC and various other news sites make variations of the following claim: Previously, a Swiss man was jailed for possessing just three poppy seeds which he had transported with him to Dubai. ...
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Does the chemical in mint raise your tongue's perceived freezing point?

A recent tweet from Twitter user @RipTideAC_ states (after editing): I just found out that, scientifically speaking, minty is just cold spicy. The chemical in minty things raises your tongue'...
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Has the laser at Magurele, Romania reached a tenth of the Sun's power?

This month the laser at Magurele, Romania became the most powerful laser in the world, according to various sources. Related: Is the laser built in Măgurele, România, the most powerful in the ...
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Does cutting paper dull a knife quickly?

This question is a follow-up to "How to test the sharpness of a knife?", my answer to it, and the comments my answer generated. Charlie Brumbaugh wanted to know how to tell when he is done when ...
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Has the US killed close to half a million since 9/11?

The Brookings Register reports a half a million people have been killed by the US since 9/11. From A different path: Let’s try nonviolence: According to the Watson Institute at Brown University, ...
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Is this a real picture of Jordan Peterson in New Zealand with a fan wearing a shirt that says “I'm a Proud Islamaphobe”? [closed]

Tweet reads This is @jordanbpeterson and a fan during his speaking tour in New Zealand. February 19th, 2019. Less than one month ago. Did Jordan Peterson really take a picture with a fan wearing a ...
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Did India shoot down any Pakistani F-16 on 27th February 2019? [closed]

According to DG ISPR of the Military of Pakistan, Gen. Asif Gafoor, on 27th February 2019, Pakistan Air Force's jets engaged IAF's jets and "shot down two IAF jets". On the same day, India claimed ...
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Was the debris of a missile presented by India authentic?

In February 2019, Indian officials presented the alleged wreckage of an AIM-120C5 AMRAAM missile as evidence that Pakistan used an F-16 in the shooting down of IAF jets (as only an F-16 could fire ...
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Is sleep “defragmentation” for your brain?

I've seem several articles claiming that sleep is akin to the usual proccess of hard drive defragmentation, however for your brain. This process allegedly prunes synapses/memories and reconsolidate ...
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Do EU countries have the right to close their airspace to a particular plane model?

According to this article in "el país" España delega en la UE la paralización del nuevo modelo 737 de Boeing, the Spanish government claims that El Gobierno señala que no tiene competencias para ...
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Did Jim Lovell accidentally swear at Mission Control? [closed]

The movie Apollo 13 famously depicts a tense scene from relatively early on in the accident where the astronauts were having diffucilty controlling the space craft due to the centre of gravity being ...
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Does this video of collapsing warehouse shelves show a real incident?

This video seems to show a minor bump by a fork lift causing multiple rows of shelving to collapse, burying the fork lift and operator. Is this a real incident, or a faked video? The video has been ...
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Claim that CO2 is less relevant because it is logarithmic [duplicate]

This video presents and claims that doubling the CO2 levels would only increase the global warming by 1%, whatever that means. Now it seems like the graph contains real data, so what is up with the ...
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Is Bhutan the only carbon neutral/negative country?

Twitter moments recently had a moment about Bhutan being the only carbon neutral country in the world: Why Bhutan Is All Alone in the Carbon-Neutral Nation Club and one tweet in the Twitter moments ...
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Is the rate of food poisoning in the USA much worse than the rate in the UK?

One part of the interminable debate in the UK about leaving the EU has been a debate about what the UK would have to agree to if they do trade deals with other countries. In an interview with BBC ...
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Have textbook prices in the US more than doubled in the last 15 years?

The above chart was recently published on Reddit. ( Source: r/dataisbeautiful ) The author of the reddit thread cites the following data sources: Consumer Price Index for All Urban ...
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Are sports drinks more effective at hydrating athletes than water?

A FiveThirtyEight article, You Don’t Need Sports Drinks To Stay Hydrated challenges that sports drinks help prevent dehydration or increase exercise and performance better than water. It claims that ...
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Do organised anti-vaccination groups stand to gain anything?

Lately, Ethan Lindenberger has been getting a lot of attention for defying his mother and getting vaccinated against her wishes. NPR released an article today about how Ethan testified before the ...
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Do the Irish have on average a 8 point lower IQ then the British?

The website Brainstats lists IQs for different countries and lists 92 for Ireland while it lists 100 for the United Kingdom. Those numbers are surprising to me. Are they backed by good evidence?
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Are there major negative health effects from living next to a coal power plant? [closed]

EnergyJustice writes: Health Impacts & Coal Plants: There’s no shortage of data to show that individuals living near a coal plant are at higher risk for health problems than those who do not ...
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Did Paul Offit, MD, say that aluminum plays an important role in the development of a healthy fetus?

The following quote is attributed to Paul A. Offit, MD, by a number of websites and books; they can be found by Googling for the exact quote in quote marks (screenshot below) Aluminum is considered ...
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Did Amazon pay $0 in taxes last year?

Background I saw this article saying that Amazon paid $0 in corporate income tax last year. Is this true or just phrased to sound like they are getting away with paying nothing? Here's the article: ...
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Was 38.2 billion tons of carbon dioxide added to the atmosphere in 2011?

A December 2012 CNN article reported Last year, all the world's nations combined pumped nearly 38.2 billion tons of carbon dioxide into the air from the burning of fossil fuels such as coal and ...
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Does detergent help clean clothes in washing machines?

The Telegraph reported in 2008 that British historian Ruth Goodman: stopped using soap in her washing machine and says the clothes come out just as clean. "We're all victims of 150 years of hype ...
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Does Denver International Airport have Pneumatic Tube Systems?

From the Wikipedia page for the Pneumatic tube: Denver International Airport [DEN] uses many pneumatic tube systems, including a 25 cm diameter system for moving aircraft parts to remote concourses,...
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Are hogs scalded alive in slaughterhouses?

I read that hogs are at times scalded alive during butchering in the United States: The killing line moves so quickly that some of the pigs are still conscious when they are dumped into the ...
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Does non alcoholic beer have roughly the same alcohol as orange juice or a ripe banana contain at .5% alcohol?

On a post on the beer cartel about non-alcoholic beer in the post, it implies that non-alcoholic beer has roughly the same level of alcohol as freshly squeezed orange juice or ripe banana Alcohol-...
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Did Michael Jordan sell a used shirt for $1250?

A story associated with Michael Jordan is that he once sold a shirt autographed by Farrah Fawcett for $1250. A common year given is ~1976. This doesn't seem plausible. Is this story true? Below is an ...
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Could Michael Cohen reduce his sentence by cooperating with, or lying to, Congress?

This Trump tweet said Michael Cohen was one of many lawyers who represented me (unfortunately). He had other clients also. He was just disbarred by the State Supreme Court for lying & fraud. He ...
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Did the Trump admin. hire an Israeli private security firm to spy on Obama aides?

According to Ynetnews.com: Black Cube, notorious for its work for disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, reportedly hired by Trump administration officials to spy on 2 Obama aides involved ...
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Did this Facebook group criticizing Lady Gaga exist before 2008?

Currently there is a tweet being widely shared (as of time of writing this question, it has 148,103 Retweets and 517,460 Likes) that claims: When Lady Gaga was in university, there was a Facebook ...
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How many middle class families' tax burden was less in 2018 because of Trump's tax cuts?

In the news lately (early 2019) are many stories of regular people complaining that they have drastically lower tax refunds than the previous year, and some even owing instead. This is in the wake of ...
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Would the Green New Deal cost 600k per household?

A recent Fox News report uses numbers provided by a self-proclaimed "center-right" American organization which details the predicted costs of the Green New Deal, totaling up to 93 trillion dollars, or ...
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Do transgender women athletes have an advantage over cisgender women athletes?

There have been numerous articles in media over transgender women competing in women sports, and debating if this is fair with women whose birth sex was female. I know there are some studies, like ...
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Does Skippy chunky peanut butter contain trans fat?

According to their website, Skippy brand peanut butter does not contain trans fat. However, the current label for their chunky peanut butter contains the following ingredient in the listing: ...
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Are men more likely than women to accept an offer for casual sex?

It is widely believed that men are more amenable to offers of casual sex than women. (Note: This is a different claim to "men want casual sex more than women" or that "women are more easily able to ...
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Did diseases, decrease over 90% before the introduction of vaccines? [duplicate]

There is this meme going around, which is also used as an anti-vaccine argument, which basically states, that vaccines didn't save millions of lives, because most of the diseases declined by over 90% ...
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Did more than 900 people die of measles in Madagascar since October 2018?

I'm seeing a claim trending on social media that more than 900 people died of measles in Madagascar recently. I'm referring to this article, which opens with: Geneva: At least 922 people have died ...
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Did President Obama state he was close to starting a war with North Korea?

President Trump said this in a press conference on Friday: I believe [President Obama] would have gone to war with North Korea. I think he was ready to go to war. In fact, he told me he was so ...
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Does raspberry jam serve as fever reducer?

In USSR when I grew up, it was a common folk remedy (which seemed to work) to use raspberry jam (usually with tea) as fever reducer. Specifically, it caused you to sweat a lot, not sure if that was ...
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Is it possible to determine if a person has had receptive anal sex through a physical exam?

Physical examinations of the anus are sometimes used in North Africa to determine if a man has practiced receptive anal sex, and hence has broken laws against homosexuality. Here is one such report ...

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