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Is 41% of all code on GitHub AI-generated?

I read on decrypt.co: Data from GitHub reveals that "41% of all code right now is AI generated" Mostaque remarked. Is is true that 41% of all code on GitHub is AI-generated? They don't ...
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Did some White House staffers organize themselves to call for ceasefire in Gaza?

This TikTok post claims some WH staffers organized themselves to protest the US administration's handling of the Gaza war and published a statement to that effect. The alleged statement mentions Aaron ...
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Was 2023 already the 'deadliest year' for Palestinian children by October 6th?

The New Arab published a news article titled "2023 is 'deadliest year' for Palestinian children say human rights groups" on the 6th of October. Is this claim true? In August, Human Rights ...
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Do 1.5% of lithium-ion batteries overheat, explode, or catch fire each year?

According to Gitnux: “Every year, 1.5% of lithium-ion batteries are linked to overheating, explosion, or fire incidents.” On the face of it, this is worrying—especially since overheating may go ...
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Did black people commit 18 times more murders per capita than white people in 2021?

The picture below is posted on 4chan.org (a NSFW website) and seems to claim that in 2021, black people committed 18 times more murders per capita than White people? Any truth to that? I couldn't ...
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Does Revelation 21 demonstrate pre-scientific knowledge about precious stones?

Revelation 21:19-20 (NIV) lists twelve kinds of precious stones that make up the city walls of the New Jerusalem: Jasper, Sapphire, Agate, Emerald, Onyx, Carnelian, Chrysolite, Beryl, Topaz, ...
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Have approximately 31,000 Ukrainian soldiers been killed in action since 2022?

Recently, Ukrainian president Zelenskyy claimed that approximately 31,000 Ukrainian soldiers have been killed in action since Russia's invasion in 2022. Other estimates are far higher. Of course, ...
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Can scaring a person cure hiccups?

There is a popular belief that scaring a hiccuping person would cure the hiccups: This Straw Is Designed to Instantly Cure Hiccups Lots of folks will try to scare hiccups away with a shock or ...
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Have dozens of Palestinian Authority officials committed terror attacks against Israelis "in the past few months" (2023-2024)?

A February 25 Fox News article has extensive quotes and paraphrases from an interview with Prof. Efraim Inbar, President of the Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security, who among other things ...
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Have any children in Gaza starved to death as a result of the current war?

US Senator Chris Van Hollen stated in a speech: I asked the head of the World Food Programme, former American ambassador Cindy McCain about these reports. [...] I sent her a note asking about reports ...
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Were World War II scrap drives in the United States truly necessary for the procurement of raw materials?

I’ve been reading up on World War II scrap drive efforts in the United States, and am wondering if these (mostly) community-based efforts actually contributed enough raw materials to the war effort ...
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Did engineers' warnings about Three Mile Island to the governor of Pennsylvania go unheeded because of garbled prose?

Steven Krantz (2017): Freshman composition teachers at Penn State like to tell their students of the engineers at Three Mile Island, who wrote to the governor of Pennsylvania three times to tell him ...
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Did Talleyrand say "If we go on explaining we shall cease to understand one another"?

Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord (a.k.a. Talleyrand) was a French diplomat of the late 18th Century. A number of websites of quotes (for example: [1], [2], [3]) claim that he said: "If we go ...
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Does Hunter Biden work for a Ukrainian oil company?

Around May 2014, Burisma Holdings, a Ukrainian oil company announced that it had added Hunter Biden (US Vice-President Joe Biden's son) to its board of directors. This caused a small controversy in ...
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Was Nikki Haley disqualified from a beauty pageant because of race?

2024 Republican Presidential candidate Nikki Haley just said this to NBC News: If you want to know what it was like growing up, I was disqualified from a beauty pageant because I wasn’t white or ...
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Does California have a dress code for drivers?

Many "crazy law" sources claim that California motor vehicle law contains a bizarre sartorial proscription. On CNN.com, the article "Do you know why I pulled you over?" by Craig ...
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Did the opposition candidate for PM in Hungary's 2022 election only get 5 minutes on state TV?

Why the Polish Elections Cannot Be Repeated in Orbán's Hungary: In the 2022 campaign, the opposition candidate for prime minister got a total of only five minutes (!) of airtime on state television. ...
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Was Alexei Navalny poisoned in 2020 with Novichok nerve agents by Russia's Federal Security Service?

I found the video they’re lying about Alexei Navalny “Putin’s Enemy” on YouTube. It discusses four questions about the Russian lawyer and dissident Alexei Navalny, who recently died in Russian ...
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Was Imran Khan's prosecution on charges of "iddat" ("un-Islamic marriage") the first such case in Pakistan?

The Guardian writes: A local court in Pakistan has sentenced Imran Khan, the country’s former prime minister, and his wife to seven years each in a case related to their marriage, which it declared “...
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Is this video a serious explanation of missile guidance algorithms?

This video, titled "The Missile Knows Where It Is", has become popular as an internet meme. It describes a technique for missile guidance, but it's so confusing that people have started ...
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Is it still reasonable to retain live smallpox virus stocks? [closed]

There are many discussions (one of them) A common supportive reason is the stocks may be useful in developing new vaccines, antiviral drugs, and diagnostic tests. However, after decades, are there any ...
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Was a photo of a burned Israeli baby's corpse generated by AI?

Shortly after the 7 October 2023 Hamas-led attack on Israel, the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, released some photos, including that purporting to be a baby's charred corpse. WARNING: ...
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Was the "cardiac ward building" of Al-Shifa hospital "completely destroyed" (by an airstrike) Sunday, Nov 12, 2023?

Something like this should be verifiable even with the current level of the fog of war, if not with respect to the exact date, at least whether the building is still around (from satellite photos etc.)...
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Have 37% of those arrested for antisemitism in Germany been Jews?

I saw the image below circulating on Facebook. There's also a Tweet with 48K likes repeating the claim. germany's jews represent 1% of its population, but 37% of those arrested for antisemitic ...
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Did a New Zealand boy start eating normally after being treated by Iranian-Islamic traditional medicine?

In a video broadcast from Iranian TV [Persian, English subtitles for first 1.5m], 7 years ago, it is claimed that a New Zealand boy, Solomon "Solly" Moss, started eating normally (without ...
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Do decoy wasp nests work?

Some people put up fake wasp nests in an attempt to deter real wasps from building nests nearby. According to Do Wasp Nest Decoys Work?: Wasps are unlikely to be deterred by fake nests. Although not ...
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Do Russian forces now have an official religious prayer to protect against "Devil's Drones"?

It's been shown in some Ukrainian videos [NSFW!] and also claimed on Twitter (quoting the latter) that: Russian forces now have an official religious prayer to Saint Barbara (who is revered in ...
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Are phones listening to our conversations for ad targeting?

Are 'smartphones' (i.e. Google and social media) listening in on users' conversations for targetted advertising? I don't mean keeping a record of the voice commands we give virtual assistants, but ...
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Do folks who live with a pet have a longer life?

I have heard many times that if you keep a pet, you tend to live longer. I have many friends and family members whom have pets and no pets, and I can't seem to see a pattern. Could the environmental, ...
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How many grandchildren does Joe Biden have?

Twitter account @EndWokeness has claimed (in a tweet with almost 5 million views, 6000 retweets, 500+ quotes and 30k+ likes) that Joe Biden has a seventh granddaughter This is Joe Biden’s ...
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Does Earth's magnetism cause heart attacks?

https://ui.adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2014cosp...40E1114G/abstract#%3A~%3Atext%3DIt%20was%20shown%20statistically%20that%2Ccomparison%20with%20quiet%20geomagnetic%20conditions This study says that on ...
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Has Biden spent 40% of his presidency on vacation?

Fox News states: In a related story, Biden will be taking another long weekend at the beach and has spent 40% of his presidency on vacation," Fox News contributor Joe Concha posted Has Biden ...
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Was a Russian tank photographed during the 1956 Hungarian revolution destroyed in Ukraine in 2023?

I have found this image on a meme website (9gag). If true, the story is fascinating in multiple ways, but I have not been able to find any reliable sources. Are the two tanks in the two pictures the ...
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Has a venomous snake ever died from a mouse bite?

Long ago I read that when a mouse was put into a cobra's enclosure to feed it, the mouse ran up to the cobra, bit it, and ran into a corner. The cobra eventually died of an infection since snakes ...
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Did a US soldier climb onto an unmanned T-54 during the Checkpoint Charlie standoff of Oct 1961?

A US soldier present at Checkpoint Charlie in 1961 says he climbed into or at least onto an unmanned T-54 and looked inside the unmanned driver compartment to identify it if was a Soviet or East ...
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How much compensation has been paid to Arabs who lost property in Israel?

The Israel-advocacy website CAMERA claims the following. Arabs who lost property in Israel are eligible to file for compensation from Israel’s Custodian of Absentee Property. As of the end of 1993, a ...
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Has Israel broken over 60 UN resolutions?

The following meme claims: Israel has broken 65 UN resolutions with no consequences. Iraq broke two, got invaded, bombed and destroyed. Has Israel broken over 60 UN resolutions?
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Do members of Congress get physical access to federally funded facilities?

This Feb 2024 Gateway Pundit article describes an attempt by two Republican congress members to inspect rooms at a Ramada Inn in Arizona that had allegedly been rented by the Casa Alitas program to ...
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Have 41% of transgender people attempted suicide?

In Daniella Carter's TED talk "Walking in your truth as an LGBT youth", she mentioned: I need it, they need it, we need the love, we need the liberation, we need the support, not only for the 2.5 ...
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Was "red, gold, and green" used to display gay pride?

Several websites claim that the line "red, gold, and green" in the 1983 song Karma Chameleon by Culture Club refers to the colors of gay pride. For example, Genius: Before the rainbow was ...
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Was this image of Cecil Williams drinking from a "white only" fountain digitally manipulated?

Here is an image of a civil rights photographer named Cecil Williams drinking from a water fountain with a "WHITE ONLY" sign on it. The image is dated to 1956. The sign appears translucent ...
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Does heavy exercising increase beard growth?

The claim that exercise promotes beard growth is common around the Internet. The explanation that is the most common is that heavy exercising increases the testosterone levels in the body and that in ...
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Did Hamas kill Israeli babies during the October 7 2023 attacks on Israel?

In another question, the topic of whether babies were beheaded in the October 7 attack by Hamas on Israel is addressed. Putting aside the specific claims of beheadings, allegedly some accounts are ...
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Does orthokeratology cure myopia?

This 2013 study found: Soft multifocal contact lens wear resulted in a 50% reduction in the progression of myopia and a 29% reduction in axial elongation during the 2-year treatment period compared ...
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Was one of the victims in the recent Israeli hospital raid in a coma?

A few days ago, Israeli armed personnel (dressed perfidiously as medical staff) assassinated three Palestinian militants being treated at a hospital in the West Bank. There are widespread reports, ...
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Did a casino in Las Vegas suffer its worst week in history after hosting a physicists conference?

According to The Crime of Reason: And the Closing of the Scientific Mind: In March 1986, Las Vegas newspapers buzzed with rumors that the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino had suffered its worst weekly ...
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Was this the 18 year old injured boy assassinated by Israeli forces in a hospital, and the person laying on the bed on the now bloody pillow?

An Israeli commando unit recently raided the hospital and assassinated three injured people getting care. This is well covered in the media. One of the pictures taken after the raid is rather ...
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Did YouTube send YouTuber Brendan Kavanagh an email to: threaten removal of 'Pianogate'?

For those who don't know, pianogate refers to a storm-in-a-teacup incident involving YouTuber Brendan Kavanagh who was livestreaming playing a public piano in London and some Chinese citizens who ...
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Does tea contain as much (or more) caffeine as coffee?

This question arose from my personal experience — after quitting coffee, I switched to drinking tea (a lot of tea). One day there was no tea, and I had a terrible headache, similar to the first days ...
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Was Yahya Sinwar treated by a Jewish oncologist?

In Sam Harris' recent podcast (timestamp 40:45), he claims the following. Most people don’t realize that the current head of Hamas, Sinwar, was cured of brain cancer, while in an Israeli prison. The ...

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