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Is the Earth flat? [closed]

The Christian bible has a number of verses that suggests the Earth is flat. Isaiah 40:22: He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth, and its people are like grasshoppers. He stretches out ...
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Was dark matter invented to explain the formation of primordial stars?

While reading a recent Creation Ministries article Five atheist miracles, I came across this claim: Here is the first problem: how do you get gases formed in a rapidly expanding primordial universe ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Is “the funniest interview you will ever see” genuine?

There's a funny (or not funny, some might find this offensive) video on You Tube called "the funniest interview you will ever see". It shows a Dutch talk show host having a fit of uncontrollable ...
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Did Morgan Freeman say this phrase about oppression?

A friend sent me an image of Morgan Freeman with the following phrase as subtitle, assuring that the man himself said it: "Oppression is not hearing a word that offends you. Oppression is being ...
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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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Death by electroshock from 12V battery

A solar power book makes this claim: A low voltage system can cause major problems simply because of the huge current that a 12v battery can generate: in excess of 1,000 amps in short burst can ...
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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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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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Is lactose intolerance an outdated diagnosis for discomfort after milk ingestion?

As a continuation of a question of most adults being lactose intolerant, the marketing of The a2 Milk Company in Australia House at SxSW 2018 suggested it may not be lactose-intolerance, after all, ...
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Are printers/cartridges designed to fail?

I stumbled upon this (off-topic) question on electronics.SE Are products designed to fail? I have heard that some companies trick consumers into buying and replacing printers & cartridges more ...
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Are the vast majority of vegans Vitamin B12 deficient?

WebMD reports: In the July issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, German researchers tracked 174 apparently healthy people living in Germany and the Netherlands. They found that ...
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Was Ross Capicchioni shot by a friend as part of a gang initiation?

Ross Capicchioni was a teenager who was shot several times and required emergency surgery. He reported that he had been shot by someone he knew who was undergoing a gang-initiation. He claims the ...
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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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Did wheat nutrition change in the 1960s, causing health problems?

Mark's Daily Apple gives an example of a claim that I have encountered: that modern wheat bears little resemblance to wheat prior to the 1960s, and that this new wheat is the cause for the rise in ...
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Were illegally immigrating children held in cages during the Obama administration?

Were children separated from their parents when they were caught on the Mexican border by US officials as illegal immigrants before Trump's introduction of zero tolerance immigration policy? I wasn't ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Was Mozart black?

Currently on Facebook and Tumblr I’ve stumbled onto this claim that Mozart was in fact black, and of African descent. Is this true?
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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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“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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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 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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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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Do 2500 cows produce more waste than 411000 people

A farm with 2,500 dairy cows produces the same amount of waste as a city of 411,000 people. From http://www.cowspiracy.com/facts/ per “Risk Assessment Evaluation for Concentrated Animal Feeding ...
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Are cheap tea bags dangerous to your health due to high fluoride levels?

In: "Cheap tea bags contain frighteningly high fluoride levels: Study" on 'Natural News', it says: A new study published in the journal, Food Research International, has revealed that millions of ...
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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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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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Did smallpox emerge in 1580?

Researchers compared and contrasted the 17th Century strain to those from a modern databank of samples dating from 1940 up to its eradication in 1977. Strikingly, the work shows that the evolution of ...
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Is it better to store fizzy drinks inside the fridge or outside?

I've always kept bottles of fizzy drinks inside the fridge, but I've been told by many that doing so will result in the drink becoming flat much quicker and that I should keep bottled fizzy drinks ...
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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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Does having passwords cost $200 (£150) per employee, not including the lost productivity?

A BBC News article attributes a claim to Jason Tooley, chief revenue officer at Veridium: Not only would getting rid of passwords improve security, it would also mean IT departments would not have ...
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Is any unconscious person capable of full splits?

The following popular article on stretching claims that lack of flexibility is purely neurological (or even psychological) and that [almost] any unconscious person would be very stretchy, e.g. can be ...
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Did a Soviet nail factory produce useless nails to improve metrics?

We've all heard the story, which sounds for all the world like a typical urban legend. It goes something like this: Once upon a time, there was a factory in the Soviet Union that made nails. ...
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Is Nazi a diminutive of Ignatius?

The German Wikipedia page for Nazi claims that the word Nazi is a diminutive form of Ignatius (Ignatz). The cited source is etymonline.com: The 24th edition of Etymologisches Wörterbuch der ...
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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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Was the Highlands Ranch shooting the 115th mass shooting in the US in 2019

I was reading an article from the BBC about the Highlands Ranch School shooting and they made the following claim This is believed to be the 115th mass shooting in the US in 2019. This was on the ...
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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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Have more people been killed by automobiles than by all wars combined?

I read this claim somewhere recently, and a google search shows that it's occasionally made around the web, but was perhaps more common in the 1970's (many of the stories I find online are people ...
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Does caffeine increase productivity in office jobs?

There is a common conception amongst coffee drinkers (including myself) that drinking coffee increases productivity in office jobs. Is this true? Have there been any definitive studies which link ...

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