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Ester C, the "better" Vitamin C?

If I recall correctly, Vitamin C plays an important role in the body's immune system. Anecdotal testing by myself gave me the impression that I could ward off a developing cold by the intake of high ...
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Did Jesus live?

Regardless of whether you believe or not... What is the non-Biblical evidence regarding his existence around the time he is commonly thought to have lived? That is, are there other historically ...
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Are humans descended from chimp-pig hybrids?

Geneticist Dr. Eugene McCarthy claims that humans have descended from hybrids of pigs and chimpanzees: A 2013 Phys.Org article explained: he has amassed an impressive body of evidence suggesting that ...
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Has the United States only ratified 5 of 18 international treaties on human rights?

A recent opinion piece in the English edition of Le Monde Diplomatique makes passing reference to the idea that the United States "has ratified only five of the 18 international human rights ...
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Does the Westboro Baptist Church get most of their funding from lawsuits?

The Westboro Baptist Church is notorious for picketing things like funerals and they generate a lot of attention by doing so. A common trend in discussions about the church goes something like: ...
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Does every species get around a billion heartbeats on average?

I read this webcomic today: From: abominable.cc I have no idea where the author got his factoid about the billion heartbeats. But it sounds interesting. The examples I can think of (rabbits, humans,...
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Did vehicle registration occur before automobiles?

I found an article online that makes the claim: "... registration plates having been used on carriages and wagons in the U.S. as far back as the early 1800s." The article can be found here: ...
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Were "Fabricated abortion statistics" used to influence the Roe vs Wade decision?

I read in the National Catholic Register an assertion that the numbers that Justice Blackmun cited in Roe vs. Wade came largely from a book called "Abortion" and that ex-Abortionist Bernhard ...
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Can you measure the quality of fish oil by trying to dissolve styrofoam?

Some people say that if fish oil can melt or dissolve styrofoam that means it is "bad" fish oil, while others claim that indicates "good" fish oil. Here is an example video of ...
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Did Russia's parliament, Duma, propose invading Poland in 2022?

Twitter user @sentdefender, with >160K followers, recently tweeted The Russian State Duma has proposed that after the Invasion of Ukraine, that Poland be Invaded and denazified next due to their ...
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Did Portugal attempt to maintain control over Macau?

In this video, Are Hong Kong and Macau Countries?, educational YouTuber CGP Grey mentions (at 3m16s) that Portugal said they had a right to Macau forever, but the UN stepped in and said no to them. ...
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Is it worthwhile to get a second COVID-19 booster for "normal" adults? [closed]

As of Q2/2022, according to this CDC document, and similar regulations in my own country (Germany) and others as well, a second booster vaccination against COVID (i.e., a 4th vaccination if you got ...
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Was the world life expectancy only 30 years at 1900?

In this article, About.com article on Life Expectancy they claim: In 1900, the world life expectancy was approximately 30 years I've also the same claim elsewhere. However, this doesn't jibe with ...
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Was 17 the average life expectancy in Liverpool in the 1850s?

DK History of Britain and Ireland: The Definitive Visual Guide (2011) claims: 17 The average life expectancy in years in Liverpool during the 1850s. High infant mortality depressed the figure, as did ...
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Can masturbation cure insomnia?

I've come across the claim that masturbation can cure insomnia at several places on the internet, including: Episode 1 of The Principles of Pleasure, which focuses on female orgasm. "We think ...
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Did a Ukrainian woman tell a Russian solider in Kherson Oblast to put seeds in his pockets so flowers would grow when he dies in Ukraine?

Basically, is the following a real exchange, down to the details? Reported on Twitter with 1.1M views: Ukrainian woman confronts Russian soldiers in Henychesk, Kherson region. Asks them why they came ...
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Does the Pomodoro Technique increase productivity?

A lot is written about The Pomodoro Technique on various productivity blogs, is there any hard evidence that it improves productivity compared to basic scheduling of work?
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Did Guru Padmasambhava say "When the iron bird flies and horses run on wheels, the Tibetan people will be scattered like ants across the earth"?

Did this person say this, as reported by Awaken.com? "When the iron bird flies and horses run on wheels, the Tibetan people will be scattered like ants across the earth." — Guru ...
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Is Adiel Tel-Oren an MD?

Adiel Tel-Oren (aka Dr. T.) is, according to his Facebook page a renowned holistic scientist, author, innovator, & educator. His Facebook page also claims he is an MD and DC. His company's web-...
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Pornography and the male libido

Does watching pornography reduce or otherwise affect the desire of men to have actual sex? This claim has been made by numerous people, including Naomi Wolf in The Porn Myth. The broader claim is ...
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Can you unlock a car using a cell phone?

I have heard that it is possible to unlock a car using the remote key-fob over a cell phone network. Scenario: Adam locks his keys in his car. He uses his cell phone to call his wife, Betty, who is ...
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Can you harvest energy from radio transmissions?

This video gives instructions on building a circuit to harvest energy from radio waves in the air using some pretty straightforward circuitry. The creator has another video showing such a circuit ...
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Does watching pornography increase sexual performance in women?

I am referring to these lines: A recent study reported that increasing porn use is linked to decreased sexual performance in men and increased sexual performance in women. Big Think - Is watching ...
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Did a Wisconsin school file sexual harassment complaints over pronoun usage?

The New York Post claims A Wisconsin school district has filed sexual harassment complaints against three middle schoolers for calling a classmate by a wrong pronoun. They cite fox17.com as source, ...
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Are unusually many people dying after being vaccinated for COVID-19?

On May 6, 2021, Fox News host Tucker Carlson said: We all assume the risks are negligible. Vaccines aren’t dangerous. That’s not a guess, we know that pretty conclusively...Every flu season, we give ...
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Was Ukraine planning an attack in Donbas/Crimea prior to the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine?

Quote by Putin in today's Victory Day speech: “In December last year, we proposed the conclusion of an agreement on security guarantees. Russia called on the West to enter an honest dialogue, in ...
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Are there hundreds of thousands of US citizens living in Mexico illegally?

I've seen an article shared a few times on social media entitled "Here's a twist: 91% of Americans living in Mexico are 'Illegal'". It claims: According to a study by the National Institute ...
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In 1936, did brothers Mark and David Ferrow transition?

The story of transgender brothers Mark and David Ferrow has become popular on Tumblr and Twitter in recent weeks. It claims In 1934-1936, trans brothers Mark and David Ferrow of Yarmouth, UK both ...
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Did a Pfizer subcontractor compromise the integrity of some data in Pfizer's Covid vaccine trial?

According to Paul D Thacker in this article published in the BMJ, a whistleblower working for a subcontractor in Texas (Ventavia Research Group) reported a number of problems, and was then immediately ...
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Has there ever been documented human individual producing both kinds of sex cells?

UCSB Science Line (University of California, Santa Barbara, scientist q/a) claims that: Long before we are born, the same gonads either become testes, if the embryo has a Y chromosome, or ovaries if ...
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Did Konrad Adenauer claim that Europe and Asia encounter at the Elbe?

According to James Hawes1, Konrad Adenauer, its first postwar chancellor and founding father, made Westbindung (“binding to the West”) the heart of West German politics. Adenauer came from the deeply ...
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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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Does astrology work? [closed]

I have been to astrologers couple of times. Once, whatever he said worked. Not sure if it is a coincidence. Does astrology work?
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Is this shoe lacing technique effective at preventing blackened toe nails?

See: Reddit: LPT: How to lace your running shoes (June 7, 2015) Reddit: Black toes from ultimate? (May 20, 2015) Runner's World: How To Lace Shoes: Prevent Black Toe Nails (March 4, 2011) They link ...
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Did Louis Pasteur admit on his deathbed "Bernard [the inventor of terrain theory] was right"?

On many 'health' sites defending terrain theory (the theory that the state of the body, not just germs, is the primal factor for disease development) one finds quotes that Louis Pasteur is said to ...
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Are the diagnostic criteria of brain death reliable?

There is a large number of sites - particularly fundamentalist Christian sites - claiming that the people who meet the diagnostic criteria for brain death are, nonetheless, capable of recovering. For ...
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Does the Dyson hairdryer measure temperature more than 40 times per second?

According to its product page https://www.dyson.co.uk/hair-care/dyson-supersonic/dyson-supersonic-overview the Dyson Supersonic hair dryer has the following feature Unlike some others, the Dyson ...
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Does having a specification result in better code?

From Joel on Software, 12 Steps to Better Code, Joel asserts that: Writing specs is like flossing: everybody agrees that it's a good thing, but nobody does it. And: Software that wasn't built from ...
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Do mechanical techniques for penis enlargement work?

According to several different penis enlargement companies, and an unsourced claim on Wikipedia, men have been trying to enlarge their penis for over 2,000 years. Over the years, many different ...
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Does it rain more often on weekends than weekdays?

Does it rain more often on weekends than weekdays? I don't remember where I heard this, but due to human activity such as Factories not opening on weekends Fewer people traveling in cars Offices ...
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Were evangelicals rallied around abortion in 1978, as a substitute for segregation?

The June 20, 2019 edition of NPR’s “Throughline” podcast “examines how the issue of abortion became a defining political issue for evangelicals.” In it, the hosts talk about evangelicals initially ...
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Has Biden averaged 550,000 new jobs per month as president?

I just saw on President Biden's Facebook page that he's averaged roughly 550,000 new jobs per month, more than double than the next highest, Bill Clinton. A lot of the people in the comments are ...
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Is the woman in this interview the same one in this viral photo of the bombing of the Mariupol hospital?

Some sources (which I find unreliable) are claiming that, the unnamed pregnant Ukranian who were injured in most famous photo of Mariupol Hospital Bombing is the same woman as Mariana Vishegirskava, ...
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Has Pyongyang demanded that the US stop extending its "nuclear umbrella" to Japan as part of the "security guarantees" that the DPRK seeks?

As discussed/alleged in a somewhat hawkish US source, namely a Heritage Foundation page, Pyongyang has apparently included the demand that the US stop extending its "nuclear umbrella" to ...
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Did recently released internal Pfizer documentation show a much lower efficacy rate for the vaccine than previously claimed?

Background A search on Twitter for Pfizer currently shows many people talking about a supposed recent release of documentation (tens of thousands of pages) from Pfizer. A simple Internet search shows ...
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Does Condensed Milk Contain Milk?

This may seem like an idiotic question, but Indonesians officials say that condensed milk does not contain milk. With no milk at all, sweetened condensed milk has managed to cheat those people who ...
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Can Russia's Poseidon nuclear underwater drone create a 500 meter tidal wave?

According to TheTimes.co.uk, "Russian ‘nuclear tsunami’ will wipe out Britain, Kremlin-backed media threatens" In his Sunday evening primetime show, the Channel One anchor Dmitry Kiselyov ...
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Do non-FDA approved "male enhancement" pills work?

The airwaves and Internet are full of advertisements for "male enhancement" products: magic pills "guaranteed" to enlarge your penis and increase your sex drive. For example, ExtenZe, perhaps the ...
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Is it possible for a pine tree to grow in your lungs?

This question came up at lunch today, and I didn't believe my friend when he said someone had a pine tree growing in his lungs. I have found several sources: 1, 2, 3 Source #2 has a key note: ...
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Is the abortion hanger a myth?

Recently protesters against the overturning of U.S.abortion law have often shown the “coat hanger” as the symbolic image of illegal abortion. An extract from Wikipedia reads: In a letter to The New ...

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