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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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Does banning fictional portrayal of child abuse reduce actual child abuse?

The United Kingdom's Coroners and Justice Act 2009 (part 2, chapter 2) makes possession of images portraying fictional child abuse punishable by law. Wikipedia has a summary, but here's a snip from ...
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Is Shaolin monk Hu Qiong using “Chi energy” to withstand an electric drill?

In one of the episodes of Stan Lee's Superhumans (the excerpt in question can be viewed here) a Shaolin monk named Hu Qiong claims that by training his body and "transfering Chi to the right part of ...
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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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Is pollution the main cause of Notre Dame Cathedral's deterioration?

A 2017 Time article discussing the crumbling, wearing out, and water damage of France's Notre Dame Cathedral prior to the 2019 fire writes (emphasis added): Notre Dame, which looms over the capital ...
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Was there a Soviet anti-motorcycle-helmet campaign in the late 1950s and early 1960s?

Lessig (1995, pp. 964–965) writes: Before the 1960s, motorcyclists in Soviet Russia did not wear helmets. In part this was because of a lack of any perceived need to wear helmets; in part it was ...
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Does polygamy result in less infidelity and prostitution?

An answer (now deleted) at the new Islam.SE site made the following claim: If one takes a look at society where polygamy is banned or discouraged, you will see that some men will always try to ...
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Are a large proportion of programming job applicants unable to implement FizzBuzz?

On the blog Coding Horror, Jeff Atwood quotes individuals as saying that a large number of programming job applicants are unable to implement FizzBuzz. Why Can't Programmers.. Program? [Quoting Don'...
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Does the H-1B visa program cause a net decrease in the employment prospects of skilled U.S. job applicants in STEM fields?

It is widely claimed that the H-1B program "takes away jobs from Americans." For example, here's a message posted in the Academia chat room by SSimon not long ago: The way I understand it when H-1B'...
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Did Secretary Clinton suggest killing Julian Assange with a drone strike?

“Can’t we just drone this guy?” Clinton openly inquired, offering a simple remedy to silence Assange and smother Wikileaks via a planned military drone strike, according to State Department ...
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Was the oven mitt first developed by Earl Mitt?

Did "Earl Mitt" even exist at all? I first heard this story from an answer to this English Language and Usage Stack Exchange question about oven mitts/oven gloves. Earlier today, the story was in ...
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Is the spread of internet porn reducing marriage rates?

This site has previously dealt with the question of whether porn use reduces bad sexual behaviour, sex-crime. A recent Washington Post story, Americans aren’t getting married, and researchers think ...
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Is sexual harassment of girls increasing in schools?

This article claims that experts told UK MP's that sexual harassment is increasing in schools because of internet pornography. However, I haven't seen any references to studies done on the subject so ...
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Were three journalists (Bob Simon, Ned Colt and David Carr) investigating a plausible relation between the CIA and 9/11?

Apparently these three journalists all died within a couple days of each other (Feb. 11 to 12, 2015). The implication of some rumours going around is that these folks were killed because they have ...
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Does adding a dry towel to a load in the dryer make it dry faster?

Is there any truth to the claim the a dry towel can actually speed up the drying process? There are numerous different sources that I've heard claim this, here is one on voices.yahoo A few months ...
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Was Robert Capa’s famous 1936 war photo “The Falling Soldier” a faked photo?

The photo in question (Death of a Loyalist Militiaman, Córdoba front, Spain (1936)) can be found here at The International Center of Photography and is also attached below. The question is: The core ...
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Is the U.S. Tea Party astroturf or a genuine grassroots movement?

According to The Wikipedia article on the United States Tea Party movement (emphasis mine), TeaParty.org defines the Tea Party as "a grassroots movement that calls awareness to any issue which ...
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Is every elected US president related to George Washington?

According to a post on Slashdot: Every single elected president - INCLUDING Barack Obama, has a genealogy related to President George Washington. Note I did say Elected President. Gerald ...
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Does listening to rap music increase violent behavior?

Related (Kind of) Classical music in public places: does it affect violence? Do violent video games cause violent behavior? Can music incite murder? I've heard many people say that listening to rap, ...
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Was it illegal in Venezuela for doctors to list starvation as cause of death for children?

In this video Jordan Peterson says the following: Do you know that it is now illegal for physicians to list starvation as the cause of death for a Venezuelan child in a hospital. That's how ...
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Does masturbation (or sex) help one focus better later?

From a NY Post article: Kit Maloney, the founder of O’actually, a feminist porn production company, said that “masturbation [and] orgasm is like meditation. It allows the space for the brain to ...
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Does sleeping together naked help stay warm?

In a bunch of films and other entertainment, when characters find themselves in a cold place with no heating but must sleep, they conclude that to stay warm, they should sleep as close to each other ...
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Is using vim faster than a mouse-based editor for source code?

Many people claim that editing text using the vim editor is faster than using a mouse-based one, for experienced users. There seems to be a lot of anecdotal evidence for this claim, but considering ...
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Do men with no prior exposure to child pornography go on to harm children once exposed?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-22726004 UK government advisor John Carr, of the Council on Child Internet Safety, claims in a radio interview: Mr Carr said there was "no question" that some men who ...
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Is this movie an accurate representation of secret Mormon rituals?

In the hidden-camera clip BEHIND THE VEIL: Never-Before-Seen Footage of Secret Mormon Temple Rituals we supposedly see never-before-seen footage of secret Mormon Temple rituals. A longer version of ...
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Do gas pods improve fuel efficiency?

I ran into this claim today about detachable car fins, and was wondering if there is any validity to it: about a five percent reduction in drag and corresponding five percent boost in fuel ...
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Is the Predictive Index® personality inventory for hiring based on scientific research?

I just heard of it (a friend has to take it) and it seems obvious that it's a product marketed directly to business people. I'd expect that the test isn't worth much because it was made in 1955 and ...
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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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Is it possible to increase the breast size of a woman through massage?

Caitlin MacKenna writes in Increase a Cup Size in 30 Days with Breast Massage: If you massage your breasts for 20-30 minutes a day, they should grow one cup size larger in 30 days. Massage ...
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Does science fiction inspire significant amounts of people to pursue STEM careers?

It's a common belief within the science fiction community that sci-fi has motivated a lot of people to pursue careers as scientists and engineers. A brief search finds many anecdotal accounts where ...
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Do long-haired men have better intuition?

I found an article on Worldwide Hippies which describes a military experiment on the intuitive abilities of Native American trackers: Then they would pair two men together who had received the same ...
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Is fish-flavored cat food bad/dangerous to a cat's health?

Our (two male) cats normally eat turkey and chicken flavoured canned wet cat food from our favorite cat food brand. However, we don't feed the cat's any other flavours which all contain fish, such as ...
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Are “banana traps” effective at catching monkeys?

There is a famous claim that says the way to trap monkeys is by placing a staked container with a hole cut into it just wide enough for a monkey to stick its empty hand into. The container is baited ...
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Do more people drown in deserts than die of thirst?

I had first heard about the claim that more people drown in deserts than die of thirst in school maybe 30 years ago. The explanation is that sudden rains can create dangerous flooding in normally dry ...
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Was John F Kennedy accidentally shot by a secret service agent?

In the book Mortal Error: The Shot That Killed JFK, Bonar Menninger argues that the third shot that hit John F Kennedy was fired by accident by a secret service agent. The book's Wikipedia page ...
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Does mixed-sex education increase violence in schools?

TSA-Alerie reports [French] that a poster on a conference at the National Library of Algeria has a controversial claim: La mixité sexuelle à l’école est la cause numéro un de la violence scolaire ...
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Are more than half of scientists who have ever lived alive today?

This Washington Post article quotes Brian Nosek as making the claim that: Brian Nosek offers up a stunning factoid: More than half of the scientists who have ever lived are alive today. It then ...
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Did an octopus visit another tank to hunt?

I've seen several versions of this story. An aquarium (or pet store, or rich fish collector) noticed that fish were mysteriously vanishing from a tank at night. After this happened a few times, ...
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Does a monkey/ape flee from half peeled bananas?

There is a claim by a German philosopher, named Max Scheler. Ein Affe, dem man eine Banane halb geschält in die Hand gibt, flieht vor ihr, während er sie ganz geschält frißt, ungeschält aber selber ...
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Should you regularly replace your pillow?

According to an article in the Guardian: Out of 2,200 men and women, only 18% knew they should replace their pillows every two years. The average person uses the same pillow for three years and two ...
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Do crabs exemplify “crab mentality” behaviour?

Is there any verifiable evidence that crabs, in fact, behave as if they possess "crab mentality"? The term “crab mentality” is used to describe a kind of selfish thinking that runs along the ...
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Did JFK say that “you can win with half the people's votes but cannot govern with half against you”?

According to Al Jazeera: Jose Miguel, president of the Institute of Legal Medicine, told Al Jazeera: "The most worrying thing is the intolerance and deep divisions within the population, so the ...
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Is using glasses for reading harmful for people with myopia?

According to Wikipedia article about Myopia: Large amounts of near work while wearing glasses can be very detrimental to the eyes and can be a cause of worsening nearsightedness. The best way to ...
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Which position is healthiest for sleep?

If you believe the internet, there is no healthy way for you to sleep: front, back, side, fetal; they are all going to cause you problems like acid reflux, spinal problems, skin problems, problems ...
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Is the US Army Field Manual 30-31B a forgery?

Wikipedia describes content of the US Army Field Manual 30-31B: It identifies a strategy of tension involving violent attacks which are then blamed on radical left-wing groups in order to convince ...
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Was there a peak in suicides associated with the release of Pokémon red and green?

My 13-year-old stepson just told me this story: When Pokémon Red and Green was first released in 1996, there were dozens or hundreds of suicides of children caused by high-frequency sounds in the ...
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Breaking the bottom brick with your hands

In the movie Bloodsport, which claims to be based on a true story, the lead character is challenged to break one brick at the bottom of a stack, using only his hands. He successfully causes the bottom ...
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Does Milk in Black tea “completely abolish” all positive effects of the tea?

A few weeks ago my wife told me to drink only black tea with no milk, because she saw somewhere that milk cancels out the benefits of the tea. I did some googling and found this: "Black tea ...
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Is online dating unsafe?

Is there any evidence to support the common conception that one is more likely to be physically injured when dating someone met online as opposed to someone met "offline"?
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If one goes to prison, does beating up someone on the first day increase chances of survival?

Related (slightly): Rape in US prisons Two movies I know of, one I recently watched, suggest that if one is going to prison, the best way to survive is to find someone on the first day and beat the ...

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