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Are 63% of Instagram users 'miserable'?

A few articles report this statistic that 63% of Instagram users are 'miserable': https://www.deseretnews.com/article/900022603/63-percent-of-instagram-users-report-being-miserable-heres-why.html ...
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Does contraception cause infidelity and/or divorce?

Related: Natural family planning and divorce rates A friend of mine attended Catholic Mass today and shared that the homily was entirely about contraception. From her summary, the gist was that the ...
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Does chain mail protect against arrows?

In Lords and Ladies, fantasy author Terry Pratchett repeatedly states that chain-mails are not a good protection against arrows: chain-mail from the point of view of an arrow can be thought of as a ...
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Does Australia produce unique 'specialty steel'?

Wikipedia quotes Bob Woodward's Fear : Trump in the White House, writing: Former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull successfully lobbied President Trump to get an exemption at the 2017 G20 ...
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Did the USSR evacuate 1.75 million Jews form the Nazis?

For example https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.jta.org/1943/07/02/archive/russia-helped-1750000-jews-to-escape-nazis-says-james-n-rosenberg/amp This cannot be true
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Does exercise trigger migraines?

Some people think that exercise triggers migraines. This recent online survey demonstrates that the belief is widespread enough amongst women to make many of them avoid exercise for fear of ...
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Does social media cause permanent damage to concentration capability?

In this TEDxtalk (transcript is here), the speaker claims that there is a growing amount of research that shows that spending large amounts of time on social media permanently damages the capability ...
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Does sex cure headache's symptoms or causes?

The claim that sex cures headaches is commonly quoted. For example, from 10 Reasons Sex is Good For You: 10. Sex Can Cure Headaches A South Illinois School Of Medicine study on 52 migraine ...
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Does animal protein consumption cause inflammation?

This article by Michael Greger, M.D. claims: We’ve known for 14 years that a single meal of meat, dairy, and eggs triggers an inflammatory reaction inside the body within hours of consumption. I'...
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Were the Schutzmannschaft members mostly allowed to return to their former lives?

The Schutzmannschaft (Auxiliary Police) were batallions of local and German units in German-occupied Eastern Europe, that participated in the Holocaust in World War II. According to the Wikipedia ...
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Do antidepressants cause brain damage?

A friend two years ago read an online article that claims antidepressants cause brain damage. I don't know which one, but I imagine it was something like this. Do antidepressants cause brain damage?
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Did Obama have a policy of “separating [migrant] families”?

Politfact says, While the Obama administration's immigration approach was not without controversy, it’s simply untrue to say he had a policy of separating families. Did any policy though result 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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Was the Dow Jones average more unstable after 2017 than in the preceding post-2008 years?

A Salon article says that Trump's trade war of choice against China has turned a steadily rising Dow Jones average, through 2017, into an unstable sawtooth pattern with massive single-day declines ...
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Does the USA have the highest cumulative CO2 emissions since 1750?

Vox has posted a cumulative graph of CO2 emissions since 1750. And the USA is flagged as the chief culprit. The actual title of the Vox article is: Why the US bears the most responsibility for ...
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Do Alex Jones' videos get thousands of views?

Alex Jones, after being kicked off Youtube, has found a new home: Banned.video. And the view-counter over there seems very suspicious: it shows each video having thousands of views. And each time I ...
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Can split personalities have different physical traits?

It is sometimes claimed that the multiple personalities of a person with dissociative identity disorder may not only display different character, behaviour, and movement types, but even show different ...
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Does a high protein diet increase your risk for cancer?

The Daily Telegraph claims that "High-protein diet 'as bad for health as smoking'". Notable quotes: The risk is nearly as high as the danger of developing cancer by smoking 20 cigarettes each day. ...
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Does the Creighton Method of Natural Family Planning have a failure rate of 3.2% or less?

The Creighton Method of natural family planning claims to have a 3.2% failure rate for typical use, and a failure rate of 0.5% for perfect use. However, my primary care doctor said that Natural ...
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Does the US Armed Forces refuse to recruit anyone with an IQ less than 83?

In this video, Jordan Peterson claims the following. You can't induct someone into the Armed Forces in the US if they have an IQ of less than 83. He claims that the armed forces needs an accurate ...
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Does wetting a beer glass change the foam characteristics?

Many bars rinse a beer glass immediately before serving. I've consulted with bartenders and Google, and there's some confusion about it. Some sites claim it reduces foaming. Another perk is that ...
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Will global warming save millions of lives?

The Telegraph reported in 2009 that: Global warming will save millions of lives Dire predictions about climate change and health omit the cost of cold, says Bjorn Lomborg. By Bjorn ...
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Is low emotional intelligence associated with right-wing and prejudiced attitudes?

Accordiing to Diply, Researchers in Belgium have linked a lack of emotional intelligence with right-wing political views, reports PsyPost. The study, published in Emotion, found that those who ...
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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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Is transportation highly pollution intensive, relative to production?

The text of this paper, Batra and Belladi (2012), claims: transportation is highly pollution intensive, specially relative to production They provide some more context: With international ...
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Is nuclear power economically untenable?

One of the arguments I've seen levied against nuclear power is that it's not economically viable. In the 1970s nuclear power cost half as much as electricity from coal burning: by 1990 nuclear ...
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Has Boris Johnson ever referred to any of his opponents as “traitors”?

Yesterday Paula Sherriff said (quote from Hansard, emphasis mine): We stand here, Mr Speaker, under the shield of our departed friend. Many of us in this place are subject to death threats and ...
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Are there records of girls born with enlarged clitoris mistaken - and raised - as boys?

In a popular-science Polish magazine Focus EKSTRA, special issue 5/2004*, page 39, there's a paragraph that says (in original Polish, emphasis mine:) Jak duża może być łechtaczka? Największe ...
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Has one vote ever made a difference?

My friend told me that he doesn't bother voting any more in elections, because "it's not like one vote ever made a difference." I will vote when I can and I think it is important, and although I share ...
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Is Boris Johnson the only politician in British history to set up a photoshoot of the signing of their own resignation letter?

Tom Watson, deputy leader of the British Labour party, said this about outgoing foreign secretary Boris Johnson in an interview on radio station LBC: [Boris Johnson is] the only politician in UK ...
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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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Are IQ tests reliable?

Some of the more common types of IQ tests are: Stanford-Binet Intelligence Scale, Fifth Edition (SBIS-V) (Ages 2–90+)An update of the SB-IV. In addition to providing a Full Scale score, it ...
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Is Obama the first U.S. president to “bow to a Muslim King”?

This video, makes the following claim, as aired on Fox News: [Obama] did bow to the Muslim King, while he did not do it to the British Queen of England, and by bowing he showed the world that "I am ...
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Is climate change already killing people and costing billions in the USA?

According to Gizmodo: Climate change will make our lives worse in the years to come, but a new report out last week highlights the stark costs people are already paying across the Atlantic. In 2012 ...
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Is the production of nuclear power very expensive? [duplicate]

Reuters recently published the following piece: Nuclear energy too slow, too expensive to save climate: report Inside, it says: The cost of generating solar power ranges from $36 to $44 per ...
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Does the United States throw wheat in the ocean to keep the prices high?

In Iran, there is a wide-spread belief that the USA throws extra wheat it produces into the ocean to keep the prices high. The official website for the Iranian presidential office [Persian] quotes ...
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Does Chess ELO correlate with IQ?

Does the chess ELO rating of players (who have trained/played approximately the same amount of time) correlate positively with IQ? A usual claim is 'IQ and chess ELO ratings don't correlate', a view ...
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Does the Black Rhodium Stream/Titan Power Cable provide improved sound quality to hi-fi systems?

Claims made for the Black Rhodium TITAN/Stream Power Cable (£795) are shown below. Is it true that this cable improves the sound quality of hi-fi systems? Black Rhodium Stream Power Cable A ...
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Did the North Korean government ever say that Kim Jong-il never defecated?

Recently, someone claimed while talking to me that North Korea said that Kim Jong-il never needed to poop. Is there any evidence that this claim is true, such as an Internet Archive page? I have ...
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Fascism keynesian quote from Mussolini - accurate?

http://www.stephenhicks.org/2015/07/12/mussolini-on-keyness-economics/ “Fascism entirely agrees with Mr. Maynard Keynes, despite the latter’s prominent position as a Liberal. In fact, Mr. Keynes’ ...
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Did DOJ officials conclude no further action was warranted on the Whistleblower complaint?

The White House just accidentally sent all House Democrats its talking points regarding President Trump’s phone call with the Ukrainian President and the related Intelligence Community whistleblower ...
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Can John Gottman predict which couples will divorce with extremely high accuracy?

John Gottman (a prominent psychological researcher who has done extensive work on divorce prediction) has some very strong claims about his ability to predict divorce. The claim that led me to start ...
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Did Biden ever threaten to impeach any president who went to war without congressional approval?

Just saw this and I was wondering if it was a legit quote. I've seen similar claims about Biden too, here the PolicyMic headline states "Joe Biden Wanted Bush Impeached For the Very Thing Obama is ...
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Do obese adults use 42% more health care than healthy-weight adults?

In a New York Post Opinion piece the following claim was made: An obese adult uses 42 percent more health care than a healthy-weight adult, and a morbidly obese adult uses a staggering 81 percent ...
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Were 51,000 Pennsylvania jobs lost under the Obama administration?

The GOP tweeted this: ...During Obama/Biden Admin, the Keystone State LOST 51,000 jobs. Under the leadership of [Trump], the Keystone State has ADDED 5,000 manufacturing jobs & its ...
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Did Senator Biden deny that FBI investigations can add anything to the SCOTUS confirmation process?

On September 27, 2018 at the confirmation hearings for Brett Kavanaugh, during his opening remarks, Senator Grassley claimed that FBI investigations can add nothing to Senate confirmation hearings and ...
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Is this video clip of Biden kissing children real?

I saw this video posted to Reddit the other day, depicting who was claimed to be Joe Biden interacting with 10 different families. The video is rather disturbing and uncomfortable, so I warn you ...
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Correlation between BSE/CJD and Brexit vote

This image is currently doing the rounds on social media: The implications and associated text with it is usually around how uncanny (and amusing) the correlation is. What's the source of this data ...
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Is animal agriculture responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions than transportation?

Animal agriculture is responsible for 18 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, more than all transportation combined. By http://www.cowspiracy.com/facts/ from Fao.org. Spotlight: Livestock impacts on ...
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Does carrot juice cure cancer?

Ann Cameron, author of “Curing Cancer with Carrots”, claims that her cancer was cured by carrot juice, and recommends it as a treatment to others, as a potential substitute for chemotherapy. I ...

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