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Were many of the people McCarthy accused paid Soviet spies? [closed]

According to an answer on this question on the WorldBuilding StackExchange There were plenty of communists in the United States in the 1950s and 1960s. It's popular today to laugh at the paranoia of ...
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Was Oppenheimer a spy passing nuclear secrets to Soviet agents?

From Los Angeles Times: A Soviet spy chief's memoirs published here today claim that the late J. Robert Oppenheimer, head of the U.S. atomic bomb project during and after World War II, passed ...
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Is there a Soviet doomsday device called “Perimeter” or “Dead Hand”?

I stumbled upon an article on wired.com which told details about an automatic nuclear retaliation system build by the soviets in the mid-eighties. This system is supposed to ensure destruction of the ...
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Was very little or no new medication developed in the USSR?

Prof. Robert (Haim) Belmaker, head of the Israeli Psychiatric Association, spoke today (2018-01-05) on the סדר יום / Daily Agenda radio program (Note this is a program in Hebrew). At some point in the ...
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Did Pakistan lose each and every war it fought with India from 1947 to 1999?

The speaker in this video says that: The Pakistani army has lost every war it's fought with India from the original war in 1947 until the latest war in 1999 ... This is a recurring narrative that ...
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Did a group of U.S. women propose to send black kids instead of dogs to space?

In his 1964 book "The third side of the dollar", Lithuanian journalist Albertas Laurinčiukas writes: After Laika's flight, a group of women from Mississippi, U.S., sent a letter to the ...
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Was the debris of a missile presented by India authentic?

In February 2019, Indian officials presented the alleged wreckage of an AIM-120C5 AMRAAM missile as evidence that Pakistan used an F-16 in the shooting down of IAF jets (as only an F-16 could fire ...
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Did the 1994 US crime bill “bring down crime”?

In 1994, the US federal government adopted the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act (signed into law Sept. 13, 1994). Ben Shapiro, host of the 'Daily Wire' podcast on YouTube, referred to it ...
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Did India shoot down any Pakistani F-16 on 27th February 2019?

According to DG ISPR of the Military of Pakistan, Gen. Asif Gafoor, on 27th February 2019, Pakistan Air Force's jets engaged IAF's jets and "shot down two IAF jets". On the same day, India claimed ...
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What is the cause of Brazil's microcephaly outbreak?

It has been claimed that Brazil is suffering from an outbreak of Microcephaly. Several possible causes have been proposed. Zika Virus Perhaps the most popular one is the zika virus. For example, the ...
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Were the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany de facto allies in September 1939?

"A German and a Soviet officer shaking hands at the end of the Invasion of Poland." (source) On the 17th of September 1939 the Soviet Union invaded Poland from the east, following a German invasion ...
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Did Intel have low chip yields due to a clerk hand-checking blank wafers?

In this blog post Bob Cringley recounts the following story (abriged for brevity here): There was a time in the early 1980s when Intel suffered terrible quality problems. [..] The problem was caused ...
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Is this quote correctly attributed to Einstein? “Intelligence is not the ability to store information, but to know where to find it.”

Poor Albert Einstein gets attributed many quotes he never uttered. I have a feeling this is one of them, because I couldn't find a proper citation. Intelligence is not the ability to store ...
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Did the FBI plant an informant in the Trump campaign during the Obama administration?

Donald Trump has tweeted allegations of the US's Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) planting spies in his 2016 presidential campaign: Wow, word seems to be coming out that the Obama FBI “SPIED ...
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Are private contractors being used by Federal Agencies in the response to the ongoing George Floyd protests?

I've been referred to this medium article, which makes a series of claims about the roll of private contractors in providing crowd control services for Federal Agencies. Specifically, I am interested ...
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Can the world economic crisis affect Brazil that much as stated by our President? [closed]

So, as most of you probably know, Brazil is in a deep economic crisis. (I'm a brazilian, but I'm linking a outsource media for reference). One of the consequences of this crisis, is the Brazilian ...
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Can cremating bodies cause black rain?

There is speculation that the mysterious black rain that Japan had a few months ago was from China cremating bodies, and in particular, mass cremations from coronavirus victims. 7 News: Coronavirus ...
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Did a Yu-Gi-Oh tournament prize card sell for $2 million USD?

I recently learned about a prize given out for the first ever Yu-gi-oh tournament in Japan in 1999, a stainless steel normal monster Black Luster Soldier. In numerous online english-language articles,...
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Does limiting the price of pharmaceuticals lower the number of new treatments produced?

A recent article in Forbes arguing against the latest US Government proposals on drug pricing argued the following: Everywhere they've been tried, price controls have reduced biopharmaceutical ...
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Did Russian hackers beat slot machines with an app?

Russian hackers made up to $250,000 per weekend by using an app to tell them when to pull a trigger. [...] custom app on the operative’s phone; those markers cause the handset to vibrate roughly 0.25 ...
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Did some people claim in the 1970s that metric road signs would facilitate a ‘Russian invasion’?

According to Why Hasn't the U.S. Gone Metric?: In the 1970s, some opponents suggested that metric road signs would facilitate a Russian invasion. This ("... some opponents suggested...") ...
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Did Putin say that “to forgive the terrorists is up to God”?

Refer to the Fox News item here, Putin said that: To forgive the terrorists is up to God, but to send them to Him is up to me It seems that the only source I can trace to is a tweet from Remi ...
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Are falling coconuts more dangerous than sharks?

I was fortuitously reading about sharks in the Mediterranean Sea on a small Italian online news site. As a side note the article claims that an average of seven people are injured or killed (not clear)...
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Does the Hueyatlaco site show human habitation in Mexico >50,000 years ago?

Wikipedia says: Hueyatlaco is an archeological site in Valsequillo, Mexico. After excavations in the 1960s, the site became notorious due to geochronologists' analyses that indicated human ...
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Did Germany build their own training camp in Brazil in preparation for the World Cup?

This article claims: The Germans have made by far the most extravagant preparations. The delegation has built its own training facility in the scenic village of Santo André in Bahia, and the ...
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How useful are online hearing frequency tests?

There are several online hearing frequency tests. Here is one example with over 10 million views: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H-iCZElJ8m0 The idea is that the recorded audio consists of a pure ...
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Did David Blaine hold his breath for 17 minutes?

David Blaine (born David Blaine White; April 4, 1973) is an American magician, illusionist and endurance artist. He is best known for his high-profile feats of endurance, and has made his name as a ...
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Was the number of forest fires in the Amazon in Summer 2019 considerably higher than usual?

This picture made the rounds in summer 2019, supposedly showing the areas affected by rainforest fires in Brazil (and other countries) right now. Of course it looks very bad and I'm pretty sure it is. ...
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Did medieval Russia reject Islam because of its prohibition against alcohol?

For a long time, I have been aware of a historical anecdote about the attempt to convert Russia to Islam. I don’t know where I first heard the anecdote: I’m pretty sure it was oral, so I had to dig a ...
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Was the Brazilian Zika virus outbreak centered in a place where GMO mosquitoes were released?

A blogger claims: By July 2015, shortly after the GM mosquitoes were first released into the wild in Juazeiro, Brazil, Oxitec proudly announced they had “successfully controlled the Aedes aegypti ...
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Was the Babri Mosque built by Emperor Babur by destroying an ancient temple?

This incident is a very complicated one with a lot of strings attached to it. But, what I can understand is the following: In 1992, Babri Mosque was vandalized and destroyed by Hindu extremists saying ...
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Were slaves involved in the building of the Pyramids of Giza?

The claim: Paid, skilled workers built the pyramids without the use of slave labor. Relevant links: Hawass: ‘The Great Pyramids were not built by slaves’ “Linking building the Great Pyramids to ...
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Did several countries have very low Coronavirus deaths thanks to inhaled steroids?

A West Texas physician named Richard Bartlett has been making the rounds on social media, claiming that Taiwan, Japan and Iceland have been using inhaled steroids such as budesonide to treat ...
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Did Nelson Mandela, Chris Hani, and O.R. Tambo say these quotes?

The above image was posted on the South African Subreddit. The three quotes are as follows: What I fear is that the liberators emerge as elitists who drive around in Mercedes Benzes and use the ...
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Did Jupiter enter into the body of the constellation Virgo?

There is a claim spreading around and I'd like to know if this is correct from the astronomical side. On November 20, 2016, an astronomical event begins that will last nine and a half months... ...
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To what degree do facemasks protect against COVID-19?

I've seen this picture multiple times on social media. Every time I see it, it has numbers that vary wildly, and usually with no source. Examples: Advert for facemasks Twitter comments Actors ...
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Are outpatient surgery physicians in Louisiana required to have admitting privileges to a hospital within 30 miles of the clinic?

Recently, I received a Pro-Life mailing regarding the recent June Medical Services, L.L.C. v. Russo Supreme Court case regarding the Louisiana law that required doctors who perform abortions to have ...
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Has the number of pneumonia deaths in the US dramatically dropped in 2020?

A widely-commented upon post on reddit claims that pneumonia deaths in the US have "fallen off a cliff this year": In the conversation I saw several links to CDC data, but they are unclear ...
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Are there more mushrooms during full moon?

A couple of autumns back, I frequently went wild mushroom forraging, initially with my Basque father-in-law, who I think had been mushrooming pretty much all his life. He explained and showed how ...
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Does 1 acre of hemp produce more oxygen than an equivalent amount (let alone 25x) of forestland? [closed]

I have a friend who likes to promote hemp on Facebook, and one of the posts had this "factoid": Looks highly doubtful to me but I can't find any real supporting/disputing info. Is there ...
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Does lavender oil prevent fleas on dogs?

I just heard a rumor that Lavender oil prevents fleas when used on dogs. Researching this I found one source (Prevetion.com) which provides a claim, Research has found that lavender can be effective ...
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Did Bill Nye get booed by a room full of Texans for saying that the moon reflected the suns light?

Did Bill Nye get booed by a room full of Texans for saying that the moon reflected the Sun's light instead of coming from God? This is a well-known internet rumour. Is there any evidence proving/...
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Did Biden ask the State Department to lift Kolomoyskyi’s travel ban?

Conservative talk show host Glenn Beck said this on BlazeTV on Thursday (at the 33:54 mark of this video): Kolomoyskyi’s company Burisma was implicated in a money-laundering ring. Hunter Biden then,...
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Did the Black Lives Matter protests fail to cause a spike in coronavirus cases?

Multiple reputable news organizations have been reporting on a study suggesting the 2020 "Black Lives Matter protests" did not contribute to the increase of the Covid-19 pandemic. Some have ...
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Did Freeman Dyson say that atoms have awareness?

A video uploaded on YouTube, Richard Dawkins irritated by irrationality, pictured a debate with Richard Dawkins and Deepak Chopra on whether God exists or not. Chopra: You said that atoms get ...
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Did the pope ever commission Mercator to make a map?

According to this video, at 2:14, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPajzKpP1WY "The pope commissioned Mercator to make a map that shows the spread of Christianity." and further claims this is ...
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Did Pakistan military and allies rape 200-400 thousand women during the 1971 war?

A 2016 article from the Indian Express, When raped women and war babies paid the price of a new nation, refers to the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971 and states: An official estimate of 200,000 to 400,...
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Is this a photo of Margaret Hamilton standing next to Apollo Project code that she wrote?

The image below is widely circulated on Facebook: The caption says: Margaret Hamilton, lead software engineer of the Apollo Project, stands next to the code she wrote by hand and that was used to ...
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Did Leonardo da Vinci say this quote about principles for the development of a complete mind?

I have read on many sites online, like Reddit and Goodreads, the following quote supposedly from da Vinci's notebooks: “Principles for the Development of a Complete Mind: Study the science of art. ...
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Can the human body significantly build muscle while losing body fat?

The fitness community often says that you can't slim down and build muscle at the same time. The reason for this is said to be that the body is in a “catabolic state” with calorie deficit. In order to ...

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