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Does the PX Project increase reading speed by an average of 386%?

Wanting to improve my own reading speed, I found the following as the first result of a Google search: The PX Project, a single three-hour cognitive experiment, produced an average increase in ...
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Has shea butter been clinically proven to help?

Shea butter has been claimed to help with dozens of skin issues. These benefits include, but are not limited to: anti-aging properties mitigating acne healing wounds/scars/strech marks healing skin ...
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Do biological males who were castrated at birth and raised as females often behave like stereotypical men?

In "Google's Ideological Echo Chamber", James Damore wrote (emphasis added on claim): On average, men and women biologically differ in many ways. These differences aren’t just socially constructed ...
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Could we nourish an additional 3.5 billion people if we just ate the stuff we feed to animals?

Could we nourish an additional 3.5 billion people if we just ate the stuff we feed to animals? In a popular YouTube video titled "Why Meat is the Best Worst Thing in the World 🍔" by the channel ...
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Can drinking “harmonized” water prevent sunburn

Osmosis Skin Care offers what they call "Harmonized H2O" This product is a UV Neutralizer-Tan Enhancing[sic]: Boost your body’s defenses with this innovative new technology utilizing frequencies that ...
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Does fossil fuels use since 1990 account for half of all the fossil fuels used in history?

This recent claim appeared on Twitter: If you are 29, you’ve been alive when half of all the fossil fuels ever burned throughout all of human history have been burned The source appears to be an ...
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Does an American taxpayer fund $870 in corporate subsidies for every $36 in food stamps?

I recently saw this Occupy Democrats claim on Facebook: Now, obviously a lot of those categories are vague and open to interpretation (I've known people who would argue most of the U.S. defense ...
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Is having bike lanes safer than not having them? [closed]

Is having bike lanes safer than not having them? This Globe and Mail ("Canada's National News Paper") article discusses bike lanes and claims that when correctly applied they are safer. Here are ...
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Do beef farmed pastures net remove carbon emissions?

This viral image claims that an example beef farm with 130 cattle removes many tons of Carbon from the atmosphere every year. However it does not provide any sources. This image has been shared many ...
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What are the basis to claim the Easter Island statues as soul? [closed]

In this article, speeches from the governor of Easter Island are mentionned. She said, mentionning the statues on the Easter Island in the British Museum: "You have our soul" However I am surprised ...
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Does handling your food release digestive juices and enzymes that enhances the meal?

In a Google Arts & Culture article, Yẹ́misí Aríbisálà, "Nigerian essayist, writer and food memoirist", states the following: There are scientific claims that fingers have powerful nerve ...
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Did a Cypriot bishop claim that homosexuality is caused when parents have anal sex?

The August 1, 2019 issue of MetroWeekly ("Washington D.C.'s Best LGBTQ Magazine for 25 Years"), on page 46, provides a "LastWord" quotation section that includes the following: "Gays are created ...
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Did Mussolini say it will be “a century of the Left”?

In his 1927 "The Political and Social Doctrine of Fascism," Mussolini clearly states "this will be a century of authority, a century of the Left, a century of Fascism," Wondering if this is a real ...
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Home-made vs. commercial toothpaste?

My friend recently introduced me to home-made toothpaste. Quite a few websites offer recipes, for example: 1, 2, 3. One such recipe is: bicarbonate of soda charcoal coconut oil optional essential ...
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Did ancient people have flying vehicles?

I watched this documentary, but I am doubtful of the evidence that they are using and their claims. Ancient Aliens Season 1 Episode 2 The documentary uses ancient relics and evidences to try to ...
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The extinction of the thylacine: could some still survive?

(Image comes from Wikimedia Commons) The last known thylacine died in 1936, and the species was officially moved from 'endangered' to 'extinct' in the 1980s. Since the last living specimen died, ...
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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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Was there a camera malfunction at the facility where Jeffrey Epstein was being held on the night of his death? [closed]

Accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein was found dead of an apparent suicide in his cell in a Manhattan correctional facility this morning; August 10, 2019. And according to the following tweet by ...
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Did China choose to finance the US after the 2008 crisis?

In today's edition of Le Monde there is an article about the increasing quantity of money in the world, and the problems or benefits that this might yield. In the introduction to the article the ...
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Does Microsoft's Hololens create true holograms? [closed]

Microsoft claims that their HoloLens data glasses can produce holograms. HoloLens lets you create holograms, objects made of light and sound that appear in the world around you, just as if they ...
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Did France flood Guinea with counterfeit currency to destabilize it?

I've read in several Pan-Africanist and conspiracy theory sources (e.g. here and here) that France during the Fifth Republic smuggled in counterfeit Guinean Franc into Guinea in order to destabilize ...
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Was the first German bombing of London an accident?

A 2002 Telegraph article reports: The first German bombing of London on the night of Aug 24, 1940, was an accident but sparked a war of attrition that would last for five years. German ...
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Did the chief baker of the Titanic survive two hours in ice-cold water?

In the Wikipedia page of the chief baker of the RMS Titanic, Charles Joughin, it is claimed According to his own testimony, he kept paddling and treading water for about two hours. He also admitted ...
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Were some Russians killed in a fight with American forces in Syria in February 2018?

I just read a question on history stack exchange that linked to this Feb 2018 National Review article: On the night of February 7, “pro-regime” Syrian forces reportedly launched an assault on a “...
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Did WWII Japanese soldiers engage in cannibalism of their enemies?

This Cracked article claims that Japanese soldiers in WWII would eat prisoners of war. The article claims that there were a number of documented cases of Japanese soldiers engaging in cannibalism: ...
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Does the pelvic clock help flat back syndrome as claimed

There is a product called the pelvic clock that claims to have numerous benefits for back and hip conditions and pain once of those conditions it claims to improve is Flat Back Syndrome. is there ...
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Did the average IQ score in France decline in recent decades?

We all know about the Flynn effect, that states that it has been the case that in the recent past the IQ scores in developed countries have been steadily increasing. The reasons seem to be related ...
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Does Oman evidence point to an (Iranian) limpet mine?

Following the June explosions on tankers in the Gulf of Oman, Iran was blamed. Limpet mines specific to Iran were given as MO https://www.foxnews.com/world/limpet-mine-oil-tanker-striking-resemblance-...
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Are humans incapable of digesting gluten?

Recently this I09 article about wheat made the rounds and there was a part in it that stood out to me: According to Alessio Fasano, the Medical Director for The University of Maryland's Center ...
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Is this photo showing a woman standing in the nude before teenagers real?

There's a photo going around Twitter and the right-wing blogosphere of a woman standing in the nude at an art exhibition attended by a bunch of teenagers. I do not want to embed this photo, as it ...
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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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Was Donald Trump at ground zero helping out on 9-11?

Donald Trump claims he was at ground zero on 9-11 helping out. Was he? I was down there also, but I'm not considering myself a first responder," Trump said. "But I was down there. I spent a lot of ...
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Is hemp 10 times stronger than steel and can it be used to build and fuel an aeroplane? [closed]

In the article World’s First Hemp Plane Will Be Stronger Than Steel And Run On Hemp Biofuel which was published on Truth theory, they claim there is a plane being built out of hemp, it will be fueled ...
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Is this popular optical illusion made of a grey-scale image with coloured lines?

A tweet from Lionel Page (@page_eco) showing an optical illusion recently went viral, with the image appearing in many aggregation web-sites: This is a black and white photograph. Only the lines ...
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Were George Washington's teeth ripped from the mouths of living slaves?

I've seen lots of things about George Washington's teeth like this going around. The real deal is George Washington had the teeth of his slaves in his mouth and not wood.. Wake Up my people ...
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Is Vitamin B12 an effective mosquito repellent?

In a question on Travel.SE, a user claimed that Vitamin B12, taken regularly, can be an effective mosquito repellent. Is there any evidence behind this claim?
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Does Floyd Mayweather endorse a teeth whitening product?

An advertorial for Snow teeth-whitening system contains images of former boxer Flloyd Mayweather Jr endorsing the product. Try Snow teeth whitening - it's the best thing money can buy. - Floyd ...
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Is it not possible to swim in crude oil?

In the book Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi, one of the characters falls into crude oil and state that one cannot swim in crude oil. The character can swim in water. If true, why would you not be ...
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Is this forecast predicting massive global depopulation until 2025 legit?

I recently stumbled upon this article about a forecast/list of predicted population development until 2025: Deagel, a real intelligence organization for the U.S. government, predicts massive global ...
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Did eight Jesuit priests survive the nuking of Hiroshima without serious injury?

It is being frequently claimed by Catholic sources (e.g. Catholic News Agency, Catholic Herald) and even Wikipedia that eight Jesuit priests survived the nuking of Hiroshima with very minor physical ...
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Did two people get arrested for “manspreading”?

I've read in multiple places that two men have been arrested in New York for "manspreading", sitting on the subway with legs spreading. It seems quite unbelievable. First of all, I don't think people ...
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Is there a wealth gap in Boston where the median net worth of white households is $247,500 while the median net worth for black families was $8?

This quote—or some variant of it—has been floating around the news and social media world; this comes from Boston.com on July 26, 2019: According to a 2015 report by the Federal Reserve Bank of ...
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Did EgyptAir publish this totally messed up map from Europe?

Today I've come across this image: While the site itself only claims that Helsinki has been moved to Siberia, you will quickly notice that most countries and even the seas are severely displaced. ...
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Does “Top Gear” have 350 million viewers worldwide?

I have often seen figures claiming that Top Gear’s estimated worldwide audience is 350 million (e.g here). I don't doubt that it's a popular show, but that seems a little high to me. It reminds me ...
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Is the March of the Immortal Regiment a cult of the German Third Reich?

The March of the Immortal Regiment is a recent tradition which is part of the annual Moscow Victory Day Parade Russian journalist and politician, Alexander Nevzorov has criticised it: (Inaccurate ...
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Are Nobel laureates “at least 22 times more likely to partake as an amateur actor, dancer, magician or other type of performer”?

There was an opinion piece in the New York Times titled Do You Have to Be a Jerk to Be Great? in which David Brooks cites from a book called "Range" by David Epstein (emphasis added): In the first ...
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Are fussy babies more intelligent?

When I talk about my fussy baby, many people tell me half-jokingly that fussy babies are on average more intelligent than "easy" babies. The idea is not unusual. See for example here: In fact, ...
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Is The Venice Syndrome documentary cover photo real?

Came across below photo and eventually tracked it down to a cover photo of "The Venice Syndrome" documentary IMDb and the trailer at Vimeo : This image is not in the trailer (haven't seen the ...
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Did Germany deny asylum because victim of blood feud could settle feud by giving two daughters to his enemies for marriage?

As far as I can tell Volker Gerloff is a real lawyer (website, facebook looks good at first glance, website links to facebook page). He writes on facebook: Das BAMF schafft es immer wieder, zu ...
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Is in vitro steak, not ground or bits, possible in the near future? [closed]

This article seems to say that it's possible to create the complex structure of a steak today. Is there any more of a reliable source that discusses the actual implementation of lab grown steak? ...

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