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Killed by 9V battery (via multimeter)

I found a Darwin award story claiming that someone was killed by pushing the leads of a Simpson 260 into his skin in ohmmeter mode. Furthermore, the story claims it is based on an unnamed US Navy ...
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Whose account of the response to Michael Mann's original “hockey stick” analysis is correct?

New York has filed a lawsuit against several Big Oil firms on the grounds that they fomented contrarian opinion to undermine some findings in climate science. In one part of the suit they claim the ...
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Is the current number of forest fires in the Amazon right now considerably higher than usual?

There is this picture making the rounds right now, 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 ...
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Did Jason Padgett become a math genius after getting hit on the head?

There have been some news reports about a college dropout, Jason Padgett, becoming a math genius after getting hit on the head. Could this be true or how much of this could be true?
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Does sugar deplete enzymes, allowing partially digested protein into the blood, and triggering an immune response?

I've seen this identical statement quoted in several non-technical publications, without any citation other than the author. For instance: “Processed sugar is a major source of inflammation in the ...
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Did a baby named Netflix de Jesús get registered this year in Colombia?

I was recently sent this image via social media, claiming that a baby with given name Netflix de Jesús had been registered earlier this year in Colombia: This is not entirely an implausible claim,...
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Is it bad to wash your face with regular soap?

According to many websites, the skin on our faces are very delicate. As such, regular soap (bar soap, body wash soap or any bathing cleanser not specially designed for washing the face) may cause ...
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Did/does the US government keep secret papers by Nikola Tesla?

A popular conspiracy theory holds that Tesla invented a free energy device, but that the powers that be prevented him from publishing it, because it would hurt their investments. Of course, free ...
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Does storing medicine at recommended temperatures prolong its life?

Many medical drugs contain directions to store them in certain temperature ranges - typically at room temperatures. For Example: Storage: Store at 20° to 25° C (68° to 77° F) ...
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Does the average two-year-old pillow contain 17 different species of fungus?

In the New York City subway, I noticed a series of advertisements from a bedding company called Brooklinen. One advertisement had a surprising claim, which I found again on their website: The ...
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Are people physically sensitive to light from LEDs over other sources?

The Irish Independent details the claims of a woman saying she is sensitive to LED light, and that it causes her nausea. The article explains that neurologists, opticians and ophthalmologists found ...
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Did the British navy fail to take into account the ballistics correction due to Coriolis force during WW1 Falkland Islands battle?

In Natural History magazine article, Neil DeGrasse Tyson claims the following: The military normally knows all about the Coriolis force and thus introduces the appropriate correction to all missile ...
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Does Vitamin D created by sun exposure get washed off in the shower?

A recent article by Dr Mercola on a health advocacy web site makes a number of claims about Vitamin D production in your skin. The most surprising to me is the claim that you can wash off a ...
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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 Vitamin D production related to skin pigmentation?

Alice Roberts published an article in the Guardian newspaper, titled shining a fresh light on vitamin D She makes the point that the prevailing theory is that skin lightened in regions away from the ...
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Does sunflower oil reduce LDL (“bad”) cholesterol more than olive oil?

The Sun writes: FLOWER POWER Sunflower oil is ‘BETTER’ for your heart than olive oil – and it’s much cheaper FOR years, we've been told that olive oil is the healthiest oil to cook with and dress ...
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Do statins contribute to dementia?

A documentary, Cholesterol, the Great Bluff (2016) - IMDb (depending upon location, available in Cholesterol: The Great Bluff), contains many examples of why statins are not only useless, but are ...
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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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Are some species of animals born pregnant?

I've heard of claims that aphids can be born pregnant, like tribbles in ''Star Trek''. However, doing a web search didn't provide very convincing evidence. The Straight Dope refers to being pregnant ...
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Can you increase sleep quality by removing static electricity from the body with a specialized mattress/quilt?

The claim is: static electricity builds up during the day and prevents you from sleeping well at night, which can be circumvented by using a specialized mattress/quilt that dissipates the static ...
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Did Gandhi trump Professor Peters in a number of interactions?

I saw the following story on truthbook and wanted to know if it is true. (This one was found on the internet. We cannot corroborate its accuracy, but it is an amusing story...) When Gandhi was ...
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Does Denmark lose almost $700 million a year “carrying” Greenland? [closed]

In this precise moment of this video, (found on this this article) Donald Trump says about Greenland: It's hurting Denmark very badly because they are losing almost $700m a year carrying it, so ...
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Are fish oil capsules beneficial?

Page 28 of the February 2018 edition of Which? magazine says, (You don't need...) Fish oils such as Omega 3 capsules Unless you are advised to take these, you don't need to. Studies show that ...
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What is EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) and does it work?

Is there any evidence for emotional freedom technique? How do you get qualified? Is it used in more traditional therapy?
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Does tapping on “acupoints” during an emotional problem change chemistry in the brain?

This claim is by David Feinstein, pH.D. in Acupoint stimulation in treating psychological disorders: Evidence of efficacy [.pdf] Essentially it is a claim that stimulating acupuncture points during ...
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Have only girls been born for a long time in this village?

German media has reported that a village in Poland has had only girls born for the last decade: The head of the parish promises a reward, the Catholic village priest asks for God's help: In the ...
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Did Google search manipulation push millions of voters towards Clinton in the 2016 US Presidential Election? [closed]

Donald Trump tweeted on August 19, 2019 Wow, Report Just Out! Google manipulated from 2.6 million to 16 million votes for Hillary Clinton in 2016 Election! This was put out by a Clinton supporter, ...
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Is there a subgroup of Asians that have slanting vaginas?

I had heard somewhere that some women have horizontal vagina. I didn't think it was true. So I asked my biology teacher, "I've heard some women have horizontal vagina. Is it true?" He replied, "Yes,...
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Are one-third of teen suicides homosexuals?

The media and government officials have often claimed that the rate of teen suicide for homosexuals is vastly higher than the suicide rate of heterosexual teens. The figure they often use is that an ...
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How prevalent has psychoactive drug use been in the Syrian civil war?

ARA news - a site with English-language news regarding Syria an the Kurdish-majority regions in particular, has posted this item: Captagon, The Drug Fuelling the War In Syria where it says: Half ...
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Can magnets be used to clean laundry?

According to the Magnetic Laundry site, magnets can be used instead of detergent to clean laundry! For a "scientific" explanation, their video states: These magnets work at an atomic level to ...
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Have 1.5% of all nuclear reactors ever built melted down?

During a June 28, 2012, "Talk at Google", Stanford professor Mark Jacobson made the following claim: One and a half percent of all nuclear reactors ever built, and there have been about 440, have ...
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Did Police spray fake blood on themselves in Philadelphia on August 14th 2019?

According to this video police officers sprayed fake blood on themselves in response to the August 2019 Philadelphia shooting. Is this account of the incident true?
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Did Hedviga Golik sit dead and undiscovered for 42 years in front of her TV?

While searching for data for another question on here regarding people dying watching TV, I stumbled upon a Gizmodo article about one unfortunate Hedviga Golik, who died in front of her TV in 1966 and ...
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Is it illegal to sell used mattresses?

I'm possibly selling a used mattress (plead the 5th) and to my surprise was told that it's illegal! I've never heard this before. It seems that many others are asking this question and have heard it ...
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Does cutting paper dull a knife quickly? [duplicate]

This question is a follow-up to "How to test the sharpness of a knife?", my answer to it, and the comments my answer generated. Charlie Brumbaugh wanted to know how to tell when he is done when ...
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Did Michelle Obama have a staff of 23 people, while Melania has a staff of 4?

According to this picture (shared over 100k times) Text reads, Obama donated none of his salary, Michelle had a staff of 23 Trump donates all of his salary, Melania has a staff of 4 I'm more ...
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Did abortion rights activists burn effigies of fetuses at a protest?

The Ask Dr Brown Facebook page shared a a video a crowd around a street fire stating: Abortion activists burn unborn babies in effigy This same video was shared on Twitter with a misleading text ...
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Is Switzerland vulnerable to aerial threats outside office hours?

From http://rt.com/news/swiss-fighters-office-hours-514/ on a recent emergency: The Swiss airforce is only available during office hours. These are reported to be from 8am until noon, then 1:30 ...
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Do predators tend to have vertical slit pupils versus horizontal for prey animals?

The picture above is taken from a Telegram channel and the text in Russian goes as follows. Prey has got a horizontally shaped pupil to better scan the horizon and a predator's pupil has a ...
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Can coffee grounds clean pipes when disposed in the sink?

I regularly have heard/read the claim that flushing coffee grounds in the sink can 'clean pipes' and/or 'scrape dirt from the pipes' and so on. (Note this is almost the opposite of the claim this ...
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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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Is the name “Ahmad” mentioned in the dead sea scrolls?

This video claims that the following excerpt is a verse of the Isiah scroll of the dead sea scrolls. The claim also appears in here. Is it true?
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Do inaudible sonic weapons exist?

The US is investigating whether diplomats in Cuba were subjected to a sonic weapon that caused hearing problems: The Guardian, 11 Aug 2017 One or more Canadians affected after suspected use of ...
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Does drinking coffee interfere with magnesium absorption?

I heard often that coffee deplete magnesium in your body, both in ads for magnesium supplements, on so called "wellness" websites but also on some scientific papers. Some sources claim that it's ...
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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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