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Do the majority of doctors in the USA support hydroxychloroquine use for covid-19?

The Claim Scott Adams recently made the claim that the majority of doctors in the USA support the use of hydroxychloroquine. Normally a cartoonist's podcast would not be a notable source for a claim, ...
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Did India plan to get Pakistan's nuclear facility destroyed by Israel in the mid-'80s?

A 2010 article by Shahid R. Siddiqi in Dawn (a major Pakistani English newspaper) states: After successfully destroying the Iraqi nuclear reactor in 1981, Israelis planned a similar attack on ...
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Does vaping enhance infection with covid-19 or protect from it?

There is a fair amount of controversy on whether e-cigarettes and vaping are safer than cigarettes (see this skeptics question). And it isn't unknown for researchers to seek results that match their ...
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Is Moderna a pump-and-dump? [closed]

Evidence of deception 1. Inordinate insider Selling. I screenshot just part of the first page. May 18 2020, Jul 17 2020, Aug 2 2020. On Jul 15 2020, even Jim Cramer says he wants to see if Moderna ...
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Can an RNA vaccine change your DNA permanently?

I was sent this recent Food For Thought YouTube video. It contains a number of wild claims about vaccinations. In particular, it contains snippets of edited, unsourced footage of Bill Gates saying: ...
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Does sexual abuse lead to homosexuality?

An article on the website for the organization Heterosexuals Organized for a Moral Environment (H.O.M.E.) claims that sexual abuse has been shown to lead to Homosexuality: It is a well-documented ...
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Is hydroxychloroquine + zinc + antibiotics an effective treatment for COVID-19?

It's often claimed, for example, in this Spectrum News report that a drug combination of hydroxychloroquine and zinc and antibiotics is an effective early treatment for COVID-19. Researchers at NYU's ...
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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 prove ...
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Will eating a lot of junk food shorten your life expectancy?

I just ate an entire medium pepperoni pizza for dinner and my roommate started lecturing me on how I'm gonna die in my 30s. Does eating fatty and sugary foods make your life any shorter?
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Can scaring a person cure hiccups?

There is a popular belief that scaring a hiccuping person would cure the hiccups. Is it true?
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Did the “slipping on a banana peel” gag plausibly originate as a reference to horse manure?

Although many people today might not have ever experienced slipping on a banana peel in real life, the peels are actually slippery enough to have caused more than a few accidents in total (see DavePhD'...
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How does breathing into a bag stop your hiccups?

User "Richard" cited NYU Medical Center's Department of Otolaryngology that mooted breathing into a bag , but I've happened on two different explanations. Which is correct? 8: Bag Those ...
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Do dramatic cases of body shaking and trembling in religious settings have supernatural causes?

There are many examples of people experiencing dramatic body shaking and trembling in religious settings, such as the ones below: Example 1 Example 2 Example 3 Example 4 Example 5 Example 6 Example 7 ...
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Was Dr. Birx personally responsible for the decision to change the COVID-19 data reporting from the CDC to the HHS?

An opinion piece about Dr. Birx published on CNN says: Unfortunately, in my view, she truly has made a real hash out of the entire effort, with a series of poor decisions -- changing hospital data ...
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Did Nelson Mandela oppose reservation in South Africa after aparthied? [closed]

A post on linkedin claimed that: Nelson Mandela replied that he will not allow any type of Reservations in any sector i.e. in the education sector, in govt sector & in private sector at any cost ...
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Did Mohammad Ali Jinnah in 1945 say, “Muslims who are opposing Pakistan will spend the rest of their lives proving loyalty to India”?

Check this link Did Mohammad Ali Jinnah in 1945 say, “Muslims who are opposing Pakistan will spend the rest of their lives proving loyalty to India”?
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Muslim couple provocatively pictured on beach — true holiday photo or fake (i.e. staged/set up)? [closed]

Recently I found a very provocative picture circulating in anti-Islam communities. It shows a presumably Muslim man, who is wearing a very small bathing suit and is standing next to a fully clothed ...
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Was Kulbhushan Jadhav an Indian spy working for RAW?

On 3 March 2016, Pakistani security forces arrested an Indian person from Pakistan's restive Baluchistan province. They also recovered an ID and a passport from him. The ID said he was a "serving ...
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Is Iran's emblem designed based on Khanda symbol?

The flag of Iran contains the Emblem of Iran: It is visually similar to the khanda, a symbol of Sikh faith: A 2012 article in the Iran Politics Club claims Emblem of Iran was based ("stolen&...
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In a lightning storm, is it safer to stand near a beech tree than near an oak tree?

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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Did North Korean officials focus a probe on whether fire victims tried to save portraits?

The Daily Mail recently reported that North Korean officials are investigating some people's response to a gas explosion. In particular, they are focussed on whether the obligatory portraits of Kim Il-...
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Did a founder of the Black Lives Matter Global Network organization claim to be a trained Marxist?

According to an online NY Post article, one of the founders of the Black Lives Matter Global Network organization allegedly referred to herself and her fellow organizers as "trained Marxists"...
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Would a Value Added Tax (VAT) make it harder for companies to avoid paying taxes?

Andrew Yang claims the following in his platform for the 2020 US Democratic presidential primary race: A VAT makes it impossible for them to benefit from the American people, automation, and ...
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Are 2 million Uighurs and Muslim minorities put into political camps

Reuters: Gay McDougall, a member of the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, cited estimates that 2 million Uighurs and Muslim minorities were forced into “political ...
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Would mail-in voting strain or break the US postal system?

In this interview with Jacqueline Policastro, I read President Trump: No, not trying to suppress it. I want to have the vote. I want to actually have the vote. I want to have the real vote. I don't ...
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Are blue light filters, not blue lights, on phones and computer screens harmful to sleep?

These existing questions ask whether the blue lights, not blue light filters, from computer screens affect sleep: Does blue light from screens (phone, computer, TV) before sleep affect sleep? Does ...
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Do onions enhance immune system?

The claim that onions boost your immune system is pretty widely held. Examples: https://healthyeating.sfgate.com/onions-good-immune-system-3954.html https://web.archive.org/web/20191228185524/http://...
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Does garlic enhance immune system?

There's a widely held belief that garlic enhances immune system. I'll reuse the same links as my earlier "onion" question, but the purported mechanisms seem different, even if they are ...
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Are most humans infected with parasites that water fasting can eliminate?

So this is a new one for me... I came across a jaw dropping niche of health-woo today. Apparently tens of thousands of people (if not more) believe that almost all humans are infected with parasites ...
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Are British plugs safer than all other plugs?

There is a very interesting Youtube Video British Plugs Are Better Than All Other Plugs, And Here's Why that indicates some engineering reasons why the British power plug is safer than for example the ...
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Was Ross Capicchioni shot by a friend as part of a gang initiation?

Ross Capicchioni was a teenager who was shot several times and required emergency surgery. He reported that he had been shot by someone he knew who was undergoing a gang-initiation. He claims the ...
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Did Canada “mandate the content of voluntary speech”?

In this clip with Jordan Peterson conversing with Russel Brand, Peterson says, (3m:57s) The government, for the first time in the history of Canada and really in a move that was unprecedented 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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Did Maureen Healy, who was shot in the head by Feds in Portland, write the following press release?

There is a "press release" circulating on the internet. It purports to have been written by Maureen Healy, the protestor who received a blow to the head from a projectile in Portland, Oregon....
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Is a woman more likely to get pregnant by a sperm containing an X chromosome than an Y chromosome?

MedicalDaily writes in Male Fertility 101: 7 Little-Known Facts About Sperm For Men's Health: Not all sperm are chromosomally male. Several sperm do carry the X chromosome, while others carry the Y ...
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Do doctors recommend that ears should be checked annually?

In a Business Insider video about a procedure for removing excess earwax, the subtitles claim: Doctors recommend getting your ears checked annually. I've never heard of this before.
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Has the synthetic bacteria Synthia become a rogue flesh-eating disease?

I spotted this on Facebook: Cynthia [sic]: Flesh-Eating Synthetic Bacteria that has Gone Wild In 2011, Cynthia was unleashed in the Gulf of Mexico and in its initial stages of life it was ...
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Did a suicidal woman talk a police officer into jumping with her?

Right now, memes featuring a supposed news paper article stating "SUICIDE WOMAN TALKS COP INTO JUMPING WITH HER!" are going around. For example: More examples (not displayed as images to ...
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Does going vegan roughly save 600 gallons of water a day?

On average, a vegan, a person who doesn't eat meat or dairy, indirectly consumes nearly 600 gallons of water per day less than a person who eats the average American diet. "National Geographic&...
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Do homosexuals have a shorter life expectancy than heterosexuals?

I've heard a few people claim this. Have any reputable studies concluded that homosexuals live, on average, significantly shorter than heterosexuals?
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Did Saddam Hussein get found guilty of anything other than sentencing four innocents in a case of mistaken identity? [closed]

Four mistakenly killed Hundreds of men, women and children were detained after the failed assassination attempt. More than 140 people were sentenced and executed1 for their alleged involvement in the ...
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Did Coinstar add a delay and fake noises because people didn't believe a machine could count coins quickly?

I saw a post on Reddit claiming that Coinstar machines are extremely fast at counting coins, but that the company had to introduce a delay and fake noises to the machines because customers didn't ...
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Are people more likely to die of COVID-19 in hospital than at home?

From a variety of Facebook posts about COVID-19: Que raro ese COVID-19 ...en casa se curan, pero en los hospitales se mueren (Example 1, 2, 3, with slightly different texts) Translation into English:...
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Can burning potato peels clean a chimney?

Some state, that burning dry potato skin would remove or reduce carbon black in a chimney. One can find many examples for this online: The potato peels burn at high energy and will help push the ...
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Did the Smithsonian publish this infographic about 'whiteness'?

The American Conservative ascribes some claims to Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC): Look at this stunning exhibition from the website of the Smithsonian’...
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Is it a “standard tactic” of law enforcement to “apprehend individuals” in unmarked cars?

There are reports of federal agents in Portland "grabbing and arresting protesters and detaining them in unmarked vehicles." In response, Jann Carson, interim executive director of the ACLU ...
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Did The Beatles write “Norwegian Wood” after hearing Bob Dylan's “4th Time Around” as claimed by producer Al Kooper?

It's widely believed that the Bob Dylan song "4th Time Around" was inspired by "Norwegian Wood" by The Beatles. However, music producer Al Kooper claims that John Lennon heard live renditions of "4th ...
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Did the amount of bureaucrats increase in the immediate aftermath of the Soviet Union?

David Graber says in this interview on The Real News, My favorite example is Russia after the fall of the Soviet Union in the 10 years between, I think it was 1991 or two, and 2002, the total ...
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Did Neem Karoli Baba read the thoughts of Ram Dass?

Here is a claim made by former Harvard professor and later spiritual teacher and author Ram Dass (born Richard Alpert) in a YouTube video and in an article on his web-site Ram Dass visited a Hindu ...
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Was the KGB using leftists to “destabilize” nations?

In 1984, a former KGB agent, Yuri Bezmenov, claimed in a lengthy interview that: @32:11: [...] progressive intellectuals; writers, journalists, publishers, professors of colleges [...] For us ...

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