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Was George H. W. Bush the “youngest pilot in the US Navy”?

According to this Miller Center, Bush enlisted in the Navy on his 18th birthday and became notable as the youngest pilot to earn his wings in World War II. And, again, on The Independent, he ...
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Did Donald Trump file for bankruptcy four times?

In the CNN's Republican debate broadcasted in Sept 2015, Carly Fiorina said the following to Donald Trump: There are a lot of us Americans who believe that we're going to have trouble someday ...
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Do victims of rape have biological defenses that prevent pregnancy?

Pro life Rep. Todd Akin, who is running for Senate in Missouri, recently said: “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.” Needless to say, this ...
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Was Sun's distance mentioned correctly in “Hanuman Chalisa”, the 16 th century poem?

I found many sites stating that the Sun's distance was mentioned accurately in the "Hanuman Chalisa" hymn written in the 16th century. Even Wikipedia has a mention of this. juga sahasra jojana ...
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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 NASA director Charles Bolden claim that an alien invasion will happen soon?

Russian news site "Federal News Agency" (FAN) today published "Директор NASA заявил, что до вторжения инопланетян осталось несколько месяцев": Директора NASA Чарльза Болдена отправили в отпуск по ...
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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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Do diets containing meat and milk cause a large proportion of breast cancer?

Kristi Funk is a breast cancer surgeon, famous (I assume) for treating Angelina Jolie and Sheryl Crow (I assume these are famous people). She has a new book to promote and has been doing publicity for ...
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Do ibuprofen or paracetamol cause hearing loss?

This 2016 Express article gives a rather disturbing warning that two common pain killers might cause the risk of hearing loss. PARACETAMOL or ibuprofen could cause long-term deafness, experts have ...
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Are Democrats more likely to believe Astrology is a science?

In an answer on politics.SE, a Northwestern University study was highlighted, whose main findings included: more Democrats than Republicans think astrology is scientific Using Fisher’s Exact Test, ...
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Are military spy satellites as advanced as people think they are?

We've all been there: you're discussing the recent launch of a rocket carrying a satellite to orbit, or what have you, and suddenly someone pops in and makes a comment like Yeah, it's amazing and ...
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Did the precedence of operations in arithmetic change since 1917?

The internet has been so bored lately that it spent most of the week arguing about a simple math statement. That statement: 8 ÷ 2(2+2) = ? Mostly, people are arguing that the answer is either 16 or ...
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Do Milankovitch Cycles fully explain climate change?

The Milankovitch Cycles is the effect on the climate caused by variations in astronomical movements by the Earth relative to the Sun. A recent Natural News article attributes of the recent effects of ...
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Can hearing aids “repair” hearing issues thanks to brain plasticity?

I'm 24 and for some undetermined reason, I have hearing loss exclusively from the left ear and this, from my childhood. Nothing (treatment, surgery, etc) can be done to cure my ear so I decided to see ...
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Neil Armstrong: “One small step for man” or “one small step for a man”?

Today on Facebook the Science Museum (London) posted: #OTD in 1930 American astronaut and aeronautical engineer Neil Armstrong was born. In July 1969, Armstrong and Apollo 11 pilot Buzz ...
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Has there been tornadoes off the coast of Ibiza this week?

According to some Facebook posts and Majorca Daily Bulletin there’s been tornadoes off the coast of Ibiza & Majorca this week (Sept 2019). However according to this Spanish website the videos ...
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Was Ekaterina Kalinina in fact of Jewish origin? [on hold]

Wikipedia claims the spouse of Mikhail Kalinin was of Jewish origin. But I encountered claims she was in fact Russian-Estonian. I wonder whether she was Jewish indeed as the Wikipedia claims. For ...
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how to run a proper test to assess equality/difference in same food different countries? [closed]

I'm Italian, now living in US for some months. As you may know we like pasta, I tried Barilla, our best known pasta brand. Well.. the taste seems a little bit different here. It is actually produced ...
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Is Hungary's border fence with Serbia (almost) entirely electrified?

The BBC (March, 2019) says Hungary's border fence with Serbia consists of "170 km of electrified barbed wire" (at 0:30-0:35 in the video). 170km is basically the whole length of the border between ...
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Did Donald Trump indeed increase US tax collection by reducing tax rates? [closed]

Many economists talk about the Laffer Curve when referring to optimal tax rates for maximized tax colllection. Unfortunatelly, very little is known about the actual shape of that curve (apart from the ...
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Are high temperatures the cause of nudity being not unusual amongst the Daasanach?

From the second page of I Photographed Women In 60 Countries To Change The Way We See Beauty: Her tribe is called the Daasanach. With the high temperatures here, nudity is not unusual. Amongst ...
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Do the hemoglobin genotypes of a couple affect whether their offspring will get Sickle Cell Disease?

I just read this (currently unanswered) Quora quesion: What should I do? After seven years in a relationship, I just find out that our genotype is AS. Since I never heard of this before I googled ...
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Has immigration from Eastern Europe impacted UK youth unemployment?

MigrationWatch UK is a think-tank that argues for lower immigration levels into the UK. In a 2012 Briefing Paper they claimed: Youth unemployment in the UK increased by almost 450,000 in the ...
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Has no UK party won a majority of seats with around 35% of the popular vote?

In Yahoo news from today, it is said that despite the Conservative party's lead in opinion polls, it is headed for a hung Parliament. One of the arguments is that “No party has ever won a majority ...
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Can people tell the difference between sea salt and table salt in food?

Sea salt has been getting much more popular lately due to a perception that it tastes better than regular salt. Since it has negligible amounts of iodine, and tends to replace iodized salt in our diet,...
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What did Socrates have to say about what strong, average, and weak minds discuss?

Strong minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, and weak minds discuss people. is widely attributed to Socrates. I should have thought that if Socrates said it, it would be readily ...
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Did Lenin ever say that you could “destroy society through music”?

I've seen the quote: "One quick way to destroy a society is through its music." Vladimir Lenin on (Russian?) Facebook: Spanish Twitter: and is also mentioned in the book The Authentic ...
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Do 643,000 Americans go bankrupt every year due to medical bills?

I've been seeing a specific graphic circulating all over Instagram for the past few days. Here's Kim Kardashian posting it on her story. Two things seem odd about this graphic. The first is the 643,...
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Did the US Climate Reference Network Show No New Warming Since 2005 in the US?

I believe most are aware of the difficulties on surface based temperatures. Gaps in thermometer placement and reliance on extrapolation, placement near HVAC unit, cities and other heat sources or ...
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Did the vedas accurately describe the planetary system like elliptical orbits and Sun being the centre?

There is a book called 108 eternal truths which claims many things which have been proved wrong on this site. It makes the following claims about vedas describing the planetary system. The Vedas are ...
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Does this video show a Hong Kong protestor disabling a tear gas cannister with liquid nitrogen?

A recent tweet from @PatriotCoburn says: Holy Shit the protesters in Hong Kong are grabbing the canisters of tear gas dropping it into liquid nitrogen and turning it into its harmless solid form. ...
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Did Michael Mann based his entire pre-1421 hockey stick graph on one cedar on the Gaspé Peninsula? [closed]

Canadian author and cultural commentator, Mark Steyn, claims in his book, A Disgrace to the Profession that American climatologist Dr. Michael Mann based the pre-1421 data in his famous Hockey Stick ...
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Does Phenol (Carbolic acid) repel snakes?

Context: In India, snake prone villages or areas where snakebite deaths are common, people use phenol (carbolic acid) in a commercially prepared liquid solution beside the home and doorways. The form ...
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Does US governmental advocacy of drinking milk harm African-Americans?

According to a California State University article Milk new symbol of hate?: ... The federal endorsement of milk in American diets contributes to the problem by uncritically pushing people to ...
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Were the women of Travancore, India, taxed for covering their breasts by breast size?

There are some claims regarding a weird tax which existed just over a century ago in a part of India. Several articles say that this tax existed. For example, the Economic Times: State of ...
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Did a series of PSAs about surveillance culture lead to schools in New Mexico getting Ritalin eliminated as a behavior-modifying drug?

I was reading up on Godfrey Reggio’s film, Koyaanisqatsi (1982) when I came across this claim on Wikipedia regarding some PSAs (public service announcements) he made for the ACLU in New Mexico in the ...
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Is the internet in Madagascar faster than in UK?

According to this article dated July 30 2019, the island nation of Madagascar has faster internet than the United Kingdom. If you only know Madagascar because of that animated penguins film, you'...
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Are the 2019 Amazon rainforest fires only 7% higher than the 10 year average?

This article makes the following claim: While the number of fires in 2019 is indeed 80% higher than in 2018, it’s just 7% higher than the average over the last 10 years ago, Nepstad said. ...
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Is the Great Wall of China visible from space?

Is the Great Wall of China visible from space? This is quoted every now and then in film and television (e.g. The Truman Show), purportedly placing it among a rare class of single object that are ...
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Is Collectivism the cause of the 10 worst famines of the 20th century?

David Harsanyi, in this twitter post and accompanying article, makes this claim: The 10 worst famines of the 20th century weren’t caused by the excesses of capitalism or by environmental disasters ...
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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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Is back pain often caused by unconscious emotional issues, such as rage?

Tension Myositis Syndrome (TMS) is a diagnosis for back pain given by Dr. John Sarno. According to Sarno, TMS is a condition in which unconscious emotional issues (primarily rage) initiate a ...
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Do humans share 50% of their DNA with bananas?

It's widely claimed that we share 50% of our DNA with bananas. Does this have actual basis or is it a myth? Example claims The Mirror (UK), NHGRI
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Can Doom run on a car's infotainment system?

In this youtube video a hacker claims it is easily possible to mod the infotainment system in his Porsche to run the game Doom using the controls of his car to control the game. This Gizmodo/Sploid ...
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Did George W. Bush spend 32% of his presidency vacationing, versus Barack Obama's 5.2%?

This picture is making the rounds on Facebook: [Picture of George W. Bush] 32% [Picture of Barack Obama] 5.2% Percentage of presidency spent on vacation. Guess which one conservatives call "The ...
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Is using vim faster than a mouse-based editor for source code?

Many people claim that editing text using the vim editor is faster than using a mouse-based one, for experienced users. There seems to be a lot of anecdotal evidence for this claim, but considering ...
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Did a Soviet nail factory produce useless nails to improve metrics?

We've all heard the story, which sounds for all the world like a typical urban legend. It goes something like this: Once upon a time, there was a factory in the Soviet Union that made nails. ...
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Did a UN backed police force carry out a massacre in Haiti?

This event, if it occurred, is getting scant attention. From the Haitian Times: A U.N.-Backed Police Force Carried Out A Massacre In Haiti. The Killings Have Been Almost Entirely Ignored. The ...
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Does a brain age faster when depressed? And would that be a bad thing?

Websites are reporting Research shows your brain physically ages faster when you're depressed Sources 1 2 3 I wonder how exact that research can be, when including such vague (as in: Surely not ...
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Are millions of chinese men without wives because of population gender imbalance? [closed]

I keep finding articles stating that because of the One Child Policy, there is a big gender imbalance in China. They say it's bad enough that millions of men won't be able to find a wife. Example: ...

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