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Is the Earth 6000 years old?

Dr Kent Hovind, a noted American Young Earth creationist, claims that the Earth is only 6000 years old. When I was growing up, I was taught in school that dinosaurs come from at least millions of ...
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Does drinking water upside-down help cure hiccups?

I was under the impression that drinking water upside-down worked for curing hiccups (when they worked) merely due to a placebo effect, or at the very least didn't work any better than just drinking ...
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Does the “sugar high” exist at all?

I've heard numerous times that eating1 a high quantity of sugar will give you a "sugar high" or "sugar buzz" The high one gets after consuming large amounts of sugar. Also called a "sugar rush." ...
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Are participants in stage hypnosis part of the show?

Are the volunteers actually part of the performance (i.e. paid or in other ways compensated) to perform like chickens etc., or is it actually possible to hypnotize people in the short space of time ...
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Does organic food have more vitamins than nonorganic food?

Aside from the issue of pesticides there's the claim that organic food has more nutrients, vitamins and minerals than nonorganic food: Organic food is known to contain 50% more nutrients, ...
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Is the coldest part of the day an hour after the sun comes up?

Popular lore states that generally the lowest temperature of any given day occurs an hour after sunrise, because it takes some time for the heat from the Sun to reach Earth. But, it only takes about ...
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Does coffee cause children to grow slower?

One of the things claimed by several adults when I was little is that coffee would stop me from growing so I wasn't allowed to drink it, is there any truth to that claim? It doesn't seem completely ...
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What's wrong with processed food?

Jamie Oliver always talks about how processed food is awful, and we should stop eating it. By processed food he means food which is pre-prepared and contains additives. He instead insists that food ...
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Am I contagious before I'm symptomatic?

Whenever someone is ill with a cold or flu, the 'fact' always seems to be brought up that you're contagious before you start exhibiting symptoms - coughing, sneezing etc. Many people with flu are ...
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Was the world life expectancy only 30 years at 1900?

In this article, About.com article on Life Expectancy they claim: In 1900, the world life expectancy was approximately 30 years I've also the same claim elsewhere. However, this doesn't jibe with ...
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Does changing your pH balance change your mood?

I have read that eating more alkaline foods and changing your pH balance reduces stress and anxiety. For example, see Eat a Lemon, Feel Less Stressed: Stephanie McClellan, MD, and Beth Hamilton, ...
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What is the reason that the moon appears larger on the horizon?

According to the Wikipedia article Moon illusion, it has apparently been "proven" that the moon's larger appearance at the horizon is, indeed, an illusion, and not a magnification of some kind. I ...
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On 9/11, was Building 7 destroyed in a controlled explosion?

There have been a lot of claims made about the circumstances surrounding the events of 9/11 and Building 7 in particular. The central claim regarding Building 7, that I have heard personally, is that ...
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Does circumcision lead to a net increase in quality of life?

I was recently surprised to learn that many Americans have been circumcised even though their parents had no religious motivation to go through with it. This in strong contrast with my home country ...
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Kindergarten drug dealers

A common myth says that drug dealers make drug-laced candies or pills and give them off to children outside schools. For example, Examples of the drug-mixing strategy also include candy laced ...
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Is Barack Obama a natural born US citizen?

In this Politico Article dated 8/5/10 the results of a poll taken on President Obama are discussed: The poll of 1,018 adults shows 27 percent of Americans believe the president was “probably” ...
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Are there public laws dealing with extraterrestrial contact?

UFO theorists claim that there are US laws preventing people from investigating or contacting aliens. From "Alien Contact Laws- $5,000 Fine And Imprisonment" at http://www.unexplainable.net/artman/...
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Is Activism Effective?

When I'm freezing my hands giving out fliers, I have to wonder: Am I actually making an impact? Are there specific forms of activism which are more effective than others? Does it just preach to the ...
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Do copper jewellery stains indicate illness?

People wearing copper jewellery quite often have black/green/dark blue stains on wrists and fingers. Articles like this say that these stains are related to a person's metabolism. And appear because ...
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Do automobile manufacturers make parts wear out and break easily, just so they can make more money?

It is sometimes heard that automobile manufacturers design low-quality parts that wear out or break easily, so that they can make money on the repair or replacement of these parts. I believe this to ...
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Why do we not have vehicles that meet or exceed the MPG ratings of vehicles that were available in the 1990s

I'm seeing some conspiracy theories making the rounds which claim that car-manufacturers are intentionally making cars that aren't as fuel efficient as they used to be. They often point to the Geo ...
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Is bad posture bad for anything other than your back?

As a musician, I've had a fair amount of tuition on posture. One in particular, who was teaching Alexander Technique said that bad posture could cause seemingly unrelated complaints, as slouching ...
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Is yawning contagious across species?

The Mythbusters have "confirmed" the contagiousness of yawning between humans and this study concludes it may be part of a neural network involved in empathy. This hypothesis is supported by ...
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Is popping your knuckles bad for you?

I pop my knuckles fairly frequently, and I have been told on several occasions that doing so is bad for your joints. Is this true? Have there been any medical studies on this?
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Platinum fuel saver

I've heard on the radio advertisements for a product called the Platinum Fuel Saver, that they claim that if you use it, you will increase fuel efficiency by 25%. What kind of data is there to support ...
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What is the commonly accepted mechanism that causes people to experience pareidolia?

I often see cases of pareidolia reported in the news, on blogs, and even here. I think remember reading in Demon Haunted World by Carl Sagan that this had an evolutionary origin (i.e. if you see a ...
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Is there any explanation for a near-death experience?

One idea I used to hear a lot about was that when people are near-death and saved by medical science that they sometimes see "a light at the end of a tunnel" in a vision. Today I read about an ...
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Were people shorter in the middle ages?

In many castles or museums you'll find medieval armor, belonging to a knight. Those are often very small compared to the average human nowadays. I've heard this explained multiple times as being due ...
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Is background radiation a secondary concern over radioactive particles themselves?

I've heard that the level of "background radiation" is not the primary concern in a radioactive accident; instead the radioactive particles emitting the radiation, and the absorption thereof, are the ...
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Are we supposed to keep a 24 hour rest/wake cycle?

I find it nearly impossible to keep a 24 hour day cycle and the developed world have been structured into the 8 hour work day where you have: Eight hours labour, Eight hours recreation, Eight ...
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Has any Peer-Reviewed Double Blind Study been made on any vaccine regarding efficacy?

I can not even find one Peer-Reviewed Double Blind Study of any vaccine. Can you point out some studies for me, if they are available?
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Is the “Face on Mars” an artificial structure?

Is the famous image of a face on Mars a trick of the light or an artificial structure reprinting a face?
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Could a Great Flood have happened?

In Noah's Ark myth God sent 40 days of rain to flood the Earth. Are any such long periods of persistent rain recorded? What kind of disaster could happen to cover all continents with water?
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Is sugar in fruit juice less likely to cause weight gain than refined sugar?

Refined sugar is regularly described as the root of all evil, while sugar in fruit juice slips under the net. I just noticed my 330ml juice has 33g of sugar in it. There are currently ...
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Is the fertility rate of women who work over 2 children anywhere in the world? [closed]

Does women working outside the home automatically drive below the replacement threshold? In a developed country, to ensure at least the replacement of its population, the fertility rate needs to be ...
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What is the scientific explanation of “Orbs” in photographs?

This is a typical extract form a blog post about Orbs, Reading an article about orbs, the mysterious lights sometimes appearing in photographs, I was reminded of how little we know of the ...
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Is LSD more harmful than alcohol?

Having read this Guardian article it seems LSD is a much less harmful drug (both to the user and to others) than alcohol. I live in the UK, where alcohol is legal to buy from age 18 (and to drink from ...
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Can better lawyers achieve better judgements for their clients?

This claim is frequently heard in news (and especially in TV and movies). Especially in connotation with big companies and rich individuals - "They'll get the best lawyers money can buy, and they'll ...
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Does the Mount Washington wind speed record have scientific validity?

A record wind gust of 231 miles/hour was recorded in 1934, according to http://www.mountwashington.org/about/visitor/recordwind.php Wind speeds of this magnitude are commonly known to damage or ...
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How much do we know about the brain?

Here's a question that is bound to be controversial but is not intended as such. Do we really know anything at all about the brain? Is neurology really a science? I'm an epileptic patient and ...
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Are saturated fats unhealthy?

I've been taught since I was a kid that eating fat is bad for my health. Later on, I found out that unsaturated fats (especially ones containing Omega-3 and Omega-6) are actually good for your health. ...
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What are the greatest successes of long term climate prediction?

Seth Roberts claims that the field of climate modelling hasn't produced models that have effectively predicted future climate events. According to him the models are only validated on past data. Is ...
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Can bacon help to remove splinters?

Some claim that bacon can help to remove splinters. Is there any good evidence that this makes sense? For example, these splinter remedy lists both suggest that bandaging a piece of bacon (or bacon ...
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Does eating papaya everyday work as a contraceptive?

I saw a few hours ago a friend posted on his Facebook wall a claim that some research from the University of Sussex has shown that daily consumption of ripe papaya works as a contraceptive, and to ...
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Is there any strong evidence of alien life?

I know that there has been found evidence pointing to simple life on Mars, but has any of the projects like SETI found anything that could point to intelligent alien life out there? By alien life, I ...
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Is eating eggs bad for me?

I read yesterday that a single egg contains 70% of my daily cholesterol. I will frequently cook myself an omlette for lunch with 2-3 eggs. Is this unhealthy if I do it more than once a week?
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Does smoking a single cigarette measurably harm your body? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Does smoking cigarettes cause lung cancer? Most of the data I've seen on smoking concentrates on the effects of smoking n cigarettes per day, or per week, over a long period ...
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Do any brain training games make you smarter?

What are the benefits over just playing a normal game? Sites such as Lumosity claim they are training your brain and making you smarter using "what seems like games". Is there any scientific evidence ...
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Are WiFi waves harmful?

Has it been proven that being exposed to WiFi waves is harmful?
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Are most properties in China vacant, despite record property price growth?

House prices in China have been growing really fast due to the amazing GDP growth of the country. I've been reading though that whilst there are so many buildings being built, it's mainly due to the ...

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