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Do either men or women have higher pain tolerance than the other?

Traditional folklore suggests women have a higher pain tolerance than men. I have seen a few sites suggesting otherwise. Naturally, plenty of anecdotal accounts of wussy men or women get tossed around ...
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Is watching television in the dark harmful to your eyes?

This is obviously related to a few answered questions already here, namely: Does watching television damage the eyes? Is it harmful to your eyes to read in dim light? But the following question is ...
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Is the Amazon being cleared at the rate of X football fields a minute?

I've heard it mentioned in the media in different forms, the Amazon is being cleared at a phenomenal rate. Is there any factual evidence to support this claim? Here is an article from Greenpeace's ...
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New LED TV - Need Monster Cable HDMI for $$$ or do regular HDMI work just as well?

Went to Bestbuy. Bought an awesome tv... then the bestbuy rep tells you that the best of the best is the "Monster Cable" HDMI to connect the TV to my peripherals. I'm not a cable genius... but it ...
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Is Sprockit the robot an AI or a fake?

I just attended a local technical conference and there was a robot roaming the building, talking to people. His name was Sprockit, and he was talking with people. He saw a guy and said "Hey dude, ...
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Is water calcification bad for your health?

I have a friend, who adamantly believes that water calcification causes a number of problems, including poor health. He also said it made the water taste disgusting. He had recently installed a ...
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Who invented the chicken sandwich?

There's a US restaurant chain called Chick-Fil-A and their motto is "We didn't invent the chicken, just the chicken sandwich" If you dig deeper you find that they claim that what they really mean is ...
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Is the Pale Blue Dot smaller than a pixel?

The Earth in the famous Pale Blue Dot image (below) is claimed by NASA to be "0.12 pixel in size". How can something be visible on a digital screen which is smaller than a pixel (or sub-pixel, which ...
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Did Bill Gates say 640k ought to be enough for everyone?

This is a quite famous quote: 640k ought to be enough for anybody. Did Bill Gates say this?
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Are SSDs the best upgrade for the money to average user (and if so, in which circumstances?)

There are claims being made that SSDs (Solid State Drives) are one of (if not THE) best investments one can make as far as PC hardware upgrades. If someone wants a cite, just pick one of 3876 glowing ...
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Do ion bracelets work?

I recently came across a new kind of sports enhancement bracelet. Apparently it emits positive ions that are good for you. The bracelet is also a watch. There are credible scientific studies on ...
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Is cannabis a gateway drug?

gate·way drug noun A habit-forming drug that, while not itself addictive, may lead to the use of other addictive drugs Is there any evidence to suggest that people who try cannabis are more ...
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Is the music industry losing significant money because of piracy?

Is the music industry, and perhaps the entertainment industry, being ruined by piracy (or otherwise losing a substantial amount of money?) For example, the record label EMI has blamed piracy for the ...
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Is watering plants under a hot sun bad?

A couple of people have told me that it's a bad for plants to be watered in the middle of a sunny day, i.e. it's not just that you waste more water due to evaporation, but that there are actually bad ...
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How reliable is identification via DNA matching?

For example, how did they identify Osama bin Ladin? How can they identify with such confidence a DNA match? How can you compare DNA against a sister and determine that it is indeed Osama bin Ladin? ...
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Do expensive, “premium” speaker cables make a difference?

I was tempted to go drop $8500 on these awesome speaker cables so I could be like Whiplash (see customer pictures), but I'm curious, if I use them for my audio system, will they actually make a ...
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Do the military have the technology to trigger earthquakes?

When I was scholar at one class on "aircraft equipments" we also talked about weapons. The teacher mentioned that the military was developing weapons which were going to cause earthquakes. That was ...
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Do we lose most of our body heat through our heads?

If you didn't grow up in a tropical climate, you probably heard something like this as a child... Put on a hat before you go out because you lose the most heat through your head. Some say that ...
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Did Pope John Paul II perform a miracle?

The catholic church has very recently beatified late Pope John Paul II. As one of the requirements for this, the church required at least one miracle attributed to the candidate. In this case, a nun ...
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Would humans be more advanced if the Dark Ages never happened?

So there are a lot of people who say that the Dark Ages, lasting about 1,000 years, set humans back technologically. However, some say that since the Dark Ages really only affected Western Europe, ...
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Is refilling water bottles bad for you?

On a lot of bottles of so called mineral water, it is advised not to refill the bottle (with ordinary tap water, or any other drink e.g. cola) as doing so may present a health hazard. Is there any ...
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Does the Conservative Party of Canada have a ban on abortion in its platform?

It would either be an outright ban (outlawed) or a ban on the public funding part (health care being all public in Canada). But I'm just asking: is there such a thing in their platform?
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Is there a potential hazard daisy chaining extension leads

In the UK, electricians tell me that 'it is against regulations' to plug a 4 way extension lead into an existing 4 way extension lead. Is this a safety issue? Surely, if the first extension lead in ...
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Was John Maynard Keynes a child molester?

I was reading Conservapedia's article on John Maynard Keynes and pederasty: Keynes and his friends made numerous trips to the resorts surrounding the Mediterranean. At the resorts, little ...
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Is it possible to fly 4 helicopters anywhere in a country without official knowledge?

According to reports, there were 4 helicopters used in the raid on Osama Bin Laden. Is it conceivable that even one helicopter could be flown so close to the capital of another country without raising ...
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Gulf War Syndrome, is it real?

The condition now called "Gulf War Illness" has been studied extensively,(1)(2) however, there remains great debate about its potential causes or whether it exists as a distinct condition. About 700,...
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Is the Ballmer Peak real?

There is a myth saying that having a BAC in the 0.129% - 0.138% range can improve your cognitive abilities. This effect is called the Ballmer Peak (a reference to Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft) and ...
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Churchill's quote: “This is just the sort of nonsense up with which I will not put.”

Did Winston Churchill say, as some on the 'net claim, in response to being told he should not end a sentence with a preposition, something like "This is just the sort of nonsense up with which I will ...
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Do people think in a language?

I was discussing some things with a psychology major, and he insisted that people always use a language to think. This is quite opposed to my own experience. I agree that I am capable of formulating ...
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Did Apple “jumpstart” the USB market?

Did Apple "jumpstart the USB market"? An example of the claim is as follows: When Apple released their iMac there was a rush to release peripherals to support them. Before that nobody really cared ...
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Is Paul McCartney dead?

Is it true that Paul McCartney died in 1966 and was replaced by a look-a-like, or was this really just a conspiracy theory? Is there any proof either way, or all just speculation? "Paul is dead" ...
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Is playing sport at your 'home ground' a benefit?

As Wikipedia puts it... In team sports, the term home advantage (also called home field/court/diamond/ice advantage) describes the advantage–usually a psychological advantage–that the home ...
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“We have the right tires for your driving style.” [closed]

I saw an ad for a tire company today stating that they have the right tires for your driving style. When I buy tires I look for silent tires with long lifespan, good grip and most importantly a decent ...
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Did Martin Luther King, Jr. say that “I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy”?

Did Martin Luther King, Jr. say I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy It's been going around the tweeterwebs today in ...
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Are IQ tests reliable?

Some of the more common types of IQ tests are: Stanford-Binet Intelligence Scale, Fifth Edition (SBIS-V) (Ages 2–90+)An update of the SB-IV. In addition to providing a Full Scale score, it ...
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Can a lack of Vitamin A in your diet be statistically proven to be linked to worse eyesight?

Reading this question: Does eating carrots improve your eyesight? - brought to mind a common piece of medical advice in USSR - to eat carrots to prevent your eyesight from going bad (as opposed to ...
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Does eating carrots improve your eyesight?

A common belief in Sweden is that carrot improve your eyesight and I was told many times when I was little to eat carrots. Although anecdotaly I have perfect vision without carrot-gluttony. Is there ...
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Is deoxygenated blood blue?

I have encountered many people in my life that believe that your blood is blue until it hits the air and only then it turns red. The blue color of our veins is also explained the same way, as the ...
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Does US Intelligence have built-in interfaces in major social networking sites that allow them to browse personal information at will?

From this interview from Julian Assange: He believes the social network is joined by Google, Yahoo and other major US organisations that have “built in interfaces for US Intelligence”: It’...
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Does alcohol cause cancer?

The latest Cancer Council of Australia claims that alcohol "probably caused about 5.6 per cent of cancers in Australia" and that there is no safe amount of alcohol to consume. http://www.smh.com.au/...
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Did GamePro make up the story of the arcade game Polybius?

The story goes that an arcade game called Polybius was market tested around Portland in 1981, but it was pulled because it had adverse psychological effects on those children who played it. Even ...
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Ester C, the “better” Vitamin C?

If I recall correctly, Vitamin C plays an important role in the body's immune system. Anecdotal testing by myself gave me the impression that I could ward off a developing cold by the intake of high ...
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Did the financial sector make up 40% of the US economy before the 2008 financial crisis?

I'm watching a video that claims that 40% of the US economy is made up by the financial sector. It then goes on to talk about the Financial crisis of 2008, so I would assume it's referring to pre-...
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Do we perceive time passing slower during an accident?

Is there any scientific proof to the feeling that time slows down when we are in danger or crisis? Do we think faster? See faster?
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Are anti-smoking advertisements in actuality promoting smoking through use of reverse psychology?

Years ago, I had a friend who was both a heavy smoker and a noted contrarian. One day as we were driving past a large anti-tobacco billboard he told me he thought that telling smokers not smoke was ...
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Can products that claim to to reduce electromagnetic radiation from mobile phones be substantiated?

There are some products, stickers that you put onto your mobile phone for example, that claim the following Boost your natural defenses in the presence of electromagnetic radiation (EMR) ...
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Can the placebo effect be observed in experiments conducted on animals or babies?

In a paper defending homeopathy, it is argued that the observed benefits of homeopathic treatments cannot be attributed to the placebo effect because the treatments elicit similar benefits when used ...
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Can you put on more weight than what you eat?

Someone once told me it is possible to have a net weight gain of more than what you eat. For example if you eat a quarter pounder burger you can potentially gain more than 1/4 pounds. Is this true?
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Thermal advantage of “server” CPUs over “consumer” CPUs

It seems that one of the main advantage of CPUs that are marketed for servers (e.g. the AMD Opteron and Intel Xeon) over CPUs marketed for consumers (e.g. AMD Phenom II and Intel i7) is related to ...
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Does everyone have a phobia?

I have heard it said many times that "everyone has a phobia", an irrational, overwhelming fear of something. Phobias can be anywhere from mildly inconvenient to completely debilitating. Common ...

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