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Can a person die due to a heart attack caused by extreme happiness?

I have heard that some people die of a heart attack caused by extreme happiness. Is it possible?
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Can tapping the top of a soda/pop stop it fizzing over?

People often tap the top of coke cans to stop them foaming over like this: Is there any evidence to suggest that tapping the top stops this happening?
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Do any diets work long term?

As I understand it, most dieters will regain the weight lost and then some more after each diet. What evidence is there to support diets rather than other forms of help?
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Are there reptilian creatures hosting the news?

I've been seeing several YouTube videos that show the news hosts' eyes are doing crazy things. Sometimes their eyes change dramatically after what looks like a strange inner eyelid blinks, their eyes ...
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Is China buying up the worlds arable land

Is there any reliable evidence to suggest that China is buying large quantities of farming land in other countries? Furthermore is there any evidence if the above is true that the quantities they are ...
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Does Ecological taxation work?

From Wikipedia: Ecotax (short for Ecological taxation) refers to taxes intended to promote ecologically sustainable activities via economic incentives. Such a policy can complement or avert ...
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Do taste buds become less sensitive as you get older?

I've heard it explained that your taste buds become duller as you get older and that is why I can now eat things like carrots and mushrooms that I used to think tasted like garbage. Is it true that ...
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Lightning never strikes in the same place twice?

Is it possible during the same storm for lightning to hit the same place twice? Say hitting a large tree twice or within a reasonable area?
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The origin of “99 cents”

I've seen two competing theories on the origin of pricing products at $<desired dollar amount minus 1>.99 (i.e. charging $19.99 instead of $20, of $5.99 instead of $6): Psychological pricing ...
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Is sugar toxic? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How bitter is Robert Lustig's “Bitter Truth” about sugar? From the NY Times Article: Is sugar toxic? Robert Lusteg, a specialist on pediatric hormone ...
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Was or is Obama's brother living in a shack in Kenya on less than a dollar a day?

Lately, I have come across numerous stories in emails, pushed by what seem to be fringe elements, discussing various aspects of Obama's private family life. Many of them seem to make fantastical ...
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Can you make an explosion by shooting at fuel or fuel tank?

I see this a lot in movies. Have anyone studied whether this is easily doable?
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Are there no two snow crystals alike?

I remember vividly that when i still was young, I'd examine the snow as it dropped on my winter cloths. Every time I was amazed by the nice textures I discovered. Now many years later, I'm wondering ...
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Did the CIA sell drugs in the US?

According to Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Gary Webb in his controversial article series The Dark Alliance For the better part of a decade, a San Francisco Bay Area drug ring sold tons of ...
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Was there a large, illegal CIA project called “MKULTRA”?

Was there an illegal CIA project called MKULTRA, and if-so what did it involve and when did it end? Did it involve, as suggested in a quote from Ted Kennedy, a massive conspiracy involving dozens of ...
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Is there any observable evidence of the Big Bang? [closed]

Is there any observable evidence of The Big Bang?
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Pornography and the male libido

Does watching pornography reduce or otherwise affect the desire of men to have actual sex? This claim has been made by numerous people, including Naomi Wolf in The Porn Myth. The broader claim is ...
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Why is the smell of flowers sensed in some situations?

Some people report sensing a flowery smell in some places or situations in which there are no flowers present. Those sensations are sometimes related to religious experiences. There are also claims ...
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Is eating cloven-hoofed animals, bottom-feeders or ruminants bad for you?

The Torah and Talmud claim (and I have Christian friends that also claim) that eating animals that are bottom-feeders or ruminants—That is, eat the crud off the sea-floor, like shrimp, or digest ...
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How do Shaolin monks break spears with their neck?

Shaolin monks perform demonstrations of their skills that seem almost superhuman. The one that really has me stumped is breaking a sharpened spear by putting the point in their neck, the other end on ...
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Is it possible to induce a lucid dream?

I've seen some websites like this that guide you to lucid dreaming, but still wondering is this just a myth? I tried to search for Lucid Dream but there seems like no result about people who sharing ...
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Is Snopes a “hoax” that is “covering up” for the Obama administration?

Of all the email I get, I don't know why this one bugged me so much. Here is an email accusing Snopes.com of deliberately "lying" and "covering up" for the Obama administration. From the look of it, ...
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Can you successfully treat a burn by covering it in ordinary flour?

I'm not sure how long this particular email has floated around the internet before it landed in my inbox, but it seems to claim that you can treat a mild (First or Second degree) burn by covering it ...
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Do people need to drink 8 glasses of water a day?

Since I was a kid, I can't remember how many times I've heard that a healthy person needs to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day. There are definitely plenty of reasons to remain well-hydrated. ...
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Do lemmings commit suicide by jumping off cliffs?

Lemmings have become widely known for their supposed tendency to run en masse off of cliffs to their deaths. The term "lemming" has even become a commonly used metaphor to describe the behavior of ...
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Does hiccuping / hiccoughing have any adverse effect on your health?

I have heard that hiccuping is very bad for you. I've even heard several times that each time you hiccup it shortens your lifespan by one day. Does an average bout of hiccuping have any adverse ...
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Did Shakespeare introduce over 1700 new words to the English language?

I was cruising the JREF forums, and while I am very familiar with many of the phrases he coined and popularized in the English language, a post makes the claim. Shakespeare coined about two thousand ...
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Is “real ale” healthier than other beers?

Is "real ale", beer brewed from traditional ingredients (malted barley, hops water and yeast), matured by secondary fermentation in the container from which it is dispensed, and served without the use ...
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Can you shoot a locked door open?

I think Mythbusters did padlocks, but I don't know if they did the standard door lock test. We see it in movies and tv shows, but can a locked door be "unlocked" by shooting the lock with a handgun? ...
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Can Microsoft's success be attributed to their abuse of a monopoly

Can the success of Microsoft be attributed to their abuse of their operating system monopolies of MS-DOS through the various versions of Windows (and other related monopolies such as the Internet ...
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Is it impossible for a human to feel pain in a dream?

I am absolutely sure that humans can feel emotions in a dream. I've experienced some of the strongest anxiety in my life during nightmares. Sometimes the emotions were strong enough to persist in the ...
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Is flatus flammable?

Wikipedia deems this topic significant enough to merit its own article: Fart lighting, or pyroflatulence, is the practice of igniting the gases produced by human flatulence, often producing a flame ...
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You have the right to one phone call when arrested - A Hollywood myth?

(Image Source) According to Cracked.com the "one phone call" rule is a Hollywood invention. They base this on the information this attorney gives: The one phone call is another one of the urban ...
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Does decriminalizing drug use lead to less drug use?

While listening to the RSA talk Addiction: What to Do When Everything Else has Failed I'm reminded of an article in the Times from 2009 about Portugal's decriminalization of drugs. The Cato paper ...
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Playing music at night for babies/toddlers causes or contributes to ADD/ADHD

I've heard that playing music at night for babies and toddlers (i.e. children under 2 years old) can cause or contribute to Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD/ADHD) when they get older. Is there any ...
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Is there evidence that early humans hunted by running in packs over long distances to wear out their food?

As put forth by Christopher McDougall in the book Born to Run (more recently in a TED talk) and a number of recent articles.
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Was Stalin planning to attack Germany?

I have read a couple of books by Viktor Suvorov, such as Icebreaker as a child where he presents a theory that before World War 2, Stalin was planning to attack the West via Germany, and/or had set ...
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Is peak oil still set for 2013?

There have been various dates that I've read about the prediction of peak oil, when global petroleum production will stop growing theoretically. Some claim 2020s; others say the 2050s as the final ...
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magnetism and Indiana Jones

At the beginning of Indiana Jones - Kingdom of Crystal Skull, some Russians (posing as US miliary) force Indy to search a warehouse for a crate. Lacking a compass, he throws a handful of gunpowder ...
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Rihanna is the “Princess of the Illuminati”?

There has been a lot of buzz around the web lately about Rihanna being a part of the Illuminati. Then, I was like, "bah, this can't be real." Until someone pointed out small portions of her S&M ...
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Is programming in Python faster than in C, C++ or Java?

There's a widespread belief among programmers that the more dynamic and loosely typed the language, the more productive the programmer will be in it. Guido van Rossum wrote about programming ...
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Are many allergies caused by too much hygiene?

One hears it once in a while that many allergies are due to people overly concerned with hygiene. The rationale is that growing up in a near-sterile environment will leave your immune system confused ...
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Are evolutionary explanations “Just so stories” [closed]

There's a claim that evolutionary explanations are nothin more then "just so stories", that is, for any trait we can find in nature, one could find a way to explain why it's adaptive. For example: ...
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Are people getting smarter or stupider in North America?

I've heard that people are complaining everyone are getting dumber because of popular culture and the Internet. I read an article in cracked that said people are actually getting smarter because of ...
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Has there been a dramatic rise in food allergies?

There's been a lot of reports in the media that there's been a large rise in the number of allergy-related health problems over the past decade. Some reports claim that there has been a 265% increase ...
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Is Genetically Modified food safe to consume?

What's the truth surrounding the popular idea that genetically modified food is dangerous to consume? There's entire websites and institutions dedicated to popularizing the alleged dangers of eating ...
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Is women wearing burqas or veils ubiquitously in Islamic countries a recent happening?

I ran into an unsourced claim form one of the commenters of the Economist where the user makes a claim about the frequency of women wearing burqas and veil two generations ago (how much time spans a ...
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Does lowering the legal BAC make driving safer?

Lower legal blood alcohol concentration limit laws are passed under the assumption that a lower legal limit will reduce the number of accidents. For example, the U.S government lowered the legal BAC ...
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Were Kinsey's studies debunked?

To quote from a comment on my recent answer (emphasis mine): Your quoting of Kinsey's bogus studies on homosexuality -- criticized heavily by famed statistician John Tukey -- makes me severely ...
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Does regularly drinking from a plastic container cause cancer?

I drink water from my plastic cup regularly and a friend commented that it could cause cancer. He also added that I should not heat food in plastic containers or wrappings in the microwave as that ...

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