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Was the person who was assaulted by ASAP Rocky a repeat violent offender?

As you may know, a rapper named ASAP Rocky was arrested in Sweden due to suspected assault of a person. This person's name seems to be Mustafa Jafari. The internet tells me that this person is a ...
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Is this photo showing a woman standing in the nude before teenagers real?

There's a photo going around Twitter and the right-wing blogosphere of a woman standing in the nude at an art exhibition attended by a bunch of teenagers. I do not want to embed this photo, as it ...
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Did Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez cry in front of a parking lot? [closed]

PJMedia published a story titled "AOC Weeps Over Empty Parking Lot" Politifact refuted the claim. Their argument is represented succinctly in this tweet: However, this photo seems to show that ...
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Do anti-snoring acupressure rings reduce snoring?

I just got sent this Anti-Snoring ring which, when worn on the little finger, purportedly: Works Using the Ancient Chinese Medicine of Acupuncture and Acupressure Prevents or Significantly ...
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Do any people in South Africa traditionally spend two days together praising wrong-doers to help them?

I have seen variations on the following meme posted by many of my friends on Facebook: https://me.me/i/ubuntu-in-certain-regions-of-south-africa-when-someone-does-4931579 In certain regions of ...
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Did Don Young threaten John Boehner with a 10 inch blade to the throat?

In American Carnage, Tim Alberta's new book, he claims that Don Young (the Republican Congressman from Alaska) threatened John Boehner (then Speaker of the House) with a ten inch blade to the throat ...
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Is the /r/nofap subreddit premised on pseudoscience? [duplicate]

https://www.reddit.com/r/NoFap/ This subreddit has 460,000+ subscribers and its premise is that porn and masturbation is bad for you. Is there merit to this claim, or is it pseudoscience?
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Has sea level rise slowed down?

This is a piece taken from the Wikipedia page for the Jason-1 satellite used to measure sea level rise. Although the 1993–2005 Topex/Poseidon satellite measured an average annual Global Mean Sea ...
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Does exercise trigger migraines?

Some people think that exercise triggers migraines. This recent online survey demonstrates that the belief is widespread enough amongst women to make many of them avoid exercise for fear of ...
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Can washing hands too often weaken the immune system? [duplicate]

A coworker told me today that washing your hands too often, especially as a child, can result in a weakened immune system, because you aren't giving your body the chance to build up immunities. He ...
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Did Hitler say this quote about education?

On How Hitler Stopped Homeschooling they say Hitler said this: “The youth of today is ever the people of tomorrow. For this reason we have set before ourselves the task of inoculating our youth ...
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Did AOC ever make this statement about daylight savings time and global warming?

If we change our times with the sole intent of increasing the amount of daylight we receive, that's an extra hour of sunshine that will warm the planet. That's one extra hour per day of extra heat ...
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Are these occurences of the mathematical constants e and pi in The Bible at all exceptional? [closed]

This article translates the first verses of Genesis 1:1 and John 1:1, into Hebrew and Greek numeric values, then uses a single formula on both to get good approximations for e and pi, each times large ...
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Are a third of the proteins we consume dependent on synthetic fertilizer?

In July 1997, Vaclav Smil wrote an article in Scientific American on humankind's use of the Nitrogen Cycle (emphasis added): Synthetic fertilizers provide about 40 percent of all the nitrogen taken ...
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Do humans need high-protein foods?

Dr. John McDougall writes: People commonly believe: the more protein consumed the better. This faulty thinking dates back to the late 1800s, and was established without any real scientific ...
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Did Henry Ford ever say “any color he wants as long as it’s black”?

It's a common quote to attribute to him. Did he ever actually say/write it? A customer can have a car painted any color he wants as long as it’s black.
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Did Finding Nemo encourage people to flush pet fish down the toilet?

A Smithsonian article about goldfish starts out with (emphasis added): The 2003 Pixar film Finding Nemo popularized the misconception that all drains lead to the ocean, encouraging young fans to ...
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Did Marriott International issue a statement stating that they would decline any requests to use their U.S. hotels as detention facilities?

The following image has been floating around social media today (July 11, 2019) claiming to be a statement being made by Marriott International regarding them declining requests to use their U.S. ...
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Did Lincoln tell Stowe “So you're the little woman that started this great war!”?

I have decided to give Uncle Tom's Cabin another read. A famous quote that surrounds this book, and Harriet Beecher Stowe, in general, is that when she met Abraham Lincoln, he told her So you're ...
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Was the Ford Model T black because of the speed black paint dries?

In this BBC news article labour historian and lecturer Steve Babson says: The reason the Ford Model-T was black, was because it was the only paint that would dry fast enough to keep pace with the ...
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Was adding milk to tea started to reduce employee tea break time?

I was talking about the all important Tea Making Process to a fellow Brit the other day, and he told me that the real reason we add milk to tea is: “It cools the tea down, so you can drink it faster. ...
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Is there more than one registered motor vehicle for every adult in the US?

According to the US Census Bureau's table of estimated population as of July 1 each year, there were 268.3M people 14 years of age or older, including 260.1M people 16 years of age or older, including ...
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Is “artifical” fructose any different from “natural” fructose? [closed]

A friend of mine (who previously studied Chemistry and then had a couple of Nutrition courses) claims that all the sugar that does not occur naturally in our food (eg: sugar in chocolate vs sugar in ...
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Is Trump personally blocking people on Twitter?

To quote John Gruber's commentary, related to the recent appeals court ruling whereby Trump cannot block people on Twitter: With the absurd number of replies he gets with each tweet — thousands, if ...
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Did H. Ross Perot call Maya Lin an “Egg Roll?”

Maya Lin’s design for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial was chosen after a blind competition in the early 1980s. There were many critics of her design and the design’s realization was an uphill battle at ...
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Did a statue of Mary, mother of Jesus cry in St. Rita's church in Ja-Ela in Sri Lanka?

According to what seems to be this Roman Catholic church's official Facebook page: Official News : A miracle did happen today with tears coming from a statue of Mother Mary, during prayers. ...
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Do the Republican tax cuts cost more than forgiving student debt?

In today's US political climate, a big talking point for some of the Democratic Party candidates is the forgiveness of student loans. Whenever I hear this discussed among my peers, the consensus is ...
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Did depressed people far more accurately estimate how many monsters they killed in a video game?

In a Ted talk (YouTube), Andrew Solomon says There was a study I particularly liked, in which a group of depressed and a group of non-depressed people were asked to play a video game for an hour, ...
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Was it ever illegal to name a pig “Napoleon” in France?

This is an oft-cited "unusual law", e.g. from The Sun: IN FRANCE it is illegal to name a pig Napoleon, almost 200 years after his death. Experts say the odd law exists because ­calling a pig ...
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Did Bruce Lee have to slow down his punches to see his movements on camera?

Fact fiend, for example, maintains that: Bruce Lee himself had to slow himself down before the camera even started rolling because when he punched as fast as he could, or as fast as he was allowed ...
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Have more than a million people had their whole genomes sequenced by the end of 2018?

The news article https://www.wired.com/story/whole-genome-sequencing-cost-200-dollars/ (mirror) published on 2018-11-18 claims that Today, slightly more than a million people have had their whole ...
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Does the asteroid 16 Psyche contain this much gold?

Some days ago, I read in several news sources [1][2][3] about an asteroid called 16 Psyche that is made up of precious metals such as gold and platinum. It's estimated worth is about $700 quintillion -...
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Was the 45.9°C temperature in France in June 2019 the highest ever recorded in France?

It was widely reported that on 28th June, 2019, a record temperature of 45.9°C was recorded in Gallargues-le-Montueux, France, breaking the previous 2003 record of 44.1°C. Sources: Metéo France, BBC, ...
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Has student enrollment in economic degrees fallen?

In his 2011 book "Debunking Economics: The Naked Emperor Dethroned?", Steve Keen says: I am curious about the "falling student enrollments" claim. Is this true? I have struggled to find good ...
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In Alabama, if a person is found not guilty of rape, is their accuser assumed to be lying?

jessica a. m. @my2k so the Alabama abortion criminalization bill has an extra tacked onto the end of it wherein, if a woman reports being raped and they find the person she accused not guilty, SHE ...
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Has the consumption of electricity, steel, copper, gold, water, paper, etc… decreased or flatlined in the U.S. since around 2009?

The following claims are made in this Wired magazine article titled, “How the iPhone Helped Save the Planet” from June 29, 2019; bold emphasis is mine: “Total electricity use in the US, for example,...
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Did Winston Churchill praise Rolls-Royce engines?

In 1919, the world's first non-stop trans-Atlantic flight happened, and Rolls-Royce engines provided the power to make it happen. Marking the 100th anniversary of the 20th-century milestone, Rolls-...
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Are 63% of Instagram users 'miserable'?

A few articles report this statistic that 63% of Instagram users are 'miserable': https://www.deseretnews.com/article/900022603/63-percent-of-instagram-users-report-being-miserable-heres-why.html ...
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Is this 1977 “thank you” letter from Joe Biden real?

The following letter (dated June 30, 1977) claiming to be from Joe Biden is currently floating around social media. Is this real?
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Can a new device uniquely identify people by heart beat from a distance?

The Pentagon is claiming that they have a device which can identify people by heart beat from 200m away. A new device, developed for the Pentagon after US Special Forces requested it, can identify ...
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Were Oscar and Valeria Martinez denied the ability to claim asylum at a port of entry?

Democratic Presidential Candidate and former Housing Secretary Julian Castro said this in last night’s debate: If I were president today, I would sign an executive order that would get rid of Trump’...
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If Americans wasted less food, would it reduce hunger for the less fortunate? [closed]

I recently saw a billboard with "better ate than never", the phrase was new to me so I looked it up and found. Emphases mine: In addition to wasting precious resources, nearly all of the food ...
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Does switching the lights off help avoiding mosquitoes?

This Travel Stack Exchange answer states something I long considered for granted (probably because my parents told me so): if you want to avoid mosquitoes, switch off the light. Opening the ...
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Do people with ADHD have a college graduation rate of 5%?

I have been seeing people on social media say that the college/university graduation rate of people with ADHD is around only 5%. According to this Medscape article, ADHD: Recent Advances in ...
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Does a return economy-class seat between London and San Francisco release 5.28 tonnes of CO2 equivalents?

I took this self-survey of CO2 emissions run by the German Environment Agency. It computes for example that an economy class seat from London to San Francisco and back – about 22 hours flight &...
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Is there reliable evidence that depleted uranium from the 1999 NATO bombing is causing cancer in Serbia?

This year is the 20th anniversary of the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia/Serbia. At the moment, Serbian media outlets are focused on claims that depleted uranium in NATO bombs used during the bombardment ...
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Do the 26 richest billionaires own as much wealth as the poorest 3.8 billion people?

Bernie Sanders, who is running for president in 2020 gave a speech a few days ago. He makes a claim which goes like the following: Today the world's richest 26 billionaires, 26, now own as much ...
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What is the impact on climate change of having a child?

I found one study from 2017 that says (emphasis mine): We recommend four widely applicable high-impact (i.e. low emissions) actions with the potential to contribute to systemic change and ...
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Did Chinese school textbook maps (c. 1951) “depict China as stretching even into the central Asian republics”?

In Marshall (Prisoners of Geography, 2015) writes: In 1951, China annexed Tibet (another vast non-Han territory) and by then Chinese school textbook maps began to depict China as stretching even ...
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Can Technical Analysis (TA) predict future market prices?

According to Wikipedia, Technical Analysis (TA) is an analysis methodology for forecasting the direction of prices through the study of past market data, primarily price and volume. As I ...

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