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Did Police spray fake blood on themselves in Philadelphia on August 14th 2019?

According to this video police officers sprayed fake blood on themselves in response to the August 2019 Philadelphia shooting. Is this account of the incident true?
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Did Michelle Obama have a staff of 23 people, while Melania has a staff of 4?

According to this picture (shared over 100k times) Text reads, Obama donated none of his salary, Michelle had a staff of 23 Trump donates all of his salary, Melania has a staff of 4 I'm more ...
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What are the basis to claim the Easter Island statues as soul? [closed]

In this article, speeches from the governor of Easter Island are mentionned. She said, mentionning the statues on the Easter Island in the British Museum: "You have our soul" However I am surprised ...
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Does an American taxpayer fund $870 in corporate subsidies for every $36 in food stamps?

I recently saw this Occupy Democrats claim on Facebook: Now, obviously a lot of those categories are vague and open to interpretation (I've known people who would argue most of the U.S. defense ...
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Does handling your food release digestive juices and enzymes that enhances the meal?

In a Google Arts & Culture article, Yẹ́misí Aríbisálà, "Nigerian essayist, writer and food memoirist", states the following: There are scientific claims that fingers have powerful nerve ...
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Is having bike lanes safer than not having them? [closed]

Is having bike lanes safer than not having them? This Globe and Mail ("Canada's National News Paper") article discusses bike lanes and claims that when correctly applied they are safer. Here are ...
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Does fossil fuels use since 1990 account for half of all the fossil fuels used in history?

This recent claim appeared on Twitter: If you are 29, you’ve been alive when half of all the fossil fuels ever burned throughout all of human history have been burned The source appears to be an ...
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Do beef farmed pastures net remove carbon emissions?

This viral image claims that an example beef farm with 130 cattle removes many tons of Carbon from the atmosphere every year. However it does not provide any sources. This image has been shared many ...
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Home-made vs. commercial toothpaste?

My friend recently introduced me to home-made toothpaste. Quite a few websites offer recipes, for example: 1, 2, 3. One such recipe is: bicarbonate of soda charcoal coconut oil optional essential ...
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Were the Schutzmannschaft members mostly allowed to return to their former lives?

The Schutzmannschaft (Auxiliary Police) were batallions of local and German units in German-occupied Eastern Europe, that participated in the Holocaust in World War II. According to the Wikipedia ...
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Was there a camera malfunction at the facility where Jeffrey Epstein was being held on the night of his death? [closed]

Accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein was found dead of an apparent suicide in his cell in a Manhattan correctional facility this morning; August 10, 2019. And according to the following tweet by ...
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Could we nourish an additional 3.5 billion people if we just ate the stuff we feed to animals?

Could we nourish an additional 3.5 billion people if we just ate the stuff we feed to animals? In a popular YouTube video titled "Why Meat is the Best Worst Thing in the World 🍔" by the channel ...
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Did a Cypriot bishop claim that homosexuality is caused when parents have anal sex?

The August 1, 2019 issue of MetroWeekly ("Washington D.C.'s Best LGBTQ Magazine for 25 Years"), on page 46, provides a "LastWord" quotation section that includes the following: "Gays are created ...
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Did France flood Guinea with counterfeit currency to destabilize it?

I've read in several Pan-Africanist and conspiracy theory sources (e.g. here and here) that France during the Fifth Republic smuggled in counterfeit Guinean Franc into Guinea in order to destabilize ...
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Was the first German bombing of London an accident?

A 2002 Telegraph article reports: The first German bombing of London on the night of Aug 24, 1940, was an accident but sparked a war of attrition that would last for five years. German ...
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Did China choose to finance the US after the 2008 crisis?

In today's edition of Le Monde there is an article about the increasing quantity of money in the world, and the problems or benefits that this might yield. In the introduction to the article the ...
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Does Microsoft's Hololens create true holograms? [closed]

Microsoft claims that their HoloLens data glasses can produce holograms. HoloLens lets you create holograms, objects made of light and sound that appear in the world around you, just as if they ...
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Did WWII Japanese soldiers engage in cannibalism of their enemies?

This Cracked article claims that Japanese soldiers in WWII would eat prisoners of war. The article claims that there were a number of documented cases of Japanese soldiers engaging in cannibalism: ...
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Were some Russians killed in a fight with American forces in Syria in February 2018?

I just read a question on history stack exchange that linked to this Feb 2018 National Review article: On the night of February 7, “pro-regime” Syrian forces reportedly launched an assault on a “...
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Did the chief baker of the Titanic survive two hours in ice-cold water?

In the Wikipedia page of the chief baker of the RMS Titanic, Charles Joughin, it is claimed According to his own testimony, he kept paddling and treading water for about two hours. He also admitted ...
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Does the pelvic clock help flat back syndrome as claimed

There is a product called the pelvic clock that claims to have numerous benefits for back and hip conditions and pain once of those conditions it claims to improve is Flat Back Syndrome. is there ...
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Does Oman evidence point to an (Iranian) limpet mine?

Following the June explosions on tankers in the Gulf of Oman, Iran was blamed. Limpet mines specific to Iran were given as MO https://www.foxnews.com/world/limpet-mine-oil-tanker-striking-resemblance-...
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Is hemp 10 times stronger than steel and can it be used to build and fuel an aeroplane? [closed]

In the article World’s First Hemp Plane Will Be Stronger Than Steel And Run On Hemp Biofuel which was published on Truth theory, they claim there is a plane being built out of hemp, it will be fueled ...
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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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Is this popular optical illusion made of a grey-scale image with coloured lines?

A tweet from Lionel Page (@page_eco) showing an optical illusion recently went viral, with the image appearing in many aggregation web-sites: This is a black and white photograph. Only the lines ...
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Did the 1994 US crime bill “bring down crime”?

In 1994, the US federal government adopted the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act (signed into law Sept. 13, 1994). Ben Shapiro, host of the 'Daily Wire' podcast on YouTube, referred to it ...
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Does Floyd Mayweather endorse a teeth whitening product?

An advertorial for Snow teeth-whitening system contains images of former boxer Flloyd Mayweather Jr endorsing the product. Try Snow teeth whitening - it's the best thing money can buy. - Floyd ...
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Did EgyptAir publish this totally messed up map from Europe?

Today I've come across this image: While the site itself only claims that Helsinki has been moved to Siberia, you will quickly notice that most countries and even the seas are severely displaced. ...
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Are Nobel laureates “at least 22 times more likely to partake as an amateur actor, dancer, magician or other type of performer”?

There was an opinion piece in the New York Times titled Do You Have to Be a Jerk to Be Great? in which David Brooks cites from a book called "Range" by David Epstein (emphasis added): In the first ...
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Are fussy babies more intelligent?

When I talk about my fussy baby, many people tell me half-jokingly that fussy babies are on average more intelligent than "easy" babies. The idea is not unusual. See for example here: In fact, ...
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Is The Venice Syndrome documentary cover photo real?

Came across below photo and eventually tracked it down to a cover photo of "The Venice Syndrome" documentary IMDb and the trailer at Vimeo : This image is not in the trailer (haven't seen the ...
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Was Donald Trump at ground zero helping out on 9-11?

Donald Trump claims he was at ground zero on 9-11 helping out. Was he? I was down there also, but I'm not considering myself a first responder," Trump said. "But I was down there. I spent a lot of ...
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Does the average two-year-old pillow contain 17 different species of fungus?

In the New York City subway, I noticed a series of advertisements from a bedding company called Brooklinen. One advertisement had a surprising claim, which I found again on their website: The ...
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Is there a wealth gap in Boston where the median net worth of white households is $247,500 while the median net worth for black families was $8?

This quote—or some variant of it—has been floating around the news and social media world; this comes from Boston.com on July 26, 2019: According to a 2015 report by the Federal Reserve Bank of ...
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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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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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