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Did Burmese typewriters contain an upside-down character, which subsequently became proper typewriter style?

I was reading about the Internet Archive's work to archive the materials of a famous New York City typewriter family: http://blog.archive.org/2020/08/26/an-archive-of-a-different-type/ I was ...
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Did a NY man win the State Lottery 1,400 times?

According to a story published on syracuse.com, a man from Syracuse named Randal Stier won the NY Lottery at least 1,400 times pocketing $600 or more in prizes per win (totaling over $1.6 million in ...
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Did Angelina Jolie admit participating in a ritual involving sexual torture and animal sacrifice?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yTdp4CvDZoc According to this YT video: In 1991 Angelina Jolie was filmed when she was describing a Satanic ritual she participated in to join the Illuminati. The ...
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Are or were aborted human fetal cells used in vaccine production?

I have heard claims that cells from aborted fetuses are involved in the production of vaccines such as MMR. Is this true? For instance, this page from the Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown ...
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Can mattresses relieve scoliosis pain?

I found a lot of reviews of mattresses that claim they can help with back pain from scoliosis. I was really surprised because I haven't heard about them before. Here are some examples: ...
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Was Eddie Van Halen's tongue cancer caused by metal guitar picks?

Eddie Van Halen was diagnosed with tongue cancer in 2000. He attributed the cancer to his habit of holding metal guitar picks, made from brass and copper, in his mouth. He was declared cancer-free in ...
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Did the Democrats downplay the Corona Virus?

I have seen this infographic on social media sites (first seen on Reddit): How much of this is accurate? Specifically, did Fauci say "be more concerned about influenza" with regard to the ...
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Did China destroy a Guanyin statue in Hebei province?

From Mongolia live: It was not the Taliban who exploded the stone carvings, but the Chinese Communist Party A 57.9-meter-tall cliff stone-carved vertical Guanyin statue in Pingshan County, ...
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Are environmentalists largely responsible for Californian forest fires?

An article on Reason, and the associated video, claim that the severity of the recent forest fires are largely due to environmental regulations that prevent good forest management, along with an ...
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Was Donald Trump treated with pharmaceuticals derived from fetal stem cells?

A post on www.twitter.com [link] has garnered over 100K retweets and 345K likes which states: So it turns out the monoclonal antibodies that Trump is on are from fetal stem cells. So Trump is being ...
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Did the cat-o'-nine-tails' bag ever exist?

There are numerous instances on the Internet and in Google books, which claim the cat-o'-nine-tails, a late 17th century instrument of punishment used by the Royal Navy, was kept in a bag. It is said ...
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Did Uganda's president Yoweri Museveni hand the national flag to intercessors in 1997 in the midst of a Christian revival?

World Trumpet Mission, an international revivalist ministry founded in 1988 in the Republic of Uganda by John Mulinde, presents the following historical timeline on their website (emphasis mine): In ...
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Do dogs who play with laser pointers get neuroses?

There are many anecdotes about "laser pointer syndrome" claiming that dogs suffer from something like OCD as a result of playing with laser pointers. Some vet clinics that propagate this ...
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Did Tony and John Podesta exchange emails with Marina Abramovic discussing a Spirit Cooking dinner?

WikiLeaks hosts an alleged email exchange involving Tony Podesta, John Podesta and Marina Abramovic. In the exchange, Marina invites the Podesta brothers to partake in what is referred to as a "...
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Did the CIA feed false information to McCarthy to discredit his true claims that they were infiltrated by Soviet agents?

In Legacy of Ashes (which won the National Book Award for Nonfiction), Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, Tim Weiner, claims that: McCarthy's file grew thick with allegations that "the CIA had ...
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Did the World Bank discredit any claims related to Hunter Biden's work in Ukraine?

During the first 2020 U.S. Presidential debate, Former Vice President Biden claimed that President Donald Trump's assertion that his son Hunter Biden had improper dealings with the Ukrainian ...
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Did Vera Renczi (“the Black Widow”), a female serial killer, exist?

Wikipedia describes Vera Renczi (a.k.a. Black Widow or Chatelaine of Berkerekul) as a Romanian serial killer who allegedly confessed to poisoning 35 individuals including her two husbands, multiple ...
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Are 40% of the oceans' bacteria killed by viruses every day?

In the March 9, 2018 column of newspaper columnist Cecil Adams' column The Straight Dope, he speaks about the possible benefits of treating bacterial infections with bacteriophages, viruses that ...
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Did the Danish Justice Ministry survey veterinarians about bestiality?

A 2015 Reuters article discusses Danish laws about bestiality, and refers to an earlier report: A 2011 Justice Ministry report surveyed veterinarians and found 17 percent of them suspected that an ...
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Did Enzo Maiorca rescue a pregnant dolphin and did he get a “kiss” from the mate

I am seeing this post go around facebook with 33k likes and 62k shares: ”The famous Italian diver Enzo Mallorca (sic) dove into the sea of ​​Syracuse and was talking to his daughter Rossana who was ...
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Were the vast majority of people on the National Sex Offender Registry children when they committed their crime?

In "Planet America extra podcast (PEP)" 25 Sep (At 1 hour 27 minutes) Dr David Smith made the following claim: "The national sex offender registry is a disaster in all kinds of respects,...
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Was Bill Gates' mugshot photo used in 2010 as a template for Outlook contacts?

This claim recently came up in a Reddit post but linked to this article from news.softpedia.com which states: Getting back to the Gates mug shot being used as the generic profile picture in Outlook ...
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Did German troops ignite pools of kerosene on a ship in March 1943?

A recent video on the YouTube Lindybeige channel relates the story of Operation Creek in WWII in which irregular British forces invaded a German ship off Goa (now in India), March 1943. He cites James ...
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Is code read more often than it's written? [closed]

There is a popular quote, maybe originated by Robert C. Martin, that says that code is read ten times more than it's written (meaning edited). Goodreads reports it. As another example the quote is ...
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Does flu vaccine make us more vulnerable to COVID-19?

There are some claims that the flu vaccine injection has a positive correlation with COVID-19 death rate. For example, the anti-vax site Home Vaccine Education Network says: What connects the ...
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Has China eliminated local transmission of COVID-19 within its borders?

Many sources assert that China appears to have eliminated COVID-19 within the country, except for the odd imported case or cluster, which is quickly isolated and eliminated. For instance, Worldometer'...
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Can electricity be transmitted wirelessly over Zenneck surface waves?

Viziv Technologies claims that they are researching the ability to send and receive electricity using the Zenneck Surface Waves. August 2019 press release Viziv Technologies, LLC, and Baylor ...
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Has Sweden beaten SARS-CoV-2 with herd immunity? [closed]

An article in The Australian newspaper titled "Coronavirus: Sweden ‘has beaten coronavirus with herd immunity’" makes the claim as per the title. Evidence is mounting that Sweden has beaten ...
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Does wearing spectacles protect you from covid?

Yet another surprising study on things that make a difference to the risk of covid has appeared. This one claims, to quote the report in LiveScience: People who wear eyeglasses may be at lower risk ...
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Can the molecular bond angle of water be changed via distillation?

John Ellis claims that water has a "hydrogen bond angle" ranging from 104° to 114°, and that his patented distillation machines can produce water with a permanent hydrogen bond angle above ...
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Did the United States ever call Venus “the Soviet planet”?

I saw an article that mentioned some recent comments from the Russian space agency Roscosmos. One statement they made was: The huge gap between the Soviet Union and its competitors in Venus research ...
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Do heavier people need to drink more water?

A 2013 article by Yuri Elkaim, a holistic nutritionist, in the health section of U.S. News & World Report says: if you weigh 200 pounds [90 kg], you would need 100 ounces [3 l] of water per day ...
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Did the Chinese chairman Xi Jinping carry 100 kg of wheat and walk 5 km of mountain road without switching shoulders?

In the first episode Liang Jia He (Chinese: 梁家河篇) of the series Chairman Xi's Beginning (Chinese: 習總書記的初心), Xi said (in Mandarin Chinese) 因爲我那時候,抗 200 斤麥子,十里山路不換肩的 ... because I, at that time, ...
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Are chupacabras of extraterrestrial origin? [closed]

Throughout North and South America, thousands of people have witnessed chupacabras, or goat suckers, strange creatures that mutilate and drain the blood of farm animals. Source: The Puerto Rican ...
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Was the UK the third poorest member of the EU despite being the second biggest net contributor in 1979?

This video on YouTube of Margaret Thatcher at the EU Dublin Council on the 29th of November 1979 seems to suggest that the UK was the second biggest net contributor to the EU and also the third ...
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Is availability of video pornography a main reason of sexual crimes in developing and under-developing countries? [closed]

I think it is easiest to google search for a porn video than any other thing. What I notice is that whenever a sexual criminal is caught and when Police search for his belongings, almost every time ...
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Are people receiving spontaneous gold dental prostheses without dentist intervention?

Claims of unexpected and spontaneous fillings or full restorations of teeth with gold are not unheard of in many faith healing services and other religious gatherings. For example, in a video recorded ...
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Are children of incarcerated parents much more likely to become incarcerated?

This 2017 article from the journal of the US's National Institute of Justice states: One statistic indicates that children of incarcerated parents are, on average, six times more likely to become ...
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Was the “Do So” movement orchestrated by Cambridge Analytica and is it responsible for the results of the Trinidad and Tobago election?

The Great Hack is a documentary which, among other things, claims that SCL Group (which the now-infamous Cambridge Analytica is a subsidiary of) worked for the United National Congress (UNC) in ...
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Does slapping parts of your body increase blood flow and help with physical activity?

I have believed for quite some time that slapping limbs is "good for blood circulation", without ever looking more into it. After getting curious about it, I found a lot of claims that it's ...
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Do people carry around up to 20 lbs (9 kg) of poop?

The claim from this site: It’s been said that the average American carries around between 5-20 extra pounds of poop in their intestines. It's hard to believe it's true. Is there a medical evidence ...
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Is Adrenochrome an addictive drug only obtained by drinking blood?

One of the core beliefs of QAnon is that some people are addicted to adrenochrome that can only be obtained by drinking the blood of frightened victims. Sean Morgan, author of a QAnon FAQ, talks about ...
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Empirical evidence that foster children are better off with relatives than non-relative foster parents? [closed]

I'm looking into foster care policy and I'm coming across an empirical problem. There is a broad consensus that finding a relative of a foster child (often referred to as kin) leads to empirically ...
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Is phosphine evidence of life on Venus?

This news article came out about evidence tied to the possibility of life on Venus. The crux of the evidence is the detection of phosphine. The claim is that we only know of two ways to make this ...
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Are there currently more large fires in Africa and South America than the rest of the world?

This has been doing the rounds on Twitter: NASA fire map shows the absolute failure of mainstream media for not expressing how devasting fires in southern Africa and South America are. Certainly to ...
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Does the Constitution of the US have anything to say about slavery?

The Nikole Hannah-Jones wrote an article for the 1619 Project in the New York Times, where she claimed: The Constitution contains 84 clauses. Six deal directly with the enslaved and their enslavement,...
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Are farm bankruptcies in the US “at highs not seen since the Great Depression”?

A June 29 Vox article quoted a Democratic party notable saying: “Trump’s failed trade war wreaked havoc on industries across the country. Farm bankruptcies are at highs not seen since the Great ...
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Can sheltering in place for extended periods weaken the immune system?

Example of claim that it does not weaken the immune system from Abc7News: "There is no scientific evidence to suggest staying at home weakens your immune system because you're not getting enough ...
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Does blue light coating on eyeglasses protect the eyes?

I ask about adding blue light coating to eyeglass lenses, not separately wearing blue light glasses. Evidence for SeeCoat Blue Premium | Nikon Lenswear Canada Recommended For: Those who regularly use ...
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Are the following Twitter quotes from Vox leader true?

Recently Vox leader, Santiago Abascal, tweeted that the Spanish government was the worst government in the last 80 years, stating the following facts: Translation: 🚩 Never in 80 years has a ...

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