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In American Sign Language, does 2022 loosely translate to "bird go peace-peace"?

This Tweet is doing the rounds: Hearing people are like joke-panicking about the fact that 2022 is pronounced “2020, too”. But like in ASL, 2022 loosely translates to “BIRD go PEACE-PEACE” and that’s ...
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Is there a 218-year gap in the dendrochronological oak scale of the late Roman Empire?

There a very controversial study conducted by Petra Ossowski Larsson and Lars-Ake Larsson called "Dendrochronological Dating of Roman Time". If I understood correctly, it states that there ...
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Were 1 in 6 protesters at the 1968 Democratic National Convention FBI agents?

At a press conference today, Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene made this claim: In 1968 at the Democratic National Convention where there were 10,000 protestors. One out of six were federal ...
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Can the Lifewave Patch reset stem cells to a younger, healthier state?

According to LifeWave, their X39 patch is able to activate our stem cells and reset them to a younger, healthier state. This would be healing in a completely non-invasive, safe and cost-effective way....
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Do surgeons refuse to operate "to keep their own statistics clean"?

I was curious about this thrice-upvoted comment, which says: Surgeons are also known for refusing to operate in order to maintain their ratios. So I Googled it and it seems surgeons can refuse to ...
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Did the BBC interview a relative of Augusto Pinochet regarding the Chilean election?

This verified Twitter post shows a BBC "man in the street interview" of a Chilean voter who is allegedly a relative of former dictator Augusto Pinochet. I've tried to research more but the ...
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Are women 32% more likely to die if operated on by a male surgeon? [closed]

An article in the Guardian reports this headline: Women 32% more likely to die after operation by male surgeon, study reveals The author of the original report also claims: In our 1.3 million ...
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Is COVID-vaccine-caused myocarditis milder than myocarditis in general?

Dr. Robert Malone is an American immunologist and virologist who has made controversial claims about the COVID-19 vaccines. He was interviewed on the Joe Rogan podcast, in an interview that was (...
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Did a billion people watch "Rumble in the Jungle"?

The fight between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman is claimed to have a billion viewership. For example Jet (Sep 1995): the first one-billion viewer fight Revisiting 'The Rumble in the Jungle' 40 ...
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Did the EU prevent crown symbols being placed on pint glasses?

Boris Johnson has listed the return of crowns to pint glasses as one of the Brexit wins of 2021. “But that’s not all. From simplifying the EU’s mind-bogglingly complex beer and wine duties to proudly ...
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Did a 10 year old girl die from holding her breath?

Articles in the Daily Mail and the New York Post allege that Nyla Anderson, 10, died on December 12 after she took part in the dangerous Blackout Challenge which encourages participants to hold their ...
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Are the British to blame for Israel's stray cat problem? [closed]

Stray cats are extremely common in Israel and there is a common urban legend that they were imported by the British during the mandate period to combat a rat problem. For example, you can see this ...
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Is dancing at private New Year's Eve parties forbidden in WA, Australia?

Not The Bee has posted this commentary with a screenshot of some kind of an official WA authorities account claiming that dancing at private parties is not permitted: I tried to verify if this is the ...
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Did these politicians say these quotes regarding rape?

DISCLAIMER: IMAGE CONTAINS QUOTES THAT RELATE TO SEXUAL ASSAULT AND RAPE I recently saw a meme on Quora that claims to show quotes from conservative politicians arguing against abortion in the cases ...
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Was Chinese space station forced to take evasive action in 2021?

CNBC reports that China complained that its space station was forced to take evasive action to avoid collision with satellites launched by Musk’s Starlink programme. The documents should be ...
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Does glass decompose in one million years?

Is there any authoritative reference to the claim that glass decomposes in one million years? I came across that figure multiple times (for example, 1, 2, 3). They often cite The New Hampshire ...
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Have there been no deaths due to omicron in Africa?

According to a widely-shared tweet (and also picked up by Townhall) (emphasis added): Serious question since I'm not a dr. If omicron is contagious but not deadly (25,000 cases in Africa with no ...
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Does this study show vaccines are more likely to result in COVID-19 Omicron infection? [duplicate]

A popular tweet claims: Holy moly. This study shows that after three months the vaccine effectiveness of Pfizer & Moderna against Omicron is actually negative. Pfizer customers are 76.5% more ...
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Is the effectiveness of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines against Omicron negative after three months?

This popular tweet (over 10000 retweets) claims that: This study shows that after three months the vaccine effectiveness of Pfizer & Moderna against Omicron is actually negative. Pfizer customers ...
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Did Albert Einstein say that if he could live his life again, he would study the Talmud?

This BBC News article says: In his book, the Complete Idiot's Guide to the Talmud, Rabbi Aaron Parry says that when, shortly before his death, Einstein was asked what he would do differently if he ...
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Does West Virginia have higher literacy rates than states like New York, California and New Jersey?

In response to Bette Midler saying that West Virginia is moving backward, and is poor, illiterate and strung out, (she apologised but didn't retract the statement as untrue) it's been claimed that ...
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Could the diphtheria antitoxin (vaccine) have been flown into Nome, Alaska in 1925, but was chosen not to?

I just finished watching Togo on Disney+ last night, where the plot of the story is centered around a musher, Leonhard Seppala, and his lead sled dog, Togo. They make a very long trek across the ...
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Does the 'Dogman' - a half-man, half-dog hybrid - exist?

The 'Dogman' is a half-man, half-dog hybrid that has many sightings in every state of the US, similar to Bigfoot. A 13-year old boy in Kentucky was reported in the news as being killed by a "...
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Is drinking milk after ingesting persimmon dangerous?

I've heard growing up that you should not ingest persimmon and milk at the same time or ingest one right after the other. Is this true? See Quora Is it true after eating persimmon you should avoid ...
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Is the Glitch In the Matrix subreddit on Reddit real stories? [closed]

Here is the subreddit reddit.com/r/glitch_in_the_matrix Here is a fairly recent example of a story posted to that subreddit https://www.reddit.com/r/Glitch_in_the_Matrix/comments/qdainf/...
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Are less than 1% of all adverse vaccine events reported?

According to Electronic Support for Public Health–Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (ESP:VAERS) "Likewise, fewer than 1% of vaccine adverse events are reported." (page 6). Is that true?...
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Are North Koreans banned from laughing for 11 days?

This article states that North Koreans face similar consequences of the leader's death anniversary as in previous years, now being banned from laughing for 11 days. Is the regime so authoritarian that ...
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Does eating almonds increase kidney stone risk?

The article Surprising side effects of eating too many almonds claims: Kidney stones can be a health issue one can face if too many almonds are consumed. Kidney stones are formed when there's a high ...
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Is sleeping in a car with the windows rolled up dangerous?

I keep seeing this conspiracy get repeated. The conspiracy goes like this: car manufacturers don't want homeless people sleeping in cars, so when a car is off, the air vents automatically close. They ...
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Does massaging a vaccinated arm reduce effectiveness of vaccine?

The Times of India claims that: With intramuscular vaccines (most of the COVID-19 vaccine shots are delivered through this mean right now), rubbing, pinching or massaging the injection site may ...
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Is this the sound of the 1883 Krakatoa eruption?

This widely watched video claims to be audio from the infamous Krakatoa explosion. Is it authentic?
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Has LSD 'been widely used in hospitals for the treatment of mental disorders'?

Operation Moneybags is a video purporting to be a documentary covering medical experiments on British troops, The film has an opening card (27 seconds in) stating: This film was made during the ...
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Does China display the hammer and sickle above their domestic Gucci outlets?

This post on Dec 1, 2021 by user @ItsMaoCena has the caption, This Gucci manager be panicking every time they open their shop. As it should be. China loves metaphors, and placing the ☭ ABOVE the ...
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Is this an authentic image of a UFO sighting in Canary Islands (1976)?

According to Wikipedia, a strange 40 minute unidentified flying object or an unexplainable phenomena occured on June 22, 1976 in the Canary islands. The phenomena (object) was observed in multiple ...
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Is a case of child abuse reported every 10 seconds in the USA?

Many child abuse charity websites state this statistic: A report of child abuse is made every 10 seconds See The Center for Family Justice and Partners in Prevention for examples. What is the source ...
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Were the Chinese tennis events cancelled by the WTA in relation to Peng Shuai already cancelled because of COVID-19?

The Women's Tennis Association (WTA) announced it is cancelling "all WTA tournaments in China, including Hong Kong" based on recent events surrounding Peng Shuai. Long before #PengShuai’s ...
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Is over 96% of Moderna's revenue from their COVID-19 Vaccine?

In a recent YouTube video from "The Lotus Eaters", one of the anchors states that "During the previous quarter, Moderna's earnings on their shares were 4.97 billion overall, and the ...
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Does too much artificial lighting result in increased crime and safety problems?

According to a Washington Post article, Nebraska's tourism board is applying for dark sky certification for the Merritt Reservoir State Recreation Area. As part of their application, they are ...
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Does drinking alkaline water help you recover from a hangover?

Related to another question of mine on "electrolyzed reduced water". There are a number of companies that sell commercial products claiming to produce such water. I'm guessing it's not by ...
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Does electrolyzed reduced water (ERW) extend the lifespan of animals (compared to regular water)?

Among the research interests of Dr. Pablo Campra (of recent graphite-in-Covid-vaccines claim) is something called electrolyzed reduced water (ERW). One of the (Asian) groups studying this presents is ...
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Do school spelling tests increase reading or writing performance of students?

Elementary schools across the US often give weekly spelling lists that the students will be tested on at the end of the week. Clearly schools believe having kids learn to spell these words helps them ...
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Does the COVID vaccine contain Graphene Hydroxide nano razor blades?

Psiram has a page about conspiracy theories around covid vaccines and them supposedly containing graphene oxide and graphene hydroxide. They link to credible sources debunking the claim that vaccines ...
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Does the mass of human made objects exceed the entire biomass on the planet?

An article in Nature, "Global human-made mass exceeds all living biomass" in 2020 has recently gained some attention on social media (see this Twitter thread) possibly because of a striking ...
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Have one in four American women had an abortion?

From Reuters today, in the article Supreme Court conservatives appear willing to gut abortion rights: About one in four American women has had an abortion, [attorney Julie] Rikelman added. According ...
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Do pregnant women crave pickles?

In my friend group it is "common knowledge" that pregnant women eat pickles a lot and we sometimes joke that we saw someone's girlfriend eating pickles with the implied consequence that they ...
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Is the cervix pierced during the insertion of an IUD?

From this reddit post: This is the first step to the insertion of an IUD. They are piercing the cervix with no anesthesia or local numbing and it's most common for clients to be unaware of this step. ...
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How long do COVID-19 vaccines last?

I have read many claims from (German) politicians COVID-19 vaccines only work for 6 to 9 month. It is being used to argue that vaccinations should be mandatory in Germany and Austria every 6 or 9 ...
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Does China's official position reject the "wet market origin theory" of COVID?

In an episode of Breaking Points with Krystal and Saagar says, Even the Chinese don't try and push [...] the wet market theory. Their theory is basically like oh it was on some goods and it made it ...
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Have there recently been any immigrants illegally crossing the Mexico-Texas border from South Africa?

Texas Governor Greg Abbott posted on Twitter: Biden banned travel from South Africa because of the new Covid variant. Immigrants have recently been apprehended crossing our border illegally from ...
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Does the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine (or any known vaccine) increase infection rates?

The preprint Effectiveness of Covid-19 Vaccination Against Risk of Symptomatic Infection, Hospitalization, and Death Up to 9 Months: A Swedish Total-Population Cohort Study by Nordström, Ballin and ...
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