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Are the songs on “Rote Lieder (Die Besten politischen Lieder aus der DDR)” from the German Democratic Republic?

Today, a friend sent me a link to the cheery song "Lied vom Volkspolizist" by Blascore on the compilation "Rote Lieder (Die Besten politischen Lieder aus der DDR)", but listening to the song lyrics ("...
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Is Russia spreading fake news about some countries' management of COVID-19?

According to a Financial Times article, an EU report warns about the diffusion of fake news by Russian media, in an attempt to discredit involved governments and aggravate the ongoing crisis. Can ...
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Is SARS-CoV-2 a biological weapon released by the US military?

SARS-CoV-2 is a novel coronavirus that is the cause of the disease COVID-19. Some people have questioned the origins of the virus. RadioFreeEurope reported on March 5, 2020 on a claim by an Iranian ...
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Did the mayor of Florence ask people to hug Asians during the COVID-19 outbreak?

According to multiple questionable news sources: The Mayor of Florence is facing fresh criticism after he encouraged Italians to “Hug a Chinese” as a stand against racism before Italy was later ...
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Valves sold for 11k$ to hospital in italy?

Currently there are big news about some guys that printed some valves for a hospital in need as the supplier wasnt able to provide the needed parts fast enough. The media says that the supply company ...
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Have COVID-19 vaccination trials started in Seattle?

I am reading conflicting information on this. In a supposed Associated Press Exclusive, a report went out March 16th saying: U.S. researchers gave the first shots in a first test of an ...
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Is obesity causing diabetes and other illness, and not just correlated with?

According to the World Health Organisation website: (emphasis mine) What are common health consequences of overweight and obesity? Raised BMI is a major risk factor for noncommunicable diseases ...
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Did the U.S. refuse coronavirus testing kits offered by the World Health Organisation?

At minute 5:50 of the Democratic Presidential Primary Debate on Sunday, March 15 (video and transcript), former vice president Joe Biden made this claim (emphasis added): [T]he World Health ...
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Can heat cure COVID-19, the common flu and the common cold?

The following video is quickly making rounds via social media. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-011iO4esA The video claims Dr. Dan Lee Dimke has found that raising the temperature of the sinuses to ...
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Are HIV positive couples in China denied assisted reproduction methods?

In the following article on Xinhuanet, it is claimed that HIV carriers are not allowed access to assisted reproduction in China. http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-01/21/c_137762633.htm As ...
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Did Germany and France offer help to Italy in the Covid-19 crisis?

An opinion piece published yesterday by DW says: The first thing that fell by the wayside, as always in times of crisis, was solidarity. It was Italy, the first country hit by the Corona crisis — ...
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Is it realistic that “in the best case scenario 20% of the Australian population will be infected” by the novel coronavirus? [closed]

From a Nine News report (March 16, 2020): ...it comes as our medical authorities predict that in the best case scenario 20% of the Australian population will be infected, that equates to around 5 ...
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Were elderly patients denied dialysis in the UK during the 70s?

During a news broadcast by the Israeli public channel on March 15th, prof. Jonathan Halevy, the manager of the Shaare Zedek Medical Center said: לבריטניה יש היסטוריה עם בעניין הזה. בשנות ה-70 לא ...
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Is COVID-19 more dangerous than typical annual coronavirus variants?

I have heard many people claim in private that COVID-19 is not worse than flu and that the reaction is overblown. As a poster-child example of this, I want to analyze the claims made by the German ...
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Did the italian parliament deny what mayor of Alzano Lombardo say about people in his city not being hospitalized because hospitals are full?

There is a report from Italy in many webpage which says "There are many elderly people at home with breathing difficulties. They are not hospitalized because the hospitals are full" said the ...
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Will there be a mandatory quarantine in the US under the Stafford act starting on Monday March 16? [closed]

I received from a family member a message saying that someone they know sent them the following text. please be advised, within 48-72 hours the president will evoke the Stafford Act. Just got off ...
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Were COVID-19 patients in Wuhan welded into their apartments to enforce the lockdown?

The Sun ran an article in Feburary 2020 covering viral social media videos purportedly showing citizens in Wuhan having their apartment doors welded shut during the COVID-19 lockdown. The wording of ...
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Did a rabbit bite Justice David Souter?

In a panel discussion titled HLS in the World | A Conversation with Six Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court [partially transcribed at Harvard At 200: Justices Look Back On Their Law School Days — And ...
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Were international travellers kept waiting in densely packed queues at US airports due to COVID-19 screenings?

There are several claims online that international travelers returning from Europe were kept waiting in densely packed queues at JKF and O'Hare airports, due to COVID-19 screenings, on the weekend of ...
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Are deaths due to covid-19 in Germany accurate? [closed]

According to worldometers.info Germany has 1/10th of the deaths of countries with comparable number of infections. Looking at just France and Germany, both have around the same number of cases, but ...
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Does a politician's claim that towns in Lombardy that went into lockdown had “zero infection rates” thereafter match the official statistics?

Italian foreign minister Luigi Di Maio (also a former M5S leader) said in an interview (not quoted in the article, but he says it 20 seconds in the embedded video) that The model that is working ...
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Is “flatten the curve” plot from Economist informative [closed]

This picture from this article quickly became very popular. Keep in mind that I'm not arguing with the obvious idea that some serious measures should be taken to mitigate the effects of the pandemic. ...
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Was a “large number” of new COVID-19 clusters in the United States seeded by travellers from Europe?

It has been reported in relation to the recent US travel ban on the EU's 26-country Schengen area that The President justified the ban by saying the EU had failed to take the same precautions as ...
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Did the CDC lose a Federal Lawsuit to produce evidence that vaccines do not cause Autism?

In a recent article[1] published by the Informed Consent Action Network (ICAN), ICAN claims that the Center for Disease Control (CDC) has lost[2] a Federal Lawsuit (brought forward by ICAN) calling ...
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Does a surgical mask help prevent catching COVID-19?

According to the Mayo clinic: "The current recommendations regarding masks are that if you yourself are sick with fever and cough, you can wear a surgical mask to prevent transmission to other ...
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Has the flu already killed 20,000 Americans during 2019-20 flu season?

Fox News has this article titled "Flu has killed 20K Americans including 136 children so far [as of March 2020] in this [2019-20] flu season, CDC says". The CDC said that so far this season, 34 ...
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When eating carbs, do sugary drinks reduce calorie consumption compared to diet drinks?

This recent report on Yahoo! Style claims that diet drinks may reduce the digestive system’s response to calorie intake leading to higher levels of snacking and higher calorie intake when diet drinks ...
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Do restaurants have ugly sections? [closed]

Disclaimer: asked on Travel SE https://travel.stackexchange.com/q/154682/13746 but was closed. There's a theory that restaurants have a section for good looking people and a section for ugly people. ...
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Did British homes increase greenhouse gas emissions by 4% in 2018?

According to this report from The Times, Greenhouse gas emissions fell in every sector — including transport, industry and energy — in 2018, but emissions from homes went up 4 per cent, government ...
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Does a COVID-19 test in USA cost consumers more than $US3000?

Yesterday a famous Italian singer, Vasco Rossi, posted on Instagram saying that confirmed COVID-19 cases in USA are low because very few people are checked due to the test costing $3,200. (In Italy, ...
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From all chicken meat products (factory farmed), is the liver the one with the smallest amount of toxins? [closed]

I recently saw a local TV report on health topics who's subject is "The liver is the cleanest organ in the body. Detoxification with juices or pills is unnecessary". "Cleanest" makes sense in my own ...
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Does a 15-year study by Rouillon regarding breast health and bra usage exist?

For many years now, I have been carrying out research on the benefits and drawbacks of wearing certain clothing as part of a wider research on the history of clothing (and nudity) in social situations....
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Did SARS-CoV-2 originate from ‘People letting animal blood drip on their food’?

On the 2nd March, a popular German talk show format – Hart aber Fair which translates to Harsh but Fair – that airs on Germany’s number one television network, the ARD, broadcast an episode concerning ...
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Are more crash due to captain than first officer, because they ignore the first officer?

According to Outliers: The Story of Success from Malcolm Gladwell, more crashes are due to the captain than the first officer. He claims that the reason is that the captain ignore the warnings the ...
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Is Pepsin from pigs being used for cheesemaking in the United States?

A comment on this blog reads as follows: Your information is INCORRECT. Following is an excerpt from a letter from KRAFT food. "Thank you very much for asking if Kraft cheese products ...
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Have Jews been kicked out of countries 109 times?

Several years ago in Australia, anti-Jewish fliers were distributed. One of the claims that appears on the fliers is: Jews have been kicked out of countries 109 times in history. I've seen this ...
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Did two brothers steal credit card information worth millions and walked away scot-free because banks were embarrassed?

In this DEFCON talk at around 24:52 minute mark, the speaker (a Cambridge professor) tells a story of two brothers stealing millions of dollars using a weakness in credit card terminal technology, and ...
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Can the USA easily get thousands of doctors back very quickly? [closed]

Source President Donald Trump defended his huge budget cuts to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention during a Wednesday press conference on the federal government's response to the ...
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Do dogs “mark their territory” by urinating on things?

I think almost everyone (at least in English-speaking countries) is aware of this claim... Question: Do dogs "mark their territory" by urinating on things? It's an urban legend believed by almost ...
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Is the “new automatic chess e-board” Regium a scam?

The chess world is hearing about Regium: MOST AMAZING & REVOLUTIONARY CHESS E-BOARD REGIUM is an Automatic Chess e-Board with the latest Technology. Play chess with REGIUM against Internet ...
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Did Sir Arthur Conan Doyle prank 12 men into fleeing their countries?

Purportedly, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle — creator and author of Sherlock Holmes series — sent a telegram to 12 men “…of great virtue and respected in society.” The telegram read “Flee! All has been ...
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Is Bernie Sanders the first candidate to win the first three states in a competitive primary?

I saw this float around Facebook. It seems it originated from the Twitter account of People For Bernie, Bernard Sanders is the only candidate in history (in a competitive primary) to win the ...
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Does 5:2 diet activate SIRT1 gene and provide health benefits?

5:2 intermittent fasting is For two days a week, you eat a limited diet, of just 500 to 600 calories, and for the other five days, you eat whatever you want. From the above article, the ...
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Are pomegranate seeds edible? [closed]

My dad usually eats cherry seeds, which seemed dangerous to me, so I searched it online and indeed it can be dangerous. Today, I was about to eat a pomegranate but I wasn't sure if the seeds are ...
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Is Trump the “chief law-enforcement officer of the United States”?

This article from Business Insider, and many others, say that President Donald Trump falsely designated himself the "chief law-enforcement officer of the United States" while speaking with ...
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Do library fines affect return rates?

I just got an email from the Free Library of Philadelphia announcing that they no longer charge fines for material returned past the due date. The announcement, reproduced on their blog contained the ...
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Is it true that SERE's in the army are given a dog to raise to kill them? [duplicate]

My daughter told me that her fiance was in the SERE's in the army and that he was given a puppy to raise and then had to shoot it so he would learn to not become attached? He is stating that the dog ...
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Is this picture of Trump, Bloomberg, and Clinton playing golf real? [closed]

Picture reads "it's big club and you ain't in it", and has Rudy Giuliani, Donald Trump, Michael Bloomberg, and Clinton. That's quite similar to this tweet of the same Image without the caption by ...
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Were Vietnam veterans spat on?

The idea that Vietnam veterans in the United States were spat on when they returned seems to have taken hold. It's mentioned in the movie First Blood ("Rambo"): Then I come back to the world and I ...
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Have 41% of transgender people attempted suicide?

In Daniella Carter's TED talk "Walking in your truth as an LGBT youth", she mentioned: I need it, they need it, we need the love, we need the liberation, we need the support, not only for the 2.5 ...

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