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Were summer colds up in 2021?

The article Why Everyone Has the Worst Summer Cold Ever by the New York Times suggests that there is some expectation of a bad cold season. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says ...
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Did "the" London Agreement of 1945 bind the Soviets in writing to provide air access to [West] Berlin?

One Australian Airforce page offers this nutshell version of why the Soviets agreed to air corridors but shut down land access to West Berlin in the late 1940s. Berlin was in the centre of the Soviet ...
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Is the sewage from the Burj Khalifa transported away by trucks?

There are several articles and videos on the net claiming that the Burj Khalifa tower in Dubai is not connected to a wastewater treatment plant by a sewer system, but that instead the sewage is ...
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(To what extent) was the Lithuanian fence on the border with Russia (Kaliningrad) "funded by NATO" (or the EU)?

Wikipedia has claimed NATO funding for this fence for some years, e.g. today it says: In early 2017, with increasing military activity and political tensions in the region, the Lithuanian government ...
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Are young liberal women more likely to have a mental health condition?

Evie Magazine reports on a 2020 Pew Research study, in an article titled Over 50% Of Liberal, White Women Under 30 Have A Mental Health Issue. Are We Worried Yet? Conservatives label younger liberal ...
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Did Pik Botha Lobby For The Release Of Nelson Mandela?

In a 2013 interview from Al Jazeera, long-time South African Foreign Minister, Pik Botha claims that he long lobbied for the release of the future President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela who spent ...
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Did the Indonesian army have a virginity test for female recruits?

The original article is on Newsweek which I personally consider a reliable source. The virginity check, which extended to military fiancées, involves someone placing two fingers into the vagina to ...
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Did Pfizer intentionally delay the COVID vaccine until after the election?

According to an November 2020 article from Fox Business: President Trump had repeatedly said he expected to have the results by the end of October – ahead of the November election. In a statement on ...
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Are 99% of US beef cattle given steroids to promote faster growth?

Top google result The Meat You Eat: Steroid Use in Livestock claims Each year, U.S. farmers raise some 36 million beef cattle. 99% of all beef cattle entering feedlots in the United States are given ...
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Did the French government print posters explaining COVID-19 vaccination passport policy already in January 2020?

We see this poster, for example from the official site of the city of Toulon: (Explaining that citizens now either need to show a certificate for having 1. covid-vaccination 2. covid-test negative ...
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Is this data about COVID Vaccination breakthrough infections from the Israeli government?

I've been seeing this infographic circulating lately in private WhatsApp groups, and also on Twitter 1, 2. It has also been retweeted by Ivory Hecker who has 100k twitter followers and 173k Instagram ...
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Is methane responsible for nearly one-third of all global warming to date?

A recent BBC article says that the latest IPCC report says methane is responsible for 0.3°C out of 1.1°C of all cumulative warming since pre-industrial times. According to the IPCC, around 0.3C of ...
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Has Pyongyang demanded that the US stop extending its "nuclear umbrella" to Japan as part of the "security guarantees" that the DPRK seeks?

As discussed/alleged in a somewhat hawkish US source, namely a Heritage Foundation page, Pyongyang has apparently included the demand that the US stop extending its "nuclear umbrella" to ...
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Did some Liberian child soldiers have to gun down their parents in order to prove their loyalty to Charles Taylor?

Pro Publica writes about the Liberian civil war: Taylor commanded a pauper’s army that grew to thousands, led by a handful of trusted lieutenants, Libyan-trained mercenaries and professional military ...
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Does wearing a face mask cause intermittent hypoxia?

There's a study that concluded that wearing face masks for extended periods of time (8h-10h) causes a hypoxia: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8152240/ COVID-19 virus has caused the ...
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Was the 2009 swine flu pandemic five times deadlier to children under 18 than COVID-19?

Conservative political analyst, Phil Kerpen recently tweeted The 2009-10 swine flu was five times deadlier to kids than COVID. But it didn't hurt boomers, so it didn't stoke an irrational fear/panic ...
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Is the cannibal drug (Methylenedioxypyrovalerone) linked to biting attacks?

The consumption of this drug is popularly connected to the possibility of attacking other people via biting. Some sources that reference the former are: Cannibal Drug: MDPV Effects And Similarities To ...
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Is there a causal connection between the popular sceptics movement and the anti-trans character of mainstream British feminism?

In a New York Times article, Dr Sophie Lewis claims without citing further evidence: [The British anti-trans radical feminists] Ms. Parker and Ms. Long may not know it, but they’re likely influenced ...
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Did cultivated amaranth "almost disappear" from the Americas from the 1500s to the 1970s?

Iowa State University claims: After the arrival of the Spanish Conquistadors in Mexico in the early 1500s, amaranth almost disappeared in the Americas as a crop until research began on it in the U.S. ...
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Does the average carbon footprint per bitcoin transaction range from 233.4 to 363.5 kg of CO2?

https://www.cell.com/joule/fulltext/S2542-4351(19)30087-X says, According to the Bitcoin Energy Consumption Index, Bitcoin’s energy use in 2018 translates to a carbon footprint of 19.0 to 29.6 ...
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Is Alberta ending coronavirus restrictions because of failing to provide evidence of SARS-COV2 virus existence in court?

Variations of this image circulate claiming that a man named Patrick King won a court case in which he challenged the province to provide an isolated sample of the virus, which they failed. The rumors ...
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Is the decline in polio symptoms directly caused by the banning of pesticides such as DDT?

According to Forest Maready's "The Moth in the Iron Lung" and several other sites brought to my attention by social media posts, the poliovirus wasn't as virulent as thought. Claims by the ...
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Have the predictions of Tatsuki Ryo come true?

The Japanese manga author Tatsuki Ryo claimed to predict several events like the 1995 Kobe earthquake, the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, the COVID19 pandemic, the deaths of Princess Diana and ...
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Is this video about an Uighur family being forced to live with Han Chinese men genuine?

The following video was posted to a number of social media platforms: "Uyghur women being forced to serve Han Chinese" In the video, an Asian male is recording himself sitting on the couch. ...
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Did Wild West outlaws regularly wear face masks?

An article ("Westerners used to wear masks" by Andrew Gulliford, June 13, 2020) in The Journal of Cortez, Colorado, claims that it was a regular practice of bandits in the "Wild West&...
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Did Haribo sugar-free gummy bears cause a man to lose bowel control in a Toronto airport in April 2013?

So, I recently saw a Youtube video (warning: potentially NSFW; contains a graphic description of gastrointestinal distress and the loss of bowel control) that reads aloud the text of an Amazon review ...
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Did Donald Trump move donated money to his business accounts?

According to The Independent, Donald Trump moved more than $200,000 donated to his Make America Great Again PAC into his own private business accounts, according to an analysis of his federal filings....
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Can one purchase the title of "Lord", "Laird" or "Lady" in Scotland?

I have recently started receiving Youtube advertisements for "Established titles", claiming to sell you a square foot of land in Scotland, entitling you to call yourself some variant of &...
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Did Iranian state TV say that the drone attack on the tanker in July 2021 was in retaliation for an Israeli strike?

CNN claimed that the Iranian state media has taken credit for a deadly drone attack on a tanker connected to a "Israeli billionaire" going so far as to say it was "retaliation" for ...
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Do the lifetime emissions of 'three and a half Americans' kill 'one person'?

On 29th July 2021, Nature published a paper titled "The Mortality Cost of Carbon" and many publications have repeated a rather sensational part of the abstract of the paper (emphasis added): ...
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Human regeneration of limbs with pig's bladder [duplicate]

This article claims that a pig bladder was used to regenerate a finger: https://humanlimbregeneration.com/man-regrows-finger-tip-with-pigs-bladder/ There are actually quite a few articles on the web ...
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Is the COVID-19 vaccine highly unlikely to prevent infection a year after inoculation?

Vincent Racaniello (Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons) wrote a blog in which he states “It’s highly unlikely that ...
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Was the heart of the buddhist monk Quảng Đức intact after cremation?

The Buddhist monk Thích Quảng Đức self-immolated during a political protest and it is reported that The monk’s remains were ordered cremated for burial, but something unexplainable happened: ...
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Did Truman say this about helping whichever of Germany and Russia were losing during the war?

Taken from Good Reads: If we see that Germany is winning we ought to help Russia and if Russia is winning we ought to help Germany, and that way let them kill as many as possible, although I don't ...
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Can small amounts of exercise build muscle?

I have run across a number of exercise routines which claim individuals can lose weight and build muscle with very little exercise. So, the question: Can an average person become ripped in three ...
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Is there a breeding population of big cats living wild in the UK?

In an October 2020 Daily Mail article, a 'big cat tracker', Rhoda Watkins claims the UK has a healthy wild population of leopards and pumas. However, when I search on Wikipedia and other wildlife/...
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Did Newton "invent" Physics to perform better spells? [closed]

I know Atomic Robo is not exactly an authority on real history, but there's also some truth and interesting details intermingled. How true is the statement "Newton invented Physics so he could ...
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Is the local purchasing power in Cuba as low as shown in the following page?

This page shows a list of countries with some data from them, one of them being the "local purchasing power index". Cuba is in the last position of this with a 1.28 in purchasing power ...
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Did the New England Journal of Medicine determine that Sinovac is more effective than the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine?

I've seen infographics such as this, that compares the efficacy of Sinovac and Pfizer. In the infographic it says that, according to New England Journal of Medicine : Sinovac prevents 65.9% of the ...
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Can Dubai make it rain with drones that emit electric charges?

In this post from LinkedIn there is a video of a bunch of rain fall, the post says, Dubai is making it rain (artificially). Scientists in the United Arab Emirates are using electrical charges from ...
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Is this study evidence that a fly falling into one's drink should be dipped?

About 9 years ago, a user inquired about a medical claim from an islamic text, a claim that a fly falling into your drink should be dipped in then thrown away (the claimed explanation being that ...
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Did Stephen Hawking say the most important knowledge he learned was in nursery?

According to this website (in Chinese, my translation to English follows, original Chinese below) In 1988, 76 Nobel prize winners gathered together, including the 46 year old Hawking. The interviewer ...
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Did Near, a prominent emulator developer, take their own life?

A couple of weeks ago, there was news in the gaming-related media that Near, the developer of SNES emulators, has reportedly died by suicide. However, the proof of this is an anonymous document posted ...
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Was it ever common in the USA for women to use their husbands' Social Security Numbers as their own?

The December 2015 Uniform Assessment Instrument of Virginia's Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (an instruction manual for administration of certain public social services) contains the ...
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Does this article make a valid claim that SARS-CoV-2 isolation hasn't been demonstrated yet? [duplicate]

This is the article: Lordchewy: "Exposing the Core Tenets of the Covid 1984 Regime, Part 2: Koch’s Postulates, Lack of Sars Cov 2 Isolation and of its Presence in Autopsy Reports", Medium, ...
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Is this "ancient Hebrew leather manuscript" seized by police in Turkey authentic?

Some time ago there was news of a manuscript stolen from a Syrian museum, seized from smugglers in Turkey. There are many other articles about this as well. Turkish police seize ancient manuscript ...
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Does playing slower music in gyms reduce the risk of COVID-19 infections?

I read (mirror 1, mirror 2) that South Korean authorites have introduced some rules to enforce slower (in terms of BPM) music in gyms to reduce the risk of COVID-19 infections: Music with more than ...
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Does this video depict a neo-nazi leader dying in the middle of a speech?

I'n seeing this video all over twitter, with yesterday supposedly being the 4 year anniversary: "The head of the neo-Nazi nationalists in Lvov Ukraine died in the middle of a speech" https:/...
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Is all disease caused by the electron spin of food?

Dr Elizete Kaffer is a Brazilian dermatologist. In a video (in Portuguese) she claims, starting from 0:54 (enphasis on the part that I translated): [After talking about hidden sources for pathologies,...
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Did about 150 die from gun violence in the US during the 4th of July weekend 2021?

CNN reports At least 150 people were killed by gun violence in more than 400 shootings across the country during the Fourth of July weekend Ref: CNN.com In the article this data is based on data ...

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