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Did East Germany (or other countries) require a physical exam in order to obtain a marriage license?

In Hedwig and the Angry Inch, the titular character Is there a historical basis for mandatory premarital exams?
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Did the Minsk accords (if they had been fully implemented) give LPR/DPR (and thus Russia) veto power over any legislation in Ukraine?

According to William E. Pomeranz of the Wilson Center: the Minsk accords call on Kyiv not only to recognize the independence of Donetsk and Luhansk within the country but also to give these two ...
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Are chemicals used to ripen fruit in developing countries harmful to the health of consumers?

Note: there are some answers to this question on Chemistry.SE, but I prefer a sceptical approach here. I ask this question in connection with a post on Facebook (in Indonesia), which asked: Hi ...
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Can whales send each other 3D images?

I recently asked this question on Biology Stack Exchange but didn’t get any answers. Russell Arnott, apparently an oceanographer, who currently works as a project manager at the Sainsbury Laboratory, ...
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Could "E-Stablecoin" allow electricity to be transmitted without interconnecting wires? [closed]

I was reading a site where I'm reading reputable news usually and this story about "E-Stablecoin" stuck out as something unexpected to me. The article claims: This new blockchain concept – ...
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Is a woman more likely than a man to be seriously injured in a car crash of similar severity?

This article makes a number of interesting points about the potential dangers faced by women in a world "designed for men", but I want to ask specifically about this claim: But when a woman ...
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Did Dmitry Rogozin, chief of Russia's space agency, get photographed performing a Nazi salute in the 1990s?

A photo has been circulating on Reddit, Twitter and elsewhere, purportedly showing Dmitry Rogozin, Russian politician and the chief of Roscosmos, performing a Nazi salute and holding a sign that reads ...
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Tiktok video allegedly showing a cut lemon magically fusing back together - what is actually happening here?

https://www.tiktok.com/@kahootdaddy777/video/7101119730211179819?is_copy_url=1&is_from_webapp=v1 Several commenters remarked that when she turns away the lemon looks as if it is fusing together. ...
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Did female majority electorate result in higher government spending compared to WW2?

An inflammatory infographic frequently shared online claims that women voting is directly responsible for increase of government spending which it argues overshadows the effects of ww2. I would like ...
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Are morticians finding huge blood clots as a result of Covid-19 vaccines in otherwise healthy adults that died suddenly?

Infowars is reporting that Covid-19 vaccines are causing blood clots. For example, here: Another article is here: In this article, the story goes into more detail, with Infowars claiming that "...
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Earthing - Does this published article change anything about this previous answer? [duplicate]

This previous thread states whether earthing reduce oxidative stress and inflammation. I recently found an article published in Elsevier, named "Integrative and lifestyle medicine strategies ...
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Was plastic from a seaplane shot down in 1944 recently found in an albatross stomach?

The environmentalist website Ocean Sentry makes the claim (citing Calgary Herald) that: The massive clockwise North Pacific Gyre is carrying plastic that is over 50 years old. Last year, plastic ...
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Did UK police agree to drop sex-offense charges in exchange for an apology?

In the United Kingdom, Community Resolution Orders give the police the powers to deal with minor offences in which the offender pleads guilty and agrees to reparations, without using the court systems ...
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Did Gustavus Doane participate in and brag about participating in the Marias Massacre?

An NPR article from yesterday claims that Gustavus Doane (the former namesake of Mount Doane, now First People's Mountain) participated in and bragged about participating in the Marias Massacre. There ...
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Did Peter the Great just "return" lands that "belonged to Russia", in the Great Northern War?

According to the Guardian, in a recent speech/interview Putin said “Peter the Great waged the great northern war for 21 years. It would seem that he was at war with Sweden, he took something from ...
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Did the Ukrainian Ambassador for Human Rights get added to the list of enemies of Ukraine?

I stumbled upon this niche tweet claiming that the Ukrainian Ombudsman for Human Rights Lyudmyla Denisova made up rape allegations against the Russian Army and was added to the list of enemies of ...
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Does exported Ukrainian wheat (only) amount to 2.5% of the world's wheat production?

In May, the United Nations Secretary General António Guterres said: shortages of grain and fertiliser caused by the war, warming temperatures and pandemic-driven supply problems threaten to “tip tens ...
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Has a weapon functionally equivalent to the AR-15 been available for U.S. civilian purchase since 1907?

According to a (since-deleted) widely shared LinkedIn post (emphasis added): A hundred and twelve years ago, in 1907...our great grandparents were first able to buy the rifle pictured. The semi-auto ...
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Did the percent of humans living on < $2/day drop from 94% to 8.6% since 1820?

In a recent Vox article, the author claims (without citation): In 1820, some 94 percent of humans lived on less than $2 a day. Over the next two centuries, extreme poverty fell dramatically; in 2018, ...
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Are guns the number one killer of children in the US?

Joe Biden, in his speech on June 2, said that guns are the number one killer of children, even more than car accidents. Is this claim true? According to new data just released by the Centers for ...
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Are dates of historical events systematically inaccurate prior to the 17th Century?

In 2007, Vyacheslav Alekseevich Lopatin wrote The Scaliger Matrix [Russian]. (Full Russian title: Вячеслав Алексеевич Лопатин: Матрица Скалигера. Вся мировая история насквозь фальшивая! [On the book ...
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Does eating Okra cause male infertility?

Being a habitual eater of okra (also known as Ladies Fingers), I found myself shocked today to find that its consumption can allegedly cause male infertility: July 2017 article from Premium Times, ...
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Did Facebook claim its fact-checks are legally "just opinions"?

Multiple websites and media say: Facebook claims its 'fact-check' are just protected opinions, according to Facebook's legal team. However, I have not found any official Facebook sources for this ...
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Did the ten plagues take place in Ancient Egypt?

Inspired by this question. Is there any extrabiblical evidence that any or all of the ten plagues occurred as outlined in Exodus 7:14-11:10? Particularly, any evidence in Ancient Egyptian records?
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Do 80 to 90 percent of lifelong smokers never develop lung cancer?

Joshua Hawkins of BGR.com has stated that 80 to 90 percent of lifelong smokers never develop lung cancer. To quote the article: Scientists may have discovered why lifelong smokers never get lung ...
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Did a Palestinian protester urinate on the Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound/Temple Mount as shown in this video?

Twitter user @emilykschrader tweeted a video with the caption: Palestinian rioter URINATING on the roof of Al Aqsa mosque this morning as rioters barricade themselves in the mosque 🤯 Is this an ...
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Did two crisis actors both claim to be the father of the same child killed in the Uvalde, Texas shooting?

A friend-of-a-friend posted a BitChute video on my friend's Facebook wall: Two crisis actor "fathers" share the same daughter in Uvalde, Texas The description states: NBC and CNN interview ...
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Has Russia pegged the ruble to gold in the sense that U.S. dollar was before August 15, 1971?

Some sites like this one, this one, this one and some social media posts like this one refer to news articles saying that Russia has linked ruble to gold at 1 gram = 5000 roubles. Also Forbes seems to ...
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Has there ever been a burglary or assault from someone keeping an old key and using it on new owners?

It's "common knowledge" that you should change keys on move-in. Usually this is suggested to avoid burglary (or for Googlers and more casual conversation, "robbery"). But has ...
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Are more than a billion umbrellas thrown away every year?

I own a Blunt umbrella. From their and other umbrella sites, there is a claim that over a billion umbrellas are thrown away every year. Blunt claims it on their website Finisterre claims it Senz ...
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Is their tax bill the single biggest cost of living for most households in the UK?

Mark Littlewood wrote an opinion article in The Telegraph [unpaywalled alternative] atacking the UK's Conservative Party. He claimed: For most households, the single biggest cost of living is their ...
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Is America “the only nation where this [a mass shooting] regularly happens”?

The Onion, a satirical newspaper, re-uses a headline each time a mass shooting occurs in the US: “No Way To Prevent This,” Says Only Nation Where This Regularly Happens Most recently for the ...
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Were law enforcement officers (LEOs) standing around doing nothing during the Uvalde shooting? [closed]

I have seen numerous news sources claim that for over half an hour LEOs were on site of the shooting but doing nothing. From NPR: Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw told reporters that ...
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Did one of the victims of the Buffalo shooting invent a water-powered engine for cars?

According to a number of conspiracy sites (see Natural News and Newspunch), Buffalo shooting victim Aaron Salter Jr had just invented and patented a gas-free car that runs on water (implying that is ...
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Do the majority of flood deaths happen in vehicles?

According to a radio broadcast of the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)'s NOAA Weather Radio KHB36 162.550 MHz (Manassas, Virginia) on May 24, 2022, a few minutes before 00:00 ...
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Is it common for Vietnamese people to be able to split apples in half with their bare hands?

I've seen this rumor online a few times now, such as: Can Vietnamese people break apples in half? (1,247 views) Yes. Source: half Vietnamese. The claim also seems to be on Reddit (here; here; here) [...
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Does the Swiss law say that international health law supercedes national law?

In this video, starting at about 28:40, Dr. Astrid Stuckelberger says Even the constitution of Switzerland there is a little line they have added without asking us, which says that international law ...
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Did vehicle registration occur before automobiles?

I found an article online that makes the claim: "... registration plates having been used on carriages and wagons in the U.S. as far back as the early 1800s." The article can be found here: ...
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Were "Fabricated abortion statistics" used to influence the Roe vs Wade decision?

I read in the National Catholic Register an assertion that the numbers that Justice Blackmun cited in Roe vs. Wade came largely from a book called "Abortion" and that ex-Abortionist Bernhard ...
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Has the United States only ratified 5 of 18 international treaties on human rights?

A recent opinion piece in the English edition of Le Monde Diplomatique makes passing reference to the idea that the United States "has ratified only five of the 18 international human rights ...
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Was 17 the average life expectancy in Liverpool in the 1850s?

DK History of Britain and Ireland: The Definitive Visual Guide (2011) claims: 17 The average life expectancy in years in Liverpool during the 1850s. High infant mortality depressed the figure, as did ...
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Did a Wisconsin school file sexual harassment complaints over pronoun usage?

The New York Post claims A Wisconsin school district has filed sexual harassment complaints against three middle schoolers for calling a classmate by a wrong pronoun. They cite fox17.com as source, ...
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Does watching pornography increase sexual performance in women?

I am referring to these lines: A recent study reported that increasing porn use is linked to decreased sexual performance in men and increased sexual performance in women. Big Think - Is watching ...
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Can masturbation cure insomnia?

I've come across the claim that masturbation can cure insomnia at several places on the internet, including: Episode 1 of The Principles of Pleasure, which focuses on female orgasm. "We think ...
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Did Portugal attempt to maintain control over Macau?

In this video, Are Hong Kong and Macau Countries?, educational YouTuber CGP Grey mentions (at 3m16s) that Portugal said they had a right to Macau forever, but the UN stepped in and said no to them. ...
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Did Russia's parliament, Duma, propose invading Poland in 2022?

Twitter user @sentdefender, with >160K followers, recently tweeted The Russian State Duma has proposed that after the Invasion of Ukraine, that Poland be Invaded and denazified next due to their ...
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In 1936, did brothers Mark and David Ferrow transition?

The story of transgender brothers Mark and David Ferrow has become popular on Tumblr and Twitter in recent weeks. It claims In 1934-1936, trans brothers Mark and David Ferrow of Yarmouth, UK both ...
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Was Ukraine planning an attack in Donbas/Crimea prior to the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine?

Quote by Putin in today's Victory Day speech: “In December last year, we proposed the conclusion of an agreement on security guarantees. Russia called on the West to enter an honest dialogue, in ...
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Did Louis Pasteur admit on his deathbed "Bernard [the inventor of terrain theory] was right"?

On many 'health' sites defending terrain theory (the theory that the state of the body, not just germs, is the primal factor for disease development) one finds quotes that Louis Pasteur is said to ...
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Does the Dyson hairdryer measure temperature more than 40 times per second?

According to its product page https://www.dyson.co.uk/hair-care/dyson-supersonic/dyson-supersonic-overview the Dyson Supersonic hair dryer has the following feature Unlike some others, the Dyson ...
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