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Did the Orlando mass shooter attend gay night clubs and use a gay dating app?

A popular sentiment that has been steadily popping up on my Facebook feeds is that Omar Mateen, the shooter in the mass shooting in Orlando, had visited the gay nightclub many times previously: ...
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Will half of the human population born in 1960 develop cancer?

It is well known that the incidence of cancer is increasing due to a lower fraction of deaths from other causes. However, there are many articles (probably sharing the same source) stating that the ...
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Do almost half of Londoners think that cutting immigration would help London's housing crisis?

As a Christmas present on the 25th I just got a leaflet from UKIP in my post stating that 44% of Londoners say that cutting EU immigration would help solve the London housing crisis. There are ...
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Does Bernie Sanders have more individual donors than any candidate in history?

This NPR / article has the headline "Bernie Sanders Now Has More Donors At This Point Than Any Other Candidate In History" I am skeptical that this is true especially in the latter part of the ...
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Are objects such as towels, bank notes, carpets, shopping trolleys and light switches dirtier than a toilet seat?

Are objects such as towels, bank notes, carpet, shopping trolleys and light switches listed in blogs such as these and these really dirtier than an average toilet seat since Dr Chuck Gerba, professor ...
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Did Saddam Hussein have a Quran written in blood?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blood_Quran http://www.theguardian.com/world/2010/dec/19/saddam-legacy-quran-iraqi-government "The "Blood Qur'an" is a copy of the Islamic holy book, the Qur'an, claimed ...
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Can Danish policemen refuse to provide ID when asked?

This Guardian article makes the (unsourced) claim that (emphasis mine): There is more than a whiff of the police state about the fact that Danish policeman refuse to display ID numbers and can ...
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Does wearing linen reduce skin temperature by more than 3°C?

There are many claims around about clothes made of linen being useful in warmer climates. Usually it includes explanations such as a better transportation for sweat so it can evaporate more easily, or ...
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Did a Michigan jewellery store keeper successfully scare off his attackers with a shotgun in 1995?

In an answer to another question, there is a reference to this 2012 Natural News article, which in turn cites this NRA-ILA article, which cites "The Chronicle, Muskegon, MI, 8/23/95": Plans to slay ...
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War veteran who didn't speak for 30 years until he heard a sports match over the radio

In Influence, Cialdini mentions the story of a war veteran who remained silent for 30 years until he allegedly heard during a live radio transmission of a sports event that his home team was ...
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Is a Boeing Honeywell ‘Uninterruptible’ Autopilot System pre-installed on any in-service airliners?

Some sites make the claim that Boeing has installed an uninteruptible ground-controlled autopilot in aircraft such as the 777 with registration 9M-MRO used for missing flight MH370. Notable claims (...
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Do fleas jump lower after being covered by lid? If so, do their offspring adjust to this lower height?

This is one of the popular experiments mentioned in motivational books. Here is summary from a motivational webpage: At the beginning of the experiment a number of fleas are placed in a jar. The ...
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Does Montessori daycare lead to higher educational achievement?

A Montessori curriculum contains these elements as essential elements: Mixed age classrooms, with classrooms for children aged 2½ or 3 to 6 years old by far the most common Student choice of ...
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Does ignoring the extent of death caused by medical error distort the public perception of the quality of US healthcare?

Despite comparative evidence that US healthcare is very expensive and not particularly good by international standards, Americans seem to love it as evidenced by the debate on Obamacare and questions ...
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Are perpetrators in mass killings more likely to play violent video games?

To be clear: I am not asking if violent video games cause violent behavior. That is covered here. I am more interested if there is any correlation between violent video games and mass killings. I ...
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How did Bruce Lee die?

Bruce Lee was an iconic actor and martial arts instructor who died at a young age. Wikipedia states: The preliminary opinion of Peter Wu, the neurosurgeon who saved Lee's life during his first ...
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What happened at Fatima on 13 October 1917?

It is widely claimed (mostly by religious people) that there was a miracle in Fátima where the sun "danced". It is known as the miracle of the sun. Is there any scientific consensus that anything ...
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Are PC-based players generally superior to console-based players in first-person shooters?

I have heard that the reason that the XBox live games cannot be played with friends on Windows machines is that when MS tried it out, the keyboard-based players were so dominant that Microsoft decided ...
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Did Trump save on taxes by burying his ex wife on a golf course?

This article claims that burying Ivana Trump on a Bedminster golf course eliminates property, income and sales tax. Trump is accused of burying Ivana at his Bedminster golf club to take advantage of ...
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Are insulating window films worth it?

I'm curious if tests have been conducted to evaluate the energy efficiency gains and resultant savings produced by insulating window films like these 3M Window Insulator Kits. (There are also films ...
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Does Russia have around 3 million sex workers?

There are some links that mention this, for example: Ukranian Euromaidan Press claimed in 2017: There are now well over one million prostitutes in the Russian Federation, a figure that is higher than ...
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To what extent does the reported phenomenon of needle spiking in nightclubs and bars exist?

There have been widespread reports in the UK of "needle spiking," where a person, usually a woman, claims to have been jabbed with something in a bar. This has received increasing attention, ...
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Did the Chinese government act to suppress news of their Covid outbreak in Wuhan before December 30, 2019?

Wei Jingsheng, a Chinese national who defected in 1997, has written a book (“What Really Happened in Wuhan”) that details how he first heard of a mysterious new virus at the time of the World Military ...
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Was Picasso chased out of town after unveiling Guernica?

In multiple interviews, Lana Wachowski has told this story: Picasso, when he revealed Guernica, was actually chased to the train station by an angry mob. —The Wachowskis | DePaul VAS But we knew, we ...
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Did Adobe Flash's EOL cause trains to stop running in China?

News website Apple Daily posted on Jan 17 a report, picked up widely on socials, that Adobe discontinuing Flash caused trains to stop running in Dalian, China: As Adobe Flash stops running, so do some ...
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Do for-profit prisons lobby against early childhood education?

This popular reddit comment claims that for profit prisons "...literally lobby against things like early child education..." I can't find any evidence for or against this claim. I've found ...
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Has there never been a virus infection in Chromebook history?

Diamond product expert (maximum level expert for Chromebooks) Jim Dantin stated in a community post that (quoting user) Chromebooks can be infected by viruses. (response) It's never happened to a ...
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Did the US Park Police have a definition of tear gas that excluded OC prior to the clearing of Lafayette Square?

US Park Police have disputed reports claiming “tear gas” was used on peaceful protestors in Lafayette Square on the basis that they used “oleoresins capsicum” (OC), rather than 2-...
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Can a Cuban taxi driver make a doctor's monthly salary in just one hour?

A recent video by the Guardian, 'It's not fair': why Havana's taxi drviers vastly out-earn doctors looks at the difference between public sector workers and the privately employed in Cuba. The video ...
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Are the diagnostic criteria of brain death reliable?

There is a large number of sites - particularly fundamentalist Christian sites - claiming that the people who meet the diagnostic criteria for brain death are, nonetheless, capable of recovering. For ...
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Do coca leaves help relieve symptoms of altitude sickness?

Coca leaves are widely used to relieve symptoms of altitude sickness in some South American countries, either chewed or brewed into a tea. Wikipedia says that no study has studied their effectiveness ...
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Did Alfred Kinsey sexually abuse children for his studies?

The following is an interesting question posted in Psychology.SE which was closed as off-topic. It was not migrated here so I thought I would ask it. An article at https://web.archive.org/web/...
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Do certain non-verbal physiological signs always precede the use of violence?

http://nononsenseselfdefense.com/five_stages.html http://nononsenseselfdefense.com/intent.htm The author here makes an interesting claim: No one - not even habitualy violent people - can start ...
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Are Indians immune to Israeli stink bombs?

Russian Television network, RT report that: An Israeli crowd control stink bomb known as the Skunk, which smells like raw sewage and rotting bodies, destined for employment in the restive region of ...
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Do childrens' playgrounds designed to be safe reduce injuries to children?

In Tim Harford's book-length argument that some degree of messiness is, contrary to much modern opinion, a good thing, he makes an argument late in the book that applies to the spaces where children ...
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Are chain gangs a deterrent to crime?

Various states have or recently had chain gangs, in which groups of prisoners perform physical or menial work in public while wearing chains/shackles. Supporters claim that it acts as a deterrent - ...
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Can you eliminate La Guardia Airport and still move same amount of NYC passengers by air, but faster?

Joel Spolsky (I think) made this claim on latest Stack Exchange Overflow podcast that you can eliminate La Guardia airport in NYC, and even if 100% of La Guardia flyers started using the remaining two ...
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Does the meat industry cause 414 billion dollars in externalized costs?

About 34 minutes into the 2014 Documentary Cowspiracy, there is a statement by David Simon, the author of Meatonomics, about hidden costs of animal food production. I've added up the costs of ...
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Are foaming soap dispensers as effective as regular liquid soap dispensers?

I found these foaming soap dispensers on Amazon. The seller says you can use regular liquid soap, diluted: Combine 1 part liquid soap with 5 parts water or Fill with foaming soap solution / Castle ...
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Is Edge (significantly) better than Chrome for laptop battery life?

Microsoft recently released the results of a benchmark of four different browsers with respect to battery life. Chrome comes out the worst, then Firefox, then Opera and then Edge, by quite a margin. ...
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Is Russia generations ahead in hypersonic missile development?

According to a news article on Russia Today, Russia is leading the US in hypersonic missile development by generations: The bottom line is that Russia – in terms of hypersonic missile development – ...
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Can audio played during REM sleep improve recall?

I was reading about sleep-learning - for example of the type depicted in The Simpsons episode, Bart's Friend Falls in Love: Homer orders a subliminal cassette tape to help him lose weight, but is ...
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Were there cases of protesters starting violence at Trump rallies?

During the CNN GOP Debate, Donald Trump gave two explanations for the repeated violent reactions of some of his supporters to protests at Trump rallies. The first one being love for their country and ...
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Do most women who lose their virginity between 15 and 19 years of age wish they had waited longer?

EnkiVillage writes in Weird Sex Facts: Most women who lose their virginity between ages fifteen and nineteen actually wish they had waited a bit longer. Is that claim mainly propaganda to get ...
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Did Maggie Smith compare religion to a penis?

This Twitter post (amongst many other online references) attributes the quote to Maggie Smith: My dear, religion is like a penis. It's a perfectly fine thing for one to have and take pride in, ...
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Does sweating help to cure the flu

Many people advise you to put some warm clothes on, get under the blankets and sweat a lot to help cure flu/fever. On one hand there is a lot of opinion on the Internet saying that it does not work, ...
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Do Ostrich Eggs repel Spiders?

After someone told me that Ostrich eggs repel Spiders I had to google it. I haven't been able to find a scientific explanation but throughout the Internet there are a lot of articles that mention it ...
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Did Hitler say "Who speaks today of the extermination of the Armenians?"

This article claims that just a week before the September 1, 1939 invasion of Poland, Hitler asked: Who speaks today of the extermination of the Armenians? Did Hitler say this quote or something ...
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Is racial income inequality currently in US worse than it was in Apartheid South Africa

As reported here, (and here) white/black wealth inequality is worse now in the US than it was under Apartheid South Africa. The figures brought up during the segment are backed up, too. America's ...
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Would Mefloquine be approved under today's regulations?

The anti-malarial drug Mefloquine (aka Lariam, Mephaquin or Mefliam) is known to frequently induce strong neurologic side effects. I have heard a number of times that this drug would fail to get ...
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