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Are excessive selfies a "cry for help" from "sexually abandoned" people?

I just read an article in the Spanish newspaper Hoy (not a great source for scientific knowledge) and that says (translated by me): Are you a fan of selfies? Well, a study made by a Dutch ...
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Do cigarettes emit three times as much particulates as an idling diesel engine?

We can see that cities like Melbourne are pushing far the smoking bans Often smoking is compared to car pollution, and is said to be insignificant But, according to this experiment A turbo diesel ...
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Does a mobile plugged in to the charger produce more EM radiation?

I've been hearing this a lot lately, but I can't seem to find anything to disprove (or prove) this claim. I know that a weak signal means the phone produces more radiation (which makes sense), but a ...
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Does sneezing repeatedly lead to orgasm, or a similar sensation?

This came up randomly during office talk but it goes something as follows; sneezing repeatedly is equivalent to having an orgasm. Some basic research on the internet seems to indicate there is some ...
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Are these claims about what reduces abortion correct?

This post on tumblr currently has more than 77,500 "notes", so I'd consider it notable. The numbers and letters are mine: Things that lower abortion rates: A1: Better access to condoms A2:...
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Do obese people have lower lifetime healthcare costs?

I've always been told that obesity is a drain a country's healthcare system...and it's generally accepted as fact. In online debates I frequently see reference to this. I remember seeing news ...
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Trolling and young people

There seems often to be an implicit assumption in the minds of many people that most trolls are children or teenagers or generally in the younger demographics. Such as this unsourced claim on this ...
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Is sex slavery active in the Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates?

In Iran (as a neighbor of these countries from the north of Persian Gulf) it is common to hear claims that sex slavery is active in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates. You can find some ...
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Are contraceptives unaffordable for female students at Georgetown Law?

At a hearing before the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee, Sandra Fluke said: "Without insurance coverage, contraception, as you know, can cost a woman over $3,000 during law school. ...
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Does taking a shower when dehydrated increase body weight?

For sports (such as wrestling, MMA, judo, etc) where the competition is divided into weight divisions, it's common to drop cut 10+ lbs of water weight hours before weigh ins and then rehydrate right ...
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What hair-care benefits come from adding fruit or fruit-extracts to shampoo?

Shampoo manufacturers seem to be very keen to tell us about the all the fruit and fruit-extracts they put in their product. I suspect that the hair-care actually comes from the other ingredients they ...
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Does oversleeping lead to reduced alertness?

There are several studies (Example 1, Example 2) about the effect of sleep deprivation on alertness and cognitive performance. Are there any studies investigating the opposite - The effect of too ...
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Is it more secure to close the door turning the key twice?

Some door locks you can turn twice (or even three times!). Is there added security in doing so? Or would it basically take the same amount of time to break / open a lock? NOTE: I'm not sure if I use ...
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Can a cup of coffee be used as a barometer?

A recent Instructable was picked up by Lifehacker. It states: When you pour the coffee into your cup, watch the bubbles. If the bubbles move to the edge of the cup rather quickly, that's a good sign. ...
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Is eroto-comatose lucidity a state only achievable via sexual means?

Some "sex magic" practitioners assert that it is possible to achieve a higher state of consciousness, "eroto-comatose lucidity", through basically making one fall asleep through too much sex. Eroto-...
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Are Pathans the lost tribe of the Israel?

The Pathan people (also known as the Pasthun) is an ethnic group of around 50 million living scattered across the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan, and also Iran and India. Wikipedia explains:...
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Is studying while sick bad for your brain?

The New Straits Times reported: Working unduly hard or studying while sick may lead to a decrease in effectiveness of the brain as well as damaging it. P-Healthcare blog reports one of the "Top ...
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Does picking your nose make it grow?

Does pulling/tugging at your soft cartilage cause it to grow? Example of claim on answers.com Don't pick your nose. Compulsive nose picking, known as rhinotillexomania, can increase the size of ...
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In the economic crisis of 2008, were some companies truly "too big to fail"?

During the first of the half of the current economic crisis, some companies began to collapse due to the subprime mortgage crisis or from the cascading economic damage that it entailed. A danger was ...
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Can a dead mouse sealed in a can of soda dissolve into a jelly-like substance in one year?

A soft-drink company argued in a "dead mouse in a can of soda" case that an intact body of a dead mouse is unlikely to be found inside a can of soda because the dead mouse would have been dissolved by ...
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Are frat members more often involved in rape?

This is more about a common prejudice (or not) about fraternities than about some famous claim. I want to know whether frat members rape more than the common non-fraternity member? In Opinion: '...
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Was whaling the biggest industry in 1903?

In a podcast with Joe Rogan, Jimmy Carr made the claim that: Whaling was the biggest industry in the world in 1903. However, some people in the comment section dispute this, claiming that Carr meant ...
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Does removing split ends increase overall hair durability?

Does trimming your hair regularly make it grow faster? addresses the "trimming the hair makes it grow faster" myth, noting that the hair outside of your scalp is dead, and has no awareness ...
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Is the Greek Orthodox church worth 700 billion Euros?

This Wikipedia list puts the Greek Orthodox church's net worth at 700B Euros in 2011 (about 974B USD), above any branch of the Catholic church or other religion. Its source is France 24, but I am not ...
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Is there any historical basis to the four Toltec agreements?

Mexican author Miguel Ruiz published a best-selling self-help book called The Four Agreements, claiming to be based on ancient Toltec wisdom. The four agreements are as follows: Be Impeccable With ...
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Did an SR-71 Blackbird airbase have a plaque regarding the valley of the shadow of death?

A common meme around the internet involves a quote from a supposed plaque in front of an SR-71 Blackbird airbase. The meme seems to be extremely popular on the internet, but I can't seem to find an ...
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Was Columbia University fined for animal cruelty due to experiments run by Mehmet Oz?

This SourceWatch article is being publicized in connection to Mehmet Oz: In 2004, complaints about Dr. Mehmet Oz’s dog experiments were cited in a report from an internal investigation into ...
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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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Do cows need their tails when ploughing?

I was watching this documentary about North Korean defectors, and one of the claims struck me as very odd. One of the defectors claimed that the CIA was largely responsible for the famines in North ...
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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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Is eating watermelon after milk bad?

It’s a local “myth” here in Iran that eating watermelon and milk (or any fatty food in general) is bad (as in it can cause stomachache or a bloated stomach etc). How true is this? My web searches ...
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Does blue light coating on eyeglasses protect the eyes?

I ask about adding blue light coating to eyeglass lenses, not separately wearing blue light glasses. Evidence for SeeCoat Blue Premium | Nikon Lenswear Canada Recommended For: Those who regularly use ...
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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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Did Lyndon Johnson spy on Barry Goldwater's 1964 campaign using CIA and FBI assets?

An article by Lee Edwards on the Heritage Foundation website claims so with quite some level of detail, e.g. In the fall of 1964, the White House turned to the CIA to get advance inside information ...
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Have more people "been to space than have flown in a B-2?"

According to Popular Mechanics (emphasis added): More people have been to space than have flown in a B-2. ... A B-2 pilot at Whiteman [Air Force Base] told me that the number of astronauts who've ...
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Do Islamic countries have a higher than average porn consumption despite porn being banned in them?

In the first place, I'm linking this wikipedia web page to show that, as a general rule, pornography seems to be banned in Islamic countries (although it doesn't show data for all of them, it looks ...
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Did the IMF admit that capital controls have been successful in Malaysia?

A DW article says Malaysia stood out as a country that refused IMF assistance and advice. Instead of further opening its economy, Malaysia imposed capital controls, in an effort to eliminate ...
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Did Brother Yun escape a maximum security prison without help?

Liu Zhenying (known as Brother Yun) is an exiled Chinese Christian evangelist. Supposedly, he was sentenced to a maximum security prison some time ago and escaped miraculously, and "without any ...
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Does CS tear gas permanently damage children?

In the final assault ending the 1993 siege of a compound in Waco, Texas , in which 76 people were killed, the FBI fired 40mm M651 CS and Ferret CS rounds into buildings containing adults and children ...
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Do Starbucks' new lids use more plastic than the previous lids plus straws?

Have recently seen this claim circulating Facebook: The image goes to a post by a group called UnbiasedAmerica... but it looks like the original source article is the story Starbucks Bans Plastic ...
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Does the average Ivy League student have an IQ of 145?

Psychology Professor Dr. Jordan B. Peterson gave a talk in March 2017 where he said (in the first minute of the video): If you go back and look at the records at Harvard, for example, in the early ...
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Does social media cause permanent damage to concentration capability?

In this TEDxtalk (transcript is here), the speaker claims that there is a growing amount of research that shows that spending large amounts of time on social media permanently damages the capability ...
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Did Hitler ban round goldfish bowls because he thought they were cruel?

In the MythBuster's episode Sinking Titantic they carried out an experiment on goldfish memory. As part of this they interviewed an expert who stated that Hitler banned round goldfish bowls because he ...
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Do sports compression clothes give their claimed benefits?

Sellers of sports compression clothes make a lot of claims about their products. Here are some I saw on the back of a 2XU packet. This is not exclusive to them: Benefits of compression ...
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Did three people turn down a meeting in Zuckerberg's dorm room about founding Facebook?

I've seen this posted to Linkedin: Now this makes you think!! .....10 years ago, a student at Harvard invited 5 people over to his dorm room to discuss a business opportunity. Only 2 of the 5 ...
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Are democrats more likely to commit crimes then republicans in the United States?

Ted Cruz during in interview with Hugh Hewitt claimed that democrats are more likely to commit violent crime than republicans. He apparently is getting this statistic from a study on three states ...
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Are teens who vape more likely to become smokers?

eCigarettes are controversial. Some people regard them as a major health improvement because they are far less harmful than "real" cigarettes. Others seem to think they are just another way for the ...
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Do cats avoid water when it is placed near food?

This tumblr post makes the interesting claim that if a cat's water is placed near its food, the cat will consider the water to be unsafe to drink, and that cats will be more inclined to drink it if it ...
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Do trains/boats/planes involved in accidents have a lower occupancy?

This Article from the daily mail makes some interesting (and rather ludicrous) claims, but one stuck out to me specifically. The article argues that higher cancellation rates/lower occupancy on ...
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Did the average Linux Symposium T-Shirt size increase from 1999 to 2008?

A widely circulated image claims: TechCrunch50 company FitBit (which demoed its health activity monitoring device live as well) put up this slide to underscore its point that obesity is a growing ...
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