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Did KFC send out a “Kristallnacht” themed promotional deal to customers in Germany?

Snopes has confirmed the story including directly contacting KFC Global, and getting the response: On November 9, an automated push notification was accidently issued to KFC app users in Germany that ...
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Did Elon Musk put up a billboard saying "Defend billionaires"?

This is most likely a photoshop. The actual tweet can be found here. In spite of his caption, Twitter user @patriach2051 did not find this in the wild. The picture appears to originate from the ...
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Did Parker Pens release an advertisement in Spanish that accidentally implied their pens would prevent pregnancy?

The earliest source of this story is Blunders in International Business by David A. Ricks (first edition 1974). He basically repeats the story you heard. The book has few footnotes, but this story ...
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Geico "Call us 75 years from now" radio commercial

It is a pretend radio commercial. Even though the company did exist 75 years ago the acronym "GEICO" was not in use at that time. Instead, the name "Government Employees Insurance Company" was ...
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Is this a photo of an actual ad posted by sex traffickers?

The verifiable facts: On Feb 1st, 2017, the "Costa Rica Star" reported that a school district in San Diego performed a sweep which arrested 400 in connection to sex trafficking, featuring a cropped ...
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Is the shadow on this Dracula billboard cast by the stakes?

Here is a timelapse reveal of the effect. The shadow appears to be created by the light on the left. For another thing, there is only one light source, but if you look closely, you can see shadows ...
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Was this "Buy a wife from Vietnam" advert genuine?

A little reverse-image-search sleuthing later... the composite ad appears to be a fake photomontage cobbled together by various bloggers, but the Chinese text appears to be from a genuine photograph ...
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If I buy "flushable" wipes, can I flush them without problems?

This website from ThamesWater (a water management company in UK) states that they are not flushable, and even shows you why. Other sources tell the same story: https://www.lanesfordrains.co.uk/...
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Did EgyptAir publish this totally messed up map from Europe?

There is an identical imgur picture from 2015 that purports to be a screenshot from a 2015 issue of the inflight magazine, including a link to said magazine. The linked page contains an embedded Flash ...
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Are DNA testing companies building a DNA database for commercial applications?

This isn't exactly a secret. 23&me talk about it on their blog. They seem pretty proud of it. One of the options when you send your sample to them is a box for whether you consent to your data ...
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Are Republicans running ads with images of bundles of cash specifically against Jewish candidates?

It's not just Jews. For example: According to WRAL with respect to the above ad concerning George Holding: The ad has run more than 500 times so far on network television in the Raleigh and ...
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Does Floyd Mayweather endorse a teeth whitening product?

This tweet from Mayweather's account, September 8, 2018 includes a video of him holding the product and talking directly to the camera about it, clearly endorsing the product, including the quote ...
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Did Queensland Greens candidate Jonathan Sriranganathan teach people how to break into buildings?

Nine News Queensland's Facebook page has this August 2022 video video, Greens councillor encourages squatters in Brisbane. It includes a shot of a Facebook post: That 17 August 2022 post is on ...
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Did Rossiya 24 show an advertisement for Russian women to marry Chinese men?

(partial answer based on findings by this moment) Misleading So was this clip shown as an advert on Rossiya 24? The only truth seems to be that this clip was, indeed, produced for a Russian ...
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Can commercial super glue hold several tons of weight?

Yes, this is entirely possible. Loctite's Technical data sheet states lists the following data points: So using grit blasted steel, they can achieve a bond strength of 1.25 - 1.75 tons per square ...
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Are scammers using social media fake-news sharing behaviour to identify and target gullible people?

The actions of scammers may never come to light, so it may be impossible to find hard evidence that scammers are using Facebook's and Twitter's powerful tools in this way. But it would not make sense ...
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If I buy "flushable" wipes, can I flush them without problems?

In the UK it depends on the product The UK Water Industry (WI) has set specification WIS 4-02-06 (set in 2019) for toilet wet wipes which are fine to flush. Any wet wipes certified fine to flush have ...
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Did New York City ever produce a salsa that competed against Pace Picante sauce?

Salsa is made in all corners of the world where people enjoy something on their corn chips. While mainly found in countries near Mexico, it is just sauce made from tomatoes, peppers, and onions. It is ...
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Did Chipotle give away free burritos on Feb 8, 2016?

I'm not sure if this is entirely appropriate given the posting guidelines say "Avoid statements based solely on ... personal experience;", however, I don't think those were written with this specific ...
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