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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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Did Esurance put up a billboard saying "Cover your home in a dick"?

The image was stated to have been photoshopped. UPDATE: Welp, the fun's over. Esurance contacted us today, and they're saying the image above is photoshopped. To be fair, we were incredulous when ...
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Did Esurance put up a billboard saying "Cover your home in a dick"?

It's real and was confirmed by esurance in a tweet. Just in case the tweet gets removed later, here is a screenshot: According to several sources online, the billboard was put in Chicago, not in New ...
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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 ad with a German coast guard mistaking "sinking" with "thinking" by Berlitz?

The advertisement was created for Berlitz Corporation and made by BTS United. According to the following website: BTS has been creating award winning work in Norway for over 50 years. A testament ...
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If I buy "flushable" wipes, can I flush them without problems?

Summary In the US and Canada, if you buy wipes which say "Flushable" on the package, you normally should never flush them. (Source.) If you do, they may clog your pipes or your local sewer / septic ...
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Does China have the death penalty for spammers?

This appears to be false. The Wikipedia entry mentions the relevant law as being the 2006 Regulations on Internet Email Services. According to this report from Epsilon International and this one ...
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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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Was this "Buy a wife from Vietnam" advert genuine?

I can't vouch for the authenticity of this particular ad, but Vietnamese brides are a real phenomenon, including them running away. China’s vanishing mail-order brides: The imported wives who won’t ...
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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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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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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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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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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 any commercials "banned" for public display?

Yes. For example, last year, the UK's Advertising Standards Authority banned a TV advert by payday lender Wonga, (ref). Other banned adverts include those for e-cigarettes (ref), and many that were ...
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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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Is Sensodyne recommended by "nine out of ten dentists"?

Such statements are not to be intended in the "scientific" sense. They are marketing materials and are not claimed to be representative of all dentists. Stock phrases such as "Recommended by nine out ...
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Does objectifying women in advertisement cause violence against their gender?

Objectification is the "process of representing or treating a person like an object" rather than treating them as full and equal human being with equal rights and needs. The process of ...
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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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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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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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Are 1 million people a year date raped?

The exact number of date rape is not known since there is fear of inflated statistics in accounting for rape numbers in USA. Also according to a 2013 global review, 35 per cent of women worldwide have ...
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Are fairness creams effective?

The research into effectiveness of fairness creams such as Fair & Lovely is inconclusive since Aneel Karnani's 2007 paper states that dermatologists claim that fairness creams cannot be effective ...
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