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In an October 2015 test report by the Dutch 'ConsumentenBond' (consumer organization/watchdog) they report back on an earlier test started in 2013 (no link available) where 5 lights each of 24 types from 13 brands were tested. At that moment they had been running 20000 hours. They were switched 8 times per day: 2:45 hours on, 15 minutes off. 75% of those ...


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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 we first saw the photo, but decided to roll with it when we saw Esurance addressed the lady who first tweeted out the above image, and said they'd removed the ...


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Studies that have ever been published or scrutinised outside razor companies seem to be rather difficult to come by. The best I could find was Measurement of beard hair removal efficacy using image analysis, a study conducted by researchers at Gillette (kudos to Solveig_A on Reddit for fetching the full-text for me). Now, a warning: this study's primary ...


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There are two separate claims here. 1) The Daily Currant says Georgia has legalised handguns. No, this is just a story from the Daily Currant which is a satirical magazine that invents stories. 2) That the image on the "17 Most Unusual Vending Machines" demonstrates that there is a vending machine that sells guns. No, this is just an donation drive, ...


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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 York: redeye Chicago Esurance removes Chicago billboards with NSFW typo A blog post Here's A Big Billboard That Says Dick In Downtown Chicago


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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 used without an acronym. See for example the 1949 ads in The Postal Record, Volume 62. Also, you can see from these ads that back then you would be writing the ...


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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 to the quality of their work lies in the long-terms partnerships with clients. They are most famous for creating one of the most awarded viral ads of all time. ...


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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 picture of this photo. San Diego released a press statement on Feb 1st 2017, indicating that "Operation Reclaim and Rebuild" resulted in 474 arrests state wide (...


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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 from Benchmark Email, the penalty for violating the law is a fine of CNY 10000 (roughly USD 1600 or EUR 1200) per email. The fine can be tripled if the case ...


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I can assure you (as a South African) that the vending machine in South Africa is a hoax. Gun control in South Africa, despite the reputation as an unsafe and violent country, is actually very well controlled (if you buy from an official source). You have to be licensed before purchasing a gun, and all guns have to be registered, etc. In South Africa, ...


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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 system. And a sewer clog may cause sewage to seep into your basement. (Source.) Instead of flushing wipes down the toilet, you can use unscented baby wipes. ...


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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 stick around CHINA’S singles have it tough, battling a deep wealth divide and gender imbalance that makes it harder than ever to find true love. With ...


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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 of a genuine ad. The Chinese part of the image appears to be a photograph of genuine advert that has been rumbling around the East-Asian internet since the ...


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Short answer: no Longer answer: yes, but in a cleverly limited way http://www.nycoproducts.com/news/what-does-the-phrase-kills-99-9-of-germs-really-mean/ Many of these products have marketing statements that say the product “kills 99.9% of germs*.” However, somewhere on the container in small print is the list of germs it actually kills, and this list ...


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It is difficult to say for certain without their scientific thesis to study over. With that said there is some validity to wanting more razors, and some there are reasons against it. Consider this Shaving technology This in no way proves that adding more razors is purely for marketing purposes, but it helps raise the question understand that there is a ...


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Yes. As directly referenced in the article, there is a patent that was granted in November: Methods and Systems for Presenting an Advertisement Associated with an Ambient Action of a User The granting of a US patent does not mean that: The invention exists as a physical technology. That Verizon have any plans to build such a technology. That no-one else ...


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Yes it's real, as real as anything you see on TV or in the Cinema these days. Lets start from the beginning, the term "6th Live Test" refers to the fact that Volvo have been running a series of adverts showing off their latest trucks/technology. For example, the 2nd live test refers to a hamster's ability to steer their trucks and the 3rd live test refers ...


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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 being used in research. https://blog.23andme.com/news/a-note-on-23andmes-new-collaboration-with-gsk/ We have also built a significant research team that ...


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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 of ten dentists" in commercials for non-prescription consumer healthcare products such as Sensodyne toothpaste are devised by the parent company's Global ...


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Not during the 80s and G.I. Joe but the show and others like it were part of the reason that broadcast rules were changed. In 1990 the government passed the Children's Television Act. The entirety of it can be read here: http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d101:HR01677:@@@L&summ2=m& Besides setting rules for local TV stations on how many hours ...


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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/domestic/advice/using-drains-and-sewers/wipes/ https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/oct/26/uk-water-firms-call-for-do-not-flush-labelling-on-wet-wipes This ...


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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 inch of super glue. To provide confirmation from an outside source, The MythBusters have shown that just with one drop of superglue, they could lift over 600 ...


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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 not banned at the time, but would be banned today (ref).


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Here are some counter-examples to the WaPo narrative: Democratic candidates that have been targeted with adverts suggesting they are motivated by cash, even though the candidates are not Jewish: The first is actually of national importance. This is Phil Breseden, Dem Senator Candidate from TN: Source: Tennessee Star Breseden attends a ...


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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 according to Wikipedia: George and Lucy Holding... are members of Christ Baptist Church in Raleigh Republicans are also depicted by the news media in the ...


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It's satire. For example, it cites "NRA spokesman Elmer Fudd", which is clearly a a fictional name. It's against US federal law to buy a handgun from a dealer before an ATF 4473 form is submitted and background checks have been completed.


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Significant may be in the eye of the beholder. On modern CPUs (and motherboards), power draw varies based on load. Successfully preventing ads that require CPU cycles to display (compared to a page of text with no ads) would vary the CPU load (and presumably other motherboard loads as well). This article gives an idea of power requirements comparing idle ...


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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 representation could include portrayals of women in ways and contexts which suggest that women are objects to be looked at, ogled, touched or used, anonymous commodities/...


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