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Is this Swedish government pamphlet a guide for men who have married underage girls?

The pamphlet is/was real; the claim "a guide to welfare" is false The pamphlet is/was real and caused a stir in the Swedish news, for example: Aftonbladet (in Swedish) The pamphlet was published on ...
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Is this Swedish government pamphlet a guide for men who have married underage girls?

For completeness, here is the full 4 page pamphlet together with an English translation: Information to you who are married to a child Child marriage is illegal in Sweden In Sweden it is ...
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Are statistics in controversial Australian antigay posters true?

What the writings by Sullins say Invisible Victims: Delayed Onset Depression among Adults with Same-Sex Parents is available online: Retrospective questions at Waves III and IV asked about adult ...
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Can social isolation kill babies?

We cannot be sure exactly what happened 7 centuries ago; we only have the one account. However something akin to this experiment did occur, albeit without the controlled conditions. In Romania during ...
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Are Unvaccinated Children Healthier?

Summary: The survey this article was based on was biased, poorly designed and poorly implemented. The conclusions cannot be trusted. This study was examined by Orac who has been "checking in ...
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Were mixed race kids theorized to look like zebras?

Senator John W. Daniel of Virginia said 03 February 1899 of colonial Philippines: this brew - mixed races, Chinese, Malay, Negritos— anybody who has come along in three hundred years, in all ...
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Is a case of child abuse reported every 10 seconds in the USA?

I think it can be difficult to parse rate information because it's not apparent how those numbers in very relatable terms (everyone can intuit about what "10 seconds" feels like) associate ...
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Does Norway spend $29,726 on child care per toddler annually?

Following the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) links in the story, these numbers appear to be not generated by the New York Times, but straight from OECD's "Indicator ...
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Does having one fewer child reduce my carbon footprint as much as 71+ people going vegan?

To come up with the emission per child, the original source Reproduction and the carbon legacies of individuals Global Environmental Change Volume 19, Issue 1, February 2009, pages 14-20, is ...
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Is ISIS beheading children in Mosul, Iraq?

There are multiple news outlets reporting ISIS has beheaded children quoting the same source, Mark Arabo, and there is one source (catholic.org) that shows disturbing 'evidence' that seems to be ...
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Can social isolation kill babies?

Not directly related to your source(s), but see the article pit of despair on Wikipedia. Warning, the article and the experiment itself can be rather disturbing. Harlow's first experiments involved ...
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Does Norway spend $29,726 on child care per toddler annually?

As I suspect this is your real question, the NYT graph appears flawed as a USA vs Norway comparison in the following sense: Data for Norway appears pulled from that B2.3 graph in jeffronicus' answer,...
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Do poor children hear 30 million fewer words by age 3?

The article from which this claim stems has multiple issues. The most glaring is that even though its subtitle is "The 30 Million Word Gap by Age 3", the body of the article never actually makes this ...
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Can social isolation kill babies?

In addition to the other answers I would like to clarify that Salimbene indeed described an experiment in which the children died of social isolation. Here is the original excerpt1: Secunda eius ...
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Does a child die from malaria every two minutes?

According to the World Health Organization: More than two thirds (70%) of all malaria deaths occur in this age group. In 2015, about 305,000 African children died before their fifth birthdays. ...
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Is the number of childhood vaccines correlated with infant mortality?

In addition to what Mad Scientist said, The neonatal infant mortality rate (first 28 days) is generally much higher than the post-neonatal infant mortality rate, yet this is before most vaccines are ...
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Does homework improve student performance?

I've found a published journal titled "Educational Leadership" that thoroughly explores with supportive data of the arguments for and against homework, available here: http://www.ascd.org/publications/...
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Are seat straps in child restraints less effective when they are twisted?

I found a study (Misuse of child restraint systems in crash situations-danger and possible consequences) that tested how serious different types of child restraint system (CRS) misuse are. They ...
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Does a fetus taste the mother's food?

There is partial evidence supporting this. Specifically, there is evidence that the food pregnant women eat during pregnancy may affect their children’s food preferences during their childhood. For ...
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Were the vast majority of people on the National Sex Offender Registry children when they committed their crime?

The answer seems to be no, in the US the majority of people were registered as sex offenders as adults. (However, the number who were registered as children isn’t insignificant either.) The Juvenile ...
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Did a Wisconsin school file sexual harassment complaints over pronoun usage?

This appears to be accurate according to local news sources. Parents want Kiel boys cleared of sexual harassment accusations: KIEL, Wis. (WBAY/Gray News) - The parents of three Wisconsin middle ...
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Do nightlights during childhood cause myopia later in life?

Do nightlights during childhood cause myopia later in life? No, probably not. This was actually pretty interesting, it's like a go to example of confounding. So it was originally found that the ...
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Do lullabies help children fall asleep?

The specific notable claim appears to be the wikipedia article, which I'll address. tl;dr While there is some good evidence that music may help adult insomniacs get better sleep, there does not appear ...
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Does clapping children on the back in certain positions help clear mucus from their lungs?

The claims that clapping (percussion of the chest) as an effective method to remove mucus: in children with acute respiratory diseases and in adults with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (...
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Does drinking cow's milk make children grow taller?

There is association between cow's milk consumption and height gain in children per three studies listed below. "Height gain in children may depend not only on the calcium in cow milk but also on some ...
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Is breastfeeding while drunk dangerous?

All of this answer is based on what I found on a recent review on the subject of alcohol and breastfeeding Haastrup, M. B., Pottegård, A. & Damkier, P. Alcohol and Breastfeeding. Basic Clin. ...
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Do day-care centres lower the IQ of children?

In direct reply to the question, the study on which the comment seems to be based looked at children in Rumanian orphanages and does not provide any evidence to support the claim. But: The concern ...
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Are North American children adopting British accents because of Peppa Pig?

The Guardian did a short piece on this and the bottom line is straightforward: American kids may have picked up a Britishism or two, but the claim that they’re developing a whole accent based off a ...
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Are fussy babies more intelligent?

It does not seem so. The link at the bottom of the article points to this article by Schmidt, Fox, Perez-Edgar and Hamer. My (non-expert) reading of this is that baby fussiness is largely ...
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