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Antistatic bracelet without a ground connection

No, it is not true On the Wikipedia page on "Antistatic Device" there were several references to these kinds of things having been examined in a serious manner. ESD Journal It is our ...
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Did Wild West outlaws regularly wear face masks?

Yes, of course. This was quite common. — The Evening News, Detroit MI Michigan, July 4, 1901 'Last train robbery of Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid' 'Original reporting' Sundance supposedly ...
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Can this dress change colour dynamically?

According to a post on the designer's Facebook page (and as reported by finder.com.au), it's fake: Hey guys! So our 'colour changing dress' has garnered a LOT of attention and questions, so here's ...
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Is this "Remove child before washing" clothes label real?

The label is real. It is a joke on behalf of the manufacturer, the Norwegian company "Ugly Children's Clothing" (They now seem to be trading as Marius Kids; the history/relationship was too ...
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Did Gigi Wu ("bikini climber") die of hypothermia because she was only wearing a bikini?

Even the linked article 'Bikini Climber' Freezes To Death After 65-Foot Fall Off Mountain indicates Wu wore a regular amount of clothing until she posed for photos: While photos usually showed Wu ...
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Did Wild West outlaws regularly wear face masks?

LangLаngС's answer has good examples of bandits/outlaws wearing masks in general, but the type is rarely mentioned - one image shows Zorro-style masks, and flour sack masks are also noted. Here are a ...
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Does Heattech clothing generate heat?

This appears to be a poor translation of the original Japanese description: "吸水発熱" (e.g. from http://www.uniqlo.com/jp/store/goods/408603-00, but listed on other items too) "吸水" means to absorb ...
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Are Germans buying anti-rape "safety shorts"?

They do exist (the shop is here; they have two different models), but are likely not bought in huge numbers. Focus - a more or less reliable German news magazine - had an article about this in January ...
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Are women in burqas never strip-searched by the TSA?

No, it's false. In New York, Muslim women can request private screening with a female officer (most security check points have a private room which they use for more advanced screenings). Huffington ...
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Did Israel install cameras that can see through clothing on the Temple Mount?

Reacting to the rumor, Israeli Police released a statement denying it: “The Israel Police does not use any type of camera that harms privacy in any way and has no intention of using such cameras in ...
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Are Muslim headscarves banned in France?

The claim isn't accurate - you won't be prosecuted for wearing a headscarf in public. However, it might be a misinterpretation or conflation of one or two things that do exist. There is the French ...
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Is a woman who dresses sexually suggestively more likely to get raped?

The odd thing about this question—of whether women who dress in a more sexually provocative way are more likely to be raped or otherwise sexually abused—is that people's beliefs about it have been ...
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Does putting silver into clothing reduce the amount of odor-causing bacteria?

Yes, this is providing some 'benefits', and yes this is misleading marketing as well. Unless we see a study that compares body odour effects of silver treated textiles against plain old wool, ...
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Are high temperatures the cause of nudity being not unusual amongst the Daasanach?

Other sources indicate a less innocent explanation: nudity is the penalty for not undergoing female genital mutilation. Amongst females, only those who've undergone it are allowed to wear clothing, ...
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Does South Carolina law prohibits anyone over age 18 from dressing up as a clown?

It's possible that there is some clown-specific law that I've missed, but it's likely referring to a more general ban against masks and related means of concealing your identity: From Reuters: Police ...
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Did Michael Jordan sell a used shirt for $1250?

There are multiple incorrect facts in the story included in the Quora post. Michael Jordan was an African-American man, born in 1963, in the slums of Brooklyn, New York. He had four brothers and his ...
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Is it illegal to leave your house without underwear in Thailand?

No, I've searched the English language translation of the Thai Penal Code. The closest current law is: Section 388 Whoever, doing any shameful act in public by indecently exposing oneself's person, ...
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Are high temperatures the cause of nudity being not unusual amongst the Daasanach?

See Women’s Worlds in Dassanetch, Southern Ethiopia, Institut für Ethnologie und Afrikastudien, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität (2005). Unlike boys Dassanetch girls start wearing clothes from ...
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Is this weather forecast from Sweden?

Yes, it is real. A follow-up to a short-lived and criticised experimental TV series There was a short-lived experimental series called Halal-TV, produced by Swedish state owned TV network SVT (...
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Does organic cotton use less water than conventional cotton?

The claim that organic cotton farming uses less water than conventional modes of farming appears to be the scientific consensus. For instance, Grose (2009) states that [farmers] in Israel have ...
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Do yaks get shaved?

According to Milady Standard Cosmetology, page 534: Yak. This strong fiber comes from the domestic ox found in the mountains of Tibet and Central Asia. Yak hair is shaved and processed and used ...
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Are Muslim headscarves banned in France?

There's the following law (the subject of this wikipedia article) which says, Nul ne peut, dans l’espace public, porter une tenue destinée à dissimuler son visage. Pour l’application de l’article 1er,...
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Do Muslims call an inner layer of a hijab a "ninja"?

Partial answer: Addresses use of "ninja", doesn't address etymology. Several hijab stores refer to a part of the hijab as a ninja, without any sign of being ironic in nature. The page https://www....
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Were feasting caterpillars used to make very light veils, as reported by Charles Babbage?

According to History and Science of Knots It was also in Switzerland that the caterpillar lace experiments were carried out: a design was painted on a varnished wooden board using a 'paint' of ...
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Does wearing new clothes before washing them pose any health risks, like infection or skin irritation?

TLDR: Always wash clothes before wearing them. Potential Dangers Mercury The potential dangers associated with clothing dyes and conditioners that have been know for centuries. Mad hatter syndrome ...
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Does South Carolina law prohibits anyone over age 18 from dressing up as a clown?

It looks like this sort of law isn't that unusual. Virginia has a similar provision, providing that (emphasis mine): Code of Virginia, § 18.2-422. Prohibition of wearing of masks in certain places; ...
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Should I refrain from putting my clothes to dry outside on a full moon?

There are two parts to this book's statement: 1) That nights with a full moon are colder [than those without] 2) That cold temperature increases hydrogen peroxide formation in dew. For the first part,...
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Does wearing tight boxers lead to lower testosterone levels?

Can't know what mysterious effects [tight] boxers might produce (since the boffins don't seem to care to test them directly), but since most (90%+) of testosterone is produced in Leydig cells, and ...
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Does wearing summer clothing during the winter increase your tolerance to the cold?

Yes, you can. This effect is to do with the brown fat activation(BAT) in the body. To gain a deeper understanding of how brown fat affects metabolism, a team led by Dr. Shingo Kajimura at the ...
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