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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 opinion that no currently available methods or devices exist which will effectively ground a person without a tethered cord to ground or at least a large capacitance. ...


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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 some more information.... Although we haven’t invented the product *yet*, we think we could soon with your help! If you’re a student and study STEM subjects ...


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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 in a bikini, she was an experienced hiker and wore proper climbing gear until it was time for her pictures to be taken. The article also notes that she was on ...


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Reading around this subject there appears to have been a 1998 summary in the US which is quoted a lot in political debates full report here.. This research summarised that Our findings indicate that student uniforms have no direct effect on substance use, behavioral problems or attendance. A negative effect of uniforms on student academic achievement ...


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From Mark Anthony Neal, professor of African and African-American Studies at Duke University (2007): Also, saggin' is nothing new. Long-time observers of urban youth culture can recall seeing examples of saggin' at least 20 years ago. In those days, saggin' was linked to prison culture and the fact that prisoners were not allowed to wear belts. ...


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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 convoluted for Google Translate to adequately explain.) Evidence that it hasn't been faked in Photoshop comes from the various different sources of different clothes ...


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Short answer: this is false. Let's analyze this by looking at the claim. In order for this to be true, Avicenna would have to have a distinctive form of dress different from other people of the time. While this image does appear to show him in a two-layered robe and an unusual hat, other images of him show him in a much more standard robe and turban. Even ...


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It seems a strange thing to do - if concious, the animal might move, and even if unconscious there is likely to be a lot of blood. This Chinese press notice from 2006 says A probe into the skinning of raccoons alive found that the practice was not widespread. Zhuo acknowledged, "Initial investigations found (skinning a live animal) is bad for fur ...


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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 moisture, and "発熱" means to generate heat but is commonly used in the context of clothing or bedding making you feel warm even though it's actually just retaining/...


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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 post reports: In terms of law enforcement, this means making sure that female officers are alone with Muslim women before asking them to take off the ...


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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 2017. They in turn name this WAZ article as source. The WAZ article does indeed mention that, according to the owner, the shop sold out of "Safe Shorts" - ...


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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 the future,” the statement said. “The purpose of the cameras is to protect and guard public safety.” In the meantime, the cameras and metal detectors have ...


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The report referenced by PETA was updated in June 2007 by the American Veterinary Medical Association, and is now called: AVMA Guidelines on Euthanasia They do discuss electrocution techniques, with references. ELECTROCUTION Electrocution, using alternating current, has been used as a method of euthanasia for species such as dogs, cattle, ...


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Let's address the basic question first: Are there people who can't afford a school uniform? Yes. A big fraction of the world's population live on $1 per day. At that level almost all of your income goes on food and shelter; anything but the most basic of clothing is unaffordable. See this this and this. Does lack of school uniform prevent some kids from ...


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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 ban on face covering. This prohibits the wearing of clothing that entirely covers the face, unless there is a specific reason for it. The stated rationale is not ...


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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 researched extensively (e.g., Cassidy & Hurrell, 1995; Kanekar & Kolsawalla, 1980), but there's been little empirical work to answer the question itself. I ...


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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, showing a big effect: It's just not worth it. That is, polyester aficionados might depend on it to not stink that fast and long lasting. Silver treated textiles do ...


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According to this paper, Poor velopharyngeal closure will affect speech but is not a matter of great concern in regard to swallowing. Now, if I read it correctly (entirely possible that I did not), then the velopharyngeal closure is a complicated way of saying "mouth". So getting something in there will affect your ability to scream. Now the ...


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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 Chief Ken Miller said that his department would begin enforcing a state law that bars anyone older than age 16 from publicly concealing their identity with ...


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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, or by committing the other indecent act, shall be fined not out of five hundred Baht. In fact, two woman were recently fined the 500 Baht for being topless ...


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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 alone or blended with human hair. The word "shearing" is more applicable than "shaving". According to Handbook of Natural Fibres: volume 1, Types, Properties ...


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I figure it is unlikely that there have been any formal peer-reviewed, rigorously controlled and blinded studies on this important issue, so I went to see what the manufacturers recommend. I randomly sampled some manufacturers (with perhaps some skew towards major manufacturers having manuals available online), and chose one manual each. Of the five I ...


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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, and there are other consequences as well. From BBC Tribe - The Dassanech The Dassanech tribe is not strictly defined by ethnicity. Anyone – man or woman - ...


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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 reported that cotton grown under organic conditions requires 30% less water than water in conventional systems […]. Organic cotton farmers in Texas have reported ...


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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 (Sveriges Television), and was inspired by a similar format from the Netherlands, De Meiden van Halal ("Halal Girls"). Halal-TV [was] a Swedish television show, ...


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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 childhood on. From the age of about two years they start wearing an apron made of cloth or leather. From the age of four they start wearing a gele. This is an ...


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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, l’espace public est constitué des voies publiques ainsi que des lieux ouverts au public ou affectés à un service public. L’interdiction prévue à l’...


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