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Are cadavers normally embalmed with "butt plugs" before burial?

Yes, that device is used for that purpose, but the claim is somewhat misleading, including about its frequency of use. The device is called an "A/V Closure". A/V stands for Anus/Vagina. Here ...
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Did the Smithsonian publish this infographic about 'whiteness'?

Yes, the graphic did appear on a Smithsonian web page titled Whiteness. Thanks to Wikipedia, we have a date and location for the graphic, allowing me to locate it in an Archive.org snapshot of the ...
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Did the single motherhood rate among black Americans jump from 20% to 70% since the 1960s?

I'm just providing the numbers. No claim about the cause can be made. Shapiro is claiming an increase from a low rate (by today's standards) in the early sixties up to a high rate today, while MLK ...
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Does a pair of trainers (shoes) hanging on a telephone wire mean the house nearby is a crack den?

Snopes.com includes it as a legend and includes a large number of other possible reasons with the most likely one is that most people do it because they think it looks cool. All across the United ...
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Is slime mold eaten in Mexico as a dish called "feces of the moon"?

Enteridium lycoperdon, a slime mold, is consumed by certain populations in Mexico and has the common name "caca de luna." Fuligo septica, another slime mold, is also consumed in Mexico. (...
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Did the single motherhood rate among black Americans jump from 20% to 70% since the 1960s?

I'm looking for a brief historical analysis on the "illegitimacy rates" in the black community Tldr; The rate for non-whites was ~21% in 1960 and 72% for blacks in 1998. The figures and ...
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Do any people in South Africa traditionally spend two days together praising wrong-doers to help them?

The story in question was originally attributed not to an anthropologist, but to a childhood memory! Consider the Babemba tribes of southern Africa, where the social structure includes only an ...
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Did WW2 pilots lead a swinger's lifestyle to ensure that their friends would take care of their family if they died?

Possibly. Wikipedia proved to be an excellent starting point. It says, According to Terry Gould's The Lifestyle: a look at the erotic rites of swingers, swinging began among American Air Force pilots ...
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Is it common that North Americans who call themselves 'vegetarian' eat fish?

The Vegetarian Resource Group summarizes a survey: "of the self-identified vegetarians (32 total), 75% do not eat meat, fish or poultry, which we classify as vegetarian, while 25% do eat meat, fish or ...
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Did the single motherhood rate among black Americans jump from 20% to 70% since the 1960s?

Just to complement @Schwern's excellent answer, and similarly not attempting make any claims about cause, I note that Shapiro is talking about single parents (which @Schwern's answer addresses), ...
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Does a pair of trainers (shoes) hanging on a telephone wire mean the house nearby is a crack den?

Shoes (probably not those ones, specifically) mark a gang's turf. This practice is in decline, however gangs selling drugs, is not. Source, living in Chicago. "It might appear to be a juvenile ...
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Did Native American have a Zodiac-like birth sign tradition?

This Native American Zodiac mentioned by the OP is a modern invention by Sun Bear (a.k.a. Vincent LaDuke) from the Bear tribe of the White Earth Anishinaabeg reservation in Minnesota. Sun Bear ...
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Is obesity correlated with solitary and/or social eating?

Obesity is influenced by several factors such as behavioral traits, social-environment and genetics and one of the social microenvironmental influences on obesity promoting behaviors is social eating. ...
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Do any people in South Africa traditionally spend two days together praising wrong-doers to help them?

Short answer: This is most likely nonsense. Ubuntu roughly denotes "a quality that includes the essential human virtues: compassion and humanity"(1), and while it is sometimes opposed to victimisation ...
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Did the single motherhood rate among black Americans jump from 20% to 70% since the 1960s?

Something notably absent from other answers (so far) has been data on the ratio of cohabiting parents. This Pew Research article using 2017 data (not long after Shapiro's comments) shows a total ...
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Do babies from the United States cry more then babies in other parts of the world?

According to THE CRYING PATTERN OF KOREAN INFANTS AND RELATED FACTORS Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology, volume 36, pages 565–658 (July 1994): Compared with Western studies, the duration ...
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Is this claim about Turkey's restriction on Zorok TV accurate?

No, only 20% needs to be Turkish for children's cartoons, 40% is for something other than children's cartoons (maybe someone who reads Turkish can translate exactly what the 40% is for, either non-...
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Do a third of Italian men live with their parents?

The claim is false, because it underestimates the number! From 25-34 years of age the percent of men living at home with their parents it's not a third, it's nearly 60%: Source: Eurostat Data ...
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Is it common that North Americans who call themselves 'vegetarian' eat fish?

Between 60% - 66% of people who self identify are in fact not vegetarians as they consume all 3 types of meat on a regular basis, fish, red meat, and poultry. Take a 2002 Times/CNN poll on the ...
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