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Was adding milk to tea started to reduce employee tea break time?

The factory owners certainly did not start the habits of English workers to drink their tea with milk to speed up the breaks. That is a bogus claim incompatible with recorded history. Perhaps there ...
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Was the Ford Model T black because of the speed black paint dries?

This is something of an urban myth - the drying time gains were made by using oven-dried enamel coatings on the parts that could withstand the required curing temperatures. The so-called "baked ...
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Does Australia produce unique 'specialty steel'?

The Australia-headquartered corporation BlueScope produces specialty coated steel. For example see ZINCALUME® steel: Next generation ZINCALUME® steel’s patented Activate® technology introduces ...
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Does Turkey make the "structural steel frame" for the F-35 fighter?

Bearing in mind subsequent changes (including the 2020 phase-out currently in the works), a 2013 press release by Northrop Grumman said: Turkish Aerospace Industries, Inc. (TAI), a subcontractor to ...
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Are 550 people still losing their jobs at "Trump's" Carrier plant?

I don't think the numbers are so round and exact, but that claim is at least largely true. United Technologies, who owns Carrier, is still closing down a nearby plant and moving a number of jobs to ...
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Does Turkey make the "structural steel frame" for the F-35 fighter?

The F-35 made by Lockheed Martin is a joint venture by multiple countries; among others, USA, Canada, Italy and Turkey. Turkey was part of the deal and they helped funding the development of the jet. ...
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Does Turkey make the "structural steel frame" for the F-35 fighter?

According to Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) One of the most complex structural sections of the aircraft, "F-35A Center Fuselage" is produced by TAI as a second source. Second source means "a ...
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Does the AstraZeneca vaccine not come in contact with any animal product during production?

In the European Assessment Report for the AstraZeneca, they make that statement more specifically: The applicant also confirmed that no material of human or animal origin are used in the growth ...
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Does Australia produce unique 'specialty steel'?

There are many specialty steel variants, and no doubt at least some of them are patented by Australian firms and therefore cannot be sourced from other places. Also, the exact composition of the raw ...
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Did Henry Ford ever say "any color he wants as long as it’s black"?

Yes. In My Life and Work (1922) Ford wrote: Therefore in 1909 I announced one morning, without any previous warning, that in the future we were going to build only one model, that that model was ...
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Does the US no longer make antibiotics?

Yes and No... mostly yes, most manufacturing sites are outside the US. Pharmaceutical drugs in general Looking first at pharmaceutical drugs in general there is the FDA Safeguarding Pharmaceutical ...
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Is this claim about 3-D printed rhino horns accurate?

No, only the first claim appears to be accurate as far as we can determine. The biotech startup appears to be the company Pembient, which is based in San Francisco. According to Tech Crunch, ...
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Was adding milk to tea started to reduce employee tea break time?

I will answer with a Polish source but there are also traces of "Bavarian" tea and its history in other languages (mostly French and German as its source is either Bavarian princes in Paris ...
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Was an invisible electrostatic wall generated at a plastic tape factory in August 1980?

A primary source for this is Wide Polypropylene Web Static Charge - A Phenomenon Worthy of “Star Trek” ANTEC '97 Conference Proceedings, CRC Press, pages 1310-1313. A web of polypropylene plastic, 21 ...
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Are 550 people still losing their jobs at "Trump's" Carrier plant?

In addition to statements by representatives of the union cited in the New York Times and other media sources, statements made by United Technologies CEO Greg Hayes in an interview also confirm that ...
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Was the Ford Model T black because of the speed black paint dries?

More or less, yes. According to this source in the first 5 years model T's came in different colors- green, bright red, dark blue, brown, maroon and gray (this is supported by other sources as well) ...
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Did the US / UK supply the Russians with machinery before or during the Cold War?

According to the Economic Review of the Soviet Union : Among American firms represented were the following: ... Cincinnati Milling Machine Co. ... Cincinnati Milling Machine Company was a maker ...
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Do Americans use 500 million straws per day?

We have this from 2010: https://www.manufacturing.net/news/2010/12/va-plant-produces-4b-drinking-straws-annually (Facts as of print time for the article.) There's a plant in VA that produces ...
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Were the vast majority of lost manufacturing jobs since 2000 lost due to automation?

TL;DR: it's complicated. This article in Quartz has a number of references to the economic consensus you refer to. The most authoritative seems to be this one. However Susan Houseman has done a more ...
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Does 80-90% of the environmental and health damage a car causes come from manufacturing?

First of all, the original claim compares manufacturing to "tailpipe emissions". A fully electric vehicle has no tailpipe at all. I take it the appropriate comparison is between manufacturing and ...
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Does 80-90% of the environmental and health damage a car causes come from manufacturing?

This is true, but under some very specific, worst-case scenario, hand-picked circumstances that the author wants to use to make their product look especially good. That specific set of circumstances ...
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Did the US / UK supply the Russians with machinery before or during the Cold War?

According to Empire of the Clouds by James Hamilton-Paterson, in 1945 Rolls-Royce sold Nene and Derwent engines to the USSR; permission was given by Sir Stafford Cripps, president of the Board of ...
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Do Americans use 500 million straws per day?

According to The Green Book (2007): Each year, Americans throw away 138 billion straws and stirrers So, if coffee stirrers are included, that is 378 million per day. A 29 May 1924 Pulp and ...
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Does Australia produce unique 'specialty steel'?

Not really ; mixing zinc and aluminum in steel coatings has been around over 40 years. Different compositions will have different physical and chemical/cathodic properties , anyone can claim theirs is ...
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