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Were there 18 school shootings in the US from Jan 1 to Feb 14, 2018?

In summary there appears to be at least 18 gun incidents in, or around, schools between 1st January and 14th February 2018. They are not all of the "mass shooting" variety one might expect from the ...
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Were pen cap holes designed to prevent death by suffocation if swallowed?

The BIC FAQ says the hole in the cap is to prevent children from choking to death. It was quoted in the question: The reason that some BIC® pens have a hole in their cap is to prevent the cap from ...
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Has a virus ever escaped a high-level virus lab "such as the one in Wuhan"?

Q Has a virus ever escaped a high-level virus lab? Yes, depending on definitions. How deadly pathogens have escaped the lab — over and over again Most appropriate candidates for an inappropriately ...
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Is a woman more likely than a man to be seriously injured in a car crash of similar severity?

I remember reading this article at the time; these kinds of articles tend to be riddled with hyperbole and exaggeration. The article says 'But when a woman is involved in a car crash, she is 47% more ...
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Is it dangerous to use a gas range for heating?

Yes, because the safety systems that are required for furnaces and water heaters are not standard on stoves and ovens. Conventional gas-burning furnaces and hot water heaters include two design ...
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Were there 18 school shootings in the US from Jan 1 to Feb 14, 2018?

It depends on what you classify as 'school shooting' and most people would consider this number too high. You can find an overview over 17 incidents (together with news sources) at: ...
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Is it less dangerous to box without gloves than with gloves?

Some studies came to the conclusion that bare knuckle boxing may be safer because people punch harder with gloves. This was also attributed to it being painful to punch really hard with just your ...
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Are chemicals used to ripen fruit in developing countries harmful to the health of consumers?

To answer my last point first, I checked a local shopping site (which sells EVERYTHING), and 'karbit' or 'carbide' is indeed often not carbide at all. Ethephon Several sellers sold 'karbit' which was ...
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Are 20% of automobile drivers under the influence of marijuana?

In short: No I first tried to find the article's own source, however the Florida Department of Families and Children did not have any such information that I could find. There are other Departments of ...
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Has the time available to escape a house fire decreased significantly due to "modern furniture"?

This statement appears to be partially true. The source of the claim is research conducted by Underwriters Laboratories. Underwriters Laboratories is approved by OSHA to perform safety testing, so ...
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Do green grapes cause more accidents on the London Underground than banana peels?

This is a claim that is really easy to make. Banana peel hazards Can you really slip on an old banana peel?: The banana peel fall: It"s a myth […] Contrary to comedic genius, […] a single peel ...
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Are roads more dangerous when it first rains?

Yes, and so much so that it can significantly affect accident rates. A good study exploring this phenomenon is The mixed effects of precipitation on traffic crashes by Daniel Eisenberg. ......
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Has president Trump been "very strict on Commercial Aviation"?

This answer is making use of Daniel R Hicks' links in the comments of the question. The Claim Donald Trump's tweet's phrasing "Since taking office I have been very strict on Commercial Aviation.&...
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Does nuclear power cause fewer deaths than other forms of electricity production, accidents included?

The New Scientist calculated the number of deaths per kilowatt-hour question based on the data from International Atomic Energy Agency in 2011. According to the New Scientist: The agency examined ...
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Is sleeping in a car with the windows rolled up dangerous?

According to Measurement of air exchange rate of stationary vehicles and estimation of in-vehicle exposure (1998): The air exchange rates or air changes per hour (ACH) were measured under 4 ...
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Has the time available to escape a house fire decreased significantly due to "modern furniture"?

TLDR: Not quite accurate, since the canonical source was referring to furnishings - i.e. all the possessions in a home, not just furniture. Background When a fire is investigated, the reports go to ...
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Can eating a few cherry pits lead to cyanide poisoning?

Cherries are known to contain compounds which are toxic in high enough dosages. But that ingredient is unlikely to be what caused this man's hospitalization. Who is the source? B92.org is the website ...
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Is it dangerous to use a gas range for heating?

According Non-Fire Carbon Monoxide Deaths Associated with the Use of Consumer Products 2003 and 2004 Annual Estimates by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission: In the US, deaths due to CO from &...
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Should you wash tuna cans before opening them?

It's not a bad idea, but tuna cans, and most other cans, are packed in boxes or wrapped in plastic at the production line and not opened until they reach the store. The greater concern is probably all ...
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Were there armed guards at Columbine?

There was one person assigned to the school from the Sheriff's department: Neil Gardner. Source: Investor's Business Daily Gardner was joined by motorcycle patrolman Paul Smoker, who had been ...
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Is the self-driving car technology of 2017 less lethal than human drivers?

Statistics A 2015 study pitting the ~50 autonomous cars in California against the nationwide statistics for conventional cars found the accident rate of autonomous cars to be about five times that of ...
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Are British plugs safer than all other plugs?

Summary Death rates for cause electric accidents (per million inhabitants and year) do not differ significantly between Ireland (UK type G) and Germany (Schuko), see below (I did not find similar ...
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Has there ever been a burglary or assault from someone keeping an old key and using it on new owners?

Sure, it happens. The deputies responded to a call of the alleged robbery just before 9:20 p.m. at a home in the 10500 block of Hemlock Avenue and learned that three men entered a home using a key ...
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Can defrosting vacuum-packed fish in its packaging cause botulism?

The point about botulinum toxin is that it grows best in anaerobic conditions. (Detection, Identification and Differentiation of Clostridia Species) This is typically associated with canning and other ...
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Is aluminum foil safe to use with food?

tl;dr While aluminum is toxic in large quantities, the risks from intake of low quantities are uncertain. However, as a precaution it is recommended to minimize intake. For that reason acidic or ...
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Are American standards on automotive turn signals demonstrably less safe than European ones?

An NHTSA study found between a 3 and 28% decrease in liklihood of collision with amber turn signals, although it acknowledges that some of this may have been related to simply having a separate ...
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What if everyone in a city flushed their toilets at once?

There have been fairly similar things happening before. Consider Edmonton during the 2010 US-Canada gold medal hockey game: Here the green represents the previous day while the blue is the day of the ...
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Is it dangerous to run with scissors?

This question, much like Do children accidentally suffocate themselves with plastic bags? was covered by Ken Jennings in his book Because I said so. In this book, the Author verifies and ...
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Is "Islamic fasting" healthy?

There's little scientific evidence to support significant health impacts, either positive or negative. Thus far, the answer seems to be "no one's 100% sure, but if it does move the needle in either ...
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