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Are people of Nordic Nations "happier, healthier" with "a higher standard of living overall than Americans"?

These statements are absolutely supported by studies. In the World Happiness Report ranks countries according to various life measures. It is by far the most widely used and widely reported measure ...
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Was Mohammed the most popular first name for boys born in Berlin in 2018?

No. Mohammed was not the most popular first name in Berlin 2018. The official Berlin statistics conclude something different. And at the very least: It seems not likely to be possibly true, ...
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Are people of Nordic Nations "happier, healthier" with "a higher standard of living overall than Americans"?

DJClayworth's answer is right, but I would like to add on one remark in the question that that answer didn't address: "especially those at the bottom of the economic scale". As DJClayworth's argued, ...
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Do 40% of U.S. Americans think that global warming is unproblematic since Christ will return soon?

The 40% figure most likely comes from Pew Research Center: By the year 2050, 41% of Americans believe that Jesus Christ definitely (23%) or probably (18%) will have returned to earth. The ...
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Do Afghans keep track of their birthdays?

January 1st This has been reported by many mainstream news outlets including the Washington post which says January 1st is the popular birthdate assumed by citizens of Afghanistan. Washington post In ...
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Do biological males who were castrated at birth and raised as females often behave like stereotypical men?

tl;dr- This claim is true. It may sound weird that some biological males are castrated and then raised as though they were female, however it's been done to address a birth defect where genitals ...
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Are people of Nordic Nations "happier, healthier" with "a higher standard of living overall than Americans"?

First, it's important to note that there are three claims being made here: People in Nordic countries are happier than people in the United States. People in Nordic countries are healthier than ...
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Do Afghans keep track of their birthdays?

Not all cultures put the same weight of importance on birthdays the way that many Western cultures do. And in many Muslim countries, the celebration of birthdays is considered a heresy at worst and ...
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Is Muhammad one of the most popular names for boys in England and Wales?

There are two reasonable answers to this already, but it's worth noting that there was an article discussing this exact question in the Guardian in 2014: https://www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/2014/...
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Are young liberal women more likely to have a mental health condition?

Not based on this evidence. Your first source claims "A 2020 Pew Research study reveals that over half of white, liberal women have been diagnosed with a mental health condition at some point.&...
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Are people of Nordic Nations "happier, healthier" with "a higher standard of living overall than Americans"?

Since it may be subjective which indicators to use for comparing what constitutes a good life, the The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development has published the OECD Better Life Index ...
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Are 1 in 5 college women raped?

According to an over 100 page federally-funded study The Campus Sexual Assault (CSA) Study, studying the January 2005 through December 2007 time period: Nearly 5% of the total sample was forcibly ...
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Does swearing give people the impression that you are from a lower social class?

It's certainly not universal. In the UK, swearing is relatively common among the upper and lower classes and aversion to swearing is a primarily lower middle class trait. This has been studied ...
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Could "Generation Z" be the most conservative one since WW2?

All three articles are basing their claim off an internet quiz and not an actual poll. Evidence points to this Quiz being not scientific in any way and its results should be ignored. An actual poll ...
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Did Robert Putnam find that diversity has "incredibly negative consequences"?

I am answering the current version of the question, which asks: 'Did Robert Putnam publish a study that found that diversity has "incredibly negative consequences"?' Robert Putnam did publish: ...
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Is Muhammad one of the most popular names for boys in England and Wales?

The overwhelming "elephant in the room" is that: In many/most mulsim countries, the "first name" Mohammed is not a "first name". It is a type of honorific. i.e. quite ...
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Are women in general more attracted to powerful men?

The claim in the question is inherently controversial among experts. "Powerful" is subject to different interpretations. More fundamentally, the whole notion that any human behavior could be "designed"...
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Did a disproportionate number of celebrities die in 2016?

First and foremost, Snopes gives this a look as of 27 DEC 16, and basically concludes that 2016 isn't really all that unusual from any other year. (emphasis mine) Of course, attempting to quantify ...
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Do 40% of U.S. Americans think that global warming is unproblematic since Christ will return soon?

Fully 79% of Christians in the U.S. say they believe that Jesus Christ will return to Earth someday. A 2006 survey by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life and the Pew Research ...
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Did 'Key Parties' ever exist?

In 1970, two researchers specialising in the practices of Sexual Freedom movement expressed strong doubt that key parties were popular, describing it as a myth. James R. Smith & Lynn G. Smith (...
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Is job experience a poor predictor of job performance?

I managed to find however the 1998 paper of Schmidt and Hunter. In that paper, job experience is simply the number of years in the workforce, so there's little surprise it doesn't correlate well with ...
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Did Margaret Mead say that a healed femur is the earliest sign of civilization?

(Posting this as a self-answer because it's too large for a comment, but not accepting it because it's conjecture) Daniel R Hicks commented that he heard this "around 1980." Indeed, it ...
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Are 100 million sharks culled per year for safety reasons?

The Australian Marine Conservation Society's web site is http://www.marineconservation.org.au/ . Doing a search for shark cull million on their web site gets as the first hit Government on shark watch ...
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Do more men use the Internet than women?

The percent of (adult) men and women who use the internet is about the same in America. According to data from the Pew Research Center, since the year 2000, the biggest gap was 66% men used the ...
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Does having more women in a group increase its collective intelligence?

I was going to edit my question to make some clarifications on the question. which in retrospect could, perhaps, have been more focused, in particular with respect to the notion of "collective ...
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Is Rapid-onset gender dysphoria real?

I was unable to find any paper that would validate the rapid-onset gender dysphoria hypothesis. The paper you link was one of the first to mention a phenomenon called ROGD. You can see that it ...
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Do most people like to talk about themselves?

A 2012 paper by Diana I. Tamir and Jason P. Mitchell looked at research on people talking about themselves vs other topics. One study paid people for answering questions about themselves and other ...
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Are people of Nordic Nations "happier, healthier" with "a higher standard of living overall than Americans"?

Strategically, the question mixes up two issues: Factual - are people in Nordic nations "happier, healthier, with higher standard of living", mostly in statistical sense Causative - what are the ...
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Was Mohammed the most popular first name for boys born in Berlin in 2018?

The news origins from a statistic of the Gesellschaft für deutsche Sprache (GfdS). The Gfds made different Counts: Mohammed is number one in Berlin, if you only take into account the first firstname. ...
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