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Did the Twitter account Fifndhs predict the exact World Cup results ahead of time?

The account tweeted the components of every possible scenario ahead of time, then retrospectively deleted all the ones inconsistent with reality. Many users have hinted that @FifNdhs has hidden his ...
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Would the top 100 men in most physical sports beat each of the top 100 women?

The Wikipedia List of Olympic records in Athletics page has links to each individual sport, listing the top 25 results by gender. I've compiled the information showing the 25th-best men's result vs. ...
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Would the top 100 men in most physical sports beat each of the top 100 women?

On the evidence of the IAAF, the 100th best male athlete is significantly faster and/or stronger than a female. Here are a few examples: Event 100th Man 1st Woman Eq male rank 100m 10....
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Would the top 100 men in most physical sports beat each of the top 100 women?

Extremes In the fuller quote, Dawkins seems to be talking about extremes, "Lots of women are taller than lots of men, but the tallest men are taller than the tallest women." He also uses the ...
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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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Can the Bajau people stay underwater for as long as 13 minutes?

I will say 'no'. According to the study Underwater working times in two groups of traditional apnea divers in Asia: The Ama and the Bajau, Bajau divers dive for 28 seconds with an standard deviation ...
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Is Leicester City winning the English Football premiership the most improbable single event in betting history?

Almost certainly yes, if you only count single bets with "underdog" long odds on single sporting outcomes - several sources have looked into this, including betting companies themselves, and found ...
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Did Gigi Wu ("bikini climber") die of hypothermia because she was only wearing a bikini?

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 ...
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Did a cheetah refuse to race against dogs?

No. Snopes explains it is from an advert from Audi: Snopes references a broken link for its source. Here is an equivalent. It names the photographer, Simon Mooney.
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Does North Korea propaganda falsely claim 2014 World Cup participation?

It is very likely to be a fake. According to NKnews, The World Cup games are aired in North Korea by KCTV (although with delay and removed commentary), so it appears that there is no sense in faking ...
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Is any unconscious person capable of full splits?

No. The claim, that "when unconscious, we are all capable of full splits", is not supported by evidence. There is not a great deal of literature on this topic. One paper on a similar topic “...
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Are activities in which both people bleed on each other considered "No Risk" for the transmission of HIV?

Regarding the claim that scratching is a "No Risk" activity, here is a study showing no HIV transmission from scratches and bites from a person with contaminated fingers and mouth: To examine the ...
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Did a Charlton goalkeeper stay on the pitch for 20 minutes after the match was cancelled due to fog?

Except for some small details, the story appears to be true. It was Christmas Day (not Boxing Day) He might have only been out there for 15 minutes after that (instead of 20). Sam Bartram was the ...
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Are covid vaccines causing additional cardiac events amongst athletes?

The prevalance of cardiac events among athletes was discussed before the Covid-19 pandemic. The British Journal of Sports Medicine asked in 2017: Are elite athletes at higher risk of developing ...
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Has Hillary Clinton been a Cubs and a Yankees fan for years?

Yes, Clinton has self-admittedly been a fan of both clubs for years. We can see from her opponents' view on the issues (obviously painted with a negative slant) that Hillary Clinton has claimed to be ...
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Are Aikido joint locks harmful to children?

As a martial artist of 10 years, and an ex-medical profession in the area of sports/physical therapy I have a fair bit of experience in the area and can safely say that joint locks categorically are ...
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Do 3.5 billion people watch Tour de France on TV every year?

The claim comes directly from the organizers and seems to be nothing more than self-promotion from some press releases being carelessly repeated over and over. Exactly what it means depends on how you ...
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Is running barefoot healthier for your feet?

More research has been conducted on the topic since 2011, and the answer should now be revised from yes, to requires more evidence. From The Skeptic's Guide to Sports Science: Confronting Myths of the ...
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Do transgender women athletes have an advantage over cisgender women athletes?

Is the Male Performance Advantage Removed by Testosterone Suppression? According to a "non" peer reviewed study by Hilton & Lundberg "Transgender Women in The Female Category of ...
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Does UA Rush bodywear improve athletic performance?

I started with search engines looking for supporting evidence. However, I found none, so I decided to contact Under Armour directly. (Ping me in chat and add a comment for the full transcript. I have ...
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Were the Chinese tennis events cancelled by the WTA in relation to Peng Shuai already cancelled because of COVID-19?

It appears that the cancelation due to covid was for the year 2021 and would have been reviewed at the start of the next year. The cancelation in regards to the issues around Peng Shuai appear to have ...
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Do headers in football (soccer) cause brain damage?

Certainly in England the link between heading a football and injury leading to death has been proven as the case of Jeff Astle, a former West Bromwich Albion soccer player, shows. In a definitive ...
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Did Germany build their own training camp in Brazil in preparation for the World Cup?

It may sound like overkill, but the fact is true that the German Football Association (Deutscher Fußball Bund) built this facility with the help of some private investors who will use this as a ...
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Is there one (and only one) endurance sport in which women outperform men?

Longest Current-Neutral Swims currently shows the top four record holders in this category are women. Also two closely related long distance cycling records are held by a woman: the distance covered ...
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Are badminton shuttlecocks made using feathers from only the left wing of a duck or goose?

Issue: Are badminton shuttlecocks made using feathers from only the left wing of a goose or a duck? Source: Shuttlecock aerodynamics Evidence: Badminton World Federation (BWF) the world governing ...
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Will 62 workers may lose their lives for each game played during Qatar’s 2022 World Cup?

There is a 139 page report, MIGRANT LABOUR IN THE CONSTRUCTION SECTOR IN THE STATE OF QATAR, by the law firm DLA Piper. Some key points are: -Qatar has a population of approximately 2 million ...
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Did doctors/scientists say that breaking the 4-minute mile was impossible?

Many people claimed that running a mile in less than four minutes would be impossible, nearly impossible or fatally dangerous. One example of a scientist with very fine arguments in that tradition is ...
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Did Michael Jordan sell a used shirt for $1250?

There are multiple incorrect facts in the story included in the Quora post. Michael Jordan was an African-American man, born in 1963, in the slums of Brooklyn, New York. He had four brothers and his ...
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Did this baseball bat stand up after been thrown?

It happened. This is from a September 12, 2007 game. Braves vs Mets. Martin Prado is the batter. Discussion of the event happened online in the weeks following. Example discussion at Ebaum's World, ...
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Did a Jewish boxer survive the holocaust by fighting fellow prisoners?

The graphic is mostly true. Arouch arrived at Auschwitz in the summer of 1943 and fought about 200 times (usually 3-round fights) between then and 17 January 1945 when the camp was evacuated. ...
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