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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 twitter profile before making it public. Luckily, since his tweets were visible to many viewers, twitter user Suresh Nakhua actually managed to screenshot a ...


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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. the best women's result. This does not prove the claim (top 100 men vs. top 100 women) but it does give a better feel for the discrepancy between genders in ...


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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 10.15 10.85 3,460th 1500m 3:38.28 3:56.68 > 3,143th (a) Marathon 2:08:46 2:18:11 797th High Jump 2.23 2.04 ...


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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 example of racehorses, which don't compete in a team sport, but rather against each other to see which can run the fastest. Finally with "most physical sports" ...


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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 fists. Here's a good summary of the studies: Smith and Smith et al. found that the boxing and karate gloves were not particularly effective in preventing ...


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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 nothing that comes close. If you allow any type of bet and aren't fussy about it being an "underdog" story (something that was added to the question after I wrote ...


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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 in a bikini, she was an experienced hiker and wore proper climbing gear until it was time for her pictures to be taken. The article also notes that she was on ...


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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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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 news while the general population is aware of the developments at the World Cup, at least to some extent. Also, since the North Korea qualification games were ...


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This incident did happen. The Kenyan newspaper The People has an article on the incident here. The website for the Zheng-Kai marathon also confirms most of the story. The results of the 2010 race show that Jacquline Nyetipei finished 2nd. The time for the split shows the first 5 women together. This suggests that she did indeed have a good chance of ...


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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 “Neurophysiologic influences on hamstring flexibility: a pilot study” concluded: Averaged over all 11 subjects, no change in the flexibility of the hamstring was ...


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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 relative risk of transmission of the human immuno-deficiency virus (HIV) through bites and scratches, we studied 198 health care workers, 30 of whom were ...


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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 more dangerous to children than they are to grown adults. Despite my experience you're not here for anecdotes, so let's dive into the facts. When a child is ...


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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 a long-time fan of both the Cubs and Yankees. GOP.com (the website of the Republican Party, Clinton's opponent in the elections) claims that (emphasis mine): ...


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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 goalkeeper, and his autobiography details the event, parts of which have been quoted by various sources. The ESPN FC version also gives some background, in ...


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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 Health and Fitness Industry by Nicholas B. Tiller (Routledge; April 15, 2020): The most recent studies in this domain bring into question the purported ...


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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 chose to interpret “watched the Tour de France” but it's certainly not the case that 3.5 billion different people watched the live broadcast at some point ...


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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 Sport: Is the Male Performance Advantage Removed by Testosterone Suppression?" from 2020, transgender women still have greater muscular strength and the ...


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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 saved a copy.) Here are excerpts from the customer service representative (emphasis added): There is [sic] scientific studies proving this technology is ...


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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 ruling, based on evidence provided by neurosurgeon Dr. Willie Stewart, the original diagnosis of Alzheimer's has been shown to be wrong and the correct diagnosis of ...


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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 in a year and the time to cycle 100,000 miles (ref: Wikipedia 100,000 miles record etc. Note that the year record set in 1939 by a man (75,065) stood until 2015,...


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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 body of the sport of badminton mentions in its shuttlecock manufacturing certification standards that the shuttlecock should have 16 feathers fixed in the base ...


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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 vacation camp later. For more information look at wikipedia Campo Bahia Campo Bahia is the purpose-built training camp of the Germany national football team team for ...


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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 inhabitants. According to a report by the Supreme Council of Health as of September 2013 there were 1,332,838 migrant workers situate in Qatar from the following ...


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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 as follows: We have found an oxygen debt of 10 liters even after a quarter-mile in 55 seconds. It is obvious, therefore, that we can not pursue our argument ...


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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 father's wages were not sufficient to provide for the whole family. First falsehood right here. Michael Jordan did not have 4 brothers. He did have 2 ...


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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, September 26, 2007. The announcer was surprised, saying "that would never happen in 100 years". It was reported in AOL News (via Web Archive) on September 18, ...


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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. Not all the fights were against other prisoners, some were against German soldiers. A 19 February 1990 People magazine interview quotes Arouch as saying: “...


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Yes, and my arguments for saying so are two-fold. First, there's the historical timeline: When she first arrived there was jubilation Then some skeptics questioned the feat, their principal argument being a sudden increase in her speed overnight However an independent oceanographer concurred with that speed's being due to an unusual, favourable ocean ...


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Most of what I will repeat here comes from a blogger that goes by the moniker of Skeptical Raptor. In particular, his looking into the research. In his article, he cites two main sources (which unfortunately, some of us probably don't have access to depending on web settings): • Huang CY, Choong MY, Li TS. Effectiveness of cupping therapy for low back pain: ...


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