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The original photo appears to have been posted by Ukrainian soldier Andrew Zaharov on his Facebook photo album. as it predates the articles from any of the news sources below. The initial hit for this image was carried out by cropping the image with Photoshop, then performing a reverse image search, which resulted in a hit to this Ukrainian news site, ...


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This is Machado's own claim, as she confirmed to the New York Times today. Ms. Machado recalled the taunts from Mr. Trump that Mrs. Clinton invoked on Monday night, as well as another sobriquet: “Miss Eating Machine.” [edit: As the other answer notes, this was not first made public at the debate. She has been stating this publicly since May 2016 at the ...


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No, unless you're part of one of the relatively small number of pre-selected households whose viewing habits are measured (the "Nielsen families") There's not a lot of clarity about how many households are involved. In January of 2016, they increased to 40,000 households, according to this: http://www.broadcastingcable.com/news/currency/7-things-you-need-...


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Short answer: you can obtain some very good results, but only under certain conditions and absolutely not even close to what is shown in the linked video clip. My company, Amped Software, develops image and video processing software for forensic and intelligence applications, so basically we are the real world counterpart of the CSI software. With ...


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According to this article, And the Survey Says... (by Carl Bialik, 2008) in the Wall Street Journal, the Family Feud show does conduct real surveys. Surprisingly, they don't just conduct polls of the studio audience (which seems like it would be an easy source of survey participants and people that would be happy to do the survey). Instead, they conduct ...


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Machado made the same claims in an interview with Inside Edition in May 2016: Machado, who claims she actually gained closer to 15 pounds, told IE she felt publicly shamed. She said he called her “Miss Piggy." It made her feel “so fat” that it made her “very depressed," she said. The Huffington Post reports Trump's other insult was featured in the ...


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It's true, according to what Adam Savage (i.e. one of the MythBusters) said at Silicon Valley Comic Con 2016, as can be seen in this video here. This is what he said: The biggest disaster we had was Kari, Grant, and Tory were investigating an easily available material and its supposed explosive properties. What they found out was so explosive that we ...


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The phenomenon is known as "TV Pickup". It's a sufficiently large effect that "pumped storage" reservoirs are built, which can deliver over 1GW to the grid at a few seconds' notice, used in conjunction with other direct generation sources, which are slower to ramp-up, but can generate for longer. Even on a typical evening, spikes of around 800MW can be ...


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The image is not from National Geographic, but from the TV show Nature's Deadliest (image 3 in the slideshow) from Animal Planet. Waffelsatnoon.com and hoaxorfact.com both describe it as dramatization (ie acting). Here is another image from the show, provided by waffelsatnoon.com:


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According to Google Translate, "Homeland is Racist" will translate to "الوطن عنصري", which you can compare to the graffiti: From this article These do look very similar. In fact, the only difference is the ي - or yā’. The written one is underlined, and the printed has two dots. This is likely a frequent difference, as there is no letter in the alphabet ...


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There are multiple algorithms to improve image quality. Of course none of them are as spectacular, as in CSI and movies. As already mentioned, for video multi-frame super-resolution algorithms might be applied. But for generic case it provides very limited improvement. Basically you might expect 2x improvement, but not 100x zoom as in CSI. However, you ...


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The BBC reported on this in a little more detail a little while back: http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/38342421/russia-does-the-hunger-games-for-real-in-siberia-but-no-guns-are-allowed A Russian TV network has launched a real-life version of The Hunger Games. Contestants will have to survive on their own for nine months in Siberia. ...


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For electricity, yes. A million or so people putting on their kettles (Also note that UK electric kettles draw about twice as much power as American ones) to make tea during commercial breaks (or after the show) can result in quite large (gigawatts) swings in demand. For example, at the end of the 1990 World Cup Semi-final match between England and Germany,...


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US Code Title 17, Chapter 1, § 110. LIMITATIONS ON EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS: EXEMPTION OF CERTAIN PERFORMANCES AND DISPLAYS (4) performance of a nondramatic literary or musical work otherwise than in a transmission to the public, without any purpose of direct or indirect commercial advantage and without payment of any fee or other compensation for the ...


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EDIT: From the most up to date source I could find: "Families are asked to track their viewing habits for a certain period of time. A small collection of these families makes up a sample size that Nielsen uses to estimate the size of a national audience or an audience in a specific region." https://www.thebalance.com/how-to-understand-nielsen-tv-ratings-...


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Whatever theory says, it does happen. Modern safety systems ought to prevent it but it can and does still happen. The example below was reported this year in the UK. The report if from the London Evening Standard in march 2011: A PLAYFUL boy of three may have knocked an electric heater into the bath he was sharing with his mother, killing them both, an ...


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Is Rob Hall's body still on Everest... Yes. (Unless something very unusual has happened very recently.) Virtually all the people who died on Everest (or other extremely high mountains) are still up there. The fact is that it is next to impossible to transport a frozen body down from that height. Aside from the difficulty of transporting that much dead ...


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Summary: Chevrolet explain that they took some effort to avoid actors, but further investigation found that some had appeared in the adverts. The "Real People, Not Actors" is a ad campaign which is described as a focus-group type of ads undertaken by Chevrolet to capture honest reactions of real people which are uniformly positive about the Chevy vehicles. ...


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Yes (but no) There are two parts to the Nielsen ratings, the total number of viewers (Points) and the Share. A Ratings Point is 1% of the total number of households. The Share is the percentage of viewers during a given time that viewed a certain show. The Share of any show would be affected if more people tuned to another show at the same time but the ...


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It turns out it's a sketch, part of the Flemish series of mockumentaries "In De Gloria". In 2006 one of the sketches, "Boemerang" (Boomerang) gained notoriety on YouTube. It features the host of a talk show, "Boemerang", breaking into fits of giggles after hearing the voice of one of his guests, who spoke in a squeaky manner due to a failed tonsillectomy. ...


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Make your own conclusion from the sources mentioned This is evidence showing that using face-to-screen electronics before going to bed could harm your sleep. For instance, this study, published in the journal Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes found that smartphone use after 9 p.m. was associated with decreased sleep quantity at night. ...


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While it's technically true that Firefly was cancelled due to low ratings, it's also true that FOX were not behind the show, or as Joss Whedon put it: "They hated it. They killed it." (link @ 5:20) As a result, it wasn't marketed well, was placed in the infamous Friday Night Death Slot, and wasn't given any sort of lead in. Before this they had refused ...


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The Guardian did a short piece on this and the bottom line is straightforward: American kids may have picked up a Britishism or two, but the claim that they’re developing a whole accent based off a cartoon is, according to linguistics experts, likely exaggerated. The experts quoted in the article explain that mimicking specific words and developing an ...


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Refresh rate: First of all, in case of modern flat screens, be it LCD or OLED, refresh rate is misnomer. It's actually frame rate — rate at which the TV is able to change image from one frame to another. Pixels on these panels are constantly on, thus there is no flicker on LCD or OLED. On the other hand, CRTs had refresh rates, since pixels would glow ...


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"off the record" seems to mainly be a plot device. The original "off the record" statement would mean that the lawyer approach the bench and have some off the record talk, usually about something like a confession deal. Off the Record Law & Legal Definition Off the record refers to a conversation not being transcribed as part of the record of the ...


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This is a Soviet truck, ZiL-131: which is very unlikely to be used in Palestine. So the claim it is from Palestine is wrong. The bouth Russian and Ukrainian media claimed the truck to be Ukrainian, but attribute the strike differently, Ukrainian sources say it was hit by a Russian missle, while some Russian sources say it was mistakenly hit by the ...


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Don't trust it to be true: it's almost certainly a fake. The original is likely here and has no messages (but better colors!): http://www.fuzzymemories.tv/index.php?c=3104 -- It's an uncut segment, jump to 3m43s for the anthem) Note that the clip seems original and is clearly from the 80's. A 3rd party analysis, which includes a slow down, is available on ...


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Defining the configuration There are a number of different configurations of the combination of water, electrodes, and victim which should be considered. The victim could be floating in one part a large body of water (perhaps in one end a pool twice as long as it is wide) with an electrical impulse at the other end which travels out of the water through ...


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Per Philip J Smith in 2011, U.S. Immunization Survey (USIS) has been partly the reason for the success of immunization in USA. This should mean that the single event responsible for raising immunization levels in the US from 0.6% to over 80% in just 6 months cannot only be Elvis Presley. Also, an estimated six million children were reported to have been ...


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