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Did Donald Trump call Alicia Machado "Miss Piggy" and "Miss Housekeeping"?

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: “...
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Will tuning your TV to a channel that isn't the presidential inauguration lower its ratings?

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 ...
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Mythbusters tested a material that was so explosive they didn't release the episode and contacted DARPA

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 ...
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Did Donald Trump call Alicia Machado "Miss Piggy" and "Miss Housekeeping"?

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 ...
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Have any versions of "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" had to remove the Ask the Audience lifeline due to the audience purposely voting wrong?

The Ask the Audience lifeline was removed from the show, but the reason is straightforward: they had to get rid of the audience due to COVID concerns. According to the Millionaire wiki, this change ...
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Was National Geographic just filming a snake attack a child and not helping?

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 ...
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Do Chevrolet commercials feature "Real people. Not actors."?

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 ...
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Is the diner slang in this scene real?

I'll take a... Double Triple ("Super Double Triple Patty" is on the menu, or possibly it's asking for two "triples", which would have 3 patties each) Bossy (beef) Deluxe (double ...
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Is "the funniest interview you will ever see" genuine?

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 ...
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Is Russian TV airing a "hunger games" like reality series where contestants can rape, kill or be killed?

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 ...
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Have any versions of "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" had to remove the Ask the Audience lifeline due to the audience purposely voting wrong?

Is this claim true for Russian [...] version of "Who Wants to be a Millionaire"? Can't say for all nations, but that particular screenshot doesn't match the claim in any way. That Reddit ...
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Will tuning your TV to a channel that isn't the presidential inauguration lower its ratings?

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 ...
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Did Bear Grylls see Rob Hall's body on Everest?

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 ...
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Was the U.S. government responsible for Popeye's dependance on spinach?

No. The 'eat your vegs' campaign as an established social norm is older, started with World War One, not during the Depression. Further, spinach is no meat substitute, whether you look for any iron ...
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Will tuning your TV to a channel that isn't the presidential inauguration lower its ratings?

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 ...
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Is this metric system video, apparently taken from Fox news, a deep fake?

The original question asked whether the video is satirical. The answer to this is no. We can prove this on the strength that the arguments made by Tucker Carlson's guest have been published non-...
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Is this metric system video, apparently taken from Fox news, a deep fake?

This link, titled "Can the US continue to stand alone against the metric system?", is from foxnews.com, and has been there for several days that I know of. It is apparently the same video as the ...
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Are North American children adopting British accents because of Peppa Pig?

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 ...
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Was there ever a cable channel called The Puppy Channel which broadcast for three years?

According to this episode of This American Life, Dan FitzSimons started the Puppy Channel in June 1996, and worked on the concept for 5 years. Unfortunately, no cable distributor bought the show.
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Did ABC News briefly report that Hillary Clinton had died in the hospital, and did ABC confirm it on the phone with Infowars?

tl;dr An anchorman did start a news show with the words "…about Hillary Clinton's death…". That seems to have been a simple one word mixup for whatever reason, broadcast live once, uncorrected. Who ...
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Does watching television damage the eyes?

No, watching too much television does not directly cause myopia. Walter Wood has debunked the theory that too much near work causes myopia. In his book The Ultimate Unification of Diet Health and ...
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Did the CNN live election analysis show a porn site logo during broadcast?

No, it didn't. This tweet shows the original unedited video. There was a popup which explains why the news anchor (John King) looked a bit annoyed but it's unclear what the popup was, but definitely ...
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Is the chance of solving a murder cut in half if they don't find a lead within the first 48 hours?

The best research I'm aware of is a Washington Post investigation of 8,000 murder arrests. Their data journalists found that half of the arrests happened in 10 days or fewer, not 48 hours. A ...
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Is Russian TV airing a "hunger games" like reality series where contestants can rape, kill or be killed?

No, this information seems to be false at this moment. The only information regarding illegal activities that I managed to find on their official website is: VIOLATION OF THE LAWS OF THE RUSSIAN ...
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Did Tomoaki Hamatsu live entirely on contest winnings?

NPR investigated this and found that he was given bread until he actually won food. (Nasubi's testimony) The staff got together and would give me basically a very simple little bread each day, so ...
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Did Rossiya 24 show an advertisement for Russian women to marry Chinese men?

(partial answer based on findings by this moment) Misleading So was this clip shown as an advert on Rossiya 24? The only truth seems to be that this clip was, indeed, produced for a Russian ...
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Was there ever a cable channel called The Puppy Channel which broadcast for three years?

The Wikipedia article has since been deleted, with one user citing Puppy Channel Is Dog Tired, written in 2005, suggesting that the channel never existed: Last week, an e-mail promoting the Puppy ...
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Did John Safran get a fatwa placed on Australian television host Rove McManus?

TL;DR: Yes, John Safran an Australian media personality influenced Omar Bakri Muhammad an Islamic cleric to issue an incorrect fatwa against Rove McManus an Australian television show host based on ...
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Is this claim about Turkey's restriction on Zorok TV accurate?

No, only 20% needs to be Turkish for children's cartoons, 40% is for something other than children's cartoons (maybe someone who reads Turkish can translate exactly what the 40% is for, either non-...
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Does "Top Gear" have 350 million viewers worldwide?

Note: To write this answer, I contacted the BBC and BBC Studios by email. I am willing to forward the relevant emails. (Please ping me in chat.) To the best of my knowledge, the below information has ...
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