235 votes
Accepted

Did the UK homicide rate go up after handgun ownership was banned?

The numbers are cherry-picked. When you dig into sites that present this argument, they all appear to be strong advocates against regulating firearms, which makes me suspicious. Is this statistic ...
user avatar
  • 11.1k
172 votes
Accepted

Are refugees in the UK holidaying in the countries they fled from?

No, there is no evidence for this claim. The reason the MP - Adam Holloway - thinks this is that his barber - a refugee - wasn't available one day: “We have people in this country who have come ...
user avatar
  • 50.6k
109 votes

Was Stonehenge built in the 1950s?

The photograph in the OP is by R. J. C. Atkinson, January 1958 and its caption is: STONEHENGE, Wiltshire. Re-erection of Trilithon lintel 158 by the 60 ton 'Brabazon Crane', the larger of two cranes ...
user avatar
  • 98.3k
108 votes
Accepted

Is this photo of Jeremy Corbyn and caption accurate?

Yes, photo and caption are essentially accurate. Some details are not entirely accurate: the arrest was in 1984, the Thatcher quote in 1987, and Cameron's trip in 1989. And although Thatcher labelled ...
user avatar
  • 17.5k
104 votes
Accepted

Could someone who sent a letter in 19th century London expect a reply within 2 hours?

I interpret the claim to not be about how responsive a particular recipient could be, but to be about how long it took to deliver a letter, and how often this service ran. i.e. if the recipient was ...
user avatar
  • 133k
103 votes
Accepted

Was a four year-old forced to sleep on the floor of Leeds General Infirmary?

The hospital says it happened: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-leeds-50713236 The hospital apologised and said it had had its busiest week since 2016. Dr Yvette Oade, chief medical officer at ...
user avatar
96 votes
Accepted

Are razor blades tax-free in the UK?

The Value Added Tax in the United Kingdom is based upon the standard rate of 20% as of 4 January 2011. This means that unless something falls into a listed category for a reduced rate or an exemption, ...
user avatar
  • 16.8k
87 votes
Accepted

Did a 'Black History Month website' call white people ‘genetically defective descendants of albino mutants’?

It is indeed the site that you found. The article was entitled "Frances Cress Welsing: Melanin Theory". Frances Cress Welsing was a homophobic black supremacist writer. She claimed that the ...
user avatar
  • 39.9k
78 votes
Accepted

Was the Obama administration responsible for the decision to move the US embassy in London and the sale of the old location?

TL;DR Trump has several key details wrong or incomplete. 1. Did the Obama administration have any say in the decision to move the embassy? A quick google search on "US Embassy London Moved" ...
user avatar
  • 3,210
69 votes
Accepted

Did the UK slip to sixth largest world economy from fifth, less than 24 hours after the EU referendum vote?

It's impossible to definitively prove: GDP is calculated annually, and compared based on purchasing power, rather than currency fluctuations - countries can't officially change position like this ...
user avatar
62 votes

Has Boris Johnson ever referred to any of his opponents as "traitors"?

"Guilty of betrayal", which at least implies the person so accused being a traitor. YouTube: I know that my Right Honourable friend will appreciate that in deciding to remain in the customs union, ...
user avatar
  • 18.8k
59 votes

Did the UK government pay "millions and millions of dollars" to try to snag Julian Assange?

Yes, back in 2015 a figure of around £11 million was estimated by the Metropolitan Police. This figure represents the total amount of resources allocated to monitoring the embassy for the three years ...
user avatar
  • 11.4k
58 votes

Are 700 more planes a day expected to fly because of the Heathrow expansion?

Heathrow Airport has a "dedicated website" for the planned creation of an additional runway. From the dedicated website (emphasis added): Heathrow Today 98% capacity – Flight movements at ...
user avatar
58 votes
Accepted

Did Bercow say he would have sent the EU extension-request letter himself, had Johnson not done so?

The relevant point was this "point of order" after the debate and vote on Saturday 19 October 2019, which can be viewed on Parliamentlive.tv: Joanna Cherry Further to that point of order, Mr ...
user avatar
  • 13.3k
57 votes

Did the UK government pay "millions and millions of dollars" to try to snag Julian Assange?

No additional funds were spent on his capture beyond the spending already budgeted for 'Diplomatic Protection'. The Diplomatic Protection Group is responsible for the guarding of embassies. The money ...
user avatar
  • 1,803
55 votes
Accepted

Was Facebook cited as a reason for a third of UK divorces in 2010 in which unreasonable behaviour was a factor?

The Daily Mail, unsurprisingly, has provided a misleading 'clickbait' title for the article. The title doesn't match up with what details they actually say in the article (and which you cited) - your ...
user avatar
  • 1,283
55 votes

Is austerity in the UK responsible for "120,000" extra deaths?

That new report (Effects of health and social care spending constraints on mortality in England: a time trend analysis) is absolutely in line of prior research. The mortality rises across the board ...
user avatar
  • 43.4k
54 votes

Is the UK lorry driver shortage unrelated to Brexit? Do EU countries have equal or greater shortages?

As of today, it doesn't appear to be the case that Germany is suffering from a similar fuel shortage as the UK, and it's not affected by a "driver crisis" as severe as the one in the UK. ...
user avatar
  • 8,465
53 votes

During Great Britain's coal-free day, were coal plants shut off, or active and generating power GB didn't use?

Quick Take: There doesn't appear to be available information to determine if the coal plants were burning coal, although not contributing electricity to the grid; there is sufficient information to ...
user avatar
  • 859
46 votes

In 1936, did brothers Mark and David Ferrow transition?

These boys evidently had a difference of sexual development (DSD), commonly known as 'intersex', though definitions of intersex do vary, so DSD is preferred. It quite clearly says that both boys were ...
user avatar
  • 4,099
43 votes

Is Queen Elizabeth queuing for a sandwich in this photo?

No, the Queen isn't queuing for a sandwich in this photo. It turns out be a cardboard cutout of Queen Elizabeth II or a photoshopped image. Several images were posted on Berlin.de on June 23, 2015 16:...
user avatar
  • 29.8k
43 votes

Was Stonehenge built in the 1950s?

In order for this MASSIVE STONEHENGE CONSPIRACY to work, the conspirators would have to avoid some basic slip-ups... for example, taking photos of the construction process, or talking openly about ...
user avatar
  • 39.9k
42 votes

Did a 'Black History Month website' call white people ‘genetically defective descendants of albino mutants’?

Here's a cache'd snippet from Duck Duck Go pointing to this article. https://www.blackhistorymonth.org.uk/article/section/science-and-medicine/frances-cress-welsing-melanin-theory/ This now 404's ...
user avatar
  • 521
41 votes
Accepted

Is "Syphilis: All of these men have it" a WWII propaganda poster?

A google search for "All of these men have it" "Stay away from dance halls" mainly got web 2.0 user generated content websites such as reddit and pinterest. I came across a thesis, but it gave a ...
user avatar
  • 38.4k
39 votes
Accepted

Did Putin threaten to have traitors assassinated?

No, on the occasion in question Putin did not say that traitors would be killed. The quote in your question comes from a March 5, 2018 broadcast of BBC Newsnight. It is a concatenation of three ...
user avatar
  • 668
38 votes
Accepted

Did non-voters outnumber the supporters of each political party in the UK in 2010?

BBC 2010 election page gives a summary. The data can be found at the Electoral Commission which oversees the votes. Party Seats Gain Loss Net Votes % Conservative 307 ...
user avatar
  • 651
38 votes
Accepted

Is the "Dutch reach" standard practice in the Netherlands?

The so-called Dutch reach is not required during lessons or exams according to Centraal Bureau Rijvaardigheidsbewijzen (the organisation responsible). And drivers won't be required to use the Dutch ...
user avatar
  • 496

Only top scored, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible