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The two facts stated in the claim can be considered mostly true. The conclusion drawn, however, is not. Gun Ownership Ownership rates in Switzerland are estimated between 25 and 60%. There is no official statistic and registering isn't a nationwide policy, but the responsibility of the individual cantons, which have different laws. In 2014 there were 1.25 ...


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In the television show Penn and Teller Tell A Lie, a competitor to Mythbusters, they conduct an experiment to try this. Here is a YouTube video of the result. In the single instance they show with a slow motion camera, the bullet is indeed at split in half - or at least, fragmented into pieces - by a normal butter-knife. This is not a large sample, and ...


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Q.1: This struck me as a fairly extreme claim. Is it true that the V2 production killed more than its use? In all likelihood, yes. The director of the Mittelbau-Dora commemoration site is quoted with According to Jens-Christian Wagner, director of the Mittelbau-Dora concentration camp memorial site, it "killed more prisoners in the production of the ...


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According to SamuraiSwords.com, there are two folding steps, in first traverse and longitudinal folding is repeated: The difference between these two folding procedures lies on that the small hammer is used to fold in transverse folding while the big hammer is used in longitudinal folding. Generally, about 12-15 folings are repeated. In second (...


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I don’t know how well a single case-study can be generalised, or applied in a different cultural setting. But since jozzas’ answer on the Australian gun control act exclusively relies on a paper that completely misrepresents the evidence here’s another stab at it: Background In 1996, after a mass shooting with an illegally purchased but legally available ...


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While nothing is "invulnerable"; Modern body armor is extremely effective. As suggested by Saletan, here is the U.S. Justice Department’s breakdown on body armor... Armor Classifications for Ballistic-Resistant Armor NIJ Standard–0101.04 establishes six formal armor classification types, as well as a seventh special type, as follows: Type I (.22 LR; ....


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Sword swallowers are indeed placing a real metal sword down their throats and into their stomachs. It is (obviously) extremely dangerous and risky, which is part of what makes it so captivating to see. This site which is affiliated with Sword Swallowing International has some good information and photos. Quoting from their FAQ: Q: "Don't you use a ...


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Image Source From May Berenbaum, entomologist at the University of Illinois (a character in The X-Files was named after her): Rad Roaches (2001) In a study (Wharton and Wharton 1959), the authors conclusively demonstrated that the American cockroach was, compared with the rest of the known irradiated insect world, a wimp; Periplaneta ...


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A torpedo does NOT penetrate the hull of a target vessel, it will have a proximity fuse with possible backup contact fuse and probably a timer fuse as well. So that's one claim already debunked. Wikipedia on the Mark 48 Torpedo Can't find independent verification of this (it's most likely classified what exact fuzing modes exist), but it is consistent with ...


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Claiming that "crime" (presumably violent crime, since that's the sort of crime in which banning assault weapons would matter) did not go down in the period between 1994 and 2004 (the time of the Federal Assault Weapons Ban, the "Clinton ban") is flat out wrong. That's easily seen by looking on the FBI or DOJ websites, because they freely host tables of ...


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In short: Yes, they did, but it was not their preferred tactic Quotes in this post from Under the Black Flag: The Romance and Reality of Life Among the Pirates by David Cordingly the former curator and head of exhibitions at the British National Maritime Museum. The book has a extensive bibliography of primary and secondary sources, and was good read. I ...


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There some additional photos of this round hole at this page (in russian): Good quality shoot from unknown source. Text in russian is: "А что значит это отверстие в правом боку подводной лодки" - "And what is meaning of this hole in right side of the submarine". It is clearly seen that hole has very sharp edges on its top and left sides. Also we can see ...


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Maille Construction in Renaissance Europe Another weakness of maille armor is its vulnerability to thrusts from pointed weapons, arrows, and crossbow bolts, which could easily split butted rings. Riveted rings of course were significantly more resistant but could still be pierced if the projectile hit with sufficient force. (Note: Modern day ...


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I started researching this out of interest and found essentially two stories. You'll have to decide on your own which you want to believe, because there's too little information to say conclusively either way. The Russian Story On the 21st Of April 2014, the Russian state-run Sputnik news agency reported that: Russian Sukhoi Su -24 with the newest ...


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(Updated) It must depend on the triggering mechanism used by the mine and on the characteristics of the specific vehicle. Land vs Water The DMZ between north and south Korea is land, not water so I will address land-based mines. I believe most military hovercraft are designed for use over littoral water. I can find no evidence that armies (as opposed to ...


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Source Former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head on January 8, 2011. She survived. From The New York Times (January 14, 2011): Ms. Giffords needed surgery immediately. She had skull fractures, dead brain tissue that had to be removed, and increasing pressure from swelling that could further damage her brain as it expanded and ...


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The Connecticut State Police have just released a statement to settle the matter. They confirm what the media has been reporting since the dust of confusion settled the day after the event: Seized inside the school: #1. Bushmaster .223 caliber-- model XM15-E2S rifle with high capacity 30 round clips #2. Glock 10 mm handgun #3. Sig-Sauer ...


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There are quite a lot of errors in just one sentence: First of all, "Glock 7" doesn't exist, Glock never had a model with that number. First Glock pistol was Glock 17 ("The Gun Digest Book of the Glock" By Patrick Sweeney, chapter 9). Glock is Austrian, not German company. The purpose of non-metallic gun would be to not be detected via metal detectors, ...


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Currently researched high-energy laser weaponry (the MIRACL laser, the Pulsed Energy Projectile and the Tactical High Energy Lasers) use deuterium fluoride lasers, which operate at the wavelength of 3800 nm. Visible light has wavelength range of 390 to 750 nm. Even if the laser would use visible light, the beam would only be visible in medium that would ...


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Red mercury does indeed exist, mercury (11) oxide (HgO) varies from yellow to red, here. The more fine the particles the more towards the yellow it is, the bigger the lumps, the more red. There is the neat trick that if you heat it in a low oxygen environment (say one in which there is charcoal to snap up the O2), it decomposes to mercury and oxygen (2HgO =>...


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This depends on the design of the bomb. Some bombs made whistling sounds, as explained in this answer on the History site. Another famous bomb was the so-called "Buzzbomb", aka V-1 rocket, used by the Nazis, primarily against Great Britian during WW II. It didn't whistle, but did make a loud buzzing noise.


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The most commonly known Kalashnikov weapon, so called because of the designer Mikhail Kalashnikov, the AK-47 is not used as a matter of course by US Special Forces. The M4 carbine or M16 rifle is currently the preferred choice, although it is on a long list of weapons. However, that is not to say that special forces are not trained in the use of the AK-47 ...


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That there was increased levels of radioactivity above the background level found at Mohenjo-Daro. This is unsourced and very vague. "In certain areas of that site, you find increased levels of radiation." In 4000 years, the Trinity site will only have slightly elevated levels of radiation. It won't make a Geiger counter go off-scale high. Radioactive ...


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There are two factual claims here. Let's start with the "lowest crime rate in the world". Statistically, how exactly is that claim measured? For example, do you look at everything that is illegal in one country in the world - including chewing gum in Singapore? How do you account for differences in the laws on prostitution and marijuana? How about money ...


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Paul Bogdanor analyzed Livingstones claims in the Algemeiner - including this one. He names the presumed source of the claim and concludes that it is not based on any conclusive evidence: This, presumably, is based on a couple of sentences in an early paper by Nicosia: “The Eichmann-Polkes talks in Berlin also reveal that the Hagana had ...


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To some extent yes. Well know technique is cloud seeding to induce rain. It was used during the Vietnam War, operation Popeye was carried out to induce heavy rains over Ho Chi Ming Trail. "Few aviation writers and historians seem to be aware that there were three WC-130As. These three were originally trash-haulers, borrowed from TAC in late 1966 ...


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Yes, she nearly lost her finger, but it was fixed. You can hear her describing the injury in this youtube video where she also shows the scar to a fan, who confirms that it is present. I almost lost my finger [...] The sword slid down and I was holding my sword and it cut this way through. [...] That's why my handwriting is hard, this is the writing ...


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The original claim in English is from the 08 May 2016 article Russia's New ICBM Sarmat Can Penetrate Defense Shield, Wipe Out Texas which says: The broadcaster added that the RS-28 is capable of wiping out parts of the earth the size of Texas or France Where "the broadcaster" refers to the article http://tvzvezda.ru/news/forces/content/201605070850-p0pm....


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The rather entertaining "Box O' Truth" website did a pretty thorough test of this. Their conclusion: Lessons learned: Cutting "x"s in bullets is harder than you might imagine. It might make them slightly more effective than Ball, but not nearly as effective as modern Jacketed Hollow Points. The .45 ACP did not expand at all. This is ...


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Yes This video advert shows a man easily puncturing and cutting a tire with a pocket knife. This Mythbusters episode shows a snippet of Adam Savage puncturing a tire with a knife in the first 30 seconds. [Hat-tip: @ratchetfreak]


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