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Is "tag" named for "touch and go"?
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No, but the association between "tag" and "touch and go" is more than 100 years old. See the 1912 printing of the song A GAME OF TAG: playing tag, Touch and go And in the 1902 ...

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Does the source code of the software for a high-end car contain on average around 100 million lines of code?
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Ford has said that the F150 pickup has 150 million lines of code. According to the New York Times: Twenty years ago, cars had, on average, one million lines of code. The General Motors 2010 ...

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Did the US Department of Defense produce and release the poster "tweets sink fleets"?
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Yes, it is an official product of CDSE which is a directorate of DSS which is under the "Office of the Secretary of Defense". See Department of Defense organizational chart. There have been ...

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Has the 9th Circuit Court been overturned 80% of the time?
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According to the American Bar Association article Supreme Court Reversal Rates: Evaluating the Federal Courts of Appeals: The reversal rates in Figure 2 range between 55% and 84%. Interestingly, this ...

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Was a 15-year-old teen sentenced to 15 years because he took 5 seconds to stop intercourse with an 18-year-old?
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It's partly correct, but it is missing an important aspect of the female’s testimony. "J.L." (Jewel Lankford) is the female, "Baby" (Maouloud Baby) is the male discussed in the OP, and "Mike" (...

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Does the "Blood of Jesus on the Cross" flower only bloom during the Holy week (just before Easter)?
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No, that is a New Zealand pohutukawa (Metrosideros excels) and it blooms for Christmas, not Easter. Sources: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metrosideros_excelsa http://www.doc.govt.nz/nature/...

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Does a pear contain 600 times more formaldehyde than a vaccine?
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No. The amount of formaldehyde in 200 grams of pear is about 7 times the maximum that an infant would receive from a single vaccine, as explained below: According to Determination of formaldehyde in ...

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Did the study mentioned by "The virginity fraud" TEDx Talk happen?
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See Genital Anatomy in Pregnant Adolescents: “Normal” Does Not Mean “Nothing Happened” Pediatrics, January 2004, volume 113, pages e67-e69. METHODS The purpose of this study was to summarize the ...

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Did Elvis consume 100,000 calories a day at the end of his life?
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That article is silly. For better information see A look at Elvis Presley's insane food habits on the anniversary of his death, which includes a video interview with Elvis's personal cook Mary ...

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Would the median household income in the USA be $140K and mean net worth $800K if wealth were evenly distributed
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In the 4th quarter of 2020 the net worth of US households was $122,886,624 million. The number of US households was 128.451 million. Therefore, the mean net wealth was $956,681 Total personal income ...

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Have Democrats attacked Trump's proposed wall as "medieval"?
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According to Politico: Chuck Schumer calls the wall “medieval.” and according to The Hill, Schumer said: Let me just walk my friends in the House through it. Democrats are not budging on the ...

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Are there "1,071 Proven Cases of Voter Fraud"?
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The sources are not contradictory. The time period being considered needs to be understood. Heritage is going back to about 1982 (except for one earlier case from 1948 as Antlersoft and Nat point ...

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Do people carry around up to 20 lbs (9 kg) of poop?
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No. According to the chapter "Carbohydrate Metabolism in the Colon" in Human Colonic Bacteria (1995) : The large intestine contains about 220 g wet weight of contents (range circa 60–900 g),...

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Did eight Jesuit priests survive the nuking of Hiroshima without serious injury?
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There were 4 priests at the closest location to ground zero, but they were 1,400 yards from ground zero according to John Hersey's 1946 book Hiroshima . Other people (non-priests) survived being as ...

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Do snowballs snowball?
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Only when the snow is "wet", not if the snow is powdery. As this January 1910 Watson Wagon advertisement says: The popularity of the Watson continues to grow like a snowball rolling down hill ...

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Did Amin al-Husaini say, "slaughter Jews wherever you find them"?
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He would regularly broadcast in Arabic from Berlin, and these transmissions were relayed to other axis radio transmitters for the Arab world to hear. In March of 1944, speaking on Berlin radio he ...

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Were mixed race kids theorized to look like zebras?
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Senator John W. Daniel of Virginia said 03 February 1899 of colonial Philippines: this brew - mixed races, Chinese, Malay, Negritos— anybody who has come along in three hundred years, in all ...

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Does Australia produce unique 'specialty steel'?
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The Australia-headquartered corporation BlueScope produces specialty coated steel. For example see ZINCALUME® steel: Next generation ZINCALUME® steel’s patented Activate® technology introduces ...

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Did only one banker in the US go to prison for the Financial Crisis of 2007-08?
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90 bankers were convicted, of which 62 went to prison: Edward Woodard (conspiracy to commit bank fraud, false entry in a bank record, unlawful participation in loans, false statements to a ...

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Does Boltzmann's tombstone have "S = k log w" engraved on it?
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Yes, the grave has the formula, and Wikipedia does have this: Boltzmann's entropy formula

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Were many former American slaves put back into virtual slavery after the civil war?
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According to The Iniquity of Leasing Convict Labor Engineering Magazine September 1891, pages 749-757: The convict lease system exists in all the Southern States, with the exception of Maryland ...

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Did more people use the DC Metro transit system on the day of Trump's inauguration than on the day of Obama's second inauguration (in 2013)?
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Comparable numbers are not being used in the press briefing statement. The 420,000 number can not be compared to the 317,000 number. The 317,000 number in the OP is correct for ridership up to ...

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When John McCain was shot down was his mission to bomb a civilian light bulb factory?
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According to John McCain: A Biography (2009): His target that day was a solid one—the power plant in Hanoi, the heavily defended capital of North Vietnam John McCain (2001) has an aerial photograph ...

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Will there be millions of cicadas per acre when Brood X emerges this year?
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According to Periodical cicada nymphs impose periodical oak tree wood accumulation Nature volume 287, pages 326–327 (1980): Densities of cicadas underground are very great — Dybas and Davis report ...

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Have the ending credits of Rambo III been changed?
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Original sources from the time of the movie's release, 1988, state that the film is dedicated to the "gallant people of Afghanistan". See the BBC's The Listener volumes 119-120, page 218: When he ...

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Did Borat originate the notion that Jews shape shift?
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No. That film is only from 2006. See the 1996 book The Longest Shadow: In the Aftermath of the Holocaust: It is enough to show that they[ Leon Daudet and others] sought to project an image of the ...

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Is duct tape an effective treatment for warts?
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According to Are salicylic formulations, liquid nitrogen or duct tape more effective than placebo for the treatment of warts in paediatric patients who present to ambulatory clinics? Paediatr Child ...

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Is Obama the first U.S. President to skip the funeral of a sitting Justice?
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President Eisenhower — Justice Robert H. Jackson President Eisenhower was in Colorado on October 12, 1954 and did not attend the funeral that day of Justice Robert H. Jackson, who died in office ...

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Was the supreme court Executive Order 13780 injunction stay unanimous?
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This is the full text of the decision: TRUMP v. INTERNATIONAL REFUGEE ASSISTANCE PROJECT directly from the Supreme Court website. The term: PER CURIAM is used by the decision. This means that ...

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Has every U.S. presidential election been won by the campaign with the most money?
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No, it isn't true. The most clear example is 1964. According to "Presidential Elections: Strategies and Structures of American Politics" at page 65: Barry Goldwater's losing campaign spent $17.2 ...

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