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Is house dust mostly made up of human skin?
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According to Elemental concentrations and metal bioaccessibility in UK household dust Science of the Total Environment vol. 371, pages 74–81. Household dust has many internal and external sources, ...

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Are there 30 million non-legal immigrants in the United States?
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It is not accurate that a Bear Stearns study found that there were 30 million illegal immigrants in the USA. Instead the Bears Stearns study The Underground Labor Force Is Rising To The Surface by ...

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Does one in six Americans struggle with hunger?
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In a US Department of Agriculture survey for the report Household Food Security in the United States in 2013 , people were asked the following questions (plus additional questions if they had children)...

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In WWI, did the British Board of Invention and Research propose conditioning seagulls to associate a submarine's periscope with food?
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According to Lusitania (1972): Inglefield's other brain child was to attempt to train seagulls to defecate on periscopes, and for a short while a remote corner of Poole harbour in Dorset was ...

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Can lions sense menstruating women?
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According to The Lady and Her Tiger, the autobiography of animal trainer and animal rights advocate Pat Derby, at page 75: I remember one occasion when a television commercial was being filmed with ...

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Is the RS-28 Sarmat missile capable of destroying an area the size of France?
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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 ...

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Are more than 40% of millenials in Japan virgins?
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No. CNN is misreporting. The statistics are for the fraction of NEVER MARRIED people who are virgins. Specifically, the study is The Fifteenth Japanese National Fertility Survey. The ...

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Have parents been jailed in the USA for refusing to vaccinate their children?
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According to Pox and Liberty, endnote 65 of chapter 4: This article describes examples from New York in the 1920s involving parents who were jailed for refusing to have their children vaccinated. ...

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Were there 600 millionaires in Gaza in 2014?
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No, there are more than 600 millionaires. According to Fatah spokesman Ahmad Assaf, as of 2014, there were 1,700 Hamas millionaires in Gaza. See also the 2013 article Gaza's New Millionaires How ...

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Were there 19,000 rapes in the US military in 2011?
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According to the 7 November 2013 New York Times article Reports of Military Sexual Assault Rise Sharply Last summer that survey found that about 26,000 men and women in the military were sexually ...

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What percentage of white people owned black slaves in the US?
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In the 1856 abolitionist speech before the House of Representatives Modern "democracy", the Ally of Slavery by Mason Weare Tappan it is stated that there are 347,525 slave holders in the United States,...

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Were slaves only allowed to play the black keys of a piano?
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According to As Thousands Cheer: The Life of Irving Berlin: (with my censoring) Like many self-taught musicians, he hit only the black keys, which were easier for his untrained hands to control. ...

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Is the NYC Financial district build on top of an African slave burial ground
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Yes, there is an African Burial Ground National Monument recognizing this. From about the 1690s until 1794, both free and enslaved Africans were buried in a 6.6-acre burial ground in Lower ...

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Did just 18 people die from prostate cancer in Japan in 1958?
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No! Other sources such as Vegan Bite By Bite (page 210) make clear that the number "18" is the number of autopsy proven deaths from prostate cancer, not the total number. The source of the "18" ...

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Is water from a sink different from water from a water fountain?
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Since the question refers to a college campus in the USA, I will quote information from UC Berkley. DO NOT GENERALIZE TO OUTSIDE THE USA. [Question] The only tap water source available to me is the ...

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Did the US push the Kurds to lower their defences against Turkey in the months preceding the latest Turkish military operation against them?
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See Turkey, US agree to set up operation centre for Syria safe zone 7 August 2019: A joint statement by the Turkish defence ministry and the US embassy in Ankara said the two sides had agreed to ...

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In ritualistic use, did "virgin blood" originally mean "unused blood"?
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According a 1788 printing of The Works of Aristotle (which wasn't really by Aristotle) "virgin blood" means the blood of a virgin. A third cause of natural barrenness is, the letting of virgins' ...

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Until 2016, did Germany require rape victims to physically resist their attackers?
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As of 16 March 2016, no changes to the law have been made in many years. There are two main section in German Law concerning rape/sexual assault, section 177 and 179. There is a bill (proposed ...

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Was slipping on a banana peel an actual danger in the early 20th century?
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Yes. According to Slipped on Banana Peel: Atlanta man is minus two fingers on one of his hands The Times and Democrat 21 September 1911: A man slipped on a train car step, and had his fingers run ...

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Did NFL players used to remain in the locker room during the pre-game national anthem, prior to sponsorship by the Department of Defense?
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According to the 1987 book American Football: Every football game is preceded by a playing of the American National anthem. Rivalries are temporarily forgotten as fans and players stand to pay ...

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"Chance for a Spinster": Is this a real newspaper advertisement from 1865?
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As Samuel said, the particular version shown in the OP is from 02 September 1865 Harpers. However, the story had been circulating and distorting for at least a month by this time. The earliest ...

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Does pricking eggs before boiling them reduce cracking?
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(I endorse Schmuddi's answer but I'll keep this one for the historical background it provides.) The advice goes back more than one hundred years to a 20 January 1899 North Dakota Agricultural College, ...

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Was there a Bowling Green Massacre in 2011?
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Bowling Green was the location of the terrorists, but the IEDs with Alwan's fingerprints were massacring in Iraq, not in Bowling Green, and in 2005, not 2011. See Former Iraqi Terrorists Living in ...

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Did World War II propaganda posters tell people to "Speak American", rather than languages of the enemy?
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According to Cane Fires: The Anti-Japanese Movement in Hawaii, 1865-1945: The Speak American Campaign was launched on October 12, 1942, with much fanfare in the white press. The Service Committee ...

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In states where medical marijuana laws are passed, did prescription painkiller sales decrease?
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Yes, this was studied in Medical Marijuana Laws Reduce Prescription Medication Use In Medicare Part D Health Affairs July 2016 vol. 35 pages 1230-1236 : In states with medical marijuana laws, pain ...

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Did Stalin kill more than 10 million People?
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According to Hitler vs. Stalin: Who Killed More?, by Timothy David Snyder, who is a history professor at Yale University specializing in eastern Europe: Judging from the Soviet records we now have, ...

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Methane inside colon catching fire during a colonoscopy?
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Yes, methane and hydrogen can explode during colonoscopic polyp removal. Yes, this has really happened. However, cleaning the colon is not necessarily sufficient to prevent such explosion. See ...

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Did 800 people estimate the weight of an ox within 1% in 1906?
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Yes it really happened, although the term "county fair" isn't exactly right, it was the annual show of the West of England Fat Stock and Poultry Society at Plymouth, England. See the below articles ...

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Are humans the only species to have homophobes?
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No. Quoting from Homosexual Behaviour in Animals: An Evolutionary Perspective [page 28] When male Japanese macaques do exhibit an interest in homosexual consortships, female partners will ...

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Did a 'Black History Month website' call white people ‘genetically defective descendants of albino mutants’?
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It's not limited to one Black history website. The site "Black Then: Discovering Our History" says: Dr. Frances Cress Welsing is a psychiatrist who is noted for the “Cress Theory of Color ...

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