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Did Albert Einstein say he admired the Catholic Church for standing up to Hitler?
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The statement was published well before being partially reprinted by Time in 1940. It was first published in 1934, for example in the La Crosse Tribune. The exact wording is by Rev. Dr. S. Parkes ...

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Was the storming of the US Capitol orchestrated by Antifa and BLM Organisers?
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The extent of the evidence to support the claim seems to be limited to one person who expressed anti-Trump views, who had a limited role in encouraging the storming. According to an FBI document in ...

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Has the number of pneumonia deaths in the US dramatically dropped in 2020?
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No. Firstly, the most recent data is Week 13, 2020 which is one week later. Secondly, and most importantly, the data for the most recent weeks are always incomplete. Comparing the data released ...

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Is only 4% of original forest left in the US?
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According to the U.S. Forest Service publication U.S. Forest Resource Facts and Historical Trends: In 1630, the estimated area of U.S. forest land was 1,023 million acres or about 46 percent of ...

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Can the US president order the army into construction?
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"Can he order the troops into manual labor?" Yes. For example, according to the Military Vehicle Preservation Association: President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered the construction of the ...

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Is the F-35 aircraft literally invisible?
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According to Business Insider (which interviewed retired Marine Maj. Dan Flatley, former F-35 pilot): Today, Russia and China have built impressive arrays of very high frequency, or VHF, and ...

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Does cow urine contain gold?
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According to Metabolomic and elemental analysis of camel and bovine urine by GC–MS and ICP–MS Saudi Journal of Biosciences volume 24, pages 23-29 (January 2017): Bovine urine contained 0.005673 ppm ...

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Was the 2017 solar eclipse the most-observed in history?
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Probably not. According to 'Monster' solar eclipse takes on Asian giants , referring to the 22 July 2009 solar eclipse, which had over 6 minutes of totality: The total transit will obscure the sun ...

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Are two thirds of cancer mutations random and unavoidable?
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The actual research paper Stem cell divisions, somatic mutations, cancer etiology, and cancer prevention Science 24 Mar 2017: Vol. 355, Issue 6331, pp. 1330-1334 says: It is now widely accepted that ...

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Does Planned Parenthood impose abortion quotas on its clinics and provide incentives to its workers to meet those quotas?
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Planned Parenthood does not agree that "quota" is the correct word to use. In July 2014 Planned Parenthood acknowledged that the above image is genuine, but stated it does not represent a "quota", ...

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Do Japan's teachers need to bow to the Emperor?
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Essentially the opposite of the claim is true. According to Japan: Between Myth and Reality by Khoon Choy Lee, Singapore ambassador to Japan, writing of his experience as a teacher in Japanese ...

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Can the human sense of touch work at the atomic scale?
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According to Feeling Small: Exploring the Tactile Perception Limits, studying randomly selected people with no previous experience: the lowest amplitude of the wrinkles so distinguished was ...

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Did the crime rate drop after mandatory gun ownership in Kennesaw, Georgia?
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1.Was such a law actually passed? 2.Did crime rates in the city really drop? Yes, as explained in Kennesaw, Georgia's 1982 Gun Mandate Still On The Books, Every Home Owns A Gun: Kennesaw's 1982 gun ...

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Do extreme homeopathic dilutions still retain quantities of the starting materials?
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This Indian Institute of Technology Bombay press release quotes some research papers This isn't really true. It is just one research paper, and one comment on said research paper. Also, it merely ...

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Does glass decompose in one million years?
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No. According to Metallurgical Slags: Environmental Geochemistry and Resource Potential The oldest preserved glass formed 300 million years ago The statement is in chapter 4 "Weathering of ...

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Is Feynman's claim about the history of measurements of the charge of the electron after Millikan accurate?
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No. A much more accurate account is in THE CHARGE OF THE ELECTRON (1935): In 1929 Prof. R. T. Birge (reference 1) published an acutely critical and masterly survey of our knowledge of the ...

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Are 1 in 6 deaths in the USA due to lead exposure?
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The Lancet article (April 2018) finds: of 2.3 million deaths every year in the USA, about 400 000 are attributable to lead exposure Contrary to another answer, the article says: All models ...

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Does carbon dioxide pollute the atmosphere?
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According to "The Modification of Planet Earth by Man," Gordon J. F. MacDonald, Technology Review, Oct/Nov. 1969, pp. 27-35 (official link): There are at least six ways in which man's ...

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Is China placing advertisements seeking to influence the upcoming American mid-term elections?
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The Des Moines Register admits that it published a four-page advertisement of the (mainland) Chinese government. The Des Moines Register, in the follow up article, says: "I think it's trying to ...

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Did over half of the women who had abortions in Canada do so because they were pressured to?
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This is not specific to Canada, but according to Women Who Suffered Emotionally from Abortion: A Qualitative Synthesis of Their Experiences Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons Volume 22 Number ...

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Is a writer named Lisa Holst responsible for the belief that everyone eats eight spiders a year?
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No, an earlier list was published by Margot Anne-Stephanie Vigeant as author of the article Things to Stress Over in Cornell Engineer April 1992, volume 56, number 2, pages 24 and 25, (alternative ...

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Does 1°C warming increase the H2O content of the atmosphere by 7%?
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No, 7% is somewhat too high. According to Recent Climatology, Variability, and Trends in Global Surface Humidity Journal of Climate, (2006) volume 19, pages 3589-3606: The observed dq/dT is ...

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Did Fox News later "ban" a show that aired after 9-11?
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Yes, Fox did broadcast the series. A 7 May 2002 Salon article explains what happened: Just about the same time that KHOU was stabbing in the dark, reporter Carl Cameron of the Fox News Channel was ...

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Do US laws define Ashkenazi Jews as "white"?
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The article is referring to "1987" due to a US Supreme Court decision Shaare Tefila Congregation v. Cobb 481 U.S. 615 (1987) What this decision actually says is: We agree with petitioners, ...

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Does a lack of radiation shadows disprove the Big Bang Theory?
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The quote in the OP from the creation article is an accurate summary of a mainstream Science Daily article: Big Bang's Afterglow Fails Intergalactic 'Shadow' Test: If the standard Big Bang theory ...

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Can a person lose weight by being cold?
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Energy metabolism in humans at a lowered ambient temperature European Journal of Clinical Nutrition April 2002, Volume 56, pages 288-296 does confirm that men dressed identically at 16 degrees C do ...

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Can you legally drive away when Wisconsin police officer knocks on your car window?
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In this case the car being knocked upon was not being pulled over. Deputy Small pulled into the parking lot and parked his marked squad car behind Vogt's vehicle a little off to the driver's side. ...

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Is there a relative dearth of older black men in West Baltimore?
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Yes, this is true in some west Baltimore neighborhoods. For example, in the Druid Heights neighborhood, there are few older men. Only 35 out of 1570 (2.2%) are men over the age of 64. Yet 195 (12.4%...

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Did Japanese people misspell "We pray for MacArthur's election"?
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While the accepted answer shows that one poster did not misspell election, there were other such posters. Even the caption refers to "signs painted all over Tokyo boosting MacArthur". There was even ...

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Are police officer's families 2-4 times more likely to experience domestic violence?
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According to Officer-Involved Domestic Violence: The Mediating Factors Themis: Research Journal of Justice Studies and Forensic Science: Vol. 6 , Article 9 (2018): Various new studies have ...

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