Jordy
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Was it ever cheaper to starve slaves and replace them than to provide them with food?
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Was it cheaper to starve a slave to death and to replace him than it was to provide him with food? It depends on what you mean with "starve". Starve has two meanings according to Merriam-Webster: 1a :...

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Have North Koreans been asked to hand over their dogs to be eaten?
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No. Dogs are being taken away (according to one source) but not because they can be consumed. The Daily Mail make it seem like all 'decadent' dogs are being taken from all over North Korea to help ...

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Did Feynman write 'Orange Juice' as a response to Pauling's advisory on Vitamin C?
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Probably not Summary I couldn't find a reliable source that could explicitly verify or debunk the claim, but available evidence paints a picture of an OJ-loving Feynman. The clip is part of a ...

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Did The Lancet publish an account of a woman who did not age?
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It seems that we don't know, but probably not. What we have here is a notable person claiming without a reference that a peer reviewed journal supposedly reported on what many might consider a miracle....

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Was $262.9B worth of Star Wars merchandise sold in 2016?
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Nope, Cracked.com got it wrong. They most likely based (some of) this claim on a Variety article: ‘Star Wars’ Movies Push Overall Licensed Merchandise Sales to $262 Billion With “Star Wars: The Force ...

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Do the Finnish have a word for getting drunk alone in your underwear?
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Yes, it actually is a Finnish word used by the Finnish people. ThisisFinland is a site for the promotion of Finland: It is associated with the Finnish Government. Produced by the Ministry for Foreign ...

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Did McKinsey & Co. tell AT&T there was no market for mobile phones?
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McKinsey & Co's prediction of mobile phone users was about 1% of the actual value. Their prediction persuaded AT&T to pull out of the mobile phone market, a decision which ended up costing AT&...

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Did NASA refuse to pay a $400 fine for littering caused by the deorbiting of Skylab?
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Yes, NASA refused to pay a littering fine in 1979, BUT it seems that the Shire of Esperance (the municipality in question) never really expected NASA to pay. First of all, NASA did know about the ...

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Did Muhammad marry a 6 year old?
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Maybe, there are multiple accounts of Muhammad's life which all vary on certain details such as this. According to various ahadith* Aisha was probably 6 or 7 years old when she married Muhammad, this ...

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Does cold water boil faster than hot water?
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No, according to Scientific American - Is it true that hot water freezes faster than cold water or that cold water boils faster than hot water? It seems hard to believe, but some people swear that it ...

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Did wind power supply less than half a percent of global energy in 2014?
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Yes. They refer to International Energy Agency's 2016 Key Renewable Trends report, which contains these 2 graphs: Combining these two graphs shows that Wind energy is 3.3% of the 13.8% of the ...

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Did Emmanuel Macron say France deserved acts of terrorism?
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Probably not: I couldn't find any evidence he said this nor any evidence that might suggest he hold views which similar to one in the quote. I did find the following: Assuming that "we" ...

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Is sexual assualt considered a pre-existing condition in the new US Health Care plan?
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Tl;dr: the American Health Care Act of 2017 (AHCA) doesn't specifically consider sexual assault a pre-existing condition (PEC), (an unknown amount of) insurance companies consider (the consequences of)...

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Did Einstein comment on feeling the presence of Jesus while reading the Gospels?
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Summary: Yes, he most likely did say it in a 1929 newspaper interview (see Morgoth's answer). The interview happened, it isn't unlikely that he said this about Jesus, the background of the reporter ...

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