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Did Germany's Supreme Court rule that the measles virus didn't exist?
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No. The court cases are not represented accurately. The denialist Stefan Lanka promised to pay 100 000 Euros to anyone that provided him proof that a measles virus causing the illness exists. Soon ...

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Was Mohammed the most popular first name for boys born in Berlin in 2018?
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No. Mohammed was not the most popular first name in Berlin 2018. The official Berlin statistics conclude something different. And at the very least: It seems not likely to be possibly true, ...

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Was there Cyrillic text visible on Intel 386 chips after decapping?
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There is not much to doubt here. This chip-art seems to have been either common practice or at least a wide spread in-joke among engineers: Steal the Best We stumbled across this ...

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Is this photo showing a woman standing in the nude before teenagers real?
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The photo is real: unstaged and not 'doctored'. But all the surrounding text from the originating claim is misleading. The photo depicts the artist Mare Tralla. And some visitors to an art exhibition ...

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Did the British navy fail to take into account the ballistics correction due to Coriolis force during WW1 Falkland Islands battle?
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No. It is a complete invention of an urban myth. Unless anybody produces a Royal Navy document that even does any mention of this influence of Coriolis effect, this seems to be just untrue. A ...

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Was adding milk to tea started to reduce employee tea break time?
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The factory owners certainly did not start the habits of English workers to drink their tea with milk to speed up the breaks. That is a bogus claim incompatible with recorded history. Perhaps there ...

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As of February 2019, were US wages rising at the "fastest pace in decades"?
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No. As vague as the claim is, there does not appear to be any angle to take in which it is true. Looking at the decades: Wages in the United States increased 4.20 percent in November of 2018 over ...

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Were World War II scrap drives in the United States truly necessary for the procurement of raw materials?
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No. For the "procurement of raw materials" the United States could have continued just like before and still win. Effectively it might have been useful still –– for quite some other reasons. Just ...

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Do beef farmed pastures net remove carbon emissions?
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No. This is not really an infographic that is truthful. It is 'anecdotal evidence' evidence for one farm, very probably not true for that very farm, and in any case a misleading oversimplification. ...

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Have Antifa members used an inverted red triangle as a symbol?
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It can be found in that context. But it is surely not the most recognisable symbol for Antifa in the US. The usual historical explanation first: 'Antifa' means primarily 'anti-fascist', a thing the US ...

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Was the Berlin Wall Breached Based upon an Erroneous Declaration?
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Practically, this is exactly what happened. Günter Schabowski gets a little folded text note that he knew nothing about informing him about new planned travel regulations. Schabowski went on to ...

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Is this colour footage of Breslau in 1939 authentic?
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Yes. It is real, and filmed originally in colour, as is, not colourised later. General Edwin Graf von Rothkirch und Trach, the author of this clip, (alternative version to the one in question) was an ...

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"Applicants for asylum must prove that they have fifteen family members in the Netherlands."
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tl;dr: No. Asylum applicants do not need any relatives in The Netherlands. Asylum is granted (or denied) on basis of having the need for asylum for one person. Family relationships only come into ...

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Do wooden building fires get hotter than 600°C?
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Without acknowledging any of the conditions actually present in the church, wood fires can get much hotter than 600 °C. The maximum temperatures measured within the pile were of the order of ...

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Did Wild West outlaws regularly wear face masks?
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Yes, of course. This was quite common. — The Evening News, Detroit MI Michigan, July 4, 1901 'Last train robbery of Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid' 'Original reporting' Sundance supposedly ...

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Did Roman jurists rule that "to learn the art of geometry and to take part in public exercises, an art as damnable as mathematics, are forbidden"?
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No. They used a sentence that includes "mathematica" and condemns and forbids it, but they were not using a modern definition of "mathematician", which gives the sentence a very different ...

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Has a virus ever escaped a high-level virus lab?
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Q Has a virus ever escaped a high-level virus lab? Yes, depending on definitions. How deadly pathogens have escaped the lab — over and over again Most appropriate candidates for an inappropriately ...

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Russian scientist injects himself with 3.5 million-year-old bacteria, says he is now stronger and hasn't gotten ill in 2 years
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The "mad scientist" seems to be Anatoli V. Brouchkov, one of the authors of Draft Genome Sequence of Bacillus cereus Strain F, Isolated from Ancient Permafrost, detailing the organism's name ...

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Does anybody spend 6 hours each day just to get water?
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Aysha does, actually more than six hours, says UNICEF: How Long Does It Take to Get Water? For Aysha, Eight Hours a Day Worldwide, women and girls spend an estimated 200 million hours — every day ...

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Do ibuprofen or paracetamol cause hearing loss?
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Yes. That is: They can cause hearing loss. They are properly classified as ototoxic agents. Paracetamol/Acetaminophen is certainly not entirely harmless. In fact it is properly classified as an ...

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Is this "ancient Hebrew leather manuscript" seized by police in Turkey authentic?
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No. That is anything but what is claimed it is. This is a rather large scale scam now often titled "Turkish Golden Leather Brownies" or some variation thereof. And completely fake. The word ...

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Did the CIA blow up a Siberian pipeline in 1982?
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It seems unlikely. While this claim was widely copied, it derived from a single source in the espionage community: Thomas C. Reed in At the Abyss: An Insider's History of the Cold War. There was no ...

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Did Hitler say this quote about education?
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True. There are two claims to address: Is the quote real? Does it apply to home-schooling? Hitler did say that. It does also apply to home-schooling. It was the general principle of national-...

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Were there no "white" people in Virginia between 1619 and 1679?
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Notice: This answer addresses revision 3 of the question. It seems quite nonsensical, as there were 'white' people in Virginia at the time. The European settlers from England would count as 'white' ...

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Was the German V2 rocket the only weapon whose production killed more than its use?
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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 ...

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2 % of 'the rich' pay 50 % of taxes in Germany
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Not true for "taxes", not even true for "income tax" alone. According to the official government statistics for the year 2014 –– and include those a bit more who are not really considered "rich ...

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Did Russia's economy boom between 1999 and 2013?
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Yep. Picture is a bit strange in some details, like: "Inflation: $ 36.5%". Picture also leaves open quite a few important details: the exact figures used, based on what, corrected for inflation, and ...

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Did Truman say this about helping whichever of Germany and Russia were losing during the war?
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Yes, in so far as he allegedly told these lines a reporter from the New York Times and was then quoted in that way in the New York Times. An image slightly manipulated to show the date and source: In ...

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Does vegetarian sweat smell better?
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"Smell" is a sense that is said to be more directly tied to emotional processing in the brain than other senses. But all interpretations of sensory information is subject to subjectivity. And smell is ...

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Is it true that "carbohydrates are of no use for the basal metabolic need"?
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No. She talks about basal metabolic rate. And the body uses every source of fuel to fulfil this necessity. This includes carbohydrates. They are used for this and they are even the preferred source of ...

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