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Did Jupiter enter into the body of the constellation Virgo?

There is a claim spreading around and I'd like to know if this is correct from the astronomical side. On November 20, 2016, an astronomical event begins...

Asked on 12/26/2021

2 answer

Did a Yu-Gi-Oh tournament prize card sell for $2 million USD?

I recently learned about a prize given out for the first ever Yu-gi-oh tournament in Japan in 1999, a stainless steel normal monster Black Luster Soldier. In numerous online...

Asked on 12/19/2021 by Kevin Wang

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Does going vegan roughly save 600 gallons of water a day?

On average, a vegan, a person who doesn't eat meat or dairy, indirectly consumes nearly 600 gallons of water per day less than a person who eats the average American...

Asked on 12/14/2021

1 answer

To what degree do facemasks protect against COVID-19?

I've seen this picture multiple times on social media. Every time I see it, it has numbers that vary wildly, and usually with no source. Examples: Advert...

Asked on 12/08/2021

4 answer

Did Nelson Mandela, Chris Hani, and O.R. Tambo say these quotes?

The above image was posted on the South African Subreddit. The three quotes are as follows:What I...

Asked on 12/02/2021

1 answer

Are outpatient surgery physicians in Louisiana required to have admitting privileges to a hospital within 30 miles of the clinic?

Recently, I received a Pro-Life mailing regarding the recent June Medical Services, L.L.C. v. Russo Supreme Court case regarding the Louisiana law that required doctors who perform abortions to have...

Asked on 11/28/2021

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Does limiting the price of pharmaceuticals lower the number of new treatments produced?

A recent article in Forbes arguing against the latest US Government proposals on drug pricing argued the following:Everywhere they've been tried, price controls have reduced biopharmaceutical research...

Asked on 11/25/2021 by matt_black

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Has the number of pneumonia deaths in the US dramatically dropped in 2020?

A widely-commented upon post on reddit claims that pneumonia deaths in the US have "fallen off a cliff this year":...

Asked on 11/17/2021 by FluidCode

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Did Euler make the elementary mistake √-2 √-3 = √6?

The following extract is from Tristan Needham's Visual Complex Analysis,Even in 1770 the situation was still sufficiently confused that it was possible for so great a mathematician as Euler to...

Asked on 10/26/2021 by Agile_Eagle

2 answer

Have Antifa members used an inverted red triangle as a symbol?

Facebook recently removed an advert for Donald Trump's re-election campaign that prominently featured an image of an inverted red triangle. Nazi Germany used an almost identical symbol to...

Asked on 10/26/2021

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