Have you ever come across an example of a dually embedded content clause functioning as subject, such as

That that it works is obvious is disputed.

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    "That its working is obvious is disputed." "Its workings being obvious is disputed." "For its workings being obvious to be disputed is surprising."
    – Greg Lee
    Feb 19 '17 at 18:40

It turns out that this type of embedding is discussed (and marked with #: semantically or pragmatically anomalous) in Huddleston & Pullum's CGEL in the section called 'Processing factors', pp 1405-6. Also, Pullum tells me that such examples are never found. "Fred Householder asserted in a couple of book reviews in Language that English has a surface constraint forbidding "that that". Terry Langendoen's view is that it's a processing matter: stashing two subordinators in a row as promissory notes for finite clauses that are to come is too much of a strain on the old processing box."

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