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Question: Why did the Japanese man at the end kill himself?


Chosen answer: Japan's culture is complex and has a long history of ritual suicide ingrained within it. For Japanese, this practice was often expected of someone who had somehow failed, shamed, or otherwise dishonored themselves, their family, their country, and so on. Historically, suicide was also committed by servants after their master died, by Samurai widows, or when people were defeated by their enemies. At the end of WWII, many Japanese soldiers and civilians committed suicide rather than surrender.

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Question: Can someone explain to me how the enchantment over the village works? I haven't seen the movie for a while, but when Fiona takes Tommy and Jeff to see the teacher who tells them the story of how the place became magical, he says something about the village waking up every hundred years. So is every day a hundred years later or are the village stuck in that time period forever? It just seems strange that Charlie and Jean would wait hundreds of years to get married, and after Harry dies, Fiona's dad says that everyone can find out in the next morning. Also when Tommy comes back at the end, the village comes to life again even though it disappeared into the mist when him and Jeff were leaving to go back to New York.

Chosen answer: The way it works is, the village comes to life for one day once every one hundred years. It is not the same day over and over. It is always one day forward. For example if the one full day that the village came alive was on June 1st, then after one hundred years, the next day would be June 2nd, then another one hundred years, June 3rd, and so on. Each time the villagers awaken, the passage of time to them is always like only one day had passed.

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Question: When Dooku slices off Anakin's arm in the hangar, why does he later receive a cybernetic replacement rather than just reattaching it? Amputated parts of the human body can survive up to several hours (even days, if so), so the troopers would have plenty of time to transport Anakin to a medical bay. Sure cybernetics are physically stronger than the normal parts of the human body, but human flesh gives the Jedi more potential, so why not just "reattach" it?

Chosen answer: In addition to severing his arm, the lightsaber also cauterized the flesh. Cauterized flesh cannot be reattached.

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Question: Phil is unable to leave Punxsutawney after his broadcast because of the blizzard. Has there ever been any explanation as to why he doesn't try to leave Punxsutawney as soon as he wakes up? I'm sure the time loop would have still been in effect, but unless I'm mistaken, the movie never addresses whether or not Phil ever tried to leave town before the roads were closed.

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Chosen answer: As you stated, it's never addressed as to whether or not he attempted to leave town. Phil lived through many more days than is shown in the film, so it's possible he left at some point, though there's little reason for him to do so because he wouldn't get far, and, when he wakes up the next morning, he'll be right back in the town.

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Question: In the turkey dinner scene the cranberry sauce is called beets several times. Are they beets?

Chosen answer: Beets are served with the dinner, as a side dish to the turkey and dumplings. Dolly tries repeatedly to serve them to Horace ("you salt your beets, I'll salt mine"), who repeatedly proclaims his distaste for them. There is no specific mention of cranberry sauce. But they'd be easy to confuse, as both are red and have a consistency not too dissimilar from one another.

Michael Albert

Question: Was Hermione crying in Hagrid's hut?


Chosen answer: Earlier, Malfoy had called Hermione a "mudblood," which is a very derogatory remark directed at Muggle-born wizards. (Hermione's parents were both non-magical). She was upset and crying a little when Harry and Ron were telling Hagrid about what happened.

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Question: What I don't get is that if Thalia's tree had the barrier active all along while Luke, Annabeth, and Grover were kids, in the first film, how was the minotaur able to approach close to the entrance of the camp without being prevented?

Roman Curiel

Chosen answer: Thalia's tree was poisoned, weakening it, and leaving the camp vulnerable to attack. The quest for the Golden Fleece was to provide a cure.

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Transnational Amusements Presents: Peggy's Magic Sex Feet - S4-E23

Question: Hank says that Boomhauer has known Peggy longer than he has. How did Boomhauer and Peggy meet first?

Chosen answer: It is never mentioned.


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Question: When Andrea escapes the Governor by releasing the stairwell of zombies on him, it does not look like she is actually hiding behind the door but that she is in the actual stairwell where the zombies are or in a different room. Some insight into this would be much appreciated.

Chosen answer: She is behind the door.


Question: When Glenn Close (Bennett) tears up the signed papers at the end, I wondered is she legally allowed to do that?

Beau Peterson

Chosen answer: The paper required her signature as Vice President to make it legally binding, she refused to sign it earlier in the movie so it wouldn't have been a legal document at the point she tore it up - so theoretically yes, she would have been able to.

Question: Near the ending, when Stacker removes his helmet to speak to Mako, he leaves Chuck solo. Why is the neural link or drift thing not harming Chuck since he's briefly solo?

Roman Curiel

Chosen answer: The Jaeger isn't doing anything strenuous at this time, it's just standing still.


Question: Why wasn't Patrick arrested for killing the child molester?


Chosen answer: Even though he executes an unarmed man, it is doubtful given the circumstances that he would be investigated with much fervor for his actions. One police officer has just been shot and killed so Patrick's actions could easily be described as self-defense in the eyes of an investigator. Anyone making a claim to the contrary would risk having to stand up for a child murdering cop killer.


Question: When the Rebels are evacuating from Hoth, Luke says goodbye to Han. Then we don't see him until he's running to his Snowspeeder. In that time, Vader has found out that Ozzel has messed up and promoted Piett, General Rieekan sends the transports out and one gets past. What was Luke doing in all that time?

Declan Murphy

Chosen answer: It's unknown what Luke was doing because nothing is shown. Any answer is speculation. Also, you are viewing the scene as a linear timeline, with events happening one after the other. In movies, the action often jumps back-and-forth and is unfolding simultaneously. The on-screen timeline can be more compressed than it appears.

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Question: Why did Barney refuse to take the job to take out Monroe?

Chosen answer: The intel they gathered on Church made them believe he would have killed them all upon completion of their mission.

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Question: Am I correct that when Henry Fonda is questioning the E.G. Marshall character about his recent activities Marshall says that the night before he worked until 8:30 then went home? The trial was every day for the past several days.

Chosen answer: He was actually talking about the night before the last one. Trials, especially longer ones for serious crimes such as murder, are not usually on consecutive days...often there is a recess after the prosecution rests, and another after the defense, before closing arguments and the jury's deliberation. During those recesses, unless they are sequestered, the jury members would return to their normal lives (including work), and report back to the court when summoned.

Question: Why does Storm believe that Jean (who in the comics is her best friend) is gone and will never come back and try to forget her?


Chosen answer: Why wouldn't Storm believe Jean is gone? She saw her (Jean) crushed by a giant wave and consumed by a giant lake. She has no reason to think that Jean will "come back, " and she tries to move on after her best friend's death, as you or anyone else would.

Question: When Bond realises he has been poisoned at the poker game, he mixes salt with water and drinks it. What was this supposed to do? Does salt mixed with water rid the body of hazardous chemicals or something?


Chosen answer: He did it to simply make himself vomit, which is what he does into the sink. Inducing vomiting is meant to rid the stomach of the poison that hasn't been absorbed (although this idea is debatable, Bond thought it was wise). However, he was still in danger because he already absorbed enough of the poison, which is why he goes to the car and injects the antidote (the injection he gives himself in the neck).


Question: Coruscant is basically destroyed in Star Wars: The Clone Wars cartoon show. Why didn't they show the destruction from the droid invasion after crashing Grievous' Invisible Hand into the planet?

Chosen answer: The Clone Wars show aired 3 years after the film came out. They had not planned on there having been a droid invasion.

Question: Hypothetically speaking, if Amidala did sign the treaty, how would that affect later events eventually leading up to the establishment of the Galactic Empire?

Chosen answer: In the long run, nothing would have changed. A war would still break out between the Republic and CIS, leading to Palpatine gaining power and subsequently becoming Emperor. The specifics may change, but the long-term outcome would not. It would, however, cause Amidala to not meet Anakin, and subsequently he would not become Darth Vader in an attempt to save her.

Question: #1 Wouldn't the space suits used on Mars have a heating device built into them, being it's so cold on Mars? Why did he have to rely on the RTG for heat in the rover? #2 Just before lifting off from Mars we see Watney cutting his hair and beard. He appears to be in another Hab, but when he's approaching the MAV in the rover, there's no Hab in site.

Chosen answer: 1) The suits are heated, however this uses power (something he is rationing) and requires him to wear the suit at all times. He often removes it whilst in the rover. This is elaborated upon in the book. 2) He is shaving in the base of the MAV, in the area containing the ascent spacesuit.

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