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Question: Given how dumb Biff is, how in the alternate 1985 when confronted by Marty did he remember his old self in 1955 warning him about Marty and Doc. Especially considering when he got the warning, he seemed to be paying very little attention and just walking off.

Gavin Jackson

Chosen answer: After young Biff won bet after bet after bet, he realized that the old Biff was obviously the real deal. As such, he undoubtedly racked his brain in an attempt to recall every detail he could about his encounter with his older self.

Phixius

Question: How did Dylan's team not see their reflections in the mirror in the apparently empty vault, and why don't said reflections show in the recording for that matter?

Chosen answer: The mirror was inserted at an angle, so that the reflection was the ceiling and not what was in front of them. It's the same principle for how periscopes work.

Bishop73

Question: This shouldn't be bothering me as much as it is, but somewhere within the first twenty minutes of Back to the Future when Doc wakes Marty up by calling & ask him to pick up his camera, what does Marty begin to eat?

Chosen answer: Marty eats a piece of chocolate - you can see on his nightstand a bar of chocolate with a chunk on top. It's this chunk he eats when Doc calls him about collecting the video camera and meeting him at Twin Pines Mall.

Heather Benton

Answer: Marty is eating chocolate cake.

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Question: What is the episode where George Michael explains to Michael what Ann does with the eggs and mayonnaise?

Dra9onBorn117

Chosen answer: "The One Where they Build a House," S2E2.

Question: Why does Harry simply drop his wand when Voldemort casts a disarming spell? When Professor Snape used it on Gilderoy Lockhart in the second movie, Lockhart rose into the air and fell. This also happened to Snape when Harry used the spell on him in the third movie.

Chosen answer: A wizard can control how much force they use in a spell-anything from mild to extreme. Voldemort simply wanted to relieve Harry of his wand, not harm him. At this point, Harry is more valuable to him alive.

raywest

Question: The crew is in a rig at the bottom of the ocean. How is it possible for them to swim from porthole to porthole at that depth?

Chosen answer: The crew are working at that pressure and only need diving suits and submarines for long periods in the ocean and to breathe longer. Hence when they return to the surface in normal conditions, a slow return to the surface is required to avoid their bodies developing a condition called the bends. This did not happen at the end as they were protected by the aliens and their ship.

Question: What does Slugworth offer the other 4 children in exchange for a gobstopper?

Chosen answer: "Mr. Slugworth, " the evil rival owner of a competing candy company, turns out to be Mr. Wilkinson, an employee of Wonka's. He appears to the five finalists shortly after their ticket finds to tempt them into betraying Wonka by turning over an everlasting gobstopper so the presumed Slugworth can determine the secret recipe. This is a test devised by Wonka to find a child who is pure of heart to succeed him. Charlie passes the test by returning the gobstopper rather than stealing to gain reward. Logic would lead us to presume that the faux "Mr. Slugworth" made the same offer to all five children...money. But only Charlie and the Bucket family were in dire financial straits. The others seemed to be middle class, at least. And Veruca Salt, in particular, has a family that is fabulously wealthy. It is possible that the offer to the other four children was more tailored to their specific vices: Something to satisfy the gluttony of Augustus Gloop, an opportunity for competitive adventure for gum-obsessed Violet, television fame and the resulting financial gains for Mike TeeVee (whose family also seems like they could use a couple of nickels to rub together), and God only knows what one offers to Veruca Salt, who already has everything. But the enticements were whispered, so it is simply left a matter of speculation.

Michael Albert

Question: Why does Jim show himself to Ethan in London? This makes no sense, especially because Clair (who is secretly working with Jim), can keep Jim apprised as to what Ethan is up to anyway.

mysterylover

Chosen answer: I suspect that Jim wanted to make absolutely sure that Ethan thought Kitteridge was the IMF mole who had betrayed them - the only way to do that was to tell Ethan that Kitteridge had shot him on the bridge.

Sierra1

Question: Many times in the film 'England' as a country is mentioned, but not Scotland or Wales. Does the comic answer any questions as to what has happened to the 'British' unity of England, Scotland and Wales in this time? (E.g. are they all separate countries, or are the simply never mentioned?).

Chosen answer: Volume 2 of V for vendetta describes the fictional occupation of Aberdeen by English soldiers. A television broadcast in the background of chapter 3 describes the fight against the terrorist organization the S.N.A, presumably the Scottish Nationalist Army, which uses guerrilla tactics similar to the real life IRA in Northern Ireland. Due to the Norsefire party's frequent use of propaganda, the exact strength or nature of this movement is difficult to predict, but it seems certain that they pose some opposition to Norsefire England's attempts to forcibly reunite Great Britain.

Question: When the mutant dogs attack Will Smith why doesn't the mutant man also join in the attack?

Chosen answer: Only the infected dogs can come out at dusk. The human Dark Seekers cannot.

Answer: He left the dogs to do the job because they can do more damage.

Question: Abbott and Gretkov could have framed anyone else for stealing the Neski's file, why did they frame Bourne whom they knew well was a tough cookie? Even if Kirill was successful in killing Jason right from the beginning, it took a lot of effort to do so.

DaveDD

Chosen answer: They frame Bourne because Borne was actually the one who killed Neski and his wife (he was doing it on Conklin's orders). Once Pam Landy does some digging, she will realize this; then it's a simple matter of putting two and two together - the man who killed Neski would obviously have a huge motive for covering up his crime. This is why Abbot and Gretski frame Bourne: he's the perfect fall guy.

Question: Why does everyone love Gaston? I can kinda see why from his looks/biceps but is there another reason why they love him so much?

Chosen answer: I would say he was admired rather than loved and for very superficial reasons. He is young, handsome, manly, and extroverted. People often admire and wish for those traits. They project other non-existent qualities onto such a person while blind to their flaws. In Gaston's case, he is arrogant and self-absorbed. It is very typical of our society to celebrate people for their physical attributes, even though they may lack integrity in other areas of their lives.

raywest

Question: What kind of creature is Jake, (I think that's his name), the one that is smitten by Bianca?

Chosen answer: Jake is a hopping mouse. Although they look something like a marsupial, they are a type of rodent that is indigenous to Australia.

raywest

NS - S3-E13

Question: So was Jax being a rat and the whole deal with Stahle a set up? ie. did the club know all along that Jax had something going on?

The_Iceman

Chosen answer: Jax wasn't a rat. He knew he couldn't trust Stahl, which is why she got killed. The guys followed Jax and the others and beeped the horn, letting them know the job was done. I figure the club knows no government agent would actually be on their "side." More specifically, the club knew all along what was going on. In Jax's letter to Gemma, he explains how it was a club vote. This is meant to be everything Jax discussed with Stahl. He was simply sent to her alone because A) it needed to appear like he was actually ratting and B) Jax had the most to lose.

amycamille1975

Question: When Frog and The Bandit have stopped and are walking through the woods, you can see something that is wrapped around Burt Reynolds gut under his shirt. Does anyone know what that was?

wolfman

Chosen answer: That's a 'kidney belt'. It's used for two reasons: 1) in long distance driving, it keeps your kidney's from bouncing around from all that high-speed stunt driving and 2) it holds in your gut for filming purposes to make you look good on film.

CCARNI

Question: How does Bond get his Austin Martin to Bratislava?

Chosen answer: As in many Bond films, it's implied his car was shipped there by "Q" branch. Other films have shown this.

CCARNI

Question: How did Moses cross the Red Sea the first time he went to Mount Sinai?

Chosen answer: Although the Bible never states this, it's implied that he got to Mt. Sinai via an alternate route...after all, he did spend 40 days in the desert wandering around without any direction to go to. Afterwards was a different story.

CCARNI

The Horns of Nimon - S17-E5

Question: What does the Doctor mean at the end of the episode about changing the colours of the ships or spaceships from green to white? Is this a reference to an earlier episode or something else?

mastersorvad

Chosen answer: In the original legend of the Minotaur, Theseus' ship was supposed to approach Athens with white sails if he had slain the creature, or black sails if he had been killed. Although he killed the Minotaur, he forgot to change the sails to white and his father, King Aegeus, killed himself in despair. Two stories earlier ("The Creature from the Pit"), the Doctor claimed to have been involved in the original legend and said he had forgotten to remind Theseus about the sails.

Sierra1

Question: As the rain comes and the creatures come out and start to damage the station and kill people, why did the entire crew not seek refuge in their ships? Obviously, if the ships were meant for the harshness of space travel and some offensive/defensive capabilities, wouldn't they most likely have provided enough protection from the organic weapons of the creatures? It would make the plot not work but maybe should have been eliminated as a possibility.

Chosen answer: The walls of the settlement are likely to be just as strong as the hulls of the spacecraft. It's likely they are even stronger because the settlement doesn't have to worry about weight limits. Remember also that they had to worry about Riddick hiding and getting the units back.

Greg Dwyer

Question: How was the canyon pass able to be clear, and the rock bridge brought down a second time? On the way back through the pass? Did they just rebuild it in that short time? Earth movers, and cranes, and work crews just happened to come out for overtime and finish before everyone came barreling back through?

Chosen answer: The canyon pass was cleared by Immorten Joe's men - the archway was never blown up. it was the canyon side in front of the arch that was destroyed.

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