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Question: Were the pictures from newspapers used in the montage during the War with the other families real pictures from the 30's when the real Italian Mobs were around?

Answer: It appears to be compilation of staged photos with actors in the movie, and also actual historical ones from that era.

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Question: What does "foushta" mean?

Answer: As there is no reference anywhere on the Internet as to this word's definition, it would appear to be a made-up expression for the movie.

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The Agreement Dissection - S4-E21

Question: Since Sheldon had left the room, why didn't Leonard and Priya just hide the pen and lie and say that Leonard had signed the roommate agreement since Sheldon is so gullible?

THE GAMER NEXT DOOR

Chosen answer: Sheldon would certainly check the contract for a signature afterwards. Sheldon also notarizes every contract he writes or signs.

Greg Dwyer

Question: When Anck-Su-Namun killed Evelyn, why was Jonathan spared instead of being killed by Imhotep?

Roman Curiel

Chosen answer: Imhotep had no weapon and there was no point, with his goal close at hand.

MasterOfAll

Question: Lonnegan killed the Currier and Luther, and was trying to kill Hooker. How come nobody was looking for Joe Erie? even Snyder knew he was involved.

Bob j

Chosen answer: Snyder only knew that Erie was friends with Hooker, and he wasn't on Lonnegan's payroll, just a run-of-the-mill corrupt policeman, so he didn't know Erie was involved. The Courier barely saw Erie and so may not have been able to identify him as well as he did Hooker and Luther, so Erie was unknown to Lonnegan.

Question: In the scene leading up to where the mirror is knocked off and the car stalls, there appears to be a billboard in the background with a cowboy with his head in profile. In large letters above it is what appears to be the word "Impotent." (Not "Important"). Does anyone know what is with that?

Answer: That billboard was part of an anti-smoking campaign from about 18 years ago. The image mocks the iconic Marlboro Man, with the cigarette in his mouth flaccid and drooping. The word "Impotent" is rendered large in the same type style as the old Marlboro logo. In much smaller text (not visible in the film), the sign reads, "WARNING: Smoking Causes Impotence."

Charles Austin Miller

Question: Is it possible to stop your heart as it seems that James Bond did in this film when he is in hospital, or not? My partner believes that it's not possible.

Answer: Consciously slowing one's own heart rate to barely beating (usually performed by a mystical guru-type character in film or literature) is a myth. It is possible to slightly slow the heartbeat with meditation and relaxation, but completely stopping and restarting it is impossible.

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The Convergence Convergence - S9-E24

Question: Why does Penny not like Sheldon inviting Mary to the wedding given how they hug every time they see each other? Also, what did she like so much about Mary and Alfred sleeping together? Was it because she is very fond of them both?

THE GAMER NEXT DOOR

Chosen answer: Penny's reply was "wait, you're inviting people to our wedding?" Most people don't like when other people invite guests to their wedding. Penny and Leonard were getting remarried so their families could attend this time (and a few friends). Mary, Sheldon's mother, is not family to Penny or Leonard, and while they like her, they wouldn't consider her a close friend. I think Penny liked the idea that Mary was hooking up knowing how it would bother Sheldon, who didn't realise what was happening. And it was funny to her knowing the conflict it could cause since it didn't affect her at all.

Bishop73

Question: In the opening credits, Clark's passport has the name "Clark W Griswald" instead of Griswold. Was this just intended because Clark can never seem to do anything right, or even get it fixed when it's wrong? (like the Wagon Queen Family Truckster he ended up buying even though that's not the car he ordered...?).

Answer: The answer could be any of those suggestions. It could also very well be a movie mistake. It's not uncommon for character names to be misspelled, either on some document or in the cast credits.

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Question: Did Han Solo know that Anakin Skywalker is Darth Vader?

DFirst1

Chosen answer: No, he did not have any knowledge regarding that. Luke or Leia would have told him at some point after Vader's death, but that is not shown in the film.

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Question: How does Syrena get into the Fountain of youth cavern? Jack goes through the ceiling of the cave after being helped up, and the rest of the crew follows the same way with the ground being solid underneath them. Since this should be the only entrance to the cavern and there does not appear to be any water connected to the location where they enter, how does she get in to give the chalices to Jack?

Answer: There is no way of knowing that the entrance Jack used is the only way to enter the Fountain of Youth cavern. It is just one way that mere mortals can enter it. Serena, being a mermaid, likely knows of underground water passages that interconnect to the chamber.

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Question: Aron tells Kristi and Megan that Blue John Canyon is actually named after Butch Cassidy's cook, Blue John. Is this true?

Bunch Son

Chosen answer: The actual name is Bluejohn Canyon. According to online tourist info for Utah, "It appears to have been named after a minor Robbers Roost outlaw by the name of John Griffith. Griffith had one blue eye and one brown eye and thus was saddled with the nickname "Blue John." It is recognized that he kept stolen horses in the area, perhaps watering them at nearby springs. In the fall of 1899 Griffith is reported to have put in at Hite with a small boat with the intention of reaching Lee's Ferry. He was never heard from again."

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Question: Vampires can never kill their own kind or it would result in the vampire's death but isn't locking Claudia and the vampire woman in the room and letting the sun destroy them technically the same thing as killing them? She "killed" Lestat and her and the vampire woman were thrown into a room where the sun would rise and burn them to death so, in a way, aren't any of Armand's followers killing their own kind?

Answer: It's a matter of technicality. Killing one's own, as in committing murder, would be a different scenario than executing someone for a crime. That seems to be the case here.

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Question: Did Anakin Skywalker know that Count Dooku was Qui-Gon Jinn's master?

DFirst1

Chosen answer: Most likely. It wasn't a secret, who Dooku was before he turned to the dark side is common knowledge to the Jedi.

BaconIsMyBFF

Question: How does Samara know the phone number when the person finishes watching the tape?

Answer: It is never explicitly stated, however Samara is a supernatural entity so the answer is "magic".

BaconIsMyBFF

Question: What's wrong with Greedo shooting first? I agree changing it is pretty pointless, but what difference does it make? How does it affect the movie?

MikeH

Chosen answer: This has already been asked and answered on this site, in the past few weeks in fact. But again: It doesn't affect the movie, but it affects the character of Han Solo and how he is meant to be perceived by the audience. If he shoots first, he's an outlaw, a rogue, and, in the classic Western tradition, quicker on the draw than Greedo. If Greedo shoots first, Han is just killing in self-defense, which does nothing for his character and makes the whole scene superfluous, other than establish that people want to kill him.

Answer: Also, Han shooting first places doubts about his motives in the viewer's mind early on. It establishes Han as ruthless, willing to do whatever it takes to survive. Might he turn Luke and Ben over to the Empire if he decides it's in his best interests? But having Greedo shoot first turns Han in to just another generic good guy.

Answer: I mostly agree with the other answers about Han, but his shooting first is integral to the plot and not about showing any ruthlessness. Greedo cornered Han and intended to turn him over to Jabba the Hut to collect the bounty on Han's head. Greedo told Han, while holding him at gun point, that he wanted the money Obi Wan was paying Han, then implied he was going to kill Han before turning his body over to Jabba for the reward. Han's only option was to kill Greedo right then and there. He basically is shooting Greedo in self-defense (or for self-preservation). As well as establishing what his character is like, the scene also serves as exposition that shows Jabba had put a price on Han's head, Greedo was a deadly adversary, that Han leads a dangerous and illegal life, and he was desperate to resolve his dilemma of living under a death sentence.

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Question: Did Joey actually have sex with Vickie?

MikeH

Chosen answer: No. But Jake's paranoia and possessiveness had consumed him to such a degree that he was convinced that he (Joey) had, based on Vickie's impulsive remarks.

Question: How does the crew find Jack if he's in Davy Jones' locker?

Answer: Davy Jones controlled the Kraken that pulled Jack and the Black Pearl underwater. The crew knew that the most likely place Jack would end up would be in Davy Jones' Locker. The crew then obtained the map to World's End from Sao Feng. The map led them to the Locker, and once there, they'd search for Jack. Fortunately, Jack found them, though it appears Tia Dalma had a guiding hand in bringing Jack and the ship to them.

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Dr. Nobel - S1-E6

Question: If the death ray is about to go off and they are trying to restore the doctor's memory, why does Henry get dressed up for the ceremony, but then has time to change and get back in the hole he's digging to access the power source when no one else takes the time to change? If they have given up on the hole, why would he even change back? If they haven't, why would he waste time at the ceremony?

Answer: He did not change, he just put on some kind of gown over what he was wearing.

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Question: If Jack Frost was able to change history simply by running over and putting the coat on, why couldn't Scott do the same thing, instead of holding Jack so his younger self had time to put it on?

JohnShel91

Chosen answer: Then it would have been the older Scott that became Santa, and also would have created a paradox since the younger Scott would never have become Santa.

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