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Question: Before Alan takes the sword to help Peter, he says something that I can't understand. I can't check subtitles, as I have the VHS of the movie. What is Alan saying?

Chosen answer: He is saying "Sorry, Angus" to his ancestor who founded the town Allen lives in, Brantford, New Hampshire.

Question: The child is supposed to grow up and become a leader and bring peace to the world, so why would God send angels down from heaven to try and kill him?

Chosen answer: God ordered the extinction of the human race, as he lost all faith in humans. The child will supposedly be the savior of mankind and God does not want humans to be saved.

Jazaray

Question: At the end, the teacher makes Lulu write something on the black board 1000 times. It's difficult to make out, but what exactly is it she is writing?

Quantom X

Chosen answer: She writes "I'll never play hooky again."

Question: I read somewhere that for Phil to be as good as he is on the piano in the jazz club scene he would have had been trapped in that day for about 10 years. Is it known anywhere (DVD, directors, actors) that say about how long Phil actually repeated the same day?

Carl Missouri

Chosen answer: Harold Ramis, who wrote and directed the film, had said the in the original draft Phil spent a total of 10,000 years trapped in his timeloop. They ended up scaling that back quite a bit for the final version, but it's still in the ballpark of 100 to 1,000 years. Quite a broad window, I know, but the point is it's easily plenty of time for Phil to have become a master pianist along with all the other skills he appears to have mastered.

Phixius

Show generally

Question: Why do Chris and Meg wear their hats 24/7?

amycamille1975

Chosen answer: In season 11 episode 7 "Friends without Benefits", it was revealed Meg's heart was literally born in the wrong place and ended up in her head and her heart beats were shown beating on her head. Meg just wears the hat to cover it up. As for Chris, it's pretty much just a simple character decision. The real explanation is most likely that's it's a lot easier to animate characters with a near-permanent appearance.

Casual Person

The One with All the Poker - S1-E18

Question: After playing poker for the second time and winning over the girls, the guys say something like "Thanks for teaching us cross-eyed Mary." I assume it is a poker technique, however as a poker player, I've never heard about it. Is anyone familiar with it?

denisg

Chosen answer: I've been unable to locate any information about an actual poker game or technique called "cross-eyed Mary." The only reference I can find to "Cross-Eyed Mary" is a track on the 1971 Jethro Tull album "Aqualung." It's unlikely Joey is referring to the song, so I am guessing it's just something the show creators made up, possibly implying that Monica's aunt taught them a new variation/technique/trick so they could win and they still ended up losing, teaching it to the guys in the process.

Michael Albert

Question: Even though Elsa is the one who needs to be isolated due to her powers, why does Anna have to stay in the castle too? Why is Anna never able to leave the castle until she is older?

Chosen answer: She probably didn't want to leave the palace if she knew her sister couldn't leave either. Besides, she is a small child, and the castle is where her parents live. She's too young to just go out on her own.

Question: Why would the loco derail if the siding switch was set to the siding where the freight train went?

Chosen answer: It wouldn't derail, it would break the bolt on points - the part of switch that moves, causing the points.

Season 1 generally

Question: Kevin Carroll was impersonating Alan York, Janet York's father. When Janet is in the hospital and her "father" visits her, shouldn't Janet have been able to tell that that wasn't her real father?

Chosen answer: That's why he killed her. When he entered her hospital room she was drowsy and didn't realise straight away that he was not her real father - he suffocated her before she could tell anyone.

The_Iceman

Question: I get that the story is played out through a father and child's imagination, but there's three questions about that. 1. The film's first scene takes place eight-and-a-half years before Emmet's story began and presumably right before Finn was born. How was that played out when Finn wasn't even around back then? 2. When Emmet ends up in our world, he tries to and fails to talk to Finn and his father, sees everything they do, and struggles to move on his own until Finn notices him on the floor. How is that all that possible? 3. Why is the dad referred to as "The Man Upstairs" when he just wants to glue his stuff and Finn just wants to play? Vitruvius said that "The Man Upstairs" chose Emmet to be the hero. So, shouldn't Finn be the one known as "The Man Upstairs"?

Chosen answer: 1. The eight years earlier mention could be just part of Finn's back story for his game. 2. Though the story is set to the imagination of Finn, this scene shows that the characters are real. Think Toy Story. 3. The dad is called "The Man Upstairs" because he is literally upstairs when we first hear him. And because he's the one who built their world.

MasterOfAll

Question: Why does Jack insist that his pint of bitter be in a THIN glass? I've tried doing some Google research on the question and haven't come up with a satisfactory answer. One person says it's a Northerners vs Southerners custom, one says it's in case he needs to use the glass as a weapon, another says he's just being a jerk to the barman as he'd already started to pull it, and a fourth says it's just because that's how Carter ordered it in the novel. Nobody seems to know for certain, though. I'm hoping that maybe someone's seen an interview with Michael Caine or Ted Lewis and has the real answer.

Captain Defenestrator

Chosen answer: Its the northerners V southerners for that time period - northerners drank from jugs (the pint glass with the handle) and southerners drank from tall pint glasses that are more commonly used today. Jack, being from London, wanted it in a tall glass.

Question: Can anyone tell me why Ron and Jinx are wearing black armbands on their left arms during Jack's dream about being shot?

Chosen answer: Black armbands are a traditional sign of mourning, though not widely used today. They are wearing them to mourn for Jack.

raywest

Question: At the end when the evil Alpha dragon runs away, you see that Drago Blood Fist was still on the dragon. The large dragon retreated, going underwater and is not seen again. So did that kill Blood Fist? did he drown?

Quantom X

Chosen answer: That's kind of left in the middle, so that Hiccup can have his revenge without having to flat-out murder someone.

Friso94

Question: When Jasmine works out that Prince Ali is Aladdin (the boy from the market), why does she get angry at him? Shouldn't she be happy that he's actually alive, considering Jafar told her earlier on that Aladdin had been sentenced to death and killed?

Heather Benton

Chosen answer: She's upset because she thinks Aladdin lied to her twice about everything - first by pretending he was Aladdin, then by lying in the guise of Ali.

Greg Dwyer

Question: When Jules and Vincent go to the students' flat at the beginning of the movie, Jules asks the guy on the couch to tell him where the briefcase is. He begins by saying "You. A flock of seagulls. Where is it?" What does he mean by calling him "a flock of seagulls"?

The_Iceman

Chosen answer: It's a reference to his hairstyle; A Flock Of Seagulls was a new wave band from the early 1980s who were as well known for their frontman's unusual hairstyle as their sound. You can learn more about them here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Flock_of_Seagulls.

zendaddy621

Question: Do the other children at Melody's birthday party know she's a mermaid? They must do if the snotty boys and girl joined Melody and all the other mermaids in the end.

Chosen answer: Either possibility is true. They may not have known she was, which is why it was never said among them before, or they did and didn't say anything.

Question: In Horace Slughorn's house, what was that dragon blood dripping on the ceiling about? He has a dragon?

Chosen answer: Slughorn knew Dumbledore was on his way and what he wanted. He made the house a "disaster" area in hoped it would fool Dumbledore into thinking Deatheaters were there. He put the dragon blood there hoping Dumbledore believed someone had been killed and would leave. But when Dumbledore realized it was dragon's blood, not human, he knew what Slughorn was up to.

lartaker1975

Question: Perhaps I'm just grasping at straws here, but isn't there still a possibility that the woods are inhabited by monsters? No one was able to explain what killed the livestock.

Chosen answer: There were no real monsters. Noah Percy, who was not an elder, killed the livestock. He had found his father's monster costume that was hidden under the floorboards. He secretly began wearing it and acting like one of the creatures that the elders were pretending to be in order to frighten younger members to keep them from leaving the village. Noah was mentally handicapped, and it was like a game to him, but it became more deadly over time. The elders did not know until the end of the movie that it was Noah who had killed the animals.

raywest

I believe the dad, Walker, explained to Ivy that it was the Elders. He also said the 1st ones that started popping up was likely one of the elders but he wasn't sure which one.

Question: Did Victor put up the road block sign that lead Wallace and Gromit into the woods?

Avh1

Chosen answer: Yes, there are some hints that Victor painted the road closed sign and cut down the fallen tree that traps Wallace and Gromit in the forest - there is a pot of white paint behind the sign, and Gromit sees the tree has been chopped down and Victor has an axe.

Sierra1

Question: Does anyone know what town/city the scene at Snape's house was filmed in?

Chosen answer: The scene is set in the fictional village of Cokestown. Based on some Internet research, there does not appear to be an actual town where this was filmed. According to Helen McCrory, the actress who played Narcissa Malfoy, the street scene was filmed before a blue screen. Most likely, the aerial view consisted of CGI composite shots to simulate a late-19th Century Northern England industrial town. Snape is supposed to have lived in an area of abandoned row houses on Spinner's End street. There was also information that some footage may have been filmed near Black Country near Birmingham, Tyneside or the Clyde area in Scotland.

raywest

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