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Question: What is the significance of the birth mark that keeps jumping between characters as time goes by?

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Chosen answer: Jim Broadbent's publisher character Cavendish has one but it is very easy to miss. It can be seen for a split second when he is about to get into bed as a young man with Ursula. The Comet is the subtle link, but each protagonist is more overtly linked by their actions or what they leave to history. Frobisher reading Adam Ewing's Novel. Luisa Rey reading Frobisher's letters and playing his Cloud Atlas Quartet. Cavendish reading a bound copy of Luisa Rey's Novel while on the train. Sonmi's fellow fabricant watching and being inspired by the movie that was made about Cavendish's adventure. All their actions culminate in the redemption of Tom Hanks in the final story.

Question: After the ferry boat goes down in flames, following the Medjai night attack, what town/city do O'Connell and the Carnahans end up in, on their way to Hamunaptra? It's the one where they buy the camels and Evy's new outfit.

KrystalFlare

Chosen answer: It's not a town, it's an unnamed Bedouin trading post. It's possible that a town was later built there, but it could have been a nomadic temporary camp.

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Question: Wouldn't the towers that hold up the train have cut Batman's cable long before he makes it to the train?

Chosen answer: Batman fires the grappling cable into the side of the train carriage, not the bottom, so it does not touch the rails or the supports.

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Question: I never read the book, but have been bothered as to why no one pressed Bella for more answers after "Twilight" because it's obvious in following movies that the scar on her hand is a bite and not some 'fall through a glass window' which was used as an excuse for the rest of her injuries. Can anyone help me?

Chosen answer: There is no exact answer to this. It is one of many glossed over plot details that make no real sense. We are supposed to believe that everyone accepted that the scar was created by her supposedly falling down a flight of stairs and through a window.

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Question: When Deckard searches for hints in Leon's apartment he finds someone has been murdered in his shower. Who was the victim?

Julia von Maydell

Chosen answer: No-one was murdered in Leon's bathroom, Deckard just finds a scale from Zhora in the tub. There was a deleted scene of a dead woman in a bathtub in the Bradbury Building at the end when Deckard is fleeing from Batty.

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Question: When Bond is having dinner with Kamel, they were served a stuffed sheep's head. Why did Bond say that he "lost his appetite" and not eat his sheep's head entree? (Could the camera zoom in of Gobinda's eye be a hint that the food was tainted?)

crawford188

Chosen answer: Bond is a world traveler and often samples the best that the local cuisine has to offer, however, even he has limits. Lots of people would lose their appetite upon seeing the severed head of an animal staring back at them on their plate. Kamal has also just told Bond how he plans to drug and interrogate him, so not eating or drinking anything would be a smart idea.

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Question: When Lex starts to reboot the place when the velociraptor is trying to get in, she selects the section of where they are, it shows a picture of a women posing. Why is it there?

Travis Race

Chosen answer: Given that it's Nedry's system and he took the time to create his Access Denied screen, there were probably little touches of his all over the code like that.

Captain Defenestrator Premium member

Answer: That was Nedry's desktop background or something. We see it a bit before he says he's going out to get something salty to eat. Since Lex was accessing the JP files, she might have gone through Nedry's page as well.

Question: I don't understand Grawp. Is he mentally slow, is he at a young age for a giant, or is he older than a young child but can't speak human English?

Chosen answer: Grawp was picked on by the other giants for being small by their standards. We're never told whether or not the giants have some kind of education system, but Grawp was either too busy being bullied to learn much until Hagrid rescued him, or they figured he was a runt and wasn't worth teaching since they expected him to die young.

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Question: In the end Fink finally figures out the trick to the boot. How come the Germans don't use this trick, but drink the boot straightforward instead of spinning it like the Americans do?

Chosen answer: Overconfidence. The Germans are convinced that they'll never master Das Boot, so they're too busy watching for the Americans to fail to concentrate on their own boot.

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Question: Why didn't Tony use the House Party Protocol when his home was being attacked?

Chosen answer: He is very arrogant. He either did not believe anyone would attack (and therefore did not prepare his other suits) or assumed his most recent prototype would be sufficient to fend off the attack.

Question: Why did Sandy randomly put the notebook paper in the little plastic kiddie pool?

Chosen answer: Sandy had asked to borrow a piece of Marty's stationery (which Marty scented with a spritz of her perfume). She was writing a pining love letter to Danny, simultaneously expressed by the song, "Hopelessly Devoted." Once the letter was written, and her feelings expressed, she realized she wasn't actually going to be able to give it to him - too much vulnerability for one love-sick young "adolescent." Instead, Sandy placed it in the pool where she imagined seeing Danny's reflection, and swirled it around to remove the vision.

Michael Albert

Question: In the last scene of the film the ship appeared to me to be sailing in a westerly direction (sun sets in the west). Wouldn't the ship need to go east from USA to sail to Sierra Leone?

Maureen

Chosen answer: It's likely that the scene was set in the morning, meaning they would be going east.

Greg Dwyer

Question: Why is the Woody roundup toy collection not alive?

Chosen answer: Not all toys are alive. I believe Andy has some Lincoln Logs that we never see moving around. It's probably down to having vaguely human or animal characteristics that gives them life.

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Question: What's the deal with the puppy, and did it die in the end?

Chosen answer: The dog belonged to one of Sir Thomas' former wives. He had abandoned it on the moors, thinking it would die, but it came back to the house. It's unknown what happened it to it after Edith was rescued.

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Answer: It was killed by Lucille in one of the final scenes.

Question: How did Boris get back to Earth?

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Chosen answer: The gold saucer crashed in middle of the street was the ship Boris stole to get to earth. While they are in the restaurant Kay gets a call that tells him a ship was taken from lunar max and it was Boris who took it.

Question: What is the name of the American flag artwork at the base of the stairs going into Tony Stark's garage/workshop? It looks like a puzzle with the pieces intentionally rearranged, and it looks cool.

Chosen answer: It's John Higgins' Stars and Stripes series.

Question: While arguing with her father, Hannah screams in terror and Zach thinks it's a domestic disturbance. Why did she scream anyway?

Chosen answer: She was feeling frustrated about not being able to live a normal life. Outbursts are not uncommon from people who have been bothered by the same problem for a while.

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Question: How was the mother cell discovered? Was it man made or natural?

Chosen answer: In the episode "Blame it on Leo", Leo Butler, who use to work for Reiden, tells the group about the "mother cell." He explains it's Reiden's molecule vector. So it's something Reiden created. In real life science, vector cells are used to introduce DNA sequences from one organism to another. There are a variety of ways for this to occur, however, in the show not much explanation is given about how Reiden's mother cell works (and tends to bend how it works to the will of the plot).

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Question: How does the contact lens that Lane uses on his henchman (at the opera in Vienna) and Benji work? He seems to be able to see what they see (via his phone and laptop), and in the case of Benji, use it to communicate with Ethan verbally.

Heather Benton Premium member

Chosen answer: It's a highly-miniaturized camera and transmitter. The lens cam only transmits video - the verbal communication is via an earpiece with a microphone Benji is also wearing. There is no speaker, Benji hears what Lane is saying on the earpiece and says it to Ethan.

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Question: When Cole first appears in Charmed, the first time Piper uses her freezing power in court, Cole doesn't freeze but in later episodes he does. Why?

Nenita2015

Chosen answer: Because during this scene, Piper was only freezing the Innocents in order to draw out who the demons were. She has the ability to control her power to freeze only what/who she wants at a given time so when she was using her power here, all the demons would remain unfrozen as she intended. Cole knew she and her sisters were witches and what powers they had so he knew Piper could freeze. Since Piper was only focused on freezing the innocents, Cole was just pretending to be frozen in order to pass off being one. Remember, at this point, they do not know Cole is a demon.

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