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Question: How, exactly, would one decode a playfair cipher?

Brad Premium member

Chosen answer: Best explained here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Playfair_cipher

Rlvlk

Season 4 generally

Question: When Claire walks off towards the end of series 4, leaving Aaron in the care of Sawyer, who then hands him over to Kate, who then takes him away from the island; how are they feeding him? Claire couldn't have bottlefed him because they didn't have formula or sterilised bottles and if she was breastfeeding, how did Sawyer and Kate and Sun take over? He can't already be eating solids as he's only 5 weeks old.

Chosen answer: I would have to believe there was food or supplies for Aaron on the beach. They had a large number of supplies of Dharma initiative foods and the fact that Sun was preparing for her pregnancy, she might have started looking at what foods were available on the island in case they couldn't get off. As for feeding it might simply be a case of we don't see this going on. The show's episodes are generally spread over a short amount of time. There is the chance they might have not had time or hadn't got around to it on certain occasions.

Lummie Premium member

Question: Would it actually be possible, with today's technological standards, to design a toy that incorporates all of Buzz Lightyear's little widgets? I'm aware it does seem a bit of a stretch but given we're now seeing figures boasting 25 bendable joints as well as lights and a voice chip is it still outside the realm of possibility?

Chosen answer: It would be quite an expensive toy, as far as action figures go, but yeah it could be made.

Phixius Premium member

Question: What kind of animal is Shifu?

Chosen answer: According to Wikipedia, he is a Red Panda.

Cubs Fan Premium member

Question: When Jones has the bazooka pointed to the Ark and shouts something, Belloq turns around and there's a moment in which you can see an ant or something going into Belloq's mouth. What is what goes into his mouth exactly? Is this a mistake, a joke on purpose, or something more?

Chosen answer: Looks to me like a midge. It's not a joke or anything, it just happened and the actor didn't break character so there was no reason to do a retake.

Phixius Premium member

Answer: When Indiana threatens the Nazis with a Panzerfaust, you can see a fly creeping into the mouth of Paul Freeman. Contrary to popular belief, he did not swallow it. Freeman explained in an interview years later that the fly flew off at about the instant he uttered the word "bad, " but Steven Spielberg noticed it and decided it would be funny to cut out a few frames so the fly would not be seen flying away. This made it look as though Freeman ate it, and he found the edit highly amusing.

Question: I heard that, originally, the relationship between Indiana and Mutt was going to be unstated and ambiguous (rather than being outright confirmed). Is there any truth to this, or is it just rumour?

Chosen answer: Just a rumor. The earliest drafts involved a daughter, who was obviously later changed to a son, but the intention to reveal the child as Indy's was always present.

Phixius Premium member

Show generally

Question: Is Charlie Irish? His brother Liam has a very Irish name and accent, but Charlie sounds more British.

Cubs Fan Premium member

Chosen answer: Nope, Charlie's British, most likely from Manchester. The name Liam was chosen for his brother as a deliberate nod to Liam Gallagher, who, with his brother Noel, formed the real-life band Oasis, which was part of the inspiration for Drive Shaft.

Tailkinker Premium member

Absentia - S13-E13

Question: In one of the court scenes it states the date as the 26th of December. Upon a bit of searching it doesn't seem to fall as a holiday in the New York Supreme Court holidays calendar. While the day is generally observed as a holiday in many countries I am not sure about whether it is observed in any states of the United States?

Lummie Premium member

Chosen answer: December 25 is observed and some places close on the 24 (or just close early). The 26th is a normal work day.

shortdanzr Premium member

Question: What reason did the bounty hunter (Leia in disguise) have for staying in Jabba's palace overnight? Wouldn't Jabba expect the person to leave after getting the payment for Chewbacca?

Chosen answer: Not necessarily. Jabba's palace is sort of an entertainment hub for the likes of Boushh (the bounty hunter Leia is disguised as). Jabba runs the place like a business, sort of a hotel/club.

Phixius Premium member

Question: Gandalf doesn't need his staff to do magic, or does he?

Chosen answer: This is difficult to answer. Tolkien, in the books, appears to tie the use of magic to the staff. There are several times that staffs are lost or broken and it is inferred that the Maia (the race, if you will, of wizards) is lessened by it. However, Gandalf is able to defeat the Balrog after he lost his staff at the chasm in Khazad Dhun. To do that, he needed his powers although he died in the process. So it doesn't seem that he absolutely needs his staff to do magic, but it certainly helps.

Zwn Annwn

Question: I was wondering, and I've seen the movie, do Rob and Beth live? And will there be a number 2?

Chosen answer: We will not know unless they make a sequel. Right now they are still deciding if they want to make a sequel or not.

SAZOO1975

Question: I forget why Obediah Stane went bad. Why did he?

Chosen answer: He doesn't go bad, as such, he just is bad. It's made reasonably clear in the film that he's been surreptitiously selling weapons to pretty much anybody who'll buy them, rogue governments, terrorist groups, anybody. In all likelihood, he's been doing this for years behind Stark's back. After Stark's attitude to their work changes and he starts to investigate what Stane's been up to, Stane takes steps to protect his various illicit enterprises.

Tailkinker Premium member

Question: Why does the boy scream like a maniac when he spots the Michael Jackson poster on the wall?

Carl Missouri

Chosen answer: Not only is it a reference to Jackson's general scary weirdness, but also his alleged pedophilia (child molestation), causing the boy to react in fear.

raywest Premium member

Question: In what town or city were the scenes where Indy is supposed to live and work actually filmed?

raywest Premium member

Chosen answer: They were filmed in New Haven, CT and Yale University.

Michael Piscitelli

Question: We all know that Marlena is bitten by one of the smaller monsters in the subway. When the group finds the military hospital, Marlena is escorted behind a curtain because of the bite. We see blood suddenly spray onto the curtain, meaning there was a small explosion to kill her. Was the explosion caused by the monster bite, or did the military have to do it to her?

Chosen answer: It's very unlikely that the military would have to resort to exploding her, given they not only had guns, but access to all of the hospital's drugs and sharp instruments. While we can't say for sure, it's most likely an extreme reaction to the monster bite.

Myridon

Question: When Obi-wan says that Anakin saved him for the ninth time instead of the tenth, because the business on some planet doesn't count, what is he referring to?

Chosen answer: He is referring to an incident on Cato Nemoidia, the home planet of the Nemoidians. It's not shown in the film, but, if I remember correctly, it is told in the novel Labyrinth of Evil.

Cubs Fan Premium member

Question: Does "the girl" - as she's been called - have a name? And is she a (or the) devil?

Chosen answer: She was not given a name, neither in the film nor credits. She is simply known as "The Girl". As to precisely who she is, it is deliberately left ambiguous. But the last engraving found by Corso does seem to indicate that she is the Whore of Babylon mentioned in the Book of Revelation.

Twotall

Question: Did some otherwise fine young ladies like Rose flip the bird back in 1912?

Allister Cooper, 2011

Chosen answer: No particular reason why they couldn't if they wanted to. The gesture goes back into antiquity - the origins of the gesture are completely unknown, so they would be aware of it. It certainly wouldn't be the done thing for a well-brought-up young lady to do, but that doesn't mean that they couldn't if the situation appeared to warrant it.

Tailkinker Premium member

Show generally

Question: Does anyone know the title of the episode where Homer is on the phone and starts singing, "I left my cake out in the LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA"?

Chosen answer: I think you are thinking of the episode Co-Dependents Day. Homer has been put on hold while trying to call the rehab clinic. The line I believe you are thinking of appears to be "And the Wichita lineman is still on the li-li-li-li-li-li-li-li-li-li-li-li-line".

Lummie Premium member

Pretty, Pretty Dresses - S3-E9

Question: Why did this episode show a scene first (where the guys are standing outside and Bill starts crying) and then the theme song and opening credits for the show? Almost all of the other episodes have the theme song and credits first, then the entire show.

Chosen answer: In a number of episodes especially in the first few seasons, there was every now and then a short scene before the episode. One for example was "Bills were made to be broken". The guys are listening to the radio and all run home to enter the competition that is announced. Boomhauer uses his cellphone and answers the question before it goes to the opening theme and credits.

Lummie Premium member

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