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Question: In the scene where Goldie Hawn nearly gets her head run over by the car, how do they get that effect? It just looks far too dangerous to be an actual stunt, but it looks too real to be a bluescreen / split screen effect either.

Gary O'Reilly

Chosen answer: It is a composite shot, with the actor's head added to the scene. They just did a particularly good job on the scene.

Jason Hoffman

Question: What is cordite? And does it really work?

Jason Riley

Chosen answer: According to Wikipedia: "Cordite is a family of smokeless propellants made by combining two high explosives: nitrocellulose and nitroglycerin, i.e. it is a double-base propellant. However, Cordite N, a triple-base propellant is also used. Cordite is classified as an explosive, but it is normally used as a propellant for guns and rockets." So yes, it works.

Twotall

Parallel Universe - S2-E6

Question: At the very beginning, when Craig Charles, Danny John-Jules and Chris Barrie are singing 'Tongue-Tied', is Danny John-Jules really singing? It sounds a lot like his speaking voice, but he might just be a really good mouther for all I know.

Chosen answer: It's him singing (and dancing), as singing/dancing is what he was primarily known as doing before he began acting (usually backup singing). He is, for example, in Little Shop Of Horrors (for all of 2 seconds), singing backup. Danny actually re-recorded the song and released it as a single, which reached No. 17 in the UK charts.

Gary O'Reilly

Show generally

Question: One of the other questions about season seven mentions Sarah Michelle Gellar leaving the show, so they had to change the storyline and not look at Dawn's key-ness, or lack of. Was Sarah Michelle Gellar's leaving the reason they had to end it at season 7 or was there only 7 seasons planned? If it was ended prematurely, how many more seasons were they planning/hoping for?

Chosen answer: Sarah leaving the show was one of many reasons it finished at the end of season seven, Joss did want to carry on with one of the other characters kind of like a spin off but he has as yet unable to get funding for it. Season 8 is going to be released but in comic book form, the title and date of release is not available yet but Joss is writing it.

Vianna7uk

Question: Why doesn't the King enjoy seeing his nephew (the Prince's cousin) when he arrives near the beginning of the film to congratulate the Prince?

Chosen answer: For the same reason everyone else is unhappy to see him: He's getting on their nerves!

Ioreth

Question: In the beginning of the movie, why were the hijackers shaving their chests and genital areas? Is this some kind of religious ritual?

Chosen answer: Muslims are supposed to remove their pubic and armpit hair at least every 40 days. It is part of being clean and they would want to be as clean as possible while committing an act on behalf of their religion.

Myridon

Question: Is there such thing as "Baby Sign Language" in real life or was it made just for the film?

Chosen answer: There is definitely such a thing. There is a theory that teaching babies and toddlers sign language, allows them to communicate their needs, which they cannot do verbally. This allows them to be less frustrated and, hopefully, less cranky.

wizard_of_gore

A Fire Fighting We Will Go - S3-E10

Question: What does the "bee-eye-bicky-bo" song that Dale keeps singing mean?

Chosen answer: It's based on a song called "Swingin' the Alphabet" featured in the Three Stooges episode "Violent is the Word for Curly". The song starts "B A Bay, B E Bee, B I Bicky By, B O Bo Bicky By Bo, B U Bu, Bicky By Bo Bu". The song then can be repeated for each consenant "C A Say, C E See, ...". At the end of the episode, "Three Blind Mice" is heard - the Three Stooges theme song.

Myridon

Question: Why did Doc faint when he drunk the Liquor?

Chosen answer: He simply has an absurdly low tolerance for alcohol, and whiskey is not a wise choice if this is the case. It helps set up the joke when Marty asks the bartender, "How many has he had", and he replies be teling Marty, "Just the one", as we are meant to think Doc has been in the bar all night drinking away his sorrows.

Jazetopher

Question: Here's something I've never understood. Who is that guy that attacks Willie in the parking lot near the start of the film? The guy that says "I am not gay". What the hell is he talking about? Then calls him "assclown". Who was that guy and why did he attack Willie for no apparent reason?

Carl Missouri

Chosen answer: In the bar scene that immediately precedes this one, this same guy caught Willie accidentally staring at him. As Willie was staring, it stands to reason the guy thought we was 'coming onto' him.

Manky

Question: Is it true that there are acres of computers under the DoD? And that they scan for key words? Can anyone confirm that?

Jason Riley

Chosen answer: If there are, it is kept secret. But there is ECHELON http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ECHELON which is able to listen in on most forms of electronic communication.

Andreas[DK]

Question: What song is that in the beginning? mainly piano music, I'm sure i have heard it in another movie somewhere but my mother says she's never heard it anywhere before.

Chosen answer: It's a song by Nina Simone entitled "Sinnerman". It was also used in an episode of Scrubs and (in a remixed form) in the film Cellular.

Tailkinker

Answer: The music at the beginning, mostly piano, is by Bill Conti and is called Glider. It is used again during the Glider flying scene later in the movie.

Show generally

Question: What is the name of the theme song of Roswell? I think it's something called "Here I am", or "I am what I am".

Chosen answer: It's called "Here With Me", performed by Dido. It can be found on her album "No Angel".

Tailkinker

Question: What is the song called that Marty plays in the "Enchantment under the sea" dance?

Chosen answer: "Johnny B. Goode" by Chuck Berry, hence the bit where the lead singer Marvin Berry phones up his cousin Chuck during the song.

Tailkinker

Season 1 generally

Question: Why was Carlos Bernard credited as a "Special Guest Star"?

Cubs Fan

Chosen answer: Without talking to the producers, it's impossible to be sure, but it's possible he was gonna be killed off early, or only appear in a few episodes. As the show developed he developed into a more stable character and became a regular cast member.

SexyIrishLeprechaun

Question: How did they film the scenes where real historical figures (President Clinton, for instance) made speeches and comments they didn't make in real life?

Chosen answer: They used real footage and used careful editing to make it appear as if they were talking about the events of the film.

Tailkinker

The Girl in the Fireplace - S2-E7

Question: What is the song that the Doctor sings when he's pretending to be drunk? I was wondering if it was real or not, and if so, can I find it anywhere? Thanks.

Chosen answer: "I Could Have Danced All Night" from the musical "My Fair Lady".

Tailkinker

Question: It's clear from the film that the Pittsburgh Conservatory of Dance is a ballet-only or ballet-heavy institution. So why would Alex, with no ballet training (sorry, but you can't "wing it" when dancing en pointe) and whose dance audition is nothing like ballet, even audition there? And why on earth would any dance company take someone whose dancing ability, great though it might be, doesn't match their style? Philadelphia and New York have plenty of dance institutions more suited to Alex's dancing style - why doesn't she go there to audition?

Chosen answer: It states early in the film that Alex went to the ballet and was enchanted by it and started her love of dancing. Her girlhood dream was always to be a part of the conservatory and dance the ballet's one day. Her going to the conservatory was to LEARN that building on her knowledge. Besides, normally she wouldn't have gotten an audition with her lack of Point training, but for Nick's intervening.

Boobra

Question: When McCord takes Lincoln and Jordan to the train station, it looked as if is said "Yucca" at the entrance, indicating that the cloning facility is outside of Yucca, Arizona. However, I checked Arizona in my road atlas (one from 1999, and I'm from Massachusetts, just so you know, and have never actually been to the Grand Canyon State). Was I confusing this for Yuma, Arizona, or is Yucca a real place?

Chosen answer: It is a real place. http://www.roadsidethoughts.com/02/c02_7206400.htm.

pross79

Question: Why has the Subway logo been removed from Happy's T-shirt during parts of the concluding match? Note, I noticed this on the television version.

manthabeat

Chosen answer: Probably had to do with some sort of legal issue between the Subway Corporation and the television station the movie was airing on.

Phixius

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