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Question: Did Peggy always live in Montana when she was younger? There's one Valentine's episode where a flashback shows her and Hank in high school.

Chosen answer: This has been somewhat of a topic of discussion amongst fans of the show. Along with the difference with her mother in a couple of shows, its never really been set when she left Montana and by what age as its changed at times. What seems to be at least certain is she was born and for a certain period lived in Montana.

Lummie

Question: How did Lupin become a werewolf? Did he get bitten or is he a shape shifter?

Chosen answer: This is answered in the sixth book. He was bitten as a small boy (about 5) by a dangerous Werewolf called Fenrir Greyback. He is not an Animagus like Sirius Black.

Scrappy

Question: Why is it a "known fact" that Mary Kelley was killed by Jack the Ripper? Her murder differs in many ways from the others. She was killed indoors, she wasn't wearing any clothes, her body was so savaged that she was unrecognisable. The other murders took place outdoors with victims fully dressed and only partly savaged. Considering the number of violent deaths that took place in London at this time (most of them by slashing the throat) she could have been murdered by anybody. I know Abberline was called to the scene of the crime but that doesn't prove the Ripper actually did it and Abberline was called to more murder scenes than just the five official Ripper ones. What makes people so sure that Jack the Ripper killed Mary Kelley?

Chosen answer: As the Ripper was never caught and interrogated, it can never be said with absolute certainty that Kelly was one of his victims. Her death does, however, fit the pattern of Ripper murders quite well with regard to time, general location, methodology and class of victim. There was also a noted trend of increasing levels of mutilation as the murders went on, so, while the damage was considerably more extensive that the previous killings, that also fits with a noted trend of the Ripper murder - it's also worth considering that, as Kelly was apparently his final kill, he may well have wanted to sign off with a particularly grand statement, hence the extreme level of mutilation to the body. This would also explain why the attack uncharacteristically took place indoors - what Jack had in mind for Kelly would take a considerable period of undisturbed time, more than could be guaranteed in an on-street attack. It's also believed that Jack had been interrupted during the murder of Elizabeth Stride on his previous night of violence some weeks earlier - this could also have led him to alter his modus operandi to ensure that this would not be repeated. So, no, it cannot be stated categorically that Kelly was a victim of Jack the Ripper, however the evidence suggests a high probability that this was the case, enough so that many people consider this to be a fact.

Tailkinker

Question: I haven't seen this movie because my parents won't let me, but I've heard that the main character's yearbook pictures of her friends have something to do with how they are killed. Could somebody make a list of the characters and how they are killed and how their deaths pertain to the pictures?

Chosen answer: Erin Ulmer: Nails go through her head. In the picture she is sticking her middle fingers up, and the focus is on her fingernails. Lewis Romero: The weights he is working out with smash his head. At first they think that he is going to be killed by the swords (in the picture their was a statue of a samurai with swords), but in the end, he was killed by being crushed by weights - the foreshadow in the photo was that he was using a weighty "test-your-strength" funfair game. Ashley Freund and Ashlynn Halperin: The tanning beds catch on fire, and they are both burnt to death in the beds. The foreshadowing in the photo is (a) the girls are red and out of focus in the picture and (b) they are holding an inflatable palm tree. In their death sequence a palm tree falls over, knocks a plank of wood down and traps the girls in the tanning beds. Frankie Cheeks: The cooling fan from a car goes into his head. In his photo we see his standing right beside a fan, and it looks as though it is going into his head. Ian Mckinley: A cherry picker collapses and knocks a sign over and cuts him in half. There is no real connection to his photo here, as he escaped his original death (his original death was to be hit by a stack of sharp pieces of wood.) Perry Maloinski: A flagpole impales her. In the photo where she is standing next to Julie by the carousel, an American flag can be seen behind her head. Julie Christensen: A train wheel hits her. Kevin Fischer: He falls out of a train window. Wendy Christensen: A Train hits her.

Hamster

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Question: In one of the first episodes, Brian sees a miniature horse-drawn wagon come around the couch and he chases it into the kitchen, where it disappears into the wall. What is this a joke about or reference to?

Chosen answer: Chuck Wagon dog food commercials - the Chuck Wagon would ride through the house with the dog chasing it only to disappear into the kitchen cabinet where the box of dogfood was kept.

Myridon

Question: In the song "Be Our Guest" what do they say after "Course by course, one by one, till you shout" I can never quite understand it.

Chosen answer: From the lyrics this is what it reads "'Til you shout, "Enough! I'm done!. Then we'll sing you off to sleep as you digest. Tonight you'll prop your feet up. But for now, let's eat up" then it goes into the chorus again.

Lummie

Question: How could the Riddler and Two-Face be ready for two heroes at the end of the film? Robin didn't exist until just before the mission began so he wouldn't even be in the brain scan Edward took earlier from Bruce.

Chosen answer: The fact they were waiting in Riddler's layer is not exactly incredibly hard to accept. Two Face went outside with a gun and Riddler seemed to have things in place in case anyone tried to come near his facility. The only thing that seemed planned was the special traps to hold two people but again that could come under something he had in his facility to begin with. Other than that there is nothing suprising about what happened.

Lummie

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Question: During the opening credits one season we see a hand gesture where they smack both their fists together twice. Does this gesture have any meaning?

Chosen answer: On episode No. 405 "The One with Joey's New Girlfriend," Monica explains the story behind the hand gesture: "It's this dumb thing that Ross made up because he was trying to fool our parents. It's a way of giving the finger, without actually having to give it. I remember I cried the night he made it up, 'cause it was the first time that I realized that I was actually cooler than my older brother."

Steph_Jared

Question: Why isn't Bette Midler mentioned in the credits?

Chosen answer: Presumably she chose not to be credited. This isn't that uncommon when a major star takes on a relatively minor role in a film.

Tailkinker

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Question: "Spooks" is called "MI-5" in the US. I'm aware that Five operates something like the FBI and Six like the CIA, however, what are One through Four?

Chosen answer: They no longer exist. The Military Intelligence groups first appeared at around the time of the First World War. MI-1 was the original directorate, MI-2 dealt with the Soviet Union and Scandinavia, MI-3 with Germany and Eastern Europe, MI-4 handled aerial intelligence gathering, MI-7 dealt with propaganda, MI-8 with communication intercepts, MI-9 with covert operations, MI-10 were the technical experts, MI-11 dealt with security issues out in the field and so on and so forth. All these departments have either been shut down or subsumed into the Security Service, informally referred to by its original designation of MI-5, the Secret Intelligence Service, referred to as MI-6, or GCHQ, the Government Communications Headquarters.

Tailkinker

Question: From the way it is portrayed in the movie, it looks like Bond & Wai Lin just head straight for the stealth boat once they spot it. They come at it from the front. I don't see why they would do that. Even if the surveillance guy wasn't paying attention (there's no way Bond could've known that), shouldn't someone on the bridge be able to see the dingy approaching straight at it? It would've made more sense to me if Bond waited for the ship to pass and then come from behind or the sides.

Chosen answer: It's getting dark by this point - Bond and Wai Lin are dressed in black in a dark coloured boat. Anyone looking out of the window would be looking down towards them - they wouldn't be able to pick them out against the sea.

Tailkinker

Question: What is the point of blowing up Parliament if Sutler has been overthrown and killed? It doesn't achieve anything but huge rebuilding costs.

Chosen answer: Parliament is seen as being a corrupt institution. Sutler may be gone, but if the institution remains intact, then all that's likely to happen is that somebody similar to Sutler will claw his or her way to the top and nothing will change. By destroying of the ceremonial Parliament building associated with the corrupt government, V's intent is to shake up that institution to a point where it can no longer survive.

Tailkinker

Question: I was wondering if the flower Romalia, suggested to be native to California, really exists.

Chosen answer: Yep. Romneya, also known as the Matilija Poppy, is indeed native to California and northern Mexico.

Tailkinker

Question: Pixar has only two rules for what to put in their film: The Pizza Planet truck must appear, and John Ratzenberger must have a part of some kind. Though I have found both in Pixar's other five films, I have not spotted either in this one. Where are they?

Chosen answer: The Pizza Planet truck can be seen on the road when the family arrive in the van towards the end of the film. Ratzenburger shows up right at the very end, voicing the Underminer. Pixar actually have a third thing that shows up in each film - the code A113, which refers to a classroom used by animation students at the California Institute of the Arts.

Tailkinker

Question: In the scene where Ben has just pulled Abigail into the van after he had stolen the Declaration, why does he ask her if she is hungry?

Chosen answer: It's meant to distract her and confuse her so that he can think and talk appropriately.

shortdanzr

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Question: What's the name of the song that's played when Buffy dies at the end?

Chosen answer: It is called Sacrifice, and is an original composition for the show by Christophe Beck. It is available on the "Once More With Feeling" soundtrack CD.

pinkwafer

Question: When Hallie and her mom are on the way to the studio, they are showing crossing the street. On the road behind them, the white lines are zigzagged at the beginning. Why are they like this?

Chosen answer: They are crossing on the zebra crossing on Abbey Road in London. The Zigzags are a warning for drivers that the crossing is near. They serve as both strict 'no parking' and 'no crossing the centre line' warnings.

umathegreatstationarybear

Question: Is the Green Goblin a whole separate being, or just another side/part of Norman Osborn himself (and then Harry)? I am asking because Norman argues with the Green Goblin mask in the first Spider-man movie, as if they are two separate people, but it also looks like he could be arguing with himself (with the Goblin's voice really being in his mind).

Chosen answer: It's either Schizophrenia or multiple personality disorder brought on by the super-soldier drug he took. The Green Goblin is a facet of Norman's mind. So he is really arguing with himself, though he thinks it's the Green Goblin.

Grumpy Scot

Question: What did Ron do to Hermione to make her think he "spoiled everything"?

Chosen answer: Ron having a horrible time and berating her for being "with the enemy" had her upset. Plus the fact that there is a growing attraction between the two that has been evident since the second movie, she feels that he should have seen her in a different light and not just a "convinience" date to ask at the last minute.

Boobra

Question: Why does the girl cut her dad's throat, if she knew that it would fulfill the curse?

Chosen answer: She was trying to help him breathe.

Melissa Swanger

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