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Question: If Mad Eye Moody was really Barty Crouch Jr. using the polyjuice potion as a disguise, why was he being so nice to Harry at the beginning of the book? For example, when he was showing the class how a certain spells affect people, why was he so happy when Harry fought the spell? Also, when Malfoy almost cast a spell on Harry, why did he get mad at Malfoy?

Chosen answer: People have to believe that he's who he's pretending to be - Moody's the sort of person who would approve of Harry's attitude to things, so Crouch must do likewise. He also has to teach in a way that Moody would - very hands-on, showing approval to good students. Moody would also hate the underhanded tactics used by Malfoy, hence Crouch's defence of Harry. He has to make Harry (and everyone else) believe that he's on his side, that he's one of the good guys - if anyone got suspicious, it would be a threat to the plan, which requires Harry to survive through to win the Tournament. As such, up to that point, he'll protect Harry to the best of his ability.

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Simpsons Bible Stories - S10-E18

Question: In the episode when Bart dreams he's in David vs. Goliath, there is a montage of him working out using sheep. The music is from an 80's movie, but I don't know what movie it's parodying or what the song is. Can someone please tell me?

Chosen answer: The music is from "Over the Top", starring Sylvester Stallone as a champion arm-wrestler. I kid you not!

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Question: When Yoda and Sidious are fighting in the Senate, is the song that is playing the Phantom Menace theme song?

Chosen answer: Well, it's not really the "theme song" for "The Phantom Menace," but it *is* "Duel of the Fates," which is the song that plays over the duel between Qui-Gon/Obi-Wan and Darth Maul in Episode I.

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Question: Who does Sky live with? Does she live with her Grandfather, Harold?

Chosen answer: Yes, Sky lives with Harold at 24 Ramsay Street.

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Pilot - S1-E1

Question: Does anyone know the actual events that this episode was based on?

Chosen answer: The title screen on the pilot episode actually said "based on documented accounts" not "actual events" which is kind of true - there are many claims of alien abduction - so technically the caption isn't false, but the episode was entirely fictional and not based on any real occurence.

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Question: The DVD features what the actors are actually saying. What is the actual joke told by Betty (the owl/bungee cord line) when translated into English?

Chosen answer: Nothing - that section of the movie was taken from the original "Tiger and Crane Fists," and so was never English to begin with.


Question: A friend and I were talking about the movie and about how Masquerade has a deeper meaning than just a party. She then tried to convince me that the phantom wrote all three operas based on how he was feeling. I think that the phantom only wrote Don Juan. Can someone enlighten me?

Chosen answer: The phantom only wrote Don Juan, the others are just being performed by the characters. The film takes place over a year and it is set in an opera house that needs to make money, so they put on other operas. The phantom tries to have input into the staging of the operas and enjoys watching them, but has not written all of them.


Question: What cartoon is B.B watching near the end of the film?

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Chosen answer: The cartoon is called "Heckle and Jeckle" about two magpies and their misadventures.

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The One With Two Parties - S2-E22

Question: When Phoebe has taken Mrs. Greene to the bathroom, Chandler says to Monica, "Think, what would Jack and Chrissy do?" Who are Jack and Chrissy?

Chosen answer: Jack and Chrissy are two of the three main characters from "Three's Company." They, along with their roommate Janet, always got into weird situations, mostly involving misunderstandings about what was going on. They always came up with completely off-the-wall ways to get out of the situation.


Question: Why does Cameron stare at the painting?

Chosen answer: Cameron stares specifically at the child in the painting, because he identifies with it. He feels the lack of affection and attention from his own family (unlike the child in the painting who is enjoying time with her family, the mother is holding her hand).


Question: What were the red vines for?

Sir William

Chosen answer: If my memory serves me correctly from the radio play and the musical (as well as other sources, although I've never read the book), the reason Mars is red is not from the "rust" that we accept now, but from red vegetation. The aliens came and brought this vegetation with them, perhaps to give the earth a more suitable atmosphere (for them).

Gary O'Reilly

Question: I was a little confused. Why did the aliens die? I know it had to do with micro organisms but the answer doesn't come clear to me. Can someone please explain this for me?

Sir William

Chosen answer: It's similar to how the Native Americans were decimated by smallpox and other diseases when America was colonised by Europe - They had never encountered that virus before, so they had no immunity to it whatsoever, and many of them died. The aliens would have no immunity to any diseases, or even a basic hereditary immunity to default earth viri. Basically they all caught some disease or other (maybe even a cold), and died because they had no immunity at all to it.

Gary O'Reilly

Question: It seems like a glaring factual error that Balian is able to read and write, given that he was raised as a peasant in the Middle Ages. Did I miss some mention as to how he became literate?


Chosen answer: As Sereenie said in the corrections, Balian has spent months travelling with his father, during which time he has learned many things, including sword-fighting, and how to read and write.

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Question: I'm unclear about the mother of the young girl who died. Did she intentionally kill her daughter or was it accidental? That is, was this supposed to be a Munchhausen by Proxy Disorder situation where the mother only intended to keep her daughter sick enough so she was under constant medical supervision?

Chosen answer: At best, it was Munchhausen by Proxy. However, it could have been a well-planned murder of one, and then the other child. But the mother's reaction when everyone is looking at her seems a little more mental than criminal.


Question: Is there a reason why Hayden Christensen replaced Sebastian Shaw as the spirit of Anakin at the end of this movie on the DVD release? It doesn't seem to make sense, because the spirits of Obi-Wan and Yoda appeared as the same age they were when they died.

Chosen answer: This is explained by George Lucas in the audio commentary. When Anakin passes on into the Force, he is able to assume his previous identity (that is, Anakin Skywalker the Jedi Knight, before he turned to the Dark Side and became Darth Vader).

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Question: How accurate is the portrayal of the Untouchables, when it comes to names and numbers? Were there actually only four of them? Do Garcia, Connery and Smith play actual people or fictive ones?

Chosen answer: It's about 50% truth and 50% fiction. Ness, Al Capone, and Frank Nitty are real, of course, but the characters played by Connery, Garcia, and Smith are fictional. Ness started out with 50 candidates for his 'Untouchables' force. This was whittled down to 15 finalists and from that he selected 9 agents (none of which has the same name as the characters played by Connery, Garcia, and Smith). It's true that Capone was convicted for tax evasion. He was sentenced to 11 years in prison, but received an early release because he was in the last stages of syphilis. He died shortly after being released from prison.

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Question: What is the joke when they are auctioning the box of Wonka bars, and the auctioneer gasps 'Your majesty'?

Chosen answer: In other words, the Queen of England was bidding on a box of Wonka Bars.

Ken Hogan

Question: Luke calls Owen and Beru 'Aunt and Uncle.' Is he just referring to them as close relations, or did Anakin's mother have other children?

Chosen answer: Owen's father married Anakin's mother, making the pair step-brothers, so, even though it's not actually a blood relationship, uncle is an accurate way of describing Owen's relationship to Luke.

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Question: In the scene where Will Ferrell is talking to his wife he says "They were running around like whirling derbishes, and I don't even know what that is" or something to that effect. What is a derbish and why does it whirl?

Chosen answer: An actual dervish (not derbish) is a member of any of various Muslim ascetic orders, some of which perform whirling dances and vigorous chanting as acts of ecstatic devotion (hence the term "whirling dervish"), though in general 'a whirling dervish' is used for anyone who moves with an unfocused, almost frenzied energy.


Question: If Padme and Anakin's marriage is supposed to be a secret, why is she shown to be pregnant during her funeral courtege? Wouldn't questions be asked about the identity of the father? Surely it would be easier to cover up the existence of Luke and Leia if Padme's pregnancy is not made public, even after her death?

Chosen answer: Yes, from some points of view, it probably would have been. On the other hand, there's a lot of sense in making it appear that the children were never born, that they died with their mother. After all, the existence of at least one child is already known to Anakin. If Padme had not appeared to be pregnant at her funeral, it would at least suggest to him that his child might have survived - if he thought that was a possibility, he'd have come looking for his offspring, which could have wrecked everything. Better to put up with a few awkward questions being asked than risk having a Sith Lord chasing after the galaxy's last hope.

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