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Question: Anyone who's read 'Life, The Universe & Everything' will now why the bowl of petunias thought 'Oh no, not again' just before it plummeted towards Magrathea, but had Douglas Adams already conceived that backstory and just couldn't fit it in to the narrative at the time or was it something he only came up with when writing part 3?

Chimera Premium member

Chosen answer: Because it was a radio show originally, Douglas Adams would write broadcasts from show to show. He did not know where something would lead, which let the plot become random and funny. So ultimately it was originally created to be funny, then he found a way to link it back in later.

Question: How much time supposedly elapses between Roxie's arrest and her being acquitted of the murder charge? I have a hard time with the "fake pregnancy" element. We know Roxie was faking it, but if at least a few months had passed between her arrest and her announcement - much less between her trial and arrest - she was so thin that even a pregnancy of a few months (or lack thereof) would be noticeable to anyone who looked at her.

Kimberly Klaus

Chosen answer: Pregnancy or lack therof would have been noticeable you think, but I am a size 8(aust) and gave birth 8 weeks early, still wearing size 10 clothes - unless I told people I was 7 months pregant they did not know.

panda

Show generally

Question: I wasn't a regular viewer of the show, but there's a question that I really need answered: What does the chant "Donna Martin Graduates" mean? Did Donna do something that threatened her graduation from high school?

Chosen answer: The students were told by the faculty that anyone found to be intoxicated at the Senior Prom would not be allowed to participate in graduation activities. Donna had a little too much champagne at Mel's house and in the limo and got drunk. At the Prom she spent most of the time in the bathroom, being sick. As the gang tried to discreetly usher her to the car, Donna fell and Mrs. Teasly questioned her and realized that she was drunk. "Donna Martin graduates" is what her classmates chanted after a walk-out on their final exams, in protest to the fact that the board was meeting inside to make the final decision of Donna's fate. Big surprise: Donna Martin graduated.

elleemann

Question: Spoiler: How did Kyle work out that Carson was the terrorist?

Chosen answer: When the captain angrily described the terrorist plans to Kyle as he deboarded, she put that together with everything else that happened.

James King III

Maternity - S1-E4

Question: Two questions: What is the Socratic Method of teaching and why is it the best teaching method?

Chosen answer: House references Syd Barret, not Dave Gilmour, because Syd is a schitzophrenic, just like Socrates and Issac Newton were. House was talking about how some of the great people in history were schitzophrenics. The Socratic Method, defined, is "where questions (and only questions) are used to arouse curiosity and at the same time serve as a logical, incremental, step-wise guide that enables students to figure out about a complex topic or issue with their own thinking and insights."

Question: When Edward is at his party at the Ritz Gotham and is talking to Bruce Wayne, he gets out a pair of glasses and puts them on. They're not the same pair as the ones he had at the beginning; where did he get them from? He is too busy working on his invention (shrinking it down and selling it), building his lair on an island and making riddles to have had the time to change them.

Chosen answer: He is trying to look like Bruce Wayne, so he has the same haircut and a fake mole, just like Val Kilmer's. All he had to do was tell one of his assistants to go and buy a pair of glasses the same as Bruce Wayne's.

Soylent Purple

Question: Why does Hadley beat the hell out of Boggs after he is released from the hole?

Carl Missouri

Chosen answer: Since Andy helped Hadley with the tax-free gift, Hadley realized that Andy could be of future financial use, which he can take advantage of considering he's in prison for two life-terms. The sisters beating up Andy would interfere with that-consider that Andy was in the infirmary for a very long time after the last attack. Beating up on Boggs sent a message to the sisters to leave Andy alone...or else.

randomguy

Answer: Norton had Hadley beat up Boggs because he and the Sisters would have eventually killed Andy and Norton needed him and his banking skills to cover up his scams.

Question: Is there any significance to the piano keys that are played in order to get into the bat cave?

Chosen answer: It's just a random sequence - presumably it's deliberately not like any existing tune to prevent it being played accidentally.

BigOLB

Question: What was the red area on the alien's back which Merril hit with the baseball bat? A major organ? Its heart?

Chosen answer: He seems to have deliberately struck where a bipedal creature's spine would have been the most vulnerable. The color was a wound caused by water being poured on it earlier.

scwilliam

Question: How does the zombie infection start?

Chosen answer: It is deliberately never revealed, though when Shaun first goes to the shop we hear on the radio something about a satellite unexpectedly re-entering the Earth's orbit. This is a tribute to George Romero's zombie films, in which the cause of the infection was also never discussed.

Manky

Question: Alright I understand all but one part of the movie. Why was Clem acting all weird and freaks out during the movie? For example when she tells Patrick "I'm getting old, I'm disappearing, nothing makes any sense." And why was Patrick using Joel's diary entries and other stuff on Clem?

Chosen answer: Clem is slowly becoming aware that her mind has been tampered with, and gets regular flashes of deja vu when talking to Patrick, who is using Joel's diary in order to get closer to her, sometimes conducting exact conversations that Joel and Clem shared during their relationship, which naturally causes her to become a little disorientated.

Manky

Question: How did those newspaper articles from the future get onto the stamp? Wasn't it possible only to see the future rather than actually travel through time?

Chosen answer: No time travel is necessary. The machine is apparently able to show what ever the viewer wants to see, so Michael Jennings could simply have zoomed in on some newspapers in a newsstand or something and snapped a picture of them.

Andreas[DK]

Question: How was Wallace freed from being the Were-Rabbit?

Chosen answer: The fall killed him, and the brain waves are seen leaving his body as he physically transforms back. Then, he's raised from the dead by the smell of cheese. (Yeah, I know, but it's a kid's movie, not a documentary.)

johnrosa

Question: I was watching Conan O'Brien the other day, and Bob Saget and Conan were talking about Face/Off. Bob Saget made a comment that Face/Off was about Siegfried and Roy and the entire crowd was shocked. I must be dense - is there something I'm not getting?

Ryan Andersen

Chosen answer: Roy Horn was mauled/attacked by one of his tigers in a show a few years ago. Although his face was not really messed up, the reference was to the attack.

Jason Feng

Question: When Greg Kinnear is acting in a play at the end of the movie, what is the name of the song he sings when he plays "Bonnie and Clyde"?

Chosen answer: It's the Billy Stewart version of "Summertime" from George Gershwin's opera "Porgy and Bess".

nightline

Question: What's the exact content (kind of food) of Hannibal's "lunch box" he carries on the plane?

Chosen answer: According to the book (where this scene happens much earlier, by the way) it is an aromatic pâté de fois gras (goose liver pâté) with truffles, figs from Anatolia and a half bottle of St. Estephe cognac. There is also the mention of "fine bread", but no further details are given. Everything was delivered by the Parisian catering firm Fauchon.

Twotall

Question: It's made very clear in the movie that all of the animals in Narnia are intelligent, sentient beings. So what happens when the carnivorous animals have to eat? Since they all seem capable of working together to defeat the witch's army, it just seems very odd that they would then turn around and start killing each other. It may seem like an odd question, but is it explained in the book?

Chosen answer: It is not clearly explained in the books. But as Narnia and the creation of Narnia (The Magician's Nephew) is based on the Bible, you need to understand that animals used to all eat plants until the fall of the human race (Adam and Eve eating the apple). Another explanation is that not all of the animals talk, and the non-talking ones are preyed on.

panda

Answer: The books make it clear only some Narnian animals are intelligent, the rest are like ours.

dizzyd

Question: When Clemenza is explaining to Michael how to shoot Sollozzo and McCluskey, he says to take no chances and shoot them both twice in the head. I know he shoots McCluskey twice, but am I correct that he only shot Sollozzo once in the head? (I realize this was Michael's first murder and he was extremely antsy and nervous and may have forgotten and it doesn't really matter since Sollozzo died anyway.) I just wanted to make sure that I wasn't missing a shot.

Chosen answer: He did shoot Sollozzo only once. This is explained in the book. After shooting Sollozzo, Michael instinctively knew the first shot was fatal, and he purposely ignored Clemenza's instructions.

raywest Premium member

Question: What's the name of the music being played in the bar during Bruce Willis' story when Jessica Alba runs over and kisses him? I've heard it before in trailers and whatnot.

Chosen answer: Absurd by Fluke. Its on the Sin City soundtrack.

Andreas[DK]

Question: I don't quite understand how Willy Wonka's father's house could have moved away from the rest of the block. Could anyone explain that to me?

Chosen answer: It's a joke. It shows what great lengths Dr. Wonka went to to distance himself from his son, by making sure even his childhood home would be gone, but to ponder how this happened is useless. It's a simple joke, nothing more.

Twotall

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