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Question: If anyone has read the book, does Jimmy get away with murdering Dave?

Chosen answer: At the end of the book, Jimmy is still free, but Sean makes it clear that he will be watching Jimmy very closely.

eileen

Question: Was Roxie really ever pregnant? She revealed later that she wasn't but the Doctor said she was.

Chosen answer: No she was never pregnant. The doctor only says that she was because she had given him certain sexual favours to bribe him into saying it! If you look, you can see him zip up his trousers when he announces the pregnancy.

mandy gasson

Question: When Hermione is using her Time Turner to attend multiple classes scheduled at the same time, she appears out of nowhere in the middle of the lessons. For this to happen, she must be travelling to the classroom after the lesson and then using the Time Turner in the empty classroom to send herself back. Is there any reason why she does it this way (rather than just travelling back to before the lesson and then entering the classroom with the others)?

Moose Premium member

Chosen answer: This is probably because she can't control exactly when she gets to class (she can only go back a number of hours), so she ends up slightly late for the lesson.

KingofallSamurai

Question: I never read the comics but I used to watch the cartoons when I was younger and I'm sure that Wolverine was with Storm, and I don't remember him liking Jean Gray. What happens here? Did he like Jean then go on to Storm?

Chosen answer: Wolverine always had a thing for Jean. They were together in the Age of Apocolypse series (alternate reality). He was also in love with her in the cartoon in the mid 1990's.

Maria Santos

New this month Answer: I remember the cartoon series too. Storm and Wolverine were a couple in alternative timelines set in the future after Jean died or never was an X-Men.

Question: When Shrek, Donkey and Puss-in-Boots try to steal a magic potion from the Potion Room, they smash several bottles. How can thereafter the Fairy Godmother and her assistant be so sure there is only one bottle (the Happily Ever After cocktail) missing?

Chosen answer: This is an enchanted kingdom, and the Fairy Godmother no doubt has some sort of magical inventory to make it easier to keep track of everything. Such an inventory would reflect the destruction of several potions and the theft of another differently, because it's magic.

Phoenix

Question: What's going on with Rico and Carl in the card guessing scene? I originally thought Rico was trying to guess the value of the unturned card was but then he says it's the ace of spades and it turns out to be exactly that yet he still gets it wrong. Could someone please explain what's happening there?

Chosen answer: The card face up is the one he's trying to guess. The card that flips over is his guess (you can see him hit a pad when he says "ace of spades".) So he is trying to use mental powers to guess the card that is face up (which he can't see as he has his back to it), and (presumably so the computer can track his results better) he makes his choice on a keypad, which then turns over the card on the screen (which is why the card is what he said, yet still wrong).

Gary O'Reilly

Show generally

Question: This actually applies to every Star Trek series but it features most prominently here: Exactly what purpose do the little dots seen moving across the bottom of every bridge main viewer serve? There's no mention of them in any technical manual or website that I've seen yet they seem to be a fairly standard feature of Federation starships from any era.

Chosen answer: According to Micheal Okuda (technical supervisor of Trek) they are the future's version of a computer monitor's "refresh rate".

Grumpy Scot

Question: What is the riff played in the scene where the guys are about to attack the Stella's brother beside the road (e.g. one of them takes off his belt and Jam takes out his drumsticks)?

Chosen answer: It is the intro to Black Sabbath's "Iron Man".

Twotall

Question: This question is more about the book, but I'll ask it here anyway. Are Elladan and Elrohir, the Sons of Elrond, men or elves? The timeline in the appendix of the book says they were born at the beginning of the Third Age, 3000 years before the Ring was destroyed, and yet they fought in the war. However, the book implied that Legolas was the only elf to travel the Paths of the Dead with Aragorn and the Grey Company, which the Sons of Elrond were a part of.

Chosen answer: Elladan and Elrohir were twins, and half-elven like their father. They returned to Rivendell after the War of the Rings, and were given the choice of going into the west or staying and becoming mortal. It is not known which choice they made.

scwilliam

Answer: Since Elrond had chosen to be of Elven kind when given the choice by the Valar, his children were of Elven kind too. But they were given the choice of either and leaving Middle-earth with him, or remaining and becoming mortal. "Elladan and Elrohir remained in Imladris well into the Fourth Age, and since they did not accompany Elrond over Sea they seem to have chosen to become Mortal." Robert Foster, "Complete Guide to Middle-Earth" (2nd edition p. 144).

Question: What is 'sweeps week'?

Chosen answer: It's a time where Networks (ABC, CBS, NBC, etc.) have their ratings for a season tabulated. This is a time both in the late fall and again in the late spring where shows usually have a cliffhanger or a wedding in order to attract more viewers and get better ratings.

Tobin OReilly

Question: Sam Raimi always puts his 1973 Oldsmobile Delta Royal in his films, (save one) and I did not spot it in this one. Did anybody else see it?

Chosen answer: I spotted it twice. Once towards the beginning when Peter goes to his surprise birthday party at Aunt May's, and the second when Aunt May is moving.

T Poston

Question: Is "Googolplex" an actual word?

Gavin Jackson

Chosen answer: Yes. A "googol" is the number 10 raised to the 100th power, or a 1 followed by 100 zeroes. A "googolplex" is an even larger number - 10 raised to the power of a "googol", or represented as 1 followed by a "googol" zeroes.

BGraz

Replacements - S1-E4

Question: When Bull is hiding in the barn after being hit by shrapnel, he takes something from the end of his rifle and bites a big chunk off it and starts chewing. What is this?

Kara

Chosen answer: It's chewing tobacco.

Paul Plesser

Question: The Hungarian woman who is excecuted is referred to by two slightly different names. When she is about to be hung, she is called one name, but everywhere else she is called something else. What IS her name?

Chosen answer: The character's name is Katalin Helinszki but they refer to her as The Hunyak, the Hungarian.

Kara

Chosen answer: A movie director. Was married to Sharron Tate, who was murdered by Charles Manson's followers. Won an Oscar for Best Director for the Piano. Any search engine will give you more info on him.

Jane Doe

Question: What poem does Peter try to recite to MJ?

Chosen answer: "The Song Of Hiawatha," the same one he was reading in the laundromat.

Xofer

Question: Does anyone actually know how old wolverine is? When Jean is telling the x-men after his physical, she mentions that he may actually be older than the professor.

Chosen answer: According to the comics (which may differ from the films), Logan was born James Howlett, in the latter part of the 19th century, most likely around 1890.

Tailkinker Premium member

Question: What happened to that huge apartment Peter and Harry shared? Now Peter lives in a very small room in a boarding house.

Chosen answer: When Norman Osborne died, Harry moved into his apartment. Peter was not able to keep up rent on their old apartment so he had to move to the smaller room.

Nick N.

Question: I don't understand what that look Mary Jane has at the end of the movie is all about. Is it something for the next movie, something from the comic books? If they had ended the movie just before that, it would have been a plausible ending, so I'm curious as to why that look was put in there.

Chosen answer: She's happy to be with Peter, but she also recognizes that he has a duty that he can never set aside. For the rest of their relationship, he'll be keeping odd hours, constantly in mortal danger, and an indirect threat to her life if his identity is discovered by his enemies. She's not happy that he has to be Spider-Man, but she does understand and is ready to face a long, hard relationship.

Phoenix

Question: Does Peter know that Norman is the Goblin before he takes his helmet off near the end of the movie?

Chosen answer: It doesn't appear so, no. While he knows that Norman has been acting a little weirdly, it's a big leap from there to suspecting that Norman is the Goblin.

Tailkinker Premium member

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