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Question: When the genie learns that Aladdin tricked him into getting them out of the cave without making a wish, couldn't he have just teleported Aladdin, Abu, and the carpet back inside the cave to make sure Aladdin wishes himself out of the cave?

Answer: He is not an evil genie and, even though he was tricked, he would not have wanted Aladdin to be trapped in the cave again. He likes Aladdin and admires his cleverness in getting himself out of the cave without wasting a wish.

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What I was wondering is why he likes Aladdin.

The Genie likes Aladdin because he is clever, friendly, and charming. As he indicates several times in the film, most of the Genie's masters were greedy, unkind, and selfish.

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Question: So what exactly is cabin fever? Like I get that it's a virus... But what does it do? I know it's referred to as a "skin eating virus" but what exactly is it? What exactly does it do? Does it kill you? Just what is it and where did it come from?

Answer: In real life, "cabin fever" is not a disease or infection caused by bacteria or viruses. It's a term used when someone or a group of people become irritable, restless, or even claustrophobic after being in a confined space for long periods of time (such as in a cabin during the winter when going outside is difficult or impossible). In the movie, the disease is said to be caused by a virus, which was waterborne and spread through contaminated water. The origin of the disease is not given, but many animals can be carriers of diseases without showing signs and could have infected the water (through urinating, defecating, or dying in the water). The dog somehow got infected (possible through drinking contaminated water) and passed it to the owner through blood contact. From there the virus spread through blood contact or contaminated drinking water. However, "flesh-eating" diseases are caused by bacteria. They don't actually eat flesh, the bacteria end up destroying or killing soft tissue (such as muscles and skin) and releasing toxins. This can result in rashes and vomiting blood, and if the toxin are potent enough and get in the blood stream, can cause death.

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Question: Toward the end of the movie, when David walks into Linus' office and asks him if Miss McCardle has to be there. Doesn't Linus address her as Miss McCarthy?

Answer: I've seen this movie numerous times over the years. Linus always addresses his secretary as "Miss McCardle."

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Question: Why did Hermione take off one of her shoes after the Yule ball?

THE GAMER NEXT DOOR

Answer: Her foot was hurting. She had her shoes on for a long time. Or maybe Krum stepped on her toes a lot and it hurt.

Answer: She had been dancing for a long time and her foot hurt, so she took her shoe off to rub her foot.

Answer: Because she had been standing on them for hours and her foot hurt.

lionhead

Answer: Because her feet hurt after dancing in her shoes for hours. Even though some pairs may hurt their feet, many women will tolerate the pain and getting blisters in order to wear them for as long as they can.

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Answer: Because she was angry and her leg hurt.

Question: How did they make Kirk Douglas have a peg leg? How was he able to walk that way?

Answer: This movie predates the more advanced CGI that would be used these days. In older films, actors portraying an amputee would have their leg (or arm) bent back and strapped to their body. A prosthetic peg leg would be attacked to the lower appendage. The actors were also filmed from strategic vantage points so the bent part of the limb didn't show. When Douglas is seen driving a wagon, the seat was probably constructed so that his lower leg fit into a hidden compartment and the peg leg was attached on top to be visible. Douglas also wore rather baggy pants, and that would help conceal his bent leg.

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Question: Why doesn't the real CSI have the lab in house like a correction stated? It also said that DNA testing testing is prioritized by case importance. Why doesn't the CSI use this method in real life?

Question: At the start when Katniss sang that song for Prim, how does that calm her down since the reaping is still going to happen?

THE GAMER NEXT DOOR

Answer: Because it's something that is familiar and soothing for Prim. It does not completely wash away all the fears and anxiety, but it helps calm her down a little. It is not only the song, but also Katniss being there and comforting her sister.

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Question: Why would Kyle assume that her daughter was hidden inside the casket? Only she knew the code.

Answer: I don't think Kyle was looking for Julia in the casket. The crew and air marshal were convincing her that she was delusional. They had also told Kyle that Julia died with her husband. I believe she was looking in the casket to see if it was Julia's casket instead.

Answer: Because after searching the entire plane for her daughter without finding her, it was the last place left she hadn't looked in. It was a desperate, last-ditch attempt to try anything to find her. By now, Kyle may have been suspecting that her daughter's disappearance was something more than a missing child on a plane.

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Actually the last place she hadn't looked before the casket was the avionics room in the nose of the plane, which is where Julia was hidden. And to be honest, I have no idea why Kyle didn't assume her daughter was hidden there, and search there before the casket instead of near the end of the film especially it didn't have a lock unlike the casket and she would know that.

Hell Week - S3-E9

Question: How did Geoffrey cheat in the barricade contest?

Answer: Late one night, Geoffrey used a covert listening device to overhear David explaining his barricade device to Janet which is how he figured it out.

How do we know Geoffrey really did use a covert listening device? They didn't mention him using one.

There was a scene of him using it when David told Janet about his barricade.

Answer: There was a scene of him going to his room and as soon as David and Janet went into David's room, Geoffrey took the listening device out of hiding and pointed it at David's door enabling him to hear everything.

Question: Did Katniss mean to kill Coin or was it just an accident?

THE GAMER NEXT DOOR

Answer: Katniss killed Coin on purpose. Katniss realised that not only was Coin responsible for the Capitol bombing and Prim's death, but that nothing was going to change with Coin in charge. Coin would use all the same power and tactics that Snow used to stay in power. Plus Coin proposed a "final" Hunger Games with the Capitol's children, even after saying there would be no more Hunger Games. Katniss knew (or at least assumed) that Coin would continue using the Hunger Games to maintain her order, which is what had been happening for the last 75 years.

Question: I don't get why Peeta joined Katniss and the others when they were shooting the propo before Boggs died. Or how he was able to convince the doctors in the hospital to let him go. Can someone please explain that?

THE GAMER NEXT DOOR

Answer: President Coin ordered Peeta to join Katniss' team with the hopes that he would succeed in killing Katniss. Coin felt Katniss was a threat.

Question: Was it really Coin who killed Prim or was Snow lying?

THE GAMER NEXT DOOR

Answer: Coin was ultimately responsible. Coin sent Prim to the Capitol and then had the Capitol bombed. The rebels, led by Coin, used hovercrafts with the Capitol insignia on it to drop the bombs so that the public thought it was the Capitol bombing their children. Coin wanted Katniss to blame Snow for Prim's death to get her full support.

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New Ground - S3-E19

Question: Why does the guy who was interrogating SG 1 think they know how the dead man they found was killed? Why does he think they're lying? Why doesn't SG 1 tell their interrogator that they weren't there when the man was killed?

Answer: The planet had two groups of people that were basically at war with each other. The guy interrogating SG-1 was part of the Bedrosian military and though SG-1 was working with, or part of, the Optricans (their enemy). He simply doesn't trust his enemy and thinks they're responsible, and he certainly isn't going to listen to reason. Plus, he's trying to preserve his religious beliefs and doesn't want to think his people came through the Stargate.

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Question: When Harry and Lupin are talking about Harry's boggart that turned into a dementor, Lupin says that he thought the boggart was going to transform into Voldemort. If that had been so, would Harry have had a clear image of what Voldemort may have looked like? He probably wouldn't have imagined Voldemort as Tom Riddle from the diary in CoS because Voldemort's more human form isn't fearful and even in The Philosopher's Stone Voldemort's face isn't fully formed as it eventually is in GoF.

Answer: There is no way of knowing how Harry would have imagined how Voldemort looked. However, since Voldemort was an infamous figure, Harry could have, at some point, seen photos or portraits of him in books, old news articles, or other sources.

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Question: How is it that they have to be at the mailbox to receive their letters, but that one night she writes to him to call her right then and there as if they are reading each other's minds as they write on paper?

Question: When the ark is about to be opened by Belloq and the Nazis, Belloq is wearing possibly a priest style outfit and has a gold staff. Does it explain where he got that from? Was it while digging up the city? Personal collection?

Answer: It was never explained where Belloq acquired the outfit, but as he knew the history of the arc and he was actively searching for it to use its power, he must have intended for some time to wear that clothing for the ritual. Whether or not he knew it was needed or his wearing it was just for egotistical theatrics is a matter of speculation.

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Answer: Belloq was working closely with the Nazis who were, of course, already persecuting Jews and confiscating Jewish property on a grand scale back in Germany. As chief archaeologist of the Nazi antiquities acquisition project, Belloq could make any request for necessary equipment (or attire), and the Third Reich would quickly supply it. Belloq anticipated that the ceremonial Jewish high priest costume would be necessary for handling the Ark, and he requested a replica costume in advance. As it happened, merely looking like a Jewish high priest wasn't enough to protect him (or anyone else).

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Question: How does the story start?

Question: Why would Tony be supportive of the SRA? In the first movie he revealed himself as Iron Man. In turn, he was attacked at the speedway by Vanko and almost got Happy and Pepper killed in the second movie. In the third movie, Happy is in a coma in the hospital, his Malibu home was leveled and Pepper was captured and injected with Extremis. Shouldn't this have opened Tony's eyes that by exposing his identity to the public, that he's now put himself and his friends in danger 24/7?

Answer: In the film, what is being proposed is the "Sokovia Accords", which would regulate the Avengers, but wasn't a registration act. Tony supports this because he feels responsible for creating Ultron and does think he (and the others) need to be regulated. In the comics, Tony supports the Superhuman Registration Act (SRA) because he foresees the possibility that an unregistered superhuman will cause so much destruction that the government will come down even harder on all superhumans, such as imprisonment or execution, rather than simply registering them. Tony is hoping that by showing support of the SRA, they can work with the government to moderate the act so that the community isn't harmed by it and that it will have a minimal negative effect, and to make sure everyone's secret identities are not revealed to the public.

Question: What is the name of the actor and character of the agent that Hobbs is talking to during the soccer game? Is he the actor that plays the head peacekeeper in Catching Fire?

Answer: The character is listed in the credits as "DS Allan." He is played by Patrick St. Espirit who also played Commander Thread in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

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Question: Is it true Jimmy Harrell was taking a shower as the disaster began?

Answer: Yes. There are actually many cases where the actors portray what the actual people were doing at the time of the disaster. Another example is when the guy (I can't remember his name off the top of my head) rubs mud off the main drill pipe.

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The guy who rubs the mud off the main pipe name is Caleb.

Thanks it's been a few weeks since I last watched the film.

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Answer: Yes.

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