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Answer: It's never explained, but the best guess is the hat was an Ushanka hat which is often associated with Russia. At the time, there was a lot of Soviet Union controversy so being associated with supporting the Soviet Union could have angered many people.

Question: After Fletcher beats himself in the bathroom, he describes himself to the judge what his attacker looks like. Didn't the guy who walked into the bathroom report the whole thing after seeing Fletcher beat himself up?

Trainman

Answer: The person that saw Fletcher do that is probably totally unrelated to the trial going on. He was kind of freaked out by the whole scene so it's not unlikely he just left the building.

lionhead

Question: Near the start of the film, Mauricio said he didn't like his girl Lindy's big second toe. Hal suggests what if she could have her toe filed down and Mauricio says "Then I'm dating a nub?" What exactly is a nub?

Answer: "Nub" is another word for "lump." Mauricio is so shallow that he's defining Lindy entirely by her toe, so if she had the toe filed down to a nub, then he would see her as that much in the same way he only views her as an elongated toe.

Phaneron Premium member

Question: I understand the 2 men staring into the window in the beginning were not the same as the Arab men on the plane, but they were actual spies working for the hijacker right? I still think that was very suspicious and not a coincidence that people were spying on them the day before the incident.

Answer: Considering as they appear as the same actors who played the Arab men on the plane, this may have been done as unreliable narration for the audience (she is actually seeing the two men differently than what we are shown) to cast them as red herrings. Also, considering she was under enough stress to imagine her dead husband several times, it is entirely possible that she was being paranoid and imagining the two men in her mind, when there was really no-one in front of the window staring at her apartment. Either way, it's only a plot device to create a red herring later in the film.

Question: A "modified" racing stock car, white with the number 1 on it, appears in the scene when Frank Lucas is calling home to North Carolina for his brothers to join him up north. One brother answers the phone on the garage wall and when he heads toward the house the camera scans the yard following him and there is a white stock car parked in the yard, does anybody know the significance to the movie? Can you tell if it is a red, white and blue number 1 on the side? Charlie Jarzombek's car?

Question: How could Shredder survive that fall long enough to touch some of the ooze to heal himself?

Rob245

Answer: This is where comic book logic meets real-life physics. He was wearing a giant metallic, robotically augmented suit of armor. The idea is that this protected him enough to survive long enough. They do similar fuzzy physics with Iron Man from time to time. In real life, the reason fighter jets can't fly faster than they do is that they're carrying a living blood-filled water-balloon inside that they can't risk bursting. The fact is that sudden acceleration/deceleration could easily liquify a human's brain and dislodge internal organs. But comic book logic determines that if we can avoid the obvious immediate damage of impact, the human will survive. We see it with Superman catching someone mere feet from the ground, and they survive rather than showing them as being impaled by two arms jutting straight up, or sliced in three if the arms are held horizontally. All they have to do is suggest that he remained alive, though possibly hanging from a thread, until he's able to touch the ooze.

Garlonuss Premium member

Question: Why did they replace Shredder and Karai's actors?

Rob245

Answer: Per thelist.com: Lily Nicksay told Entertainment Weekly her leaving the show "was a mutual decision between her parents and the producers." At Wizard World Comic Con, Rider Strong provided more insight into the situation by stating Nicksay "was not very happy... At that time, she was a little girl who did not want to be on the show." She was four years old when she filmed the pilot and most likely six years old when they filmed season 2.

Invader_Gir

Question: Why do we see belisha beacons (striped black and white poles topped with orange light to show pedestrian crossings in UK) during the car chase? Are they seen on USA streets?

Answer: Those were just lamps that had a yellowish globe. The poles aren't black and white striped, they're solid black. They have a sign attached to them, probably a no parking sign, though that may make it look like a white stripe.

Bishop73

Answer: I don't see what you've described. Timestamp? But since the movie was all filmed in Massachusetts, I'd say that everything you see is either typical for the area or was added by the filmmakers intentionally.

Garlonuss Premium member

Season 1 generally

Question: What is the name of the china pattern used at the breakfast table? It is black and gold trimmed. Not the Royal Doulton and not the Royal Worster Avignon.

Answer: I have asked myself the same question for a long time. It is Rosina-Queen's fine bone china, pattern "Olde England." It's the china that appears most of the time in the series. The Royal Worchester double-glazed Avignon (for candle light suppers) is really Royal Doulton Avignon, pattern "The Moselle Collection." And the Royal Doulton with the hand painted periwinkles is in reality of course Royal Doulton Colclough, pattern "Braganza."

Question: Why did Professor Quirrell really have the garlic in his classroom? I know that some people thought he was afraid of a vampire who wanted revenge. Since he was serving Voldemort, however, it seems that a vampire would not be a serious concern for him.

Answer: At that point, Voldemort had little to no power and was reliant on Quirrell to protect him, not the other way around. No one knew Voldemort still existed, and Quirrell wanted to ensure his safety until he was restored to corporeal form. He may have believed garlic would be an added protection but more likely it was just for show and to create a sense of drama to enhance his phony persona.

raywest Premium member

This is purely speculation but could it also be considered that the garlic and story about having had an argument with a vampire are all a ruse to cover his quirky behaviour following his meeting with Voldemort? As in, people started the rumour, so he plays on it to make it more believable and give him a better cover story?

Ssiscool Premium member

Show generally

Question: At the end of some of the openings we see the family having a picnic. It shows Michelle taking something out of the picnic basket and placing it on the blanket before going to eat. Just what does Michelle take out of the picnic basket?

Answer: Bun cake.

Answer: It was a rocket sleigh.

Question: When Darcy bursts into the rectory at Rosings, Elizabeth tells him her aunt and uncle have gone on business to the village. Am I right in thinking that she went alone to visit Charlotte in this adaptation?

Answer: Elizabeth traveled to Rosings alone to visit her friend, Charlotte, who married Elizabeth's cousin, Mr. Collins. When Mr. Darcy arrived to see Elizabeth, she tells him that Mr. And Mrs. Collins went to the village. Her aunt and uncle are the Gardiners.

raywest Premium member

Question: Minutes after Elsa freezes, Olaf flurries away, and turns into a pile of ordinary snow. Why? Is it because he can't exist without Elsa?

Answer: When Elsa was frozen solid, her power, which animated Olaf, was cut off from the surrounding environment. That caused him to disintegrate into ordinary snow.

raywest Premium member

Question: How was Serone able to get Gary to his side so quickly?

Answer: He played into his greed. Told him there can be a lot of money made if you capture an anaconda like that one.

lionhead

Question: Nick was supposed to be watching Fanny sing at Keany's, but I just don't see him in the audience shots. Error?

Season 1 generally

Question: Would it actually be possible for someone as young as Harrison was to remember seeing his mother being murdered? I think he was around a year old at the time.

Phaneron Premium member

Answer: Around 1 year old is very unlikely. However, there are numerous reports and articles online of kids as young as 4 telling people "daddy hurt mummy" or vice versa when witnessing a murder.

Ssiscool Premium member

Question: Something I'm confused about... every home-video and streaming version of the movie available is in full-frame. But I've read it was released in theaters in some countries. So was the movie initially released in widescreen? It seems odd that the DVD editions are only in full-frame, especially as at the time they were released, widescreen was pretty much taking over as widescreen TV's were becoming more popular and full-frame was being phased out.

TedStixon

Answer: There are two times when this happens the first time he is holding his guns. The second time he is holding a frog.

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