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Question: Why is the right field foul pole named after Johnny Pesky?

Chosen answer: Popular Boston Red Sox lore credits the nickname to pitcher Mel Parnell who later became a sportscaster. Pesky had only 6 homers in Fenway Park and all were hit near the right field foul line pole, but never off the pole. The pole is only 302 feet from home plate. The left field foul line pole is named after player Carlton Fisk.

ChiChi Premium member

Proshai, Livushka - S3-E2

Question: In the credits a character is shown as "2 to 5 / 7 to 9". Who is this character and what is the significance of her name?

Chosen answer: I'm not sure which person you're referring to here specifically, but the meaning is someone who makes a habit of constantly going to funeral calling hours (normally 2pm-5pm and 7pm to 9pm) for morbid entertainment or gossip purposes (elderly ladies, for example).

Ryan Grubb

Question: How would Pai Mei have taught the 'five point palm exploding heart' technique to Beatrix?

Chosen answer: She trained with him for a long time.

Jason Hoffman

Question: I'm not sure if anyone has an answer for this, but is it likely that Darth Sidious was always planning to make Anakin his apprentice, even when Count Dooku served him?

Chosen answer: From his comment at the end of Episode One, where he mentions watching Anakin "with great interest" and his subsequent dealings with Anakin, it does seem likely that he has something like that in mind.

Tailkinker Premium member

Question: What is the significance of Rae repeating what Lazarus's ex wife said at the beginning of the film, "See if I give a s**t about all you people"? Is this to suggest that the two met or what? I don't get it. Could someone explain it to me?

Chosen answer: No, it's just a phrase they both blurt out when they are angry. However, for the audience watching (us), it foreshadows the similarities between Rae's and Lazarus' lives that makes them connect so well.

Twotall

Question: Well it is said that Danny was supposed to commit suicide at the end. But I would like to know for what reason, could anyone give some more detail on this? What exactly is the reason Danny would want to commit suicide in the first place?

Movieman123

Chosen answer: It was the film producers that suggested that Danny commit suicide at the end of the film, some have speculated to give the movie a different spin than the original stage production. However, the writers refused, so he flew off in a Cadillac with Sandy instead. That said, there's very little evidence for anything to do with Grease featuring suicide actually being real, and not just a rumour.

OneHappyHusky

It doesn't answer my question why he would want to commit suicide.

They would have given him a reason (Sandy going with someone else, for example) - him killing himself would have necessitated various changes to the plot. Danny as we know him in the finished film would have no reason to commit suicide.

New this week Answer: Danny probably would have wanted to commit suicide because he was heartbroken and depressed because he wasn't who he wanted to be and he knew it. Also because he was influenced by his gang to think that he belonged where he was, which was going against his heart.

Question: Does anybody know what Calypso's yelling when she's finally being freed?

Chosen answer: She says "Malfaiteur en tombeau, crochir l'esplanade, dans l'fond d'l'eau!" which is an incantation in French that translates roughly to "Across all the seas, find the path to he who wrongfully entombed me!"

Question: Why did Bootstrap Bill attack Norrington and betray Will and Elizabeth's escape, when he seemed, to all pursuits and purposes, to be on their side?

Chosen answer: He didn't mean to betray Will and Elizabeth's escape, he did want to help them. But he had been on the Dutchman for so long that he was becoming part of the boat and couldn't help what he was doing.

JCT05

Question: Is the "Fire Sale" procedure used in this movie a real-world idea or just a movie creation? Could it ever happen?

Chosen answer: It is strictly hypothetical and most likely couldn't happen without having many, many insiders and the best hackers in the world, but even then, who knows if that could be probable in a "Post 9/11" climate.

Jason Riley

Question: What type of personality disorder does Mr. Brook have, is compulsive killing part of it, and is it really genetic?

Jason Riley

Chosen answer: It sounds like Dissociative Identity Disorder. And I think compulsive killing is something he chooses to do, and not connected to his DID; and from skimming the article, it doesn't appear to be genetic.

Cubs Fan Premium member

Question: When Professor McGonagall turns the bird into a water goblet, what type of bird is that?

Michele Hedges

Chosen answer: I believe it's a breed of toucan or hornbill. Tropical in origin. Not sure if it's South American or African.

Question: After Robert and Sophie read the clue that was in the cryptex, Robert says he thinks he knows where she's gone. He says, "I think the Grail has gone home." Why would Rosslyn Chapel be the Grail's home?

Sheri Hartman

Chosen answer: Meaning the grail has been carted all over Europe and never got to rest in one place. Now it has a final resting place surrounded by information on her.

shortdanzr Premium member

Question: Near the end of the film, why did Vincent arrange to murder Archbishop Gilday?

Cubs Fan Premium member

Chosen answer: He'd been stealing from the Family.

Captain Defenestrator Premium member

The Siege (1) - S1-E19

Question: It was said earlier in the show that the Atlantis crew did not have enough power to dial Earth. Earth Control had no idea of the fate of the Atlantis crew until they sent the video package telling them what was going on, then Earth Control sent reinforcements to help out. My question is; if Earth Control was able to send reinforcements to Atlantis to help out, why could they not send a crew to check on the status of Atlantis? They knew the Atlantis crew made it in the 1st episode.

SAZOO1975

Chosen answer: Because the ZPM allowing them to dial Atlantis was being used at the Antarctic defense outpost. They couldn't risk making Earth vulnerable to attack from Anubis by depleting it with repeated dialing to the Pegasus galaxy. Once they knew Atlantis was in serious danger, they had no choice.

Grumpy Scot

ZPM from Antarctic was depleted in first dial, dial in Siege was done via ZPM from Egypt (SG-1: Moebius Part-1/2).

Question: Near the end of the film, when McClane, his daughter Lucy, and the hacker Matt Farrell are about to leave in the ambulance, there is a sign with the number 5 hanging out of a warehouse in the background - does this mean there will be a Die Hard 5?

Allister Cooper, 2011

Chosen answer: Looks like a standard 5 mph speed sign to me. You can't read too much into that. In addition though, Bruce Willis has already stated in a few interviews that he'd be more than happy to do another one.

XIII

Question: Before Burt and Heather are attacked in their basement by the graboid, she puts some bullets and dirt in a machine and turns it on. The machine makes noise and attracts the graboids. What is that machine doing to the bullets and dirt?

SAZOO1975

Chosen answer: The machine is a vibrating case cleaner, which is used to polish the brass casings of pistol and rifle ammo. The "dirt" is actually an abrasive polishing compound.

BGraz

Question: Wouldn't Burt and his wife get in trouble for having all the weapons in their house? Even in later movies, there is no sign they got in trouble and Burt continued to have all these big weapons on hand.

SAZOO1975

Chosen answer: No, there's nothing illegal about any of the weapons they owned. Some of them may have required a Class 3 firearms license, but even this is not difficult (just expensive) for a law-abiding citizen to obtain.

Grumpy Scot

Question: When Isabel answered Rusty's phone, what was the ring tone?

BigOLB

Chosen answer: It was "Pretty in Pink", originally sung by The Psychedelic Furs for the Molly Ringwald movie of the same title.

Question: Since I have never been in the military this is confusing. Does it make any sense that The President, a former fighter pilot, as well as General Grey would not know about Area 51? I find it hard to believe that Captain Steven Hiller would know about Area 51 but the 2 most powerful men in the U.S. would not.

SAZOO1975

Chosen answer: Hiller didn't know what Area 51 was, he just knew there was a base nearby, because he flew over it in battle. Recall his exchange with Russell Casse in the desert when they were picking him & the alien up; Casse said there's no base on the map, Hiller said it's there, he just flew over it. The base isn't named at that point by either Casse or Hiller.

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Question: Does anyone know why Spongebob's and I think Patrick's voices suddenly changed after the Spongebob movie came out?

Danelle Williams

Chosen answer: Did they? They are both still voiced by the same actors, so either A. you are imagining it, or B. they changed the voices slightly to make performing them every day easier.

Grumpy Scot

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