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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: 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.


Question: In the scene where Jimmy and his friends are finding their parents again, who is driving the cargo ship they're on?

Chosen answer: Surely such an advanced spaceship would have some form of autopilot.

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: In the scene where Dewey is demonstrating the guitar to Zack, what is the first bit of music he plays, just before "Smoke on the Water"?

Chosen answer: He's playing "Ironman" by Black Sabbath.

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Question: After the SGC find out the Russians have the Alpha gate and they're using the original DHD and then the SGC get the Alpha stargate back, do they hook up the DHD? If not, why?

Chosen answer: No, in the episode "48 Hours", the SGC uses the Russian gate to retrieve their offworld teams and borrows the Russian's DHD to rescue Teal'c who is trapped in the gate's memory buffer. The procedure works, but destroys the DHD in the process.

Question: What is the song playing when Kevin Bacon is driving his car? It wasn't "Power Struggle" by Sunna.

Chosen answer: I checked the movie's credits (original concept, I know) then I listened to the song in the film and found the lyrics at and and I can assure you that it was, in fact, "Power Struggle" by Sunna.

Answer: Do you mean the scene where he is invisible, wearing his mask? If so, the song is called Charlie Big Potato by Skunk Anansie.

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.


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: 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.


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: When Velkan turned into a werewolf it was at the night of a full moon. The exact same thing happened to Van Helsing. Why is it that when Velkan was attacked by a werewolf it happened in the morning? Werewolves only appear on the night of a full moon.

Chosen answer: In the movie it is explained that after the first full moon a person will remain a werewolf forever. They can never return to human form.

Question: What is the music playing when Lizzie and Paolo are riding on his motorbike?

Chosen answer: The song is "Volare" performed by Vitamin C. It is available on the "Lizzie McGuire Movie" soundtrack. A better known version of the song was sung by Dean Martin.

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.


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).

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: 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.

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Question: Can someone explain some of the episode titles to me, mainly "Death has A Shadow" (no one dies) and "I Never Met The Dead Man" (ditto) "Chitty Chitty Death bang", the list goes on.

Chosen answer: When the creators were naming the shows, they wanted to incorporate "Death" in the title as one big run along joke. This eventually stoppped when even they were confused on which shows were which.

Question: When the player is saying "...I'm proud to finally play here in the fine city of Miami", who is the guy who stands up and corrects him? He looks really familiar but it isn't an important enough role to show up anywhere as far as I can tell.

Gary O'Reilly

Chosen answer: He's been a non-essential extra in a lot of films, but in a supporting role he is the the leader of the "3 sisters" group of male rapists in the Shawshank Redemption.

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.


Question: I got the feeling with Aunt May's speech that she knew Peter was Spider-Man, but it never specifically said if she did or not. Does she?

Jack's Revenge

Chosen answer: It's never specifically stated, but the general impression is that yes, she knows. In the classic Spider-Man comics, shortly before her (natural) death Aunt May tells Peter that she's known he was Spider-Man for a long time, and that she was very proud of him. We never know exactly when Aunt May makes the connection but it's safe to say that, based on the speech she gave Peter in the movie, she knows now.

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