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Question: Can anyone tell me what other things did Odysseus contribute during his time besides the Trojan Horse and ultimately the fall of Troy.

Chosen answer: Odysseus was, in a way, responsible for the whole thing. He originally courted Helen, then, when Menelaus won her hand, Odysseus advised him to persuade all the other suitors to swear an oath to defend him against any slight to his marriage. It was this oath that gathered together the alliance that struck at Troy. According to the Iliad, Odysseus was one of the ambassadors sent into Troy to negotiate Helen's peaceful return. It was also he who persuaded Achilles to join the fight. He served in the war as one of the finest military commanders, known for his cunning strategies. Check http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Odysseus.

Tailkinker Premium member

Question: In the flashback scene in the bar, Striker throws his hat, but it comes back to him like a boomerang. He then throws his jacket, and it also comes back to him like a boomerang, but this time you can see the hand that throws it at him. Is the hand a crew member's, or it is intended to be somebody throwing it back at him?

Jackie Menechino

Chosen answer: Too hard to say - potentially both. I'm guessing the hand wasn't meant to be seen, but at the same time there's no reason why someone couldn't have just hurled hat back at him, so seeing the hand isn't really a mistake.

Question: If Van Helsing murdered Dracula 400 years or more ago and took his ring, how come he is still alive. Dracula is 'alive' because he is one of the undead, but what about Van Helsing?

Chosen answer: Carl reveals that Dracula was originally killed by "the Left Hand of God." Dracula refers to Van Helsing as Gabriel. Put together, the two facts imply that Van Helsing is actually the Archangel Gabriel, responsible for informing Mary of her pregnancy with Christ among other things. So Van Helsing is not a mere human, he is also supernatural and not subject to human lifespan.

Phoenix

Question: Is there going to be a Johnny English 2?

Chosen answer: Rowan Atkinson is working on a sequel to this movie and Bean. Which one gets made first or ever is still uncertain.

Garlonuss Premium member

Question: Before Lina sings "Singin' in the Rain," she keeps backing up to the curtain (to ask Kathy what song she's going to sing, and in what key). Wouldn't that tip off the audience that Lina wasn't using her own voice?

Chosen answer: They might think she's just asking someone backstage, R.F. or something, which song it would be best to sing.

rabid anarchist

Question: What exactly did the killer do to the Lust guy? I never understood what happened there.

Chosen answer: It was very grim! Basically he got a man who was with a prostitute and gave him a choice of having sex with her or be shot. The issue being that he forced the man to wear an elaborate 'strap on' device with a 12 inch blade attached. Ergo he was forced to choose between dying or killing the prostitute in an horrendous manner. This would of course pretty much destroy the rest of his life anyway. The woman was the real Lust victim.

Richard Johnson

Question: Sirius' beard looks very full. Did Gary Oldman have to grow it all out, or were parts of it real and others added as a part of his costume?

Chosen answer: Sirius' beard had to be grown out and then they added some artificial parts to it to make it look like it does in the movie.

Question: What's the difference between an enlisted person and an officer?

Chosen answer: An officer is a person who has had special training (in college ROTC, or in OTS, called 90 days wonders) for command, tactics, military law and the like, after which they are Commissioned. They are basically management. An enlisted person is someone who has gone through basic military training, but does not have command responsibilities or authority. Basically labor. This gets a little confusing when enlisted personnel can rise in rank to become a Non-Commissioned officer, often called the backbone of the Service. But the highest ranked enlisted person does not out-rank, and has to salute, the lowest ranked officer.

Richard Welty

The Switch - S6-E11

Question: When Jerry and George are discussing how to do the switch (hence the title of the episode) what is the name of the melody that accompanies their conversation and who composed it?

Tobin OReilly

Chosen answer: The composer of nearly all the melodies that are heard in the show is Jonathan Wolff. As far as the name of the the melody; little interludes such as this are rarely named because they are not complete songs, just intro's or outtro's that are written to help move the action of the show along.

The One With The Lesbian Wedding - S2-E11

Question: Slightly more wide-ranging a question than just Friends, but it's relevant at the moment. With Massachusetts being in the news for offering same-sex weddings, and apparently being the first state to fully sanction it, was the wedding in this episode (back in the mid '90s) based on any then-current law, or just made up for the purposes of the plot?

Jon Sandys Premium member

Chosen answer: Same-sex weddings have been performed for quite some time in the United States. They simply didn't have the sanction of law or the benefits (and costs) that come with it. The ceremonies were purely for the sake of the supporting friends and family of the couple making the commitment.

K.C. Sierra

Question: When Will is discovered by the professor, he is solving a math problem using what appear to be stick figures. Is there a branch of mathematics that deals with these stick figures?

Chosen answer: I looked at it and it seems to be a graph-theoretical problem. Graph theory is a branch of mathematics dealing with figures that look like stick figures (which can be interpreted for example as streets connecting cities, and one tries to find the shortest way from one city to another). The exact problem is to give all the possible unique trees with 10 points, without redundant connections.

nightline

Question: How exactly did the chief justice taking "the long walk" help to keep the Janus project secret? They were worried Dredd's conviction would cause the media to dig, but he was convicted of murder regardless of his execution. Wouldn't the chief justice retiring over it make the media even MORE eager to dig?

Chosen answer: It is explained in the movie that he takes the long walk to spare Judge Dredd's life. When he takes the long walk he gets a final wish. His was to spare Dredd. Therefore the meaning of his Long walk was for that. There was no mention of the Cheif resigning helping to cover up the Janus project though.

iceverything776

Question: Why would they try to combine both The Vampire Lestat and Queen of the Damned into one movie? They twisted the story line and left out some key characters and elements. What did Anne Rice think about this?

Chosen answer: She disowned the movie completely. The situation was that if no movie had been made from her books by a particular date, then the rights would revert back to Anne Rice herself. In order to forestall this, Warner Brothers threw something together using the bits that they liked from two different books. The result was functional, barely, but was hardly a worthy companion to the books.

Tailkinker Premium member

Question: Where are Baboo, Squat and Finster?

Chosen answer: They weren't even considered to appear in the movie considering there were so many other changes (different suits, new Command Centre etc). Also the movie has been widely accepted as out of continuity with the TV show, so their disappearance doesn't really mean much.

Show generally

Question: Does anybody knows what the "your love life's DOA" means in the title song?

Chosen answer: DOA is an acronym meaning "Dead On Arrival". It is usually used in a military or medical context. However, in this case, it means there is no sex being had.

SexyIrishLeprechaun

Question: When Jack and Rose make love in the car, why doesn't she get pregnant? There's no apparent sign that Jack had condoms and I doubt he could afford them.

Chosen answer: Women don't automatically become pregnant every time they have sex - the conception time window is actually relatively small, which is why some couples try for years before successfully conceiving.

Tailkinker Premium member

Answer: Even if she had been ovulating and the egg had been fertilised, the stress of that night - which would have taken weeks for her body to recover from, would likely have temporarily disrupted her reproductive functioning, making it impossible for the fertilised egg to establish itself. That being said, there was a real-life, starstruck, unmarried couple on Titanic (though they were engaged to be married upon docking, with no rival suitors or pushy families). The man died and the woman survived. She gave birth exactly nine months after the sinking, meaning they possibly made secret, out-of-wedlock love on the ship.

Question: When Jack and Rose make love in the car, why doesn't she get pregnant? There's no apparent sign that Jack had condoms and I doubt he could afford them.

Chosen answer: Women don't automatically become pregnant every time they have sex - the conception time window is actually relatively small, which is why some couples try for years before successfully conceiving.

Tailkinker Premium member

Answer: Even if she had been ovulating and the egg had been fertilised, the stress of that night - which would have taken weeks for her body to recover from, would likely have temporarily disrupted her reproductive functioning, making it impossible for the fertilised egg to establish itself. That being said, there was a real-life, starstruck, unmarried couple on Titanic (though they were engaged to be married upon docking, with no rival suitors or pushy families). The man died and the woman survived. She gave birth exactly nine months after the sinking, meaning they possibly made secret, out-of-wedlock love on the ship.

Question: Does anybody know the name of the theme that was playing at the last part of the trailer?

Chosen answer: That is Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story composed by Randy Edelman.

hannisen

Question: Does anyone know what that cave thing is that Frodo, Sam, and Gollum are resting in at the beginning of the movie is?

Chosen answer: There are plenty of ruins throughout Middle-Earth, and the area known as Ithilien, where Frodo and co are at that point, is no exception. Once a populous region, it has been deserted for around 1000 years, since the fall of Minas Ithil (now Minas Morgul) and the return of the Nazgul. What Frodo and Sam are resting is no doubt some ruined structure left over from Ithilien's populated days.

Tailkinker Premium member

Question: Was Neo ever really The One? In the first film, Morpheus stated that the prophecy said The One would destroy the Matrix, and and all humans would be free; but Neo never destroyed the Matrix. So was he The One, and changed 'fate'; or was he not the true One, but just really powerful?

Chosen answer: Neo was the One. Prophecy is not always 100% correct on all the details. And he did destroy the illusion of the Matrix and granted freedom to those who desired it. So he did end up fulfilling the prophecy in a way. It's much like Anakin Skywalker bringing "balance to the force" by annhilating the Jedi and allowing a new order to spring forth. Not exactly what you would expect.

Grumpy Scot

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