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Question: In the scene where Eve knocks down all the bookcases, the curator comes in and tells her something like "straighten up this *mishaba*" what does "mishaba" mean?

MAC

Chosen answer: He says "straighten up this meshiver". Meshiver is just another word for mess.

Macalou

Long Day's Journey - S4-E9

Question: At the end of this episode "in loving memory of Glenn Quinn" is displayed - he played Doyle in early episodes of Angel, and died at the end of 2002. However, this was actually the second episode broadcast after his death - does anyone know why the credit was shown in this episode and not the one before?

Jon Sandys Premium member

Chosen answer: The epispode that aired the week before was titled 'Habeus Corpses' and had a theme of the dead coming back to life as zombies. So, putting a dedication afterwords would have been tacky.

MoonFaery Premium member

Question: Does anyone know the significance of the Romans clubbing the feet of the two thieves crucifed at Golgotha? And why they did not do this to Jesus? I know there's an explanation for this somewhere in the gospels but I can't find it.

Jeanne Perrotta

Chosen answer: When someone is crucified, they die from suffocation because when the arms are stretched out that far wide and you can't move your legs it is close to impossible to breathe. The platform that their feet were nailed to would serve, for a while, a way to boost your body up enough to be able to take small breaths in and out. Eventually when they were tired of waiting for you to die they would break your legs so you couldn't boost yourself up enough to breathe well and you would asphyxiate quicker. When the storm came after Jesus died, they broke the legs of the 2 thieves, but did not break Jesus's legs. The prophecy stated that the Messiah would die with no broken bones.

princesskelli

Kryten - S2-E1

Question: When Holly is saying about how he has changed music he says that because of the 2 new notes he's made instruments would be bigger. "Triangles will have four sides. Piano keyboards the length of zebra crossings. Course, women will have to be banned from playing the cello." I don't understand the joke about the cello part. Could someone please tell me what he means?

Chosen answer: The cello is a large four-stringed instrument, which, when it is played, stands vertically on the floor between the player's legs (assuming they are seated). If it is to grow as large as the other instuments mentioned will, it would require a rather unseemly lack of femininity to be able to encompass it with the legs.

Rooster of Doom

Question: Many entries have made the assumption that the "Deus ex Machina" and "the source" are one and the same thing. I don't see that this is obvious. Does anyone have any observation or comments from the producers that proves that this is the case?

Chosen answer: Well Deus ex Machina does mean God from (or in) the Machine. Could be they are the same or that the Deus ex controls and uses the Source. Further it's likely that the Deus, Neo and the Source are an analogy to the Father, Son and Holy Ghost in Christian religion.

Grumpy Scot

Question: I feel like an idiot for encouraging the way the entire plot of this movie is laid out in the questions page, but, how do the pirates know exactly what they need to do to lift the curse? Does Aztec gold come with an instructions manual or something?

Chosen answer: The Aztec chest has inscriptions on all of its sides. After Barbossa and the rest realized that there indeed was a curse, they went back to Isla de Muerta and learned how the curse can be undone, by deciphering the inscriptions. This is when William Bootstrap Turner decided that they all deserved to be cursed and remain cursed and then sent one piece of the gold to Will, his son, living in England.

Super Grover Premium member

Show generally

Question: Does anyone know what happened to Dr Weaver's leg, or is it a mystery?

Chosen answer: You find out in later seasons that it is a congenital hip defect.

Dr Muppet

Question: Why exactly did Carrie's house collapse at the end? I thought it could be old age, Carrie's powers or the fire, does anyone know?

Answer: The whole idea of the movie and the book is that Carrie is an innocent, harmless young girl with unusual powers, driven over the edge by the cruelties she endures on a daily basis, while her mother is completely insane and uses a warped form of Christianity as an outlet for her madness. In fact, most of Margaret White's supposed "quotes" from the Bible are made up by her. The original answer is correct: Carrie's powers cause the house to collapse.

Jukka Nurmi

Chosen answer: We actually just talked about this in my film class, and the consensus was that her surging powers began the house's collapse, and she felt so guilty about killing her mother that she brought the house down so that they would both be dead in it together.

Nick N.

Answer: I perceive it as Carrie's mother was truly the foundation of good and Carrie was possessed by evil. Once her mother was dead the foundation of good was gone and evil was able to take over completely. This explains Carrie's fear as she no longer had any good.

Question: What do the roses symbolize?

Chosen answer: The red rose is an almost universal symbol for love. Red is the colour of passion. A rose is also associated with female genitalia. So when Lester imagines Angela covered in rose petals this is to reinforce this passion and longing. That is one association. The rose known as American Beauty is very beautiful but also very fragile and its roots rots easily. The film begins with Lester's wife cutting roses in her garden of which she is very proud. We soon find out that behind this "beautiful" exterior the family is falling apart, it is "rotting." There is another analogy that can be made between the American dream and the pursuit of happiness and the connection to passion and desire represented by the rose. But it is ephemeral. It's not a coincidence that Lester dies moments after realizing true happiness.

Question: What is the translation of what Wonka says before getting on the boat?

Chosen answer: "Ladies and Gentlemen, now we are going for a great little trip by boat."

David Mercier

Show generally

Question: where did Kim get all of these gadgets?

Chosen answer: From technogenius Wade. There's at least one scene in the show where she gets some new gadgets from him.

Kathy Tjarks

Question: What is the story behind the cop who seems to enjoy chasing Anderton? He talks to Fletch in the Hotel (the Spyder scene) about Fletch not trusting him alone with Anderton, because he might (according to my subtitles) 'futz' him. He also seems to take some delight when they arrest Anderton at the cottage near the end. I never understood this.

Chosen answer: He's the one who Anderton rode around on during the jetpack chase and who was eventually knocked out by Anderton. As such, he understandably feels somewhat aggrieved towards his old boss.

Tailkinker Premium member

Question: Does anyone know the name of the song that is playing when Jamie Presley is walking down the hall with her friends.

Chosen answer: The song is called "Yoo Hoo" by Imperial Teen. The same song plays in Jawbreaker when Rose McGowan is leading her friends down the hall, which is of course, the scene that Not Another Teen Movie is mimicking.

Question: What make of car does Bruce drive after he becomes god?

Chosen answer: The car is a Saleen S7.

Josh Appelbaum

Question: Why is it that they aren't allowed to bring any modern weapons into the past? The grenade didn't seem to be affected. A simple air gun with tranquilizer darts would be enough just for protection.

Chosen answer: Because you can never know what kind of influence the discovery of such a thing by the local people would have on any of those involved. The grenade was not supposed to get sent back, but since it exploded, not enough pieces are left for local people to wonder about them if ever they find some. That would not be the case for a full weapon.

Sereenie

Question: When Reese hot wires the car what's the name of the song that starts playing?

Chosen answer: When they are in the car park? If that's the case, it's just called Tunnel Chase - written specifically for the film. It is located on the official soundtrack.

Sam Johnson

Question: I know all the characters were taken from Victorian novels (e.g.. Mina Harker from Dracula) but which novel did Allan Quatermain come from? (sorry if I spelled it wrong)

Chosen answer: Allan Quatermain appeared in 14 books by H. Ryder Haggard, starting with 'King Solomon's Mines' in 1885, and ending with 'Allan and the Ice Gods', published in 1927 (two years after the author died). See http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/authors/H_Rider_Haggard.htm and http://www.kirjasto.sci.fi/haggard.htm.

J I Cohen

Question: What is the meaning of the "devil" figure holding the baby while Jesus is being scourged?

Chosen answer: The devil is taunting Jesus, trying to make him feel as if His Father doesn't care about him.

Piemanmoo

The One Where Ross Meets Elizabeth's Dad - S6-E21

Question: Estelle tells Joey about the new part she got him an audition for and says "It's kind of on the Q. T. The actor who has the part doesn't know he might be fired." What does she mean exactly by "on the q.t."?

Chosen answer: "On the Q.T. is slang for quietly. Q.T. is an abbreviation for quiet. The phrase dates to at least 1884." Found on wordorigins.org.

Ingabritzen

Question: Why didn't Finland's hockey team medal in the 1980 games if they played the U.S. for the gold?

Krista

Chosen answer: It appears that the medal round was just a continuation of the round robin tournament. When the US deafeated Finland, it cliched the best record in the tournament. The Soviet Union had the second best record, and Sweden the third best.

Timothy Cheseborough

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