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please can anybody help me to find a movie name?

i saw a part of some movie in television when i was 12-13 years old...in 2006 or 07... i can't remember much but the scene was a guy having dinner or breakfast with some freak or ghosts(unlike wrong ...
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Obscure show or movie from the 80's or 90's

Because I watched this when I was so young, I might have meld two shows into one. these people have white jewels in the center of their fore heads to activate their powers, they place their index ...
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Character searching for a blade to kill a cyborg [duplicate]

I saw this cartoon only once, about 10-15 years ago, and since middle. There was a character called "space fly" or so – the glowing flying ball which help the main character – a man with sword hilt. ...
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Short story: people vote by telephone to kill people

If someone pisses you off enough, you can dial their ID code on your telephone to vote to kill them. If a person get enough votes, they are executed.
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How could Darth Maul's survival go unnoticed?

They thought the Sith were gone for a thousand years, yet one shows up and kills Qui-Gon Jinn. So how come they did not bother to search his body and find out as much as possible about him? To ...
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What's the policy of Ministry of Magic over Muggle law conflicts?

Many wizards live dual identities, one in the magic world and another in the muggle world. So, they need to follow muggle laws, too. Also, they are protected by muggle laws (they have certain rights ...
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Is touching the Diviner necessary? [on hold]

In the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode The Things We Bury, we see Reinhardt expose a series of people to the Diviner/Obelisk. When one specific person touches it, This is the unnamed character ...
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Help identifying obscure sci-fi movie from late 1970s/early 1980s

I need help jogging my memory about a low budget science fiction film (or perhaps TV series) from the late 1970s or early 1980s. The first scene of the movie depicts the characters on a disabled ...
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What is the bloodiest war in the star trek universe?

I was watching TNG, The Best of Both Worlds, Part 2. The Battle of Wolf was 11k. This led me to thinking, what is the bloodiest war involving the Federation?
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Novel about a comet hitting the moon

I am trying to track down a novel (or novels) about a comet that is heading towards earth. The hero and heroine smash an asteroid into said comet and it ends up hitting the moon instead. The end of ...
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Why was knowledge of the One Ring so obscure?

About 3000 years passed between when the One Ring was lost in the Gladden river, and the events of LotR. By then, knowledge of the Ring is surprisingly obscure -- it takes Gandalf 17 years(!) between ...
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OUAT - If Emma is that powerful, why does she still need to drive her yellow VW bug?

Mr Gold, the formerly evil queen, the ambiguously evil snow queen, and the green-coloured-witch of Oz simply needed the wave of an arm to be teleported to wherever vicinity they so wish. And now that ...
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Why did Siuan and Moiraine hide their knowledge of Rand?

I am currently reading this series, and I am nearing the end of The Shadow Rising. Siuan was just stripped of her Amyrlin Seat position and stilled because she hid the fact that Rand is the Dragon ...
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What determines whether or not a timeline is “Doomed”?

In recent Homestuck updates, Terezi posed the possibility that she, Roxy, and John were all stuck within a doomed timeline; one that would eventually peter out into nothingness and from which no true ...
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How much unclaimed space exists in and around Star Trek empires?

One of the most common things that happens in Star Trek (at least TNG, with which I am the most familiar) is that two starships from two nations/empires will encounter each other, and neither seems to ...
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How can S.T.A.R. Labs afford to keep the lights on?

IIRC in the first episode of The Flash TV show, Dr. Wells mentions that after the explosion he has become something of a pariah, and that S.T.A.R. Labs has lost most or all of its backers. If this is ...
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Book involving dimensional travel/time travel: a modern earthman has a relationship with a medieval princess

The main character who was a modern earthman (I think his name was Ivan) wanders into a medieval kingdom (I don't know if it was time travel or simply travel to another dimension). There he winds up ...
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Can you drown on the Holodeck?

The Holodecks and Holosuites of Star Trek fame have a number of security measures designed to ensure that no part of the simulated environment can harm the user. Assuming there is no malfunction and ...
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What did Smith's assimilation really do?

In the second and third installment of Matrix, we can see Agent Smith assimilating basically the whole Matrix. Even though he did that and did not leave out Seraph and Sati, we can see them at the end ...
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Name and author of story with planet sized eye heading to Earth

Can someone tell me the name and author of the short story with a planet (or asteroid or meteor) heading towards Earth which, while being observed by one the characters, revolves and reveals itself to ...
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What cartoon had a girl going to another dimension, assisted by a boy with a computer?

I have a vague recollection of some sort of cartoon in which a (pink?) girl is sent on missions in some sort of other dimension. I remember she has a friend instructing and helping her out; I think ...
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Where did King Arthur get his sword, Excalibur?

There are two different stories of how King Arthur received his sword, Excalibur. The first is that he pulled it out of an anvil or stone slab (and by doing so confirmed that he was the rightful king ...
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Possible Twilight Zone or Outer Limits

An engineer/scientist is revived from cryogenic sleep in the future of a farm community. He is operated on to remove a tumor and needs to repair a transmitter. The transmitter is repaired and a ...
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Why didn't Isildur's Heir come forward sooner?

In Appendix A: Annals of the Kings and Rulers, we learn some things about Aragorn's family tree. There are basically two facts that together are confusing me: The Kingdom of Arnor comes to an end in ...
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In Potterverse, what would be as protective as, or stronger than, dragon's hide?

Dragon's hide seems to be the gold standard when it comes to protective gear at Hogwarts, and basically for the wizarding world as a whole. Harry's school supplies requirements lists the following ...
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Zombie on a ladder

In the book So Now You're a Zombie, on page 60, it states that only one in eight zeds is capable of scaling a ladder or similar structure. I'm trying to figure out on what basis was this ...
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In Star Wars, how do they empty toilets in space?

I don't think I've seen this question asked so I'll be that guy and ask it. I'm sure that these starships have some sort of plumbing system in place, but how do they empty the tanks? Do they do ...
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Looking for a book featuring a soldier/marine travelling to a different time/universe

I picked up a book a year ago and read the summary at the back(part of a series maybe?) at a airport bookshop but had to stop because of my flight was about to depart. I can't remember the author or ...
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What book has criminals wear a ring?

I remember reading one of my father's books when I was younger. It was about a guy who ended up getting in trouble with the law and was required to wear a ring that could not be removed and would ...
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Which lightsaber form(s) did General Grievous know?

In Episode III, when Grievous is about to face off against Obi-Wan Kenobi he says I've been trained in your Jedi Arts by Count Dooku. Which lightsaber form(s) was he trained in, if any? Is this ...
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Why was there apparently no knowledge of the missing ship in the Typhon Expanse?

In the TNG episode "Cause and Effect", we are treated to the following line of dialogue...three times. "Captain's Log, Stardate 45652.1. The Enterprise has entered an area of space known as the ...
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How does Shrek's rescue party reach him so fast at the end of Shrek 2?

In the beginning of Shrek 2 it is shown that it takes a long time to reach Far Far Away from Shrek's swamp. Although not explicitly mentioned, from the visuals it seems obvious that the distance is ...
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What is the title of sci-fi novel where lizards became more advanced than humans?

I've read some sci-fi novel long ago where lizards during natural selection became more advanced than humans. Also, as some clue, in that book's world transport was mostly biological - I remember ...
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Can the Killing Curse destroy Horcruxes? [duplicate]

Close to the end of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Harry willingly gives himself up to Voldemort. Whilst doing this he is actually giving all of his friends a magic protection. Voldemort ...
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Why can't Xavier move his legs with his mind? [duplicate]

I always wondered why it is possible for Charles Xavier to move objects with his mind, but not his own legs? Thanks for your replies.
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What's the perfect place to start reading DC comics for a newbie? [on hold]

I am a newbie in comics. Although I'm well aware with all the DC characters and have seen all the movies, I think it's time for me start diving into comics as they're the real deal and I've always ...
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How did the rightful heir know about Worf's vision?

About fifteen minutes into 6x23 Rightful Heir, Kahless reminds Worf of a vision Worf had when he was young. But later on it is revealed that So how does he know? Or, since Worf doesn't seem to ...
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Story Identification : An astronomer, superconduction in the human brain, tricyclics, electron spin resonance and SETI

Looking for the title and author of a short story that appeared in one of Analog's sister magazines, featuring an astronomer, Electron Spin Resonance, tricyclics, neural superconduction and SETI. The ...
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Why doesn't NASA try to contact Cooper?

Cooper and Murph find the hidden NASA headquarters via decoding patterns in the dust in their library Upon arriving at NASA, Brand recruits Cooper for the Endurance mission, saying he is the pilot ...
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Do terminators have free will?

Can the various terminators (specifically, the T-800 and T-1000) go against their programming, or are they 'forced' to act in a certain way, given a certain situation?
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Identify a book set on a spaceship orbiting a black hole?

I remember reading a book around 10-12 years ago about a crew on a spaceship which was in danger of crashing into a either a black-hole or a white dwarf / some other star. The book was semi-humorous ...
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The “superhuman speed” special effect in movies and television

What's the earliest example of a character exhibiting "superhuman" speed in either film or television (doesn't have to be Hollywood, if the earliest example is foreign, very interested in hearing of ...
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Help for the URL easter egg in the book 'Ready Player One'

I already know the URL itself. I want to know which pages contain the typos that make up the URL for the Easter egg in the book Ready Player One.
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Who remembers a sci-fi book where a guy's glow-in-the-dark watch saves him?

A guy ends up in another (possibly parallel) world where there are primitive humanoids living in a barren land. There are also huge single-cell organisms. Because he has a glow-in-the-dark watch which ...
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Durthang: orc castle or home of a Nazgûl?

Or would it have been just another orc infested tower like Cirith Ungol? Also would there have been many castles like Durthang in Mordor?
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Why was a Nebulon-B medical frigate at the Battle of Endor?

So rewatched the final battle scene from “Return of the Jedi” last night and caught the line: They’re heading for the medical frigate! It’s something I never thought about before since seeing ...
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Looking for children's story c. 1990-95 about a family of sugar people

It was in my language arts textbook. As far as I can recall, it was about a family that was new to town. The protagonist befriends a little boy in the family but the boy can never come out when it ...
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What did Dumbledore suspect of Harry during their conversation in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets?

‘I must ask you, Harry, whether there is anything you’d like to tell me,’ [Dumbledore] said gently. ‘Anything at all.’ Chamber of Secrets - page 156 - Bloomsbury - chapter twelve, The Polyjuice ...
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What is the science-fiction tradition of flying cars having their wheels turned sideways?

The DeLorean in Back to the Future turns its wheels sideways when it is about to fly. Also, there are many children's toys that feature similar concepts, such as this Lego kit, which features two such ...
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Why will data from a black hole solve the gravity problem?

In Interstellar, the team hopes that data collected from the inside of a black hole will solve "the gravity problem" (presumably the question of how to get a massive space station to escape the ...

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