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Is the wand gripping style up to preference, or does the method of holding the wand serve a specific purpose?

I have recently become interested in the correct way to hold a wizarding wand from Harry Potter. Firstly, is the handiness left or right depending task, and if so, can one be ambidextrous? After ...
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Why does Watney’s notebook in The Martian have four holes?

I just watched The Martian again and noticed something I missed the first time: Watney's notebook has four holes (instead of three) punched in the left margin, which means it's probably A4 in size (...
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In what TOS episode did Spock use a prop known as an analog flight computer, and why did he need to turn to a "handheld device" in this case?

In the recent Undecided with Matt Ferrell video Why the Future of AI & Computers Will Be Analog after about 05:44, the Original Star Trek TV show's Mr. Spock is shown holding a analog flight ...
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Is the mosquito in amber inspired by a real object?

A friend recently told me that the mosquito encased in amber atop the cane used by John Hammond in Jurassic Park was a real mosquito encased in amber from David Attenborough's private collection (John ...
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What does "D.Wiz, X.J. (sorc), S. of Mag. Q." stand for in the Harry Potter: Film Wizardry book?

I received Harry Potter: Film Wizardry (Updated Edition) and the Hogwarts letter seems to be different than in the book and the film, according to how Harry reads it out loud in Sorcerer's Stone. At ...
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What was the gaudily coloured equipment on the Enterprise's corridor walls in ST:TOS?

Was any in-universe explanation given for those gaudily coloured things on the Enterprise's corridor walls? Out-of-universe, they look very much like discarded match plate patterns from a metal ...
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Were McCoy's medical instruments Swedish salt shakers?

A rumour I had heard a long time ago was that Dr. McCoy's small medical devices in The Original Series were actually Swedish salt shakers. Are there any statements corroborating this?
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How were artificial boulders and rocky outcroppings & edifices constructed for the sets of the original Star Trek episodes?

As a kid getting X-rayed sitting in front of an early model color television set, I was enthralled by the rocky planets that the crew of the USS Enterprise visited. As an adult I'm still coming to ...
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What Happened to the Jurassic Park Helipad?

I heard that the Jurassic Park helipad was destroyed by a hurricane. Is this true?
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Was Sam Carter's fancy flip phone an existing model, or based on one?

I was just re-watching the Stargate SG-1 episode "Threads". As Carter finds herself in an awkward moment with Jack and his recently found companion at his backyard barbecue, she is interrupted by her ...
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What is the sculpture in Kirk’s Quarters — Star Trek VI

Does anyone know anything about this sculpture? Artist? Name of sculpture?
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Out of Universe, how many TARDIS props have been used?

Out of Universe: I was having a chat conversation recently regarding the TARDIS from the Doctor Who television series. I became curious as to how many TARDIS props were created for the television ...
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Are there any designs for Sulu's rising targeting scanner prop from Star Trek: The Original Series?

At some point in the second season of TOS, Sulu's console got an upgrade to include a scanner that rises out of the panel to his left. I have always been fascinated by the motions this scanner goes ...
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Did the power armour from the Fallout 4 intro cinematic exist?

In the intro cinematic for the Fallout 4 video game a real human is shown in a suit of power armour. Did this power armour exist as a real world asset (instead of being a CGI element) and if so is its ...
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What the heck is Captain Styles carrying around with him?

In Star Trek III - The Search for Spock, we are presented with Excelsior's Captain Styles, a bit of a preening martinet. He is first seen greeting Mr. Scott in Engineering, and he is carrying......
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Are the runes around the Goblet of Fire meaningful?

I recently visited the Warner Bros. Studios Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter and took notice of a particular piece of artwork from the prop designs of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. It ...
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What happened to the original Jurassic Park gate prop?

I have always wondered what really happened to the Jurassic Park gate prop, and the "stone" archway. Does Universal Studios have the "stone" archway for their Jurassic Park ride?
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Star Trek kanar bottle in the Addams Family Mansion?

I recently saw an episode of The Addams Family called "Morticia's Dilemma" (S02:E14), and at around 06:20 in the episode, there was a bottle that looked like the bottles of kanar drunk by ...
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Where is the Whomobile now?

The Whomobile was a strange-looking vehicle which appeared in a few Doctor Who episodes during the Third Doctor's tenure. It was the personal property of Jon Pertwee, and according to Wikipedia, it ...
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Who designed the Emperor's chair from "Return of the Jedi"?

I am looking for information on the designs of Emperor Palpatine's chair from Return of the Jedi (1983). There is information available about who designed the chair Palpatine uses in Episode III. I'm ...
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Was the Batman statue in "Shazam!" a real piece of merch, or just a movie prop?

In the movie Shazam!, there is a scene where, during Billy's first fight with Sivana, he winds up in a toy store and throws a plastic statue of Batman (which exclaims a recording stating "I'm ...
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Is this Star Trek's most used background prop?

Whenever the story brings us to a lab, science outpost, or somesuch, I immediately start looking for these: I'm wondering: In which episodes are these bad boys used? I've noticed them in VOY:...
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What style of chair are Morpheus and Neo using?

What is the name/style of the pair of chairs with armrests that are used by Morpheus and Neo in the scene of the red and blue pills? What type of chairs are they?
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What is "the prop" used in many Sci-Fi movies?

While watching the Crew Commentary on the Babylon 5 Pilot Movie "The Gathering", I heard JMS and John Navarro talk about "the mystery object", a prop which has supposedly been passed around and ...
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What happened to the Millennium Falcon hanging dice prop?

In recent Star Wars films and Extended Universe material, a lot has been made of the dice Han Solo originally had hanging overhead in the Millennium Falcon cockpit. However, the prop had disappeared ...
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Who Invented DRADIS?

As the question implies: in the BSG (Battlestar Galactica) reimagined universe, is it ever mentioned in-universe the background of DRADIS (Direction, RAnge, and DIStance) and who invented it? I’m ...
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What types of keyboard does Neo/Mr Anderson use?

I like how Neo's room is detailed and have recently developed an interest in keyboard choices and keyboards in general. What sort of (prop) keyboards is Neo using? The newer keyboard seems to be ...
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How are the different pips explained on Han's dice?

In the original Star Wars trilogy, Han Solo's dice are seen with standard pips. While there is no clear movie cell with these pips, there is this Decipher game card for their CCG: Also, the dice ...
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In Eureka, what is the plasma/smoke screensaver they use?

I noticed in Eureka season 3, episode 16 "You Don't Know Jack", that in the background setting of the locked-down lab, there is a type of multi-colored display of swirling plasma/smoke. I was ...
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Which props in Star Trek: Picard are reused from the original TNG show and films (if any)?

We established here: Who signed the Captain Picard Day sign? That the Picard Day sign from Star Trek: Picard is not the same as in TNG. However we've also seen Which props in Star Trek: Picard ...
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What happened to the prop ships and monoliths used in 2001: A Space Odyssey?

Inspired by this question, I'm intrigued to learn what happened to the amazing props that were used in the film 2001: A Space Odyssey. Did they survive and where can I see them?
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Is there a picture of Lex Luthor's desk from the "Superman" movie?

I have acquired a desk that was supposedly a prop in Superman the Movie, shot in Calgary, Alberta. I would like some way to authenticate if it's the original.
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Aside from the Bridge set pieces, which Star Trek TOS structural interior set piece garnered the most onscreen time?

Aside from the Bridge(and it's possible there was a set piece in the Bridge ensemble that qualifies because it appeared outside of the Bridge) set pieces, which Star Trek TOS structural interior set ...
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Did the 11th Doctor ever use the red button on the end of his sonic screwdriver on screen?

The prop for the 11th Doctor's Sonic Screwdriver has a red button hidden under the tail cap, is there a scene where Matt Smith is actually seen pressing this button? Or is it just there on the prop ...
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What does the GEnSEr sequence mean?

The original Timer in Sliders, built by Quinn out of a Motorola MicroTAC cell phone, displays a certain sequence on its LCD when activated or opened (approximation, characters do not translate exactly ...
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What were the names of the medals given out in Star Wars and what was written on them? [duplicate]

At the end of the 1977 film "Star Wars: A New Hope" Luke, Han, and Chewie are presented with medals in front of a large crowd by Princess Leia. What were the names of the medals? (Medal of Valor, ...
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What is the prop for Thor's hammer (Mjölnir) made of?

I am asking the material of the prop, not the hammer in the universe. I am asking the material for the hammer tip, handle and strap.
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Who signed the Captain Picard Day sign?

With the release of the trailers for Star Trek: Picard we have observed what either a flashback, or an in-universe reproduction or preserved artifact of the Captain Picard Day sign. This also affords ...
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How was Luke's prosthetic hand in Episode V filmed?

I am referring to this scene (starting at the 0m37s mark) in Star Wars, Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. This seems like a very sophisticated prop glove, but there is significant visible depth to ...
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Why do these communicators from Star Trek differ?

In the picture below, the communicator's buttons and pattern in the center differ from each other. Was there any direct intent to make them look different from although still similar to each other? I ...
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What is this painting on the Enterprise showing?

In the TNG episode "The Best of Both Worlds" Part 1, Commander Shelby is given guest quarters on the Enterprise. Her quarters contain the painting shown below: What is the inverted tear-drop-like ...
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Where is this painting from the Enterprise now?

This is a follow on to this question and of course this answer regarding this painting: which we now know is a depiction by Rick Sternbach of the glideship Aurora and its hydrogen balloon, used to ...
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Where did they get the children's artwork used for Captain Picard Day?

The Star Trek: The Next Generation episode “The Pegasus” opens with Picard, Riker, and Troi in the conference room viewing and discussing a variety of artwork that in the episode were supposed to be ...
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Was the original Death Star prop actually blown up for the movie?

I've read in the past that the original Death Star prop was blown up for the movie scene. Today I came across this and was wondering if there was any truth to that rumor.
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What was the software used for gene sequencing in Rise of the Planet of the Apes?

Does anybody know what software was shown in this movie for sequencing vaccines? It seems real.
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What did the SG-1 effects people use to build and operate the MALPs?

MALPs appear in numerous SG-1 episodes. Their six wheel chassis appears similar to gas powered off-road vehicles which have been around for many decades. From a production perspective, what was used ...
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What is the backstory of the display armor in the background of the yacht scene?

Does anyone know the backstory of the display armor in the background in the yacht scene that looks very much like Jango Fett's helmet and possibly armor as well?
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Is there any significance to the licence plates on the Ford Anglia?

In various editions of the Harry Potter books, films, and other promotional materials, different versions of the flying Ford Anglia's license plates have been shown. Harry Potter and the Chamber of ...
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What is the locket wore by Jyn Erso in Rogue One made of?

In Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, we can see Jyn Erso getting a locket from her mother who says, Trust The Force. Here is the picture of that locket. She later uses it when they were about to pass ...
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What is the manufacturer/brand of the glass that Dr. Crusher breaks?

In “Cause and Effect”, Dr. Crusher breaks this glass. Anybody have a clue who the manufacturer/brand this glass is from and/or the model?