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In 1984, is the political ideology Death Worship (Obliteration of Self) related to eastern religions/philosophies?

At some point In 1984 by George Orwell, O'Brien gives a copy of Emmanuel Goldstein's book to the protagonist Winston. In the book the official political ideology of the Eastasian Government is called ...
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What did the emperor do before becoming the Emperor?

What do we know about what the Emperor did before the Unification of Terra? He was born 8000 BC in Anatolia. This Q&A sheds a light on his birth. I don't really care about how he was born, either ...
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How do the Borg find consensus?

How to the Borg find consensus, i.e. what protocol do they use? Is it a democracy-like consensus or are there special drones for each task (i.e. tactical drone, combat drone, maintainance drone...)? ...
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'The Invaders' episode with obvious body double for Gene Hackman

This question here Star Trek TOS episode with obvious stunt double for William Shatner made me think of an episode of The Invaders that features a very obvious stuntman instead of Gene Hackman. IIRC ...
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Which Star Trek races are not uniform? [on hold]

Which recurring Star Trek species (having appeared in 5 or more separate episodes) are physically not uniform? E.g. Humans Have different skin colour Have different eye shapes They are therefore not ...
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Does Starfleet have self-activated teleport technology? If so, have they ever used it?

I've seen multiple situations where non-Starfleet beings teleport themselves to and from different locations by using a self-activated handheld device, i.e. they do not have to call their host ship to ...
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Cleaning staff aboard star ships [duplicate]

Did the Enterprise, Voyager or DS9 have a cleaning crew and janitorial staff? Or is it like the Japanese where everyone would devote time to clean? Or do you think they use the transporters to beam ...
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Have aliens contributed any technology to humanity?

The United Federation of Planets supposedly works on a principle of mutually shared advancements. In TOS: Arena they say UFP works on “the principles of universal liberty, rights, and equality, and to ...
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80s Mad Max-esque space movie with really long name

One night when I was a kid, in the mid eighties, I saw a Sci-Fi movie late night on TV. I seem to remember it had a really long name. It opened with the main character on his spaceship (which was kind ...
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If Harry killed Voldemort before Voldemort “killed” the Horcrux within Harry, would Voldemort just have managed to come back again? [duplicate]

If Harry had killed Voldemort before Voldemort "killed" the Horcrux within Harry, would Voldemort just have managed to come back again somehow?
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Why did James Kirk and the Enterprise return to Planet Genesis so soon?

The Enterprise was nearly destroyed by the Genesis device on the Reliant. It barely escaped by going to warp speed at the last second. When the device detonates, the ...
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Manga with main character abandoned by goddess and class

I'm looking for the name of manga where entire class is summoned by goddess but the main character has only paralysis poison and sleep skills and is abandoned in a dungeon. He uses those skills to ...
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How are numbers written in the languages of The Lord of the Rings?

I have found some examples but I am not sure if any of them are right. Are there any concrete examples of Tolkien numerals?
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Does Mickey Mouse exist in the Ducktales universe (Or even the general Duckverse)?

Does Mickey Mouse exist in the DuckTales universe? (or even the general Duckverse). I don't mean hidden Mickeys or cameos, I mean referenced in a way that acknowledges his existence. Both television ...
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What must a Klingon master do in order to be considered a Dahar Master?

Memory Alpha describes a Dahar Master as: a Klingon warrior who had reached a legendary status among his peers and subordinates. And Memory Beta: Dahar Master is the title given to Klingons, ...
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Who are the two guys in the Emperor's Court on the Death Star II

At the 1:04:38 mark of Star Wars VI: "Return of The Jedi" Darth Vader and the Emperor just finished a conversation. The Emperor sends Darth Vader off. He then turns and walks over to two guys, who bow ...
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In this scene from the novel, 'The Martian', by Andy Weir, how does Mark Watney store hydrogen made from water in the tank?

This is the scene from chapter 25, where Watney describes how he had produced and stored hydrogen, which he produced by electrolysing water. I need clarification of the bold part. LOG ENTRY: SOL ...
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Why didn't Petunia know that Harry wasn't supposed to use magic out of school?

In the beginning of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Harry scares Dudley into thinking that he is allowed to do magic out of school. However this should have never scared Dudley as Petunia ...
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Has any other Dark Jedi or Sith said that they felt the “pull to the light”?

In The Force Awakens, Kylo Ren has this monologue (emphasis mine): Forgive me. I feel it again. The pull to the light. Supreme Leader senses it. Show me again. The power of the darkness. And I'll ...
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How do the emergency doors on the Enterprise refit work?

In Wrath of Khan, during the first strike, we see various emergency doors closing on in engineering. One of these appears to bisect part of the warp core. Is this merely an oversight of the production ...
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Manga with main character abandoned by goddess and his entire class [duplicate]

I'm looking for the name of manga where entire class is summoned by goddess but the main character has only paralysis poison and sleep skills and is abandoned in a dungeon. He uses those skills to ...
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When did Dumbledore destroy the Horcrux ring?

In book 6, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, in Chapter 4, when Dumbledore takes Harry to meet Slughorn, he is using Gaunt's ring to attract Slughorn: He shrugged and spread his hands wide, ...
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Story about a man whose childhood friend doesn't age

It's a story about a man who has a childhood friend that doesn't age. The man visits his friend, and discovers that his friend's childhood has continued in a sort of alternate universe. His friend ...
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1960's film with rock monsters

I've wondered what film this was, which I saw as a kid. Plot included astronauts landing on a rocky planet, and if you stepped into the sunlight, you would fry. Rocks would come alive to attack ...
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How does Voldemort get back to Albania?

In the 1st Harry Potter, at the end it's revealed that Quirrell ran into Voldemort in Albania, where he possessed him. At the end, Voldemort leaves Quirrell, and he dies. Since Voldemort was still a ...
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Short detective story. Criminals are cloned, then killed by the victims of crime for revenge

The story is about a detective talking to different people trying to gather information about a clone. The story deals with clones of a criminal who committed murders, and they make exact clones of ...
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What does Dax's idiom about feet mean?

In the Deep Space Nine episode Dramatis Personae there is a scene with Kira and Dax where the follow exchange takes place: KIRA: How are you, Lieutenant? DAX: You know what they say, put the ...
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Movie where a kid reads a book and enters a fantasy world. School bullies try to steal the book [on hold]

The main plot was about a kid who finds a book and when he reads it (at school) he enters a fantasy world where he meets a girl. When he first sees her, she's fixing something and they're in a field. ...
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Can the transporter reposition you?

In Tomorrow is Yesterday USAF Captain John Christopher was sitting in his pilot seat when he dematerialized, then he was standing upright with his back to Captain Kirk when he materialized. This ...
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Lost Short SF Story, Messages from Mars, uniquely shaped coil involved

I read this in an anthology sometime in the 1970's. A chap was winding various coils for his radio receiver. He hears a message from 'Mars'? The story ends when the 'special' coil is crushed by some ...
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How accurately can Vulcans predict when pon farr will happen?

Pon farr is the Vulcans’ drive to mate every seven years, traditionally resolved by returning to Vulcan and their mate. How accurately can they predict when it will happen? Do they just know “sometime ...
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What would you call the child of a god and a demigod?

So if the child of a god and mortal is a demigod, and the children of demigods are called legacies (or demigods), then what would the child of a god and demigod be called? They would be three quarter ...
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Why isn’t the brother a selkie?

I have a very intriguing question about The Song Of The Sea film. Why isn't the brother a selkie? I have already looked up on Google. I even researched the folklore story of the selkie. I just don't ...
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Need the name of a fantasy paperback book from at least 20 yrs ago

During WWII(?) a group of Japanese and US military are hiding out in a temple, and are transported to another world. In this other world they are slowly able to fly and shoot fire from their hands. ...
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What are the Djinn from Clash of the Titans (2010) based on?

I was watching Clash of the Titans (2010) and I really liked the Djinn, I thought the idea of bark skinned desert sorcerers was really cool and wanted to read more about it. I know Djinn is usually ...
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How was Bruce Wayne able to reclaim control of Wayne Enterprises in Batman Begins?

In Batman Begins, after Bruce Wayne's extended absence, we learn that Wayne Enterprises has had him declared dead, and that all of his assets have been transferred to Alfred as per his will. We also ...
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What is the difference between an AT-ST and an AT-DP?

In Star Wars, there are many different types of walkers. Two of them include AT-STs and AT-DPs. Here are pictures of them. Besides the fact that they look different, in what way are they different? I ...
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Story by Aaron Bernstein about a man going to space at a speed faster than light and looking at the Earth of the past

An episode of G, a miniseries by Radiolab, about Einstein’s brain describes a story by Aaron Bernstein Einstein read in 1905 or earlier that inspired him to think of relativity. It’s not “Eine ...
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Why does Commodore Decker have a different insignia on his uniform?

In the Star Trek: TOS episode The Doomsday Machine, the Enterprise encounters the USS Constellation, where the last surviving crew member is Commodore Matt Decker. We are all familiar with the ...
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Novella, possibly from 1960's, Bingo babies breeding goes out of control

I think I might have partially asked this already in the comments on somebody else's question. As far as I remember it was in an anthology of four or five novella's or "long" short stories....I read ...
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In the Avengers movie what exactly was Loki's plan for the Chitauri?

Question is in the title, but I'll expand on it some. Presumably from what we heard throughout the movie Loki's plan is to take over the planet. Great sounds good. however... In the movie we see ...
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What Are the Other Four Exceptions to Gamp's Law of Elemental Transfiguration?

In reading Why does the Aguamenti spell work? question, Gamp's Law of Elemental Transfiguration came up in DVK's answer. ‘It’s quite straightforward, really,’ said Neville modestly. ‘I’d been in ...
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Why do Pokémon characters always act like they love their food?

Why do Pokémon characters always act like they love their food, they can't always like eating food, can they? Why do Pokémon characters always act like they love their food?
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Is Luna Lovegood blonde or actually grey-haired?

Is Luna Lovegood blonde or actually grey-haired? Is she actually blonde or does she have grey/white hair and it's just the lighting from the sun or magic light that shines on her hair to make it ...
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Is the Joker left-handed?

In the recently released trailer for Joker starring Joaquin Phoenix, we see Arthur Fleck from his pre-Joker Times scribbling some “jokes” in his book. During the scene (photo below), he’s writing with ...
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Short story about England right after nuclear war

Read a story back in the 1980s in a sci-fi anthology about England just after a nuclear war. The government was trying to rebuild and everyone was suffering from radiation poisoning. Towards the end a ...
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90s (or earlier) mecha anime: dormant robot chooses a teenager as its pilot, they fight a dog robot and an ostrich robot

There’s an anime I’ve been looking for the past 18 years. The anime was about a young boy that stumbles upon a giant white robot that’s been dormant for some years. When the robot senses the boy, it ...
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Why did it take so long to build the matrix? [on hold]

Assuming the Matrix is based off the 1960s why did it take so long to be built?
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What happened to Constance Spano?

In the movie Independence Day (1996), there is a romantic subplot featuring David Levinson (played by Jeff Goldblum) and Constance Spano (played by Margaret Colin). In the movie Independence Day: ...
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How old is Arthur Fleck in Joker?

Halfway through the recently released Joker movie, Joker, it was revealed that However, soon it is cleared out that Talking about the Waynes, Thomas Wayne looked to be somewhat in his late 40’s or ...

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