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Who are Mario (and Luigi's) parents?

We see in the Hollywood movie Super Mario Bros. that no-one seems to know Mario's full name or his background. So I just want to know, who are his parents and where do they live? Are they still ...
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Help identifying a YA novel read about 10 years ago

Roughly 10 years ago, I started reading a YA novel from my school library that I believe was some kind of low fantasy/distopian story. I remember almost nothing about it, except that the main ...
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Help identifying the original publication of a science fiction short story [duplicate]

Back in 2002, my English teacher in high school handed us a 1- or 2-page short story (definitely not current at the time) and I can't remember the title/author. The story is about humans crash ...
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Are Pokémon animals?

Let's get technical here. Have you ever seen Pikachu excrete? What about Charizard? Or Greninja? No! Well, I don't think anyone has. Is that a sign of them not being actual animals? Let's recall the ...
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Didn't Harry have any other family he could have searched for?

You'd think that as soon as Harry met someone who was friends with his dad, he'd have asked about his family. Certainly Lupin or Sirius could have told him something of his family, given that they ...
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What was C-3PO talking about when he said, “That’s funny, the damage doesn’t look as bad from out here.”

NOTE: Specifically looking for some in-universe explanation; canonical or “legends” is fine. Lots of discussion of this specific line exists online, but nothing seems to go past idle “armchair ...
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Is there an in-universe explanation for the purring sound of the Enterprise warp core?

The purring sound of the Enterprise warp core is iconic (for example https://news.avclub.com/read-this-behind-the-scenes-of-sci-fi-s-most-soothing-1798247701). Is there an in-universe explanation for ...
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Were the Galleons Hermione passed out technically illegal?

As Hermione, herself points out, the only danger with the fake coins used for communication among the DA (Dumbledore's Army) would be that someone might actually spend them. This brings up the ...
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90's (or older) funny short story about cloning Santa from fossil remains. Mentions the word “borealopithecus”(?)

This is short fiction (most probably a short story, or just possibly barely making it to novelette) I read more than 20 years ago. They find in the Arctic frozen remains of a primate that seems to ...
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What happens if two blaster bolts meet?

What happens if two blaster bolts meet? Do they: Cross? Ricochet? Cancel each other out?
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What happened to Thorondor after the First Age?

During the First Age of Middle earth Manwe sent Thorondor and the Eagles to watch over the inhabitants including the Noldor. Throughout the First Age,Thorondor has intervened on behalf of Men and ...
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Late 90s/Early 00's turn based PC game where a party would travel through the map fighting monsters [on hold]

I distinctly remember playing a PC game as a child but cannot find it after countless hours of googling. The game was turn based and you would assemble a party (I distinctly remember an elf, human, ...
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What is the time span of The Last Jedi?

Watching the movie, it seems like But the So, it's all a little confusing. Can we determine the time span of the movie? And if so, what is it?
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Harry Potter and Percy Jackson fanfic where Sally Jackson is James Potter's sister

Sally Jackson is James Potter's sister. Sally is friends with Severus. Sally doesn't want anything to do with the war and hides besides some type of magic or wards, but Dumbledore finds out how to go ...
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what are the canonical differences in Power in Marvels famous [non-magic] Fire heroes [Fire Star, Sun Fire, & the Human Torch]?

PyroKenisis or Fire generation & manipulation of heat is a fairly common power in the Marvel Universe, even when not counting the magical Heaven or Hell fire from beings like Ghost Rider. Of the ...
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Toilets in the Galaxy Far, Far Away

For many years now, I've been curious about what bathrooms - and especially toilets - look like in the Galaxy Far, Far Away1. I'm quite sure we never see one in the original trilogy, even in settings ...
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Pre-70s history of the future citing science-fiction authors as historical sources

I am looking for a novel that was written as a history, but from the perspective of centuries in our future. The genius of this particular work was to take future events written by other authors and ...
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Teen Wolf universe Werewolf Strength

I have Just started Teen wolf and got to wondering What is the strength level of Werewolves in The Teen Wolf Universe? What feats of strengths have been shown?
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Did someone help Quentin pass the exam?

I am currently re-reading The Magicians, and I wonder if Quentin really passed the exam on his own. He sure is the unappreciated genius in the narration, but that doesn't mean he really is. He did ...
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Isekai manga: Hero summoned a second time

I am looking for an Isekai manga which I read last month wherein the main character (MC) had been summoned and successfully accomplished his task after which he was sent back to his former world, ...
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How true to the original vision of Frank Herbert were the sequels published by his son?

Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson based their sequels to original Dune series on research material composed by Frank Hebert before his death. Are there any sources that describe how much material ...
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Are there any (natural) scientists in Middle-earth?

Put simply: by scientists, I mean a people whose job is to examine the world around them. I know that a lot of characters even from LOTR are well educated and they used to study old books etc. But I ...
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Which Sci-Fi work introduced the concept of “AI Doctor”?

We see AI doctors in Sci-Fi works all the time. Examples can be the famous medical droids of Star Wars (first encounter 1980): Click images to enlarge. The Doctor (Emergency Medical Hologram Mark ...
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Did Yoda ever say “Powerful the dark side is”?

For years I lived with the impression that I have heard that quote somewhere in the movies but I can't Google it so I am starting to think I am confused. Is there an instance where Yoda (or maybe ...
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Was the Wampa based on a folkloric creature different from the Yeti or the Abominable Snowman?

According to Star Wars canon, the Wampa Ice Creature, created for Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, may have been based on the cryptozoological phenomenon of the Yeti or the Abominable Snowman, a ...
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Why did the stormtrooper helmets change from the t-visor to the curved eye-sockets?

In the Star Wars movie A New Hope - we see stormtroopers with helmets like the following: Then in the Star Wars movie The Clone Wars - the helmets are shown as T-visors: My question is: Why did the ...
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A novel about “helpful” woodlice aliens who eventually end up destroying every civilization they try to help

I had this book but lost it after moving house. After the nuclear war the former USA are dominated by Han Chinese. An alien signal comes demanding that the President of the US arrives at their ...
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Story ID: post-apocalypse tribe, eats cryo-preserved humans

This story has stayed with me for a long time. Published in a 1970s (possibly '60s) issue of F&SF. Post-apocalypse setting -- no devastation described, but people live in low-tech hunter-...
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How can they see the chairs through the Dark Water?

In the Doctor Who episode "Dark Water" (S8E11), hundreds of human skeletons are seen sitting in the eponymous "dark water", which Dr Chang describes as follows: It's so cool. Look at this. We call ...
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Why does Jim think he'll die before reaching Homestead II?

In the movie Passengers, the writers got a lot of details about how an interstellar starhip would work, from the heat shield to artificial gravity. But there was one detail that they only glanced upon ...
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Fantasy series with a hacker/programmer wizard and female protagonist, similar to Wiz Biz

On Goodreads I found the Wiz Biz series: It all began when the wizards of the White League were under attack by their opponents of the Black League and one of their most powerful members cast a ...
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How does the Intrepid class purge baryon particles?

In the 6th season of The Next Generation, we learn that starships that undergo extended periods at warp will accumulate baryon particles, and need to be purged. The baryon sweep is lethal to organic ...
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What is the communications range of a standard Starfleet combadge?

This has been suggested to pretty far, even light-years, plus have been turned into a subspace beacon or transponder especially if damaged to aid in finding the owner either to rescue a survivor or to ...
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What is the end state of a starship that has been assimilated by the Borg?

In this answer to Why do the Borg have physical computer interfaces?, the poster states: As mentioned by MarvelX42, when assimilating a ship that uses screens, it makes sense to just keep using ...
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What is the best real-life parallel of the Muntjac?

In Lev Grossman's The Magician King (The Magicians, Book 2) a central feature is the "Muntjac". I'm trying to visualize a real-life parallel, and I'm thinking a large schooner maybe? But that doesn't ...
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Did Fogg know the true identity of the paramedic?

When Quentin described meeting the paramedic to Fogg, he seems to indicate that he knows who Quentin is talking about. Of course, we know at the end of the first book that she But is it known if ...
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When does “The Mandalorian” take place?

In the first episode of the new The Mandalorian TV show, it is mentioned that the Empire is gone. We can then infer that this show is set after Return of the Jedi. Do we know exactly when the show ...
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What superheroes have worked for the Daily Bugle in the comics?

Peter Parker, aka Spider-Man, quite famously worked for the Daily Bugle. However, upon doing research for another question I found out that Carol Danvers, before she was aware that she was Ms Marvel, ...
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Why did the Borg ignore these Enterprise crew members when they were assimilating?

During the movie, Star Trek: First Contact, the Borg were assimilating as many crew members as they could as they took over the Enterprise-E. Picard watches a Borg drone lead a crew member away to ...
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Why did Mortarion join Horus in his Heresy?

8 Primarchs turned traitors and joined Horus in his heresy against the Emperor and his crusade. The simple, global reason is that they were closer to the Warmaster than the Emperor and when Horus ...
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How were there any Space Wolves before the discovery of Fenris?

Because of the Canis Helix the Space Wolves can only recruit from people that are from Fenris, this is the primary reason the only known Space Wolves successor chapter has gone extinct(before the ...
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Why did Magnus join Horus in his Heresy?

8 Primarchs turned traitors and joined Horus in his heresy against the Emperor and his crusade. The simple, global reason is that they were closer to the Warmaster than the Emperor and when Horus ...
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Short story in which three child siblings with superpowers kill all of humanity but are afraid of being destroyed in turn by their descendants

The story begins with the three children (two females, one male), about ten years old, carrying the corpses of their parents to the back yard. Later you discover that they have exterminated all of ...
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Who were the aliens in the “Star Trek: Enterprise” episode “Silent Enemy” (S01E11)?

Grew up watching Star Trek: TOS reruns, then happily watched the newer series until life took over and I only ever caught a few episodes of Star Trek: Enterprise. Now, with a bit more time on my ...
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Guy and fox girl tries to stop this girl who seduces guys and has them ejaculate before taking there soul

So basically this guy was with his friends and they were watching a girl get undressed from another build across the street through the window and when the main character looked through the telescope ...
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Earliest story to mention the different surface gravity on the Moon

What was the first science fiction story to mention that the Moon has a lower surface gravity than the Earth? I'm sure that was mentioned many times in science fiction before the Space Age began in ...
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Children stow away to the moon

I remember a children's book published by about 1961 in which a boy and girl who probably lived on a rocket base stowed away on an unmanned rocket to the moon. I remember that when the newspapers ...
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Why didn't Nick Fury call Captain Marvel instead of Spider-Man?

In Spider-Man: Far From Home, Peter Parker asks Nick Fury why he approached him of all heroes to help deal with the threat of the Elementals against Earth's very existence: Peter: Sir, come on, ...
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Funky Alien Band in 80s Sci-fi Series: Identify Show & Episode

I have vague recollections of an alien band playing their futuristic funky music in a late 70s to mid 80s sci-fi series. Their instruments of course were not traditional and were of the futuristic ...
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Who would command the Enterprise D if the ranking officers were off the ship?

Who would command the Enterprise D, if Captain Picard, Commander Riker, and Commander Data were off the ship?

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