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What's the real world equivalent for the greyscale disease?

Greyscale gets mentioned a lot of times, but at the back of my mind it seems like its some sort of leprosy. What's the nearest real world disease that comes close to GRRM's greyscale.
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Was Number 6 John Drake?

Was the character in The Prisoner, Number 6, supposed to be the same character from Danger Man, John Drake? Patrick McGoohan denied it, but co-creator, George Markstein said otherwise.
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In what order should I watch the various Stargate TV Series?

I am unfamiliar with the (multiple) Stargate shows and films, other than the movie which I saw a while ago. I want to try watching the series to see if it is something that I like. What are the non-...
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What situation does the Fool refer to at the start of Fools' Errand?

In the book Fool's errand, The Fool refers to a situation (during his first meeting with Fitz) in which he felt Fitz's presence with him. What time and person did the Fool refer to?
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Novel about a starship that crashes on a world of primarily female leadership?

Spaceship crashes in the northern part of a world which has primarily women leadership. Spaceship crew assimilate and build a kingdom. The new kingdom is built around the technology but the ...
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In the Matrix, of what importance were the Potentials?

When Neo goes to see the Oracle for the first time in the first movie, a 'receptionist' greets Neo and asks him to wait with the other potentials while the Oracle gets ready. It's revealed that: Why ...
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Did the Iron Man suit come from HYDRA's technology?

In Captain America, HYDRA is shown to have a great deal of advanced technology that was only feasible due to the extremely advanced Cosmic Cube-derived power source. HYDRA's Dr. Zola is credited as ...
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Is the Super-Soldier serum in Incredible Hulk the same as the one in Captain America: The First Avenger?

In Captain America: The First Avenger, Dr. Erskine creates the formula and uses it successfully on two people. In The Incredible Hulk, General Ross dusts off the old Super Soldier serum, except the ...
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What keeps a lightsaber from going on infinitely?

Is there a reason ever given that explains why a lightsaber (which I assume/was made to assume is a sort of laser) doesn't go on infinitely like a normal laser (excluding atmospheric conditions)? ...
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What was the first memory given to Jonas in The Giver?

In the book The Giver by Lois Lowry, the Giver hands down memories to Jonas, a 12 year old. What was the first memory the Giver gave to Jonas?
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On what planet did Marvin see the burning words?

Before Marvin dies, he is helped to get to see the big burning words. What book was this, what planet were they on, and did Adams actually say what the words said?
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Who was Sifo-Dyas?

This question is somewhat related to this one, but I thought I'd ask it separately: In Episode II, Obi-Wan goes to Kamino and discovers the clone army. He finds that its creation was ordered by a ...
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In the Codex Alera books, what names are given to Water and Wood Knights?

In the Codex Alera books, the Knights are grouped by element, each with a special name, like Knights Aeris for the knights that use wind. Earth: Terra Fire: Ignus Wind: Aris Water: Metal: Ferris ...
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Why is AonDor only usable in the Elantris region?

There isn't much info on AonDor in the Coppermind, so I figured I'd ask the experts here. In 'Elantris', it seems that AonDor characters can only be drawn in the Elantris region (maybe exclusively to ...
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How and why was Miri's planet a duplicate of Earth?

Was it ever explained why and how was the planet from Star Trek TOS episode, "Miri", was an exact duplicate of Earth? In my opinion this was the most interesting question in the episode and it was ...
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There is always an exterior light shining onto the ship in every Star Trek; where does this light source come from?

I know that the lighting system for the models/3d models is used for theatrical effects and for the scene, but is there an in-universe explanation? Examples:
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How did Snape know about the plans to move Harry?

At the beginning of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Snape is cleanly out of the order. The secret of when Harry was moving was very closely kept. It seems even the staunchest Order members don't ...
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Why did Snape tell Voldemort when Harry Potter was really going to be moved?

It seems suspicious that Snape told Voldemort when Harry Potter would be moved from his home. At that point of time, he had Voldemort's complete trust, having killed Dumbledore, why did he need to ...
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Why did Harry Potter break the Elder Wand?

At the end of the film version of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, Harry broke the Elder Wand in two and threw the pieces away. Why did he do that?
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What are all of Harry Dresden's foci?

In The Dresden Files, Harry is pretty well known for his staff and blasting rod, but those aren't the only foci he's used. What other foci has Harry used pre Ghost Story?
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How big is Warehouse 13?

How big is Warehouse 13 (i.e. in square feet), and is it practical to build a warehouse of its size?
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Which Game of Thrones books correspond to each TV series season? [duplicate]

Which of the Game of Thrones books have been televised during the first season (April to June 2011)? I want to start reading the novels from when the TV series stopped in 2011.
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When did Star Trek stop using models?

When did Star Trek stop using (real) models for exterior shots of spacecraft? I recall that there was an actual DS9 model and NCC-1701-D that were up for sale, but I don't think there was a Voyager.
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How did Harry Dresden turn Bob the skull evil?

In the newest Dresden Files book, Ghost Story, it mentions that in the past Harry Dresden managed to switch Bob to "evil mode". Which book did this happen in and how did it happen?
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When did Harry get the leather coat?

In the Dresden Files books, at some point Harry trades in his canvas duster for a leather duster? Which book did this happen in and why?
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What story had paper clips grow up to be coat hangers?

I read it in an anthology about thirty years ago... It had a creepy ending which I won't spoil.
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What is a “year” in Westeros?

I only watched the Game of Thrones TV series. But there it was said that the current summer lasted for already nine years. In our world a "year" is the time in which all four seasons pass. Since this ...
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Is there a specific reason why Karlsson is rather overweight?

Karlsson-on-the-Roof has these features: overly confident prank inclined button-operated propeller likes sweets rather overweight All except the last one are the features a child would want for ...
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Identifying a story about a girl named Sarah who finds out she is a robot

I read this sci-fi novel for young adults when I was a kid, and I would love to re-read it but I can't remember the title. I remember the copy I borrowed from the library had some sort of television ...
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Why didn't the time cops try to stop Janeway when she traveled back in time to rescue Voyager?

In the series finale "Endgame", a future Admiral Janeway travels 26 years into her past to take the ship and crew through a Borg transwarp hub to the Alpha quadrant. However, in "Relativity", Captain ...
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What led to the change in Neville Longbottom?

At the beginning of the Harry Potter series, Neville Longbottom is a character who can't do anything right it seems, who seems somewhat cowardly, etc. But by the time the series is done, he is a very ...
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Is GRRM not killing people anymore?

After reading A Dance With Dragons, I recognized a feeling that nobody seems to have died in the book. (I recall only Sir Patrek dying, that too only because of the bet). Indeed GRRM seems to be ...
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Nude time travel in Terminator Universe

Why do they travel naked in time in Terminator universe? Is it ever explained in the movies or tv serials? If they cannot carry weapons, how do the cyborgs travel with metal under their skin?
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What novel was set in a dystopian future and featured a boy searching for his missing father?

I'm hoping someone can identify this young-adult/children's sci-fi book. I read it in 1996-1997, but I remember thinking it was written in the 1980s. The main character was a boy (maybe in his early ...
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How does Ms. Marvel fly?

Using her original Kree-given powers, how did Ms. Marvel fly? Was this an ability that all Kree had, or was she manipulating gravity, or what? Or was it never explained past "she can fly"? She still ...
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What is the gender of a specific character in the “Elderling Realm” universe?

In the "Elderling Realm" universe, there is a character who's gender is called into question at several points in the books. The character I am talking about is In the books, I think the author ...
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When did Star Wars take place?

We know Star Wars happened, "A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away". Is there any information on exactly when that was, relative to our time?
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How does Slip Stream travel relate to Warp?

In Voyager, the crew briefly enter "slip stream" travel in two episodes. With the second removing 10 years off their voyage home. So, how does slip stream compare to, say warp 9?
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Philip K. Dick short story with a man growing a space ship in his back yard?

A discussion I was reading about consensus reality made me think of a story that I probably read in some Philip K. Dick anthology years ago. The story began from the viewpoint of a man who was ...
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How accessible is Image Comics' “Chew” to new readers?

I've been wanting to read "Chew" for a while, and its recent Eisner win has convinced me that it's worth reading. Is it the type of book that I can just pick up now and get trades later? As in, are ...
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Fantasy story of a prince's unwanted brother

I'm trying to remember the title of a fantasy story in which the main character is the unwanted brother (or half-brother?) of a prince. Other important characters are an older brother who is ...
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Did Holly violate the don't enter a human's home unless invited rule in “The Time Paradox”?

In the Artemis Fowl series, fairies are not allowed to enter a human home unless specifically invited to do so. The method of invitation can vary significantly, but it still exists. In between ...
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Who was “The Chosen One”: Luke or Anakin?

Most would say that Luke is because he is the focus of the first movies (4-6), but Qui-gon said Anakin was "The Chosen One". Who was the real "Chosen One"?
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What is the title of a story about a elevator through time and the smallest possible change [duplicate]

Many years ago I read a story about a guy working for an organisation that would influence time-lines by traveling through time using a sort of elevator. The objective of the operators was to ...
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In the episode “The Other Woman”, was the present day Harper character really the Man In Black?

After re-watching this episode, I am puzzled by the character named Harper. She appears in flashbacks and the present timeline on this episode, but never appears again in the series. She appears after ...
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What happened to the Dursleys?

As last seen, the Dursleys are forced to move by the ministry of magic, put into protective custody by the ministry. However, the ministry fell only a few weeks later, and there was evidence that it ...
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Novel about space marine dealing with relativity? [duplicate]

I read half a book in a library a while ago that followed a guy from the first set of marines to actually go fight. They have gel-pod-beds to survive accelerations in space. after the first mission, ...
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Should I skip the miniseries in the new BSG?

I missed on the new BSG series and was thinking about getting started. All I know is that is a highly recommended show and that there was a miniseries precedingit. Since I am a subscriber to Hulu Plus ...
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Why does Hermione say she hadn't used a memory charm before?

After the wedding, Hermione has to use a memory charm on two Death Eaters, where she states that she has never done it before, but she knows the theory. However, she states that before she left on her ...
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Why did Regulus Black change his mind?

Regulus Black was a Death Eater, but he was also the infamous R.A.B., who was the only person besides Dumbledore to discover the Horcrux's, and to hunt them down (Or at least, one of them). So, why ...

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