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It's from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. It even has its own entry on the Wikipedia page for H2G2: In the series, Don't Panic is a phrase on the cover of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. The novel explains that this was partly because the device "looked insanely complicated" to operate, and partly to keep intergalactic travellers from ...


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It is a combination of two somewhat-well-known quotes: The sedge has withered from the lake, And no birds sing! from Keats' 1819 ballad "La Belle Dame sans Merci"; and This is a hell of a way to run a railroad, said by Leonor Lee, giving his assessment of the Kansas City Southern Railroad as he took over as its head. "La Belle Dame sans Merci" ("...


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Christopher Miller: I think the idea is that this Peter Parker is an amalgam of all the Peter Parkers that you have seen in popular culture. So there's elements of the Homecoming Tom Holland Spider-Man, of an Andrew Garfield Spider-Man, of the Tobey Maguire Spider-Man, of Spider-Man from various comics and TV shows. And sort of in this universe the Spider-...


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She stepped into the flames with her dragon eggs and came out unhurt with three baby dragons; they are her children. And there came a second crack, loud and sharp as thunder, and the smoke stirred and whirled around her and the pyre shifted, the logs exploding as the fire touched their secret hearts. She heard the screams of frightened horses, and the ...


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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (a.k.a H2G2). In the original radio series of H2G2, Arthur Dent is looking at the cover of the in-Universe book, The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, which says: Don't Panic. Arthur: Don't Panic. That's the first helpful or intelligible thing anyone's said to me all day. Ford Prefect: That's why it sells so well....


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He likely referenced Sort It Out! Sort It Out! by Barbara Mariconda, Sherry Rogers (Illustrator) Packy the Packrat's mother has had enough! It's time that he sorts through his ever-growing collection of trinkets and puts them away. Told in rhyme, the text leads the reader to participate in the sorting process by categorizing Packy's piles of things ...


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Michael Rennie was ill, the day the Earth stood still Michael Rennie was an actor who starred in the classic sci-fi film The Day the Earth Stood Still, about an alien who tries to prevent the destruction of Earth. And Flash Gordon was there, in silver underwear Flash Gordon was an adventure hero. He is known for wearing shorts that sort of look like ...


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According to the film's makers, the aim was to show audiences that this film includes an amalgam of all of the different Spider-Man universes that they're likely to be familiar with. The specific inclusion of a version of the classic Tobey Maguire "spider-dance" was pushed hard by the co-director because he felt that it gave audiences a lead that this was a ...


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Before Infinity War was released, and Captain Marvel's setting details were announced, the "foreshadowing" was as follows. As I mentioned in another answer, one of the patients alluded to in Doctor Strange, when Stephen is in his car right before the crash could be Captain Marvel - the "22-year old female with an electronic implant in her brain that ...


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Highly doubtful. The definition of stark is: having a very plain and often cold or empty appearance unpleasant and difficult to accept or experience very obvious : very plain and easily seen In short conclusion it is easy to see with the storm King mentions and why GRRM chose the name to represent his northern house independently of each other. Also, ...


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The thing is that the movie did not just pay homage to Sci-Fi or Horror pictures of the time but to many events in history and add as well as pop culture. Shortly after Rocky is born, Magenta says to Dr. Frank 'n' Furter that Rocky is a "triumph of your will." This is a subtle joke playing on the Nazi propaganda film Triumph of the Will (1935). ...


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The only foreshadowing of Captain Marvel thus far has been her symbol appearing on Nick Fury's phone/pager/thingie during the credits stinger of Infinity War.


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Though existing answers have firmly established the origin of the phrase, the logo itself is actually a later incarnation. The original was on the cover of the audio vinyl album, released in 1979 by Original Records. Source http://www.chickensinenvelopes.net/hitchhikers-guide/ & Amazon A very similar logo was on the back cover of the original UK ...


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"Queen" is sometimes used as a shortened version of "drag queen," i.e. man who performs dressed as a woman (usually- there's a lot of nuance there that is beyond the scope of this question). As Wanda is a transgender woman, she may have had this kind of language leveraged against her before in a disparaging way.


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The Multiversity series (DC New 52) has "Major Comics" I can't find any evidence of Marvel Comics or any of its properties existing as fictional media within the DC Universe. Of course, there have been various cross-overs and cameos in which a character from Marvel appears flesh and blood in the DC Universe. But as far as I can find, there are no ...


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An unconfirmed claim by Tolkien gateway suggests that they are inspirations from real-world surnames, likely the same for C.S. Forester, but here's both sides of the coin. Coincidence C.S. Forester's Hornblower's first appearance was in February of 1937. The same year Tolkien began work on his sequel to the Hobbit, which would come to be known as The Lord ...


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It's hard to know the definitive answer to this. "NROL" stands for "National Reconnaissance Office Launch", and the missions of these launches are generally classified. The missions' exact purposes and orbital elements are not published, naturally, but often nothing else is divulged either. It does often seem that the patches carry hidden meanings that ...


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It's a reference to "La Belle Dame sans Merci" by John Keats: What can ail thee, knight-at-arms, Alone and palely loitering? The sedge has withered from the lake, And no birds sing. The implication is that Lady is a similar faery-type character to the one in the poem, or perhaps the very person referenced. As for the bit about ...


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Out of universe (according to her biography Goddess of Love Incarnate: The Life of Stripteuse Lili St. Cyr.) her inclusion was an homage to Richard "O'Brien" Smith's adolescent obsession with all things kitsch and glam. The wording of the song 'Don't Dream It— Be It' (and presumably much of the rest of the film) evidently contains multiple in-joke ...


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That is the Kabbalah Tree of Life, a symbol used over time through a variety of cultures, and represents an attempt to understand and unify the connections between various concepts of life and the universe. As given by the name, is also related to the Kabbalah (which is seen in the show during Human Instrumentality). You correctly identified some of the ...


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When I saw the episode I thought the meaning was, "Are you trying to Jedi mind trick me?" Based on the context from the episode it makes sense. I have looked around and can not find anything from the Berlanti production team to confirm.


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The Celtic-Mythology/Arthurian-Legends theme is very visible in Lady of the Lake, but it's seen throughout the saga. Examples: The Tor Zireael is very similar to the seat of the Fisher King as described by de Troyes in Percival... And it's mentioned in The Time of Contempt. In this book we start to see more clearly who really is Ciri (Cirilla = Zireael, by ...


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I'm pretty sure that Arthuric references appear only in the last book. As Ciri travelled to what seems to be another world, it's not strange that these references are exclusive to this book, as previously we didn't seen anything about it. IMHO the way in wich Ciri jumped between worlds and how it's longer presence in this kind or Arthurical Europe started ...


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Stephen King recently discussed this very subject with Entertainment Weekly. He lists the following connections, though, some are tenuous at best: The Shining and Doctor Sleep The Stand and Eyes of the Dragon Hearts in Atlantis ‘Salem’s Lot Insomnia The Talisman and Black House It “The Jaunt” (collected in Skeleton Crew) For a more in-depth list of ...


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Because they were doing private security, I assumed it was a mash-up of Pinkerton and Blackwater, but I suppose your explanation is also reasonable.


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Actually, most of the references tend to go the other way. That is; the Dark Tower series contains many references to other King works, rather than the other way around. King began to see the series to be a sort of meta-story that served to weave all of his stories together. "There are other worlds than these," as Jake said. Books written concurrently or ...


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Probably Ray Bradbury's Asleep In Armageddon. Afaik that's by far the best-known one on such a theme. The central character is haunted by the ghosts of two leaders of opposing sides in the war which destroyed the planet from which the Asteroids were formed. They both want control of his body, and fight for it in his mind. He doesn't dare sleep due to the ...


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As to the "kisses four, so as not to break the charm", it may be a reference to a Scottish charm, as in the ballad Kemp Owyne (http://www.traditionalmusic.co.uk/folk-song-lyrics/Kemp_Owyne.htm): Her mother died when she was young Which gave her cause to make great moan Her father married the worst woman That ever lived in Christendom She ...


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It would appear not. The bear was originally just described in the script as "bear-like". When the Director sat down with the Effects Supervisor and Concept team, he said that he wanted something that look like a half-bear, half-tardigrade but that was really sick. Ultimately this was then kitbashed together with a range of different skulls (including human ...


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I have the 2015 Harper Collins paperback edition (ISBN 978-0-261-10348-1); the page numbers in this post are from that edition. I can't find a specific mention of Durin II, but Part Two Chapter X of The Peoples of Middle-earth (beginning on page 295) is called Of Dwarves and Men. There is a section (beginning on page 301) called Relations of the Longbeard ...


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