Broklynite
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Why does Kylo Ren wear a mask?
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Psychological warfare. Vader was the death dealing wizard right hand man of the evil emperor for well over a generation. More than likely, his image is still enough to put a good portion of the ...

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What is the first reference to an internet of computers in science fiction?
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I've read The Machine Stops a few times, and I don't think it's quite similar enough to the internet. There, the humans live within a giant machine. But the internet is a network of machines. For ...

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Did Ducktales actually ever rewrite history?
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Season 2, Episode 1 "Time is Money" or as many think of it- the first Bubba Duck episode. Scrooge and the boys travel back to prehistoric times, where Scrooge uses his laser pen to graffiti the walls ...

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Did Tywin Lannister know Arya is not a commoner?
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If you're going to pose as a commoner, you should do it properly. That one little sentence would seem to indicate he has figured it out. Tywin, it should be noted, is always shown as having a ...

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Treebeard: "I always like going South, somehow it feels like going downhill." - Is it really?
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Classically, south-facing gardens get the most light (in northern hemisphere gardens, that is). Treebeard is referring to being drawn by the increased sunlight coming from that direction. Update ...

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What are all the jokes on the DS9 Promenade Directory?
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Amphitheater Andorian Fast Food Bajoran Consulate Bajoran Customs Banzai Institute Reference to The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension Berman’s Dilithium Supply Possible ...

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Is mass surveillance a thing in Star Trek?
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Well, it's not exactly an example of "mass" surveillance but consider that essentially every single moment of the lives of every person aboard any starship or space station is recorded and stored in ...

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In Asimov's robot story "Liar!", why does Dr. Calvin show no mercy for Herbie?
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Because it is the one time that we see Calvin revealed as a person, as a human being, as a woman. In every other story, she is presented as being absolutely cold and calculating, always right and if ...

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Origin of Robot noises
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If you go back to much older robots in movies and TV shows, there really isn't so much beeping as whirring. The classic Robbie the Robot was a prime example of this, with a large glass head that you ...

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Roughly how large is the population of Sandworms on Dune?
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To be technically correct, while being not at all helpful, at the time of God Emperor of Dune there was exactly one sandworm on Arrakis. All other time periods, your mileage may vary.

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Why does Michael Crichton use US Customary measurements in hard sci-fi?
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American scientist here. US Standard units are quite common here. Many of us tend to use Standard for casual things but use Metric for work. However, that is not always an option. Some fields, like ...

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Did Heinlein intend to portray men and women as equals?
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Spider Robinson gave an interesting answer to this question some years ago. He pointed out that Heinlein's women were often more intelligent and capable than the men, and that they were self confident ...

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Why are Daleks terrifying?
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Assuming we are talking about modern Daleks (thus no need to worry about stairs and such): Nigh invulnerability. Seriously, everything thrown at them more or less bounces without a scratch. Very ...

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Why did Count Dooku call them swords instead of lightsabers?
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Because a lightsaber is of a class of weapons known as "swords." Similarly, one would ask where to park one’s car rather than one’s Porsche. Or "look after my horse" rather than "look after my ...

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Movie about "flying spheres with saws" which killed people?
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This is almost certainly one of the Phantasm movies. The thing you describe is called a Sentinel. The sentinels are usually silver spheres that fly through the air, approach the head of a person, then ...

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Could I fake death to stop being Force-choked?
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Reading the previous comments and answers, in addition to my own observations of said boss and others of his ilk, I conclude that your chances are slim, and that your best bet is to convince your ...

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Why exactly would witches and wizards need to know how to make a love potion?
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Taking your quote here: "I've prepared a few potions for you to have a look at, just out of interest, you know. These are the kind of thing you ought to be able to make after completing your N.E.W.T....

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In Aliens (1986), why didn’t Gorman explain why weapons couldn’t be used under the primary heat exchanger?
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Someone with actual military experience can likely answer this better than me, but here goes: Gorman was arguably a well-intentioned but narcissistic, cowardly idiot who was completely new to command....

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How do zombies survive the winter?
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I've read the comics many times and I can't recall a single time when there is mention of the zombies dying from freezing. However, the zombies do slow down and potentially freeze solid. Why would ...

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Is it 'Noonien' or 'Noonian' Soong?
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It's an Anglicized version of a foreign name, so there needn't be an official single answer. For example, the names Chen, Chan, Chang, Xian, Xiang, Qiang are all different attempts to render the same ...

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If he has the Wisdom of Solomon, why does Shazam make so many foolish mistakes in the 2019 film?
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I fear you may be confusing knowledge with wisdom. Knowledge is raw data. Wisdom is deep understanding of that raw data. Billy ultimately defeated his foe because he sussed out 1) how to create the ...

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Is there a real-world mythological counterpart to WoW's "kill your gods for power" theme?
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There is an elephant in the room which I am going to address. Yes, there is an example. Christianity. You may have heard of it. Christianity believes that through the death of their god, humanity ...

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Why did Beaver say, "There's trim there"?
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Trim is rude slang for female genitalia. The phrase in this context means that it was legitimate reasoning to meet a woman at bingo as there are women physically there.

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Does everyone in Door's family have the same power as her?
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Yes, the whole family has the ability. This is made pretty clear in the book (not so sure about the TV series/radio series/comics). For example, Portico's "house" consist of a series of rooms spread ...

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Why do Transformers turn into vehicles in the first place?
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This makes a leetle more sense if you watch the very first episode. I'm going to do my best to give an answer without writing too much of a lecture: In the first episode we see bumblebee and another ...

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Why does The EMH Doctor feel emotion, but Data does not?
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The holograms have the capability to draw upon the entire resources of the mainframe of the ship. We see this in the TNG episode, Ship in a Bottle, where Moriarty becomes self-aware. The programming ...

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Where is Alfred Pennyworth in the Batman origin story?
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I wanted to give this a thorough answer, so I got off my butt and scrounged among my comics to find a solid example. It depends on which iteration of Batman you're talking about. Generally his lack of ...

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Why did only Stannis come to defend against the attack on Castle Black?
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Several reasons that boil down to: He was retreating, licking his wounds, and looking to raise more men for his army. He was the only one of the various kings that took his duty as king seriously ...

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Why did Doc Brown take so long to write to Marty?
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He was establishing himself in the community. He was dropped in the middle of the Old West without a penny to his name of current-era currency (as far as we know), no relatives, nobody who knew him or ...

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Why don't they just build smaller Jaegers?
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Why does our current military build tanks which require more than one person to operate? Wouldn't more, smaller tanks be more effective? It's because the calculations indicate that a three or four-...

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