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As a mere viewer of The Big Bang Theory, I can't answer this question with certainty, but as a physicist, I can offer a couple observations: The equations that appear on the whiteboards in TBBT are from widely varied fields of physics and chemistry. They cover a much wider scope than a typical scientist would actually be working on. Of course, Sheldon is ...


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It's just a reoccurring joke that management is lazy and how extensive the damage was. The elevator was damaged due to a malfunctioning experiment of Leonard's (He wrongly calculated the mixture for the experimental rocket Fuel he was developing), which Sheldon recognized as going critical so he placed it in the elevator. It exploded inside and took out the ...


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On the wall in the living room of Leonard and Sheldon's apartment is an antique fuse holder with fuses. This odd item was the subject of much discussion by fans who couldn't work out what it was. Eventually, someone identified it on Twitter. Here's the link of Big Bang theory wiki page. Look closely, each row has a fuse connected from the left to ...


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Monday Night: Thai Takeout Night(this has all the activities posted by weekday) Tuesday Night: Cheesecake Factory night. Wednesday Night: Halo Night/New Comic Book Night Thursday Night: Every 3rd Thursday of each month is Anything Can Happen Thursday. The rest of them are Pizza Night. Friday Night: Vintage Video Game night, also order Chinese ...


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The check engine light is being used as an indicator of the relative difference in general concern by Penny versus Sheldon or Beverly. The check engine light in modern vehicles quite often indicates an issue with the emissions control system, although as commenters have noted it can cover a wide variety of vehicle faults (including those unrelated to the ...


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The creators of the program wanted a hallway between the two apartments but they felt that it was too thin. Adding an elevator forces the hallway to be wider. Forcing the characters to use the stairs also enables a longer conversation as a lift would be too quick. This was revealed by the creators in the 100 episode special for the UK TV channel e4.


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Driving is kind of a social skill. You need to follow some unwritten norms like guessing when the other person is going to turn. And it also needs some level of reliance on your instinct. However, Sheldon takes every calculation to a very scientific and molecular level. He sucks in many situations where you need to interact with other people. There's a ...


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The plot and dialog from the episode answer this. Wil Wheaton is a troll, and enjoys messing with people (remember the bowling games?). And he's most known for playing Wesley on Star Trek TNG. The Trekkie vs Jedi (Star Trek vs Star Wars fans) feud is as famous as the Hatfields and McCoys (No, not that McCoy.) From wikia: At the movies, the audience ...


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From Penny's Wikipedia entry: In contrast to all other characters, Penny and her father's surname have not been revealed. Co-creator Bill Prady stated that Penny's last name will be revealed eventually. Executive producer Steve Molaro, however, has since stated her surname will remain a secret.


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The person you write about, the consultant, UCLA Professor David Saltzberg, has a blog that explains the mathematics of the show episodes. Giving a quick glance, it appears there is an entry for each episode that explains the scientific theme(s) brought up during the show. None of the few I read say anything about progression of the math through a series of ...


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Tod Browning's controversial cult horror film Freaks from 1932. The central story is of this conniving trapeze artist Cleopatra, who seduces and marries sideshow midget Hans after learning of his large inheritance. At their wedding reception, the other "freaks" announce that they accept Cleopatra in spite of her being a "normal" outsider; they hold an ...


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Internet searches for Cheesecake Factory waitress salaries range from $27,000-$33000. This may or may not include tips, but tips are shared with the kitchen. As you note, Penny freeloads quite a bit. Her car has had the engine-check light on forever. Her apartment is not flashy - the elevator hasn't worked in 7 years. The PhDs across the hall are ...


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I too was asking myself this question, and had to go back and watch the movie over again. Here's how I see the movie turning out without Indiana Jones' presence. Regardless of whether Indiana led the Nazi's to Marion, they would have found her anyways. They already knew that Abner Ravenwood had the amulet, like the U.S. Army Intelligence officers told ...


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As a writing device, it's far funnier to let the viewers imagination run away with the wild descriptions that Howard gives. Additionally, by not showing Howards mother, the writers are able to characterize and describe her any way they like, without having to find an actor who lives up to that description. Howard repeatedly describes his mother as having no ...


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Per OP's suggestion I am expanding my comment to an answer. (Of course, it will be nice if someone is able to find some additional information and sources.) The following is mentioned in Wikipedia article on The Cheesecake Factory: A fictional version of The Cheesecake Factory is used as a setting in the U.S. sitcom The Big Bang Theory. The show's ...


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Raj has not yet overcome his "shyness" regarding women, not even with Penny. The episode starts with the gang having a meal and Raj is seen drinking out of a beer bottle before he starts talking (and judging from what's on the table he is the only one drinking alcohol) Before his first date with Lakshmi he is seen drinking wine: During the date at his ...


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It is never explained that I know of. But Pasadena is in the middle of an area with several top notch universities (A couple of UCs, USC, loads of CSUs and of course CalTech) so there must've been loads of graduate students and perhaps not that many appropriate lab jobs.


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In addition to the other answers, it's also worth pointing out that she only worked at the Cheesecake Factory until the Season 4 finale. Per the Wikipedia: Bernadette worked at the Cheesecake Factory with Penny to pay off her debts in graduate school, studying to become a microbiologist. She met Howard at work as Penny introduced the couple. In the ...


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From collider.com on Comic Con 2012:- A child asks Parsons, “Why does Sheldon like The Flash?”, Parsons threw the question to the showrunners, and Prady responded that Sheldon liked the Flash because Sheldon was bullied a lot and the Flash was able to run away really fast. In-universe, The Flash is very pro-science, specially physics and he is ...


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Without any real evidence, it is my experience that when I have noticed Rajesh talking to women, he always has a drink within reach. Most times in early episodes, it is in his hand suggesting easy writing, but lately the placement is more subtle. I always look for that drink to be within reach, or if not, back to the last place he sat or entered from. ...


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I don't believe Amy is correct, and it relates to a scene that isn't in the movie. We know that the nazis had the wrong length staff because they only had one side of the head piece. Other posters have argued whether or not the nazis obtain the head piece from Marion without him...let's assume they do... I don't remember where I heard this but there's a ...


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Yes. While investigating anything regarding "anything", you should have some look at the reviews or plot in Wikipedia. I think a single quote is very much enough... The show is filmed in front of a live audience Here's the reference (23rd one) for your tickets: http://the-big-bang-theory.com/tickets


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In season 4, episode 4, Raj moves a desk into the office against Sheldon's will. In season 5, episode 7, we see the two of them working together in the office. Sheldon puts a snake in Raj's drawer. In season 5, episode 17, Sheldon moves into his new office, and Raj says, "I’m happy for you, Sheldon. But I have to admit I’m going to miss sharing an office ...


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In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, actor Kunal Nayyar talks about his character's development with regards to women, explaining that his newfound confidence is a result of his having spent the night with Penny at the end of season 4: “What happens that night really gives him this level of confidence,” Nayyar says. “Whether that works in his ...


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Well, we do have at least one clue for Sheldon Cooper and Leonard Hofstadter, in that in episode 1.9 "The Cooper-Hofstadter Polarization", they were invited to co-present a paper on super solids, which comes from the quantum field. Leonard was also awarded dissertation of the year for his doctoral thesis on experimental particle physics. Sheldon concentrates ...


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Yes. Definitely. There is a recurring theme in the show in which there are moments that show Sheldon genuinely cares about Leonard - all selfish reasons aside. For example, in this clip towards the end, you can see one such moment: Sheldon talks to Penny when she is contemplating breaking up with Leonard. Sheldon: Please don't hurt my friend. ...


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It is also implied, deliberately or otherwise, that she doesn't understand what the light is for. In Series 2 Episode 14 – The Financial Permeability, there is a conversation between Penny and Sheldon where the engine does inevitably break: Sheldon: If you recall, I pointed out the “check engine” light to you several months ago. Penny: Well the ...


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In the bonus material of season 1 or 2, there is this item about the scientist who provides these equations and the material for it. I remember he said that the problems that are written down, are recent problems that are brought up/solved in recent papers in the respective fields of Sheldon/Leonard/Raj.


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No IQ scores for either Raj or Howard have been stated.



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