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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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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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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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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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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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It's distinctly reminiscent of a turn of the century morse code tapper (AKA a telex), something like the one below;


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Sheldon does say it, but he uses the initialism when introducing himself at the start of the lecture they are presenting: Good morning and welcome to Science and Society. I’m Dr. Sheldon Cooper, BS, MS, MA, PhD, and ScD. OMG, right? Perhaps that joke was a little too hippie-dippy for this crowd. All right then, we’ll begin with opening remarks. Miss ...


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This is one of those ways in which the research on the show utterly fails to reflect how real science is done. Of the examples you listed which were presented as failures: His antarctic research is based on faked measurements This is serious scientific fraud, assuming it made it to publication, and in reality would cost the entire group their ...


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If you look at this factually.... well... I mean actually LOOK at this whole thing. Words don't do it justice. Ringed by footprints, sitting in the moondust, lies a 2-foot wide panel studded with 100 mirrors pointing at Earth: the "lunar laser ranging retroreflector array." Apollo 11 astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong put it there on July 21, ...


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Unlike Sheldon and Leonard, she doesn't have student loan debts. She doesn't go out much and when she does it's mostly to her job (where she gets a discount). Her car isn't new and need repairs, so she's most likely not paying off a car loan. In comparison, Leonard's crew go to comic cons, buy movie trinkets, stay up with the latest electronics, have nice ...


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Later in the "Closet" episode, Howard is seen looking through pictures of him (one with cornrows) and his father under the label "Photos of Wolowitz family before father left forever." It is plausible that there was a picture included with the letter and Sheldon chose to organize the picture and letter separately. Regardless of that possibility, the ...


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Well the writers needed Bernadette to meet Howard somehow. If Penny was to set them up, Penny and Bernadette needed to know each other. Hence, she works at the Cheesecake Factory.


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Mainly, I would think they chose The Cheesecake Factory because it's an instantly recognizable restaurant that they can't be sued for using. Most other restaurants have names that are registered trademarks, but the words "Cheesecake" and "Factory" as generic english words cannot be copyrighted (even in succession, hence the trademark name is "THE Cheesecake ...


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To add to the points already made here: Yes the show is shot infront of a live audience, but while the producers are comfortable using Sweetening, the answer to this is actually another question 'Does it really matter'? Laugh tracks are added over the top of the 'received reaction' of the audience, to make it seem as though the jokes were received more ...



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