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Why does Bender say "Please insert girder"?

Bending girders is what Bender was built for - and when his personality was removed, he defaulted to his original programming. If you notice he (almost) always has his arms out when asking to "...
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In science fiction films and anime, why do we see some planets are close in the sky?

Your question could be interpreted as either: Our Earth doesn't have a view like this. What is different about these planets that makes this view correct? The answer to this is simple. Earth is a ...
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Why does Neelix cook, when the replicator can produce any meal?

Replicators use Dilithium, which was scarce Every use of the replicator takes energy: A replicator, replicator system, replication system, or molecular synthesizer was a device that used matter-...
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Why don't soldiers use guns in Dune 2021?

This is covered in the novel (where guns DO exist) but I'll let the director explain his decision. As it ends up, that has a technological explanation, too. “In this universe there’s an invention: ...
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In "The Martian", why did they catch the probe?

I did not understand why they still had to catch the probe after they already changed the plan to not support Mark with food, but pick him up from the orbit. I'm assuming you are referring to the ...
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In "The Martian", why did they catch the probe?

All of NASA's original planning was all about sending more food and supplies to Mars, to keep Watney alive for years before Ares 4 was scheduled to visit Mars. In particular, they needed to launch ...
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In which military branch did Ted Striker serve?

Its inconsistently pictured but when mentioned it is the Air Force His voiceover describes him as being in the Air Force STRIKER (v.o.) I was in the Air Force, stationed in Drambuie, on the ...
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Why is Omar Little's body a white male?

Because it shows how unimportant Omar Little was in the grand scheme of things. He was a drug kingpin on the streets, revered and feared, but after his death he is basically an anonymous body in a ...
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What is a 'mod' in the movie Pebble and the boy?

'Mods' were a youth subculture in the 1960's and 1970's in the UK, who were often portrayed as in conflict with 'Rockers'. Often referred to as a pair of conflicting and competing subcultures (Mods ...
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What is the significance of the song "Take Me Home, Country Roads"?

Because Matthew Vaughn thought he was being clever: Vaughn thought he was being very clever using John Denver music -- he's not happy he's the fifth movie this year Mike Ryan: Speaking of music, ...
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Why does Neelix cook, when the replicator can produce any meal?

A couple of reasons: Replicators have been stated multiple times as being inferior by most measures of quality to a real cook. It’s never clearly explained why, but the implication is that it’s ...
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What was the significance in Laura tipping over the cross in Logan?

It's a symbol of X-Men. The very same logo X-Men movies are using. It's not stated in the movie why she did that. In my opinion, she feels that it will link to Charles Xavier and the X-Men he was a ...
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How did Doctor Strange know where Wanda was?

Strange peers into the multiverse first to find America, he doesn't seem to be looking for his universe but rather the one where America is at that time. Presumably when doing this he also pinpoints ...
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Why does Bender say "Please insert girder"?

To extend HorusKol's answer, the phrase is also riffing on many variations of Please insert disk that a computer might display when initially starting up. Bender is simply substituting Girder for ...
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Why would giving birth to a boy child make the Boleyns "untouchable"?

I presume you mean Anne is pregnant [with who would turn out to be Elizabeth]. Both Boleyn sisters had children - Mary, Catherine & Henry Carey; Anne, Elizabeth I - all of whom may have been ...
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What was Skynet trying to do in Terminator 3 before they decided to activate it?

As I remember it, and as I understand it reading the wiki page, technically Skynet was already "on", it just was contained. Brewster misunderstood the hack attempts (the virus) as an ...
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What was the point of Tony instructing his man to do this?

Tony knew he would be in Frank's office when the phone rang, and he could directly confront Frank about the content of the call based on his reaction. Because Tony already knew what would be said to ...
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Why was Smiley shocked by seeing this?

The woman being groped is Ann, his wife. George Smiley's relationship with his wife is famously complex / bizarre over the books they appear in. In the movie he is currently estranged from Ann. They ...
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Why did the old man (player 001) vote as he did?

A major part of his ideology is that all the players are there of their own free choice. Whether it's for easing whatever remnants of conscience he has, or he's just following that ideology for other ...
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In science fiction films and anime, why do we see some planets are close in the sky?

The most direct answer to your question, is that the director thought it improved the visuals of his production. Some of those directors will have put some thought into how to justify such a view in ...
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Who is the father in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness?

Sadly, Billy and Tommy were never real in WandaVision The two children in WandaVision are creations of Wanda's reality-altering magic, as is the Vision in that series. As such the WandaVision are not ...
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What does this code mean in the finale of Better Call Saul?

The piece of paper is the business card of the vacuum repairman. "Hoover Max Extract Pressure-Pro, model sixty" is not a phone number, it's the passphrase to let the vacuum repairman know ...
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Why is the timeline so different in the episode 2 of “What If...?”?

Gamora is missing, she must have been raised by Thanos as in the original timeline, and should still follow him, like Nebula do T'Challa stopped Thanos' genocide Thanos met Gamora on Zen-Whoberi when ...
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What was Skynet trying to do in Terminator 3 before they decided to activate it?

We aren’t told explicitly, but I understood that Skynet had grown smart enough to realize that (a) it should destroy mankind, (b) it was running in a contained way that prevented it from doing so, and ...
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Why didn't Lucius tell Bruce Wayne about Coleman Reese?

Reese is, for lack of a better word, a twerp. He is not a particularly big player or a threat to anyone. In the conversation with Lucius, it was painfully obvious that he was playing a game outside of ...
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If Bruce Wayne's father was the richest person in city, how was he alone with his child and wife on a road without a driver or bodyguard?

As I remember President Kennedy was riding in a motorcade with a big entourage but in an roofless car, making him a perfect target, when he was shot by a sniper. Since then presidential security has ...
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What was Skynet trying to do in Terminator 3 before they decided to activate it?

Lets cover what was said in film first. Robert Brewster: Skynet? The virus has infected Skynet? John Connor: Skynet is the virus. It's the reason everything's falling apart. Terminator: Skynet has ...
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How did "fixing" the villains prevent them from dying in Spider-Man: No Way Home?

Yes, it was explained in this dialogue between Peter Parker and the villains while Doctor Strange has them all incarcerated: Otto Octavius: You could've just left us to die. Why didn't you? MJ: ...
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Why would giving birth to a boy child make the Boleyns "untouchable"?

"Untouchable" here is being used in a figurative sense of "above court intrigue" rather than akin to the Indian caste system meaning "cannot have physical contact". The ...
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What do the spear and watermelon jokes in "Airplane!" mean?

I don't know if this will satisfy you, but it's about as official an answer as you're going to get. TL;DR: They're just bizarre jokes. On the DVD commentary, the writers and producer talk about scenes ...
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