Those are actual stock trading computers used in the 1980s.
The manufacturer is Quotron - whose name is on the keypad in the second image. Quotron started providing a computer interface for reporting on and then trading in stocks back in the 1960s, and had 60% of the market in 1980s.
The "funny looking" keypads are due to the fact that they were designed ...
Aluminium plate rings, used for separating dinner plates between plating up & serving; keeps the food warmer for longer.
Plate rings have a characteristic bottom lip which will 'hook' over the plate beneath, & sloped or slightly curving sides, to meet the moulded ring on the underside of the plate stacked above, preventing slippage.
They may have ...
No and Yes
According to various sources [one here], Francis Ford Coppola confirms on the DVD commentaries
“It started out as an accident”, said Coppola in DVD commentaries, “but once we realized we had used oranges so frequently in the first movie, we used them purposefully in the others.”
The saga ends with Michael dying, an orange in his hand.
Wired actually has an article about this:
To get the amazing '80s stuff, Reiss scoured eBay, flea markets, prop rentals, and estate sales in Georgia. (The series is set in suburban Indiana but shot in Atlanta.) Her budget for the season was around $220,000.
Reiss has a warehouse full of props on the Isle of Man, but almost ...
Because of powdered milk's resemblance to cocaine and other drugs, powdered milk is sometimes used in film-making as a non-toxic prop that may be inhaled.
Other methods listed on nypost.com are -
“It’s usually cornstarch, but you have to put a bit of baby powder
into it, because starch is too sticky and heavy,” says Gillian
Albinski, the property ...
They had permission from Marvel
According to this source and the credits of the movie, they did have permission from marvel to use Green Goblin's face. Check this image from the credits of the movie:
It reads in part:
Marvel Comics' "Green Goblin" (and his distinctive likeness) is a trademark of the Marvel Comics Groups and is used with Permission.
Well, this movie was inspired from the real incident. This porcelain head of a child’s doll is still lying 12,000 feet under the surface of the Atlantic Ocean next to the wreckage of the luxury liner Titanic.
It was found by Robert Ballard, an undersea explorer. He took photo of that doll head, but didn't pick it up. This might have inspired Cameron to ...
No, the dog definitely didn't chew a hole in a real fence.
Update: Word of God answer from Producer Stuart Cohen and John Carpenter!!!
The fence was made out of edible material. It was not metal.
- Director John Carpenter, via private correspondence.
The fence was edible - made out of some combination of gelatin ...
Beretta 93R (as the "Auto 9")
The primary weapon that Robocop uses in the original 1987 film is the Beretta 93R.
The main weapon used by RoboCop (Peter Weller) is the "Auto 9". This
is a Beretta 93R machine pistol which was heavily modified for the
film, featuring a longer barrel with an enormous compensator/flash
hider shaped like a casket (which ...
In the US and Canada at least, these are the most commonly encountered disposable cups used for beer - as pointed out by @Paulster2, because they can be purchased in large quantities quite cheaply (e.g. on Walmart's website, I found 100 for $6.34). There is also a fogged semi-transparent version.
For this audience, the kind of cup described is instantly ...
This cup was first produced by a company named Solo, which carefully designed it to be an all-purpose cup for drinks. The cup actually has 3 measuring points for each type of drink, denoted by specific contour changes:
Because of its cheap price point, its bold color and its abundance in grocery stores, it became the defacto cup to use at keg parties in ...
The UK flag, the Union Jack, is a combination of three flags:
And Scotland's flag is based on the crucifixion of Saint Andrew, which was held on an X-shaped cross:
But Bolton's flag represents glorification of the cruelty of skinning people alive on an X-shaped cross upside down.
So they do have a similar basis of crucifixion on an X-shaped cross, but ...
This may be a reference to an obscure "trend" from Scotland.
The Glasgow Stonner Kebab
"The Stonner", a 1,000-calorie, deep fried pork sausage kebab has been dubbed the most dangerous fast food in Britain.
The connection is that Vision and Scarlet Witch are hiding in Edinburgh, Scotland and they got to make a reference to a local 10+ year old fast food ...
Earlier in the movie, Vivian says
When I was a little girl, my mama used to lock me in the attic when I was bad, which was pretty often.
And I would-- I would pretend I was a princess...trapped in a tower by a wicked queen. And then suddenly this knight... on a white horse with these bright colors flying would come charging up and draw his sword.
The car in question is a Mercedes Vision Gran Turismo.
This link indicates that the car has been around for at least 4 years (as that's when the article was written) as a concept. It appears to have been designed for the Gran Turismo 6 Playstation game. To quote from the article:
The Mercedes-Benz AMG Vision Gran Turismo has made its bow at the Los
These are moisture vaporators. These devices are used for collecting moisture from atmosphere that will be used as water.
From Star Wars databank,
Found on desert planets, moisture vaporators were stationary devices that could collected moisture from even the driest of climes. Though they were stationary, they included programming that offered them a ...
This great source provides some answers given by people related to horror genre (filmmakers, writers and experts).
Below are some quotes from their answers to the question Why are dolls and clowns, similar tropes that are often depicted as children or children's companions, similiarly creepy?:
Dolls are frozen in time—human, but not human. There's no ...
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 right. ...
Showing Tony's infatuation with Hot Rods is a very efficient storytelling tool. And through show-not-tell you can immediately deduce that:
Tony loves to tinker with machines.
Lives life in the fast lane.
Has oodles of money (and time) to spare on pet projects.
He has a very obsessive (and possessive) personality.
All of these are core to the character of ...
There is an interview in Men's Fitness where the actor, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje explains how the hat stayed on his head:
But the weirdest thing about Adebisi was how he wore his trademark
knit hat. The thing stayed perched on the corner of his head and
seemed to never move. Anyone who ever watched the show had to wonder
how he kept it up there. ...
It's a commercial walk-in refrigerator door handle, known as a 'push-strike'
Basically it just pushes through the door onto the regular latch on the outside so you can get out... unless in this case someone has locked it from the outside. You can bump it with your butt if your hands are full.
Late edit: I found a shot of both sides of the door from the ...
I didn't watch Skyfall, but some of googling gives me this picture which says its Q10.
Its part of Wild and Wolf's Scrabble mug collection.
Each ceramic mug features one Scrabble letter on the front and the official Scrabble letter distribution chart on the back.(Source)
Available for purchase on ebay, amazon and wildandwolf.com.
Here is images for the ...
It just lets you know they are in Scotland.
If they were in Paris they might sit in a café somewhere that had the Eiffel Tower in view. If they were in New York they might have yellow cabs going by or perhaps if they wanted to indicate that they were in New York prior to 2001 they'd be somewhere you could see the World Trade Centre.
All of these things let ...
I remember talking at some stage to a makeup artist from a film set. They had spring-loaded syringes where the actual needle would retract into the body of the syringe. This way they get a realistic pucker effect where the needle presses against the skin.
The vintage, collectors edition Mickey Mouse watch was a gift from Langdon's parents on his 10th Birthday. As per the book, Langdon has not owned any other watch after that.
Quoting directly from the book:
Although its juvenile dial often drew odd looks, Langdon had never owned any other watch; Disney animations had been his first introduction to the ...
Three mechanical sharks were built, all nicknamed "Bruce", after Spielberg's lawyer.
How Steven Spielberg's Malfunctioning Sharks Transformed the Movie Business
Producers wanted Spielberg to hire someone to train a great white — an impossibility.
The director toyed with rubber props before ultimately deciding the only real answer ...
The Pontiac Aztek has something of a reputation. A bad one. It was Pontiac's failed attempt at making a crossover model: a midway model between a minivan, a pickup truck, and a full SUV. The public hated it, and it sold poorly. To add insult to injury, it consistently finds itself included in lists of the world's ugliest cars.
So it was the perfect car to ...
This question was asked in MetaFilter, and the top response references a Mental Floss article. This references the California Child Labor Law, which allows a (relative) newborn of 15 days old to be "employed in the entertainment industry".
More on the use of babies on film, from Mental Floss:
Some star-struck parents of prematurely born twins are able to ...