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There is no 'deadly virus' in The Rock. The weapon that is stolen by Frank Hummel's team is VX, a so-called nerve agent, a chemical that (amongst other things) interferes with your muscles and causes you to asphyxiate through a lack of ability to breathe. The antidote that they use in the movie is Atropine which is a real chemical used to counteract the ...


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For the benefit of those like me who haven't watched the series, here's a picture of Hitler in The Man in the High Castle, as played by Wolf Muser: To me, this is still recognisably Hitler, just an older, greyer Hitler. The Man in the High Castle takes place in 1962, when Hitler would have been 73, so it makes sense to me that he wouldn't look exactly like ...


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That all depends on how big the artillery shell was. A standard 75mm/18lb shell would have difficulty making a hole anywhere near that big, but the largest shell fired in WWI was 3,130 lbs! used by the 520mm French Schneider Howitzer... Somewhat more portable were the 24cm or 25cm Schwerer Flügelminenwerfer* which carried a 200 lb charge… *Roughly ...


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It's possible. Google says 8am in Melbourne is 5pm in Austin It's technically on a different day, which is possibly where the confusion lies, but around September both would be somewhere near equinox, so both should be in daylight around that time. 15 hours one way is 24-15=9 hours the other way, crossing the International date line.


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Possibly the result of an underground bomb, placed there by miners: One of the common techniques used in warfare during the First World War was mining. There were various mines planted under trenches, then detonated to send part of the trench, and anyone in it, sky high. The BBC also did an article on this. National Geographic says of the Messine ...


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Those are victory or kill marks. It was very common for tanks, planes and ships to mark their kills on both the Allied and Axis sides during the war. Image source The "Rising Sun" flags indicate the sinking of a military naval combatant vessel, the red dot flags are supply ships, and the pennants indicate merchant vessels. The half flags indicate ...


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Comparing times is not a great way of checking for daylight as time zones are very unevenly distributed. solar "noon" can occur as late as 15:00 in western portions of China Better to just some simple geometry, logic, and, as pointed out in the comics, some knowledge about Earth's movements relative to the Sun: If half the globe is in daylight ...


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Apparently it is used by boxers as it is though to improve their wrist and forearm strength - which is important for landing heavier punches while reducing risk of self-injury. From https://www.gloveworx.com/blog/strengthen-wrists-for-boxing/ : Rice Bucket The rice bucket exercise is a commonly used practice with athletes trying to develop strong ...


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Black Boxes do in fact contain a tracking component that would assist in authorities finding a crashed plane. From the National Transportation Safety Board: Each recorder is equipped with an Underwater Locator Beacon (ULB) to assist in locating in the event of an overwater accident. The device called a "pinger", is activated when the recorder is ...


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This question already has an excellent answer from GendoIkari, but I see two separate questions. They overlap considerably, but they also don't overlap entirely. The title question is "Why is everyone so focused on the black box in LOST?", which morphs in the body of the question into "can a plane's black box be used to locate a missing plane?...


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Given all you see is the crater, there's no guarantee it was made by a single shell, though the odds are statistically high it was a shell given how many were fired. The biggest crater created still exists today in 2020, 104 years after it was created. The crater is 30 metres deep and 100 metres across (98 feet and 330 feet) and was caused by a 2,700 ...


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Once Upon a Time in Hollywood takes place in 1969, at which time seat belts were not mandatory to wear and were thus not widely used. As per Wikipedia: Starting in 1971 and ending in 1972, the United States conducted a research project on seat belt effectiveness on a total of 40,000 vehicle occupants using car accident reports collected during that time. ...


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Realistic? it's not unknown. It's not inconceivable that the builders decided to construct the house over an existing well for convenience. It would be a weatherproof source of water and would obviate any need to go outside for fresh water. In some older homes you may find that the water well is a drilled or hand dug well located in the building basement or ...


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In addition to the incredibly heavy shells that could be lofted by the artillery of either side, delayed fuzes were used which trigger a few seconds after impact, causing the shell to explode under the surface, pushing the ground advice up and out, and creating craters as deep and wide as you see in the picture you posted. Since proximity fuzes, which would ...


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Basically, it's fictional (at least legally) Forty-eight states and the District of Columbia have laws protecting the confidentiality of library records. Two states, Kentucky and Hawaii, have attorney general's opinions protecting library users' privacy. The language of these provisions vary from state to state. The majority of these laws declare that a ...


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Wells outside houses were usually public ones. If you build a house far away from anyone (let’s say in rural USA) you didn't need to share that well (and there was little chance your neighbours would be there to need access to water to put out fires). Do you like having a water source in your kitchen? So does anyone since the time we started living in ...


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Others have answered that it is, at the very least, possible for it to be daytime in both places but impossible to be midday in both places. I'd like to answer a related question, "how close to solar midday can both these locations get, and when?" As for "how high," that is easily found by taking half of the great-circle distance between ...


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What authority did the Department of Defense have to seize Iron Man's suits? Legally? None apparently. As Pepper says when talking to (apparently a lawyer on the phone) when Tony visits her in her office.. It was an illegal seizure of trademark property. and Listen, it’s our position that Stark has and continues to maintain propriety ownership of the ...


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Yes, it's quite realistic In fact, we know from records of the time that swearing was extremely common among the British armed forces in World War I, for example It became so common that an effective way for the soldier to express this emotion was to omit this word. Thus if a sergeant said, 'Get your ----ing rifles!' it was understood as a matter of routine....


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I believe that is called a Beacon Army Light and just from cursory google searches on the topic the movies seems to be authentic to the time in terms of flash light technology. Also found this one that looks like it says they last around 5 hours pretty neat!


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Was this the real reason for the race to end like this? Did Ken Miles (Bale's character) really lose the race unknowingly? Yes This is completely accurate. The real life Le Mans ’66 ended with a historic finish: Ford trounced the frontrunner Ferrari as all three Ford cars crossed the finish line in a dead heat. But there’s ...


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Via the Patriot Act, it is possible to request library records. However, librarians found this offensive, so they responded by only keeping the absolute minimum possible records. Therefore, the FBI may be able to see what you have checked out at the moment, but not what you have checked out in the past, because the library erased all records of those ...


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Yes (sort of) As Matt's answer quite fairly notes, this predates the earliest known usage of the term "fuck off" specifically, so it'd be unlikely that an officer would use that exact language. However, it is certainly not the case that the language would be too "boorish and unprofessional" for an upper-class gentleman. The vocabulary of ...


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Using the support hand to brace the blade while blocking an axe swing absolutely makes sense, whether it would damage his hand or not. Even if the blade does cut his hand, that's still better than being hit in the face with a full-force swing with an axe, right? As for injuring his hand, it is important to consider that he's in the middle of a fight, has ...


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This just means that he is a good actor in this sense. Having a different accent is composed of two things. Firstly, you need to have the proper vocabulary (like elevator instead of lift), but that is the job of the screenwriter in the case of a tv show. Secondly, you need to modulate your voice. Being an actor and a good singer (btw, I recommend listening ...


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As mentioned by BCdotWeb, the song is a well known gospel/folk song "The Poor Wayfaring Stranger" which talks about the difficulty of life and the hope of a heaven beyond. The lyrics would be very appropriate for anyone looking death in the face, especially during a battle where one is on the front line, as was the case of the men in the movie. They were ...


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Is there any in-universe explanation of what happens in the mid-term after this? No What actually happens in the Avengers universe after the world population is immediately doubled? We don't know. Basically, we're presented with a fait accompli that everything just, essentially, reverted back to normal. Spider-Man: Far From Home doesn't show us much ...


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When I was in University, any student could use the stadiums’ public areas almost anytime they wanted. You had to have proof that you were an active student, faculty, or staff on your person if it was requested by campus police. But, this would be true of any campus facility, not just the stadium. The practice fields and surrounding tracks were open for use ...


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Sort of. The bulk of Outbreak takes in Zaire, which fell apart not long after the movie’s release in the first Congo War. American military advisors went to Rwanda in the aftermath of that country’s genocide, and Le Monde reported some of those advisors did operate in Zaire. I should note, Rwanda didn’t officially invade Zaire until 1996 in their ...


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Sort of, Kung Fu and various martial arts practitioners punch sand which has no give. "Iron Palm" or conditioning the hands, canvas bags filled with gravel to be struck over and over again. Punching rice is no different than punching a punching bag. Conditioning your knuckles for greater hardness. Others do it or gaining grip strength by grinding it in ...


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