Yorik
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If Sweden didn't have commercial TV channels until the late 1980s, how can these TV commercials from the 1960s and 1970s exist?
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A "Husmors Filmer" (see Youtube video title) is a "Housewife Film" (and trademarked at the time) and "yes," apparently women attended matinees where such films were ...

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Do we know Al Bundy's age in the show?
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According to a wiki about the show he was "Class of 1966" (wikipedia mentions him scoring 4 touchdowns in one football game in 1966) which would mean he was born c. 1948, so the first season ...

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What is number chart on sniper rifle?
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A pre-calculated sight adjustment chart for the rifle/scope reticule (and presumably ammunition). Range and Windage adjustments.

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Who had "turbo lasers" first, Star Wars or Battlestar Galactica?
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Star Wars had them first . http://www.imsdb.com/scripts/Star-Wars-A-New-Hope.html OFFICER: We count thirty Rebel ships, Lord Vader. But they're so small they're evading our turbo-lasers!...

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Why are "blockbusters" called blockbusters?
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A block-buster was a type of bomb used in World War 2. The term blockbuster quickly caught on as a metaphor with many uses, but for movies, it refers to an "explosion" of ticket sales. "Destined ...

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Contradictions in Star Wars about advocating pacifism?
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Because it is not Buddhism, it is Buddistisch. Over-emphasis of eastern mysticism's effects on and applicability to western thought is a genre unto itself (see for instance Tao of Physics, anything ...

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Why doesn't Sheldon Cooper like whistling?
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While they never directly address it, Sheldon has a lot of OCD and Autism Spectrum (ASD) behaviors. Whistling is something that can be problematic for some measure of people with an ASD. Note that ...

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Did Rise of the Planet of the Apes take footage from the 1968 movie?
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The footage is from Apollo 8, the crew depicted are Frank Borman and Jim Lovell: Source: NASA.gov I also found a link to a stock footage film that the above image is from, which includes the still ...

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Why did It not do this to The Losers?
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There doesn't seem to be a direct explanation, but I would say "yes" it is because of the thing you mentioned. In all of their individual encounters prior to forming their circle, they were almost ...

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Is this montage in Game of Thrones (S07E03) imaginary?
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There are a two important factors to consider (spoilers): they thought the full Lanister army was there (10,000+ ?) the entry point was via sewer access There would be no way to insert their army ...

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Why is Adelaide Clemens wearing seven layers of clothing for Silent Hill: Revelation?
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Because it was winter. The white undershirt and thin-fabric top are both tank-tops. The leggings are to keep her legs warm in the cold. The two overcoats are mostly worn when she is outside. The red ...

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Are there any real-world equivalents to spitting fuel into the engine?
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Note that I am no mechanic, and I do not recall specifically the lead-up to that scene in the film, but I do know that there is such a thing as "water injection" which is really methanol+water ...

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Why does Donald Curtis have a Dutch/Netherlands flag pin displayed prominently when he is clearly American?
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As to the patch itself, I don't know anything definite, so this is speculative. He is (for sure) meant to be American. In the manga, his name is Donald Chuck and he flies a Curtiss, and his backstory ...

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How did the gallery owners mistake the watercolored fake as a Pissaro?
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I have BFA in painting and have worked professionally (commercially) with paintings executed between the 16th and early 20th centuries for about 25 years. It is not plausible. Even under glass, it ...

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What does the French Plantation Scene mean in Apocalypse Now?
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I have only seen the Redux version once, but what I recall is that the plantation segment might be seen as purgatorial. There is a burial, the French seem stuck in time, and the scene with the widow ...

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Could Riddick assume that there will be two ships?
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Its been a while since I saw this, so I checked a script posted by David Twohy (the screenwriter). I don't think you missed anything except that they presume you know who Riddick as a character is. It ...

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Why does Tarkovsky use monochrome and color in the same film?
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Tarkovsky, at least in the 60s, thought that color in film was a problem in that he seemed to feel it was pandering and commercially oriented and was some form of imposition on the audience. That ...

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Hobbit scenes with psychedelic mind combat
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Well, for one the scenes are not fleshed out in the books, so there is no direct Tolkien source for them as far as I know, but there is potentially a source for the psychedelic experience that is ...

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What makes the nervous and anxious character model of Michael Cera, Jesse Eisenerg etc... so successful?
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This is one aspect of what is called the Anti-Hero. In Juno, he's just a "normal guy" and, potentially chosen because he is not someone people expect a fictional teenage girl in a movie would ...

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Why are some movie parts much louder than others?
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This is called dynamic range. In the simplest terms, imagine that you have a fixed numeric scale from 1 to 100 which tells you how loud something is, and you want all sounds in your recording to be ...

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Why is the spoken German in many US films and TV shows so inaccurate?
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This is too long for a comment (other answers are more comprehensive), but for the HIMYM instance, this is not so much mocking German as it is mashing up English as German for comedic effetc. There is ...

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Why did they pick World War I over World War II in Wonder Woman?
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As supplemental information, one thing to consider is that Wonder Woman, especially in this film, has a WW1 counter-part: Columbia. "Lady Columbia," the embodiment of America and American liberty was ...

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Where did the Elves go after the Helm's deep battle in LOTR?
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The Elves at Helm's Deep were a departure from the book version and were added for some reason by Peter Jackson and his team. Because of this, they would need to play a bigger part in an already ...

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What is the meaning of text on Jesse's shoes in S03E12 in Breaking Bad?
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Those are "Osiris 'Get Paid' Bronx Lifestyle Shoes." Osiris appears to be a brand targeted to "skater/surf culture." Certainly they are in character for Jesse, but it is debatable whether this carries ...

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Most dangerous stunts in film
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The French Connection car chase is arguably more dangerous in that the car chase was filmed without permits on mostly uncleared roads and most of the near-misses and one full-hit to a car were on open ...

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Was 1970s Han Solo's name inspired by 1960's Napoleon Solo?
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I doubt there is any definitive source, but the Star Wars names belie a certain compulsion on Lucas' part to choose sound-alikes and conceptual names. Greedo is obvious. Darth Vader is Dark Invader. ...

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Why is the audience sliding around in this scene from Le Temps retrouvé?
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The source material is essentially a recollection of a life lived by an individual on his death bed. We are seeing these things through the lens of memory, so it is meant to be an almost first person ...

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Russian words in the titles of an American TV series footages
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Because is gives it a foreign flavor, a certain je ne sais quoi. The specific meaning simply does not matter.

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