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1:59 AM
Q: Do genies exist in the Harry Potter world?

Nu'DaqI don't recall seeing them in the books, but I might have missed something- are there genies in Rowling's Wizarding World?

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5:51 AM
Q: Why did Dumbledore pretend to not understand post-time-travel Harry and Hermione?

FluffyFlareonHarry and Hermione excitedly reported to Dumbledore that they had been successful (saving Sirius, e.g.) during their time-traveling adventure in The Prisoner of Azkaban. In the movie, this occurs outside of the infirmary. Dumbledore had moments earlier recommended that Hermione use the time-turne...

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7:08 AM
Q: Why did Jyn Erso ask Andor such question?

Jason NevilleThe squad of stormtroopers approaches a citizen and is about to search their house. The citizen protests inaudibly in an alien language. STORMTROOPER: Hands where I can see them. Get over there! Show me some identification. Check inside. Jyn Erso: Is this all because of your pilot? She notices ...

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8:30 AM
@AncientSwordRage Oooh nice, now get rid of that green number, I have to impulsively click mine to get rid of it
Why did that UV not give me any rep?
@TheLethalCarrot hah
8:51 AM
Q: Does every Star Wars episode really have at least 2 sunsets?

TheLethalCarrotIn the new The Simpsons short, Maggie Simpson in "The Force Awakens From Its Nap", we get a look at some jokey "Star Wars Rules", see below: STAR WARS RULES 1) Beloved characters never really die. 2) No handrails. 3) Droids do not need to be plugged in. 4) Every episode must have at least 2 suns...

9:43 AM
Q: Did Corax really try to rescue Vulkan?

LiathI've just finished reading Vulkan Lives from the Horus Heresy Series. Throughout it Curze tricks and tortures his prisoner but Vulkan is clearly not in the best mental state already. I've also read Deliverance Lost and Corax seemed to be rather busy at the time he was supposedly trying to aid his...

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11:16 AM
Q: Comic strip from Mad Magazine

verboseI'm trying to find a comic strip that originally appeared in Mad and was reprinted in a paperback collection of material from that magazine. I read it in the paperback collection. The strip shows a young man, high school or college age, alone in his bedroom. He is pondering existence. His thought...

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12:44 PM
Q: 1990s? Novels bases on 1930s-style video game?

Lee EckhardtI am pretty sure I heard about this alternate-universe video game during the '90s or early 2000s. I am not looking for the game itself but a paperback novel - or a series of novels - based on the game. All I can remember of the premise: in the 1920s or '30s the USA breaks up into several warring ...

12:59 PM
posted on May 10, 2021 by tech

Click here to go see the bonus panel!Hovertext: Google images assures me that the font style at top is 90s style, though it seems to me more late 80s? Anyway, I await your complaints. Today's News:

1:10 PM
Q: SF Short Story about resetting the world every day

Martin Trying to identify a short story. My recollections may be garbled, so answers don't need to tick every box. I recall it was quite short, shorter than a novella. I read it within the last few years, but my impression is that it's from the second half of the twentieth century, maybe the sixties. Se...

2:01 PM
Q: Orphan in a dystopia, food is served in edible containers

yuleruleAfter much thinking, I think this may be cyberpunk. (I may be wrong) In the beginning of the novel, the protagonist, an orphan, I think. He is in an institution, sleeps in tiny cell. Food is served on cardboard-like trays? that are also edible. At some point, he eats something with mold on it, on...

2:30 PM
Greetings, Earthlings, Robots, et al.
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3:44 PM
Q: Looking for an Isekai manga where the mc is in an orphanage

Amogh HarshThis is an isekai japanese manga which i read quite a lot time ago, and only first few chapters at that.It was about a boy (at that time i guess he was 5-8 years old) in an orphanage run by a very renowned mage and he made him his disciple as he seemed to be a prodigy at magic. I know, i'm sorry ...

4:10 PM
Q: Is there any reference about the roles of Michael Keaton and Ben Affleck in the upcoming 2022 film, The Flash?

VikasI've read that both actors would be part of The Flash (2022). Is there any reference which tells about whether both of them have a cameo in this movie or if they have an important extended role?

Gosh, the story id arena is getting competitive!
4:36 PM
New fonts wow
I'm torn
@TheLethalCarrot not sure?
@Donald.McLean yo
@fez I've not noticed?
@AncientSwordRage I think they have only just changed
I didn't notice any change this morning, but I've just looked and now the fonts are noticeably different.
@JohnRennie and I've just checked
the numbers Look Weird
4:52 PM
@fez Hi Tom, I'm Rand.
@JohnRennie Yes, in the last hour or so.
@Randal'Thor Ah, keming struck again!
Fonts seem unchanged in chat :-)
Yes, you've gotten a reprieve.
I guess it's site wide. The fonts have just changed in the Physics SE as well.
Serif fonts aren't changing.
5:27 PM
Q: Horror story aabout a lone man who encouters a serpent in his bedroom. As the protagonist looses in life the the serpent is also

mspd2003The protagonist is lonely man and is looser in life without relatives or friends One day he finds a snake in his room. Being rejected everywhere he starts building relationship with the snake. His life is tied with the snake. Fifties short story.

5:53 PM
Q: Name of Executioner movie?

rathoftheboneI need help remembering the name of a movie, I've only seen it twice. All I remember was there was an executioner. I remember seeing this movie but for the life of me, I can't remember it. What I do remember is this weird guy with a silver metal hat that had metal horns. He liked to dance a lot a...

6:18 PM
Q: Movie about a cave dwelling monster

Brian ODoes anyone remember a movie, I think from the 50's or 60's, revolving around a hairy creature that was capturing people and bringing them to a cave. He would then cocoon them to a cave wall and feast on their bodily fluids at his leisure, just barely keeping them alive.

6:33 PM
@JohnRennie I actually heard about this meta.stackexchange.com/q/364048/222298 but I don't see anything because I always have fonts overridden in my browser.
7:10 PM
Q: When is invisibility cloak invisible?

Danubian SailorWhen is invisibility cloak invisible? Obviously is invisible when put on a wizard, and visible when packed after loundry. But is it visible or visible when there's something else then wizard inside? A cat, a chair, a pencil, a piece of dust?

@JohnRennie I'm all in favor! Occasionally, it's mildly annoying when you see a question and think "I know that one!" but by the time you write the answer, or at least finish researching it, there's already a good answer.
I was also coming here to post that I still feel a combination of quiet pride in finding an answer to those 1 rep people who post a vague question and never come back, but also vague annoyance that the lack of acceptance, and the bad question, also means very little rep gain. :-D
7:30 PM
Q: In Harry Potter, why was Snape's avada kedavra Blue, but Voldemort is green

RedFlame0627In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Snape uses Avada Kedavra to kill Albus Dumbledore. Does something seem odd? The curse is blue! Take a look: Isn't it supposed to be green? Voldemort shows us that it is: Why is Snape's blue? Why isn't it green, like Voldemort?

7:57 PM
@FuzzyBoots Without acceptances, you can't even work for the "Unsung Hero" badge. :)
@xkcd At least I get the COVID ones...
...in a webcomic that traditionally doesn't use colour, there must be some significance to the fact the hat is that particular ugly shade of green.
8:25 PM
It's a popper.
@JohnRennie Yes it is. I never really got into it, I don't ever try to research story-id answers, I only answer when I already heard of the story.
Well, except for my own story-id questions. For those I do try some internet searches.
Q: Fantasy or sci-fi book involving a green crystal with mysterious power

Nordine LotfiI think I read this book more than 10 years ago. I don't remember the exact details, but here's what I could make sense of: The cover featured the green crystal, which may or may not have been attached to a necklace, with a black/dark color and one or two individuals from the story displayed in ...

Q: Why do Sokka and Katara need Aang?

BenjaminIn the episode Bato of the Water Tribe, Sokka and Katara tell Aang they have decided to stay with him rather than going to see their father becasue he needs them more. Then, Katara explains they need him too. In what ways do they need him? Do they need him more than they need their father?

@Mithical "Popper is a slang term given broadly to drugs of the chemical class called alkyl nitrites that are inhaled." This doesn't help?
Google "jumping popper"
No idea what - if there is one - the proper name for them is but that at least brings up the right things
Oh, I was completely off course; I was stuck on "hat" and "popper hat" is apparently a thing except it looks exactly like any other kind of sports cap to me.
That does look like a visual match, and it makes sense in context, that's got to be it. Thank you.
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11:01 PM
Q: Fantasy book series about a young girl and a talking dog solving mysteries

Nordine LotfiThis one was known to me years ago, but I don't recall much so I'll do my best in detailing what i remember: Most of the cover used in the series had a dark blue color in the background, with some other containing more color/being colorful. The "talking" dog usually had weird clothes or apparel ...


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