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12:27 AM
Q: Why were the ray-shields in the Naboo Palace turn off and on in a cycle?

Peter NielsenIn Star Wars, Episode 1: The Phantom Menace, part of the final battle takes place between Darth Maul, Obi-Wan, and Qui-Gon within a reactor room of the Naboo Palace. However, they are separated by a series of what appear to be ray shields, which continually turn on and off. Why do they do this? A...

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1:42 AM
Q: Spider-like aliens use wormholes and have space stations to defend them

Kevin MillerI'm looking to identify a sci-fi book. Its protagonists are spider-like aliens who call their world "a world that must be defended". It's space-related sci-fi Several species of aliens such as cat-like and bird-like They use wormholes to move around vast distances and protect them with space st...

1:52 AM
Q: Seeing as downvotes are used to signal that a question is not well written, should you upvote or download a poorly written question you've edited?

Peter NielsenOn various poorly written questions, I've edited to make clearer and better which can end up producing a better and well-written question. However, if the original question was poorly written, should you downvote because of that, or should you upvote because the question you have just edited to m...

2:16 AM
Q: Are Ghazan and Ming-hua a couple?

Eva AgrinsoniGhazan and Ming-hua are villians from The Legend of Korra that are trying to end the avatar cycle along with Zaheer and P'li. Their gang is called the Red Lotus.

3:07 AM
Q: Identify anime series about detective agency ran by a guy and two women

candied_orangeThe three characters were adults running a struggling detective agency. They were in love with each other but hesitant to do anything about it. The community around them supported their love and were impatient for them to get on with it. Plot mostly revolved around running the agency rather than ...

3:57 AM
Q: Why was the US so desparate to hide the Monolith from the Soviets in 2001?

MachavityIn 2001, we see the the Soviets being suspicious about the communications blackout at the US Clavius base on the Moon (all quotes from this transcript) Smyslov: Oh well, er, Dr. Floyd I hope you don't think I'm being too inquisitive but perhaps you can clear up the great big mystery about what h...

4:23 AM
Q: What was Jadzia's original last name?

PeteTrills have a first name and a family name. A joined Trill replaces their family name with the symbiont's name. Thus Ezri Tigan became Ezri Dax when she was unwillingly joined. It recently occurred to me that I don't know Jadzia's family name. There doesn't seem to be any information on Memory A...

5:13 AM
Q: Looking for a movie about Snow White

Bethanie ThomasonI absolutely can not find the movie anywhere and I’m hoping someone here can find it. It was a animated version of Snow White, most likely came out between 1990-2005. It stayed more true to the original story where the queen tries 3 times to get rid of Snow. The biggest detail I can remember is a...

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6:29 AM
Q: Guy awakens as a mage and remembers his past life

tdog8881This Manhwa is similar to solo spell caster. It starts without main character as an ordinary person and in this world, there are people that have powers to fight monsters that I believe come through portals. While driving I believe that his car gets wrecked by one of these monsters and a girl sav...

6:54 AM
Q: Are all timespinners Weavers?

AdamantThe two timespinners that we saw in the series are Since the term itself seems to be widely known, we can probably assume that there are other timespinners, and not just those two. Coincidentally (?), both Diana and her father are Weavers. As such, both of the the timespinners that we have seen ...

Q: Who, if anyone, was the "witch with the blood of the lion and the wolf"?

AdamantRight until the final episode, various characters quote a prophecy that says, more or less, "Beware the witch with the blood of the lion and the wolf, for she will destroy the Children of the Night," which drives a lot of the fear surrounding Diana (whom most people seem to take for that witch), ...

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9:01 AM
Q: Trying to remember a book about runes and magic

StillI have not even come close to finding this book. I read (some) of this book around 7 years ago or so. It was on the Apple Books app (orange application for iOS) though I doubt it’s still on there as I’ve searched for it. This is what I remember. It was about a society that used elemental magic. T...

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10:17 AM
Q: Why does Boba Fett look for his armor in the Sarlacc Pit?

MoritzLostIn The Book of Boba Fett, Episode 4, Boba Fett But why did he think it would be there? In Episode 1, we clearly see him The likeliest explanation is that he lost his memory of climbing out, either due to trauma / near-death experience or due to being knocked out (not really realistic but a comm...

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12:47 PM
A: A short story about a “fractal” world

Clara Diaz SanchezThis question reminded me at once of "Love Comes to the Middleman", a short story by David Laidlaw, forming part of his "Middleman trilogy". It is available to read at Laidlaw's website. The protagonist, Jack, lives in a house intermediate in scale between the smaller "neighborlings" who live in ...

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3:34 PM
@b_jonas woop!
4:18 PM
@b_jonas Well he did ask nicely, with a "Pretty please".
5:15 PM
@AncientSwordRage You mean when it got bumped to the front page with a late answer?
Timeline says nothing had bumped it since 2013, so most people here probably saw it for the first time then.
Q: Can a robot be fooled by a human posing as a robot?

Jorge CórdobaThere are at least two Asimov stories that I recall when a robot “harms” a human. In the bicentennial man at the very beginning the surgeon robot refuses to perform the procedure as it would harm Andrew, however he then proceeds once Andrew tells him he’s not a human being. In the second, Evidenc...

@DavidW oh it did?
@AncientSwordRage Not that the answer lasted very long...
@DavidW ah
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7:00 PM
Q: Looking for a short story about the perfect beer

UnknownOrbitsThe story was about a man working at a brewery that accidentally made the perfect beer. The man may have been in advertising. He starts to notice that the heads on the beers are taking shape, so he pours out enough for the foam to form a goddess, or spirit, of beer. I'm confident that it appeared...

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8:21 PM
Q: Fantasy Book - Unrequited Love, Female Protagonist Not Human?

OneTruDragonGirlI read this book in middle school or before, which would mean publication in 2002 - 2003 at the latest, though I couldn't tell you how old the book was when I read it. I started writing down books I read in 2004, so that helps. I remember very little. It was in the young adult/teen section of ...

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9:33 PM
Q: Why didn't Obi-Wan offer an apology or pay for the mess at Chalmun's Cantina?

Bingo MehndraIn Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, there is a very well known scene at Mos Eisley Cantina of the brief confrontation between Obi-Wan Kenobi, Dr. Cornelius Evazan and Ponda Baba where the noble Jedi master, after his diplomatic skills failed, didn't use the Force but drew his ancient laser weapo...

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11:13 PM
Q: Comic. A frontiersman and his mexican sidekick fight a sect of aztec mummies

GinasiusComic book, possibly American, from the early 1970s. In black and white. A Davy Crocket-style frontiersman whose weapon of choice is an axe has a Mexican sidekick with certain similarities to Sancho Panza, small, chubby and antiheroic. I think it was a regular collection. In the issue I remember ...


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