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2:26 AM
Q: It is about America being invaded by illegal immigrants, what is the name of the book?

J MineIt is about America being invaded by illegal immigrants, what is the name of the book?

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3:42 AM
Q: Recycling Shields? Baffling Star Wars Naval Terminology

Kitanga NdaySo I was watching the Clone Wars Season 2 episode 16 titled "Cat and Mouse". In this episode, the senator Bail Organa has been trapped on the planet Christophsis by a Seperatist blockade lead by Admiral Trench. Anakin Skywalker and Obi-wan are sent to help the senator. Now at some point after th...

4:28 AM
Q: How do starship weapons work in Star Wars, in terms of recharge time and the cause of recharge time

Kitanga NdayThis is definitely connected to my last question on "Recycling shields", so I'll definitely start this question close to the same as the last. So I was watching the Clone Wars Season 2 episode 16 titled "Cat and Mouse". In this episode, the senator Bail Organa has been trapped on the planet Chri...

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5:58 AM
Q: Scooby-Doo, real monsters

Abraham RayHow many REAL monsters/creatures where in the various Scooby-Doo cartoons? I’m asking mostly for curiosities sake, but other people might want to know as well!

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8:13 AM
Q: TV episode with characters similar to the Smash Martians

dominic fondeI am trying to identify a TV show I watched as a child in the UK. It is rather obscure but I am constantly amazed by what people on this site can identify so here goes... The show was aired on the ITV network in the late 1970's, I would guess between 1978 to 1973 and definitely shown on a week ...

8:24 AM
@Marvin R/A IMO.
@Jenayah Oi!
8:46 AM
@Marvin dupe. Get your dupe votes in.
@AncientSwordRage all hey
Hi both! :)
9:02 AM
@Jenayah you sure?
Do people think this:
Q: Has Worf ever been to Minsk?

AncientSwordRageMemory Beta lists Worf's 'home town' where he grew up as Minsk, Memory Alpha states no such thing, and in fact he was from Gault (a farm world). The question is, has he ever been to Minsk? Related question here

is a dupe of
Q: Why does Worf want O'Brien to go to Minsk?

AncientSwordRageI've just watched the last 20 minutes of an episode of Deep Space 9, and towards the end Worf is very insistent that O'Brien and his wife move to Minsk. Is there any in or out of universe reason for this?

@AncientSwordRage not a dupe; voted to reopen.
@AncientSwordRage I don't know much about the show but from reading the questions​ and their answer I don't think it is
I guess 'He wants O'Brien to go there because he grew up there' is sort of an answer to both?
I'm from Devon, but I'd not recommend anyone go especially
9:10 AM
@AncientSwordRage "he grew up there" doesn't mean the show did display in Minsk
@AncientSwordRage I don't think so. If the answer is "he wants O'Brien to go there because he grew up there", then "did he actually ever go there?" is a good follow-up.
@SQB "sort of"
9:23 AM
Lots of dupes in , by the way. Haven't voted since I was looking for something else (questions to tag with }:> to be honest), but there are several asking about why people don't notice that Clark Kent is Superman and at least two asking why kryptonite makes him weak. And I think (but I'd have to go back and reread) that I saw a couple asking about the exact source of his superpowers.
Also, shouldn't the tags be , , and so on?
Possible even for that last one?
sigh yeah, they should...
Edit ALL the posts!
Also, we now have as well.
@SQB That's 7 please don't ruin the homepage
@TheLethalCarrot Ah sorry, miscounted, I thought I was on 6. Was about to stop anyway.
Gotta finish BTTF cleanup
9:33 AM
@Jenayah what are you cleaning up, then?
15 hours ago, by Jenayah
sigh [back-to-the-future-ii] -[back-to-the-future] 15 questions to clean...
BTTF3 I finished cleaning up
Q: What was the episode where Superman ate an entire jar of m&ms?

Stephen SchraugerIn the New Adventures of Superman, there was an episode where Superman, in his Clark persona, ate a lot of m&ms very quickly. I think he and others were infected or under the influence of something, causing them all to act greedy (possibly just Clark, though). I remember the scene where Clark an...

@SQB oh that's horrible!
<---- dies if she eats a single M&M''s
9:38 AM
Q: Has Superman ever been depicted to smoke and/or consume alcohol?

ShreedharSuperman, since his first appearance in the late 1930's has been a symbol of Truth, Justice and the American way etc. Looking back at his representation and the characteristics the writers have used over the years to describe Superman, this would seem a little far-fetched. But has Superman ever...

Q: Can Superman get drunk?

Tango AlphaIs Superman able to get drunk? A lot of characters in comics, like Captain America or Wolverine, are shown not being able to get drunk, but what happens when a Kryptonian starts to drink? Has he ever been drunk in comics?

@Jenayah personal kryptonite.
@SQB Oh, I might be Superman.
@SQB no, I wouldn't think so
If only for the smoking part
@Jenayah The other way, then? The latter a dupe of the former?
@SQB yeah
@SQB no, he can be shown drinking without getting drunk, doesn't mean he can't
@SQB that is hillarious
9:47 AM
@AncientSwordRage that is pure awe
9:58 AM
Q: Why do Giant Spiders from "Arachnids in the UK" specifically like Stormzy's grime music?

Greg o rllyIs it due to the 140BPM speed? The certain rhythmic exchange of motion? Or some other reason? Is there a specific in universe reason the giant spiders specifically like Stormzy's grime music?

Q: Have any students not been sorted?

StuperUserBased on an answer to Ilvermorny School's sorting ceremony, multiple houses of the school can express an interest in a student, and some students have received a request for all four houses. Have any students ever not been chosen by an Ilvermonry house, or any wizarding schools? Have there been ...

10:17 AM
Q: How did Superman play the "disappearing" game as a kid?

GelfamatIn Superman II, during the final battle between Superman, Zod, Ursa and Non (in the Fortress of Solitude), there was a part where they were disappearing and reappearing as false images (like holograms) to fool each other. Superman says to Lois that he used to play the game as a kid and that he ne...

11:12 AM
Q: Can Death Eaters know who of them pressed the Mark?

Shana TarIn Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows we see several occasions when Death Eaters 'activate' their Dark Marks to summon Voldemort. Surely Voldemort should know who did this and where as he doesn't seem to need additional communication to arrive at the right spot. We see that Lucius and Bella com...

11:27 AM
@Jenayah "Unhand be bragart!"
@AncientSwordRage :P
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12:57 PM
Q: What actually happens to those taken away by The Lurking Fear?

Robert ColumbiaIn H. P. Lovecraft's The Lurking Fear, the eponymous fear is noted for often not leaving any trace of its victims. George Bennett and William Tobey had left no trace, not even of a struggle. They were never heard of again. and When we asked them to help us find Bennett and Tobey they we...

1:57 PM
Q: Could Death be the first Dementor?

Darth LockeAfter thinking a bit about the possible origins or creation of Dementors, considering their appearance and intentions and given the significance of The Deathly Hallows and the tale of The Three Brothers is within the work(s), if these two things, if Death and the Dementors are more closely relate...

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3:06 PM
So I asked this question about X-Men comics with a note that any other media would be interesting supplementary information. The #1 answer by far is one about the movies.
Q: Does Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters teach normal school subjects?

ThunderforgeThe main purpose of Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters (and later the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning) seems to be to teach mutants to use their powers. Does the school also teach "normal" school subjects, like mathematics, history, language arts, or science? Would a mutant at this school...

I'm not sure what to do. Should I change the question to match the answer?
Nope both question and answer are fine, especially considering you say in the question "although other universes or media would be interesting supplementary information."
Your question is saying I want answers from the comics but barring that anything else works too
@Thunderforge tbh I think I'll go around writing an actual answer with several panels and stuff, buts it takes more time than I have right now :P
17 hours ago, by Jenayah
@Marvin Basically, lots. I might come around with a comics panel for each one of those some day but it won't be today.
As for the top answer being movies whole question was mainly about comics eh blame HNQ
@Jenayah I'd imagine that movies answer pushed it into the HNQ and the question does explicitly allow answers from there
But nah don't change the question to match answers, you want answers from comics it's fine (and way more canon :P )
Okay, I'll leave it as is then. I appreciate the feedback!
3:12 PM
So long as changing the question doesn't invalidate any answers I don't see anything wrong with it. But if an answer wasn't exactly what you wanted, don't change it either because someone may come along with the answer you really want.
@Jenayah I look forward to seeing your comics answer!
@Thunderforge no ETA though :P and you're welcome for the feedback!
I suppose I could also throw a bounty on it when it becomes eligible if I still don't have a good comics answer.
No worries about an ETA
3:54 PM
@Marvin Now that's a nice Harry Potter question.
You've had a lot today... should satisfy you for a bit ;P
Q: What Star Trek novels were referenced in later TV episodes?

zabeusMemory Alpha's "Novels" article has the following statement. It should be noted that certain publications written by creators of Star Trek's various series are sometimes referenced in later episodes of those series. Somewhat paradoxically, the novels themselves remain apocryphal in such...

TIL I have no friends.
What sort of friends we talking about?
3:57 PM
just people who are just politely putting up with me.... even my parents :'(
@TheLethalCarrot Yeah, but there's a reason I specifically said this one is a nice one.
Did not make the connection to XKCd then haha
@Alex Cos you know the answer and someone hasn't answered it yet?
@Skooba So to them you look like an automated alert and/or political campaign?
@TheLethalCarrot Because it's a good question that can be subjected to factual information and analysis. I wouldn't say that I "know" the answer, but I am in the middle of writing one that will hopefully be somewhat decent.
@TheLethalCarrot O.o
o.o O.O O.o o.O x.x
4:12 PM
Q: 80's Short TV story about a monster in the closet which grabs the mother during the day

JasonI remember seeing this when I was really young, sometime between 1985-1989 but the show itself could be older of course as I know this was just something that was on TV. I remember a boy thinking there was a monster in his closet. His mother of course doesn't believe him. I don't remember a fath...

4:27 PM
Q: How come Quidditch isn't more dangerous?

Paul JohnsonIn the Harry Potter books Quidditch is played on broomsticks at an altitude high enough for falls to seriously injure or kill. A fall of 30 meters is usually fatal, and Quidditch players in the movies are shown routinely flying at that altitude. Lower altitude falls can also kill if, for instance...

4:42 PM
Q: African superheroes by African writers?

Abraham RayIs there any African superheroes created by writers native to Africa? It just stands to reason that there has to be at least 1 superhero that’s native to the African continent. I just want to be sure myself.

Q: Why Snape's Patronus was a doe?

Shana TarI know, I know! Lily Evans... "Always"... But. As JKR stated in an interview: Chely: James patronus is a stag and lilys a doe is that a coincidence? J.K. Rowling: No, the Patronus often mutates to take the image of the love of one's life (because they so often become the 'happy thought'...

@Marvin Meh, I answered but not too happy with it
So many HP questions today
There does seem to be an influx today
My lovely I am Legend question will get drown in the mass :P
You still posting it or waiting?
4:52 PM
Eh who am I kidding not like it's one that's going to round up the masses
Yeah posting I think
That involves coming home first though
@TheLethalCarrot Does that mean I can't answer it since you already quoted me?
Meh and coming home first implies not missing the tram
Lol, go for it if you want
4:58 PM
@Alex it's only my opinion, but I for one like "too long, didn't read" paragraphs better at the beginning of the answer. I think it's clearer and already gives the reader a hint of what you mean - this way you don't have to re-go through the answer when you've only began to understand when reading the last paragraph
TL;DR - brief summary and answer... conclusion at the end if you want still
I agree though TL;DR at the top
Kind of when you write an essay... You have an abstract at the beginning saying "here's what it's about, here's what I did, and here are the main results"
@Jenayah Hm, that is why I put the first sentence: (Skip to the last paragraph if you're not interested in the analysis.) Are you saying that's not enough?
@Alex I'm saying I don't want to be bothered to scroll all the way down and potentially miss the actual last paragraph
Another point, it's not a big deal with HP answers since they're mostly text but when reading a comics/movie answer with pictures you might not know what to expect and have mildly NSFW content when scrolling down
To me in anything that's a longer read it's easier and best to have a summary before the long read
5:03 PM
@Jenayah I tend to agree with you that there should normally be a summary in the beginning. However, with certain conclusions, having the summary at the beginning seems kind of anticlimactic.
Like: We don't know. Blah Blah Blah. We don't know.
Safe for work depends on the workplace of course but while a bunch of text can't be deciphered from one meter away, your boss/folks etc can​ think "oh hey, Joe's looking at comic panels while in class/work. What a lazy joke"
I quite like We don't know headings... saves me the effort of reading something if it turns out there is actually no known answer
And in ASOIAF/GoT means I can place the We Don't Sow meme
@TheLethalCarrot That's my point. It kind of makes the rest of the answer pointless. Why have 10 paragraphs of analysis if we already know that we don't know?
@TheLethalCarrot to be qualified, a "we don't know" answer can be proven by crosscutting info etc making it for a good read still
Q: What food is suggested for Yogi?

TheLittleNarutoI meditate daily. For spiritual progress I want to know the role of food intake. Which type of food is suggested in scriptures for one who want to approach the path of Yoga? In other words, do Shastras recommend or instruct particular foods (to be taken) which helps one's spiritual journey be smo...

5:06 PM
@Alex Well if I'm interested in the work I will read the analysis, but I open everything that gets posted when I'm around so saves me some trouble
So, how horrible a person am I that I'm really fighting not to comment, "Pickanick baskets"?
@Jenayah Oh I agree but I have to be interested in the work/question to care enough... a good we don't know can be a very excellent answer
Edited. @Jenayah @TheLethalCarrot
@Alex dang I can't find the Academia question again but there was something along these lines
@RDFozz :P
@Jenayah Having the TL;DR at the beginning is a courtesy to the reader; a lesson I learned WRT emails, as I've had a reputation of writing books. Those who are interested (even when the answer is "We don't know" will read on.
5:11 PM
@Jenayah This?
The answer to your titular question is unknown. :-) — Mad Jack Aug 15 '16 at 3:45
Yeay, guess who caught up with the tram she missed
Also guess what, that means they've frozen tram traffic again :(
@Alex no
Given the context I want to say you but it'd be a lot funnier, to me, if the answer was Wonder Woman so: Wonder Woman??
Also do you know what Usain Bolt does when he misses the bus?
If the answer is anything other than "bolt" I'm not gonna be happy
He waits for it at the next bus station
5:22 PM
b'dum tss
The Quidditch question just led me to discover an interesting mistake in a Harry Potter translation.
That's great beatbox you're doing heee
That's great beatbox you're doing here
^ mobile chat
@Alex which is? :)
Q: Is it realistic to capsize a boat the way they do it in At World's End?

SavaIn the famous Up Is Down scene in Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, they manage to make the Black Pearl capsize and turn 180 degrees by merely running back and forth between port and starboard. Plus letting loose the cargo below deck, which feels like a quite dangerous decision given the ...

And don't be upstaging my half arsed answer
@Jenayah At the flying lesson in Philosopher's Stone Madame Hooch counts down before her whistle. It's supposed to be "three, two..." but the Hebrew translation has "three, four...".
33 mins ago, by Alex
@TheLethalCarrot Does that mean I can't answer it since you already quoted me?
5:28 PM
Well you can answer... just make sure it's worse than mine ;P
@Marvin seeking scientific answers?
Does the Hebrew translation have Hooch counting down as well?
@Skooba Seems to be... it's on its way to queue
@Skooba it's in-universe, no?
@Jenayah It's asking if the in universe event could happen in the real world
5:30 PM
@Jenayah Even the English doesn't say "counting down". It just says "On my whistle".
@Alex ah so not necessarily mistake
Is there like a tradition of starting off at, say, five?
@Jenayah Well, unless they deliberately mistranslated "two" as four"...
three, four, one....
@Jenayah Not that I know of. But anyway they started at three.
@TheLethalCarrot re-read more carefully and indeed, though it could be rephrased to be on-topic
5:32 PM
Though there is deliberate tampering in the same passage.
Madame Hooch diagnoses Neville with a broken wrist.
The translation throws in a "perhaps".
I'll check the French one, curiosity
@Alex kid-friendlier?
@Jenayah That's like my recent question on Literature.
Aboout kid versions that change random details.
For no apparent reason.
And I don't think a translator should be "sanitizing" a work. At least not without acknowledging it.
@Alex link?
Q: Why does Great Literary Classics change details in its abridged versions?

AlexFrom the Wikipedia article on Great Illustrated Classics: The Great Illustrated Classics series of books offers easy-to-read adaptations of well known classics, featuring large print and illustrations on every other page. The series is targeted at children, but the writing style is suit...

Geez those aren't details
5:42 PM
@Jenayah What are they?
That's got more impact than a broken wrist
Yeah, some are more important details.
Maybe I'll ask a separate question about unfaithful translations.
Q: Is Sao Feng's map magical?

SavaThe map that Sao Feng's hands to Barbossa and co to go rescue Sparrow from Davy Jones' locker contains many information hidden to strange places, some of them out of this world. But the map itself seems to be quite a feat of craftmaship: you can fold it yet the 'wheels' inside can be turned with...

6:41 PM
Q: Are the events from Frank Herbert's "Destination Void" and "Dune" meant to be in the same universe

AndrewIt's a bit of a stretch, I know, but there are a few clues. First, the point of "Destination Void" is to create AI, which turns out to be AI has been outlawed in the "Dune" universe after the Butlerian Jihad, probably for this very reason. Second, one of the characters in "Destination Voi...

6:56 PM
Q: In David Brin's "Kiln People," why is Ritu's head shaved?

user24353In David Brin's novel Kiln People, there is an unclear reference--once--to Ritu having a shaved head, but no explanation as to when or why or how this happened. This is mentioned at the point where Albert Morris has a strange, transcendent experience at the climax of the novel. "First, lo...

7:21 PM
@Jenayah Is "amalgaming" the word used in the comics?
7:32 PM
Amalgam Comics was a publishing imprint shared by DC Comics and Marvel Comics, in which the two comic book publishers merged their characters into new ones (e.g., DC Comics' Batman and Marvel Comics' Wolverine became the Amalgam character Dark Claw). These characters first appeared in a series of twelve comic books which were published in 1996, between the third and fourth issues of the DC vs. Marvel miniseries. A second set of twelve comic books followed one year later.The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Alternate Universes 2005 designated the Amalgam Universe as Earth-9602. DC Comics...
@AnkitSharma Thanks. But I'm specifically wondering if they used the word "amalgaming", as I think the correct English word would be "amalgamation".
ohhh ok don't know
For context, this is based on this answer:
A: What are Dark Claw's weaknesses?

JenayahTL;DR: the usual "Bruce Logan Wayne coping with his parents' murder" is the only weakness which is somewhat confirmed, but enough electricity could also be a runner-up. There is (unfortunately) very little Dark Claw material, both in comics and interviews, and said material doesn't display muc...

can be spell mistake
Why nobody understands my pun :(
7:42 PM
But to answer properly I don't remember there being a mention of amalgamation of amalgaming, will have to check again
8:26 PM
Q: Short story about an asteroid colony where the plumber is an unclean/outcast

SavaIt's a short story that I real on a book at some point in the 1990's. It was the French translation, so it might have been older. I believe it was a short story by Isaac Asimov, set in the early days of the Galactic Empire from Foundation, but I may be wrong. The story had someone sent to visit ...

8:56 PM
Q: Story about a competition to become King for a day, after which the winner would be killed

NinnI don't remember much from the story, but what really marked me was that everyone on a planet competed in a competition to become King of the planet, yet the one that won would be killed afterwards. I also remember that murder was legal during the competition, and i think a conscious machine was ...

@Alex Off the top of my head, I don't recall the "word" amalgaming coming up during either event. Of course, that was 20 years ago, but I think I'd remember that word....
@RDFozz Okay, thanks.
@Marvin And, I'm reminded of Ratchet and Clank. Not that the plumber there was obviously unclean or an outcast, but you couldn't exactly bump into him by accident either....
9:30 PM
Q: Question about an animated movie similar to Dr Strangelove: would it be on topic?

McTroopersI'm trying to find the title of this animated movie, but I'm dubious if I can post the question in the main thread (the subject is similar to Dr Strangelove, so it is very borderline). So the question is if I can. There were some clearly impossible things that happened, but usually happened for...

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11:13 PM
@Alex Someone agrees with me:
When I only read the title before the question, I thought, "hey wait, this is the real fiction from JK. Rowling" :) — atayenel 2 hours ago

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