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Have the ending credits of Rambo III been changed?

I've seen this comparison of the ending credits of Rambo III: Original ending credits: Rewritten(?) ending credits: Did this happen, or is it manufactured? I've found this comparison on twitter. ...
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Can a thrown knife be used to kill silently?

Making stealth kills with a throwing knife is a common trope in popular culture, from movies like Rambo, 'realistic' spy novels like Jason Bourne to video games like Far Cry 4. Additionally, several ...
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Did Guru Padmasambhava say this?

Did this person say this, as reported by Awaken.com? When the iron bird flies and horses run on wheels, the Tibetan people will be scattered like ants across the earth." -- Guru Padmasambhava of ...
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Could you survive a vertical 100m drop in a BMW hatchback? [closed]

In Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol, at 116:42, Ethan Hunt (played by Tom Cruise) drives a BMW 1181 hatch off of an auto car transporter: He was wearing his seatbelt: And the air bag deploys: ...
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Does Disney's Ducktales say “Ask About Illuminati”?

Regardless of whether The Illuminati (plural of Latin illuminatus, "enlightened") is/was real or fictitious, many people online seems to be claiming that in one episode of Ducktales this scene ...
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Was Harrison Ford the janitor or carpenter on the set of Star Wars?

There is an old urban legend that Harrison Ford was actually the janitor on the set of Star Wars, and was standing in for the actor that was supposed to play Han Solo. The execs liked him so much ...
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Were staff at Bletchley Park predominantly male?

In "The Imitation Game", most of the staff portrayed on-screen were male, and Joan Clarke faced sexist assumptions that because she's a woman, she was in the wrong room when she tried to go into the ...
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Did Alan Turing publish a paper called The Imitation Game (as claimed in the movie)?

I have seen a couple of Turing's papers, but never have found one called "The Imitation Game". The Imitation Game seems to be a name used by Turing to refer to his test to decide whether an ...
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Was Turing's team involved in the development of the Ultra system to determine which decrypted Enigma messages to act upon?

Did Alan Turing's decryption team develop an statistical analysis algorithm to decide whether to use information from decrypted Enigma messages without risking the Germans to find out that they had ...
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Did ancient Egyptians look white?

From Rupert Murdoch's twitter account (906 retweets, 205 favorites, with a tweet criticising it getting 50 retweets and 56 favorites) Moses film attacked on Twitter for all white cast. Since when ...
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In the movie “Life of Brian”, were the guard extras told that they couldn't laugh?

I came across the following image today(I'm just posting it as a link because the image is fairly large): http://themetapicture.com/why-monty-python-was-so-great/ The image says that in Monty ...
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Is this newspaper clipping about Dave Prowse revealing a major Star Wars plot twist two years in advance, genuine?

Arguably the most famous scene in Star Wars is when Darth Vader reveals to Luke Skywalker that According to most sources, this surprise was kept secret to most of the crew and even the cast during ...
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Would a human shield work?

In a movie I watched recently the hero grabs an enemy and uses him/her as a shield protecting himself from the bullets of other enemies. When those other enemies shoot at the hero they hit the ...
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Is “Laying Low for Awhile” an Effective Tactic in Avoiding Felony Questioning?

It's a common trope in movies that after someone performs a felony (even murder), if one "lays low for awhile" the case will more or less fade away. Putting aside the obvious advantage that ...
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Did Sandahl Bergman lose a finger during the filming of Conan the Barbarian?

Further, the actress playing Valeria had her index finger severed during a fight scene where they inexplicably used a real sword instead of a prop, and then even more inexplicably gave it to an ...
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Creating realistic latex “face masks” from fotography [closed]

In many action movies (especially in Mission Impossible, Fantomas but in many others too) are created latex masks that very closely and realistically resemble the face of someone else. In the real ...
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Are Roman numerals used in the end credits of films to mask their age?

© Time Warner Studios MCMXCVIII A post on MTVSE questions why movies use Roman numerals in the copyright notices of the end credits. The accepted (and referenced) answer (ref 1, ref 2) states that ...
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Do falling bombs make whistling sounds?

I grew up watching movies that depict the sound of a bomb dropping overhead like this: Feeeeeeeeewwwwwwwwwww Is that for real? I have never heard a bomb dropping over my head. Just curious how it ...
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Did production of “The Adventures of Milo and Otis” involve a dramatically high rate of animal deaths?

A rumor has circulated on the internet for quite some time that there were many animal cruelty violations in the process of making the movie, The Adventures of Milo and Otis, including the deaths of ...
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Did Studio Ghibli send a katana to Disney that said “no cuts?”

A famous story that has made the rounds in the anime circles is this: While Disney/Miramax were in talks to dub and release Studio Ghibli's Princess Mononoke in the states, it was suggested that a ...
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Are locks as easy to pick as in the movies?

Are door locks as easy to pick as in the movies? They seem to only take around 2-3 seconds to pick be it with a credit card or a hairpin. Is this realistic? Or is it simply Hollywood being Hollywood? ...
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Are businesses required to cut up credit cards?

There are several movies and tv shows in which a character attempts to use a credit card, only to find that it's been cancelled. This usually results in the card being cut up. In the trailer for the ...
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Was Alan Bradley named after Alan Kay?

Alan Bradley is a character in the 1982 film Tron, the software developer who wrote Tron, a security program and the eponymous protagonist of the film. Alan Kay, on the other hand, is a pioneer of ...
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Can handcuffs be picked with a single hand while handcuffed?

Many movies and series show people wearing handcuffs picking them using a small hidden peace of metal, like a bobby pin, paperclip, broken glasses, tweezers and more. Can this be done in real life, ...
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Do commercial airliners go into flat spins if they lose electronics?

In movies and television, commercial airliners that have lost electronics often go into flat spins and inevitably crash. Is this what would really happen? Would the plane be able to glide to a ...
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Is “Lord Privy Seal” a technical term in documentary film making?

Richard Dawkins has claimed many times in public speeches, especially in reference to the documentary “Expelled”, that documentary filmmakers use the expression “Lord Privy Seal” in a disparaging ...
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Can gasoline and frozen orange juice concentrate make napalm?

In the movie Fight Club, the character Tyler Durden says that equal parts gasoline and frozen orange juice concentrate make napalm. The question's very simple; would this mixture make napalm, anything ...
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Is adrenalin shot directly in the heart to revive people overdosing?

I wonder if the scene in the movie Pulp Fiction, where a girl (Marsellus Wallace's wife), in a bad health situation after taking too much heroin, is brought to life by a direct prick of adrenalin in ...
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How much does wet sponge matter in electrocution process?

In Stephen King's novel The Green Mile and it's film adaptation one of the characters (Eduard Delacroix) is getting electrocuted. Before the execution one of the correction officers instead of wetting ...
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Did John Nash decipher code from a large board in the Pentagon?

I was watching the movie, "A Beautiful Mind", in which John Nash walks into the Pentagon, looks at a board having codes and deciphers them. I am quite skeptical about the way the scene is portrayed ...
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Can you puncture a tire with a Swiss Army knife?

On films and TV you always see characters puncture a regular car tire with something like a folding knife or a swiss army knife. How hard would it be in real life to do this?
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Is biting a gold coin a working method to verify its authenticity?

Julia Murray & Kelsey Serwa In movies you commonly see treasure hunters, pirates, thieves, ... bite down on a gold coin to verify it's real gold. (Gold Medal winners often pose with the ...
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Can a coma patient survive several days unattended?

In the movie 28 Days Later (and, to a lesser extent, the graphic novels/TV series The Walking Dead), there is a character who, because of some unfortunate circumstance, found himself in a coma. When ...
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Can a gun be made from ceramic?

In the film Die Hard 2 one of the bad guys has a porcelain gun (clip): That punk pulled a Glock 7 on me. You know what that is? It's a porcelain gun made in Germany. Doesn't show up on your ...
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Can only real diamonds scratch glass?

In movies there seems to be an easy method to find out if a diamond is real or fake: If a diamond is able to scratch/cut glass, then it's the real deal But does that simple test work in real ...
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Did pirates shoot massive cannonball salvos?

It is commonly shown in movies that pirate ships would flank their target, and then shoot huge salvos of cannonballs at it. I think that it doesn't really make any sense: if they wanted to steal a ...
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Can a ninja star (hira shuriken) used as a thrown weapon kill?

In many movies, especially from the 80's when Ninjas were involved they would use their ninja stars as a deadly weapon. An example clip is here. Is this realistic? Can a ninja star penetrate and be ...
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Is a spotlight like the Bat-Signal possible?

In the Batman movies, Batman is called when a powerful yellow spotlight with the bat drawing is projected in Gotham City's clouds. The unique drawing then become very clearly visible in the clouds on ...
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Is it possible to stick a nail into your nose?

A friend showed me the following video a few minutes ago. He says that it's real, but I can't believe that actually. What do you think? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7z4h4Mxq_ys The video show some ...
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Will running through water “lose one's scent” when being tracked by dogs?

It's a fairly common movie trope that when someone is being chased by dogs they will run through water to "lose their scent" and the dogs will no longer be able to follow the trail of the one pursued. ...
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Do professional assassins exist?

It's a common trope in movies that certain people, either spies or mercenaries, specialize in assassination. (An apparently well-paying but wearing specialty, since generally the assassins are freshly ...
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Do police have easy access to building plans?

This is a movie and police-procedural TV-show cliche that we all know: The police captain (or insert-your-favourite-law-enforcement-officer) realises he (I can't recall it ever being a she.) has a ...
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Do sharks quickly respond to blood in the water?

This seems to be portrayed in movies and TV quite often: we find a group of travelers desperately stranded on a small boat or raft. For one reason or another someone becomes injured and blood is ...
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Are electric chairs powered by generators connected to the mains in the same building?

There's an episode in The Green Mile movie where the death row servicemen rehearse the upcoming execution that is done using an electric chair. One of them says (quoted from here): Roll on one. ...
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Lawn umbrella as a parachute?

Just saw in a movie, a guy jumped off a building using a lawn umbrella as a parachute. Would that work in reality?
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Is the best way to survive in prison to beat someone up the first day?

Related (slightly): Rape in US prisons Two movies I know of, one I recently watched, suggest that if one is going to prison, the best way to survive is to find someone on the first day and beat the ...
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“cut the blue wire” - do EOD technicians ever do that?

In numerous movies police or military EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) technicians defuse bombs by cutting wires. It is common enough to be a trope. On the other hand if you read actual news, it's ...
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How often do law enforcement authorities commandeer civilian transportation?

You've seen the movies: the cop-action-hero's car blows up and he is forced to bust out his gun and his badge and commandeer a civilian's vehicle for transportation. How often does this actually ...
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Do “naturally raised” animals contain less bacteria?

Related: Are artificial hormones in beef really something to worry about? Does organic food have more vitamins than nonorganic food? (kind of) I watched Food, Inc. (LINK) perhaps two years ago ...
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Do Disney movies have “adult content” subliminally embedded in them?

It's long floated around my ears that Disney movies have "adult content" secretly/intentionally "embedded" in their various movies. I've heard examples from Lion King, Aladdin, and the Little Mermaid. ...