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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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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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Do double jeopardy laws allow you to freely commit a crime if you have already been found guilty for the same crime previously? [closed]

The movie Double Jeopardy had this as the premise, where a woman who is convicted of and has served time for the murder of her ex husband (who is not dead), plans to kill him as she claims the law ...
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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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Impact of a nuclear bomb explosion in Earth's core [closed]

I've seen several spy or action movies in which, mostly with some satirical undertone, a megalomaniac supervillain threatened the world by the following: Send some stolen nuclear weapon into Earth's ...
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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. ...
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Can a metal plate in the head stop a bullet?

Spoiler alert for those who haven't seen the movie Faster. There is a scene in the movie where the character played by Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is shot in the back of the head by Billy Bob ...
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Is the Bechdel Test an accurate critique of the film industry?

The Bechdel Test is named for the author of a comic that popularized the following three "rules" that must be fulfilled before a movie passes the test: The film must have at least two women in ...
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In a gunfight, does the person who draws first usually lose?

In western movies, it is a common trope that the person to draw first usually loses in a gunfight. Is there any truth to this?
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Do car alarms provide a significant reduction in automobile theft?

Noise That movie got me thinking, because it makes a number of claims about car alarms that jive with my personal feelings about them. They're noisy, obnoxious, tend to go off at night, and are ...
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Can a television thrown in a bathtub kill someone?

In TV show or films, it seems that throwing any mains-powered electrical device (such as a television or radio) in a bathtub can kill the person in said bathtub. Can this happen? It appears to me ...
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Is quicksand deadly?

A classic movie threat: quicksand that will ensnare you and kill you by drowning. [Still from Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull] It's in countless movies and TV, but does ...
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Can one be knocked down in one hit, movie style?

After stumbling upon a video of a guy getting knocked down in one hit, I did some quick research and couldn't conclude if this is a myth or true. But thanks to a cracked article (linked by Lagerbaer) ...
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Has anyone ever hacked into a traffic control system to change the stoplights?

This is a relatively common trope with regards to the powers of hackers in film: Someone hacks into the "Traffic Control Center" and gains instant access to all stoplights in an area. This includes ...
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Can you shoot a locked door open?

I think Mythbusters did padlocks, but I don't know if they did the standard door lock test. We see it in movies and tv shows, but can a locked door be "unlocked" by shooting the lock with a handgun? ...
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You have the right to one phone call when arrested - A Hollywood myth?

(Image Source) According to Cracked.com the "one phone call" rule is a Hollywood invention. They base this on the information this attorney gives: The one phone call is another one of the ...
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Would the approach of destroying an asteroid in the film “Armageddon” prevent a global catastrophe?

In the 1998 film Armageddon a group of oil rig workers lead by Bruce Willis are tasked with preventing a large asteroid from colliding with the Earth and wiping out civilization. They succeed by ...
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Would a large quantity of gasoline in a closed container explode violently when exposed to fire?

We've all seen the movies: Rambo runs over one of the terminals at a gas station, freeing the flow of gasoline to the street, the gasoline finds its way under a military vehicle, and the vehicle ...