A telecommunication medium for transmitting and receiving moving images that can be monochrome (black-and-white) or colored, with or without accompanying sound.

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Is it hard to make a fire in the wild? [closed]

I've watched several seasons of the Survivor reality TV Show so far and and many contestants have been trying. to start a fire using materials found in the wild, yet I haven't seen anyone that could ...
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Is everything staged on Discovery channel? [closed]

Sometime ago a question featured on travel.se about Mythbusters' duct tape island. The footage of the island came from a database and when the guys were running on a so called "deserted island" they ...
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Does saying “off the record” allow lawyers to make admissions without legal ramifications?

When I'm watching a show like "Law & Order", I'm always curious if the following scenario is reality or just a handy plot device of television and fiction : A discussion plays out between the ...
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Can a body be dissolved by a few gallons of Hydrofluoric acid?

In the "Cat's in the Bag..." episode of Season 1 of "Breaking Bad," characters are shown with 4 gallon-jugs of Hydrofluoric Acid that they use to dissolve 2 adult corpses. Chemistry is a major plot ...
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Do major events on tv have the potential to wreak havoc on utilities such as water and electricity?

A friend of mine came across an article about the Tokyo Waterworks Bureau, saying that during a football match that was a major qualifier between Australia and Japan, staff had to monitor the match. ...
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Can a Blackberry phone app detect nearby plasma TVs?

There is a rumor in Africa that thieves can detect whether you have a plasma TV in your house by using an app on their phone, even if the TV is on stand-by mode. Is this true?
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Does Gallagher have a twin brother?

It has been widely reported that Leo Anthony Gallagher (the comedian who likes to smash watermelons with a large mallet) has a twin brother named Ron who tours the country and impersonates his ...
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In the case of memory loss due to a blunt force impact, can memory later be restored by means of another blunt force impact?

In the case of memory loss due to a blunt force impact, can memory later be restored by means of another blunt force impact? Seems fairly common on TV. I did find some anecdotal evidence of this: ...
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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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Do high refresh rates prevent motion blur on TVs?

Several TV options are available and most sellers tend to convince you that the higher frequency the TV is the better it is. For example this site says: LCD TV manufacturers have tried doubling ...
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Does using the computer before sleeping affect sleep patterns?

According to this Bloomberg Businessweek article using electronics before bed may hamper sleep. Is it true that using a computer, watching T.V. or using some other type of face-to-screen electronics ...
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Do Germans love David Hasselhoff?

Source From a BBC article: David Hasselhoff, star of the hit 80s TV series Knight Rider, is renowned in celebrity-obsessed circles for being Big In Germany; not only as an actor, but as a ...
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Is the TV show “Storage Wars” staged?

I've read a few places online where people say that the TV show Storage Wars is staged and that the producers place items in the lockers. Does anyone know if that is true?
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Is there a legal video size limit for Super Bowl parties?

Slate claims: A Baptist congregation in Indiana plans to cancel its Super Bowl party this weekend, after receiving a threatening letter from the National Football League. NFL officials say the ...
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Were G.I. Joe action figure ads not allowed during the telecast of the series?

I have heard that during the telecast of the G.I. Joe TV series, advertisements pertaining to the G.I. Joe action figures were disallowed because it was assumed that viewers were too stupid to ...
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Can someone keep a razor blade in his mouth without injury? [closed]

I was watching Prison Break Season 1 with my wife recently and there is a scene where T-Bag is being beaten up by John Abruzzi's thugs. He get's pretty dinged up during the fight. He is able to talk ...
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CSI image resolution enhance: How real is it?

So I watched the following 1 minute long Youtube clip from CSI New York. In the clip, using what seems to be the recording from a standard bank camera, they zoom in at least 100, and see the image ...
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Does watching TV make you stupid?

I haven't watched TV since 1969. I worked in it for decades, and knew enough not to watch it. It makes you stupid, and my colleagues in the networks agree! Some of them would point out what a ...
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Are television programs designed for small children detrimental to their development?

I've heard that television (any program, including those designed for small children (Dora, recent Mickey Mouse, Bubble Guppies) is bad for the development of children, as it damages their ability to ...
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Is the Ralph Williams angry car salesman clip real?

Someone sent me this video of a car salesman supposedly working for Ralph Williams, a dealership owner in the Bay Shore area. There are lots of references online to this video. See the google results ...
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Is x% noise on TV due to Big Bang's background radiation?

I've heard quite a few times that a certain percentage (usually claimed 1%) of the noise you see on TV comes from the background radiation of the Big Bang. Is this a myth? If not, I seems like a ...
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Have Chinese regulators ordered TV stations not to broadcast crime or time travel shows?

In April a bunch of news services claimed that the Chinese government had banned shows displaying time travel. In May came this announcement on BBC: China has ordered TV stations across the ...
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Is “Man vs. Wild” staged?

I've read in a few places including in comments in a recent article that Man vs. Wild is staged and he has every necessity covered. Is Man vs. Wild staged or is Bear Grylls actually in dangerous ...
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Can you put a gag in someones mouth to prevent them from talking

I don't get this, I see it on crime TV programs a lot, they stuff a cloth in the mouth of someone so they cant scream/shout for help. I put a sock in my mouth once, it was pretty easy to push it out ...
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Is the delay on long distance interviews on TV real?

Often when anchors in the studio are talking to reporters or people from a long distance, there is a small delay in the response, maybe one or two seconds. This got me thinking, why is there such a ...
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Was Firefly pre-targeted for cancellation by Fox executives?

If you search through the internets to find reasons why the television show Firefly was cancelled, you often find disparaging remarks about Fox and the Executives behind the cancellation. These can ...
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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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Are Nielsen TV ratings accurate?

I remember I read somewhere that the US Nielsen rating was calculated by something like 25,000 households. That sounds extremely small compared to the number of people that actually have TVs. What's ...
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Does the BBC have TV detector vans and how can they tell if you aren't paying a license fee?

I've heard from more than a few Brits that if you own a TV but don't pay your license fee, they'll come after you with unexpected visits and or fines. Here is an example article debating their ...
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Is watching television in the dark harmful to your eyes?

This is obviously related to a few answered questions already here, namely: Does watching television damage the eyes? Is it harmful to your eyes to read in dim light? But the following question is ...
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Are there reptilian creatures hosting the news?

I've been seeing several YouTube videos that show the news hosts' eyes are doing crazy things. Sometimes their eyes change dramatically after what looks like a strange inner eyelid blinks, their eyes ...
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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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Can you only trace a phone call if they don't hang up?

In movies and television shows, you often see law enforcement (or hacker types) attempting to trace a phone call that they have received. The typical scene plays out with one party trying to keep the ...
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Does watching television damage the eyes?

Is there any evidence that watching television for too long or while sitting too close weakens the eyes (leading to myopia, for example) ?