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Top new questions this week:

What is on Steve Rogers' list of things to watch?

In the opening scenes of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, we get a quick glimpse at a list of things Steve Rogers wants to catch up on since he was frozen. I read that these things were region …

marvel-cinematic-universe captain-america-tws  
asked by Lego Stormtroopr 33 votes
answered by phantom42 40 votes

Why doesn't the wizarding world use computers?

I know, I know it would destroy the atmosphere. But I'm interested to see if JK Rowling has made a up a valid reason for a complete lack of computers in Hogwarts. It's always bugged me ever since I …

harry-potter  
asked by Starkers 32 votes
answered by DoctorWho22 47 votes

Do Wizards pay Muggle taxes?

There are quite a lot of Wizarding families who, I assume, live in places inaccessible/invisible to Muggles. However, there are examples of families who live among the Muggles, so their neighbors know …

harry-potter  
asked by vsz 32 votes
answered by DVK 22 votes

Can a robot programed with 3 laws operating system harm a human who is harming another human?

We see that a robot can attack another robot in defense of a human, but can the robot defend one human from another human?

isaac-asimov laws-of-robotics i-robot  
asked by Morgan 22 votes
answered by Algernon_Asimov 41 votes

Why does Worf not use contractions?

A similar question on why Worf 'acts' so Klingon here, but most TNG fans will note that Worf doesn't use contractions - it's quite noticeable actually - "Captain - I do not recommend that" for …

star-trek-tng klingon worf  
asked by N.Soong 18 votes
answered by Morgan 33 votes

How does an orc perceive a hobbit?

From the perspective of an orc - what is a hobbit? "The Hobbit" told us that dragons and trolls do not know the race of hobbits. LotR told us that even treants do not know the hobbits. So what about …

lord-of-the-rings hobbits orc  
asked by Jurik 16 votes
answered by Jimmy Shelter 15 votes

Can Smaug melt the One Ring?

From The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "The Shadow of the Past", we know that Gandalf told Frodo: there is not now any dragon left on earth in which the old fire is hot enough …

lord-of-the-rings tolkien the-hobbit the-one-ring  
asked by Shevliaskovic 16 votes
answered by Mike Scott 44 votes

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

What happened to Winston Smith in 1984?

If you haven't read George Orwell's 1984, this contains spoilers, so you may want to stop reading now. I'm serious -- no more jokes. This is your last chance. Next paragraph is a spoiler. …

1984  
asked by Tango 22 votes
answered by John Sawyer 16 votes

How could Thranduil have met a dragon?

In The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Thranduil angrily tells Thorin not to speak of dragon fire, then reveals a vision of half his face burned away. The conversation implies that Thranduil …

tolkien the-hobbit desolation-of-smaug  
asked by Travis Christian 12 votes
answered by Ian Thompson 13 votes

Can you answer these?

TES: Skyrim Elder Scrolls and the Greybeards

On the wiki, it is mentioned that the Greybeards consider the very existence of the Elder Scrolls to be a blasphemy. Why is this?

skyrim the-elder-scrolls  
asked by Salads 1 vote

Do bionic implants interfere with force abilities?

I can't remember where, but it was stated or heavily implied that droids cannot be force-sensitive due to their bionic nature (and also because they can't have midichlorions in their 'bloodstream'). …

star-wars  
asked by Zibbobz 4 votes

Looking for a kid's book, might be really obscure

A long time ago, I read a book involving a small group of kids aboard a spaceship, and they encounter a sentient being in their ship's computer. The being turns out to (somehow) be a small boy from …

story-identification books space story  
asked by Elle 4 votes

New blog post:

Highlights from 2014 – 1st Quarter

by jackbnimble on Apr 10

Meta Suggested: Avner Shahar-Kashtan suggested: How well-known is the theology of Middle Earth, in Middle Earth? Why did Sauron keep Mount Doom alive after forging of the One Ring? Richard (the …

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