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The "Have You Ever Wondered..." Thread

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by D'Snowth, Oct 15, 2011.

  1. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    *Cues the Kermit the Frog SST songof the same name*

    I think it's safe to say that most of us here at MC are a curious bunch, are we not? Basically, the idea of this thread is to kind of serve as a Q&A Answers kind of site (because as I've said before, Yahoo! Answers has become nothing more than a sick joke that I would spit on). Has there ever been anything that's tickled your brain to the point that makes you want to ask, have you ever wondered? Ask 'em here!

    Here's two that I've wondered to get things rolling...

    1. Have you ever wondered why certain holidays have a fixed date on our calendars (New Year's Day - Jan 1, Valentine's Day - Feb 14, Independence Day - July 4, Halloween - Oct 31, Christmas - Dec 25, etc), while others don't have a specific date, but rather a specific time period (Memorial Day - last Monday of May, Labor Day - first Monday of Sept, Thanksgiving - last Thursday of Nov)? I know the religious reasonings behind the observance of the Easter holiday (Ash Wednesday, Palm Sunday, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, etc), but not the reasonings behind the others so much.

    2. In the spirit of Halloween... have you ever wondered what exactly is it about feeling fear that seems to make us lose our voices when we try to speak, or cry out for help? Even letting out a moan or something is impossible, because no sounds can be made... how does that happen?
  2. Walter

    Walter Active Member

    Good Questions.. Hmm..
    1. I have no Idea
    2. Fear affects alot of things... I believe it is one of the strongest emotions the body conveys(second to love). I have had situations where I could not speak because I was terrified.. I guess maybe the body is afraid of making itself known in the time it is afraid...But that's just my guess..
  3. newsmanfan

    newsmanfan Well-Known Member

    1. Try this site: http://www.thebookofdays.com/

    It's a marvellous old Victorian tome of collected folklore and fact regarding days of the calendar, many of which are obscure now. I first ran across it doing some research on Victorian Halloween customs (they pretty much invented the way we celebrate the holiday currently).

    2. I would theorize lack of oxygen -- it's needed suddenly by the heart and muscles for that whole "fight-or-flight" reaction. But I'm no doctor, Jim, I'm just a journalist!
  4. CensoredAlso

    CensoredAlso Well-Known Member

    "Fear is such a vicious thing. It wraps me up chains." --Tears for Fears
  5. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Amnother thing I've wondered about too is we all know that most of the time whenever a movie is aired on a cable TV network (TBS, AMC, TNT, etc), they're usually cut for time and whatnot, which is understandable for all the commercials and whatnot... HOWEVER, I've noticed that with a very small number of exceptions, some movies are actually aired with additional footage that's not seen on movie channels (HBO, Starz, etc) or on the home video releases... I know this has happened with movies like Stuart Little and The Little Rascals... what's the thinking behind that?
  6. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Yes. And I wonder why Easter is sometimes in March and sometimes in April.

    [quote="D'Snowth]2. In the spirit of Halloween... have you ever wondered what exactly is it about feeling fear that seems to make us lose our voices when we try to speak, or cry out for help? Even letting out a moan or something is impossible, because no sounds can be made... how does that happen?[/quote]

  7. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    I know additional footage is often also added to television airings of Blazing Saddles,
    Ernest Goes to Jail, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, and the Problem Child movies. Though I've read that several scenes from the Problem Child movies get censored and the additional footage is added to compensate (having grown up with the TV airings of Problem Child 2 and only recently seeing a commercial release, I feel that most of the cut scenes help the plot better).

    Have you ever wondered how a holiday officially becomes a holiday?
  8. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    I used to wonder as a kid why we got holidays from school for Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, and Easter, but NOT Halloween or Valentines Day (V-Day SUCKED in middle school... elementary school, the whole class always had a party, and those little shoe boxes decked out so your classmates could drop little folded pieces of parer with cartoon characters on them, but in middle school, the popular kids got showered with those, boxes of candy, giant stuffed animals, while the unpopular kids were lucky to get one of those cartoon character Valentines from your REAL friends), until I recently learned that TECHNICALLY, Halloween and Valentine's Day are NOT LEGALLY holidays so much as they are just "event" days.

    Also,back in my day (I say with a fake old man voice)) only Jewish students were allowed days off during holidays like Yom Kippur and such, but apparently nowadays they let ALL students off during Jewish holidays... it seems like as soon as I graduated, everything I once knew about school suddenly changed.
  9. CensoredAlso

    CensoredAlso Well-Known Member

    That's always been true in the public schools in my area.
  10. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Well not here apparently... I even remember back in Grade 6 being in school one day, and not knowing why one of my best friends was absent, until in one period, our teacher asked about his absense, and a mutual friend of ours told him that he was off that day observing Yom Kippur, and that waswhen I first found out he was Jewish... well, actually, his father was Jewish and his mom was Christian, so he kind of observed both Jewish and Christian holidays, but I know in cases like that, the children are brought up in their father's religion, so he mostly observed Jewish holidays moreso that Christian. I believe our very own Toga tries to observe an equal amount of both as well.
  11. newsmanfan

    newsmanfan Well-Known Member

    Interfaith families' kids get all the cool holidays...

    I never recall even hearing about Jewish holidays while I was growing up. Guess my schools were pretty WASP. Sad.

  12. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Sometimes I watch TV shows and movies today, and look through the end titles at the hundreds, and even thousands of people it took to make them, and I wonder are a majority of these people even really all that necessary? Back in the day, credits were really short with a few necessary people working on them, but today, it's quite the opposite. I know a lot of it has to do with the advancement of filmmaking technology and such, but let's face it, who all do we really, truly need to make a good project like this? Actors aside, you would need a director to call the shots, a producer to make the project possible, an associate producer for casting and such, an executive producer to finance it, camera operators (though I've been told that cameras can be operated by remote control now), a composer to do the music score, an art department for sets and wardrobe and such, a technician for lighting and sound, and an editor to put it all together... surely something good could come out of just those people alone... I'd like to see what I could accomplish with as small a staff as possible... plus, it's that less people whining about paychecks and such.
  13. CensoredAlso

    CensoredAlso Well-Known Member

    Because it wasn't the standard to credit everybody. That doesn't mean there was only a few people working on the film.

    As far as necessary, it depends on the level of film I suppose.
  14. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    You do have a bit of a point there... I do remember an explanation a long time ago of back in the day, whoever wrote the pilot episode of a television series automatically was credited as the creator, whether they actually came up with the show or not; big example was that Harry Ackerman of Screen Gems basically was the who would developed Bewitched, but hired Sol Saks to write the pilot script, and as such, Saks is credited as creating the show, not Ackerman. In fact, it seems like back then, creators (or pilot writers) actually had very little, if anything to do with the writing of the rest of the series. I know Sidney Sheldon did indeed create I Dream of Jeannie, and occasionally wrote actual episodes for example, and Jay Sommers & Dick Chevilat were basically the only two writers credited on Green Acres, but aside from that. Conversely, some more modern shows are quite the reverse, like it seems like both Larry David & Jerry Seinfeld basically wrote or co-wrote every other episode of Seinfeld up until David's departure.
    Another story I heard was that the company who created the uniquely customized bicycle for Pee-wee's Big Adventure were given a choice: they could either receive a movie credit and no pay, or they could receive pay and no movie credit. They took the money.
  15. CensoredAlso

    CensoredAlso Well-Known Member

    Good move, lol.
  16. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    On the subject of productions, have you ever wondered why animated series get all of the voice actors together to record the dialogue in one big group session, yet animated movies bring in one actor at a time to record the individual dialogue in a day?
  17. Sgt Floyd

    Sgt Floyd Well-Known Member

    I always assumed its because of goofing off between actors.
  18. Bill Bubble Guy

    Bill Bubble Guy Active Member

    Well they are probably on a much tighter schedule to finish producing their quota of episodes for a series so they get it all over with quickly.
    With a movie they must prefer to take their time and relax with it over the years spent in production.
  19. miss kermie

    miss kermie Well-Known Member

    1.Well, New years is the day every year starts, Feburary is national heart month, Halloween is the day after Hallow's eve, Christmas is when Jesus was born, and I don't know about independece day.

    2. I really don't know, but I'd have to say that the feeling in our stomach causes us to make our voices so high, that we can't hear it.

    Or something like that.
  20. CensoredAlso

    CensoredAlso Well-Known Member

    Well Independence Day is always July 4th because that's the date the Declaration of Independence was signed. :)

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