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Take one marble out of the "BW" box. The other marble in that box must be the same color, or the label will be correct. Suppose it's white. The "BB" box therefore must have one black and one white marble, or its label would be correct, and the "WW" box must have two black marbles. The same process of elimination can be extended if the marble you draw is black.
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"Cum catapultae proscriptae erunt, tum soli proscripti catapultas habebunt."
"When catapults are outlawed, only outlaws will have catapults."
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'Deers'? Really? 'Deer' is an irregular plural, like 'sheep', 'aircraft', 'swine', 'trout', and many others, for which the singular and plural are identical.
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Whoopee cushions, albeit not in their current form, are older than dirt. The Roman emperor Elagabalus, to deflate pompous dinner guests, liked to seat them on cushions that emitted a fart noise when sat on.
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This man is going to have no cred whatsoever in jail. "Oh, yeah, he's the guy who got beat up by the eighty-year-old woman in the house he broke into." "Pathetic."
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"Rod Stewart Reveals his Epic Model Railway City"... I guess the articles in Model Railroader magazine in December of 2007, February of 2014 and June of 2017 showing off his model railroad layout don't count.
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So he's following in the footsteps of Peter Schickele, particularly pieces like his 'Unbegun Symphony' (which only has a third and a fourth movement; he was born too late to write the first two movements), and many of the pieces attributed to P.D.Q. Bach, such as 'Eine Kleine Nichtmusik'.
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The 'Seyko' misspelling is almost certainly deliberate, to avoid the studio giving out free advertising. Product placement is a sizeable business in film; if you see a character in a film drinking a soft drink, and you can read 'Coca-Cola' or 'Pepsi' on the can/bottle, you can be certain that Coke or Pepsi paid to have their brand visible. When the production company needs to have a prop that would logically be a branded product, but the company that makes that product doesn't want to pay for the product placement (or the production company doesn't want to take the time to negotiate a placement), they'll create a prop that looks similar to the brand, but with enough differences to avoid trademark infringement. So 'Seiko' becomes 'Seyko'.
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Yes, the raw counts make it pretty much inevitable that the countries that have more of a given mode of travel are going to be high up in the ranking for accidents from that mode of travel. I have to agree that accidents and deaths per passenger-mile (or thousand miles, or whatever returns an easily-comparable number) is going to be a much better metric.
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There is also the fact that smartphones have the potential to short-circuit the plot of many movie genres -- for example, the group of random people encountering the creature out in the woods, and no one believes their story afterward... except they had smartphones, and they've got more than a dozen pictures of it. Or being lost... except that they have a smartphone, and GPS and Google Maps shows them where they need to go. Or they're injured out in the boonies, and have to try to survive with a crippling injury... except that they have a smartphone, and can just call for help. When the characters in a movie have smartphones, the script has to go through gyrations to set things up so that the smartphone is useless, in order to prevent them from derailing the plot.
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Well, after all, _no_ one ever raises their weapon up to eye level so that they can actually _use_ the sights... It would be better to decry FPS developers who have characters pose holding their weapons down so low that the sights would be useless, and then pretend that you can still look down the sights.
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There's also the issue that Disney faced with the Expanded Universe of having to deal with a forest of separate creators. If the movie rights to the characters created by the various EU authors were not part of their book contracts, Disney would have had to negotiate separately with the authors for inclusion of individual characters, facing the issue of having to write around both the existing EU canon and explaining the absence of a character critical to that canon if an author decided to try to hold Disney up for a bigger payment for the movie rights to a character they created. Declaring the EU to be 'Legends' pushed all of that to the side, allowing Disney to pick and choose which parts of the EU they want to draw back into the core canon while ensuring that none of it is a 'must have' component that could obstruct new production if the author tries to be obstructive.
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