Filmmakers love using little details to send their audiences secret messages. They're called easter eggs and finding them in movies is a great pleasure; it's like you're communicating with the artist through a secret language, not bound to the constraints of time and space. All it takes is keen observation and a little experience.

However, there's a way to enjoy this visual lingo even if you're not fluent in it. As we at Bored Panda have already shown you here, here, and here, there's an online community where attentive viewers share all the hidden gems they uncover. It's a 2.8-million-member subreddit called "Movie Details."

Since our last publication, these folks have made plenty of new discoveries, so we thought it's about time we paid them another visit. From old classics ("Jaws") to recent hits ("Blade Runner 2049"), continue scrolling to learn more obscure facts and trivia about some of the most beloved productions.

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In Jaws (1975), The TV Reporter Is Played By Peter Benchly, The Author Of The Book

In Jaws (1975), The TV Reporter Is Played By Peter Benchly, The Author Of The Book

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Libstak
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8 months ago

Good job Peter.

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In Thor (2011) One Of The Asgardians Is Played By Walt Simonson. He Wrote The Thor Comic Book From 1983-1987

In Thor (2011) One Of The Asgardians Is Played By Walt Simonson. He Wrote The Thor Comic Book From 1983-1987

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Libstak
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8 months ago

Oh I like this, he was even memorable in the film despite his small part.

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Again, we managed to get in contact with Niiue, a moderator of the subreddit who routinely takes the time to tell us all about the community, and they agreed to do it one more time.

Since "Movie Details" is so massive, I asked Niiue if the mod team has to 'police' it much.

"Honestly, not a whole lot. Most of the time, all we have to do is remove reposts and posts that aren't movie details," they told Bored Panda. I guess cinephiles are a cultured bunch!

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In Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 2 (2018), The Old Couple Taking Photos Are The Parents Of James Gunn. They Are Credited As "Weird Old Man" And "Weird Old Man's Mistress"

In Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 2 (2018), The Old Couple Taking Photos Are The Parents Of James Gunn. They Are Credited As "Weird Old Man" And "Weird Old Man's Mistress"

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Marcellus II
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8 months ago

Ego? I had this vision of Ratatouille's Anton Ego putting down the poison pen and taking up more direct weapons.

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#4

In The Princess And The Frog (2009) The Villains Shadow Turns This Wallpaper To Skulls And Crossbones In This Scene

In The Princess And The Frog (2009) The Villains Shadow Turns This Wallpaper To Skulls And Crossbones In This Scene

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glowworm2
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8 months ago

His name is Dr. Facilier. Thank you very much.

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#5

Some Good Advice In The End Credits Of The Naked Gun (1988)

Some Good Advice In The End Credits Of The Naked Gun (1988)

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Caro Caro
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8 months ago

Who actually watches a movie all the way including the end credits and hopes to see little gems like this?

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As you can see from the pictures, all sorts of movies contain easter eggs, and from what they've seen moderating the sub, Niiue agrees that they're pretty universal.

"I'm not sure if any genre has more easter eggs on average than the rest," they said. "Some genres get featured more often on the sub, but that could have a variety of explanations (e.g. certain genres being more popular with the userbase)."

Niiue said that if there's one piece of advice they can give that can help people uncover these storytelling elements, it's rewatching a film. Once you are familiar with the characters and the plot, your eyes and mind have more time to scan around them.

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In Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), Han Drops His Parka On The Floor When He Arrives At Starkiller Base

In Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), Han Drops His Parka On The Floor When He Arrives At Starkiller Base

When he leaves, Chewbacca hands it back to him, and he reacts with confusion. This part was improvised by Chewbacca's actor Joonas Suotamo, who went off script, confusing Harrison Ford.

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ᴠᴀ̈ɪɴᴏ
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8 months ago

hahah, accidental scene

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#7

In Wonder Woman 1984 (2020), The Blond Man On The Right Is Gal Gadot's Husband, Yaron Varsano. And The Little Girl Is Maya, Their Younger Daughter

In Wonder Woman 1984 (2020), The Blond Man On The Right Is Gal Gadot's Husband, Yaron Varsano. And The Little Girl Is Maya, Their Younger Daughter

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Libstak
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8 months ago

Awww that's cute.

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#8

In Bohmian Rhapsody (2018), The Trucker That Eyes Freddie Is Played By Singer Adam Lambert

In Bohmian Rhapsody (2018), The Trucker That Eyes Freddie Is Played By Singer Adam Lambert

Since 2011, He Has Been Touring With Queen As Their Frontman

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Me Oh My
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8 months ago

He looks like an older, alcoholic version of that kid from Stranger Things.

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But easter eggs are not limited to the big screen. The earliest known instance in a video game, for example, is in Moonlander (1973), in which the player tries to land a spaceship on the moon. If they fly it horizontally enough, they encounter a McDonald's restaurant and if they land next to it, an astronaut will visit it instead of standing next to the ship. More elaborate easter eggs can include secret levels and entire developers' rooms - fully functional, hidden areas of a game.

The Google search engine famously contains many easter eggs, activated by the user typing in certain search queries. Search for “askew” and sure enough, your results will be displayed slightly akimbo. They still function as 'normal' search results. They just look crooked. Pretty neat!

#9

In Spider-Man (2002) After Recieving The News Of His Dismissal From The Board Of Oscorp, Norman Osborn Goes Through The Five Stages Of Grief In A Microcosm

In Spider-Man (2002) After Recieving The News Of His Dismissal From The Board Of Oscorp, Norman Osborn Goes Through The Five Stages Of Grief In A Microcosm

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Scagsy
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8 months ago

You don't need to tell me that Willem Dafoe is a brilliant actor. One of the best.

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#10

In Zootopia (2016), Bellwether Is Wearing A Little Bell. In Real Life, A Bellwether Is The Leading Sheep Of A Flock, With A Bell Around Its Neck To Help Direct The Other Sheep

In Zootopia (2016), Bellwether Is Wearing A Little Bell. In Real Life, A Bellwether Is The Leading Sheep Of A Flock, With A Bell Around Its Neck To Help Direct The Other Sheep

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justyouraverageextrovert
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8 months ago

I LOVED this movie! It’s fun, mysterious, heartbreaking, funny, and carries a very deep message

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#11

In Charlie And The Chocolate Factory (2005), Its Shown That Willy Wonka's Distant Father Had Framed Highlights Of His Sons Life

In Charlie And The Chocolate Factory (2005), Its Shown That Willy Wonka's Distant Father Had Framed Highlights Of His Sons Life

This was inspired by a trip Tim Burton took to visit his dying mother in 2002. Despite their relationship being not great, she owned framed movie posters of all his films.

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Sue Lynn Chan
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8 months ago

I want to cry. Despite the estranged relationship, she still love her

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#12

In Knives Out (2019), Ransom's Sweater Has A Ripped Collar And Several Noticeable Holes

In Knives Out (2019), Ransom's Sweater Has A Ripped Collar And Several Noticeable Holes

The costume designer added this detail to show Ransom’s nonchalance towards his wealth and disrespect for his family. 

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Amelia
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8 months ago

This has gotta be one of my favorite movies

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In Bttf Part 3 (1990), The Photographer That Takes A Picture Of Marty And Doc Is Played By Dean Cundey, Who Was Director Of Photography On All Three Back To The Future Movies

In Bttf Part 3 (1990), The Photographer That Takes A Picture Of Marty And Doc Is Played By Dean Cundey, Who Was Director Of Photography On All Three Back To The Future Movies

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Laura Mende (Human)
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8 months ago

I thought it was Bud Spencer...

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#14

In The Little Mermaid (1989), You Can See The King And His Advisor From Cinderella (1950) At The Wedding

In The Little Mermaid (1989), You Can See The King And His Advisor From Cinderella (1950) At The Wedding

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Laura Mende (Human)
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8 months ago

Disney... They recycle their sequences and let their characters have cameos in other movies. I love it! 🤣🤣🤣

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In Harry Potter (2007), Ralph Fiennes Asked For A Hook To Be Added To Voldemort's Wand So That He Could Move More Fluidly And "Snake-Like" Without The Wand Falling From His Hand

In Harry Potter (2007), Ralph Fiennes Asked For A Hook To Be Added To Voldemort's Wand So That He Could Move More Fluidly And "Snake-Like" Without The Wand Falling From His Hand

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Laura Mende (Human)
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8 months ago

I wondered how he managed to not let it fall... Now i know.

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In Despicable Me (2010), The Number On Gru's Ticket Is 072069. Aka July 20th 1969, The Date Of The First Moon Landing (Which Gru Watched In A Flashback)

In Despicable Me (2010), The Number On Gru's Ticket Is 072069. Aka July 20th 1969, The Date Of The First Moon Landing (Which Gru Watched In A Flashback)

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Layla Corman
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8 months ago (edited)

7/20/1982- My birthday!🎉

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#17

In Pulp Fiction (1994) Tarantino's Smiling Globe T-Shirt Is For A Detroit Magazine Called Orbit

In Pulp Fiction (1994) Tarantino's Smiling Globe T-Shirt Is For A Detroit Magazine Called Orbit

They were the first magazine to ever interview him about being a filmmaker and he wore the shirt as a 'thank you' to them.

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Aria Whitaker
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8 months ago

I remember the line he was uttering here...and WHEW boy!

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#18

In The Truman Show (1998), The Couple At The Table Are Daryl Davis And Robert Davis, They Are The Founders Of Seaside, The Town Where The Movie Was Filmed. They Agreed To Give Filming Permission, In Return For A Cameo

In The Truman Show (1998), The Couple At The Table Are Daryl Davis And Robert Davis, They Are The Founders Of Seaside, The Town Where The Movie Was Filmed. They Agreed To Give Filming Permission, In Return For A Cameo

They agreed to give filming permission, in return for a cameo.

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Laura Mende (Human)
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8 months ago

So the town was founded recently? So that the founders are still alive?! 😯 My european brain cannot process such information... WOW!

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In Hp And The Half-Blood Prince (2009), A Newspaper States That A Witch Named Amelia Bones Was Found Murdered At Her Home. She Was The Witch That Defended Harry In The Order Of The Phoenix (2007)

In Hp And The Half-Blood Prince (2009), A Newspaper States That A Witch Named Amelia Bones Was Found Murdered At Her Home. She Was The Witch That Defended Harry In The Order Of The Phoenix (2007)

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Otter
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8 months ago

Aunt of Susan Bones, Harry's classmate.

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In Knives Out (2019), The Type Of Phone That A Character Uses Hints At Their Guilt Or Innocence

In Knives Out (2019), The Type Of Phone That A Character Uses Hints At Their Guilt Or Innocence

Apple doesn't let villains use iPhones on camera. Ransom, the murderer, doesn't use an iphone

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william mcgloin
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8 months ago

Ironically, for the example photo they chose the alt-right troll character.

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In The Matrix (1999) In The Real World Both Cypher And Mouse Are Bleeding From Both Ears In Every Scene

In The Matrix (1999) In The Real World Both Cypher And Mouse Are Bleeding From Both Ears In Every Scene

I FOUND THE ANSWER!

It’s a hidden detail in the original script.

“MORPHEUS This will feel a little weird.

There are several disturbing noises as he works the needle in.

We MOVE IN as Neo’s shoulders bunch and his face tightens into a grimace until a LOUD CLICK fires and his ears pop like when you equalize them underwater.”

When you enter the Matrix, your ears pop. Scuba divers often can get blood in their ears from this effect. So, the “jacking-in” causes the ears to pop. If repeatedly done (to talk to the machines or to see a woman in a red dress) would mean repeatedly popping your ears—causing them to eventually bleed.

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Evil Little Thing
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8 months ago

I had noticed the ear thing and wondered about it!

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#22

The Opening Scene Of "Bladerunner 2049" (2017) Shows Giant Solar Concentration Farms, Which Are Based On The Real-Life Ivanpah Solar Electric Generation System In The Mojave Desert

The Opening Scene Of "Bladerunner 2049" (2017) Shows Giant Solar Concentration Farms, Which Are Based On The Real-Life Ivanpah Solar Electric Generation System In The Mojave Desert

You actually drive right past it if you take the Interstate 15 from Los Angeles to Las Vegas.

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Otter
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8 months ago

In Chile, I saw a solar farm so large, it filled an entire valley. I thought it was a lake at first, as it reflected light the water does, but then I realized that lakes are flat, and the reflective surface curved as it came to the edges of the valley...

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In Joker (2019), Arthur Performs At Pogo's Comedy Club. It Was Named After Serial Killer John Wayne Gacy. Gacy Would Regularly Entertain Children As "Pogo The Clown"

In Joker (2019), Arthur Performs At Pogo's Comedy Club. It Was Named After Serial Killer John Wayne Gacy. Gacy Would Regularly Entertain Children As "Pogo The Clown"

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Nathan Pogorzala
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8 months ago

This nickname has been with my family for generations. Wayne Gacy didn't help.

Casey Payne
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8 months ago

I don't think he was trying to help. Or maybe he was. Sometime you just don't know what goes on in the mind of a serial killer.

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Grumble O'Pug
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8 months ago

Funny how so many fetishize JWG. Apedo who murdered boys

Rannveig Ess
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8 months ago

I don't understand it, either. For a while I lived on the same block as the gas station that Gacy brought his car to for service. Almost everyone in that neighborhood knew him, knew of him, knew people who worked for him. He'd post flyers in the local drug store advertising for young men to come and work for him. He was a creep. I don't think the half of it came to light. People romanticize serial killers because it's never personally affected them or theirs, I think. It's fantasy vs. real life.

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Lyn Moffett
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8 months ago

Should not have named a comedy club after an evil sadistic killer

Seabeast
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8 months ago

Wasn't Pogo the possum a cartoon character from years ago? https://daily.jstor.org/the-most-controversial-comic-strip/

Rannveig Ess
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8 months ago

Yes, quite brilliant, too. Very subtle political commentary because you had to be back then.

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Sasha
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8 months ago

Pretty obscure, i knew abt jwg and pogo but would not have put it together. Shitty story that one, only he went down for it, but its obvious he wasnt the only one involved

Rannveig Ess
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8 months ago

He was the only one involved. That's what was so horrifying about it. Gacy was a public figure, very involved in community stuff, "good deeds", had his photo taken with First Lady Rosalyn Carter, had a huge construction business, knew everyone. He did it for decades. The part that always got me is his WIFE (yes! wife) claims she had no clue Gacy was burying 29+ bodies in their crawlspace and they were rotting. I don't believe you couldn't know that. The site of the house. The house was torn down and another built in its place. That was up for sale recently. I can't imagine wanting to live on that site. They were going to make a public park out of it, but no one wanted their children to "play" on that ground https://www.chicagotribune.com/history/ct-john-wayne-gacy-timeline-htmlstory.html

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kkathleen517
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8 months ago

Why the f**k would anyone name anything after that c********r?

BasedWang
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8 months ago

Oh cmon did this one really need explaining. At least for people in the US

Ti Wa
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8 months ago

I knew about as much about Gacy as you probably know about the famous pirate Klaus Störtebeker. The world is a big place and everybody knows hardly anything at all. So it often helps to explain things. By the way: Störtebeker's legend is that he got caught and beheaded -and won a barter that every one of his crew that he managed to walk past headless would be pardoned.

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In Weird Al's Movie "Uhf" (1989), A Man In The Audience Gets A Mouthful Of Whipped Cream

In Weird Al's Movie "Uhf" (1989), A Man In The Audience Gets A Mouthful Of Whipped Cream

This is Dr. Demento (Barry Hansen), the novelty radio host who made Weird Al famous and launched his career. Hansen has also appeared in several Weird Al music videos.

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SuperChicken
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8 months ago

🎵 Fish heads fish heads. Roly poly fish heads... 🎶

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#25

In Shrek 2 (2004), The Kings Bedroom Has A Tapestry Of A Lily Pond

In Shrek 2 (2004), The Kings Bedroom Has A Tapestry Of A Lily Pond

It foreshadows that he is the frog prince.

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Laura Mende (Human)
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8 months ago

Shrek is hilarious! Sooo many adult jokes and popculture references! 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

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The Phrase "There's A Snake In My Boot!" That Woody From 'Toy Story' (1995) Says Is A Reference To A Common Hallucination Suffered By Alcoholics In The 19th Century

The Phrase "There's A Snake In My Boot!" That Woody From 'Toy Story' (1995) Says Is A Reference To A Common Hallucination Suffered By Alcoholics In The 19th Century

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Laura Mende (Human)
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8 months ago

Woody and his secret problems... Sad. 🍻

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In Pearl Harbour (2001), Michael Bay Gave His Dog A Cameo. He Was Named Mason, And He Was 5-Years-Old During Filming

In Pearl Harbour (2001), Michael Bay Gave His Dog A Cameo. He Was Named Mason, And He Was 5-Years-Old During Filming

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Otter
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8 months ago

That is the only nice thing I've ever heard about Michael Bay.

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In The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe (2005), If You Look Closely At The Lamppost, You Can See It Has Roots, Like A Tree. This Is Because In The Narnia Books, The Lamppost Was Grown From An Iron Bar Torn From A Similar Lamp In London

In The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe (2005), If You Look Closely At The Lamppost, You Can See It Has Roots, Like A Tree. This Is Because In The Narnia Books, The Lamppost Was Grown From An Iron Bar Torn From A Similar Lamp In London

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Otter
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8 months ago

If I'm ever able to buy some land in the country, it's definitely going to get a single lamppost in an odd place.

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In Die Hard (1988), The Scene Where Uli Pockets A Candy Bar Was Improvised By Actor And Stuntman Al Leong

In Die Hard (1988), The Scene Where Uli Pockets A Candy Bar Was Improvised By Actor And Stuntman Al Leong

Writer Steven de Souza said “That assured him a longer life. I was killing somebody every eight or 10 pages but that moment made him interesting. He's one of the last guys to die.”

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Robert T
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8 months ago

It's the bit where he looks round first to see if anybody is watching that gets me. :D

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In Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince (2009), Child Tom Riddle Has 7 Rocks On The Windowsill In His Bedroom, Foreshadowing The 7 Horcruxes

In Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince (2009), Child Tom Riddle Has 7 Rocks On The Windowsill In His Bedroom, Foreshadowing The 7 Horcruxes

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SPQRBob
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8 months ago

But Voldemort only intended to create 6 Horcruxes, with the 7th piece of his soul remaining in his own body. The 7th Horcrux was created when he attacked Harry Potter (then an infant) and was completely accidental and unintentional.

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