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September 26[edit]

Movie car races starting at red lights[edit]

I am looking for film scenes with a race between two cars, starting as a 'meeting engagement' at a red light, with one participant provoking the other (or mutually) to a race. I know respective scenes in Back to the Future 3, The Fast and the Furious (2001 film), and an Alfa Romeo commercial starring Kimi Räikkönen - but in neither case, this resulted in an actual race. Are there films where an actual race was delivered in that situation, with a winner and a loser or possibly a tragic outcome? --KnightMove (talk) 10:15, 26 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Better Off Dead. --Jayron32 12:48, 26 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

September 28[edit]

Network TV Air Dates of Movies[edit]

Is there any way I can learn the network TV air dates of certain films? I can't seem to find any on individual film pages or on IMDB. (talk) 11:40, 28 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Do you mean the first time a movie appeared on a network? Or every appearance? Like, for example, a network airing The Ten Commandments every year around Easter. ←Baseball Bugs What's up, Doc? carrots→ 11:55, 28 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
And do you mean true networks (such as CBS) or are you including cable channels (like TBS). Heck, I'm just going with American examples because that's what I know, but I don't know if you are from the US or are even interested in US related answers. Also, are you asking about broadcasts by the network, which would be carried by basically every local affiliate, or are you including broadcasts by a single affiliate during some part of their broadcast day that does not carry the national feed? --User:Khajidha (talk) (contributions) 14:37, 28 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Geolocates to the New York City area. ←Baseball Bugs What's up, Doc? carrots→ 22:03, 28 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
imdb has US TV air days for some films, generally older ones. Here is an example --TrogWoolley (talk) 13:00, 29 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Chandler Bing glasses[edit]

What was the first episode of Friends where Chandler Bing wore glasses? ( (talk) 16:08, 28 September 2022 (UTC))Reply[reply]

Alas, there appears to be no episode titled “The One Where Chandler Wears Glasses”. —Tamfang (talk) 01:55, 29 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I doubt you'll find a reference for that. You'd be better off asking on a fan site. Shantavira|feed me 09:48, 29 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

1990s computer games[edit]

We got our first computer in 1993 when I was about 10 years old and I am wondering if anyone knows the names of these two video games. They came pre-installed on the machine and for years I only have a memory of them but not of what they were called. THE FIRST GAME - Reminded me of a very primitive version of Stonekeep, but was not made by the same company. It starts with this first person character told by his uncle to go find a cow which has run away or something like that. There was a cave with weapons and that's about as far as I ever got. It was hard to find the cow and if you went back to the Uncle before then and tried to talk to him, the game had you punch him, you had a fight, the game was over. I remember this game was hard-wired into the machine itself and not installed from a disk, etc. THE SECOND GAME: More advanced, you were on some sort of quest and had a "haversack" which later in the game gets stolen by the main villain who lives on an island. The game had various puzzles and at one point you had to get a boat and go to the island where the villain was. There was an evil bug who said he would "sting you and give you spots". One of the puzzles you put a log on a snake, or vice versa, to solve the puzzle. Those are the games...anyone have any ideas?. -KTcup82 (talk) 21:32, 28 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

September 29[edit]

Meryl Streep one-woman Alice in Wonderland[edit]

Hello. I'd asked about this in 2015 as well as today at the Meryl Streep page, and today it was suggested I come here (Talk:Meryl Streep/Archive 1#One-woman Alice performance). This one-women Alice in Wonderland by Meryl Streep was one of the best performances I've ever seen (saw it once on PBS long ago, and when researching it was told by PBS that it was her college thesis performance but that the station I checked with had no copy). Anyone know of where to access? Thanks! Randy Kryn (talk) 16:53, 29 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

One thought. Aren't most thesis kept on file at the University where they were submitted? You could contact the Yale School of Drama in hopes that they have it somewhere. MarnetteD|Talk 17:32, 29 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Good plan, haven't done that. Maybe someone here will have a copy and just load it up on youtube or somewhere. I saw it before internet became a thing, but even after it become a thing it didn't help (until now?). Randy Kryn (talk) 17:41, 29 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
As of November 12th, 2012 it existed on YouTube [1]. I doubt this is helpful, but it was "This video isn't available anymore." (talk) 17:47, 29 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thanks. So...somebody has it. But your link says this was multiple cast, this one was just her (but your find sounds really good too). Randy Kryn (talk) 17:52, 29 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
The version with multiple cast is Alice at the Palace (IMDb). I can't be sure, but the article above, in context, suggests the YT video is (or relates to) Alice in Concert. (talk) 18:23, 29 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

September 30[edit]

It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia - Painting In Hallway In Show[edit]

In the episode Sweet Dee Gets Audited (s7e4), 2:20 in, when Dee is first meeting the auditor, there's a painting on the wall behind her. It's of a pale woman in black surrounded by what looks like plants and she's leaning on something. On the painting, there's a signature ('He' is legible, I can't make out the rest of the name, followed by "93"). I really like the painting, but have no idea how to find out its name or anything else about it; does anyone have any info or ideas how to find out more? Thank you2601:547:1:4EE0:2D2E:2352:5EF1:6680 (talk) 22:03, 30 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

You could try the following:
  1. Study the article It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and figure out who the production company was for that season.
  2. Find contact information in the show's official website (link at the bottom of the show's article) and/or that of the relevant production company (see relevant article(s)).
  3. Contact them via their website, or email address or (preferably, I suggest) a written letter. There will presumably be a Publicity Department for one or the other, or both.
  4. Ask them. Someone (possibly a set dresser, perhaps the director) had to have decided to have that picture created for the set, or to use a particular existing painting. Production records may have the details, or the individual concerned may remember if the PD asks them.
This may not work, given that the episode was made some 10 years ago, but then again it might. Good luck! {The poster formerly known as} (talk) 18:38, 1 October 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I was figuring I might have to go that route, I wasn't sure if it was perhaps something easily recognizable.
I suppose it is the painting seen in this brief clip.  --Lambiam 20:44, 1 October 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Yes, that's the painting.2601:547:1:4EE0:3CE1:F670:4CDE:CBD7 (talk) 00:16, 2 October 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

October 1[edit]

What's the average number of scoring events per MLB game?[edit]

Average number of times run(s) happen. So each home run is 1 event, an RBI single is 1 event whether there's multiple runs or not, a balk with the bases loaded is 1 event and so on. I wonder how this number compares to the 4.3 runs per game per team this year. Sagittarian Milky Way (talk) 14:52, 1 October 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

That could take some heavy calculating. Basically you'd have to look at the play-by-play of each game and count the number of run-scoring events. Retrosheet has play-by-play info, at least for recent years. ←Baseball Bugs What's up, Doc? carrots→ 18:10, 1 October 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
For example, the final game of the 1927 World Series.[2] Counting the number of occurrences of "scored" might give you the answer for that particular game. ←Baseball Bugs What's up, Doc? carrots→ 07:53, 2 October 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
So the Pirates' 3 runs were 1 per RBI guy, that has to be 3 events right? The Yankees' 4 runs were 1 in the 1st, 1 in the 9th and 2 in the bottom of the 5th inning so we have to look at that. And it turns out both runs were Babe Ruth homering with 1 guy on base so 6 times in this 7 run game. With the amount of sabermetrics and rules changing for the easily bored these days I bet someone has made an average. If they really want shorter games the biggest savings would be eliminate intrusive advertisements. This 1927 World Series winner had 80 batters faced (more than the 74.96 this year or the 78.32 of 2000 (the post-1936 record)) yet was finished in only 2.25 hours. But of course they won't. Sagittarian Milky Way (talk) 13:27, 2 October 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

October 2[edit]

Missing(?) youtube music video[edit]

I used to periodically enjoy a really good instrumental version of "Begin the Beguine" performed with an Irish bouzouki by a duo called something like the Leblondes. (The bouzouki player is blond, and his girlfriend[?] on maracas may have been too.) Now I can't find it anymore. Is it still on youtube? If not, what is the duo's actual name? I can't find them either. Clarityfiend (talk) 07:11, 2 October 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]