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May 18

Movie about amnesia

What's the title of the sci-fi movie where a guy uses technology to erase his own memory, but then doesn't remember why he did it (duh!), and spends the movie trying to remember?

The movie is probably listed at Category:Films about amnesia. Thanks in advance. Daniel Carrero (talk) 17:11, 18 May 2017 (UTC)

Paycheck (film) seems to fit the bill. It's also not in that category. --Jayron32 18:06, 18 May 2017 (UTC)
Total Recall is also not on that list and could conceivably fit, especially if the details were not well remembered. It's more about altered memories than strictly amnesia per se, though. Giving us details about the movie would help: do you have an idea of when it was made? American-made? Dystopia? Monsters or aliens? Matt Deres (talk) 12:22, 19 May 2017 (UTC)
Perhaps you're thinking about Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, which does feature technologically induced amnesia. Its plot isn't quite as you remember (sic), but as the film has a typically Kaufman non-linear structure, it's a plot that's rather easy to misapprehend. -- Finlay McWalter··–·Talk 15:00, 19 May 2017 (UTC)
Vanilla Sky ? StuRat (talk) 04:33, 22 May 2017 (UTC)

May 19

Grandma's Featherbed

I was searching for information on this song, but didn't find anything on Wikipedia other than that John Denver sang it. Is thee a way to request someone research this song and add information on t to your site? — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2605:A000:1504:41F1:3896:D2AD:62CC:57B8 (talk) 16:02, 19 May 2017 (UTC)

It was written by musician Jim Connor (a member of the New Kingston Trio), and the story of its writing and presentation to John Denver is here. It may be something of a moot point whether either the song, or Connor himself, are notable enough for a standalone article. Ghmyrtle (talk) 16:17, 19 May 2017 (UTC) PS: More about Connor here. Ghmyrtle (talk) 18:00, 19 May 2017 (UTC)
I've now added a brief mention to the article on the Back Home Again album. Ghmyrtle (talk) 21:57, 19 May 2017 (UTC)
Too bad he didn't take it on his last plane flight. ←Baseball Bugs What's up, Doc? carrots→ 08:54, 21 May 2017 (UTC)

May 20

Why is there enough of a market for the other Barcelona or Madrid La Liga team?

Real and Barcelona are so popular they have many fans in weird places like Thailand and usually dominate Spanish football, why would enough Barcelonans want to watch Espanyol on TV or pay to see them play? (unless it's against Barcelona or Real Madrid) At least teams like Bilbao can count on their metro area buying their tickets. Sagittarian Milky Way (talk) 17:51, 20 May 2017 (UTC)

Both Madrid and Barcelona are very large city. It's the rule rather than the exception that large European cities will have more than one top-level football team. --Xuxl (talk) 22:42, 20 May 2017 (UTC)
It's a rare year, for example, when there aren't at least 4-5 London teams in the English Premier League. I'm pretty sure there's been at least 10 throughout history, if not more. Large European cities an support many football teams. --Jayron32 00:46, 21 May 2017 (UTC)
Yes just because one team is far more popular internationally doesn't mean another local team doesn't have it's fair share of local supporters. Consider Manchester City F.C. supporters#Demographics [1] for example. Ultimately local preferences, sporting interest etc are going be reflected in how many local sports teams, even of the same sport, are viable. This isn't unique to association football, consider for example how many Sydney sides there are in the National Rugby League in Australia (our article seems to do a decent job discussing the history there). Meanwhile, consider how many Melbourne teams there are in the Australian Football League, many even using the same stadium. In those cases, there isn't that much international interest other than some in NZ, but while international support can be a big factor in funding for some teams and sports, it's not always required. Nil Einne (talk) 09:08, 21 May 2017 (UTC)
So far the teams mentioned play in the top tier leagues. Several of these cities also have teams in other divisions. Jayron32's post brings up a bit of trivia that I've wondered about - is London the only European capital city that doesn't have a team with the cities name as part of its team name? MarnetteD|Talk 14:29, 21 May 2017 (UTC)
There is no team called Dublin, or Edinburgh, or Brussels, or Amsterdam, or Berlin, or Oslo, or Stockholm, or Bern (at least, not in the top division of their respective league, which is what I can easily check). There is, in fact, a football club called Forest City London - but it is in London, Ontario. Wymspen (talk) 18:19, 22 May 2017 (UTC)
Just a correction, AFC Ajax has the name of Amsterdam in the name of the club (the "A" in the AFC is "Amsterdamsche"). Likewise, in Hertha BSC, The "B" is from Berlin (Berliner to be precise). --Jayron32 18:32, 22 May 2017 (UTC)
There are no Rio teams of any import with Rio or Janeiro in their names. Mexico City might have no top league teams named after the city, unless Universidad Nacional something de Mexico (UNAM) refers to the city instead of the nation. The world's largest city has FC Tokyo. There is a New York FC now. There's probably at least 5 London teams that could kick their ass. Sagittarian Milky Way (talk) 19:23, 22 May 2017 (UTC)

May 21


In the Lord of the Rings universe, how much longer is the natural lifespan of Numenorian descendants than that of ordinary Middle-Earth people? I know that Numenorian descendants live quite a bit longer than other people (and remain healthy almost until the end of their lives), but how much longer? 2601:646:8E01:7E0B:D59A:538D:811D:EC99 (talk) 02:14, 21 May 2017 (UTC)

I half-remember reading somewhere in canon that they initially lived around 300 years or three times the span of other Men. Royals lived a bit longer, in the first two thousand years. For the longevity of Dúnedain in the Third Age, you could look up the kings and stewards of Gondor. —Tamfang (talk) 03:02, 21 May 2017 (UTC)
Wow, 300 years or more? So if a Numenorean was born in 1885 or thereabouts (note that I am deliberately mixing the LOTR universe with the real universe, and also with the Command & Conquer universe -- see below), and of course if he has the sense to lie about his age when needed, would he be able to take part in: (a) World War 2; (b) the first NATO-Soviet war, as depicted in Command & Conquer: Red Alert; (c) the space race between the USA and the USSR; (d) the Vietnam War; (e) the Iran-Iraq War; (f) the Bosnian War; (g) the series of Russo-American wars depicted in Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2, Command & Conquer: Yuri's Revenge, and Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3; (h) the Great War on Terrorism; and/or (j) the Tiberium Wars, as depicted in the Command & Conquer Tiberian series? 2601:646:8E01:7E0B:D59A:538D:811D:EC99 (talk) 05:40, 21 May 2017 (UTC)
This article goes into great detail about this very issue, backed up by quotes from Tolkien's writings. I don't have that long a lifespan as to want to read the whole thing, but the gist of it seems to be that Tolkien's ideas about it evolved. Clarityfiend (talk) 06:34, 21 May 2017 (UTC)
Thanks! I've looked up Aragorn's lifespan, and the article says he lived for 210 years (!) -- so, if this is typical of the Dunedain, then a Dunadan born in 1885 would still be in his prime years when the War on Terrorism began, and would (assuming he was never KIA'd during any of his battles) still be alive at the end of the last Tiberium War (although he'd be starting to show his age a little by that point, but would still be generally in good health). Now, one final question: Is there reason to believe that Jean Thurel, the oldest soldier to ever remain in active service, was actually a Dunadan? 2601:646:8E01:7E0B:D59A:538D:811D:EC99 (talk) 04:27, 22 May 2017 (UTC)
Aragorn is described as being exceptionally long-lived, as he is the last descendant of the ancient kings. If you look at the life spans of the stewards of Gondor (noble Numenorians, but not of royal blood) you will find that the last few before Denethor reached an age of about 100 years only. Wymspen (talk) 13:17, 22 May 2017 (UTC)
He also ended his life deliberately. He could have lived longer if he had wanted to. Clarityfiend (talk) 21:32, 22 May 2017 (UTC)
It's highly unlikely, btw, that any Dúnadan of Aragorn's time is not descended from Elendil. —Tamfang (talk) 07:43, 23 May 2017 (UTC)
That may be the case if you are using the term specifically of the Dunedain or Arnor, of which Aragorn was the chieftain. However, they were much more numerous in Gondor (though probably less racially pure), and included the descendants of those who settled in Middle Earth before the arrival of Elendil - like the princes of Dol Amroth. Wymspen (talk) 11:09, 23 May 2017 (UTC)

May 22

Does the more autistic/left-brained half of the population have a higher dissonance tolerance?

I've heard anything smaller than a minor third being called dissonant and I'm like what? What's wrong with semitones and seconds? There are things besides 6:5, 5:4, 4:3, 3:2 and 2:1 that don't sound out-of-tune. Sagittarian Milky Way (talk) 16:30, 22 May 2017 (UTC)

While there is some Lateralization of brain function, the concept of being "left brained" or "right brained" in terms of personality is bullshit pop-psychology with no basis in reality. Regarding music dissonance and autism, this seems to have some promising leads. --Jayron32 16:59, 22 May 2017 (UTC)
It depends in part on what the individual listener is used to hearing. To quote a passage from our article Consonance and dissonance:
"In music, even if the opposition [between consonance and dissonance] often is founded on the preceding, objective distinction, it more often is subjective, conventional, cultural, and style- and/or period-dependent. Dissonance can then be defined as a combination of sounds that does not belong to the style under consideration . . . ."
{The poster formerly known as} (talk) 18:23, 22 May 2017 (UTC)
It is important to note that the effect of consonance and dissonance is not limited to intervals (there can also be dissonant tonalities), and indeed can be divorced from harmony and moved to other musical parameters such as texture. Double sharp (talk) 14:08, 23 May 2017 (UTC)

May 23

Runners Up to AP McCoy

Richard Johnson was runner up to AP McCoy 16 times but who were the other runners up to McCoy? (talk) 21:18, 23 May 2017 (UTC)

For those confused, this refers to the British jump racing Champion Jockey award. AP McCoy is the more widely used name of Tony McCoy. Nanonic (talk) 22:01, 23 May 2017 (UTC)

May 24

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