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Back in 1977 people could not get enough of the movie Close Encounters of the Third kind.

Everyone took note of the aliens’ landing site which is Google Earth W104’ 44’ 30’ N40’ 36’ 10’ which is not the Devil’s Tower Monument.

These coordinates go the the super modern, super strange new Denver Airport built in 1995.

The rumors are the government have a secret city underneath this Denver Airport.

I guess this is no way to prove.
 

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Out of a group of astronauts effecting outside repairs to some broken part of their ship, one of them will end up dead.
Or the first person to die/become incapacitated is the captain.
 

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During a chase scene at some point they inevitably come across some sort of wire fence at the end of an alley which they expertly shimmy up over, then onto a roof which they then jump off and sprain their ankle then hobble, whilst looking over their shoulders.
 

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During a chase scene at some point they inevitably come across some sort of wire fence at the end of an alley which they expertly shimmy up over, then onto a roof which they then jump off and sprain their ankle then hobble, whilst looking over their shoulders.

The fence will often surround a yard containing a ferocious dog on a chain. The chain will be the correct length to stop the dog inches from our hero.
 

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If you're ever living in an action film, be very wary of any quiet old men who seem not to pay any attention to the chaos all around them: they are guaranteed to be a retired ninja/marine/general badass.
 

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If you're ever living in an action film, be very wary of any quiet old men who seem not to pay any attention to the chaos all around them: they are guaranteed to be a retired ninja/marine/general badass.
And they're usually doing something gentle and innocuous, such as tending Bonsai trees.
 

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Since reading on'ere about the cliche of people waking from nightmares by sitting up in bed and gasping, and remarking that someone on TV did it right away, I've seen it more or less every day. The Netflix Hill House series has every character doing it!
 

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Back in 1977 people could not get enough of the movie Close Encounters of the Third kind.

Everyone took note of the aliens’ landing site which is Google Earth W104’ 44’ 30’ N40’ 36’ 10’ which is not the Devil’s Tower Monument.

These coordinates go the the super modern, super strange new Denver Airport built in 1995...

I've seen this presented as fact before, and don't quite understand it, because however hard I try the coordinates 40°36'10.00"N, 104°44'30.00"W always bring me out at the turn off for a small, slightly shabby looking farm just north of Ault, Colorado.

Granted, it's definitely not where the Devil's Tower National Monument is - but it's also definitely not where Denver International Airport is either, being around 70 miles away.

What am I doing wrong?
 

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I've seen this presented as fact before, and don't quite understand it, because however hard I try the coordinates 40°36'10.00"N, 104°44'30.00"W always bring me out at the turn off for a small, slightly shabby looking farm just north of Ault, Colorado.

Granted, it's definitely not where the Devil's Tower National Monument is - but it's also definitely not where Denver International Airport is either, being around 70 miles away.

What am I doing wrong?
Failing to sacrifice a chicken to the Great Space God Wuhan...
 

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You're not adjusting for Daylight Saving Latitude.

Failing to sacrifice a chicken to the Great Space God Wuhan...

Nope, no good - when I adjust for the first one it lands you at a KFC in Neasden, and the second a Sea Cadet's hut in Wollongong. You'd never get a movie out of either.

When I try to do both at the same time, it ends up in my mum's fridge - but that's another matter.
 

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Nope, no good - when I adjust for the first one it lands you at a KFC in Neasden, and the second a Sea Cadet's hut in Wollongong. You'd never get a movie out of either.

When I try to do both at the same time, it ends up in my mum's fridge - but that's another matter.
Funny you should say that, I have a script right here...
 

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In modern American war films, from Vietnam onwards. Army Medics, ("Docs"), always wear spectacles to denote their sensitive and caring nature.
 

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If Character A is confiding something deeply personal to Character B (who has fallen asleep), Character B will not begin snoring or showing any other signs of sleeping until immediately after Character A has finished pouring out his/her heart.

(Normally this happens when Character A is finally opening up about how much he/she loves Character C).
 

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If Character A is confiding something deeply personal to Character B (who has fallen asleep), Character B will not begin snoring or showing any other signs of sleeping until immediately after Character A has finished pouring out his/her heart.

(Normally this happens when Character A is finally opening up about how much he/she loves Character C).
This goes back a long way. Can remember Robbie Coltrane's and Emma Thompson's characters acting out this scene in 1987.
 

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Can't decide what to do? Let's flip a coin.

Switches to above shot looking down as the coin spins upwards towards camera, slowly. Usually accompanied with a whooshing sound.
 

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As some form of doom rapidly approaches, most people flee, but there is at least one person standing like a scared rabbit in the headlights. Then they are shown being vapourised/swept away/crushed, etc.
 

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Before some heist/shootout/military action someone will say "It's showtime."
 

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Nope, no good - when I adjust for the first one it lands you at a KFC in Neasden, and the second a Sea Cadet's hut in Wollongong. You'd never get a movie out of either.

When I try to do both at the same time, it ends up in my mum's fridge - but that's another matter.

I dunno, a sci-fi teleportation-themed flick with your mum's fridge as the hub? The baddies could be undercutting Deliveroo by hauling bargain buckets to the teens in Australia as a sideline to their main occupation of alien world domination. I'd pay to see it (just make sure she moves the mayonnaise out of the way of the photon transponder).
 

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As some form of doom rapidly approaches, most people flee, but there is at least one person standing like a scared rabbit in the headlights. Then they are shown being vapourised/swept away/crushed, etc.
And some forgetful parent will leave their baby right in the path of the oncoming disaster only for our hero to rescue it at the last moment.
 

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This might've come up before -

The
Fatal Attraction
scenario, where someone who's been injured (often after being stalked) manages to fight back and disable the attacker. Our hero or heroine sinks back and relaxes, but the attacker is only stunned and suddenly jumps them.

We were watching some Netflix twaddle tonight where a woman beat a man's head in with a large wooden knife block then tried to leave, but he was soon up and harassing her again with nary a scratch on him.

These days it's so normal for this to happen that you have to shout ''e's not dead! 'e's not dead! Look be'ind yer!' like kids at a panto.

Techy said 'Why doesn't she go back and finish him off?' and I replied 'Because women don't do that', meaning the cold blood killing thing.
 

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When running away, at least one person falls over. Always.
 

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Bullet wounds to the shoulder are dismissed as minor injuries, especially if it's the hero's shoulder. Slap on a sticking plaster and he's as good as new. Not a cheep about damage to the subclavian artery, the brachial artery and the brachial plexus. Not to mention bone and bullet fragments tearing up muscle tissue etc.
 

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Heroes doing active stuff can shin up drainpipes ok to enter buildings though windows in their attempt to allow a plot to unfold but when having to shin down a drainpipe in order to escape, it usually comes apart at the joint slowly screw by screw leaving the hero dangling from it as it sticks out at an impossible angle.
 

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James Bond. When you’re first introduced in a private audience with the Mr.Big you’ve been investgating in all those exotic locations, just stab him the head with a pen or something and get it over with. That is what the Licence To Kill is for. The Licence To Exchange Witty Pleasantries is for the lower pay grades. It‘s our taxpayer’s money you’re wasting here.
 
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Cowboys. If you’re you’re galloping to somewhere, make sure you’re going from left to right on the screen. If you’re coming from somewhere, make sure it’s the other way round. This also applies to Poldark on the cliffs at Cornwall unless he’s shagging someone he shouldn’t be, where he can ride towards you.
 
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