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March 17 2015 7:16 AM

What Do Drummers Think of the Movie Whiplash?

Answer by Henry Modisett, jazz drummer in high school and college:

I played jazz drums in high school and in college. My high school had four jazz bands with two to three drummers each. They not only competed with one another, but also went to multiple competitions against other high schools throughout the state ever year. So, I have experience being in a competitive band and competing for the No. 1 role within the band as a young drummer.

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March 16 2015 7:41 AM

What Does It Mean to “Break” a TV Script?

Answer by M. Scott Veach, I write one-hour dramas:

It basically refers to the part of writing a script where you decide on the story or plot points or narrative elements of the episode.

Backing up for a second. The writing of an episode of TV is generally dividing into two major abstract, creative elements: the story and the writing.

March 15 2015 7:23 AM

How Do Martial Artists Break Concrete Blocks?

Answer by Isaac Gaetz, structural engineer, current Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioner, past Wushu and childhood Shotokan karate student:

It is really a simple trick when you understand the problem from a structural engineering perspective. The trick consists of a moderate amount of power and speed and a lot of careful selection of the target material and geometry.

March 13 2015 9:31 AM

Could Cinderella Walk and Dance Comfortably in Glass Slippers?

Answer by Antariksh Bothale, dual degree in mechanical engineering from IIT Bombay:

It is delightful to have my master’s degree in mechanical engineering put to use in resolving age-old engineering problems.

One can never know the exact shape or size of the slippers worn by Cinderella in the Disney film, but one can hazard a guess that they must have looked something like this

March 12 2015 7:25 AM

What Is the Difference Between Perfume, Eau de Toilette, and Eau de Cologne?

Answer by Tatiana Estévez, ex-aromatherapist, and I make my own perfumes:

The base of any fragrance you can buy in shops will be the "perfume essence"—what actually makes the smell. This is a combination of essential oils (cedar wood, lime, sandalwood, etc), absolutes (jasmine, rose, neroli), animal extracts (musk, ambergris), and synthetic fragrance (this could be nearly anything).

March 11 2015 7:40 AM

What’s It Like to Work at McDonald’s?

Answer by Chuck Chan, worked at McDonald's 4.5 years, from fry guy to front counter to drive-through to grill floor to crew chief to manager:

McDonald’s actually has pretty high standards for cleanliness and quality. I guess I can't speak for every store, but the store I worked at was a stickler. It was all about washing your hands anytime you stepped away from your station, or at the least every 30 minutes. When I was working on the grill floor either assembling sandwiches or cooking meats, we were told that when in doubt, always just throw things away. Even if we were ridiculously busy, if the timers ran out on the meats, throw away that batch and make more. If the buns were past the expiration date, even if they were one day past due, we’d end up throwing away the whole batch. Once when I was assembling a sandwich, the wrapper slid off the table and I caught it in my hand at hip level, nowhere near the floor, but I was told to throw it away anyway.

March 10 2015 7:23 AM

What’s It Like to Be Part of a Studio Audience?

Answer by Nadia Singer, recruiter:

I would have to rank being in the audience of Ellen in my top-five fun experiences.This is a picture my friend made after watching the episode; I think my face and everyone else's says it all.

March 9 2015 7:24 AM

What Happened to the Ringwraiths Once the Ruling Ring Was Destroyed in the Lord of the Rings books?

Answer by Thomas Snerdley:

Believe it or not, this question reminds me of the hip-hop crime drama movie New Jack City. The main villain, Nino Brown, is a drug kingpin who has terrorized the city, robbing, raping, and murdering with impunity. When finally brought to trial, he walks off with a slap on the wrist. But as Nino is swaggering out of the courtroom, a frail old man in the crowd looks him straight in the eye and says, “Your soul is required in hell,” and shoots him dead.

March 8 2015 7:29 AM

How Do You Tell the Difference Between Cheap and Expensive Perfume?

Answer by Tatiana Estévez, ex-aromatherapist, and I make my own perfumes:

There are no absolutes to recognizing an expensive perfume versus a cheap one. So much of what we find appealing about smell is linked to buried memories and what we associate smells with. However, if we're talking in general, there are a few tendencies that might apply.

March 6 2015 7:32 AM

What Was It Like to Work With Martin Luther King Jr. on the “I Have a Dream” Speech?

Answer by Clarence B. Joneswriter, public speaker, professor:

It is a popular misconception to think that Martin Luther King Jr. sat down with me one day and said, “OK, Clarence, let's work on this speech I have to give at the March on Washington.” In June 1963, when the joint civil rights organizations made the decision to convene the March on Washington, the decision was also made that King should vacation in New York instead of elsewhere, as he customarily did with his family during the summer.

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