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- In a scene deleted from the episode "Water", Boxey refers to engineers as "snipes."
- The term is a reference to identical U.S. and British Royal Navy slang for members of the engineering crew aboard naval ships. These include engine room, fire room, auxiliary, electrical and other personnel working deep inside a ship.
- According to naval jargon expert Jeff Crowell, "it is believed that true snipes cannot stand direct sunlight or fresh air, must have machine oil in their coffee in order to survive, and get nosebleeds at altitudes above the waterline."