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14th Nov '17 5:59:39 AM PistolsAtDawn
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12th Nov '17 8:45:07 PM Unicorndance
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* In ''VideoGame/MoshiMonsters'', the chimpanzees have tails.
5th Nov '17 6:12:11 PM schoi30
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'':
** Fry apparently survives a temperature of ''109 degrees''. Normally, people die if their body temperature reaches ''108'.
** Zoidberg is seen shivering as he claims he's cold-blooded. Cold-blooded animals don't shiver when cold.
** The crocodiles seen in "I Second That Emotion" have overbites like alligators, instead of interlocking teeth. On the other hand, the alligators from "The Series Has Landed" are properly drawn with overbites, though their skin is green instead of black or gray.
** Rabbits and hares are drawn with noses more like a cat's or a dog's than actual rabbit noses.
** From "Fry and Leela's Big Fling":
*** The proboscis monkeys are drawn [[InexplicablyTailless without tails]].
*** Many of the chimpanzees have their fur colored brown (real chimps all have black fur).
*** The gazelles in the zoo have body shapes and faces more like those of a deer than an actual gazelle.
** The toucan seen in "Meanwhile" has three toes in front and one in back. Real toucans have two toes in front and two in back like parrots, which in this series are drawn with only one toe in back.
4th Nov '17 7:57:01 AM TwilightLord
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* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' has a few inaccuracies, though most can be forgiven since these are anthropomorphic sentient talking animals who bear little if any resemblence to what species they're actually supposed to be.
** Sonic's inability to swim was due to Creator/{{Sega}} thinking real hedgehogs couldn't swim, when they actually can.
** Sonic's favourite food is chili dogs, which are mentioned in ''VideoGame/SonicUnleashed'' as being quite spicy. Humans are the only animals who willingly eat spicy foods, as spiciness is supposed to be a ''deterrent'' that plants use to stop animals from eating them.
** Sonic's best friend is a fox. In real life, foxes eat hedgehogs.
** Even ignoring the biological impossibility of a fox being born with two tails, there is no way, anatomically speaking, that Tails should be able to spin his tails like a propeller to lift himself into the air the way that he does - spinning both tails in the opposite direction, which would just result in them getting twisted together. And even if he did spin them in the same direction, it's very unlikely he'd be able to spin them fast enough to actually provide enough lift to get his body off the ground.
** In ''SonicUnleashed'', a RunningGag is Chip offering chocolate to whomever he meets. This includes Tails (a fox) and a phoenix (a giant bird). Chocolate is very bad for animals. Notably, Sonic is also able to consume chocolate, ice cream, and other things that would make a real hedgehog very sick, if not outright kill them.
4th Nov '17 7:30:53 AM TwilightLord
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** There's also the part where Liquid grossly misapplies Asymmetry Theory. His ramblings just make it seem like the writers had at some point heard of the biology/genetic concepts mentioned, but didn't actually bother to look into them any real way.[[note]]WordOfGod is that Liquid, personally, has no grasp of how genetics works, and was deliberately taught wrong just to wind him up and make him driven. [[spoiler:''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain'' even reveals that he failed Biology as a subject, despite supposedly having an IQ of 180.]][[/note]] Then there's the guy whose body carries a charge of 10 million volts, the man who can't decide if his pet internal beehive is full of bees or hornets...

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** There's also the part where Liquid grossly misapplies Asymmetry Theory. His ramblings just make it seem like the writers had at some point heard of the biology/genetic concepts mentioned, but didn't actually bother to look into them any real way.[[note]]WordOfGod is that Liquid, personally, has no grasp of how genetics works, and was deliberately taught wrong just to wind him up and make him driven. [[spoiler:''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain'' even reveals that he failed Biology as a subject, despite supposedly having an IQ of 180.]][[/note]] Then there's the guy whose body carries a charge of 10 million volts, the man who can't decide if his pet internal beehive is full of bees or hornets...hornets...
** It's also later revealed in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' that it was actually ''Liquid'' who got all the dominant genes, and Solid got the recessive ones. One problem - Liquid Snake is blond. The gene for blonde hair is recessive. Similarly, Snake has brown hair, when the "brown hair" gene is the dominant one. If Liquid really got all the dominant genes and Solid got all the recessive ones, then Solid should be blond and Liquid should be brunet.
4th Nov '17 7:23:47 AM TwilightLord
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** In another episode, host Stephen Fry rather patronisingly "corrects" Jimmy Carr when the latter suggests that marsupials are mammals, which they are.
1st Nov '17 1:48:24 AM Vir
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** The Pokedex also states that Vaporeon's "cell composition is similar to water molecules. As a result, it can melt away into water." A cell is a lot more complex than a three-atom molecule. Even if we assume this to be a mistranslation that should read something like 'its cells are composed mostly of water', then we (and everything else alive) could too.
* ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption'': A rare example of simple mistakes than mismanagement of biological knowledge. In some cases random glitches or hacks allow you to ride other animals that are often used for hunting challenges. However, they still gallop and neigh like horses (as well as floating inches off the ground)- including the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yeJSfVmeKDU&feature=related elk]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W75tiaN0uCA&feature=related wolf]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ycGiIxlzZGc grizzly bear]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PS1qGWlOYns cougar]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tSrmRHJKc3A deer]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l_8P6W9dFf4 bobcat]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AK_6Ns87_wU&feature=related dog]], and a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SvY2W3HOJ4M jack-rabbit]]. Others were more intentional. For example pumas don't sound like [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bt8hwLlSyvo&feature=related jaguars]]. In fact they don't roar at all, but growl, hiss and make [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xKw4OFAu1WM snarly near-human screams]].

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** The Pokedex Pokédex also states that Vaporeon's "cell composition is similar to water molecules. As a result, it can melt away into water." A cell is a lot more complex than a three-atom molecule. Even if we assume this to be a mistranslation that should read something like 'its cells are composed mostly of water', then we (and everything else alive) could too.
* ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption'': A rare example of simple mistakes than mismanagement of biological knowledge. In some cases random glitches or hacks allow you to ride other animals that are often used for hunting challenges. However, they still gallop and neigh like horses (as well as floating inches off the ground)- including the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yeJSfVmeKDU&feature=related com/watch?v=yeJSfVmeKDU elk]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W75tiaN0uCA&feature=related com/watch?v=W75tiaN0uCA wolf]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ycGiIxlzZGc grizzly bear]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PS1qGWlOYns cougar]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tSrmRHJKc3A deer]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l_8P6W9dFf4 bobcat]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AK_6Ns87_wU&feature=related com/watch?v=AK_6Ns87_wU dog]], and a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SvY2W3HOJ4M jack-rabbit]]. Others were more intentional. For example pumas don't sound like [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bt8hwLlSyvo&feature=related com/watch?v=Bt8hwLlSyvo jaguars]]. In fact they don't roar at all, but growl, hiss and make [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xKw4OFAu1WM snarly near-human screams]].
1st Nov '17 1:47:55 AM Vir
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** The Pokedex also states that Vaporeon's "cell composition is similar to water molecules. As a result, it can melt away into water." A cell is a lot more complex than a three-atom molecule. Even if we assume this to be a mistranslation that should read something like 'its cells are composed mostly of water', then we and (everything else alive) could too.

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** The Pokedex also states that Vaporeon's "cell composition is similar to water molecules. As a result, it can melt away into water." A cell is a lot more complex than a three-atom molecule. Even if we assume this to be a mistranslation that should read something like 'its cells are composed mostly of water', then we and (everything (and everything else alive) could too.
24th Oct '17 1:20:34 PM merotoker
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* Yellow, the peanut M&M from the candy commercials, messes up when he and Red show off their muscles. Yellow boasts "Check out my adenoids!", but adenoids are tonsils, not muscles. Probably more of a GeniusBonus since neither of the M&Ms ('''especially''' Yellow) have ever been portrayed as incredibly smart.

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* Yellow, the peanut M&M from [[Advertising/MAndMs the candy commercials, commercials]], messes up when he and Red show off their muscles. Yellow boasts "Check out my adenoids!", but adenoids are tonsils, not muscles. Probably more of a GeniusBonus since neither of the M&Ms ('''especially''' Yellow) have ever been portrayed as incredibly smart.



* The ''Film/XMen'' series has a whole collection of offenses.

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* The ''Film/XMen'' series ''Film/XMenFilmSeries'' has a whole collection of offenses.



** Seaweed the Otter is depicted with seaweed in her paws, as if she were eating it. Sea otters eat largely eat marine invertebrates and fish. While sea otters do sometimes wrap themselves in sea weed, the purpose is to anchor themselves while they sleep.

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** Seaweed the Otter is depicted with seaweed in her paws, as if she were eating it. Sea otters eat largely eat marine invertebrates and fish. While sea otters do sometimes wrap themselves in sea weed, seaweed, the purpose is to anchor themselves while they sleep.



* Deliberately invoked for horror in ''VideoGame/{{Outlast}}: Whistleblower''. Eddie Gluskin, a psychotic SerialKiller even before his MindRape in the illegal underground lab below the Asylum, is fixated on finding himself a perfect bride. In response to being surrounded only by men, he's come to the conclusion that as the only major difference between genders is that men have a penis & testicles whilst women have a vagina, and as the vagina looks a lot like a cut, [[GroinAttack brutally castrating men and using the resultant wound as a vagina]] will make them fully functional as women, complete with [[MrSeahorse bearing his much-wanted children]]. Needless to say, it does ''not'' work that way, but he's so demented that he refuses to accept that he's doomed to fail.

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* Deliberately invoked for horror in ''VideoGame/{{Outlast}}: Whistleblower''. Eddie Gluskin, a psychotic SerialKiller even before his MindRape in the illegal underground lab below the Asylum, is fixated on finding himself a perfect bride. In response to being surrounded only by men, he's come to the conclusion that as the only major difference between genders is that men have a penis & testicles whilst women have a vagina, and as the vagina looks a lot like a cut, [[GroinAttack brutally castrating men and using the resultant wound as a vagina]] will make them fully functional as women, complete with [[MrSeahorse [[MisterSeahorse bearing his much-wanted children]]. Needless to say, it does ''not'' work that way, but he's so demented that he refuses to accept that he's doomed to fail.



** Most of the jokes based on Joe's crippled status fall under this. Anyone who knows ANYTHING about paralysis knows the problem isn't the legs, it's the ''damage to the spine'' that keeps the legs or anything below the damage from being used. Leg transplants wouldn't repair the damage at all, correcting the damage to the spine would. Even stranger in that in one episode when he was cured, he got re-paralyzed by a gunshot wound to the lower back, and they also make a lot of jokes about how nothing else below the waist [[ToiletHumor works very well]]. Like most things on the show, Joe's paralysis mostly seems to run on RuleOfFunny. Never mind the UnfortunateImplications of all the cripple jokes.

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** Most of the jokes based on Joe's crippled status fall under this. Anyone who knows ANYTHING about paralysis knows the problem isn't the legs, it's the ''damage to the spine'' that keeps the legs or anything below the damage from being used. Leg transplants wouldn't repair the damage at all, correcting the damage to the spine would. Even stranger in that in one episode when he was cured, he got re-paralyzed by a gunshot wound to the lower back, and they also make a lot of jokes about how nothing else below the waist [[ToiletHumor [[ToiletHumour works very well]]. Like most things on the show, Joe's paralysis mostly seems to run on RuleOfFunny. Never mind the UnfortunateImplications of all the cripple jokes.



* Much like the Warhammer example above, ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuestTheRealAdventures'' has an episode where Dr. Quest foinds out that Moai statues that he is studying are resonant chambers, and by playing a certain tone could speed up evolution. They discovers this by testing some odd-looking grass nearby, which has triple helix DNA. Jeremiah Surd uses this in [=QuestWorld=] to ''devolve'' Race and Benton into cave men, but only their minds. How this works is never explained since their bodies don't change (since simulations don't have DNA) and there is no suggestion that it can be used in reverse. It also doesn't explain why only certain things are targeted and others aren't, even if they're in range to be affected.

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* Much like the Warhammer example above, ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuestTheRealAdventures'' has an episode where Dr. Quest foinds out that Moai statues that he is studying are resonant chambers, and by playing a certain tone could speed up evolution. They discovers discover this by testing some odd-looking grass nearby, which has triple helix DNA. Jeremiah Surd uses this in [=QuestWorld=] to ''devolve'' Race and Benton into cave men, but only their minds. How this works is never explained since their bodies don't change (since simulations don't have DNA) and there is no suggestion that it can be used in reverse. It also doesn't explain why only certain things are targeted and others aren't, even if they're in range to be affected.



** The part in "Bart on the Road" when Bart and co. accidentally drive through the corn field. Depending on the school, Spring Break traditionally takes place in March or April. While it was [[RuleOfFunny a funny joke]], corn doesn't usually get that tall until early summer.

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** The part in "Bart on the Road" when Bart and co. accidentally drive through the corn field.cornfield. Depending on the school, Spring Break traditionally takes place in March or April. While it was [[RuleOfFunny a funny joke]], corn doesn't usually get that tall until early summer.



* ''WesternAnimation/TheSuperMarioBrosSuperShow'' episode "Mario and the Beanstalk" features a garbanzo beanstalk covered in... pea pods. It isn't due to UnreliableIllustrator, either, since the veggies the Princess and Toad pull out from them to defeat a swarm of Hoopsters are unmistakably giant peas. Try not to think too hard about why garbanzo beans would grow into an enormous pea plant.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSuperMarioBrosSuperShow'' ''Series/TheSuperMarioBrosSuperShow'' episode "Mario and the Beanstalk" features a garbanzo beanstalk covered in... pea pods. It isn't due to UnreliableIllustrator, either, since the veggies the Princess and Toad pull out from them to defeat a swarm of Hoopsters are unmistakably giant peas. Try not to think too hard about why garbanzo beans would grow into an enormous pea plant.
18th Oct '17 9:38:20 AM CaptainCrawdad
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* Any Christmas movie which shows female reindeer without antlers, or male reindeer retaining their antlers into December. Females of the species need antlers to guard their young from predators, whereas males shed theirs after the rutting season, with one exception: males retain antlers in winter if they have a "special operation". Also, most reindeer in fiction [[InformedSpecies do not resemble the real animals]], instead looking more like mule deer or white-tailed deer.

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* Any Christmas movie which shows female reindeer without antlers, or male reindeer retaining their antlers into December. Females of the species need antlers to guard their young from predators, whereas males shed theirs after the rutting season, with one exception: gelded males retain antlers in winter if they have a "special operation".winter. Also, most reindeer in fiction [[InformedSpecies do not resemble the real animals]], instead looking more like mule deer or white-tailed deer.



* This could be applied to the majority of vampire movies which try to sound "scientific." While it would be possible to rely on a blood-only diet similar to the vampire bat, the vampire in question would have to take half their weight in blood and become enormously bloated since blood contains about 90 percent water and only 10 percent protein, with only negligible amounts of fats or carbohydrates. [[AWizardDidIt Magic]] vampires can handwave all of this.
** In addition, vampire bats after a feeding are usually too heavy to fly and must accommodate this by digesting the blood quickly and releasing most of it through their urine. Because of this, their necessarily high metabolisms and the sparse nutrients in blood, a vampire bat will die if it goes without feeding for two nights in a row. Even missing one night of feeding could make it too weak to go out the next night for blood unless it begs some blood off another bat in the roost. A human-sized vampire would have to completely drain several humans a night to keep up their health, and do all the things vampires can supposedly do (such as turn into bats, which have higher metabolism than humans, meaning they'd need to consume even ''more'' blood just to stop them running out of energy in minutes).
** Any form of metabolism would be odd seeing as vampires are physically ''dead'', and as such they are living corpses.[[OurVampiresAreDifferent In some versions]] -- others differ on that.
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