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* In the ''ComicBook/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' miniseries "Viva Las Buffy", in which our heroine travels to Las Vegas, the villains are two twins joined at the hip: the man's a vampire, the woman's a mortal with deadly aim. One problem: their joining was so minor (both had full limbs and organs), any sane doctor would have separated them at birth - and conjoined twins are identical and not fraternal and would therefore necessarily be of the same sex. This being ''Buffy'' (and as such, anything can happen), [[AWizardDidIt a wizard probably did it]].

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* In the ''ComicBook/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' miniseries "Viva Las Buffy", in which our heroine travels to Las Vegas, the villains are two twins joined at the hip: the man's a vampire, the woman's a mortal with deadly aim. One problem: their joining was so minor (both had full limbs and organs), any sane doctor would have separated them at birth - -- and conjoined twins are identical and not fraternal and would therefore necessarily be of the same sex. This being ''Buffy'' (and as such, anything can happen), [[AWizardDidIt a wizard probably did it]].



* The explanations for ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'''s abilities combine Artistic License - Biology with ArtisticLicensePhysics to a staggering degree, raising such questions as "How does he cut his hair?" and "How does his sperm not drill through Lois Lane's flesh like a sandblaster?" Some stories actually attempt to answer some of these questions, though not the latter[[note]]though John Byrne's take on Superman defined his invulnerability as being an almost-skintight telekinetic forcefield. Not only did this allow his cape to become dramatically tattered, presumably his *ahem* bodily materials would become normal once they passed outside the field too[[/note]].

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* The explanations for ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'''s abilities combine Artistic License - -- Biology with ArtisticLicensePhysics to a staggering degree, raising such questions as "How does he cut his hair?" and "How does his sperm not drill through Lois Lane's flesh like a sandblaster?" Some stories actually attempt to answer some of these questions, though not the latter[[note]]though John Byrne's take on Superman defined his invulnerability as being an almost-skintight telekinetic forcefield. Not only did this allow his cape to become dramatically tattered, presumably his *ahem* bodily materials would become normal once they passed outside the field too[[/note]].



* In ''Fanfic/LightAndDarkTheAdventuresOfDarkYagami'', Dark shoots and kills Watari on his way out of the "Whammy" house. Watari returns six chapters later, having been revived by CPR - even if he hadn't been killed, CPR could not have saved his life.

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* In ''Fanfic/LightAndDarkTheAdventuresOfDarkYagami'', Dark shoots and kills Watari on his way out of the "Whammy" house. Watari returns six chapters later, having been revived by CPR - -- even if he hadn't been killed, CPR could not have saved his life.



* Many a KidFic or piece of fanart focuses on the child or children of two male or female characters. This could be {{handwave}}d away as being due to adoption or, in the case of the latter, artificial insemination - but almost all of them either draw or describe the child as being a {{patchwork kid|s}}, leading to the question of how exactly the boy or girl bears such a close resemblance to their fathers/mothers. Some jokingly refer to this phenomenon as "[[AWizardDidIt magical lesbian spawn]]".
* [[MisterSeahorse MPreg fics]]. Sometimes {{hand wave}}d by AWizardDidIt sometimes...not. The so called real biological justifications range from babies delivered anally to the character having a uterus. The latter example ignores the lack of ovaries, fallopian tubes, a menstrual cycle or any relevant opening with which to eject the baby. There's Artistic License Biology and then, there's this.

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* Many a KidFic or piece of fanart focuses on the child or children of two male or female characters. This could be {{handwave}}d away as being due to adoption or, in the case of the latter, artificial insemination - -- but almost all of them either draw or describe the child as being a {{patchwork kid|s}}, leading to the question of how exactly the boy or girl bears such a close resemblance to their fathers/mothers. Some jokingly refer to this phenomenon as "[[AWizardDidIt magical lesbian spawn]]".
* [[MisterSeahorse MPreg fics]]. Sometimes {{hand wave}}d by AWizardDidIt sometimes... not. The so called real biological justifications range from babies delivered anally to the character having a uterus. The latter example ignores the lack of ovaries, fallopian tubes, a menstrual cycle or any relevant opening with which to eject the baby. There's Artistic License Biology and then, there's this.



** While most of the less-than-realistic aspects of the films can be attributed to RuleOfCool and/or RuleOfFunny, there's a scene in the 1993 ''Film/GodzillaVsMechagodzillaII'' in which one of the human characters feeds Baby Godzilla a leaf. This would be fine and dandy, if Godzilla's species wasn't already established to be carnivorous (Godzillasaurus looks like a jumbo-sized ''T. rex'') and that Baby Godzilla clearly has teeth better suited for tearing apart flesh rather than munching on veggies.
*** It's worth noting, though, that ''omnivory'' is far from exceptional for theropods; crocodylians and birds both engage in habitual omnivorous behaviour, thus theropods likely did it, too.

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** While most of the less-than-realistic aspects of the films can be attributed to RuleOfCool and/or RuleOfFunny, there's a scene in the 1993 ''Film/GodzillaVsMechagodzillaII'' in which one of the human characters feeds Baby Godzilla a leaf. This would be fine and dandy, if Godzilla's species wasn't already established to be carnivorous (Godzillasaurus looks like a jumbo-sized ''T. rex'') and that Baby Godzilla clearly has teeth better suited for tearing apart flesh rather than munching on veggies.
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veggies. It's worth noting, though, that ''omnivory'' is far from exceptional for theropods; crocodylians and birds both engage in habitual omnivorous behaviour, thus theropods likely did it, too.



*** Speaking of "a rather high speed" - Zilla successfully chases down AH-64 Apache helicopters - capable of maximum level speed[[note]]And yes, [[AcrophobicBird they don't attempt fly upwards]].[[/note]] of 160kts (~184 mph/296 km/h) - making it easily the fastest terrestrial animal ever.

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*** Speaking of "a rather high speed" - -- Zilla successfully chases down AH-64 Apache helicopters - -- capable of maximum level speed[[note]]And yes, [[AcrophobicBird they don't attempt fly upwards]].[[/note]] of 160kts (~184 mph/296 km/h) - -- making it easily the fastest terrestrial animal ever.



*** This is actually a common mistake - being warm-blooded (or cold-blooded) does NOT mean your blood is literally warm (or cold); it means your body has (or lacks) built-in mechanisms of keeping your body temperature at a constant level, independent from the environment - but well, homoiothermy (or poikilothermy) does not sound that simple.

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*** This is actually a common mistake - -- being warm-blooded (or cold-blooded) does NOT mean your blood is literally warm (or cold); it means your body has (or lacks) built-in mechanisms of keeping your body temperature at a constant level, independent from the environment - but -- but, well, homoiothermy (or poikilothermy) does not sound that simple.



* ''Island City'' a 1994 made-for-TV movie, had the few remaining regular humans living in a small enclave surrounded by animalistic mutants. The mutants were called 'recessives' because the trait was inherited that way. One of the characters was - get this - HALF RECESSIVE, with all the increased strength and toughness but without the bestial aggression and reduced intelligence. Also, the inhabitants of the city wore colored crystals making their genetic status clear, to prevent the wrong kind of couple forming and producing the wrong kind of offspring. That would be fine, except there were THREE colors (should only be 2, carrier or not) and people were forbidden from mating with anyone whose crystal was a DIFFERENT color (should be, 2 carriers may not mate).

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* ''Island City'' a 1994 made-for-TV movie, had the few remaining regular humans living in a small enclave surrounded by animalistic mutants. The mutants were called 'recessives' because the trait was inherited that way. One of the characters was - -- get this - -- HALF RECESSIVE, with all the increased strength and toughness but without the bestial aggression and reduced intelligence. Also, the inhabitants of the city wore colored crystals making their genetic status clear, to prevent the wrong kind of couple forming and producing the wrong kind of offspring. That would be fine, except there were THREE colors (should only be 2, carrier or not) and people were forbidden from mating with anyone whose crystal was a DIFFERENT color (should be, 2 carriers may not mate).



** Alternatively this is an example of FridgeBrilliance. {{Evolution}} isn't intelligent and it doesn't plan ahead. If a species' traits enable it to survive and breed then it survives and breeds - otherwise it goes extinct. Many species thrived in environments they were adapted to then went extinct when that environment changed. The Dragon species has a single immortal male and that worked brilliantly for the millions(?) of years that they had no natural predators capable of hurting them. Unfortunately for them, they never evolved to cope with humanity - a species with the intelligence to recognise an AchillesHeel and the technology to exploit it.

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** Alternatively this is an example of FridgeBrilliance. {{Evolution}} isn't intelligent and it doesn't plan ahead. If a species' traits enable it to survive and breed then it survives and breeds - -- otherwise it goes extinct. Many species thrived in environments they were adapted to then went extinct when that environment changed. The Dragon species has a single immortal male and that worked brilliantly for the millions(?) of years that they had no natural predators capable of hurting them. Unfortunately for them, they never evolved to cope with humanity - -- a species with the intelligence to recognise an AchillesHeel and the technology to exploit it.



* In the Syfy movie ''Robocroc'', [=CGI=] sequences show how the film's nanite-infested crocodile has her physiology transformed, bit by bit, into that of MechanicalLifeforms. One of the first such scenes shows her red blood cells being converted by the nanites ... ''biconcave'' red cells without nuclei, which are found in mammals but not reptiles. Presumably the writers figured audiences wouldn't recognize blood cells unless they looked like the sort humans have.

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* In the Syfy movie ''Robocroc'', [=CGI=] sequences show how the film's nanite-infested crocodile has her physiology transformed, bit by bit, into that of MechanicalLifeforms. One of the first such scenes shows her red blood cells being converted by the nanites ...nanites... ''biconcave'' red cells without nuclei, which are found in mammals but not reptiles. Presumably the writers figured audiences wouldn't recognize blood cells unless they looked like the sort humans have.



* A ridiculous number of movies, including the ''majority'' of vampire-hunt flicks, [[HeartInTheWrongPlace depict the human heart as being located near or slightly above the left nipple]]. The heart is located at the bottom ''center'' of the human ribcage, which means an awful lot of would-be Van Helsings actually gored their way into the target's left lung - which, granted, is just as deadly to humans, though not vampires are supposedly killed only with the heart being stabbed. Also a RealLife misconception, given how people lay their hands over their left breast to salute the flag, pledge allegiance, etc. (mostly justified for women, though, as placing the hand directly over the heart usually means cupping their own breast). This specific manifestation is subverted in the Creator/GaryOldman [[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0099242/ film]] ''Chattahoochee''. Oldman's character tries to commit SuicideByCop via a shooting spree, which doesn't work. He then takes his gun and shoots himself just above his left nipple. When he wakes up in the hospital, the doctor gives him a short anatomy lesson.

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* A ridiculous number of movies, including the ''majority'' of vampire-hunt flicks, [[HeartInTheWrongPlace depict the human heart as being located near or slightly above the left nipple]]. The heart is located at the bottom ''center'' of the human ribcage, which means an awful lot of would-be Van Helsings actually gored their way into the target's left lung - -- which, granted, is just as deadly to humans, though not vampires are supposedly killed only with the heart being stabbed. Also a RealLife misconception, given how people lay their hands over their left breast to salute the flag, pledge allegiance, etc. (mostly justified for women, though, as placing the hand directly over the heart usually means cupping their own breast). This specific manifestation is subverted in the Creator/GaryOldman [[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0099242/ film]] ''Chattahoochee''. Oldman's character tries to commit SuicideByCop via a shooting spree, which doesn't work. He then takes his gun and shoots himself just above his left nipple. When he wakes up in the hospital, the doctor gives him a short anatomy lesson.



* Likewise, the vampire-like creatures from Creator/GeorgeRRMartin's ''Literature/FevreDream'' seem doomed to slow extinction, as their females give birth to single offspring and always die as a result. Granted, Martin's vampires are actually ''aware'' of this quandary, but that can't explain why their young would evolve the self-destructive habit of clawing their way out of the womb, in the first place. At least the source is clear: that's what they thought about lions in ancient times - hence the Aesop's fable about a hog boasting to a lioness about the number of her babies, to which the lioness replies "I have one, but it's a Lion".

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* Likewise, the vampire-like creatures from Creator/GeorgeRRMartin's ''Literature/FevreDream'' seem doomed to slow extinction, as their females give birth to single offspring and always die as a result. Granted, Martin's vampires are actually ''aware'' of this quandary, but that can't explain why their young would evolve the self-destructive habit of clawing their way out of the womb, in the first place. At least the source is clear: that's what they thought about lions in ancient times - -- hence the Aesop's fable about a hog boasting to a lioness about the number of her babies, to which the lioness replies "I have one, but it's a Lion".



* In [[Literature/{{Rama}} Gardens of Rama]] the refugees from the New Eden colony find another alien colony raising fields of corn, fruit and vegetables in the total dark of Rama ... by having giant fireflies fly over and illuminate them. Clark may be an astronomer to the bone, but even elementary physics would tell him the energy economy can't work.

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* In [[Literature/{{Rama}} Gardens of Rama]] the refugees from the New Eden colony find another alien colony raising fields of corn, fruit and vegetables in the total dark of Rama ...Rama... by having giant fireflies fly over and illuminate them. Clark may be an astronomer to the bone, but even elementary physics would tell him the energy economy can't work.



* In the ''Literature/{{Replica}}'' series of YA novels, the bad guys repeatedly try to get hold of Amy's super-DNA by ''cutting her hair and fingernails''. The installment where her DNA reverted to "normal" after getting her ears pierced ... wait, what?

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* In the ''Literature/{{Replica}}'' series of YA novels, the bad guys repeatedly try to get hold of Amy's super-DNA by ''cutting her hair and fingernails''. The installment where her DNA reverted to "normal" after getting her ears pierced ...pierced... wait, what?



*** The reason any species that engages in sex has a sexdrive is to ensure reproduction. Vampires don't reproduce through such means, thus sex is meaningless to them and they would have no sexdrive whatsoever. Which actually makes sense if combined with the bit about their bodies being unable to change - they should neither be able to, nor want to, have sex.

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*** The reason any species that engages in sex has a sexdrive is to ensure reproduction. Vampires don't reproduce through such means, thus sex is meaningless to them and they would have no sexdrive whatsoever. Which actually makes sense if combined with the bit about their bodies being unable to change - -- they should neither be able to, nor want to, have sex.



** An episode of ''Creator/AnimalPlanet's: The Most Extreme'' was about modern day animals and their ancient ancestors. Fair enough...until they start talking about the Komodo Dragon and state that its ancestor was the ''TyrannosaurusRex''. If the producers of the show had done even five minutes of research on the Internet (or even just read a current book on dinosaurs), they would've realized that Komodo dragons and the Tyrannosaurus rex aren't even closely related to one another. A more true ancestor for the Komodo dragon would be the ancient Mosasaurs (sea-dwelling reptiles that lived around the same time as the dinosaurs). This is ArtisticLicensePaleontology - your common farm chicken is more closely related to the T-rex (birds are essentially modern-day theropods) than the Komodo dragon is.
** As a lead-in to some trivia about prairie dogs, the narrator of ''50 Outrageous Animal Facts'' speaks of how mammals can sometimes be found in large groups. As he talks, shots of animal crowds appear on screen, including a beachful of walruses, a field full of wildebeest, and ... a lake full of ''flamingos''. Large groups of '''mammals''', right...

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** An episode of ''Creator/AnimalPlanet's: The Most Extreme'' was about modern day animals and their ancient ancestors. Fair enough...until they start talking about the Komodo Dragon and state that its ancestor was the ''TyrannosaurusRex''. If the producers of the show had done even five minutes of research on the Internet (or even just read a current book on dinosaurs), they would've realized that Komodo dragons and the Tyrannosaurus rex aren't even closely related to one another. A more true ancestor for the Komodo dragon would be the ancient Mosasaurs (sea-dwelling reptiles that lived around the same time as the dinosaurs). This is ArtisticLicensePaleontology - -- your common farm chicken is more closely related to the T-rex (birds are essentially modern-day theropods) than the Komodo dragon is.
** As a lead-in to some trivia about prairie dogs, the narrator of ''50 Outrageous Animal Facts'' speaks of how mammals can sometimes be found in large groups. As he talks, shots of animal crowds appear on screen, including a beachful of walruses, a field full of wildebeest, and ...and... a lake full of ''flamingos''. Large groups of '''mammals''', right...



** The frontal and parietal lobes are the largest two lobes of the brain, so it depends on which parts were taken. But the motor cortex and sensory cortex are right beside each other, straddling the border between the lobes, so it's hard to imagine how a single piece could be removed that incorporates both lobes and ''not'' involve the motor and sensory cortices (in which case Booth would have troubles far more than just aiming a gun - he'd be liable to be paralyzed on one side of his body in at least one limb). Also, the part of the brain most involved in memory is the Temporal lobe. And in a later episode they show an MRI scan of Booth's brain, and the missing part is most definitely not anywhere near the frontal or parietal lobes.

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** The frontal and parietal lobes are the largest two lobes of the brain, so it depends on which parts were taken. But the motor cortex and sensory cortex are right beside each other, straddling the border between the lobes, so it's hard to imagine how a single piece could be removed that incorporates both lobes and ''not'' involve the motor and sensory cortices (in which case Booth would have troubles far more than just aiming a gun - -- he'd be liable to be paralyzed on one side of his body in at least one limb). Also, the part of the brain most involved in memory is the Temporal lobe. And in a later episode they show an MRI scan of Booth's brain, and the missing part is most definitely not anywhere near the frontal or parietal lobes.



** Somewhat justified since Sunnydale sits on top of a Hellmouth, which constantly leaks magic (and attracts supernatural creatures) - this probably allows a lot of people to do what they ''want'' to do, if they want it badly enough, even if normal biology wouldn't permit it.

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** Somewhat justified since Sunnydale sits on top of a Hellmouth, which constantly leaks magic (and attracts supernatural creatures) - -- this probably allows a lot of people to do what they ''want'' to do, if they want it badly enough, even if normal biology wouldn't permit it.



* In the ''Series/{{CSI}}'' episode "Crash and Burn," the suspect says, "I have to feed my fish. Clown loaches, tetras, angelfish..." when the aquarium clearly contains goldfish, angelfish, and a couple other species (possibly tetras in there somewhere). There are, however, no clown loaches - probably because they're best kept in groups of 5 or more, in tanks over 100 gallons, which the tank in the episode definitely was not.
* On an episode of ''Series/{{CSINY}}'', a laboratory mouse is used to demonstrate how an apparently dead victim had been put into an experimental state of hibernation. The mouse is hooked up to a heart monitor, which can be heard slowing as it enters hibernation and then speeding up as it revives ... but only to a (human) rate of ~75 beats per minute, rather than the ''500+'' beats per minute that would be typical for a mouse. A mouse with a human's heart rate would ''have'' to be in hibernation just to be alive.

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* In the ''Series/{{CSI}}'' episode "Crash and Burn," the suspect says, "I have to feed my fish. Clown loaches, tetras, angelfish..." when the aquarium clearly contains goldfish, angelfish, and a couple other species (possibly tetras in there somewhere). There are, however, no clown loaches - -- probably because they're best kept in groups of 5 or more, in tanks over 100 gallons, which the tank in the episode definitely was not.
* On an episode of ''Series/{{CSINY}}'', a laboratory mouse is used to demonstrate how an apparently dead victim had been put into an experimental state of hibernation. The mouse is hooked up to a heart monitor, which can be heard slowing as it enters hibernation and then speeding up as it revives ...revives... but only to a (human) rate of ~75 beats per minute, rather than the ''500+'' beats per minute that would be typical for a mouse. A mouse with a human's heart rate would ''have'' to be in hibernation just to be alive.



* ''Series/{{Monk}}'': A woman kills a billionaire by poisoning a death-row inmate, thus ruining the kidney he was going to donate to said billionaire. They both apparently have the "rarest blood type in the world" -- "ABNegative with D antigen." Except, the Rhesus D antigen is ''what we mean'' when we say "positive" or "negative." No wonder AB Negative with D Antigen is so rare... ''it doesn't exist!'' "AB with the D antigen" would mean he's AB+ ... and therefore can accept ''any blood type''! Also, only blood expresses the Rhesus antigen. All that's required to match in organ transplantation is the ABO blood type; all the recipient needed was another AB-type kidney.

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* ''Series/{{Monk}}'': A woman kills a billionaire by poisoning a death-row inmate, thus ruining the kidney he was going to donate to said billionaire. They both apparently have the "rarest blood type in the world" -- "ABNegative "AB Negative with D antigen." Except, Except that the Rhesus D antigen is ''what we mean'' when we say "positive" or "negative." No wonder AB Negative with D Antigen is so rare... ''it doesn't exist!'' "AB with the D antigen" would mean he's AB+ ...AB+... and therefore can accept ''any blood type''! Also, only blood expresses the Rhesus antigen. All that's required to match in organ transplantation is the ABO blood type; all the recipient needed was another AB-type kidney.



* ''Series/TheOuterLimits1995'''s Season 7 "Flower Child" was a flagrant offender in this category, featuring Violet, a plant lifeform taking the form of a hot chick via stealing human DNA. At the end of the episode and when her plans are questioned, she reveals her plans for Earth - to the human male who "fathered" her family of spores, no less - with the words "A new species, part you but more of me. To spread across this land, to become many. To become dominant." Isn't the whole point of inherited genetic characteristics that each parent contributes HALF of their DNA to the child, and not more than half? But even more so, since Violet's human form isn't 100% E.T. by default, isn't the new species going to be more him?!?

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* ''Series/TheOuterLimits1995'''s Season 7 "Flower Child" was a flagrant offender in this category, featuring Violet, a plant lifeform taking the form of a hot chick via stealing human DNA. At the end of the episode and when her plans are questioned, she reveals her plans for Earth - -- to the human male who "fathered" her family of spores, no less - -- with the words "A new species, part you but more of me. To spread across this land, to become many. To become dominant." Isn't the whole point of inherited genetic characteristics that each parent contributes HALF of their DNA to the child, and not more than half? But even more so, since Violet's human form isn't 100% E.T. by default, isn't the new species going to be more him?!?



* On ''Rides'', the build team works to incorporate a real human skull into a spooky-themed vehicle's sound system. The narrator constantly refers to the skull as "he" and "Don", yet the ''numerous'' close-ups show features that suggest it's really a "Donna". Granted, the show's cast have no training to recognize this ... but you'd think the suppliers who provided the skull would've mentioned it.

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* On ''Rides'', the build team works to incorporate a real human skull into a spooky-themed vehicle's sound system. The narrator constantly refers to the skull as "he" and "Don", yet the ''numerous'' close-ups show features that suggest it's really a "Donna". Granted, the show's cast have no training to recognize this ...this... but you'd think the suppliers who provided the skull would've mentioned it.



*** In the episode "Macrocosm" we have viruses(!) which can grow in size - up to a meter, fly, and hover in the air. It turns out that they somehow could do it by taking an alien growth ''hormone''.

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*** In the episode "Macrocosm" we have viruses(!) which can grow in size - -- up to a meter, fly, and hover in the air. It turns out that they somehow could do it by taking an alien growth ''hormone''.



*** An original idea that inspired a lot of 'ancient ancestor' settings. The original humanoids found that their home galaxy (not just one quadrant) contained no life that was like them. Their own extinction fears drove them to seed the Milky Way and as a result encourage humanoid life to develop. The code was like a signature for them - they wanted the Milky Way races to find out their origin to encourage cooperation.

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*** An original idea that inspired a lot of 'ancient ancestor' settings. The original humanoids found that their home galaxy (not just one quadrant) contained no life that was like them. Their own extinction fears drove them to seed the Milky Way and as a result encourage humanoid life to develop. The code was like a signature for them - -- they wanted the Milky Way races to find out their origin to encourage cooperation.



** Claims that evolution takes "thousands" of years. It is far more complicated than that. Populations and species are constantly evolving - they are not simply different a million years later. Microbes, bacteria and viruses especially, evolve in terms of decades and ''single years''. Why do you need a flu vaccine every year? Why do bacteria like MRSA come along? Microevolution.

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** Claims that evolution takes "thousands" of years. It is far more complicated than that. Populations and species are constantly evolving - -- they are not simply different a million years later. Microbes, bacteria and viruses especially, evolve in terms of decades and ''single years''. Why do you need a flu vaccine every year? Why do bacteria like MRSA come along? Microevolution.



*** As of 4th edition, thought, tieflings are back to having supernaturally [[InTheBlood tainted blood]], rather than a genetic condition; the first tieflings were the result of normal humans undergoing an infernal ritual, rather than interbreeding with demons.

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*** As of 4th edition, thought, though, tieflings are back to having supernaturally [[InTheBlood tainted blood]], rather than a genetic condition; the first tieflings were the result of normal humans undergoing an infernal ritual, rather than interbreeding with demons.



-->"The two stared at each other, then struck simultaneously. Jack's sword cleaved through the cultist's chest, cleaving through the nipple, the xiphoid process - the lowest part of the sternum - and the shoulder blade. The cultist's blade only caused damage to Jack's appendix and his adrenal gland, somehow missing everything else in front of and in back of Jack's adrenal gland and appendix."

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-->"The two stared at each other, then struck simultaneously. Jack's sword cleaved through the cultist's chest, cleaving through the nipple, the xiphoid process - -- the lowest part of the sternum - -- and the shoulder blade. The cultist's blade only caused damage to Jack's appendix and his adrenal gland, somehow missing everything else in front of and in back of Jack's adrenal gland and appendix."



* Franchise/{{Bratz}} has "'Lil Angelz" veterinarian toys, including pets who get sick. The problem? You take their temperature orally. That's passable, for a children's toy, but the animals' temperatures are at normal ''human'' temperatures - as opposed to their actual regular temperatures.

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* Franchise/{{Bratz}} has "'Lil Angelz" veterinarian toys, including pets who get sick. The problem? You take their temperature orally. That's passable, for a children's toy, but the animals' temperatures are at normal ''human'' temperatures - -- as opposed to their actual regular temperatures.



* ''VideoGame/MonsterHunter'' features a ridiculous number of monsters; some of which, admittedly, could have existed on this or some other planet. Many of them, however, cause Capcom to adhere to this trope - the world on which the game takes place presumably has similar atmospheric conditions and gravity, and yet... the Deviljho...

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* %%* ''VideoGame/MonsterHunter'' features a ridiculous number of monsters; some of which, admittedly, could have existed on this or some other planet. Many of them, however, cause Capcom to adhere to this trope - -- the world on which the game takes place presumably has similar atmospheric conditions and gravity, and yet... the Deviljho...%%Zero-context example. How is the Deviljho an example of this trope?



* Done in ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' episode where Timmy's Dad's first time on the ''Series/AreYouSmarterThanAFifthGrader'' spoof, "Are You Brighter Than a 6th Grader" had him answer "sea cucumber" to nearly all the questions until the last one, "what kind of cucumber lives in the sea" prompting him to say the wrong answer. Forcing himself to re-attend school, Timmy's Dad retakes the competition and goes on a roll until the last question, "which sea vegetable would suit perfectly on an undersea salad", causes him to hesitate until he find it in himself to say the right answer. In spite of the name, sea cucumbers are ''not'' cucumbers or vegetables in general, but animals - specifically echinoderms, like starfish. ''Regular'' cucumbers aren't technically vegetables, even.

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* Done in ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' episode where Timmy's Dad's first time on the ''Series/AreYouSmarterThanAFifthGrader'' spoof, "Are You Brighter Than a 6th Grader" had him answer "sea cucumber" to nearly all the questions until the last one, "what kind of cucumber lives in the sea" prompting him to say the wrong answer. Forcing himself to re-attend school, Timmy's Dad retakes the competition and goes on a roll until the last question, "which sea vegetable would suit perfectly on an undersea salad", causes him to hesitate until he find it in himself to say the right answer. In spite of the name, sea cucumbers are ''not'' cucumbers or vegetables in general, but animals - -- specifically echinoderms, like starfish. ''Regular'' cucumbers aren't technically vegetables, even.



* On ''WesternAnimation/PegPlusCat'', Peg has an allergy to four-leaf clovers, which make her sneeze. This isn't biologically possible - four-leaf clovers aren't really chemically different from regular clovers other than possibly having a different gene that causes the extra leaf to grow, but whatever allergen would still be present.

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* On ''WesternAnimation/PegPlusCat'', Peg has an allergy to four-leaf clovers, which make her sneeze. This isn't biologically possible - -- four-leaf clovers aren't really chemically different from regular clovers other than possibly having a different gene that causes the extra leaf to grow, but whatever allergen would still be present.
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* ''Series/{{Norsemen}}'' has a 780 AD slave state that urine is sterile, which is a common modern misconception. While urine is sterile in the body, the moment is passes out a urethra it stops being sterile. However, it's RuleOfFunny just for a Dark Ages slave to be aware of the concept of sterility to begin with.
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-> ''"This movie is too dumb on too many levels. I mean, why does everything on Earth freeze at night? Wouldn't that kill all the greenery, and the animals? And speaking of animals, why does that eagle adopt Jaden as one of its young, then commit eagle suicide to save him from the cold?! It hasn't figured out how to live in the cold over the last thousand years of being an eagle?! Seriously?!"''
-->-- ''WebVideo/HonestTrailers'' '''review of''' ''Film/AfterEarth''
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** "Bart vs. Australia" had American bullfrogs become a pest to Australia by devouring corn crops, despite bullfrogs being carnivores. [[note]]This parodied cane toads, which are a notorious real-life invasive species in Australia. They still aren't herbivores and don't affect crops directly (in fact, they were introduced as an alternative to pesticides), but they do breed explosively, poison their predators, and over-compete with native insectivores.[[/note]] Also, koalas are drawn with only one thumb, when they should have two.
** Alligators, namely Captain Jack from "Kill the Alligator and Run", are drawn with the lower teeth sticking out the sides of their mouths. An alligator's lower teeth fits underneath the upper jaw giving it an overbite.
** The koalas in "Eight Misbehavin'" are shown devouring the carcass of an antelope without ill effects, even though koalas can only ingest gum (or eucalyptus) leaves.
** In "Dude, Where's My Ranch?", Lucas stops Lisa from stepping on a rattlesnake egg. Rattlesnakes are live-bearers.



** In "Bonfire of the Manatees", Caleb claims manatees and dugongs are the same animal, when they aren't.



** Tigers are constantly portrayed as being wholly orange and occasionally with slitted pupils. "Luca$", however, has a tiger with realistic colors and patterns.
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** Tigers are constantly portrayed as being wholly orange and occasionally with slitted pupils. "Luca$", however, has a tiger with realistic colors and patterns.
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** A large example is the ponies designs in general. ''Domesticated'' horses look like that. It took thousands of years of domestication and selective breeding to get the ponies we know today. Theories of the series taking place in HumanitiesWake aside, these characters supposedly live in a universe devoid of humans yet have pelt colours and flowing mane characteristic of domestic horses. If they were descended from prehistoric horses that gained sentience, they would have manes similar to a zebra, stockier bodies, dursal stripes, and striped legs similar to Przewalski's Horse or Riwoche horses. Of course, this is a pragmatic descision as the characters wouldn't be as recongnizable, or likely as cute, if they looked like primitive horses.

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** A large example is the ponies ponies' designs in general. ''Domesticated'' horses look like that. It took thousands of years of domestication and selective breeding to get the ponies we know today. Theories of the series taking place in HumanitiesWake HumanitysWake aside, these characters supposedly live in a universe devoid of humans yet have pelt colours and flowing mane characteristic of domestic horses. If they were descended from prehistoric horses that gained sentience, they would have manes similar to a zebra, stockier bodies, dursal stripes, and striped legs similar to Przewalski's Horse or Riwoche horses. Of course, this is a pragmatic descision as the characters wouldn't be as recongnizable, or likely as cute, if they looked like primitive horses.
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* One of the many problems with the ''Film/SuperMarioBros'' movie.
-->'''Mario:''' So what single-celled organism did you evolve from?\\
'''Koopa:''' ''Tyrannosaurus rex'', the lizard king, thank you very much.
** Although in this case, this is more of a sarcastic question, responded by a sarcastic answer.

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* One While ''Film/SuperSizeMe'' contains plenty of questionable science behind the many problems "30 days of eating nothing but [=McDonald's=]" experiment, the one thing that's blatantly incorrect was the DVD extra where a [=McDonald's=] burger and fries were allowed to sit on a counter with food from other restaurants to see how long they took to decompose. The other sandwiches and fries showed signs of decay and mold before accidentally getting thrown out, while the food from [=McDonald's=] was virtually unchanged the entire time, with the ''Film/SuperMarioBros'' movie.
-->'''Mario:''' So
implication that they're artificial to the core and pumped with preservatives. The ''real'' reason they didn't grow mold was because they were thin, greasy, and salty; what single-celled organism did you evolve from?\\
'''Koopa:''' ''Tyrannosaurus rex'',
little water they contained evaporated quickly, leaving no suitable environment for mold to grow. It's the lizard king, thank you very much.
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same reason fresh bread in this case, this is more of a sarcastic question, responded by a sarcastic answer.sealed bag will become moldy, while bread sitting on the counter will simply dry out and turn stale.
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