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25th May '16 5:04:10 PM Fireblood
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** Not to mention the entire idea of a ''genetic mutation'' causing things such as ''the ability to control the weather''...



* 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. 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).

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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.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).
25th May '16 4:55:48 PM Fireblood
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* In ''Film/TheMatrix'', Agent Smith gives a [[BreakThemByTalking Breaking Speech]] on how humans are viruses, because they don't instinctively develop an equilibrium with their environment like other mammals and instead breed until they can't support themselves and have to move on. In reality, mammals do not instinctively do that, and equilibrium is something forced on them. And on the other side, there are plenty of viruses that can inhabit a person but not kill them and form their own equilibrium like many of those diseases that never really leave your system but also don't cause major symptoms.

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* In ''Film/TheMatrix'', Agent Smith gives a [[BreakThemByTalking Breaking Speech]] on how humans are viruses, because they don't instinctively develop an equilibrium with their environment like other mammals and instead breed until they can't support themselves and have to move on. In reality, mammals do not instinctively do that, and equilibrium is something forced on them.them (thus why mammals who are introduced to a new area can be so destructive at first). And on the other side, there are plenty of viruses that can inhabit a person but not kill them and form their own equilibrium like many of those diseases that never really leave your system but also don't cause major symptoms.
25th May '16 4:47:09 PM Fireblood
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Like the Sherlock Holmes example above, this is also actually a case of ScienceMarchesOn. The original novel was published twenty years before Schwann and Schielden founded cell theory, and almost fifty years before Pasteur definitively disproved abiogenesis. In fact, the most exciting discovery of the time was the effect of electrostimulation in disembodied muscle tissue, so the story of a creature made from dead human material reanimated by lightning was as grounded in modern science (in 1818) as literature about sentient computers is today. However, there is no reference to Victor using lightning; there is a single reference to the "apparatus of life".
** Every image of Frankenstein is from the movies. There is no tower, no lightning. He seems to have created the monster in his apartment and deliberately says he won't reveal his method because someone else might do it. Neither medium explains why he used body parts instead of just reanimating a single dead body that the parts must have come from. Also, he would have avoided using "Abby Normal's" brain. (The novel handwaves by saying Frankenstein selected parts so his creation would be beautiful. Um, yeah.)

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Like the Sherlock Holmes example above, this is also actually a case of ScienceMarchesOn. The original novel was published twenty years before Schwann and Schielden founded cell theory, and almost fifty years before Pasteur definitively disproved abiogenesis. In fact, the most exciting discovery of the time was the effect of electrostimulation in disembodied muscle tissue, so the story of a creature made from dead human material reanimated by lightning was as grounded in modern science (in 1818) as literature about sentient computers is today. However, there is no reference to Victor using lightning; there is a single reference to the "apparatus of life".
life"-the exact method is left unknown. The lightning comes from [[NewerThanTheyThink the 1931 film]].
** Every image of Frankenstein is from the movies. There is no tower, no lightning. He seems to have created the monster in his apartment and deliberately says he won't reveal his method because someone else might do it. Neither medium explains why he used body parts instead of just reanimating a single dead body that the parts must have come from. Also, he would have avoided using "Abby Normal's" brain. (The novel handwaves this by saying Frankenstein selected parts so his creation would be beautiful. Um, yeah.)
24th May '16 3:13:29 PM Lightice
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*** The original novel does not suggest even that Victor made his Creature out of corpses, only that he studied the secrets of life and death by dissecting dead bodies. The novel's description of the Monster is almost a living sculpture, highly symmetrical and enormous in size, which doesn't indicate at least a direct human source in the raw material.
24th May '16 3:04:48 PM Lightice
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* In ''Film/TheFifthElement'', the head scientist, while referring to the still-a-sample Lelu, says "I can't wait to meet him.", even though he has complete access to her DNA, so he ''really'' should be able to notice the lack of a Y chromosome. So he either a) misled the general for no good reason, b) gave Lelu a GenderBender for no good reason, or c) he's incredibly incompetent and has this job [[RuleOfThree for no good reason]]

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* In ''Film/TheFifthElement'', the head scientist, while referring to the still-a-sample Lelu, Leeloo, says "I can't wait to meet him.", even though he has complete access to her DNA, so he ''really'' should be able to notice the lack of a Y chromosome. So he either a) misled the general for no good reason, b) gave Lelu Leeloo a GenderBender for no good reason, or c) he's incredibly incompetent and has this job [[RuleOfThree for no good reason]] reason]]
** To be fair, Leeloo's very DNA is all but unrecognisable to human science, so her gender may be determined by a completely different genetic trait than that of a normal human. That being said, equating absurd degree of genetic complexity with "perfection" is very much an example of this trope.
20th May '16 1:25:24 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* In ''Film/TheMatrix'', Agent Smith gives a [[BreakThemByTalking Breaking Speech]] on how humans are viruses, because they don't instinctively develop an equilibrium with their environment like other mammals and instead breed until they can't support themselves and have to move on. In reality, mammals do not instinctively do that, and equilibrium is something forced on them.
** To exemplify this point, herbivores in a particular ecosystem consume plants. If too many herbivores are present, there aren't enough plants to go around, so the herbivore population shrinks. In turn, those herbivores are eaten by carnivores who, like the herbivores, have their population limited by the number of herbivores available to eat. If animals had the same ability to alter their environment and grow food that humans do, they would spread beyond their given ecosystems, just like humans do.
*** Except that this is the literal definition of a ecological equilibrium...
** And on the other side, there are plenty of viruses that can inhabit a person but not kill them and form their own equilibrium like many of those diseases that never really leave your system but also don't cause major symptoms.

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* In ''Film/TheMatrix'', Agent Smith gives a [[BreakThemByTalking Breaking Speech]] on how humans are viruses, because they don't instinctively develop an equilibrium with their environment like other mammals and instead breed until they can't support themselves and have to move on. In reality, mammals do not instinctively do that, and equilibrium is something forced on them.
** To exemplify this point, herbivores in a particular ecosystem consume plants. If too many herbivores are present, there aren't enough plants to go around, so the herbivore population shrinks. In turn, those herbivores are eaten by carnivores who, like the herbivores, have their population limited by the number of herbivores available to eat. If animals had the same ability to alter their environment and grow food that humans do, they would spread beyond their given ecosystems, just like humans do.
*** Except that this is the literal definition of a ecological equilibrium...
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them. And on the other side, there are plenty of viruses that can inhabit a person but not kill them and form their own equilibrium like many of those diseases that never really leave your system but also don't cause major symptoms.
18th May '16 10:17:56 PM schoi30
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* One episode of the 2007 version of ''WesternAnimation/GeorgeOfTheJungle'' had a rhinoceros skeleton with the horns still intact. A rhino's horn is made up of keratin, so when the animal dies it would have rotted away with the flesh if not quicker.
11th May '16 1:17:52 PM eroock
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* InstantSedation
1st May '16 6:56:17 PM MsChibi
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* ConsummationCounterfeit
1st May '16 6:55:38 PM MsChibi
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