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18th Mar '16 1:32:05 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''TheSarahConnorChronicles'': The main characters have to destroy a stockpile of coltan, an alloy which would be used to make Terminator models more advanced than the T-800 (that, being armored primarily with titanium, had a weakness to heat). In real life, coltan is an ''ore'' containing niobium and tantalum and not an alloy. Although, "in-universe" the fact that they used a thermite reaction to "cremate" dead terminators supposedly made of this highly heat-resistant metal is accurate. Thermite reactions are the hottest thing most people can get their hands on quietly (the simplest is rust and the powder from an Etch-a-Sketch (Aluminum)). It also burns through everything else (including steel and concrete) fairly easily.

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* ''TheSarahConnorChronicles'': ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'': The main characters have to destroy a stockpile of coltan, an alloy which would be used to make Terminator models more advanced than the T-800 (that, being armored primarily with titanium, had a weakness to heat). In real life, coltan is an ''ore'' containing niobium and tantalum and not an alloy. Although, "in-universe" the fact that they used a thermite reaction to "cremate" dead terminators supposedly made of this highly heat-resistant metal is accurate. Thermite reactions are the hottest thing most people can get their hands on quietly (the simplest is rust and the powder from an Etch-a-Sketch (Aluminum)). It also burns through everything else (including steel and concrete) fairly easily.
11th Mar '16 4:00:46 AM jormis29
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* ''TalesFromTheCrypt'': There's an episode in which an ulcer-plagued soap-maker is murdered by his wife, who dumps his body in one of his rendering vats and turns him into a stack of bath products. She uses one of these soap bars in the shower, only to be fatally burned by the residual acid from his stomach ... which is impossible, as turning fats into soap requires adding enough lye to give it a neutral to ''alkaline'' pH.
* In season 4 of the TV show ''Alias'', one episode features a substance called Ice Five, which is functionally identical to Vonnegut's Ice Nine. (Yes, there is a real ice V, and just like ice IX it's only stable at high pressures and temperatures below the ordinary freezing point of water.)

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* ''TalesFromTheCrypt'': ''Series/TalesFromTheCrypt'': There's an episode in which an ulcer-plagued soap-maker is murdered by his wife, who dumps his body in one of his rendering vats and turns him into a stack of bath products. She uses one of these soap bars in the shower, only to be fatally burned by the residual acid from his stomach ... which is impossible, as turning fats into soap requires adding enough lye to give it a neutral to ''alkaline'' pH.
* In season 4 of the TV show ''Alias'', ''Series/{{Alias}}'', one episode features a substance called Ice Five, which is functionally identical to [[Literature/CatsCradle Vonnegut's Ice Nine.Nine]]. (Yes, there is a real ice V, and just like ice IX it's only stable at high pressures and temperatures below the ordinary freezing point of water.)
9th Mar '16 1:56:01 PM justanid
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4th Mar '16 5:56:48 AM erforce
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* Probably a joke, considering it's ''MarsAttacks''... The Martians must wear space helmets while on Earth because they breathe nitrogen rather than oxygen. However, not only is nitrogen inert, and therefore a poor choice as a gas to breathe, but it's the most plentiful gas in the Earth's atmosphere - i.e. there's more nitrogen than oxygen. However, they don't necessarily die from the lack of nitrogen - if they developed in a world without free oxygen (or other strong oxidizer; if they had to resort to nitrogen...), their "lungs" would probably rapidly oxidize. The atmosphere would be as comfortable to them as an acidic atmosphere to us.

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* Probably a joke, considering it's ''MarsAttacks''...''Film/MarsAttacks''... The Martians must wear space helmets while on Earth because they breathe nitrogen rather than oxygen. However, not only is nitrogen inert, and therefore a poor choice as a gas to breathe, but it's the most plentiful gas in the Earth's atmosphere - i.e. there's more nitrogen than oxygen. However, they don't necessarily die from the lack of nitrogen - if they developed in a world without free oxygen (or other strong oxidizer; if they had to resort to nitrogen...), their "lungs" would probably rapidly oxidize. The atmosphere would be as comfortable to them as an acidic atmosphere to us.
25th Feb '16 4:17:15 PM jamespolk
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* ''Film/FiveGravesToCairo'' is set in 1942. Rommel tells Bramble that the Germans hid supplies in Egypt way back in 1937 while pretending to mount an archaeological expedition. The food and spare parts might still be good, but five years is way too long to store gasoline even under the best conditions. Gasoline will break down in two years, tops.
23rd Feb '16 8:47:01 AM Asbduhas
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* ''VideoGame/RuneScape'' also uses Promethium as a metal. It is reddish and apparently incredibly resilient, making the best armour players can make with their own forge and hammer. Definitely not radioactive, definitely not unstable.

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* ''VideoGame/RuneScape'' also uses Promethium as a metal. metal in its Dungeoneering areas. It is reddish and apparently incredibly resilient, making the best armour players can make with their own forge and hammer.hammer while in Daemonheim. Definitely not radioactive, definitely not unstable.
14th Feb '16 9:36:37 PM laserviking42
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* In ''Film/TheRock'', the VX gas description is fairly accurate, save for looking green and melting your skin. It's still very lethal otherwise.
* In ''Film/{{Battleship}}'', the alien wreckage is said to be built out of completely unfamiliar elements, save the synthetic element Lawrencium.

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* In ''Film/TheRock'', the ''Film/TheRock'': VX gas description is fairly accurate, save for looking green real and is generally considered to be one of the most lethal chemical agents currently in existence (it has been outlawed by the Chemical Weapons Convention of 1993). However the film portrays VX as a blistering agent, causing blisters and melting people's faces off, while in reality it is a nerve agent that causes your skin. It's still very muscles to contract and not relax, visually it would appear as if the person was having a seizure. It is also colorless and tasteless, not the eldritch green shade in the movie. The movie did accurately portray how lethal otherwise.
it is, a dose as low as 10 mg is considered lethal just from skin contact.
* In ''Film/{{Battleship}}'', the alien wreckage is said to be built out of completely unfamiliar elements, save the synthetic element Lawrencium. Lawrencium can only be made in particle accelerators, and the most stable isotope has a half-life of 3.6 hours, which makes it a bad choice for construction of space ships.
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