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25th Nov '16 2:12:06 AM LondonKdS
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* ''Series/DoctorWho'' usually avoids this by not naming substances or using entirely fictional ones, but "The Mark of the Rani" gets things badly wrong when the Doctor and Peri survive a booby trap claimed to involve mustard gas without ill effects, by wearing minimalist gas masks that only cover their noses and mouths (and look more like medical gas administration masks than anything protective). In reality, the effects of mustard gas on skin and eyes would have killed them. [[BodyHorror Slowly and horribly.]]
16th Sep '16 1:25:44 AM Venatius
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* ''Manga/DeathNote'' features a criminal whose bio says is extremely violent and deranged because he is a marijuana addict. Marijuana's effects do not include violent criminal behavior. This could be due to MarijuanaIsLSD, or because marijuana use is [[ValuesDissonance highly stigmatized in Japan]], to the point where Music/PaulMcCartney wasn't allowed into the country for ten years following a pot bust.

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* ''Manga/DeathNote'' features a criminal whose bio says who, according to his bio, is extremely violent and deranged because he is a marijuana addict. Marijuana's effects do not include violent criminal behavior. This could be due to MarijuanaIsLSD, or because marijuana use is [[ValuesDissonance highly stigmatized in Japan]], to the point where Music/PaulMcCartney wasn't allowed into the country for ten years following a pot bust.
16th Sep '16 1:25:08 AM Venatius
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* ''Manga/DeathNote'' features a criminal who his bio says is extremely violent and deranged because he is a marijuana addict. Marijuana's effects do not include violent criminal behavior. This could be due to MarijuanaIsLSD, or because marijuana use is [[ValuesDissonance highly stigmatized in Japan]], to the point where Music/PaulMcCartney wasn't allowed into the country for ten years following a pot bust.

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* ''Manga/DeathNote'' features a criminal who his whose bio says is extremely violent and deranged because he is a marijuana addict. Marijuana's effects do not include violent criminal behavior. This could be due to MarijuanaIsLSD, or because marijuana use is [[ValuesDissonance highly stigmatized in Japan]], to the point where Music/PaulMcCartney wasn't allowed into the country for ten years following a pot bust.
16th Sep '16 1:19:53 AM Venatius
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* The idea that different types of alcohol have different effects/are "less dangerous." While there is ''some'' slight truth to the idea in regard to three points (beer, wine, cider, and other fermented alcoholic drinks ''usually'' have a higher liquid to alcohol volume than distilled spirits such as vodka or whiskey, wine ''has'' shown some positive health effects in moderate amounts that beer and distilled spirits have not, and some beverages contain more congeners and sulfites than others, causing worse hangovers/severe allergic reactions in those sensitive to congeners, sulfites, or both), it is important to remember that:

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* The idea that different types of alcohol have different effects/are "less dangerous." While there is ''some'' slight truth to the idea in regard to three points (beer, points:
** Beer,
wine, cider, and other fermented alcoholic drinks ''usually'' have a higher liquid to alcohol volume than distilled spirits such as vodka or whiskey, wine whiskey;
** Wine
''has'' shown some positive health effects in moderate amounts that beer and distilled spirits have not, and not;
** And
some beverages contain more congeners and sulfites than others, causing worse hangovers/severe allergic reactions in those sensitive to congeners, sulfites, or both), both,
it is important to remember that:



** There ''is'' NO alcohol that is "safer to consume" before driving. If you've consumed more than one standard drink (or if you've consumed ''one'' multiple serving drink such as a Long Island Iced Tea or a zombie or a double or triple) you ''are'' a DrunkDriver if you get behind the wheel within four to six hours (''at least'' for two to three drinks - even longer if you've drank more. The standard rule is that it takes the body one to two hours to process one serving of alcohol to the point where one is "sober" from that one serving).

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** There ''is'' NO alcohol that is "safer to consume" before driving. If you've consumed more than one standard drink (or if you've consumed ''one'' multiple serving drink such as a Long Island Iced Tea or a zombie or a double or triple) you ''are'' a DrunkDriver if you get behind the wheel within four to six hours (''at least'' for two to three drinks - even longer if you've drank more. more). The standard rule is that it takes the body one to two hours to process one serving of alcohol to the point where one is "sober" from that one serving).serving.
16th Sep '16 1:15:45 AM Venatius
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* During a TV debate on legalizing illegal drugs the "keep drugs illegal" person stated that alcohol was not a drug. No point in continuing to watch.
16th Sep '16 1:10:22 AM Venatius
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* Homeopathy:
** '''Reason no.1:''' The law of similarity. "Let like be cured by like" or "water with 'memory' of arsenic will cure anything with symptoms similar to arsenic poisoning."
** '''Reason no.2:''' Succussion. Apparently, banging weakly adulterated water against a wall will turn it into a weak elixir, banging water weakly adulterated with that will make a stronger elixir, and so on until, if you weren't pouring out most of the water, you'd have used, by 25C, the mass of the observable universe per hundred ''micrograms'' of toxin. And then you keep going.
** The explanation is that "String theory says that all mass is strings, and all mass can be the size of a bowling ball, so [[CriticalResearchFailure all]] [[ArtisticLicensePhysics mass]] [[InsaneTrollLogic has the]] [[LogicalFallacies same mass as]] [[ArtisticLicense a bowling ball]]". Yes, it's based on assumptions that String Theory is true, as well as a complete and utter unknowing of the difference between mass and volume. A better explanation (minus the sardonic [[PotHole Potholing]]) [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C0c5yClip4o here.]]
*** To be precise, that's not so much "the" explanation as ''an'' explanation from someone who comes across as… [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} what's a nice way to put it]]? The more common explanation homeopaths give for their remedy is that, in one way or another, [[AWizardDidIt "water has a memory"]]. At the time homeopathy was first being developed, atomic theory wasn't as well-established, so some people figured that no matter how much you diluted something, there'd still be something there. In this view, water isn't made of separate non-liquid molecules but out of… [[ShapedLikeItself water]], at all levels of abstraction, and therefore you can never remove all the solute from a solvent. Since [[ScienceMarchesOn we know better now]], a [[VoodooShark new account]] about "water memory" (often coupled with "quantum" something) had to be developed.

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* Homeopathy:
** '''Reason
Homeopathy: '''Premise no.1:''' The law of similarity. "Let like be cured by like" or "water like." Ex: "Water with 'memory' (see below) of arsenic will cure anything with symptoms similar to arsenic poisoning."
** '''Reason
" '''Premise no.2:''' Succussion. Apparently, banging weakly adulterated water against a wall will turn it into a weak elixir, banging water weakly adulterated with that will make a stronger elixir, and so on until, if you weren't pouring out most of the water, you'd have used, by 25C, the mass of the observable universe per hundred ''micrograms'' of toxin. And then you keep going.
** The explanation is that "String theory says that all mass is strings, and all mass can be the size of a bowling ball, so [[CriticalResearchFailure all]] [[ArtisticLicensePhysics mass]] [[InsaneTrollLogic has the]] [[LogicalFallacies same mass as]] [[ArtisticLicense a bowling ball]]". Yes, it's based on assumptions that String Theory is true, as well as a complete and utter unknowing of the difference between mass and volume. A better explanation (minus the sardonic [[PotHole Potholing]]) [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C0c5yClip4o here.]]
*** To be precise, that's not so much "the" explanation as ''an'' explanation from someone who comes across as… [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} what's a nice way to put it]]? The more
common explanation homeopaths give for their remedy is that, in one way or another, [[AWizardDidIt "water has a memory"]]. At the time homeopathy was first being developed, atomic theory wasn't as well-established, so some people figured that no matter how much you diluted something, there'd still be something there. In this view, water isn't made of separate non-liquid molecules but out of… [[ShapedLikeItself water]], at all levels of abstraction, and therefore you can never remove all the solute from a solvent. Since [[ScienceMarchesOn we know better now]], a [[VoodooShark new account]] about "water memory" (often coupled with "quantum" something) had to be developed. The new explanation is that "String theory says that all mass is strings, and all mass can be the size of a bowling ball, so [[CriticalResearchFailure all]] [[ArtisticLicensePhysics mass]] [[InsaneTrollLogic has the]] [[LogicalFallacies same mass as]] [[ArtisticLicense a bowling ball]]". Yes, it's based on assumptions that String Theory is true, as well as a complete and utter unknowing of the difference between mass and volume. A better explanation (minus the sardonic [[PotHole Potholing]]) [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C0c5yClip4o here.]]
20th Jul '16 11:22:31 AM Sharlee
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* In the Director's Cut edition of ''VideoGame/{{Scratches}}'', the brief sequel/epilogue reveals that [[spoiler:the mother of the game's MadwomanInTheAttic had been taking Thalidomide, presumably accounting for her child's deformities. But thalidomide is specifically responsible for phocomelia, a birth defect in which the limbs are underdeveloped and flipper-like. This game's Bertha may be grotesque, but he's ''not'' a phocomeliac, and wouldn't be very scary if he were.]]

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* In the Director's Cut edition of ''VideoGame/{{Scratches}}'', the brief sequel/epilogue reveals that [[spoiler:the mother of the game's MadwomanInTheAttic had been taking Thalidomide, presumably accounting for her child's deformities. But thalidomide is specifically responsible for phocomelia, a birth defect in which the limbs are underdeveloped and flipper-like. This game's Bertha Robin may be grotesque, but he's ''not'' a phocomeliac, and wouldn't be very scary if he were.]]
28th Jun '16 6:02:04 PM MsChibi
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* FantasticDrug
17th Jun '16 2:51:59 AM Doug86
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** Averted in ASongOfIceAndFire. The poison that [[spoiler:Oberyn Martell]] uses to kill [[spoiler:Gregor Clegane]] takes weeks or months to kill him. This aversion is itself subverted in that the poison he used ''should'' have been fatal in minutes, as soon as it reached his heart, but it was "thickened" somehow to prolong the suffering.

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** Averted in ASongOfIceAndFire.''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''. The poison that [[spoiler:Oberyn Martell]] uses to kill [[spoiler:Gregor Clegane]] takes weeks or months to kill him. This aversion is itself subverted in that the poison he used ''should'' have been fatal in minutes, as soon as it reached his heart, but it was "thickened" somehow to prolong the suffering.
28th Apr '16 12:25:09 AM lettherebecoconuts
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* In the English dub of ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'', Tai and Izzy search Machinedramon's city for aspirin after Kari develops a fever during the Dark Masters arc. In reality, most pharmacists recommend avoiding the use of aspirin in children under twelve, particularly for controlling viral symptoms, as this can increase the child's risk of developing a serious condition called Reye's syndrome; acetaminophen or ibuprofen would have been safer choices for Kari.
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