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13th Feb '16 3:38:03 AM Alia_of
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* Jacqueline Rayner's ''Series/{{Doctor Who|Expanded Universe}}'' novel, ''The Last Dodo'', features "Mervin, the missing link between fish and mammals", which is just what it sounds like it should be. The thing is, we already ''know'' the steps between fish and mammals -- they're best known as ''amphibians, reptiles and aves''. ** The back cover for ''Doctor Who and the Silurians'' describes ''TyrannosaurusRex'' as a 40-foot-tall ''mammal''. [[note]]And, of course, the character is [[IAmNotShazam not named Doctor Who]], but this error came from the title of the original serial.[[/note]] * ''Literature/EndersGame'': Col. Graff says they're looking for the generation-changing human like those who invented "the wheel. And light. And flight." Except nobody invented ''light''. If he had said "the lightbulb" or "lights", then his statement would hold. Guess Graff just wanted to rhyme.

* Creator/MichaelCrichton's ''Literature/JurassicPark'': ** Many of Ian Malcolm's [[AuthorTract Author Tracts]] about how ScienceIsBad include whoppers, such as the idea that "cheating, lying, falsifying" and any kind of learning or discipline doesn't matter in science (it kinda does), and the howler that the intellectual justification for taking science seriously is dead because Heisenberg's uncertainty principle, Godel's incompleteness theorem, and chaos theory prove we can't control everything, which is apparently all science is about. Other things are huge exaggerations and oversimplifications, such as the idea that "since Newton and Descartes" science has been explicitly about control. That's before it gets to the downright offensive portrayal of scientific discoverers with a not-so-subtle rape analogy. ** Dr Sattler reveals to the vet Gerry Harding that the Stegosaurus' pupils are dilated, which is treated as a mighty revelation rather than as evidence that he's clearly not a very good vet, since this is a basic test. ** The novel ends with the Costa Rican government sending in their military to bomb the island with napalm. The problem is that Costa Rica is notable for being the one country in the world that constitutionally forbids a national military. They wrote that constitution in 1949. * Jacqueline Rayner's ''Series/{{Doctor Who|Expanded Universe}}'' novel, ''The Last Dodo'', features "Mervin, the missing link between fish and mammals", which is just what it sounds like it should be. The thing is, we already ''know'' the steps between fish and mammals -- they're best known as ''amphibians, reptiles and aves''. ** The back cover for ''Doctor Who and the Silurians'' describes ''TyrannosaurusRex'' as a 40-foot-tall ''mammal''. [[note]]And, of course, the character is [[IAmNotShazam not named Doctor Who]], but this error came from the title of the original serial.[[/note]] * ''Literature/EndersGame'': Col. Graff says they're looking for the generation-changing human like those who invented "the wheel. And light. And flight." Except nobody invented ''light''. If he had said "the lightbulb" or "lights", then his statement would hold. Guess Graff just wanted to rhyme.

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* Creator/MichaelCrichton's ''Literature/JurassicPark'': ** Many of Ian Malcolm's [[AuthorTract Author Tracts]] about how ScienceIsBad include whoppers, such as the idea that "cheating, lying, falsifying" and any kind of learning or discipline doesn't matter in science (it kinda does), and the howler that the intellectual justification for taking science seriously is dead because Heisenberg's uncertainty principle, Godel's incompleteness theorem, and chaos theory prove we can't control everything, which is apparently all science is about. Other things are huge exaggerations and oversimplifications, such as the idea that "since Newton and Descartes" science has been explicitly about control. That's before it gets to the downright offensive portrayal of scientific discoverers with a not-so-subtle rape analogy. ** Dr Sattler reveals to the vet Gerry Harding that the Stegosaurus' pupils are dilated, which is treated as a mighty revelation rather than as evidence that he's clearly not a very good vet, since this is a basic test. ** The novel ends with the Costa Rican government sending in their military to bomb the island with napalm. The problem is that Costa Rica is notable for being the one country in the world that constitutionally forbids a national military. They wrote that constitution in 1949. * Jacqueline Rayner's ''Series/{{Doctor Who|Expanded Universe}}'' novel, ''The Last Dodo'', features "Mervin, the missing link between fish and mammals", which is just what it sounds like it should be. The thing is, we already ''know'' the steps between fish and mammals -- they're best known as ''amphibians, reptiles and aves''. ** The back cover for ''Doctor Who and the Silurians'' describes ''TyrannosaurusRex'' as a 40-foot-tall ''mammal''. [[note]]And, of course, the character is [[IAmNotShazam not named Doctor Who]], but this error came from the title of the original serial.[[/note]] * ''Literature/EndersGame'': Col. Graff says they're looking for the generation-changing human like those who invented "the wheel. And light. And flight." Except nobody invented ''light''. If he had said "the lightbulb" or "lights", then his statement would hold. Guess Graff just wanted to rhyme.1949.
12th Feb '16 1:04:22 PM KeithM
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* At one point in ''Film/JupiterAscending'', Jupiter uses a maxi pad as a makeshift band-aid for Caine's wound. That in and of itself is not a bad idea. Problem is, she applies ''the sticky side'' to the wound, not the other side actually designed for absorbing blood. One would think her actress Creator/MilaKunis would know herself which side does which.
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* At one point in ''Film/JupiterAscending'', Jupiter uses a maxi pad as a makeshift band-aid for Caine's wound. That in and of itself is not a bad idea.idea[[note]]The disposable absorbent pad was actually developed to treat battlefield wounds and quickly adapted for women's hygiene.[[/note]]. Problem is, she applies ''the sticky side'' to the wound, not the other side actually designed for absorbing blood. One would think her actress Creator/MilaKunis would know herself which side does which.
12th Feb '16 12:40:21 PM BrendanRizzo
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* The StrategyGuide for ''VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue'' that was published by Versus Books is considered SnarkBait by people even moderately good at the games, because of [[EightPointEight how badly underrated many of the Pokémon were]], but the MostTriumphantExample of research failure is the claim that several Pokémon which do not learn any moves of their type through leveling up would have just been better off being Normal-type, so that they are unaffected by ElementalRockPaperScissors [[note]]which isn't entirely true either; Normal is weak to Fighting but mutually immune to Ghost[[/note]]. The writers ignored the defensive benefits of those Pokémon's typings, and three of the six Pokémon they mentioned this on can learn moves of their type by TM [[note]]Sandslash and Rhydon get Earthquake/Dig, Electrode gets Thunderbolt/Thunder, and Hitmonchan gets Submission[[/note]].
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* The StrategyGuide for ''VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue'' that was published by Versus Books is considered SnarkBait by people even moderately good at the games, because of [[EightPointEight how badly underrated many of the Pokémon were]], but the MostTriumphantExample greatest example of research failure is the claim that several Pokémon which do not learn any moves of their type through leveling up would have just been better off being Normal-type, so that they are unaffected by ElementalRockPaperScissors [[note]]which isn't entirely true either; Normal is weak to Fighting but mutually immune to Ghost[[/note]]. The writers ignored the defensive benefits of those Pokémon's typings, and three four of the six Pokémon they mentioned this on can learn moves of their type by TM [[note]]Sandslash and Rhydon get Earthquake/Dig, Electrode gets Thunderbolt/Thunder, and Hitmonchan gets Submission[[/note]].
12th Feb '16 12:38:00 PM BrendanRizzo
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I am pretty sure they mentioned this on Electrode also, in the introduction.
* The StrategyGuide for ''VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue'' that was published by Versus Books is considered SnarkBait by people even moderately good at the games, because of [[EightPointEight how badly underrated many of the Pokémon were]], but the MostTriumphantExample of research failure is the claim that several Pokémon which do not learn any moves of their type through leveling up would have just been better off being Normal-type, so that they are unaffected by ElementalRockPaperScissors [[note]]which isn't entirely true either; Normal is weak to Fighting but mutually immune to Ghost[[/note]]. The writers ignored the defensive benefits of those Pokémon's typings, and three of the six Pokémon they mentioned this on can learn moves of their type by TM [[note]]Sandslash and Rhydon get Earthquake/Dig, while Hitmonchan gets Submission[[/note]].
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* The StrategyGuide for ''VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue'' that was published by Versus Books is considered SnarkBait by people even moderately good at the games, because of [[EightPointEight how badly underrated many of the Pokémon were]], but the MostTriumphantExample of research failure is the claim that several Pokémon which do not learn any moves of their type through leveling up would have just been better off being Normal-type, so that they are unaffected by ElementalRockPaperScissors [[note]]which isn't entirely true either; Normal is weak to Fighting but mutually immune to Ghost[[/note]]. The writers ignored the defensive benefits of those Pokémon's typings, and three of the six Pokémon they mentioned this on can learn moves of their type by TM [[note]]Sandslash and Rhydon get Earthquake/Dig, while Electrode gets Thunderbolt/Thunder, and Hitmonchan gets Submission[[/note]].
9th Feb '16 1:26:26 PM tropesinreadiness
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9th Feb '16 2:25:04 AM GrammarNavi
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** And again, on the premiere episode of the ninth season, [=McGee=] suggests a fun gaming lounge that the team can go to, saying it has "3D, {{P|layStation2}}S2 and a 60" plasma." The [=PS2=] rarely ran high-definition, let alone 3D.
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** And again, on the premiere episode of the ninth season, [=McGee=] suggests a fun gaming lounge that the team can go to, saying it has "3D, {{P|layStation2}}S2 UsefulNotes/{{P|layStation2}}S2 and a 60" plasma." The [=PS2=] rarely ran high-definition, let alone 3D.

* ''BravelyDefaultFlyingFairy'': Ringabel gives a lengthy analysis to Agnes and Edea about the various sheep races after encoutering one. Then Tiz explains that the animal they were looking at wasn't a sheep, but a goat.
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* ''BravelyDefaultFlyingFairy'': ''VideoGame/BravelyDefault'': Ringabel gives a lengthy analysis to Agnes and Edea about the various sheep races after encoutering one. Then Tiz explains that the animal they were looking at wasn't a sheep, but a goat.
4th Feb '16 12:35:13 PM MagBas
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this is not an example of "critical" research failure.
* In ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', Ash's Sliggoo evolves to Goodra using its own Rain Dance move to put out a fire. Many frustrated players would know that Sliggoo ''cannot'' evolve through its own Rain Dance during battle, as it can only evolve through natural rain. The anime gets a free pass with this AssPull. Never mind the fact the writers could have easily made it rain naturally during the evolution scene.
4th Feb '16 12:25:44 PM LarryGlasses
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** In ''Anime/Pokemon'', Ash's Sliggoo evolves to Goodra using its own Rain Dance move. Many frustrated players would know that Sliggoo ''cannot'' evolve through its own Rain Dance during battle, as it can only evolve through natural rain. The anime gets a free pass with this AssPull. Never mind the fact the writers could have easily made it rain naturally during the evolution scene.
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** * In ''Anime/Pokemon'', ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', Ash's Sliggoo evolves to Goodra using its own Rain Dance move.move to put out a fire. Many frustrated players would know that Sliggoo ''cannot'' evolve through its own Rain Dance during battle, as it can only evolve through natural rain. The anime gets a free pass with this AssPull. Never mind the fact the writers could have easily made it rain naturally during the evolution scene.
4th Feb '16 12:24:40 PM LarryGlasses
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** In ''Anime/Pokemon'', Ash's Sliggoo evolves to Goodra using its own Rain Dance move. Many frustrated players would know that Sliggoo ''cannot'' evolve through its own Rain Dance during battle, as it can only evolve through natural rain. The anime gets a free pass with this AssPull. Never mind the fact the writers could have easily made it rain naturally during the evolution scene.
4th Feb '16 3:36:33 AM Alia_of
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* Creator/LaurenKate has a lot of factual errors in her ''Fallen'' series. ** In ''Rapture'' there is a following scene: Moscow, 1930s, (Orthodox) church of Christ the Saviour. The main character is waiting for a mass to start. The church is full of waxed wooden pews and organs are playing. First of all, there were no masses in this church at that time, since Stalin's regime was actively fighting religious belief. Secondly, in Orthodox churches are very few benches, usually at the back, for elderly or ill people. The rest stand during the whole mass (and kneel, when appropriate). Thirdly, there are no organs in Orthodox churches. Or any other musical instruments. People sing and that's all. ** Also ''Rapture''. Egypt 3100 BCE. The Egyptians use iron chains. No, they still used bronze. ** ''Fallen in Love''. Mediaeval English village smells of boiling potatoes. Wrong, since potatoes first appeared in Europe in 16th century and became food staple even later. ** ''Unforgiven''. A girl from a Danite tribe in 1000 BCE presumably can read and write, since her father gives her a book with "parchment pages" to write her songs in. Impossible. ** Also ''Unforgiven''. The author describes "Russian samovar" as if it was a device to keep food hot - one of the characters takes the lid off and inside is an iron skillet with shakshuka. Wrong. Samovars are like kettles, they have always been used to boil water (traditionally for tea only) and then keep it hot.
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