History Main / MisplacedADecimalPoint

22nd Aug '17 8:53:23 AM SteveMB
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* In ''ComicBook/FantasticFour'' comics, Victor Von Doom misplaced a decimal when planning a clandestine scientific experiment. When his roomate Reed Richards tried to point it out to him, Doom went into a rage at the suggestion that he could have made a mistake and went ahead anyway. The experiment literally blew up in his face, scarring and forever embittering him against Richards, convinced that he must have changed the calculations in an attempt to sabotage him.

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* In ''ComicBook/FantasticFour'' comics, Victor Von Doom misplaced a decimal when planning a clandestine scientific experiment. When his roomate Reed Richards tried to point it out to him, Doom went into a rage at the suggestion that he could have made a mistake and went ahead anyway. The experiment literally blew up in his face, scarring and forever embittering him against Richards, convinced that [[NeverMyFault he must have changed the calculations in an attempt to sabotage him.him]].
13th Jul '17 1:22:20 PM ChronoLegion
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* In ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "The Pyramid at the End of the World", a misplaced decimal point during a biochemical experiment results in a highly-voracious bacteria that threatens to wipe out all life on Earth within a year, if it gets out into the atmosphere.

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* In ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "The Pyramid at the End of the World", a misplaced decimal point during a biochemical experiment results in a highly-voracious bacteria that threatens to wipe out all life on Earth within a year, if it gets out into the atmosphere.
atmosphere. Why was it misplaced? Because one of the scientists accidentally broke her reading glasses, and her colleague had a bad hangover.
13th Jul '17 1:21:13 PM ChronoLegion
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* In ''Series/Doctor Who'' episode "The Pyramid at the End of the World", a misplaced decimal point during a biochemical experiment results in a highly-voracious bacteria that threatens to wipe out all life on Earth within a year, if it gets out into the atmosphere.

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* In ''Series/Doctor Who'' ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "The Pyramid at the End of the World", a misplaced decimal point during a biochemical experiment results in a highly-voracious bacteria that threatens to wipe out all life on Earth within a year, if it gets out into the atmosphere.
13th Jul '17 1:20:58 PM ChronoLegion
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* In ''Series/Doctor Who'' episode "The Pyramid at the End of the World", a misplaced decimal point during a biochemical experiment results in a highly-voracious bacteria that threatens to wipe out all life on Earth within a year, if it gets out into the atmosphere.
30th Apr '17 5:47:53 PM nombretomado
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* In ''{{Touhou}}'', ''Mountain of Faith'' has a bug where Marisa Kirisame's lasers are ten times as powerful than they are supposed to be.

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* In ''{{Touhou}}'', ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'', ''Mountain of Faith'' has a bug where Marisa Kirisame's lasers are ten times as powerful than they are supposed to be.
28th Feb '17 7:59:21 AM Jhonny
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** Something similar can happen whenever someone mentions a "billion" of something. In the United States it means a thousand millions, in other countries it means a million millions (a thousand milliards). This is presumably one reason that Creator/StephenHawking used the word "million" in multiples throughout his book ''Literature/ABriefHistoryOfTime'' to describe large numbers.

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** Something similar can happen whenever someone mentions a "billion" of something. In the United States it means a thousand millions, in other countries it means a million millions (a thousand milliards). This is presumably one reason that Creator/StephenHawking used the word "million" in multiples throughout his book ''Literature/ABriefHistoryOfTime'' to describe large numbers. The British House of Commons actually passed a law in the 1970s to officially get rid of the (until then) common British term "milliard" because the City of London as a global center of finance could not risk milliards and billions getting mixed up.
7th Jan '17 8:12:17 AM Hanz
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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Sing}}'', the prize for the talent show was intended to be $1000 (comprised mostly of various junk stuffed in a chest), but due to some antics with a GlassEye, the secretary in charge of writing the ads ends up typing $100000, which attracts far more performers than usual and causes various other problems.
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21st Nov '16 2:19:22 PM TonyG
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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'' episode "The Check", Louis gives the kids a check for $5000. Just as they are about to cash it at the end of the episode, Louis arrives and announces that he forgot to add the decimal point, making the check $50 instead.
9th Nov '16 4:02:43 PM FiliasCupio
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This doesn't happen nearly as often in real life among mathematicians and scientists, since decimal notation is usually not the easiest way to write something. More common are radicals, fractions proper and improper, constants (such as pi or the natural base), and scientific notation[[note]]Though technically, using the wrong exponent here is equivalent to misplacing the decimal point, sometimes over many orders of magnitude[[/note]]. It does, however, happen at times--not very often (as traditionally one keeps track of things in terms of integer multiples of the lowest common currency, such as integers of cents instead of decimals of dollars)--in finance. It was an occupational hazard for engineers and scientists in the days of slide rules (roughly 1850 to 1970) as the slide rule does not keep track of the decimal point, it needed to be tracked mentally throughout the calculation. It was common to do the accurate calculation by slide rule, then recalculate with low accuracy by hand to check the location of the decimal point.

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This doesn't happen nearly as often in real life among mathematicians and scientists, since decimal notation is usually not the easiest way to write something. More common are radicals, fractions proper and improper, constants (such as pi or the natural base), and scientific notation[[note]]Though technically, using the wrong exponent here is equivalent to misplacing the decimal point, sometimes over many orders of magnitude[[/note]]. It does, however, happen at times--not very often (as traditionally one keeps track of things in terms of integer multiples of the lowest common currency, such as integers of cents instead of decimals of dollars)--in finance. It was an occupational hazard for engineers and scientists in the days of slide rules (roughly 1850 to 1970) as -- see the slide rule does not keep track of the decimal point, it needed to be tracked mentally throughout the calculation. It was common to do the accurate calculation by slide rule, then recalculate with low accuracy by hand to check the location of the decimal point.
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** It was common to accompany a complex accurate slide rule calculation with a 'back-of-the-envelope' recalculation. Use the slide rule to multiply 42.13 by 0.00972, and compare to multiplying 40 by 0.01 by hand as a check (except that a real calculation would likely have many more operations than a single multiplication.)
9th Nov '16 3:55:40 PM FiliasCupio
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This doesn't happen nearly as often in real life among mathematicians and scientists, since decimal notation is usually not the easiest way to write something. More common are radicals, fractions proper and improper, constants (such as pi or the natural base), and scientific notation[[note]]Though technically, using the wrong exponent here is equivalent to misplacing the decimal point, sometimes over many orders of magnitude[[/note]]. It does, however, happen at times--not very often (as traditionally one keeps track of things in terms of integer multiples of the lowest common currency, such as integers of cents instead of decimals of dollars)--in finance.

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This doesn't happen nearly as often in real life among mathematicians and scientists, since decimal notation is usually not the easiest way to write something. More common are radicals, fractions proper and improper, constants (such as pi or the natural base), and scientific notation[[note]]Though technically, using the wrong exponent here is equivalent to misplacing the decimal point, sometimes over many orders of magnitude[[/note]]. It does, however, happen at times--not very often (as traditionally one keeps track of things in terms of integer multiples of the lowest common currency, such as integers of cents instead of decimals of dollars)--in finance.
finance. It was an occupational hazard for engineers and scientists in the days of slide rules (roughly 1850 to 1970) as the slide rule does not keep track of the decimal point, it needed to be tracked mentally throughout the calculation. It was common to do the accurate calculation by slide rule, then recalculate with low accuracy by hand to check the location of the decimal point.
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