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24th Jan '16 6:38:55 PM nombretomado
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* At the end of ''SupermanRedSon'' [[spoiler:Luthor's plan to destroy Superman and TakeOverTheWorld seems to have succeeded without a hitch...only for it to be revealed that Superman is still alive due to Luthor having misplaced a decimal point when he calculated Supes' density. However, due to Luthor having made Superman see the error of his ways as well as the world being a better place under Luthor's rule, he decides to let Luthor think he won and live the rest of his days in anonymity.]]

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* At the end of ''SupermanRedSon'' ''ComicBook/SupermanRedSon'' [[spoiler:Luthor's plan to destroy Superman and TakeOverTheWorld seems to have succeeded without a hitch...only for it to be revealed that Superman is still alive due to Luthor having misplaced a decimal point when he calculated Supes' density. However, due to Luthor having made Superman see the error of his ways as well as the world being a better place under Luthor's rule, he decides to let Luthor think he won and live the rest of his days in anonymity.]]
14th Jan '16 6:44:15 AM MarsJenkar
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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).

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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.
1st Jan '16 4:57:13 AM erforce
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* The given cause of the plan's failure in ''OfficeSpace'' was that Michael misplaced a decimal point, which results in far too much money being siphoned off. He claims that he always makes similar minor mistakes.

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* The given cause of the plan's failure in ''OfficeSpace'' ''Film/OfficeSpace'' was that Michael misplaced a decimal point, which results in far too much money being siphoned off. He claims that he always makes similar minor mistakes.



** In ''TheMuppetMovie'', Kermit tries to buy a car at a [[HonestJohnsDealership rather disreputable dealership]], but can't afford any of them, until Sweetums swats a fly which creates a decimal point in a price tag; the dealer finds himself selling a $1195 car for $11.95, after paying a $12 trade-in on the Muppets' [[TheAllegedCar old lemon]].

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** In ''TheMuppetMovie'', ''Film/TheMuppetMovie'', Kermit tries to buy a car at a [[HonestJohnsDealership rather disreputable dealership]], but can't afford any of them, until Sweetums swats a fly which creates a decimal point in a price tag; the dealer finds himself selling a $1195 car for $11.95, after paying a $12 trade-in on the Muppets' [[TheAllegedCar old lemon]].
28th Dec '15 1:15:12 PM Anddrix
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* In ''ComicBook/FantasticFour'' comics, [[DoctorDoom 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, [[DoctorDoom Victor Von Doom]] 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.
12th Nov '15 5:00:07 PM jormis29
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** Another episode featuring another hologram named [[DrillSergeantNasty Queeg]][[note]]actually Holly pulling a prank on the crew[[/note]] insults Holly's IQ in this manner.

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** Another episode featuring another hologram named [[DrillSergeantNasty Queeg]][[note]]actually Queeg]][[spoiler: actually Holly pulling a prank on the crew[[/note]] crew]] insults Holly's IQ in this manner.
12th Nov '15 10:34:48 AM FordPrefect
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** Another episode featuring another hologram named [[DrillSergeantNasty Queeg]] insults Holy's IQ in this manner.

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** Another episode featuring another hologram named [[DrillSergeantNasty Queeg]] Queeg]][[note]]actually Holly pulling a prank on the crew[[/note]] insults Holy's Holly's IQ in this manner.
30th Aug '15 2:28:45 AM Conradus
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** It might be noted that the bursar of a university is in charge of the ''finances''. Not exactly a position for someone who can't be bothered with decimal points (or someone who is barking mad, if it comes to that).
6th Jun '15 1:38:11 PM HiddenWindshield
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* In the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse ''X-Wing: Mercy Kill,'' main character Voort saBinring is a genius mathematician using his skill for strategy and tactics both in starship combat and in commando situations. He develops one of these vaudevillian schemes to capture the villain (of course, the reader is not told the details because otherwise the scheme would fail) but when executing it, he decides he had "missed a variable" when they kidnapped a person who was to be kidnapped by other people to attract attention.

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* In the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse ''X-Wing: Mercy Kill,'' main character Voort saBinring is a genius mathematician using his skill for strategy and tactics both in starship combat and in commando situations. He develops one of these vaudevillian schemes to capture the villain (of course, the reader is not told the details because otherwise [[UnspokenPlanGuarantee the scheme would fail) fail]]) but when executing it, he decides he had "missed a variable" when they kidnapped a person who was supposed to be kidnapped by other people to attract attention.
20th Apr '15 12:56:21 AM Jerry
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* Some languages use decimal commas, so even a correct number can cause confusion to translators (compare 1,255 to 1.255).
23rd Mar '15 11:12:13 PM jormis29
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* Plato's ten-fold error, mentioned below in RealLife, shows up as a plot point in ''VideoGame/IndianaJonesAndTheFateOfAtlantis'', both in regards to the distances Plato gave, [[spoiler: as well as the number of [[AppliedPhlebotinum Orichalcum beads]] required to make the Atlantean [[UpgradeArtifact ascension device]] work properly.]]

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* Plato's ten-fold error, mentioned below in RealLife, shows up as a plot point in ''VideoGame/IndianaJonesAndTheFateOfAtlantis'', both in regards to the distances Plato gave, [[spoiler: as well as the number of [[AppliedPhlebotinum Orichalcum beads]] {{Orichalcum}} beads required to make the Atlantean [[UpgradeArtifact ascension device]] work properly.]]
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