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14th Nov '17 12:45:57 PM Thinker
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* In the ''Series/WKRPInCincinnati'' episode "The Contest Nobody Could Win", Johnny Fever misreads the prize for a radio contest as $5,000 instead of $50.
2nd Nov '17 1:52:09 PM xcountryguy
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** Another episode featuring another hologram named [[DrillSergeantNasty Queeg]][[spoiler: actually Holly pulling a prank on the crew]] insults Holly's IQ in this manner.

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** Another episode featuring another hologram named [[DrillSergeantNasty Queeg]][[spoiler: actually Queeg]][[spoiler:actually Holly pulling a prank on the crew]] insults Holly's IQ in this manner.



* 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 {{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 [[spoiler:as well as the number of {{Orichalcum}} beads required to make the Atlantean [[UpgradeArtifact ascension device]] work properly.]]
29th Oct '17 4:58:59 PM WillKeaton
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* A pilot on a flight from Maraba to Belem, on reading his flight plan, found his course was written as "0270". He interpreted it as 270 degrees (west), but in the flight plan it was assumed there was a decimal before the last digit, so the course was actually 027.0 degrees (roughly north-north-east). [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Varig_Flight_254 The plane ended up crashing in the jungle hundreds of miles from Belem when the fuel finally ran out]]; 13 people died.

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* A pilot on a flight from Maraba to Belem, on reading his flight plan, found his course was written as "0270". He interpreted it as 270 degrees (west), but in the flight plan it was assumed there was a decimal before the last digit, so the course was actually 027.0 degrees (roughly north-north-east). [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Varig_Flight_254 The plane ended up crashing in the jungle hundreds of miles from Belem when the fuel finally ran out]]; out. 13 people died.]]
29th Oct '17 4:58:14 PM WillKeaton
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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]]) 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.

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* In the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse ''Franchise/StarWars'' [[Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse Expanded Universe]] ''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]]) 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.
29th Oct '17 4:55:27 PM WillKeaton
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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 -- see the Real Life section for details.

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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 notation.[[note]]Though technically, using the wrong exponent here is equivalent to misplacing the decimal point, sometimes over many orders of magnitude[[/note]]. 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 -- see the Real Life section for details.
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.
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