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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.
27th Sep '16 5:55:32 AM Omeganian
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* In ''Literature/TheSack'', Senator Horrigan does this twice, first when he multiplies 100,000 by 120, then when he multiplies 100,000 by 180. He gets 120 and 180 million, respectively.
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]].
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