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14th Apr '16 8:48:42 AM Morgenthaler
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* In the last season of ''Andromeda'', Rommie refers to having been shut down for ''nanomillennia'' as if that's a long time. Nano- is a prefix meaning one billionth. One ''nanomillennium'' is about 31.5 seconds. One thousand ''nanomillennia'' is still less than one day. This might be considered a long time to a computer, but since Rommie had been offline for longer periods previously, that makes it a mistake.
* The plot of one episode of ''TheMiddleman'' revolves around "4000 angstroms of [[DoctorStrangelove Balthorium-G]]"; an angstrom is a unit of length, not mass or volume. WordOfGod is that the writers were perfectly aware of this, but did it anyway because they thought [[RuleOfCool it sounded better]].

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* In the last season of ''Andromeda'', ''Series/{{Andromeda}}'', Rommie refers to having been shut down for ''nanomillennia'' as if that's a long time. Nano- is a prefix meaning one billionth. One ''nanomillennium'' is about 31.5 seconds. One thousand ''nanomillennia'' is still less than one day. This might be considered a long time to a computer, but since Rommie had been offline for longer periods previously, that makes it a mistake.
* The plot of one episode of ''TheMiddleman'' ''Series/TheMiddleman'' revolves around "4000 angstroms of [[DoctorStrangelove Balthorium-G]]"; Balthorium-G"; an angstrom is a unit of length, not mass or volume. WordOfGod is that the writers were perfectly aware of this, but did it anyway because they thought [[RuleOfCool it sounded better]].



* The episode "Getting Barry Higher In The World" of ''LastOfTheSummerWine'' features Seymour enlisting Wesley to build them a kite, but Wesley assumes that because Seymour's a pompous schoolteacher with a university education, all the figures on his plan are in metres rather than feet. The kite comes out over three times too large, but when it turns out to work as a hang-glider, Seymour claims IMeantToDoThat.

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* The episode "Getting Barry Higher In The World" of ''LastOfTheSummerWine'' ''Series/LastOfTheSummerWine'' features Seymour enlisting Wesley to build them a kite, but Wesley assumes that because Seymour's a pompous schoolteacher with a university education, all the figures on his plan are in metres rather than feet. The kite comes out over three times too large, but when it turns out to work as a hang-glider, Seymour claims IMeantToDoThat.
10th Apr '16 8:04:05 PM aye_amber
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** This has actually happened to BlackSabbath in the RealLife.

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** This has actually happened to BlackSabbath Music/BlackSabbath in the RealLife.
20th Feb '16 7:53:15 AM HypnoticArietine
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* The most famous example of all: Han Solo bragging that his ship can make the Kessel Run in "less than twelve parsecs". Parsecs are a unit of distance, not time. While this has been {{Retcon}}-ned to death with constantly shifting backstories about skilled pilots shaving distance by flying close to black holes, even those omit that the parallax second is based on local (terrestrial) factors, specifically the radius of the Earth's orbit, [[TranslationConvention and would have no meaning in "a galaxy far, far away"]], though it is possible they are using a different planet's parallax second.

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* The most famous example of all: Han Solo bragging that his ship can make the Kessel Run in "less than twelve parsecs". Parsecs are a unit of distance, not time. While this has been {{Retcon}}-ned to death with constantly shifting backstories about skilled pilots shaving distance by flying close to black holes, even those omit that the parallax second is based on local (terrestrial) factors, specifically the radius of the Earth's orbit, [[TranslationConvention and would have no meaning in "a galaxy far, far away"]], though it is possible they are using a different planet's parallax second. away"]].
21st Jan '16 12:49:13 PM KidDynamite
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* For their 1983-84 Born Again tour, Music/BlackSabbath had planned to have several Stonehenge-like monuments onstage. Unfortunately, the monuments were built 15 ''meters'' in height (rather than the intended 15 feet), meaning each one was almost 50 feet high. This inspired the "Stonehenge" scene in ''Film/ThisIsSpinalTap'', where the problem was inverted.
14th Jan '16 5:44:02 AM shadowbeast
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* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tonne A "metric ton" is not a thing]]. Tonne is a metric measurement; ton is a British or American measurement, and no, those two are not interchangeable either.
1st Jan '16 8:01:25 PM nombretomado
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* Chloe Sullivan also does this a couple of times in ''{{Smallville}}''. For instance (in the context of a discussion involving time travel):

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* Chloe Sullivan also does this a couple of times in ''{{Smallville}}''.''Series/{{Smallville}}''. For instance (in the context of a discussion involving time travel):
29th Dec '15 4:20:08 PM TonyG
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** From one of the Halloween episodes:
-->'''Kang:''' This is the best play in light-years.\\
'''Kodos:''' Light-years measure distance, not time.\\
'''Kang:''' You know what I meant.
25th Dec '15 1:16:14 AM Arcorann
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* ''{{Fahrenheit 451}}'', supposedly titled after the flash point of paper. Which is, actually, about 451 degrees ''Celsius''.
** It depends on the paper material. Paper made from wood pulp ignites at about 220 to 240°C (420 to 470°F). The [[http://books.google.co.in/books?id=qa-I8QAOUL8C&pg=PA406&redir_esc=y paper that talks about an ignition point of 450°C]] is referring to paper made from rayon fiber, or even cotton.
18th Dec '15 10:08:30 PM nombretomado
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*** The term "iso", has been added to both tons and rems (a measure of radiation). Iso means "equal" or "homogenous", suggesting that it's either meaningless (e.g. 6000 isorems means 6000 rems), some weird "equivalent to that much as far as we're concerned" shorthand taking into account bizarre ''Star Trek'' science or as ''SFDebris'' suggested, as the term is often used when someone's explaining how screwed they are, means "It's 6000 fucking rems out there!"

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*** The term "iso", has been added to both tons and rems (a measure of radiation). Iso means "equal" or "homogenous", suggesting that it's either meaningless (e.g. 6000 isorems means 6000 rems), some weird "equivalent to that much as far as we're concerned" shorthand taking into account bizarre ''Star Trek'' science or as ''SFDebris'' ''WebSite/SFDebris'' suggested, as the term is often used when someone's explaining how screwed they are, means "It's 6000 fucking rems out there!"
16th Dec '15 8:02:38 PM nombretomado
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* A ''{{Mafalda}}'' strip had a teacher giving her students a math word problem where they had to calculate the area of a field measuring X by Y ''hectares''. Amusingly enough, a later compilation featured an entire page of sketches by the author mocking himself for the mistake (the best is one where Susanita says "Hey Quino, you big idiot! How many liters are there in a kilometer?")

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* A ''{{Mafalda}}'' ''ComicStrip/{{Mafalda}}'' strip had a teacher giving her students a math word problem where they had to calculate the area of a field measuring X by Y ''hectares''. Amusingly enough, a later compilation featured an entire page of sketches by the author mocking himself for the mistake (the best is one where Susanita says "Hey Quino, you big idiot! How many liters are there in a kilometer?")
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