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18th Jun '18 8:59:42 PM bwburke94
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* It appears the ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'' writers have problems with basic counting in some instances: for example, whenever Chris has to count the amount of campers left during a challenge (in the second episode of ''Island''). Or, when they said the tenth camper to arrive on the island was "contestant number nine", which may be the root of the Trent problem from season two, either that or Chris lost track of the head count. They also can't seem to figure out exactly how much time passes between episodes. Sometimes, the characters say it was a week since the last episode, which would require ''Island'' to last 24 weeks, not eight. It's usually said that there are three days between challenges, though, which still means about 72 days, or about ten weeks. For that matter, the time counter in the second episode means that that episode's challenge lasted for three and a half days, and that some of the campers slept continuously for most of that.

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* It appears the ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'' writers have problems with basic counting in some instances: for instances:
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example, whenever Chris has to count the amount of campers left during a challenge (in the second episode of ''Island''). Or, when they said the tenth camper to arrive on the island was "contestant number nine", which may be the root of the Trent problem from season two, either that or Chris lost track of the head count. count.
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They also can't seem to figure out exactly how much time passes between episodes. Sometimes, the characters say it was a week since the last episode, which would require ''Island'' to last 24 weeks, not eight. It's usually said that there are three days between challenges, though, which still means about 72 days, or about implies the season lasts around ten weeks. [[note]]Given that ''Island'' is a parody of ''Series/{{Survivor}}'' where the same thing happens, this may be intentional, but it's unlikely the writers thought it through.[[/note]] For that matter, the time counter in the second episode means that that episode's challenge lasted for three and a half days, and that some of the campers slept continuously for most of that.
18th Jun '18 8:53:36 PM bwburke94
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* Tony Rothman holds a doctorate in physics ... but in his novel Literature/TheWorldIsRound an AI expresses times in "light-meters", with an embarrassing error: the AI sais something is not scheduled for some "ten to the fifteenth light-meters", which he then says is "a few years". It's actually only a little over a month.

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* Tony Rothman holds a doctorate in physics ... but in his novel Literature/TheWorldIsRound ''Literature/TheWorldIsRound'' an AI expresses times in "light-meters", with an embarrassing error: the AI sais something is not scheduled for some "ten to the fifteenth light-meters", which he then says is "a few years". It's actually only a little over a month.

* ''Series/TrailerParkBoys'': The episode "Halloween 1977" implies the eponymous main characters are pushing 50 years of age. The actors who portrayed them were all age 34-38 at the time.
2nd Jun '18 6:48:34 PM looneynightmare
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* In ''Film/CaptainAmerica1990'' the boy who would become The Red Skull is kidnapped by government agents to make him a super soldier, it is stated that seven years pass when Captain America comes to rescue him by this point he appears to be in his mid-late twenties, this doesn't add up at all because if he was abducted when he was 10 the oldest he'd be is 17.
31st May '18 1:56:52 PM Laevatein
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* Wrestling/ScottSteiner's infamous promo for a match against Wrestling/SamoaJoe and Wrestling/KurtAngle in Wrestling/{{TNA}}[[note]]Samoa Joe won.[[/note]]:
--> -> ''"You know they say all men are created equal, but you look at me and you look at Wrestling/SamoaJoe and you can see that statement is NOT TRUE! See, normally if you go one-on-one with another wrestler you got a fifty/fifty chance of winning. But I'm a genetic freak, and I'm not normal! So you got a 25 percent at best at beating me! And then you add Wrestling/KurtAngle to the mix? You-the chances of winning drasticy go down. See, the 3-Way at Sacrifice, you got a 33 and a third chance of winning. But I! I got a 66 and two thirds chance of winning, cuz Kurt Angle KNOOOWS he can't beat me, and he's not even gonna try. So, Samoa Joe, you take your thirty three and a third chance minus my twenty five percent chance (if we was to go one on one) and you got an eight and a third chance of winning at Sacrifice. But then you take my 75 perchance-chance of winnin' (if we was to go one on one), and then add 66 and two thirds…percents, I got a 141 2/3 chance of winning at Sacrifice! Señor Joe? The numbers don't lie, and they spell disaster for you at Sacrifice!"''
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28th May '18 2:43:13 PM hollow49
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** In ''Asterix and the Roman Agent'', Convolvulus tells the legionaries of Aquarium that they outnumber the Gauls twenty to one. As the garrison of Aquarium seems to be staffed by only a single century of legionaries (they're headed by a ''centurion'', after all), and as a century was 80 legionaries, this puts the size of the Gaulish village at ''four people''. Even if Convolvulus meant all four garrisons surrounding the village for a total of 240 legionaries, this still means there are only 12 Gauls in the whole village. If anything, based on group drawings of the village, the Gauls outnumber the Romans. It's even worse in ''Asterix and the Big Fight'', where Asterix declares the ratio of Romans to Gauls to be ''one hundred'' to one.

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** In ''Asterix and the Roman Agent'', Convolvulus tells the legionaries of Aquarium that they outnumber the Gauls twenty to one. As the garrison of Aquarium seems to be staffed by only a single century of legionaries (they're headed by a ''centurion'', after all), and as a century was 80 legionaries, legionaries[[note]] or double that (160) if in the First Cohort, but that's insufficient to fix the math[[/note]], this puts the size of the Gaulish village at ''four people''. Even if Convolvulus meant all four garrisons surrounding the village for a total of 240 legionaries, this still means there are only 12 Gauls in the whole village. If anything, based on group drawings of the village, the Gauls outnumber the Romans. It's even worse in ''Asterix and the Big Fight'', where Asterix declares the ratio of Romans to Gauls to be ''one hundred'' to one.
22nd May '18 3:25:24 AM Saphroneth
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*** On the other hand, this very issue (measuring "effectives" versus larger metrics) is a real thing with armed forces. It's quite possible for a real world force nominally described as 1,000 men to mean either "1,000 enlisted combatants plus officers and hundreds of supporting elements" or "about four hundred combatants, three hundred supporting elements, forty officers, sixty sick and two hundred absent or dead".
19th May '18 2:24:40 PM caivu
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* In the ComicBook/DCRebirth era, it's explicitly stated that Kate Kane is 27 years old and has been ComicBook/{{Batwoman}} for only two years. However, since Rebirth is a continuation of the New 52 and Kate herself was not rebooted with the New 52, this causes some problems. Since Kate appears both at the start and tail end of the New 52, that would require the ''entire'' New 52 to happen in two years, which is simply not possible. It also requires her to be de-aged at least 5 years, which conflicts with a scene of her attending the Waynes' funeral; Bruce is 8 in that scene, and Kate seems about 5 or 6 and cannot be older than he is.
11th May '18 7:30:40 AM ImpudentInfidel
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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' frequently refers to moons as a period, but no instantiation of the period makes any sense whatsoever. For example, if placed at a month the Apple Family Reunion, which takes place every 100 moons, would only take place every eight years, despite far less time taking place since the last reunion.

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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' frequently refers to moons as a period, but no instantiation of the period makes any sense whatsoever. For example, if placed at a month the Apple Family Reunion, which takes place every 100 moons, would only take place every eight years, despite far less time taking place since the last reunion. Of course this is a setting where the moon's path is manually controlled by the sometimes-whimsical [[GodEmperor Princesses]], so it might well not even have a direct equivelant.
6th May '18 5:23:05 AM Ccook1956
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** "Power-noia'' has Blossom in a nightmare realm where her fear is failing a test at school. When she finds that it was all staged by Him, Blossom puts her game face on. When Him!Ms. Keane asks her what the square root of seven is, Blossom responds "Seven doesn't have a square root. It's ''prime!''" Technically, this is wrong. Seven does have a square root; the issue is whether not it is a rational number, which it is not.

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** "Power-noia'' "Power-noia" has Blossom in a nightmare realm where her fear is failing a test at school. When she finds that it was all staged by Him, Blossom puts her game face on. When Him!Ms. Keane asks her what the square root of seven is, Blossom responds "Seven doesn't have a square root. It's ''prime!''" Technically, this is wrong. Seven does have a square root; the issue is whether not it is a rational number, which it is not.
6th May '18 5:16:58 AM Ccook1956
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