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19th Jan '18 5:17:17 PM Vrahno
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* ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'' has this across its multiple forms of media.
** The size of the Great Spirit Robot was increased from its originally intended height (about a small-to-middle sized continent) to roughly the diameter of Earth without other measurements being changed accordingly. This means the Denmark-sized island that was supposed to be covering the fallen robot's head would't have fit.
** Practically all forms of media disregard any given measurements when depicting the sizes and population numbers of cities or villages. Depending on which part of the story you're looking at, the population of Metru Nui/Mata Nui can be several thousands, exactly one thousand (plus its small group of leaders and protectors), or just dozens. The online games have an excuse in that they couldn't possibly have programmed that many characters.
** Water began pouring into Karda Nui through an island-sized hole, which under a thousand years only managed to flood its bottom. While Karda Nui is a gigantic place and its sizes can only be guessed at though comparing different pieces of concept art, fans have calculated that even under the most lenient of circumstances, the place would have been filled with water in a matter of weeks.
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* John Hammond's memoirs in ''VideoGame/JurassicParkTrespasser'' claim the dinosaurs died out 65 thousand centuries ago. That would be 6 and a half million years, not 65 million.
15th Jan '18 5:54:27 PM JoeMerl
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* In ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls,'' Stan and Ford's mother was holding a baby when Stan was kicked out of the house--presumably this is Shermy, grandfather to Dipper and Mabel. "More than ten years" pass before Stan and Ford see each other again, and then thirty before Stan can free Ford from the portal. At which point Shermy is about forty, but with twelve-year-old grandkids? Even if you assume that "more than ten years" was closer to twenty, that's cutting things pretty close.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls,'' Stan and Ford's mother was holding a baby when Stan was kicked out of the house--presumably this is supposed to be Shermy, grandfather to Dipper and Mabel. Mabel.[[note]]Admittedly, this is never stated, so fans have come up with alternate theories.[[/note]] "More than ten years" pass before Stan and Ford see each other again, and then thirty before Stan can free Ford from the portal. At which point Shermy is about forty, but with twelve-year-old grandkids? Even if you assume that "more than ten years" was closer to twenty, that's cutting things pretty close.
5th Jan '18 1:00:30 PM NNinja
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* ''VisualNovel/ZeroTimeDilemma'' deals with a lot of science and math, both basic and advanced (mostly done by [[BrainyBrunette Akane]]), and most of the time it gets it right, but two mistakes managed to slip in:
** If you fail to get the correct code in the pantry, Carlos will say that a 4 digit-code has "hundreds of thousands of possible combinations". No, it doesn't: it has exactly 10,000 combinations. Akane makes a similar mistake in the infirmary when she claims there is ''over'' a thousand possible combinations for a 3-digit code when it's ''exactly'' one thousand combinations.
** At one point, Akane says that the probability of getting 3 ones by throwing three dice at once is 1/216 (which is correct) but attempting it three times would give 1/72 chance, which is close but not entirely correct. The probability of getting at least one success with three attempts is 1 minus the probability of failing three times in a row. In this case it's 1-(215/216)^3, or more precisely 139,321/10,077,696, which is slighly lower than 1/72.

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* ''VisualNovel/ZeroTimeDilemma'' ''VisualNovel/ZeroEscape'' trilogy deals with a lot of science and math, both basic and advanced (mostly done by [[BrainyBrunette Akane]]), and most of the time it gets it right, but two few mistakes managed to slip in:
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** At one point in ''VisualNovel/NineHoursNinePersonsNineDoors'' Seven pulls up a theory that the ship they're on is RMS Gigantic(a real-life ship that was later renamed to HMHS Britannic), to which Santa reacts with "There is no way we're on a boat that's almost 100 years old". Gigantic was finished in 1914 and game takes place in 2027, so if Gigantic still existed it would be ''over'' 100 years old.
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If you fail to get the correct code in the pantry, Carlos will say that a 4 digit-code has "hundreds of thousands of possible combinations". No, it doesn't: it has exactly 10,000 combinations. Akane makes a similar mistake in the infirmary when she claims there is ''over'' a thousand possible combinations for a 3-digit code when it's ''exactly'' one thousand combinations.
** *** At one point, Akane says that the probability of getting 3 ones by throwing three dice at once is 1/216 (which is correct) but attempting it three times would give 1/72 chance, which is close but not entirely correct. The probability of getting at least one success with three attempts is 1 minus the probability of failing three times in a row. In this case it's 1-(215/216)^3, or more precisely 139,321/10,077,696, which is slighly lower than 1/72.
31st Dec '17 7:20:55 AM DarcyFoster
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* ''Film/SpiderManHomecoming'': The timeline for the film is messed up within the opening scenes. The film opens with Toomes and his crew cleaning up the fallout from the [[Film/{{TheAvengers2012}} Battle of New York (which has been confirmed to be set in 2012)]]. Despite this, the film repeatedly states it is set eight years after ''The Avengers''. This is impossible, as Homecoming begins two months after ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'' (2016, four years after the Battle of New York); but in that movie Vision makes a reference to Tony Stark revealing himself as Iron Man to the world eight years earlier, even though ''Film/IronMan'', which is understood to be set in either 2009 or 2010 (although the film was released in 2008). The alternative is that the Phase One movies have [[{{Retcon}} retroactively]] been pushed [[Main/ComicBookTime further back in time than previously stated]], so either way there are inconsistencies.
26th Dec '17 8:26:21 PM Pamina
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* A definite example exists in ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'' at the beginning of the film, the enchanted rose is explicitly stated to bloom until he was twenty one years of age. It has already started to wilt and lose its petals because this is the final year. The song "Be our Guest" has Lumiere state that they've been cursed for ten. It's very clear that the prince is running out of time to break the spell, but it also means that he was eleven years old at the time he was transformed into the Beast. True to the trope, he looks and acts far older in ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeastTheEnchantedChristmas'' which depicts the night he was transformed. He certainly doesn't sound eleven and he hardly looks prepubescent.

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* A definite example exists in ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'' at the beginning of the film, the enchanted rose is explicitly stated to bloom until he was twenty one years of age. It has already started to wilt and lose its petals because this is the final year. The song "Be our Guest" has Lumiere state that they've been cursed for ten. It's very clear that the prince is running out of time to break the spell, but it also means that he was eleven years old at the time he was transformed into the Beast. True to the trope, he looks and acts far older in ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeastTheEnchantedChristmas'' which depicts the night he was transformed. He certainly doesn't sound eleven and he hardly looks prepubescent. The same is true of his image in the original film's stained glass windows and paintings, which also look like a young adult.
23rd Dec '17 10:55:30 PM bfunc
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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.
18th Dec '17 9:44:06 PM Odacon_Spy
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' episode "Ron Millionaire", Ron becomes NouveauRiche after receiving $99 million in proceeds from [[InventorOfTheMundane his invention of the Naco]]. At one point in the episode, Kim quips that he's "just south of billionaire", but that isn't true. What $99 million is actually "just south of" is $100 million, which is only 10% of the way to becoming a billionaire.

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' episode "Ron Millionaire", Ron becomes NouveauRiche after receiving $99 million in proceeds royalties from [[InventorOfTheMundane his invention of the Naco]]. At Naco]] and at one point in the episode, Kim quips that he's now "just south of billionaire", but billionaire. But that isn't true. What true, since what $99 million is actually "just south of" is $100 million, which is only 10% of the way to becoming a billionaire.
18th Dec '17 9:16:07 PM Odacon_Spy
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* In the ComicBook/{{New 52}}, Bruce Wayne has only been Franchise/{{Batman}} for six years. That he managed to have four Robins in that time is unreasonable, but not impossible. However, he was already Batman when he fathered Damian... who is twelve years old. They later attempted an AuthorsSavingThrow by establishing that Batman has been active for much longer than six years, but was only considered an {{Urban Legend|s}} prior to that, but even ''that'' was proven false with SCott Snyder's "Zero Year" arc. Then it was just impied that Damian had accelerated aging.

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* In the ComicBook/{{New 52}}, Bruce Wayne has only been Franchise/{{Batman}} for six years. That he managed to have four Robins in that time is unreasonable, but not impossible. However, he was already Batman when he fathered Damian... who is twelve years old. They later attempted an AuthorsSavingThrow by establishing that Batman has been active for much longer than six years, but was only considered an {{Urban Legend|s}} prior to that, but even ''that'' was proven false with SCott Scott Snyder's "Zero Year" arc. Then it was just impied implied that Damian had accelerated aging.


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* In the ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' episode "Ron Millionaire", Ron becomes NouveauRiche after receiving $99 million in proceeds from [[InventorOfTheMundane his invention of the Naco]]. At one point in the episode, Kim quips that he's "just south of billionaire", but that isn't true. What $99 million is actually "just south of" is $100 million, which is only 10% of the way to becoming a billionaire.
10th Dec '17 1:57:00 PM wingedcatgirl
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** In ''Literature/QuidditchThroughTheAges'', it says that the first ever World Cup was in 1473, with a match being held every four years. Yet the World Cup in ''Goblet of Fire'', set in 1994, is number 422. There can't be 422 world cups in 521 years with a four-year gap in between[[note]]There are tourneys [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copa_América#Results which had erratic patterns before getting into regular intervals]], but that's a detail[[/note]]. Calculated correctly, the World Cup that the Weasleys, Hermione, and Harry attend is actually the 131st, and it would have been held in 1993.

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** In ''Literature/QuidditchThroughTheAges'', it says that the first ever World Cup was in 1473, with a match being held every four years. Yet the World Cup in ''Goblet of Fire'', set in 1994, is number 422. There can't be 422 world cups in 521 years with a four-year gap in between[[note]]There are tourneys [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copa_América#Results which had erratic patterns before getting into regular intervals]], but that's a detail[[/note]]. Calculated correctly, depending on which part you fix, either the World Cup that the Weasleys, Hermione, and Harry attend is actually the 131st, and it would have been held in 1993.1993, or else the first World Cup actually took place in 310.
2nd Dec '17 4:47:50 AM SuperFeatherYoshi
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* ''The Flash'' created a huge problem for itself with Wally West II. Originally, Wally II was the New 52 Wally West, the thirteen year old son of Rudy and Mary West and nephew of Daniel West, the Reverse-Flash. Then ''Rebirth'' happened and brought the original Wally back, retconning Daniel into being Wally II's dad while also giving Wally II an AgeLift so that he's sixteen. The problem is, a key part of Daniel's backstory is that he's a CosmicPlaything, and he ''explicitly'' states that he was caught by the Flash on his eighteenth birthday, which meant he was tried as an adult. He spent five years in prison, and when he's released, he becomes the Reverse-Flash not long after, and current stories took two years two play out. Unless it took ''years'' for Daniel to be convicted of robbing a bank, he'd have had to conceive Wally II ''as a child''.

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* ''The Flash'' created a huge problem for itself with Wally West II. Originally, Wally II was the New 52 Wally West, the thirteen year old son of Rudy and Mary West and nephew of Daniel West, the Reverse-Flash. Then ''Rebirth'' happened and brought the original Wally back, retconning Daniel into being Wally II's dad while also giving Wally II an AgeLift so that he's sixteen. The problem is, a key part of Daniel's backstory is that he's a CosmicPlaything, and he ''explicitly'' states that he was caught by the Flash on his eighteenth birthday, which meant he was tried as an adult. He spent five years in prison, and when he's released, he becomes the Reverse-Flash not long after, and current stories took two years two to play out. Unless it took ''years'' for Daniel to be convicted of robbing a bank, he'd have had to conceive Wally II ''as a child''.
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