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2nd May '16 4:30:45 AM CaellachTigerEye
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** Official sources place Howard as being born in 1917, and Tony in 1970 - thus making Howard 53 when his son was born, and Tony being 41 (going on 42) in May 2012 when the Avengers first... ahem, assembled,
30th Apr '16 6:47:34 PM Sharlee
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* At the end of ''Film/SummerSchool'', the students' final grades in Remedial English are recounted in front of their teacher and two school administrators. Apparently the ''principal'' could use some Remedial Math, because the average he cites isn't the actual mean of the grades reported.

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* At the end of ''Film/SummerSchool'', the students' final grades in Remedial English are recounted in front of their teacher and two school administrators. Apparently the ''principal'' ''vice-principal'' could use some Remedial Math, because the average he cites for the class as a whole (63%) isn't the actual mean of the grades reported.reported (43, 51, 74, 38, 75, 59, 70, 82, 91).
30th Apr '16 6:34:55 PM Sharlee
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* At the end of ''Film/SummerSchool'', the students' final grades in Remedial English are recounted in front of their teacher and two school administrators. Apparently the ''principal'' could use some Remedial Math, because the average he cites isn't the actual mean of the grades reported.
28th Apr '16 2:05:37 AM bwburke94
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* ''[[Series/TwentyFour 24]]'': The first season takes place "two years to the day" after Jack Bauer led a covert strike in Yugoslavia during the 1999 Kosovo War. It is also a presidential election year. [[note]]Presidential elections are held four years apart, and the count started in 1798. You can't ''have'' a presidential election in 2001; the writers either missed the 2000 elections or anticipated the 2004 ones. Or, like ''Series/TheWestWing'', ''24'' takes place in an alternate timeline in which the elections occur on a different schedule.[[/note]]

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* ''[[Series/TwentyFour 24]]'': The first season takes place "two years to the day" after Jack Bauer led a covert strike in Yugoslavia during the 1999 Kosovo War. It is also a presidential election year. [[note]]Presidential elections are held four years apart, and the count started in 1798.1788. You can't ''have'' a presidential election in 2001; the writers either missed the 2000 elections or anticipated the 2004 ones. Or, like ''Series/TheWestWing'', ''24'' takes place in an alternate timeline in which the elections occur on a different schedule.[[/note]]
27th Apr '16 11:52:57 PM darkknight109
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** Space Marine chapters, famously, are composed of a thousand marines each (not counting casualties). Which makes sense - there's ten battle companies, each composed of ten squads of ten men each, for a thousand marines... plus the captains/chaplains/command squads (7 per company, or an additional 70 marines), the Chapter command (roughly 15 marines, counting the honour guard), the armoury, the apothecarion, the librarius (cumulatively another 70 marines), plus the vehicle crew, starship commanders, and pilots. In all, "a thousand" marines, is actually at least 1350 and could potentially be upwards of 1600.
24th Apr '16 5:19:53 AM hinezumi
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* In ''Literature/Artemis Fowl'' the titular character's bodyguard, [[BattleButler Butler]] stands at almost seven feet tall, has "a barrel chest full of scars and hard muscle", hands that are "the size and approximate shape of spades", and is frequently referred to as a "man mountain" by other characters. However, in ''The Eternity Code'' he's described as a "ninety kilo [200 lb] dead weight." A near-seven foot tall man at that weight would be as thin as a rake, while a man of Butler's proportions would weight ''at least'' 350 lbs.
22nd Apr '16 7:46:43 PM Yelsiap
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*** The opening narration doesn't say the spell must be broken by the Beast's 21st birthday. It says the spell must be broken by the beasts 21st year. The year someone is born is their 1st year, their 1st birthday starts off their 2nd year, ect. Therefore the beast was 10 when he was cursed.
17th Apr '16 11:59:44 PM aye_amber
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* In ''Film/NeverBeenKissed'', the geeky kids sell pies at a bake sale, with a sign proclaiming "pi = 3.1457" followed by some more digits to make it look sufficiently nerdy. Only the first three digits are correct; the rest is nonsense. Also, Josie's initial high school tenure is played against the backdrop of TheEighties, when, based on the dates and ages mentioned, they actually should have occurred in 1992, 1991 at the earliest. Instead of the soundtrack you'd expect to hear for a sequence set during the heyday of {{Grunge}}, Josie and her classmates are always shown cavorting around to Cyndi Lauper and TheSmiths, music more apropos of what should have been their grade school years.

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* In ''Film/NeverBeenKissed'', the geeky kids sell pies at a bake sale, with a sign proclaiming "pi = 3.1457" followed by some more digits to make it look sufficiently nerdy. Only the first three digits are correct; the rest is nonsense. Also, Josie's initial high school tenure is played against the backdrop of TheEighties, when, based on the dates and ages mentioned, they actually should have occurred in 1992, 1991 at the earliest. Instead of the soundtrack you'd expect to hear for a sequence set during the heyday of {{Grunge}}, Josie and her classmates are always shown cavorting around to Cyndi Lauper and TheSmiths, Music/TheSmiths, music more apropos of what should have been their grade school years.
8th Apr '16 3:47:56 PM Tuckerscreator
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* In ''Literature/HaloTheFallOfReach'', 33 Spartans graduate from training in the year 2525, of which 28 survive to 2552. Only five are stated to have died in the war, yet the media released since ''[=TFoR=]'' has too many casualties. Three Spartans go MIA in ''VideoGame/HaloWars'', two more go missing ''Literature/HaloGhostsOfOnyx'', four die in ''Anime/HaloLegends'', two more die in [[AllThereInTheManual supplementary material]], and [[ComicBook/HaloBloodline six have]] [[Literature/HaloGlasslands their survival]] [[VideoGame/HaloReach kept secret]]. This means there only could have been 16 Spartans known to be alive during 2552. This took ten years to be rectified, until which a later EU book, "Dr. Halsey's journal", implied that the gaps are filled by [[NotQuiteDead secretly resuscitated Spartans]] (not part of the 33 graduated ones) who were presumed dead in augmentations. This allows for at most 15 more potential Spartans to have rejoined by 2552.



* The ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' universe has ''never'' kept the number of [[SuperSoldier Spartans]] straight.
** Thirty-three survived the "augmentation" process intact. By the time of the battle of Reach, at least thirteen had been killed, gone missing, or retired, for a total of twenty still active.[[note]]For those keeping score: Fall of Reach had Sam-034 die in 2525, referred to three KIA and one "too wounded to continue active duty" in the period of 2542-52, and mentioned three "too distant to be easily recalled", later identified as Gray Team - a total of eight. The Halo Graphic Novel introduced the retired Maria-062, making nine. Ghosts of Onyx had Kurt-051 abducted, making ten. Finally, the three Spartans from Halo Wars are still making their way home from deep space, making thirteen.[[/note]]

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* The ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' universe has ''never'' kept the number of ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'':
** According to ''Literature/HaloTheFallOfReach'', 33
[[SuperSoldier Spartans]] straight.
** Thirty-three survived the "augmentation" process intact. By the time of the battle of Reach, at least thirteen had been killed, gone missing, or retired, for a total of twenty still active.[[note]]For those keeping score: Fall of Reach had Sam-034 die in 2525, referred to three KIA and one "too wounded to continue active duty"
graduate from training in the period year 2525, of 2542-52, and mentioned three "too distant which 28 survive to be easily recalled", later identified as Gray Team - a total of eight. The Halo Graphic Novel introduced 2552. Only five are stated to have died in the retired Maria-062, making nine. Ghosts of Onyx had Kurt-051 abducted, making ten. Finally, war, yet the three media released since ''[=TFoR=]'' has too many casualties. Three Spartans from Halo Wars are still making go MIA in ''VideoGame/HaloWars'', two more go missing ''Literature/HaloGhostsOfOnyx'', four die in ''Anime/HaloLegends'', two more die in [[AllThereInTheManual supplementary material]], and [[ComicBook/HaloBloodline six have]] [[Literature/HaloGlasslands their way home from deep space, making thirteen.[[/note]]survival]] [[VideoGame/HaloReach kept secret]]. This means there only could have been 16 Spartans known to be alive during 2552. This took ten years to be rectified, until which a later EU book, "Dr. Halsey's journal", implied that the gaps are filled by [[NotQuiteDead secretly resuscitated Spartans]] (not part of the 33 graduated ones) who were presumed dead in augmentations. This allows for at most 15 more potential Spartans to have rejoined by 2552.
8th Apr '16 1:34:10 PM MyFinalEdits
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*** Even if we ignore the family tree dates. Bellatrix is the oldest of three sisters. Her younger sister Andromeda was Tonks's mother. Tonks was in her early-mid 20s throughout the series making Andromeda a very young mother. If we assume Andromeda didn't have her child until she graduated Hogwarts and that Bellatrix was at least a year older than her, Bellatrix would still have to have been a sixth or seventh year when Snape was a first year, which would be strange if they were part of the same social group.

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*** Even if we ignore ignoring the family tree dates. dates, Bellatrix is the oldest of three sisters. Her younger sister Andromeda was Tonks's mother. Tonks was in her early-mid 20s throughout the series making Andromeda a very young mother. If we assume Andromeda didn't have her child until she graduated Hogwarts and that Bellatrix was at least a year older than her, Bellatrix would still have to have been a sixth or seventh year when Snape was a first year, which would be strange if they were part of the same social group.



** Which is still technically possible, alas, as there have been girls younger than age 10 who have given birth to normal, healthy children.



** That might be the result of an editing error or typo, surprisingly not uncommon in some editions. It's mentioned that the other musicians get paid more than a half-royal, so it wouldn't be hard to imagine that she's actually getting paid two or three and a half royals.



* Averted ''like all hell'' in pretty much any of Creator/GregEgan's works, which shouldn't come as any surprise given that he holds a [=BSc=] in mathematics. Stripped of plot and characters, ''Literature/{{Diaspora}}'' would make a fairly good introduction to topological groups.

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* Averted ''like all hell'' in pretty much any of Creator/GregEgan's works, which shouldn't come as any surprise given that he holds a [=BSc=] in mathematics. Stripped of plot and characters, ''Literature/{{Diaspora}}'' would make a fairly good introduction to topological groups.
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