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23rd Mar '17 3:42:13 AM NNinja
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* Early in ''Anime/FullmetalAlchemistBrotherhood'' [[AnIcePerson Isaac Mcdougal]] says at one point that water is over 70% of his body. There is an in-universe formula for human body[[labelnote:ingredients]]35 liters of water, 20 kg of carbon, 4 liters of ammonia, 1,5kg of lime, 0,8 kg of phosphorus, 250g of salt, 100g of saltpeter 80g of sulphur, 7,5g of fluorium 5g of iron, 3g of silicon and trace ammounts of 15 other elements [[/labelnote]] and according to this formula water is about 60% of human body.
17th Mar '17 2:49:41 PM Tuckerscreator
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* ''Film/ASeriousMan'': When Larry scrawls the equations of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uncertainty_principle the uncertainty principle]] on a chalkboard, he miswrites one of the equations as "Δp = √(<p>^2 - <p>^2)", making the equation [[DivideByZero equal the square root of zero]]. The correct equation is "Δp = √(<p^2> - <p>^2)".
7th Mar '17 12:58:20 PM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': In the interest of epic battle scenes, the number of people killed on-screen may not match up with statistics about the battle:
** The Season 4 battle at Craster's Keep was against eleven mutineers. Jon Snow personally kills eight, Ghost another, and Locke another. Apparently the rest of the Watchmen only kill one mutineer between them?
** The episode "The Watchers on the Wall" features a battle between the Wildlings and the Night's Watch. The previous episode states that there are only 102 watchmen in Castle Black. There seem to be considerably more depicted in the episode. To wit, a conservative count shows 41 watchmen killed on-screen. This assumes that no watchmen died on the ground while the cameras were focused atop the wall, or while Slynt was running to the pantry, or during Alliser's duel with Tormund, etc. It also assumes Ygritte missed every shot that didn't cut to her target getting hit, which was most of them. It's ultimately subverted; a later episode establishes that they indeed lost fifty men, including most of their dedicated warriors, utterly devastating them as an organization.

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In the interest of epic battle scenes, the number of people killed on-screen may not match up with statistics about the battle:
** *** The Season 4 battle at Craster's Keep was against eleven mutineers. Jon Snow personally kills eight, Ghost another, and Locke another. Apparently the rest of the Watchmen only kill one mutineer between them?
** *** The episode "The Watchers on the Wall" features a battle between the Wildlings and the Night's Watch. The previous episode states that there are only 102 watchmen in Castle Black. There seem to be considerably more depicted in the episode. To wit, a conservative count shows 41 watchmen killed on-screen. This assumes that no watchmen died on the ground while the cameras were focused atop the wall, or while Slynt was running to the pantry, or during Alliser's duel with Tormund, etc. It also assumes Ygritte missed every shot that didn't cut to her target getting hit, which was most of them. It's ultimately subverted; a later episode establishes that they indeed lost fifty men, including most of their dedicated warriors, utterly devastating them as an organization.organization.
** Cersei and Jaime's age is inconsistent. Tywin Lannister was Hand to King Aerys II for 20 years before Robert's Rebellion, but Cersei, who became queen at 17 following the rebellion, remembers when he was appointed. In Season 4, Cersei says she has been queen for 19 years, which added to 17 would make her 36, but her twin Jaime was said to be 40 in the season premiere.
5th Mar '17 10:39:58 PM KamenRiderOokalf
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* Similarly, {{Nightwing}} has historically presented a massive issue for DC timelines, being one of the few characters with a hard timeline. Becoming Robin at [[AllStarBatmanAndRobin age 12]], then Nightwing in his late teens, and is depicted as being in his mid- to late-20s in current stories. This, in turn, locks other characters' ages as follows:

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* Similarly, {{Nightwing}} ComicBook/{{Nightwing}} has historically presented a massive issue for DC timelines, being one of the few characters with a hard timeline. Becoming Robin at [[AllStarBatmanAndRobin [[ComicBook/AllStarBatmanAndRobinTheBoyWonder age 12]], then Nightwing in his late teens, and is depicted as being in his mid- to late-20s in current stories. This, in turn, locks other characters' ages as follows:
24th Feb '17 12:08:29 PM NNinja
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* in ''Literature/LadyOfTheLake'' when Logde of Montecalvo votes whether or not [[spoiler: let Ciri see Geralt]], before Filippa gets to vote one of the sorceresses says it's a draw. Actually counting the votes show that it's not, there were 5 votes for and 4 against.
23rd Feb '17 5:55:46 AM Gemfyre
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* In the Vietnam War protest song "I Was Only 19" by Redgum is the line ''And Frankie kicked a mine the day that mankind kicked the moon / God help him, he was going home in June'' which implies that Frankie was about to go home when he was killed by a mine. But the moon landing didn't happen until July - which would mean Frankie still had almost an entire year of service to go.
22nd Feb '17 9:34:09 PM Kid
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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 the 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.

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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 the 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 Feb '17 3:45:24 PM Zaptech
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* In using Howard Stark as Cap's ally in ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'', it creates a bit of an issue with either his or his son Tony's age. Dominic Cooper, Howard's actor, was 33 when ''Captain America'' came out. Robert Downey Jr, Tony Stark's actor, was born in 1965 (making him 47 when The Avengers came out the year after Cap). If we assume that Tony was born in the same year as Robert Downey Jr., and that Howard was Dominic's age during ''Captain America'', this would mean that Howard would have been 53 when Tony was born. It's certainly possible for a womaniser like Howard, although it stretches credibility a bit. The alternative is that Tony was born earlier than 1965, although this has the reverse problem (knocking off ten years, Howard would be 43 when Tony was born -- still plausible -- but Tony would be ''57'' in The Avengers). Really, it makes you wonder why they didn't make Cap's ally be Tony's grandfather and simply make Tony be slightly younger than his actor.
18th Feb '17 10:59:23 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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** According to ''Literature/HaloTheFallOfReach'', 33 [[SuperSoldier Spartan-IIs]] survive the augmentation process in the year 2525, of which 28 survive to 2552, of which 25 were available for Operation: RED FLAG. However, the numbers in media released since ''[=TFoR=]'' don't add up to this at all: Three Spartans go MIA in ''VideoGame/HaloWars'', two more are revealed to have been MIA in ''Literature/HaloGhostsOfOnyx'', seven die in ''Anime/HaloLegends'', two more die in [[AllThereInTheManual supplementary material]], and three of the supposed 25 [[ComicBook/TheHaloGraphicNovel were]] [[Literature/HaloGlasslands deployed]] [[VideoGame/HaloReach elsewhere]] during the preparations for RED FLAG. This means there only could have been 13 Spartans available for RED FLAG in 2552. This took ten years to be rectified, until "[[VideoGame/HaloReach Dr. Halsey's journal]]" (co-written by ''[=TFoR=]''[='s=] author) implied that the gaps (and then some) were filled by [[NotQuiteDead secretly resuscitated Spartans]] (not part of the original 33 graduated ones) who were presumed dead or crippled in augmentations. This allows for up to 37 "washouts" to have also become Spartan-[=IIs=] by 2552 (with the protagonists of ''ComicBook/HaloBloodLine'' implied to be among this number).

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** According to ''Literature/HaloTheFallOfReach'', 33 [[SuperSoldier Spartan-IIs]] survive the augmentation process in the year 2525, of which 28 survive to 2552, of which 25 were available for Operation: RED FLAG. However, the numbers in media released since ''[=TFoR=]'' don't add up to this at all: Three Spartans go MIA in ''VideoGame/HaloWars'', two more are revealed to have been MIA in ''Literature/HaloGhostsOfOnyx'', seven die in ''Anime/HaloLegends'', two more die in [[AllThereInTheManual supplementary material]], and three of the supposed 25 [[ComicBook/TheHaloGraphicNovel were]] [[Literature/HaloGlasslands deployed]] [[VideoGame/HaloReach elsewhere]] during the preparations for RED FLAG. This means there only could have been 13 Spartans available for RED FLAG in 2552. This took ten years to be rectified, until "[[VideoGame/HaloReach Dr. Halsey's journal]]" (co-written by ''[=TFoR=]''[='s=] author) implied revealed that the gaps (and then some) were filled by [[NotQuiteDead secretly resuscitated Spartans]] (not part of the original 33 graduated ones) who were presumed dead or crippled in augmentations. This allows for up to 37 "washouts" to have also become Spartan-[=IIs=] by 2552 (with 2552; the protagonists of ''ComicBook/HaloBloodLine'' are implied to be among this number).number, and Red Team (the ''Halo Wars'' Spartans) were outright confirmed to be so in ''VideoGame/HaloWars2''.
16th Feb '17 2:30:31 AM GigaHand
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* In [[FireEmblemTellius Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn]], we hear a bit of exposition regarding a ruler who was cursed. Said curse killed one of his subjects, then the next day killed two subjects, the next day three, and so on. It is said that the curse was lifted on the one hundredth day, and that by this time half the ruler's subjects had fallen to the curse. One hundred days of such a curse would kill 5050 people, so if this is accurate then the kingdom of [[spoiler:Kilvas]] had somewhere around 10100 citizens at the time - which is a preposterously low number for the population of a country.

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* In [[FireEmblemTellius ''[[FireEmblemTellius Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn]], Dawn]]'', we hear a bit of exposition regarding a ruler who was cursed. Said curse killed one of his subjects, then the next day killed two subjects, the next day three, and so on. It is said that the curse was lifted on the one hundredth day, and that by this time half the ruler's subjects had fallen to the curse. One hundred days of such a curse would kill 5050 people, so if this is accurate then the kingdom of [[spoiler:Kilvas]] had somewhere around 10100 citizens at the time - which is a preposterously low number for the population of a country.country.
** To hammer it home, at one point in the dialogue it's mentioned that 10000 soldiers are guarding a fortress, and that this is very low, showing that one nation having 10000 citizens in its ''military alone'' is preposterously low.
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