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20th Sep '17 2:24:12 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Film/{{Scanners}}'': [[spoiler:Darryl Revok]] reveals himself to be [[spoiler:Cameron Vale]]'s older brother, then tells him that one of them was born in 1943, the other in 1948. Earlier in the film ''both'' characters are stated to be thirty-five years old by Dr. Ruth. Either their birth dates are incorrect or one of their ages is.



* ''Film/{{Scanners}}'': [[spoiler:Darryl Revok]] reveals himself to be [[spoiler:Cameron Vale]]'s older brother, then tells him that one of them was born in 1943, the other in 1948. Earlier in the film ''both'' characters are stated to be thirty-five years old by Dr. Ruth. Either their birth dates are incorrect or one of their ages is.
19th Sep '17 6:11:05 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''Film/{{Scanners}}'': [[spoiler:Darryl Revok]] reveals himself to be [[spoiler:Cameron Vale]]'s older brother, then tells him that one of them was born in 1943, the other in 1948. Earlier in the film ''both'' characters are stated to be thirty-five years old by Dr. Ruth. Either their birth dates are incorrect or one of their ages is.
19th Sep '17 10:02:58 AM ShorinBJ
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* ''Series/Supergirl2015'': Kara's age when sent to Earth is given as thirteen. Twelve years later, she's twenty-four. A year after that, [[spoiler:her adoptive father, who disappeared sometime after Kara arrived on Earth, says that he's survived Cadmus for fifteen years.]]
11th Sep '17 3:02:17 PM MBG
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** To join the Fists of Hextor in the early 3E splatbook Sword and Fist, you have to kill a member of that organization. Apparently membership numbers of that organization can only decline. (The Sith have a similar problem)

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** To join the Fists of Hextor in the early 3E splatbook Sword and Fist, you have to kill a member of that organization. Apparently Apparently, membership numbers of that organization can only decline. (The Sith have a similar problem)problem.) Though considering that DeathIsCheap, it might not be as ruinous as it sounds.
** Plenty of stats given out for population sizes, overlapping with SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale, seem way too small or too large for medieval cities. The City of TabletopGame/{{Greyhawk}}, for instance, is the largest city on the continent and has a population of about 70,000. This is about half of what Paris had in 1450, right after being hit by multiple plagues and repeatedly attacked in the Hundred Years War - and this is ''after'' Greyhawk's numbers were retconned to be significantly higher. Sometimes this is played with or justified.
11th Sep '17 12:43:01 PM mogryo
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* The intro to the ''VideoGame/{{X}}-Encyclopedia'' says that it is designed to set the canon in stone. It does that for the most part but introduces a couple new problems. For example, page B-29 says that the [[RingworldPlanet Torus Aeternal]] was blown up in February 2948, then ''the next gorram page'' says the gate network shut down in December '''2947'''. So either the Argon Fleet can teleport, or somebody got a date wrong. Couple that with, ''X3: Albion Prelude'' takes place ''after'' the Torus went up, and the date in-game is ''2949'' after you convert from the Argons' AlternateCalendar. [[SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale And let's not even begin discussing about the other colossal absurdities in mathematics that plague the rest of the series's aspects...]]

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* The intro to the ''VideoGame/{{X}}-Encyclopedia'' says that it is designed to set the canon in stone. It does that for the most part but introduces a couple new problems. For example, page B-29 says that the [[RingworldPlanet Torus Aeternal]] was blown up in February 2948, then ''the next gorram page'' says the gate network shut down in December '''2947'''. So either the Argon Fleet can teleport, or somebody got a date wrong. Couple that with, ''X3: Albion Prelude'' takes place ''after'' the Torus went up, and the date in-game is ''2949'' after you convert from the Argons' AlternateCalendar. [[SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale And let's not even begin discussing about the other colossal absurdities in mathematics that plague the rest of the series's aspects...]]
9th Sep '17 9:24:50 PM Jbadder
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** The scene has three characters make the same mistake: the contestant (a student at a presumably top school), the bursar (a numbers man), and Stephen Fry. It's...odd, to say the least.
30th Aug '17 10:31:38 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. Matpat of [[WebShows/GameTheory Film Theory]] proved that the in-universe formula was not only incorrect, but inconsistent due to the constant changing of units of measurements, and using molecules when anything measured chemically uses pure atoms.

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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. Matpat of [[WebShows/GameTheory Film Theory]] proved that the in-universe formula was not only incorrect, but inconsistent due to the constant changing of units of measurements, and using molecules when anything measured chemically uses pure atoms.
30th Aug '17 10:27:48 AM NNinja
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*** Yes, the number should be 131, but the reason it's held in 1994 was due to the fact that one year, there was a Quidditch World Cup that nobody remembered. Tickets were sold and a venue chosen, and something obviously happened, but nobody could remember it, or explain the memory lapse (though there are several theories ). The Cup got rescheduled the following year, and the whole World Cup being every four years continued after the rescheduling.



*** James Potter's parents have been stated to have been old 'even for wizards' when they had their only child, meaning that they both died of old age before James and Lily's death. This assumes that witches either don't have menopause like muggle women, or go into menopause much later (James's mother being around eighty when she gave birth) and with a much shorter period between infertility and end of life expectancy BUT there's nothing to suggest it isn't true or possible. This was probably one of Rowling's many afterthoughts, but at least it explains how Harry has no living wizarding family (any of James's uncles and aunts could also be dead of old age before his death) and how he's absolutely loaded.
*** Actually, James Potter's parents didn't die of old age (though they ''did'' have him late in life). Pottermore states that Euphemia and Fleamont Potter died of dragon pox, which is more fatal to elderly witches/wizards than it is to younger ones.



** For someone who apparently has dyscalculia, Rowling talks percentages a lot. She said she "made up 95% of the magic" in the books, by which she probably means the pseudo-Latin formulas and their effects. She also claimed that Snape was "about 80-85%" her old chemistry teacher, and ten or so percent a sadistic teacher she had in primary school, and the rest a third, unnamed person who is theorized to be herself.
27th Aug '17 10:44:07 PM jormis29
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* Frank Tashlin's "Porky Pig's Feat" (1943) shows Porky and Daffy's hotel bill, which is totaled at $152.50. A second look at the bill and adding the items all up ($65 room, $20 bath, $32 bed, $15 air, $12.50 sunshine, $17.50 goodwill and $10.50 extra goodwill) shows an actual total of $175.50.

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* Frank Tashlin's "Porky Pig's Feat" "WesternAnimation/PorkyPigsFeat" (1943) shows Porky and Daffy's hotel bill, which is totaled at $152.50. A second look at the bill and adding the items all up ($65 room, $20 bath, $32 bed, $15 air, $12.50 sunshine, $17.50 goodwill and $10.50 extra goodwill) shows an actual total of $175.50.
26th Aug '17 7:43:50 PM thatother1dude
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* The [[GatlingGun Minigun]] in ''VideoGame/Fallout1'' and ''VideoGame/Fallout2'' has a description claiming a 60,000 RPM fire rate. That's 1000 rounds ''per second'', about ten times as fast as the real life M134. Even for ''Fallout'' tech, that's impossibly (and pointlessly) high for a man-portable weapon. The actual in-game weapon only fires 40 rounds in a burst, about 4-8 times as much as most hand-held automatics for the same AP cost.

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* The [[GatlingGun [[GatlingGood Minigun]] in ''VideoGame/Fallout1'' and ''VideoGame/Fallout2'' has a description claiming a 60,000 RPM fire rate. That's 1000 rounds ''per second'', about ten times as fast as the real life M134. Even for ''Fallout'' tech, that's impossibly (and pointlessly) high for a man-portable weapon. The actual in-game weapon only fires 40 rounds in a burst, about 4-8 times as much as most hand-held automatics for the same AP cost.
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