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->"''I'm a filmmaker, not a scientist.''"
-->-- '''Creator/RolandEmmerich'''

Research is hard.

When it comes to science and history, we can't expect the writers to get all the facts right. Maybe we ''should'' be able to expect this, but such expectations will lead to disappointment. To be fair, though, good story will always trump good science.

HollywoodScience is common in ScienceFiction, but does not generally apply to cases where the writers step outside the bounds of known science by applying generous quantities of [[AppliedPhlebotinum phlebotinum]] to circumvent the normal rules. Often times, there's a TechnoWizard to help explain how it works.

If it's an ''intentional'' change from real science, it's not HollywoodScience. Thus, for example, the claim that the pyramids are much older than Pharaonic Egypt in ''Film/{{Stargate}}'' is not HollywoodScience. However, the scene in the movie where they track a probe sent through the stargate, ''while it's dematerialized'' -- that's HollywoodScience.

It's not always a bad thing. See ArtisticLicense.

'''Types of HollywoodScience include:'''
[[index]]
* TheAirNotThere
+ ArtisticLicenseAstronomy
** AsteroidThicket
** BabyPlanet
** CounterEarth
** GravitySucks
** SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale
** WeirdMoon
** WeirdSun
+ ArtisticLicenseBiology
** DevolutionDevice
** EvolutionPowerUp
** GoalOrientedEvolution
** HollywoodEvolution
** HollywoodGenetics
* ArtisticLicenseChemistry
+ ArtisticLicenseGeography
** HollywoodAtlas
* ArtisticLicenseGeology
+ ArtisticLicensePhysics
** ArtisticLicenseNuclearPhysics
** SlowElectricity
* ConvectionSchmonvection
* ExplosiveDecompression
* FormulaicMagic
* FrictionBurn
* FrictionlessReentry
* HollywoodAcid
* HollywoodDensity
+ HollywoodPsych
** AllPsychologyIsFreudian
* HollywoodSilencer
* ImprobableTaxonomySkills
* InstantCooldown
* InTheory
* LiquidAssets
* MagicFromTechnology
* ScienceAtTheSpeedOfPlot
* ScienceCocktail
* SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale
* SnowMeansCold
+ SpaceDoesNotWorkThatWay
** SpaceFriction
** StealthInSpace
* [[SquareCubeLaw Square/Cube Law]], Violation of
* TechnicolorScience
* VariableTerminalVelocity
* UnitConfusion
* UniversalUniverseTime
* UnscientificScience
[[/index]]

As ScienceMarchesOn, mistakes can result from discoveries made after the show was written. In these cases, we must forgive the writers, since they had no way of knowing. Thus, IWantMyJetpack and TheGreatPoliticsMessUp are not really HollywoodScience.
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!!Examples:

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* When footage of the space shuttle in orbit is shown (unless StockFootage provided by NASA is used), the shuttle is almost always shown orbiting "right side up" with its cargo bay doors closed. In reality, the shuttle always orbits with its underside away from the Earth (because that's the side where the heat shielding is strongest), with its cargo bay doors open (because the radiators are on the inner surface of the doors). Curiously, one of the few shows or movies ever to get this right was ''TheWestWing'' (where the shuttle was imperiled by an inability to open its cargo doors).
* Bullets and falling objects frequently disobey the laws of physics. See BlownAcrossTheRoom, VariableTerminalVelocity and BizarreAndImprobableBallistics. Check that - they virtually '''never''' follow proper physics.
* Almost anything where someone or something is in danger of falling into a black hole. A black hole produces the same gravity as a normal object of the same mass and distance. It only can produce higher gravity than a normal object when you get closer to its center of mass than you can for a normal object. (Without going ''inside'' the object, where the gravity from parts of it starts to cancel out). You can still fall into a black hole like you can fall into the Sun, but the idea of a black hole as a sort of space vacuum cleaner is right out.
** If you're outside the event horizon, you can escape if your engines are strong enough. Once you cross the event horizon, ''nothing whatsoever'' can get you out, period. Physics acts differently inside a black hole. Not that there'd be much [[InertialDampening "you"]] left at that point.
* {{Montage}}s used to demonstrate the effect of global events often show it being approximately the same time of day around the world.
* ''Film/{{Armageddon}}'' is loaded with HollywoodScience, to the extent that it has become something of a RunningGag on the [[http://badastronomy.com Bad Astronomy website]]. Some can live with it, some can't.
* An incredibly horrible example from ''BadBoys 2'': A truck carrying some cars is traveling at very high speed. One of the cars falls off but is still attached to the truck by a chain. It hits the ground and digs in, thus acting like an anchor. Said truck's rate of acceleration actually seems to increase!
* A good example of bizarre Hollywood logic can be found in the movie ''Film/BatmanAndRobin,'' where one of the two villains has a diamond-created [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laser_cooling laser-powered cooling system]] necessary for his survival. Laser cooling Does Not Work That Way. It is for cooling groups of atoms from "cold" to "''damn'' cold", please pardon the imprecision of that expression. It wouldn't work for anything like the setup in the movie.
* In ''Film/BatmanBegins'', the microwave device intended to vaporize all the water in Gotham City is turned on ''with people standing right next to it.'' Keeping in mind that people are 80% water, this is just one of the more obvious reasons why the city-threat plot device is implausible.
** They ''did'' say the microwave device was a weapon, and would as such almost certainly be a ''focused'' beam, and when they turn on the device, the beam is directed downwards, away from the people standing next to it. But turning it on inside a massive steel tram car ''above'' the ground and vaporizing water from pipes ''under'' the ground, while there are lots and lots of people standing ''on'' the ground is an exercise in absolute stupidity.
* While we're on the subject of Nolanverse Batman, ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' "sonar phone" DeusExMachina has caught much flak for its... let's be nice and just say "implausibility".
* ''Film/ABeautifulMind'' features a scene in which John Nash explains his "Nash Equilibria" his big discovery that eventually won him the Nobel (Memorial) Prize in Economics. He explains it as "there are 4 guys at a bar, there are a bunch of ok looking brunettes and one hot blond. If everybody hits on the blond she will be turned off by the attention and turn all of them down, but then all the brunettes will be turned off by the fact that the guys are only hitting on them after the blond and thus the guys will all go home alone, but in the movie the "Nash Equilibrium" is to all make an agreement to snub the blond and go for the brunettes and thus for all of the guys to get laid." The problem is that a Nash Equilibrium is when no parties can improve their own situation by acting independently which the solution from the movie does not fulfill as any of the guys who was going to hit on the brunette could at the last moment switch to hitting on the blond. The real Nash Equilibrium is to agree before hand for one of the guys to hit on the blond with all the other guys to agree to hit on brunettes.
* Many a DisasterMovie. The most ridiculous, though, is definitely ''Film/TheCore''. Magnets do not affect energy, regardless of what the movie says. A very tiny portion of the sun's energy hits Earth. Radio signals do not penetrate thick rock. Energy and sound waves diffuse as they travel and become distorted. 1,000 Megatons of force is far too weak to restart the Earth's core. A cave with 5,000 degree heat and 10,000,000 psi of pressure would collapse. Oxygen exposed to high pressure becomes a highly unstable polymer. Many more examples exist, but these are quite egregious. Weirdly, the portrayal of the space shuttle in Earth orbit -- "upside down" relative to Earth -- is one of the better ones (see the space shuttle point, above).
** The most egregious of all is the premise: That a new Defense Department system has somehow ''stopped the Earth's core from rotating relative to the Earth.'' What became of the core's momentum and kinetic energy is never explained.
** A few of the promotional interviews for the movie involved the man who was the 'scientific adviser' for the film, who had a bit of an "it could have been worse" attitude. Apparently, the original script called for the Plot Bus to have ''a window''.
* Some people, though, [[SoBadItsGood enjoy these sillier aspects of such movies]], citing them as [[RuleOfFun part of the fun]]. ''DeepImpact'', however, was [[{{Narm}} supposed to be serious]], which arguably [[DanBrowned makes its inaccuracies worse]]. For instance, the four nuclear devices causing a clean cut in the comet (as shown in a graphic in the movie) is impossible on several levels.
** One troper's Astronomy teacher in college was a science adviser on ''Deep Impact''. They ignored most of what he said, except for his strong warning about the ridiculousness of having astronauts hopping around on the surface of a comet as though they were on the Moon (if you were standing on a comet you more than likely wouldn't be able to tell there was ''any'' gravity, period); the scene was altered. Of course, he also got a cameo out of the deal (balding guy in mission control, even has a line).
** The entire premise of shattering a comet with a bomb to save a planet is flawed anyway, since you still have the same amount of mass traveling toward the planet, albeit broken up into smaller chunks. It's not the size of the object alone that makes it dangerous, but how much mass it has.
*** It depends. Larger than a certain size, a asteroid/comet can effectively bore through the Earth's atmosphere fast enough to remain mostly intact. Thus, breaking up an object much larger than this threshold size into several smaller objects, each of which is ''still larger than the critical size,'' actually makes things '''worse'''. However, if you can break up the larger object into many smaller objects much smaller than the critical threshold size, they will all effectively be destroyed in the atmosphere. Whether a bomb is a good idea is dependent on a whole host of factors (mostly the size and exact composition of the comet), but the comet depicted almost certainly would have been a bad candidate for such a plan.
* Skipping blithely over the [[ArtisticLicenseBiology biology]] in ''Film/{{Evolution}}'', there are two massive chemistry howlers in the the section where Ira Kane (played by David Duchovny) works out how to beat the aliens. Firstly, saying that arsenic is "our" (i.e. carbon-based life forms') poison doesn't really work. Lots of elements are more toxic to humans than arsenic, like, well, selenium, the aliens' poison. And secondly, the idea of a nitrogen-based life form is just whacked anyway, as nitrogen doesn't form into long chains the way carbon does. Nitrogen-based compounds... well, let's just say the shared syllable in ''Nitro''gen, ''Nitro''glycerine, and Tri''nitro''tolulene [[MadeOfExplodium is not a coincidence]].
** It also depicts evolution as inevitable progress towards intelligent mammals, while a line in another part of the film correctly states that natural selection doesn't favor complex animals over simple ones. And it depicts a simple soft-bodied crawling invertebrate as having a mouth on the dorsal surface and an anus on the ventral surface, while every real-life analog is the other way around. On the other hand, [[RuleofFunny it's a comedy]].
** And let's not forget that the way the creatures rapidly grow in size flagrantly violates the Law of Conservation of Mass. In at least two instances, great heat causes massive growth, which would be acceptable enough for the sake of the plot, except they take on biomass without any apparent means of obtaining it.
** Most ludicrous is the depiction of a single cell as being the biggest and baddest. Real biology just does not work that way. The simple structure only allows material transfer via diffusion. It works fine in tiny stuff, like bacteria. Bigger things need more compartments to function efficiently. Plants and animals are extreme cases of such.
* ''Film/FantasticFour'' (2005) has a Star Trek-esque "cloud of cosmic energy" floating by Earth's orbit, and Reed believes this type of cloud may have triggered evolution, and could have untold benefits for humanity and biological science. It looks like the writers were trying to take the hokey "cosmic radiation" origin from the comics and make it more relevant to modern science. But there really is an area of concentrated space radiation right around Earth's orbit, the Van Allen Belt, where the Fantastic Four in the comics encountered high levels of space radiation due to poor shielding. The made up glowing energy blob has less of a basis in reality than the origin from the 60's.
* ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}''. [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever Not including the giant rampaging dinosaurs]], the film series is just full of 'em. [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Oxygen Destroyer, anyone?]]
* In ''Film/{{Highlander}}'', Brenda dates Connor's sword by its absorbency. Yes, the ''absorbency'' of a ''katana''. In real life the metallic composition of a sword (which can sometimes give clues as to its date and place of manufacture) can be ascertained by subjecting a small sample of its metal to something called atomic absorption spectroscopy. WE won't go into details (though [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atomic_absorption_spectroscopy if you insist]]) but the absorption in question is of ''light''. Evidently the writers had vaguely heard of it but misunderstood what it involved, unless the katana really was made by the legendary swordsmith Andrex.
* ''Film/TheRocketeer'': Zeppelins ''do not burn like that'', dammit!
* ''Film/SpiderMan2'' has a depiction of nuclear fusion that is almost, but not entirely, completely unlike real fusion techniques. For instance, the machine creates a miniature sun, but it looks exactly our sun recolored under x-ray light so that it's surface is visible. It even has sunspots, even though a sun that small shouldn't have them. Additionally, nobody is blinded from looking at it.
* The original ''Film/TotalRecall1990'' has a fairly bizarre example: in the film, Mars' core is supposedly ''made of ice'' in defiance of density and temperature issues-- never even mind what jettisoning the core of a planet should do when you have a space that will probably be filled by the most expedient mean possible (total collapse). Then again, it's probably AllJustADream.
** Also, when the villain explodes by being sucked out of the building on to the surface of Mars.... there are many, many things wrong with this. For one, Mars is not a vacuum, it has an atmosphere (Though to be fair, not much of one, so the surface pressure would be much lower than the interior of the building which had Earth-like atmosphere). Even if it was a total vacuum, going from Earth atmospheric pressure to a total vacuum will not make anybody explode. The human body is much more resilient than that - astronauts have lost pressurization in parts of their suits while doing space walks and come back only noting a mild discomfort in the part which had been de-pressurized. Full body vacuum exposure will kill you, but from suffocation, not from exploding.
* ''{{Twister}}:'' The antics of the chasers in the movie would get real chasers killed in the field. Add into this that they get some chaser terminology wrong, some of the science of tornadoes and other severe weather wrong, and that the climax is [[spoiler:the heroes riding out a violent tornado just by tying themselves down when they would have been ground into beef by the debris is real life]], it is little wonder that this movie is watched by chasers and meteorologists [[SnarkBait just to mock it mercilessly]].
** Not to mention the fact that a twister can well outdistance a human on foot and thus it would be impossible for the protagonists to run away from them as they did several times. It's also fairly obvious how the speed of the twisters are changed to suit the scene's needs.
** At one point the tornado apparently roared and growled at the protagonists. [[SarcasmMode Now this may be shocking,]] but in reality twisters can not roar.
* ''Buffalo Soldier'' contains a scene where someone in charge of a large-scale heroin synthesis operation warns that if the solution hits boiling point, dire consequences will occur. Conveniently enough, as we later discover during a dramatic close-up on a thermometer, it boils at exactly 100C. (Even if it were to hit the actual boiling point of ~270C, the result wouldn't have been nearly as explosive as shown in the film.)
* ''{{Equilibrium}}'' has the concept of GunKata, a combat martial art whereby it is possible to determine the locations of opponents in a gunfight and their most likely lines of fire, breaking it down into a statistical formula that can be memorized to allow the Grammaton Cleric to evade incoming fire and shoot back at his opponents without looking. Needless to say, this ''doesn't'' work in RealLife, as actual gunbattles are based around cover, maneuver, and lines of sight, and can be extremely unpredictable and chaotic. They are virtually impossible to control, let alone analyze for statistical study, and the vast range of variables inherent to a gunfight simply cannot be predicted.
** Technically, such gun fights ''are'' subject to statistical analysis. However, the GunKata is dependent on everything adhering to a "expected" profile; basically, assuming '''all''' actions are within a standard deviation of mean. Which, of course, displays a complete misunderstanding of Statistics, because virtually all such situations are ''guaranteed'' to have statistical outliers, which, in this case, absolutely will get a practitioner killed.
* ''All About Steve'' has a case of this, among other things. What was the deal with that hurricane getting downgraded into a mere tornado?
* According to the 2006 ''StrangeCaseOfDrJekyllAndMrHyde'' movie, {{nanomachines}} can [[UnstableGeneticCode completely change the species of whatever gets injected with them]]
* [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in ''Film/IronMan1'': "Sir, the technology we need doesn't exist".
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* A book from a series trying to capitalise on the popularity of ''Goosebumps'', in which the MadScientist 's device uses "infrablue light". Apparently the colour green can do some pretty weird things.
** [[GreenLanternRing Yes, yes it can...except to yellow things.]]
* David Brin repeatedly makes the same mistake as the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "Blink" in the Uplift Storm trilogy. There is a stasis field where people inside only seem to move when nobody is watching them and an off hand statement that someone shouldn't stare at that quantum life form because it's having trouble and can't do anything while being watched.
* Not only that, but machine life was nearly crippled in certain environments due to its inability to "observe". Brin got it wrong in ''Earth'', too...a scene near the end has a scientist ''creating a new universe'' by simply looking at an artificial singularity. Given his background in science, one might expect better...
* Despite being technologically savvy (he '''''invented the communications satellite'''''), Arthur C. Clarke gave a ridiculously impossible ending to ''[[Literature/TheSpaceOdysseySeries 3001: The Final Odyssey]]''; he Failed Computer Science Forever, because Emulation Doesn't Work That Way.
* Lampshaded in ''Literature/{{Redshirts}}''. Anytime a rather questionable problem needs to be solved, the science team pulls out the box, which ignores any and all laws of physics to find the solution to the problem, oftentimes producing results that cannot be replicated under any other circumstances. [[spoiler: Seeing as how they're characters in a television show, this makes sense in context. Also, using black holes to travel back in time/to the real world]]
--> '''Trin:''' Counter-bacterial? Dont you mean a vaccine?
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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]
* ''Series/{{Eureka}}''. Every. Damn. Episode. It's as if the entire series was written by Treknobabble writers.
** And writers who don't even bother to look terms up when they're ''trying'' to be accurate, as when the term "distal phalange" was used to describe a pinky bone. "Distal" is a correct description for a fingertip-bone, but "phalanx" is the proper singular of "phalanges". Somebody put the dictionary away too soon.
* ''BlackHoleHigh'' seems to want to convince children that science is kind of cool. Unfortunately, "science" is taken to generally mean, "String random scientific terms together and claim this makes sense somehow."
** For example, the space around a metal ball "loses its gravitational field" therefore, it "makes perfect sense" that it would not only float, but would ''accelerate'' every time it collided with something -- and this is claimed to be a "textbook" example of Newton's second law of motion.
** The eponymous black hole itself is ridiculous. There is a minimum size for a black hole to have any stability and self contained mass. By the time they had a black hole massive enough to begin bending the rules of relativistic space, or continuing to exist for that matter, it would have gobbled up more than one hair-brained professor. All of planet Earth would have to take the plunge, at the very least. There's also the inconvenient issue of where they would get all of the super-massive isotopes necessary to even think of constructing a black hole, so I hope they have decent containment equipment, or that school should be glowing in the dark.
** Also, physics seems generally flexible. This has something to do with the nearby black hole. That a nearby black hole could alter the normal behavior of the laws of physics is entirely reasonable. That it doesn't just destroy the planet ''isn't''. And that it might alter physics in such a way that it can be [[StrawVulcan trumped by one's emotional state or plot-induced personality flaws]] is... well... Television.
** "Probability" takes the cake. This week's anomaly inverts the bell curve, inverting "likely" and "unlikely", as a result of Marshall's writing a list of predictions for the future. The last of these is that a science club member will die. As the science club members each narrowly survive dangerous accidents, they "realize" that they are now safe, as the laws of probability say that to be so endangered once in a day is at the "far edge of the bell-curve" and therefore it is nigh-impossible for such an accident to happen twice to the same person. This ultimately leaves Marshall in mortal peril as he is the only member of the club not to be "pre-disastered", until he has his own narrow escape. All this adds up to Professor Zachary being patently unqualified to teach probability. If it worked that way, a lot of gamblers would be rich men now: the idea that one unlikely random event happening could make other independent random events less likely is the ''single biggest fallacy in all of probability'' -- and all of gambling (It's called "The Gambler's Fallacy", in fact).
** Worse, even if probability worked like that, the ''whole idea of the episode'' is that the laws of probability have been inverted, so if the odds really ''had'' gotten worse, it should have made their deaths ''more'' likely.
* ''CSIMiami'': "Prey": A suspect's IP address is traced as 359.33.9.234. This is actually a new variety of FiveFiveFive (while intentionally avoiding private IP address, like 10.X.Y.Z, 172.16.X.Y or 192.168.X.Y). All of those examples are possible with [=IPv4=]. The '''exact''' behaviour is not defined, but most systems will do modulo 256 on all four numbers. This was used in many movies to create weird [=IPs=] that people who know just enough to recognize an address think it's ''bad'', while those that decide to try ''hacking'' end up attacking for example 127.0.0.1
** To be fair to CSI, an IP starting 10 or 192.168 would also be problematic... those ranges are different to FiveFiveFive in that 555-numbers are normal phone numbers that just aren't (or weren't) used... however the private IP ranges ''are'' used, but aren't normal... and their use in the CSI scene would be just as worthy of appearing in this list (whoa, this hacker is hacking via the Internet, but from a private IP!)
** It's even worse in "Big Brother", where the last numbers of the IP addresses have ''four'' digits. Also note that IP v6 would use Base 16, where 1) 255 would appear as FF, 2) numbers are separated by colons, not periods; and 3) the numbers are based on 8-digit binary numbers (known as a byte), so IP numbers would ''still'' never rise above 255, which is 11111111 in binary.
* The writers of the third season of ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' clearly have no idea how solar eclipses work, giving us a total solar eclipse within a year of the previous one, which is visible ''all over the world'' for several hours. Oh, and it has some sort of effect on people's genes. Right.
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' serial ''City of Death'', the Mona Lisa plays a significant role as MacGuffin, but the painting shown is much larger than the actual Mona Lisa (most people who have never seen it in person would be surprised by how small it actually is). It's also depicted as being painted on canvas, not wood. Even the ''My Favorite Martian'' episode with time-travelling da Vinci got that part right.
* The Mona Lisa is also too large in ''Mona Lisa's Revenge'', a story of ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'' -- but they do mention in dialogue that the painting is smaller than most people think.
* ''{{CSI}}'' is often accused of Hollywood Science; which arguable applies to the time compression more or less necessary for dramatic purposes. Early on in the show's run, the producers stated that they made the science deliberately bad, to avoid becoming a primer on evading detection for budding criminals.
* In one episode of ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'', a character waits for a phone call at 11pm at night from Germany. Although there is a six-hour time difference between New York and Germany, Germany is six hours ''ahead'': 11pm in New York is 5'''am''' in Germany, not 5pm.
** Possibly justified, as she was in Germany on a culinary fellowship. Perhaps she had to get up early to cook breakfast.
* The ''Series/{{Numb3rs}}'' episode "Backscatter" had, in a background shot, the phrase "Email response IP address: 192.3382.1043.010.255".
** Another episode of ''{{Numb3rs}}'' involved a coded message whose solution was an IP address with a first octet of '''275'''. Way to make the puzzle impossible for people playing at home, guys...
* Spoofed in ''Series/OdysseyFive''. At one stage the Odyssey team consult an abrasive sci-fi writer clearly based on Creator/HarlanEllison (who conceived the series). As they can't tell him the truth (that they've travelled back in time five years to avert the destruction of the Earth) the team pretend they're writing a science fiction novel. The sci-fi writer goes into detail on how cliched and scientifically implausible their 'novel' is.
* ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' featured an episode where one of the heroes had a hard time closing a space station's bulkhead because the ''air rushing out'' kept blowing him back. We can assume that he didn't seal himself on the "You die now" side of things, so it seems that air pressure flows from low to high in the world of Stargate.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' has a season one episode "The Alternative Factor" where Spock declares the planet they are orbiting has a "oxygen-hydrogen atmosphere". This is extremely unlikely, as oxygen and hydrogen are highly reactive and react rather violently with each other, producing water. Specifically, this is the strongest chemical reaction per weight unit we know about, and we use it in rockets like the Space Shuttle to get satelites and other equipment into space. Very likely Spock wanted to say "oxygen-nitrogen" instead, describing an atmosphere like the one we currently enjoy on earth.
** Another episode had the cast using what they probably thought was a high number - one to the twenty-fifth power, which is...one. What they probably meant was 1 x 10^25, which is 10 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000.
* ''Series/TeamKnightRider'' once claimed that "Liquefied nitrogen gas" was a high explosive, even though nitrogen is well-known for being functionally inert in most situations. Presumably they meant "Liquified ''natural'' gas".
** Or someone noticed the shared syllables in Nitrogen, Nitroglycerine, and Trinitrotolulene. Again.
* On ''Series/VeronicaMars'', Veronica and her dad ring in the new year by watching the ball drop in Times Square. Three hours earlier. (It should be noted, however, that the Times Square festivities are in fact broadcast "live" on the West Coast on a three-hour tape delay.)
* ''{{Fringe}}'' is probably a deliberate example, violating every physical law and then some, normally as [[CaptainObvious some sort of fringe science]] doing it.
** Somewhat justified by the acknowledgement that, at least in some cases, the laws of nature and physics don't follow those of the real world.
* In the 1977 ''Series/DoctorWho'' serial ''The Robots of Death'', a character dismisses the Doctor's explanation of what's going on as impossible, and the Doctor retorts that bumblebees fly even though that's also "impossible". This is an urban legend which has been traced back [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bumblebee#Flight to at least 1934]] if not earlier and is based on applying equations to bumblebee flight that were known to be the wrong ones even back then.
* ''Series/{{Community}}'': While running a psychology experiment Prof. Duncan has a total breakdown when he encounters the outlier of extreme patience that is Abed, ranting that his Duncan's Principle has been completely broken. Of course any scientist can tell you a single outlier is hardly enough to totally disprove a hypothesis concerning human psychology. Possibly an intentional example, since Duncan is clearly demonstrated throughout the series to be a fairly inept psychologist.
** Plus, if you alter (and simplify) Duncan's Theorem, it's essentially "Given enough time, all participants will quit, leaving only an observer." The Theorem isn't disproved by Abed's unusual tenacity... It just unwittingly made the observation team a part of the control.
* ''ThePretender'': "Keys": To quote the episode preview: "...Jarod becomes trapped in a hurricane with Miss Parker..." Unfortunately, their method of protecting themselves is simply to board up the windows of the (non-reinforced) building they take shelter in, against purported sustained winds, of an eyewall which likewise purportedly passes directly over them, of 175 mph: some 20 mph above the Category 5 threshold, and some 3 mph above the highest winds ever recorded by ground instrumentation (before it was destroyed) for a landfalling hurricane[[note]]Hurricane Camille, 17 August 1969[[/note]]. Shortly thereafter, they ''go driving in the storm'', which is shown as having roughly the intensity of a mild Midwestern thunderstorm, rather than annihilating everything within at least one mile of the coast.
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* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' uses the colour "Infragreen." That's yellow, for those of you playing along at home. Naturally, Gnomes are involved.
** This may be a tip of the hat to the "infra-green" headlights on Franchise/TheGreenHornet's car. Blizzard is particularly fond of pop culture references.
** To be fair, the "Infragreen" dome itself is yellow while the rest of the references are green. Perhaps a developer tried to make an optics joke that was misunderstood by others.
*** And perhaps Gnomes visible light spectrum ends with green instead of red as ours, which would make it just fine to use infragreen for red, yellow and all the other colors with lower frequency than green.
**** To be even ''more'' fair, this is Gnomes we are talking about. Gnomish Engineering includes such gems as the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Gnomish World Enlarger]] - which 'shrinks' the user by literally enlarging the entire universe - the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Gnomish Poultryizer]] and various [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Wormhole Generators]]. All of these items have internal failure rates between 10-15%, and can backfire with hilarious results. Gnomish 'physics' are gleefully and deliberately impossible, and Gnomish 'science' is really just magic with wrenches instead of wands.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* In ''CaptainSNES'', this is invoked deliberately: Alex points out to his captor that Videoland doesn't have science; rather, it has ''Science!!''. Basically, Videoland science works on [[RuleOfCool what's cool or useful]], not by logic or by real-world science.
* ''Webcomic/{{PHD}}'' parodies this on [[http://www.phdcomics.com/comics/archive.php?comicid=1391 two]] [[http://www.phdcomics.com/comics/archive.php?comicid=1156 occasions]].
* SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal parodies this [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=1804#comic here]].
* ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' has "[[http://xkcd.com/683/ Movie science montage / Real science montage]]" strip.
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* The NecroCritic loves to point out this trope. Usually by mentioning how he's "pretty sure (extremely obscure/specific scientific property) doesn't work that way".
** Then of course there was his freak out about the above DrJekyllAndMrHyde example:
-->"''Not only do nanorobotics not work that way, [[YouFailBiologyForever genetics don't work that way]], and science '''IN GENERAL''' doesn't work that way!''"
* Parodied, like nearly everything else, in ''ItalianSpiderman''.
* The classic website [[http://www.aycyas.com/ And You Call Yourself a Scientist!]] is devoted to pointing out the numerous examples of bad science in cinema.
* Likewise, WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick's video "Playing God" has numerous helpful tips about how to stop science going wrong in movies.
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* In the ''JusticeLeague'' episode "The Enemy Below", the villain tried to melt the arctic ice cap to flood the world, even though since arctic ice is floating in water it wouldn't change sea levels much, if at all. However, this may have been a confusion of wording on the part of the writers; while ''arctic'' (i.e. north pole) ice floats in water, ''ant''arctic ice does sit, in large part, on an actual continent and could indeed cause flooding if it melted quickly enough (Though it still wouldn't be enough to cover the Earth's entire landmass). In fact, an explosion or "impact" destroying the latter is what triggers many of the events in the main plot or characterization in ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'s'' pilot episode, "Space Pilot 3000", had the whole world ring in the new year on New York time. Twice. 1,000 years apart. (Including a couple of shots on other planets.) Although, as the show is a comedy, this ''may'' have been [[RuleOfFunny intentional]].
** Possibly justified, and more of a cultural issue than a science issue in any case. If there's a [[Creator/IsaacAsimov Galactic Standard Year and a Galactic Standard Time]], everyone would celebrate the new year at the same time. To a lesser extent, this happens today, with many people in different time zones still watching the ball drop in New York.
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* ''Hollywood Science'' was also an Open University program run on Creator/TheBBC, which attempted to assess the scientific validity of several events from movies including ''Film/DieHard'', ''Film/{{Speed}}'' and ''Film/FightClub'', [[DanBrowned DanBrowning]] some (but not all) of them in the process.
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