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Headscratchers: The Day After Tomorrow
  • Americans say that Australia got a Typhoon. a) Americans call them Hurricanes b) Australians call them Cyclones. So why the heck do they use the asian name for them?
    • "Typhoon" refers to Pacific hurricanes in general, including ones that hit the American Pacific Coast, so the average American would probably use that word to describe one hitting Australia. (This might not actually be the correct technical distinction between Typhoon/Hurricane, but it seems to be the general belief among East Coast Americans where I live)
    • In a part of America, Typhoons are Hurricanes that are mostly water and Cyclone is a superhero. While not logical from a technical standpoint, in-character people calling it that makes sense.
  • In the party scene at the school. Why the heck does Sam's name tag say 'Hello my name is Yoda'?
    • Probably to show that his character has a sense of humor.
  • Is it even possible for two twisters to join like that? Beside each other their sides would be going opposite ways. I would have thought that would have made them clash and cancel each other out. (Genuine question by the way.)
    • Yes, it's possible, but not very common.
    • Actually, two tornadoes in proximity to one another would spin around each other, often close enough to appear to be just one fat funnel, like a wedge tornado. In these cases, the stronger vortex will sometimes starve the weaker vortex of its energy source and kill the weaker vortex, or both will survive and get stronger.
  • How the hell do they use a wood and paper fire to stop a wave of air so cold it makes ice crystallize on stone walls and freezes a human in seconds?
    • In that same vein, as mentioned by Rifftrax: Why did the characters immediately default to burning the books, especially when the preservation of First World knowledge and culture through books would probably be absolutely paramount in order to help humanity rebuild after having essentially the entire First World wiped out? Why not, y'know, the wooden furniture of the library, considering that wood burns warmer, longer, and leaves a lot less smoke instead of the remaining and durable repositories of knowledge and literature?
      • Paper burns more readily than wood, which is important if you're trying to keep the fire lit in spite of the extreme cold.
      • Which is an argument for using paper as kindling, but not as fuel.
  • I find it odd from a film making perspective, that at $1 million a wolf, they went for using C.G.I wolves rather than real, trained wolves which would be better looking and cheaper.
  • Why are they huddling for days and days in a library when there's a perfectly good abandoned freighter floating down the street from them? Ships have things the library doesn't... such as diesel generators, climate control, long-range radios, food supplies, and beds. And yet nobody considers the freighter as anything other than a possible source of medical supplies.
    • It'd been established that it was too cold to survive in even for a short period of time. Even if they were just travelling down the street, what are the odds they'd all make it. Plus they had a sick person with them, and they'd already set up a - rather weak - source of heat in the library.
      • Well, given that a later part of the plot has two guys making a round trip to the freighter and back without even taking a rest break, and being chased by wolves aside, I'd say the odds of survival were somewhere around "one out of one".
  • The part where our class full of honor students and science geniuses actually had the gall to act surprised that someone who'd gashed their leg while standing hip-deep in New York City sewer water might get an infected wound.
    • Did she actually tell anybody she'd cut her leg?
      • Yes, given that she needed help bandaging it.
      • The problem is though, she only told one person about cutting her leg, and it was a minor, supporting character who really served no real purpose to the story at all.
      • It's still asinine given that she herself, being one of those gifted students, should know damn well that her wound is at high risk of becoming infected and thus she should alert the others to the possibility, if not try and find some alcohol to rub the thing down with or something.
  • Why did the global freeze stop at political frontiers?
    • It didn't, even Jack said Texas would be fine. The entire population would probably think in terms of borders, so it would be better to tell everyone to make their way to Mexico instead of them all thinking "we're in the southern half of the country... we'll be fine."
      • Even so, the panning shot of the Earth at the end shows that Texas was completely covered in ice and snow, as well as Florida, both of which should have been spared. So no, they weren't fine.
      • He was probably defining "fine" as "not dead and buried under fifty feet of snow", rather than "not stuck indoors shivering". The southern states may just have been subjected to winter conditions rather than glaciation.
      • On the other hand, the way the southern states handled the 2013-2014 winter (where residents of the state of Georgia had lots of trouble after getting two whole inches of snow when temperatures dropped below 30) suggests that anyone probably there died of exposure, too. Viva la Mexico: the last great hope for warmth!
  • Just one question: Why are the people driving into a tornado throwing cars at them?
  • "I hope no one was in that car!" - TV announcer after a tornado-tumbled bus rolls over a Porsche. Wouldn't the possibility that there were people on the bus be more of a concern...? Considering the number of occupants each vehicle is built to carry...?
    • For that matter, why even hope that a car was empty when it was clearly seen moving on its own shortly before the bus hit?
  • Why does the Scots speak in an American accent, and why does Tokada, an American, speaks a semi-British accent? It was never stated in the movie that they are immigrants or studying aboard.
    • Seeing this movie for myself, none of the Scots speak in American accents: their accents just aren't real heavy (and most European accents you hear in American entertainment are large exaggerations anyway); like with Americans, certain accents and dialects are more noticeable than others are, such as, say, a Brooklyn accent, or a Cajun (Louisiana) accent. Same with the U.K., they have regional accents and dialects that are more pronounced than others.
  • How come Tokada and two other dudes were the only climatologist NASA sent out? It's under the LAW that NASA has to monitor this huge shift. They have a huge program dedicated to monitoring climate change. Even the California drought made it to NASA homepage a few times. Moreover, the storm is affecting the Cape and Russia, so wouldn't it make sense for them to do more research on it?
    • Judging by the actions of the Vice President at the climate conference, this movie apparently occurs in an AU where the US government didn't give a fuck about climate, didn't pass any laws regarding it, and didn't fund any programs for it. Which would be consistent with the whole heavy-handed Anvilicious that's the entire movie, I guess.
  • If it's an ice age why is only the Northern hemisphere effected? Shouldn't we at least hear about some doomed Australians or South Americans/Africans heading North?
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