Quotes: Writers Cannot Do Math

"If it takes a millennium to boil you away,
That's .00083 percent in a day
And not that I'm now suggesting you try it,
But you lose pounds faster on the Atkin's Diet
do get dissolved, that seems pretty plain,
But it happens too slowly to cause any pain
What was sold as a torture unspeakably cruel
Becomes a long dip in a big heated pool"

Number 2: Why not use your knowledge of the future to play the stock market? We could make trillions!
Dr. Evil: Why make trillions when we could make... billions?
Scott Evil: A trillion is more than a billion, numbnuts.
Austin Powers: Goldmember

"Every year, worldwide, some 3,000 people are killed by falling coconuts, now if you times that figure by 10, that's 30,000 people every year, which works out at nearly half a million people, every 12 months. Spread that out over a year, that's 4.2 billion people killed by coconuts every month. A frightening statistic."
Angus Deaton, Would I Lie to You?

Vader: Work on this new Death Star is not proceeding fast enough!
Admiral: But my men are already working 14 hours a day!
Vader: Well, then double your efforts!
Admiral: You mean work 28 hours a day!?
"Oh dear, maths."

"I suck at math."

"'Spindly' Klutz might have the stupidest origin story in the history of comic books. He wasn't good at football, so they only let him play half the time. This drove him to revenge. What makes football a strange choice for his origin is that there are offensive and defensive squads on each team. So basically, the author picked the one sport where every player only plays half the time."

"When Bison opens up the huge suitcase of money, it's filled to the brim with phony red cash with Raul Julia's face smack-dab in the middle. Sagat's all 'WTF man! Is this a joke?' 'On the contrary!' Bison winks, 'Every Bison Dollar will be worth FIVE British pounds!' Dang! That's a stiff rate of exchange. Is he planning to issue any Bison Quarters? "

Crewman: The Scimitar is spreading its "targeting wings".
Picard: Targeting wings? It needs fancy targeting wings to hit something bigger than an aircraft carrier from only 1 km away, dead ahead?
Crewman: Yup. And it needs to charge up for 7 minutes too.
Picard: Excellent. Just enough time for another contrived action scene. Hey, if it takes 7 minutes to charge up to kill 1000 people, how long would it take to kill 6 billion?
Crewman: I'd calculate about 80 years. Who the hell wrote this?
Picard: Thank God I signed up for X-Men.

"Ramirez goes into a tailor's and forks over one of his presumably valuable earrings for a suit. Apparently, we’re supposed to believe that the staff of this establishment would go into a swoon upon getting a look that this "solid gold" artifact. The problem is that the shop is apparently supposed to be an exclusive, Saville Row type of place. If so, then a bargain basement suit here might run $10,000. Meanwhile, Ramirez’s earring, weighing perhaps an ounce, might have been worth, I don’t know, seven or eight hundred dollars."

"One episode’s big villain is an immortal who has figured out a mathematical algorithm that takes all the immortals in the world and tells him who he needs to kill and in what order to become the last one. Yeah…there’s a guy whose big schtick is that he plays the fantasy football version of immortality. Forget the fact that no one can calculate how a swordfight to the death is going to turn out due to all the variables involved.
The Screamsheet on Highlander: The Raven

"This dude, who was banished from The Triad club way back when, sends his minions to warn the Charmed Ones about the others. And wait— why was there a fourth guy in The Triad? Wouldn't that make them The Quartet? Unless they just rotate members out; then of course there wouldn't be a way to 'vanquish' them. They're just three random shitters... That's like saying you 'can't vanquish' the Harlem Globetrotters."
Obscurus Lupa on Charmed Season Eight

"Chloe then goes from Smallville all the way to Metropolis, where she fetches a tazer and finds Lana, who's also gone from Metropolis to Smallville to Metropolis (and then later back to Smallville, to passive aggressively chide Clark). Lex has, of course, gone from Smallville to Metropolis at this point, as has Clark, who meets them all there.

No wonder we need the Saudis."
Neal Bailey on Smallville ("Tomb")