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Where would "Artistic License - Plants" go? For example, Linkara reviewed Batman: Shadow of The Bat #57, and Poison Ivy had marijuana vines. I'm pretty sure that's not how that works.
Artistic License – Biology I think. I can't speak of the accuracy of that concept though.
I thought this part of the book was evidence that some of them were slowly going insane, rather than attempting accuracy:
I deleted this due to both tropers Failing Biology Forever (the Black Death was bubonic plague, and is treated with antibiotics and not "acne medicine"):
I haven't seen the episode though, so I can't say if the show actually refers to the Black Death as a virus...
That\'s also Conversation In The Main Page and a single secondary bullet, both of which were cause to remove or alter the example even if the facts given were correct. Good call on removing it.
Cut from the 40K section:
It's canonical that many worlds in the 40K universe were seeded by the Old Ones. Thus, the existence of aliens that use the same genome-storage system as humans is justified. Not putting it in the article because that's Thread Mode.
I think we should add a section dedicated to nonfiction/documentary shows.
The picture from the Chick Tracts cites big animals suffocating from a lower concentration of oxygen, which posting it on this page says that's a failure at biology. But this "fail" principle of "higher oxygen = dinosaurs live" actually appears on several pages in this wiki, such as on Square-Cube Law or Jurassic Park. So what does that mean? Are those examples wrong, or is the picture actually correct?
That's not what the picture claims. It says the dinosaurs merely get slower. That's not how acclimitization works. Well, we don't know how it worked for Stegosaurus exactly (correction appreciated!), but humans simply learn to breathe faster—unless there's genuinely not enough oxygen to sustain human life, in which case we more or less keel over dead.
Jack Chick seems to have confused low-oxygen acclimitization with anaerobic respiration, which is less efficient than the aerobic kind that uses oxygen. You switch to anaerobic respiration when you're out of breath, or when there's some part of your body that's getting bad circulation for whatever reason. Not when you're hyperventilating low-oxygen air.
Well, in the specific case of Jurassic Park, Malcolm is wrong because the Stegosaur wasn't sick from the lack of air, it was sick from the poison berries it had been accidentally swallowing. None of the other dinosaurs show any problems with breathing, so in the story it doesn't appear to be a concern. But thanks for the explanation, the picture didn't make it clear that it was talking about getting slower versus hyperventilating.
Why aren't we allowed to put this in as a trope? Many articles I've seen already violated this rule, and I don't see any reason it shouldn't be considered a trope. Maybe it should go to the Trivia section?
EDIT: This is a problem with the others as well. Somebody please fix this!
I think a few things in Soul Eater deserve special mention - namely a few of the details involved with Chrona's Black Blood. He (or she) was once pierced through by Death Sythe, but thanks to the black blood the wound hardened and didn't kill him/her. The only issue with this is the fact that Chrona would still have vital organs in the place where he/she was stabbed. There's also the incident before that when Maka says that Chrona's blood had completely stopped when she hit hir blood vessels; one wonders how a person's circulatory system can work like that. Granted, the way the show runs in general tends to make it fall victim to this, but I'm just saying...
Plus, there's any instance of Ragnarok switching to weapon form. Technically, this means that whenever he turns into a sword, Chrona is missing a portion of hir blood. Yet somehow (s)he doesn't seem to have any side effects from lack of oxygen or blood loss.
From the Breaking Dawn section.
This attracted a bit of confusing natter. Does it fit or not?
As it's both incorrect (she could well have been referring to colours in the ultraviolet spectrum or something) and confusing, I'd say blam it.
Well, the human eye can only see a small portion of the visible light spectrum, so whatever she was seeing was either in infrared or ultraviolet, but I'd say it still counts if it wasn't elaborated as to just what this color was like.
The division of the visible light spectrum into seven colors is a completely arbitrary division; there's no clear difference between blue and indigo. Newton wanted to have seven colors because seven is a "mystic number". There's no obvious error here unless Bella had at sometime earlier said something about seeing the seven colors of the spectrum — and even then it's a math error, not a biology one.
There is a mention in a Battlestar Galactica article about the wrong interpretation of Mitochondrial Eve conception. Somebody can describe in detail where the authors have made a mistake?
Under Live Action TV, the page mentions Life After People as an offender, but makes a biological blunder itself. (Ironic, isn't it?) Nostoc is not a protist ("protist" is a wastebasket taxon anyway), it's a cyanobacterium. Yes, an actual bacterium, despite being called an "alga" for most of the history of modern biology.
Questionable life-Jim-but-not-as-we-know-it example:
Seems to me that since Digimon are completely fictional and the whole reproduction thing with them is utterly bizarre anyway, having them do something that isn't realistic to actual earth biology isn't really a problem. I'd say cut it, it's like complaining that Vulcans can die from unrelieved Pon Farr.
Removed a little natter about the Hardy-Weinberg principle, regarding the possible extinction of blonds and redheads. The person was asking why it mattered if equilibrium was nearly impossible. I'll just put it simply: even if the equilibrium is nearly impossible, the principle still stands.
As for blonds and redheads, it is true that (if we assume one gene and complete dominance of dark hair; human hair color is more complicated than that) a blond(e) or redhead mating with a homozygous brunet(te) will always produce dark-haired children, but it's not like those lighter-haired genes disappear into the aether. A recessive gene is one that simply isn't expressed unless you have two, and you inherit one from each parent. A dark-haired person could easily be carrying blond/redhead genes, just without expressing them. And if they pass those genes to their children, it's very possible that their children could wind up with those lighter hair colors. Actually, it's harder to permanently stamp out recessive traits than dominant traits, since it's impossible to know who has the recessive genes but isn't expressing them except by looking at their relatives (this is why most widespread inherited genetic disorders, especially ones that are fatal in the host's early life, are recessive.) And with no significant pressure against blond or red hair, it's not likely to disappear in the foreseeable future.
I (Mr Initial Man) heard of a fertile male mule from my father. Emphasis on "a". So it might have been a freak of nature, but at least one fertile male mule did exist. Still not enough to support a population of mules, though.
Do we list media that revolves around exposing this trope?
Both first-level points are legitimate. The subpoints on the Michael Crichton entry are Natter and Bitching. The Polite Dissent entry should be in "Web Original", the Michael Crichton entry in "Literature"
Because the implication is that inhaling and holding one's breath "increatheth the thithe of one'th breathtth", err, increases the size of one's breasts.
In response to the archives:
Danel: Removed this, since I can't see what the hell it has to do with anything:
Sorry? What is Diddy Kong a pun of?
I thought the Kryptonite was only the radioactive stuff that cancelled powers after Krypton exploded. Anyone more familiar with Superman care to explain?
Took this debated example out:
Haven't seen the film, so I can't comment. But either it's a legitimate example and doesn't need corrections, or it isn't and shouldn't be in the article.
Also took out this example:
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