Best animated TV factual errors of all time

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Patriot Games - S4-E20

Factual error: The family stays briefly in a British apartment, however the plug sockets displayed are US standard, not UK.

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Over Logging - S12-E6

Factual error: Kyle says he has to log on before school. The next shot shows "Monday 8 days later." 8 days before is a Sunday.

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Factual error: During the theme, the Simpsons' mailbox flag is on the wrong side of the mailbox. (Flags are always on a mailbox's right side, when viewed from the front. The one at the Simpson home is on the left side of their mailbox).

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Sandy's Rocket / Squeaky Boots - S1-E8

Factual error: Sandy's dome is both airtight and watertight. Yet when the rocket launches which is outside the dome, smoke is seen coming inside the dome even though the dome is airtight and watertight.

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The Ninja Poke-Showdown - S1-E32

Factual error: When Venonat uses Stun Spore, Ash tells Bulbasaur to use Whirlwind. Bulbasaur just blows the powder away with his mouth, but he doesn't use the Whirlwind attack. He can't learn Whirlwind in any of the games, and what Whirlwind is supposed to do is to blow the opposing Pokemon away. Ash could have just as easily told Bulbasaur to blow it away, but he instead chose to tell him to use a move that he can't possibly learn. The only Pokemon that can learn Whirlwind are either Flying types or Bug types; i.e., Pokemon with wings (with the exception of Makuhita and Hariyama, which weren't introduced until generation III, and did not exist at the time this episode aired). In The School of Hard Knocks (Season 1, Episode 9), a character mentions information regarding a Pokemon's levels, attacks, and information which is taken straight out of the game, so it's very clear that Bulbasaur should not be able to use Whirlwind.

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The Secret Origin of Denzel Crocker - S3-E8

Factual error: Each time Timmy jumps through time, he goes back 10 years from 2002 (1992, 1982, 1972). However, some of the 80's references, such as Miami Vice, Flashdance & Back To the Future all came out after 1982.

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Archer Vice: Southbound and Down - S5-E5

Factual error: When the bikers are chasing the bus, one of them crashes into the "Now Leaving Texarkana" sign. However, shortly before this, we see Cyril crashing into the sign reading "Austin. 105 miles." Texarkana is almost 350 miles from Austin.

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It's Not Easy Being Green - S5-E16

Factual error: Boomhauer's car, Ms. Sally, has a Texas flag license plate on it. These plates were not issued until 1992, but Ms. Sally was driven into the quarry in the late 70's or early 80's.

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Heads Of Beef / Klub Katz - S1-E11

Factual error: In "Klub Katz" the captian yells "Iceburg, Iceburg, on the starboard side." But when you see the iceburg and the ship, the iceburg was about to hit the bow of the ship.

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Ben 10 (2005)

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The Big Tick - S2-E2

Factual error: When Gwen and Grandpa Max use the shell plates from the tick to ward off it's corrosive secretions, their fingers should have been eaten away since they were grabbing the rims of the plates when the acid came raining down.

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Trade Secrets - S1-E5

Factual error: The Strikers steal several suits of Elemental armor in a few minutes and use it to escape after they are discovered. It takes 15 minutes to put on battle armor unaided and that's for an Elemental trained in its use. The armor is custom fit for a 6 and a half to 7 foot Elemental but 5 foot Val wears one. Elemental armor is also protected by voice recognition and code phrase software. Needless to say there's no way they could just walk out with 3 suits.

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Pooh's Double Trouble / Eeyore Sleeps on It - S1-E19

Factual error: The letters and symbols on the characters' reflections in the mirror look like their regular counterparts, when they're supposed to be in reverse.

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Chickens - S2-E6

Factual error: Diane says that her parents named her Diane because they liked the show "Cheers." However, she recently turned 35, and this episode was created in 2015. She was born in 1980, but the first "Cheers" episode was in 1982.

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Anthology of Interest 2 - S4-E3

Factual error: When human-Bender is dancing in the disco with the two girls there is a fully lit disco ball which manages to cast no light beams on the walls and floor, as they normally do.

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Factual error: In episode 2-7, "Elementary, My Dear Stacy", when they exit the London Eye, it stops. In real life, it does not.

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Factual error: At the end the Moose says his name is Marlon, but in the episode "Project A, for Astral" he was called Melvin.

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Tweenage Tycoons - S1-E4

Factual error: Judging from how they're talking, and when they go, tickets to the concert go on the sale the same day as the concert. Since when did they start doing this?

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Day of the Samurai - S1-E55

Factual error: Batman is in Japan and tracks down Kyodai Ken by using Caller ID, which returns a seven-digit "555" number. Telephone numbers in Japan have 8 digits.

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Chapter 12 - S2-E2

Factual error: After Oro Dassyne has boasted about his fortress' defenses and the droid standung by him announces that he has spotted two Jedi approaching, Dassyne snatches the binoculars from him to take a look himself. Curiously, he holds them at a very different angle, i.e. he is not looking into the same direction the droid was looking, and still he spots the Jedi immediately.

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Door #16 / Arnold as Cupid - S1-E10

Factual error: Ernie removes two screws from a glass panel in the skylight, but then lifts the panel from the side that's still screwed in.

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Wavelength - S3-E8

Factual error: When Cyborg learns the hard way that Bumblebee can fly, his inbuilt Sonic Cannon rips a hole into the wall which glows with heat. A sonic weapon does not work with heat; it would shatter the wall, not melt it.

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A Tale of Two Cows - S2-E10

Factual error: When Princess Clara gives Wooldoor the shotgun, telling him that he has to shoot Live Action Cow, she racks the action, thus chambering a shell. Just before he 'shoots' the cow, Wooldoor racks the action again. This would eject the shell, but no such thing happens.

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Factual error: 2-7 "The Crimsom Avenger": At Dunwyn Erwyllan grabs a bundle of money bills from a fishmonger. It may be just a curiosity since paper money wasn't used in real medevial times, but it is still odd as gold coins are still in heavy use in all other episodes. Even the royal treasury, which is robbed in this very episode, has only bags of coins and no bundles of paper money.

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Factual error: Megatron tells Ravage that the Golden Disc was launched aboard the Voyager spacecraft, just as the Great War between Autobots and Decepticons began. Either Megatron is wrong or Cybertonian history is wrong, because Voyager was launched in 1977, and the Great War didn't begin until 1984 (the first season of The Transformers), seven years later. The disc can be read by lasers, but it was in fact an analog recording (as digital recording did not exist until the early 1980s with the compact disc). Just as well, the disc was only twelve inches wide; it looks much bigger in Beast Wars.

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The Invisible Hand of Fate - S3-E3

Factual error: When Billy is in his first Underground Quiz Match, the host says at the start of the match "Jeopardy Rules apply," then starts with the first answer. Billy buzzes in with the correct question and wins it, however, Jeopardy Rules state that contestants may not buzz in before the host finishes reading. If they do, they lose their chance to buzz in first.

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Recess (1997)

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The Shiner - S3-E9

Factual error: In the beginning, right before the class is noticing TJ's shiner, Ms. Grotke says, "Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President..." which is true, but on the poster behind her, it says "Abraham Lincoln, 14th President."

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X-Men (1992)

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Sanctuary: Part 1 - S4-E6

Factual error: The Moon is more than 230,000 miles away from Earth, yet in a shot of Asteroid M just outside of Earth's orbit, the Moon is right there as well.

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The Devil Wears a Lapel Pin - S11-E7

Factual error: They flash Roger's Discover card, and the first number is a "4." However, all Discover cards start with a "6" - it's only Visa cards that start with "4."

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The White Knight - S1-E3

Factual error: Zelda gives Prince Facade a compliment when he meets her father. Facade smiles and then looks over, the camera follows his view to a mirror on the wall. It then cuts to the mirror showing his reflection as he winks at himself. The problem is though, when the camera was panning from his position, it showed the mirror was against the wall a good distance from him, as well as facing almost a 90 degree angle away from him. So not only was his reflection too big for his distance, but the mirror would not have reflected his image back to him at that angle.

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Triumvirate of Terror! - S3-E8

Factual error: During the final fight in Lex's lair, Joker gives Batman a good smack with his large hammer. As is common in this show, when a good hit is delivered, a freeze frame is show with the figures moving in slow motion with a stylized colorful backdrop to add to the drama dynamics. But as Joker delivers this hit and this stylized shot is shown, the show cuts to some inmates in a prison cell watching the fight on TV. The same stylized shot is shown on their TV, where it would be show like that there, only to us. They would have just seen Joker hit Batman with the hammer and him fly off in real time with no stylized back drop or slow mo.

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