Best family movie character mistakes of 2008

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Character mistake: Captain McCrea tells the passengers that it's the 700th anniversary of the Axiom's first flight. The Axiom has been in flight for 255,642 days. Actually, 700 years is 255,675 days. That figure includes the additional day in 175 leap years.

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Suggested correction: Leap years only occur because of the earth's rotation around the sun. As the AXIOM is in space, there is no need to correct for the earth's rotation.

First, rotation is the spin of the Earth (which cause day and night). Revolution is the earth orbiting the sun (which causes years). However, this correction is not valid on the premise you're trying to present. Many films set in space still use Earth time, so a day is 24-hours, even though they're in space and there is no sunrise and sunset (although it's stated the Axiom operates on a 25-hour day). So they would use Earth's year, which takes 365.256 days. Since the Axiom isn't orbiting the Sun, it wouldn't experience a year, so they're using something else. The fact that they're slightly off suggests it's a writing mistake and there's no evidence they use an arbitrary 365.203 day year.


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Character mistake: When Sam pushes Freddie off the plane, his mother puts on the parachute and jumps out as well. She is in such a hurry, that she doesn't buckle the straps across the front. In real life, as soon as the parachute is deployed, the resistance would cause the parachute to come off and she would likely fall to her death.

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Character mistake: The professor identifies the "sea monsters" as plesiosaurs from the Pleistocene. Plesiosaurs became extinct at the end of the age of dinosaurs, nearly 60 million years before the Pleistocene. Of course, the Loch Ness Monster might be an exception.

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