Best TV factual errors of 2014

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Achilles - S2-E5

Factual error: 1. Why wasn't Prairie/Masker operating all the time they knew a sub was out there? That's SOP for the US Navy. 2. Spearfish torpedoes are homing torpedoes. They wouldn't just shoot by on each side of the ship, but if they did, they'd turn around and pursue their target until they ran out of fuel. 3. Why didn't the ship employ countermeasures when the sub launched torpedoes? A noisemaker, a nixie - Navy ships don't just cross their fingers and hope the torpedoes miss.

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Mercy Moment Murder Measure - S1-E7

Factual error: Early in the episode, there is a long shot of Woodhull's farm, snow on the ground...and aeroplane vapor trails in the sky.

goofyfoot
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White Out - S2-E13

Factual error: They repeatedly say how equipment will freeze in moments, but they leave their faces exposed and coats open, hoods off at times. In such cold temps, the skin would freeze in minutes.

PappyBlade
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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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Season 2 generally

Factual error: Educated characters, including an eminent scholar, continually translate 'Lupus Dei' as 'Hound of God'. Even someone with the most basic Latin would know it actually means 'Wolf of God'.

Necrothesp
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Attack on Central City - S3-E14

Factual error: Wells states that there are "precisely 90,000" possible 5-digit combinations for the keypad (to abort the nuclear code). However, there are actually 100,000 possible combinations (10^5).

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Season 3 generally

New this month Factual error: Parts of this season take place in St. Cloud, Minnesota. The problem is, the St. Cloud they portray has significant skyscrapers. St. Cloud is a town of about 80,000 people with no large skyscrapers.

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Into the Woods - S2-E17

Factual error: The address on Lee's business card shows her zip code for Atlanta, GA as "11453." This is a non-existent US zip code, and the zip code for Atlanta is "303xx."

Bishop73
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State of Emergency - S1-E2

Factual error: Throughout the episode the military are shown carrying Israeli Military Industries Tavor assault rifles. Israel does not sell weapons to any Arab states. Especially if said state already allied with the US and is thus buying its weaponry from the US.

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Occultation - S1-E6

Factual error: In the scene where the shadow of the eclipse is seen from space, the shadow forms an almost continent-wide and elongated "swat" of uniform darkness across the Earth, which is astronomically impossible. Real total solar eclipse shadows are circular, with only a small area in the middle being inside heavy shadow (the Umbra) at any one time, with a larger area of half-shadow (Penumbra) surrounding it. The area inside the eclipse shadow is also far smaller than the one seen in the episode. Also, in the same scene, New York is seen to be near the edge of the shadow, meaning that the perfect solar corona that appears in a later scene should not be visible from there, since it's only visible near the shadow's center. (00:36:30)

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New York Kids - S1-E7

Factual error: Henry states that the car bumper of an 2007 'XJ' is a certain height off the ground and led to a particular injury to a dead person. He claims he knows this because he is a Jaguar enthusiast. He then points to a photograph of the 'New York Kids' in a pre-2002 Jaguar XKR as 'circumstantial evidence' that it was this car that caused the injury. A Jaguar enthusiast would never mistake an XKR for an XJ.

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Show generally

Factual error: In a scene when the group is supposed to be near the east coast a Banner furnace and fuel truck explode, the problem is, Banner Fuel is only in Spokane, WA, on the west coast. Spokane is where the show is filmed.

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I. - S1-E1

Factual error: The men rowing the longboat into the wharf at Nassau are completely hopeless oarsmen. Needless to say, 18th century sailors would have been expert oarsmen. Untrained 21st century actors are not.

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4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. - S1-E6

Factual error: Simone is hit by a bus running after her niece. The bus is service number 106, however service 106 is Finsbury Park - Whitechapel and runs nowhere near Horseguards Parade, which is where the scene was filmed. Also the bus is operated by Sullivans Buses, when route 106 is actually operated by Arrivia. The depot code SM (seen on side of bus) is Potters Bar and not AE (Ash Grove) which is the actual depot that operates route 106.

Steve Everett
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Love Hurts - S1-E8

Factual error: In one early scene (maybe third or fourth of the episode) Special Agent LaSalle greets and shakes hands with a sailor he knows, a U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer. The CPO is wearing a gold surface warfare insignia, which is an Officer's device. A CPO should be wearing a silver insignia. Later in the episode the the same Chief Petty Office is shown close up, still wearing a gold pin, not a silver one.

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Show generally

Factual error: The only person ever addressed as "Sir" is the brigadier, and then only occasionally. No other officers ever seem to be addressed in this way.

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Episode One - S1-E1

Factual error: In the fairground chase the characters jump over some Heras fencing that wasn't invented until the next decade.

John Bownas
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Delta Force - S1-E8

Factual error: Chip-augmented federal agent Gabriel Vaughn is chasing a former Delta Force comrade, now suspected of being a hired assassin in Bolivia. He catches up to the man, telling him to freeze because he's standing in a minefield. Vaughn says the field was planted by "Pinochet," which is wrong, since the episode takes place in Bolivia, and General Augusto Pinochet was the military dictator of Chile. Earlier in the episode, Vaughn is asked what happened between him and his former close friend, and he refers to an incident in Fallujah. But flashbacks of the incident show the two men in Afghanistan in 2006. Fallujah is in Iraq. (00:37:00)

Nightguy
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Show generally

Factual error: Helmuth von Moltke is addressed and referred to several times as Field Marshal. He wasn't promoted to that rank until 1871. He was a lieutenant-general during the Second Schleswig War in 1864.

Necrothesp
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Episode #1.5 - S1-E5

Factual error: Catherine is told she's been recommended for the Queen's Police Medal for Gallantry. This has not been awarded since 1977, when it was replaced by the Queen's Gallantry Medal, which is still awarded.

Necrothesp
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