Best TV factual errors of 2014

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Factual error: On the door of the Captain's stateroom is a plaque with Gold Submarine Dolphins. A submarine qualified line officer, all of whom are nuclear propulsion qualified, would never be stationed as a CO (or anything else) on a non-nuclear surface combatant. (00:40:00)

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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.

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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.

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Verbis Diablo - S2-E2

Factual error: Sir Malcolm tells Vanessa to wear a facemask when they go to minister to the poor as cholera is rife in the area. However, the series is set in the 1890s and it had been well-known since the 1850s that cholera was caused by contaminated food and water and not by airborne germs. As an educated man, Sir Malcolm is bound to know this.

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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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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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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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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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Season 3 generally

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."

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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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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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The Legend of Curtis Ballard - S2-E3

Factual error: In the first flashback scene of Ballard serving a Mormon mission in Lithuania, he laments that he has been on his mission for 18 months and has yet to baptize a single person. In a later flashback scene when he and his companion are visiting the prostitutes, he states that he and his companion are 19 years old and they should be in college, going to parties, getting drunk, getting laid, etc. Instead of serving missions. These scenes take place in 1991, at which time young men did not serve missions for the Mormon church until after they turned 19, so if Ballard had already been on his mission for 18 months, then he should have been at least 20 years old, and closely approaching 21.

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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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Heavy Lies the Crown - S4-E2

Factual error: When Octavia goes to challenge Raphael and instead kills him, she does so using a very long skewer she grabs from the table. If she had actually put that through his head, it would've either stuck out from the other side or not gone in completely. (00:34:30)

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Sea Change - S3-E1

Factual error: President Dalton's memorial US Flag in his office is folded wrong and displayed upside down in the flag triangle. The US Flag is always displayed with the stars pointing up. (00:47:00)

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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)

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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.

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