zendaddy621

Character mistake: In the movie they grab Genghis Khan in 1209 which would have been correct, he ruled Mongolia from 1206 to 1227. In the presentation at the end they say in 1269 he did this and that, that would have been Kublai Khan's reighn of terror in Mongolia.

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Suggested correction: Bill and Ted have proven not to be that smart. Easy for them to get those things confused.

lartaker1975

It was also an excuse for a callback to the "69, dude!" joke from earlier in the film; whether Bill and Ted intentionally got that detail wrong just for the sake of a joke is anyone's guess.

zendaddy621

11th Aug 2021

Stand By Me (1986)

Revealing mistake: During the Barf-O-Rama scene, look and you can see that everyone is puking the same thing. No one in the crowd was in the contest.

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Suggested correction: This scene is part of a fictional story being told by one of the characters; since everything depicted is taking place within the characters' imaginations, this is not a mistake.

zendaddy621

Corrected entry: This movie takes place in L.A. You must be at least 21 to have a motorcycle licence in California. I'm pretty sure John isn't 21.

Jack Kaltenbach

Correction: A kid that steals money from ATMs is not likely to care whether he has a license or not.

Sacha Premium member

I agree he doesn't care. Not to mention John is supposed to be 10 at the time of the movie and the actor himself (Furlong) is only 13, so he didn't have any sort of license.

Bishop73

Also, John was riding a dirt bike, which is illegal to ride on public roadways regardless of the age of the rider, rather than a street-legal motorcycle. And, as Sacha said, John is hardly a law-abiding 10-year-old, as evidenced when the T-1000 uses the police car's computer and finds John's extensive police record.

zendaddy621

22nd Jan 2018

The Goldbergs (2013)

A Chorus Lie - S3-E2

Factual error: A key plot point of this episode is the revelation of the Milli Vanilli lip-syncing scandal and that they didn't sing on their album, which happened in the fall of 1990, outside the 1980s setting of the series.

zendaddy621

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Suggested correction: The first public sign that the group was lip-syncing came on 21 July 1989, during a live performance on MTV at the Lake Compounce theme park in Bristol, Connecticut. As they performed, a hard drive issue caused the recording of the song "Girl You Know It's True" to jam and skip, repeatedly playing the partial line "Girl, you know it's..." through the speakers. "I knew right then and there, it was the beginning of the end for Milli Vanilli," recalled Pilatus of the incident.

The mistake didn't point it out, although the episode did, but the issue wasn't the fact that they lip-sync'd but the fact that they didn't actually do any singing. The minor incident you mentioned wasn't news that "shook the country." The news that it wasn't Milli Vanilli singing on their own album didn't come out until 1990.

Bishop73

My point exactly; while Milli Vanilli were revealed to be lip-syncing during a single live performance in the summer of 1989, it wasn't confirmed that they didn't sing at all on their debut album until November 1990.

zendaddy621

Factual error: In the grocery store where Gilbert works, loaves of Mrs. Baird's bread are seen on the shelves; Mrs. Baird's is a Texas-based bakery whose products would not be available as far away as Iowa.

zendaddy621

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Suggested correction: You are right - the product should not be on the shelves of a store in a state that does not receive the product. I was just questioning your assertion that distance from Texas is a determining factor - states further away (e.g, Oregon, California. Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania) do sell Mrs. Baird's bread. I wasn't familiar with this brand, but I found out it is sold locally in Pennsylvania. When I was on-line, I also found out that Allen Baird, 97, recently died of COVID-19.

KeyZOid

I'm curious what cities/stores sell Mrs. Baird's breads in PA (or OR, CA, MA).

Bishop73

You can go on-line, like I did. I just did a search for Mrs. Baird's bread, and that website is set up to enable you to look for locations where it is sold - by state and/or zip code.

KeyZOid

Sorry... I didn't want to reveal the city I'm in... but I can at least tell you the bread is sold at a Walmart store.

KeyZOid

I specifically looked on their website and no PA stores popped up, not even Walmart. Of course, the mistake is still valid since this was 27 years ago and in Iowa.

Bishop73

My point exactly; this mistake merely gave away the fact that this film was made in Texas rather than Iowa where it was set. Since "Errors In Geography" is not a separate category here as it is on IMDb, I submitted it as a factual error; while I'm unaware whether Mrs. Baird's products are available now in Iowa, I know that wasn't the case in the early 90s when this film was made and released.

zendaddy621

If it's not incorporated into the plot, generally these mistakes should be considered "revealing" mistakes, it's revealing it's not really filmed where it's set.

Bishop73

I just searched again, and Mrs. Baird's bread is also sold at Target and Sam's Club. I was surprised to see there is a "Bimbo Bakery" less than 12 miles away. I wasn't familiar with this brand, and now I suspect the products were recently made available; I surely would have noticed the products or the bakery before now. If I Google "Where can I buy Mrs. Baird's bread?" a map showing local stores comes up. But if I go to mrsbairds.com and put my zip code under "store locater", "no stores available in this zip code" shows up.

KeyZOid

In California, it can be found at any grocery store that sells Bimbo products. Specifically, Ralph's, Albertson's, Von's, Walmart, Smart and Final, Aldi, Superior Grocers and Jon's.

It should be noted that Bimbo Bakeries didn't buy Mrs. Baird's until 1998. But is this because you've bought it in CA or because you used google and have no personal knowledge? My aunt and Grandparents have never heard of Mrs Baird's and they've lived in CA their whole lives.

Bishop73

27th Aug 2005

Hard Day's Night (1964)

Continuity mistake: Watch the clock on a wall. Six minutes of the movie go by but that clock hasn't moved one minute. (00:39:50 - 00:46:25)

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Suggested correction: The clock could be broken.

This is pure speculation, not a valid correction.

zendaddy621

While it's possible the correction was done without viewing the scene/movie, a clock not moving (or showing the wrong time) isn't a valid mistake unless the same clock is shown working in the scene. The original mistake does not indicate the clock is working or that the time changes.

Bishop73

Other mistake: If Freddy ripped his scalp off, it would be his skull, not his bare brain. It's not like he pulled both of them off at once. Freddy's got a skull, as we saw when Tina took his face off in the first film, so why is the top of it missing in this one?

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Suggested correction: This scene takes place within Jesse's nightmare, which is Freddy's domain, so Freddy can manipulate any detail he wants, in this case, exposing his brain without cutting open his skull.

zendaddy621

Other mistake: Lou, after staying back in time, forms a group that is supposedly Motley Crew, name of his group is Motley Lou. Motley Crew formed in 1981, well before 1986.

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Suggested correction: The whole point is that Lou drastically altered the timeline to his (as well as his friends') personal benefit; while it may be outlandish that Lou actually replaced Vince Neil (Motley Crue's frontman) in 1986 and changed the band's name to Motley Lue, it's all part of the joke.

zendaddy621

4th Jun 2020

Creepshow (1982)

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Suggested correction: Richard was effectively frozen by both fear as well as seeing the two people he murdered coming back for revenge against him; the fact that his handgun was ineffective on them was further evidence that he wasn't thinking rationally.

zendaddy621

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Suggested correction: This may have been intentional; misspelled graffiti is not uncommon in the US.

zendaddy621

21st May 2020

Common mistakes

Factual error: In movie plots that take place hundreds or even thousands of years ago, the characters have perfectly white, straight teeth. It is a known fact that Queen Elizabeth I was virtually toothless by age 40. Good dental hygiene didn't really exist until after WWII. Some movies get it right, but only for the bad guys.

odelphi

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Suggested correction: False teeth have been around for centuries; they could be made from a variety of materials including wood, porcelain, or even human teeth taken from corpses or people who willingly sold their teeth to make some quick cash. People with the means to do so could acquire them quite easily, and they were often indistinguishable from a person's own natural teeth.

zendaddy621

Your reasoning is very weak. Yes, false teeth have been around for centuries, but even today with much better technology, with close observation you can tell someone has false teeth. Everyone knew G. Washington had false teeth. No, these characters from 500 years ago are not ALL wearing false teeth.

odelphi

Australian Aboriginals have (had, before colonization) almost perfectly white, straight teeth and it's known that this is somehow related with their foraging diet. If it's true, then most people back ago could have almost perfect teeth too.

Furthermore, widespread tooth decay before great age was only a rich person's problem until refined sugar became cheap, so the peasants wouldn't have bad teeth either.

dizzyd

Tooth decay is not caused by refined sugars. Any carbohydrates will promote bacterial growth, which can cause tooth decay. Additionally acidic food and drinks and alcohol (which can be high in carbohydrates) can damage the teeth and promote bacterial growth. And the mistake is talking about movies in general with countless characters, not a few select characters with significant means.

Bishop73

Thanks for your response. You said it better than I could have.

odelphi

I mostly agree with you, but I am talking about characters who are rich with perfectly white teeth (and more importantly) great gums - no recession. What I disagree is that only sugar causes teeth decay. Not true. Virtually all food breaks down into simple sugars with enzymes in your saliva.

odelphi

Other mistake: Taylor believes he is on a planet 300 light-years from earth for most of the movie. However, after spending months there, he would have seen the moon at night a number of times, letting him know where he really was before seeing the Statue of Liberty.

Mike Lynch

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Suggested correction: Not necessarily; any astronaut knows that many, many planets have moons, so Taylor could have easily thought that it was simply an odd coincidence that the "other" planet's moon closely resembled Earth's moon.

zendaddy621

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Suggested correction: This isn't really so much a mistake as it was a character tweaking, which happens often in TV series.

zendaddy621

Other mistake: Maz Kanata's message is somehow not intercepted by the First Order. It is also projected from various angles and follows her around during her shootout, making one question who is filming the call in the first place?

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Suggested correction: Since this particular technology is not fully understood (and is fictional, to boot), this "mistake" is based upon pure speculation and should be disregarded.

zendaddy621

Disrupting transmissions has existed in the Star Wars universe chronologically as early as Episode 1. The First Order had the means to do this but did not. If they were at all competent, they would have disrupted all Resistance transmissions.

Given the training remote seen in the first move it would be rather easy to say how Maz was able to "film" the call.

True, However, those droids were not subjected to a battle when they are shown in Episode 1. So filming the call is plausible. However, there is no way the call should have gotten to the Resistance without it being disrupted or intercepted by the First Order.

Again, fictional technology, and no firmly established rules as to how it works; the same could be said of pretty much all the tech depicted within the SW films (lightsabers, droids, hyperdrive, etc). Probably best just to go with "suspension of disbelief" here.

zendaddy621

But you are wrong. There are established rules on how certain technologies operate in Star Wars through examples in the previous movies, TV shows, etc. Even if we do not know how they work, we know what they do. Disrupting communications and transmissions is a big plot line used in Episode 1, chronologically the earliest Star Wars film. In Return of the Jedi, the Empire jams the Rebels sensors so they do not know if the shield is up or down. The technology exist and the First Order should have used it on the Resistance.

The technology existed forty years ago. Finding a way to thwart the jamming would be a high priority of the rebels' scientists and engineers.

That's an assumption. If that is the case, because of the previous films it needs to be explained in the movie. Otherwise, it goes against established canon, which is a continuity error. You could also just as easily say the First Order developed an unstoppable way to intercept transmissions in those 40 years. It is also an assumption that thwarting transmission jamming would be the Resistance's highest priority. If anything, technology has not progressed very far in this trilogy as the FO is still fighting with TIE Fighters and the Resistance still uses X-Wings.

4th Dec 2019

Spider-Man (1994)

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Suggested correction: Not entirely true; although they are rare and may no longer exist now, I've seen traffic lights that followed the red, yellow, green pattern as recently as the mid-1990s.

zendaddy621

Interesting. What state (s) did you see this in? I'm assuming going from red to yellow was to encourage cars to cautiously enter the intersection in case someone was running a red light?

Phaneron Premium member

Traffic lights in the UK do this - it's more to give you a second to get ready, in gear, etc., then as soon as the lights turn green you can go. Otherwise you get no warning of when the lights are about to change.

In Illinois; as I said, such traffic lights are rare, but they did exist at least as recently as the time this episode of the series aired, and they may still possibly exist in larger cities such as New York City.

zendaddy621

This traffic light set-up (red to yellow to green) still exists today in the UK. From what I understand, it is to alert the driver that the light will be turning green imminently and to prepare themselves to put their car in gear, as manual cars are still pretty common in Europe. I'd wager this light cycle was phased out of North America due to the abundance of automatic cars today. Could have been different in 1994 though.

critterbonus

It should be noted that traffic lights that go from red to yellow before going green keep the red light illuminated so that both red and yellow are lit up. However, that's not what happens in the scene. I've never seen a traffic light operate the way it's shown. And Massachusetts still has traffic lights that go from red to yellow, however, when red and yellow are lit up together, this allows for pedestrian crossing.

Bishop73

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Suggested correction: Sheldon doesn't develop this trait until S2 E18.

Ssiscool Premium member

That I beleive is the first episode with the triple knock.

Ssiscool Premium member

First time he knocks 3 times is in Episode 2 of Season 1. First time knocking 3 times followed by saying the name is episode 10 of Season 1. The ritual of 3 knocks and 3 times saying the name and then stopping is Episode 5 of season 2.

lionhead

My mistake. It's been several years since I've seen the early seasons. I was going off memory.

Ssiscool Premium member

Sheldon knocks three times because he once walked into his parents bedroom and saw his father with another woman. He's been doing the triple knock since he was a teenager.

MovieFan612 Premium member

Yet, he didn't in the show till Season 2. Funny ain't it?

lionhead

Suggested correction: A one-time lapse in someone's usual behavior does not count as a "character mistake", even in the case of someone given to ritualistic behavior as Sheldon is.

zendaddy621

Ah, but in an episode he explains he had developed this particular ritual at age 13 after walking into his parent's bedroom without knocking and seeing his father having sex with another woman. He says he started knocking 3 times since then and would never forget. So its not consistent and a mistake as this is not the only example one can name.

lionhead

29th Jul 2019

Pleasantville (1998)

Corrected entry: During the scenes at the diner, Mary-Sue and Skip always order Cherry Coke, which wasn't invented until 1985.

Correction: Cherry Coke was not available ready-made in bottles and cans until 1985, but it was standard soda fountain and diner fare for years before; it was made simply by adding cherry-flavored syrup to Coca-Cola. I enjoyed cherry (as well as vanilla) Cokes in childhood well before 1985, and my mother made them when she worked at a soda fountain in the 1960s, where they had been commonplace for decades.

zendaddy621

19th Jul 2019

The Simpsons (1989)

Bart vs. Australia - S6-E16

Character mistake: Burkina Faso is listed as being among the Southern Hemisphere locations Bart called when Homer is looking over the phone bill; since Burkina Faso is completely within the Northern Hemisphere, it would have made no sense for Bart to call there.

zendaddy621

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Suggested correction: It may not make sense, but Bart isn't exactly the sharpest tool in the shed. In this same episode, he looked at his globe and thought Rand McNally was a country and was convinced by Lisa that the citizens there wear hats on their feet and that hamburgers eat people. Additionally, he could have just decided to prank call someone there if for no other reason than he thought the name of the country was funny.

Phaneron Premium member

Entirely possible, but since Bart had a globe right there to refer to, even someone with his limited geographical knowledge would have been able to tell that Burkina Faso is in the Northern hemisphere, unlike the other locations he did call as depicted in the montage (Antarctica, Argentina, unspecified South American nation, etc).

zendaddy621

Using his globe to determine which countries to call does not negate the possibility of him also calling a number in Burkina Faso for whatever reason suited him. It's ultimately a character decision and not a mistake.

Phaneron Premium member

Stupidity: Immediately after Unkar Plutt makes Rey a generous offer for BB-8 and she refuses, he tells someone over his communicator to follow her and bring back the droid. He should have at least waited until she was out of earshot before he said that, especially if he was trying to be covert about it.

zendaddy621

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Suggested correction: But he was out of earshot of her.

lionhead

I posted this immediately after watching the scene in question, and it looked as though Plutt spoke into his communicator right after Rey turned around and went on her way; certainly too soon for her to have gotten more than a few steps away. Also, he spoke at a normal, conversational volume rather than anything that sounded like a whisper or "sotto voce", so unless he was relying on the ambient noise of other nearby activity, I still believe this "stupidity" is valid.

zendaddy621

That depends on how sneaky you think Plutt is. Rey walks away in quick paces, so she is out of earshot. Also I don't think it bothers him that much if she heard, she is just a scavenger, what can she do about it?

lionhead

Rey was definitely out of earshot. Rey walks completely out of the shot, which appears to be about 10 feet away. Unkar Plutt then angrily swipes the portions off the counter and picks up his communicator. At the pace Rey was walking she would have been a considerable distance away from him when he spoke. In addition, Unkar Plutt lowered his voice when he spoke because he was being sneaky. She might have been able to hear him speak, but it is totally reasonable that she wouldn't be close enough to make out exactly what he was saying.

BaconIsMyBFF

15th Mar 2004

Family Guy (1999)

Correction: This is because the series starts in 1999, when Family Guy is was just standard definition TV. The animators didn't bother to draw the pictures, as they're only a part of the background, and is not really that important, as the video quality is in SD. When the series began to look a lot more clearer (and closer to HD), the animators decided to draw the pictures a lot more clearer and recognizable.

Agreed. This is like comparing the Simpsons' opening from '92 to '18. As technology progresses so does animation.

Ssiscool Premium member

Also, an animated series is typically not given much of a budget until it has proven itself to be a hit and thus worthy of a bigger budget from the network upon which it airs; this is also evident when you compare early episodes of other series such as South Park, American Dad, King Of The Hill, etc. to those from later seasons.

zendaddy621

Precisely. A network isn't going to funnel money into something that could sink in the ratings. That's why many shows are contracted for a couple of episodes before a full season is commissioned.

Ssiscool Premium member

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