terry s

27th Jun 2011

Pearl Harbor (2001)

Corrected entry: In the scene when Jimmy Dolittle is standing on the carrier talking to Rafe about the reason for the Raid there is no wind. This is impossible as the Hornet was steaming at over 30 Knots which means there would have been a wind of over 30 miles an hour going across the deck and it would have been heaving up and down as the seas were rough for the trip.

Clarence Daugette

Correction: This phenomenon is called 'apparent wind'. If they are traveling the same direction as the wind at roughly the same speed, they would not feel the wind.

Phixius Premium member

For this to happen, the wind would have to only come from one direction. The wind doesn't stay in the same direction for any length of time, especially when it is blowing at 30 knots.

terry s

New this month Correction: The carrier would be sailing into the wind as the B25s would be taking off soon.

When they actually launched they were still 10 hours away from actual take off, they didn't go against the wind yet. They had to do that the moment the decision was made to launch.

lionhead

New this month Correction: Firstly, there is definitely wind, their jackets are all bulged up. Secondly, the trip took 2 weeks. It wasn't bad weather the entire way and they were talking about the medals days before April 18th when the weather was rougher. They intentionally did the operation before the end of April when the weather was going to turn bad.

lionhead

19th Jun 2006

M*A*S*H (1972)

Mail Call Three - S6-E20

Corrected entry: BJ gives his home phone number as 555-2657; in the 1950's, phone numbers were generally given in a TWo-letter-five-number format e.g. "PEnnsylvania-6-5000" or "BEechwood-4-5789".

Correction: This is not a mistake. First 'generally' doesn't cut it - they might be the exception. Also, film makers are required by law to use unassigned telephone numbers, and have always used 555 as a prefix as such numbers are never used in real life.

They don't have to use the 555 prefix, it is just better that they do. They also used KLondike 5 or KL5 before the local area name was dropped.

terry s

Correction: 555 was never an area code. Original area codes all had a 0 or a 1 as the second number. 555 was an exchange that was never used for general public but it was used for some information numbers such as the time and weather. Usually Klondike 5 was used in movies or shows instead of 555 but either one is correct although in the 50's, it would be common to say Klondike.

terry s

Correction: The place name in the numbers mentioned actually translates to a three-digit code, the two letters merely were an abbreviation of that place name. It is simply an area code. The code 555 was reserved and never assigned to any real city in the US. To avoid people prank-calling numbers they heard in songs or movies, movie directors often used the 555 prefix. As detailed above, songwriters were often a lot less squeamish about using real, assignable phone numbers. There are several cases on file where phone numbers used in songs had to be reassigned and reserved, because people would call it "just to see whom it actually belonged to"

Doc Premium member

17th Nov 2018

The Rifleman (1958)

Show generally

Factual error: Lucas is constantly twirling the rifle after rapid firing a few shots. Since the cocking ring is set on semi-automatic, the rifle should fire as it comes around.

Paul Rybak
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Suggested correction: He twirls the rifle in the opening of the show, after he's just emptied it completely.

Jason Hoffman

The original comment doesn't state the beginning of the show. This does happen throughout the series.

terry s

14th Oct 2005

Happy Days (1974)

Show generally

Continuity mistake: In Arnold's, throughout the series you can see the men's toilets on the left and the women's toilets on the right. But whenever Richie, Fonzie or any boy goes into the men's toilets, they make a right.

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Suggested correction: Since inside they make a right, and to the right seen from the inside of the restaurant is the ladies room, then it would be assumed that once making a left, there would be a 2nd door entering the actual restroom (2 doors are common in businesses) in which now they make a right. The ladies would be the same except right then left. This would be acceptable theory seeing the layout of the restaurant shown.

This correction makes no sense if you watch the show.

terry s

The Wiggly Finger Catalyst - S5-E4

Corrected entry: Five minutes into the show, Sheldon has written down what a dice roll will tell him what to do. He rolls the dice, pauses and looks at the list to see what he has to do for that dice roll. The problem is he has an Eidetic memory and wouldn't take the time to look at the list when he can already see it in his head.

terry s

Correction: This is not at all accurate. The list he his looking at is the Cheesecake Factory menu, not one he created himself. Given the nature of the menu page Sheldon looks at, it's unlikely he's ever looked at that page before.

Bishop73

They ate there almost every episode.

terry s

They ate there every Tuesday and Sheldon always got the same thing (except when following the dice), the barbecue bacon cheeseburger with the barbecue sauce, bacon and cheese on the side.

Bishop73

Corrected entry: There is no mention of General Patton in the film, the reason is that Director Zanuck knew the real Patton in WW2 and hated him.

bobmcdow4984

Correction: The reason is General Patton was still in England commanding the 'ghost army'. He may have hated Patton but that is not the reason he isn't shown.

It doesn't say "shown", it says "mentioned" which takes away your reasoning.

terry s

Factual error: The ferry splits in half down the middle...enough so the water is flooding in dramatically as the split grows. There is no possible way that the two halves of the ferry could have remained afloat like that. It would have sunk immediately. Then, as Iron Man "welds" the two halves back together, the ferry is afloat at the same waterline as before the incident...certainly not feasible with all the water it took on.

Kit Sullivan
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Suggested correction: Actually, it could be the same waterline, because all the cars are seen floating out. That way, a huge amount of weight would have been lost, but with the new addition of the water taken on, it would be about the same.

Friso94

The weight of the water displaced would be equal to the weight of the car while is floating so that would make absolutely no sense at all. The water that would fill the total area that would have been taken by the car would be far greater.

terry s

Center of gravity takes precedence. Sliced down the middle, the two halves of the ferry would have instantly toppled away into the water.

Charles Austin Miller

Well, not instantly. There's a lot of mass with a lot of inertia there. It would take some time for them to gain momentum.

Phixius Premium member

Corrected entry: At the end of the film Ferris introduces himself to two bikini clad woman sunbathing in their garden. The setting sun and long shadows show it is late afternoon or early evening. Ferris is wearing a heavy jacket so it is not an especially warm day, and both women are in heavy shadow! They aren't going to get much of a tan.

PEDAUNT

Correction: It is entirely possible that the day was warm enough to enjoy some time in the garden, and that the two women are making the most of what little time they had to sit in the sun. The sun moved, they didn't bother.

Corrected entry: Just before Kit bats in the 9th inning of the last World Series game, the preceding batter hits a foul pop-up that Dottie catches while going into her team's dugout, with a runner on 1st base. According to the rules, the runner could have tagged up and gone to 2nd base, therefore putting herself in scoring position as the tying run.

Correction: By rule 7.04, the runner would automatically advance one base if a legal catch is made and then the ball is taken out of legal play field.

terry s

11th Jun 2005

Pearl Harbor (2001)

Corrected entry: When the bombers crash land in China more than one crew member is killed. In real life only 1 man from the raid was killed. 71 escaped and 8 were captured, four of whom were executed as war criminals by the Japanese.

Correction: Actually, one died whilst bailing out and two died from drowning during the mission. Eight were captured, three of whom were executed by the Japanese and one died of malnutrition as a POW.

terry s

19th Feb 2005

Pearl Harbor (2001)

Corrected entry: The B25s the Doolittle Raiders used were heavily modified for the mission. One modification was removal of the radios, both to save weight and to eliminate the chance of an accidental transmission giving them away. Another was that the only guns on the planes were a single .30 cal machine gun in the nose and a .50 cal gun turret on top of the plane. Tail guns were never part of the plan, since a B25 could outrun most fighters. In the movie the planes seem to have more guns than they did, not to mention radios.

Correction: B-25's didn't have tail guns but black broom sticks were added to make it look like they had tail guns.

terry s

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