Rooster of Doom

4th May 2005

Numb3rs (2005)

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Corrected entry: Season 1, Episode 5, "Prime Suspect": Charlie Epps is discussing the Riemann Hypothesis, and its relation to very large prime numbers. In the graphics shown on the screen to depict what he is talking about, one of the large numbers shown has "10" for its final two digits. This cannot be a prime number.

Rooster of Doom

Correction: At the zoomed in shot, it appears to be a 10, but something is cut off to make it look like a zero. At a zoom out of this shot, the block reads 719, a prime number.

28th Oct 2003

Escape From L.A. (1996)

Corrected entry: It's never explained how it is that Cuervo can withstand a direct shot to the chest from Map to the Stars Eddy. He's not wearing a flak vest under his tanktop, and we're never given any reason to believe he has superhuman powers. For that matter, mere seconds after receiving a brutal boot to the head from Snake, how is he able to stand and fire a SAM anyway?

Rooster of Doom

Correction: Ask any policeman for stories about what people are capable of doing after taking apparently lethal gunshots.

27th Jan 2004

Scrubs (2001)

Correction: The Janitor's name is never actually revealed; Neil Flynn's real-life past was used to give his character some depth, but the latter remains known to all and sundry only as 'Janitor'.

11th Sep 2006

Firefly (2002)

Serenity (2) - S1-E12

Corrected entry: Kaylee gets shot in the stomach and rushed to the infirmary, where Simon works on her for some hours. Then, once she's stabilized, Mal goes and opens Simon's shipping container, in which his sister is stashed. Several scenes later, Kaylee finally wakes up from her anesthesia while Mal is with her, and makes some comment about how pretty River is lying there, even though she (Kaylee) has been unconscious the entire time River's been out of the crate. She should be asking who this stranger is.

Rooster of Doom

Correction: It's blatantly obvious throughout that scene that Kaylee's doped to the gills, so she's not exactly firing on all cylinders. Even if she wasn't, Kaylee's about the most easy-going person on the ship, and it seems entirely in character for her to observe how pretty River is before worrying about who she actually is, particularly as, given that the girl's asleep in the sickbay, she's clearly not an imminent threat to the crew or ship.

Tailkinker Premium member

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Corrected entry: Questions of the era-appropriateness of the bionics technology aside, there's another problem with the use of the bionic arm. Even assuming it was capable of developing a ton of lift or more at the elbow and wrist joints, that still doesn't strengthen his shoulder and back similarly. In any of the type of situation where he used it to lift up the back of a vehicle or similar, all that would happen would be that the arm would draw his upper body down with bionic strength - quite possibly smacking his face into whatever it was he was attempting to lift.

Rooster of Doom

Correction: Hindsight being 20/20, the era-appropriateness of the bionics technology is an unfair question, as the show is a 'near-future' construct, and we can't know exactly what the future will bring. As for the bionics-vs-human stresses, its a well-known fact that the human body is often capable of feats not considered possible by rational explanations. The TV series 'the Hulk' used the premise of super-human strength under duress as the reason for Banner's experiments. Non-bionic real humans have overturned cars with their bare hands in emergency situations. It's entirely possible this 'near-fture' bionic technology included something that tapped into such natural reserves, allowing Austin to use the arm at will, as seen.


Corrected entry: There is simply no way to engineer changes to Joe's P40 that would enable it to dive into open ocean at full speed. Even if you could somehow prevent the wings from being sheared off, the rapid deceleration would instantly kill anyone on board.

Rooster of Doom

Correction: In 1954, a test pilot subjected himself to roughly -40Gs, by riding a sled at 600mph, then stopping within about a second. Since the P-40 had a top speed of around 360, and Sky Captain's could be expected to be slightly faster (but certainly not 600mph); he could easily survive that sort of deceleration. Likewise, if his aircraft was modified for underwater travel, Dex more then likely would have fortified the aircraft for that sort of approach.

Corrected entry: At the Lacuna office, Mary (on the phone) tells one of their customers that she cannot have the procedure three times in one month. Problem is, when the procedure is done it also erases the memories of having the procedure done, so the woman on the phone wouldn't know she's had it before. These are supposed to be trained professional office staff and should not make such a blunder - the line was written for humorous value.

Rooster of Doom

Correction: I wouldn't go so far to call the office staff "trained professionals". Maybe they are trained but not very professional. Drinking, smoking pot and having sex while you'’re at work, is in my world a very big mistake. Bigger than the one on the phone, so it could happen. Additionally, we don't know what the customer was asking for - she may have had something quite elaborate planned, that she knew in advance she'd want three in one month.

Palle Sorig Jensen

16th Oct 2003

Double Jeopardy (1999)

Corrected entry: There's another problem with the can't-be-tried-twice-for-the-same-murder aspect: every crime that is prosecuted contains within it a specific description of where and when it occurred - i.e., she killed him at 1234 Anywhere Ave., at 9:30 p.m. or whatever. If she then kills him again somewhere else later on, it's a different crime and can be prosecuted as such. If I shoplift from Wal-Mart tomorrow, get caught and serve jail time for it, that doesn't mean I can go back anytime thereafter and shoplift some more because of the double jeopardy clause.

Rooster of Doom

Correction: This is already kind of covered in the corrections section, but anyway. You cannot be tried for killing the same person twice at different times. I'm convicted of killing John Doe in May 2004, but he isn't actually dead. They can't try me for killing him in May 2005, which I did. The first trial would be voided since the "victim" wasn't dead, then I would be tried. The analogy is all wrong. I shoplift from Wal-Mart today and the store/franchise doesn't disappear from the face of the Earth. Each time I shoplift from Wal-Mart, it is a new crime. Each time I kill a person, it is a new crime.


Corrected entry: Riddick, Keira and others make a 29.4 kilometer (18.2 mile) run across the tortured surface of Crematoria, sprinting the whole way to stay in the narrow survivable-weather band between darkside and lightside. And yet, upon arrival at the hangar, they still have enough energy left for an all-out brawl with the Necromongers? More likely they'd merely collapse with exhaustion, especially those who have lived for years underground on 'protein waffles'.

Rooster of Doom

Correction: They have been living in a kill or be killed environment in the prison, that kept them tough. Perhaps if the other prisoners hadn't been so worn out from the run they wouldn't have been slaughtered by the Necromongers.

Fur and Loathing - S4-E5

Corrected entry: While discussing with Catherine the dead Furry in the road, Grissom uses the phrase "which begs the question ..." Begging the question has a very specific meaning in logical argument: to unjustly assume the truth of that which is being proved in the argument. It does NOT mean "causes the question to be posed." Someone as exacting and well-educated as Grissom would know this and would not misuse the phrase thus.

Rooster of Doom

Correction: As all language specialists will tell you, oral language evolves much faster than dictionaries do. It can sometimes be years before a new acception (or meaning) of a word or a phrase is added in language resources, even though it is widely used and understood by native speakers. The same goes for acceptions which go into disuse: they'll still be listed long after no one uses them. Nowadays, the first and most common meaning of "which begs the question" is the one for which Grissom uses it. It is not a mistake, only proof that Grissom is a man of his time.


28th Oct 2003

Escape From L.A. (1996)

Corrected entry: Another submission here reveals that Snake's final attack via hand-glider required traveling a distance of some 50 miles, by actual L.A. geography. Additionally, this distance is covered in no more than 10 or 20 minutes according to Snake's countdown timer.

Rooster of Doom

Correction: Combined with relevant entry.

Corrected entry: The characters who remain and get trapped in the New York Public Library, in spite of being largely well-educated, seem hell-bent on using the least effective fuel on hand (the paper of the books). Even if they did have to use that to start the fire, it would make much more sense to burn the wooden chairs, tables, desks, bookshelves, even the carpets for heat - which, additionally, would preserve the valuable book collection.

Rooster of Doom

Correction: Varnished wood doesn't burn as well, plus there's a near endless supply of books - not once do they mention that they're running out. The book collection isn't all valuable - no doubt the majority of books were just standard, widely available copies. Wood might technically be a better source of fuel, but the books are plentiful and easy to light, so why not use them? No real reason not to.

14th Apr 2004

Walking Tall (2004)

Corrected entry: Johnny Knoxville says to The Rock that he went 'down to Seattle,' establishing that they are north of it - a fact supported by the environment (trees, hill slopes, etc.). But later, when The Rock is elected Sheriff, the cars are labeled 'Kitsap County', which is west of Seattle and across the Puget Sound. Kitsap County also does not look like their surroundings - it is flatter, more urbanized, and contains two major Navy bases.

Rooster of Doom

Correction: Going down to town is a term we North Westerners use. It has nothing to do with location or elevation. Just a phrase.

Sol Parker

11th Nov 2003

Finding Nemo (2003)

Corrected entry: When the 'but' is motoring rapidly away from the site where it picked up Nemo, it can be seen in one of the above-water shots still flying the red-and-white 'Diver Down' warning flag. Clearly, the two divers are IN the boat at this time.

Rooster of Doom

Correction: The flag is still present, true, but it's at the BOTTOM of the pole; in other words, it's been lowered and is no longer "flying".

Phil C.

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