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Trivia: In the introduction to the 1988 Hodder Headline edition of the novel First Blood, author David Morrell says that he got the name Rambo from both a variety of apple, and the writer Rimbaud: "A French author's name and the name of an apple collided, and I recognized the sound of force."

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31st Aug 2004

Alien Cargo (1999)

Revealing mistake: Part of the control panel for the hypersleep pods is just a flat flashlight (I used to own one, I think it was made by Polaroid) with the manufacturer's name covered over. When the panel is being used, the flashlight's button is pushed and it turns on.

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27th Jun 2004

Ice Age (2002)

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Deliberate mistake: When Scrat's coconut falls from the tree, it has already had its husk removed. The directors confirm this on the DVD commentary. They may have been worried that a lot of their audience would not recognise a coconut with its husk on.

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Contagion - S2-E11

Revealing mistake: When Geordi closes the 'dead' Data's eyes, it is obvious that he just passes his hand above Data's face, without touching his eyelids.

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Suckers - S4-E13

Factual error: Grissom sees an information card for a 17th century suit of Japanese armour (just the card, not the suit itself), and immediately deduces that the suit must actually be from the 19th century, because the Japanese military was formed in the 1860s. That military was westernised, and did not wear armour. There was nothing on the card that falsely referred to that military as being established earlier, or indicated that the suit belonged to it. There was a reference to the "military class", but that was historically correct, and meant the Samurai.

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Question: What is the significance of Bourne's and The Professor's headaches? The Professor might have explained it just after he mentioned them, but I didn't catch what he said.

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Chosen answer: It's something to do with the conditioning that the Treadstone agents go through. The precise cause isn't clear. It is mentioned more in the sequels, but not to any great extent - either PTSD or medication seems to be the root of it.

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4th Feb 2004

Liar Liar (1997)

Factual error: A minor only has a certain amount of time (typically, 6 months) to invalidate a contract entered into when such person was underage once that person turns 18 (or the age of emancipation in that state). This brings up a plot hole: If the marriage was not invalidated because Samantha Cole was underage, the prenuptial agreement would not be either, and Fletcher could not have used that argument to win the case, since he specifically states that she was seventeen at the time of her marriage.

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Trivia: This is the only Sam Raimi movie where his trademark Oldsmobile does not appear.

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28th Jan 2004

Predator (1987)

Question: Was the minigun used by Jesse Ventura in Predator the same one (as in the same physical prop, not just the same model and/or configuration) later used by Arnold Schwarzenegger in Terminator 2?

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Chosen answer: Check out http://www.montysminiguns.com/MoviePage.htm. This site confirms that the same minigun is used in both movies, and is (or was) on display at the Allegheny Arms and Armor Museum in Smethport, Pennsylvania.

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Trivia: Veteran porn actress Jeanna Fine appears as a dancer.

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5th Jan 2004

The Brotherhood (2001)

Revealing mistake: Dan goes through the fraternity's records, and sees Devon's face in photographs going back almost 100 years. Notice how badly Devon's face is superimposed onto the earliest photographs (it's hard not to).

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15th Dec 2003

Iron Eagle II (1988)

Factual error: All of the 'MiGs' flown by the Soviets are actually McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantoms. Obviously, it would have been very difficult to use real MiGs at that time. However, why they chose to use one of the most well-known, long-serving, widely-used, and distinctive American aircraft is beyond me. The F-4 does not even slightly resemble any Soviet aircraft, while many other American (and other countries') planes do.

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Overload - S2-E3

Factual error: When they are explaining why a nail was hammered into the electrocuted workman's boot, it is said that cars are protected from lightning strikes because they are insulated from the ground by their tires. Actually, tires conduct electricity, because they contain carbon (see: http://cartalk.cars.com/Columns/Archive/1994/November/11.html). Cars are actually protected from lightning by the Faraday Cage effect, which is explained on http://www.physics.gla.ac.uk/~kskeldon/PubSci/exhibits/E3/. Not a mistake CSI scientists would make.

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Trivia: This movie is based on a popular Urban Legend, as was another 1998 movie, The Curve/Dead Man's Curve. See: http://www.snopes.com/college/admin/suicide.asp.

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12th Dec 2003

Dead Man's Curve (1998)

Trivia: This movie was inspired by the same urban legend as another 1998 movie, Dead Man On Campus. see: http://www.snopes.com/college/admin/suicide.asp.

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12th Dec 2003

Resident Evil (2002)

Trivia: George A. Romero was the original choice for writer and director for this project, and got as far as writing a script (which can be read on http://www.allmoviescripts.com/scripts/14934168593f510427668d1.html), but left due to creative differences.

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