The Big Bang Theory

The Big Bang Theory (2007)

118 corrected entries

The Tangerine Factor - S1-E17

Corrected entry: When Penny and Leonard are talking to Sheldon about their date, Sheldon refers to Schrodinger's Cat, stating "The cat in the box is both alive and dead, until you open the box and find out." Yet the precise point of the Schrodinger's Cat example is that the cat cannot be both alive and dead. Schrodinger was arguing against physicists of the time who claimed that certain subatomic particles were special and could be in opposite states at the same time; his argument was that you can't make small systems special because a large and obvious system (e.g., the cat) could always be made to depend on the state of the smaller one, and for a large and obvious system to be in opposite states simultaneously is ridiculous. Now, this is pretty obscure and the misunderstanding of Schrodinger's Cat experiment is widespread, but this is Sheldon we're talking about.

Moose

Correction: This is not a factual error on Sheldon's part. He explicitly says that Schrodinger's experiment was an attempt to explain the Copenhagen interpretation of quantum physics, which implies that the cat could be both dead and alive until the box is opened and observed. While he doesn't explain that the point of the experiment was to critique the prevailing thought of the time, his overall point to Penny fits within the context as given.

The Geology Elevation - S10-E9

New this month Corrected entry: A person wearing a blue shirt is seen poking out behind the refrigerator for a moment when Leonard is talking.

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New this month Correction: That's Raj wearing a blue jacket getting condiments.

Greg Dwyer

The Friendship Algorithm - S2-E13

Corrected entry: When Penny asks Leonard how Sheldon met Howard and Raj his answer is a long science answer that means he has no clue. That is incorrect since another episode reveals Leonard met them at school and brought them to the apartment.

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bcrd500

Correction: The answer Leonard gives to Penny is actually a correct scientific statement, and it doesn't indicate that he's clueless. He says "kinda like carbon atoms for a benzene ring, proximity and valence electrons". This is a correct statement. Carbon atoms are small and have 4 valence electrons, i.e., they can form 4 bonds. Due to catenation, carbon atoms have a very strong tendency to bond with other carbon atoms. Similarly, Leonard's statement suggests that they worked at the same place (hence proximity) and they were all seeking friends (valence electrons). Hence they became friends.

Ashish_Agrawal

The Pork Chop Indeterminacy - S1-E15

Corrected entry: In his conversation with Missy Sheldon makes it clear that his superior intelligence is a result of a random, mutated gene. Since Missy isn't similarly intelligent she obviously isn't carrying this mutated gene (which would be a billion to one shot anyway) so her offspring wouldn't inherit it. Sheldon would know this - his offspring would carry the mutated gene for superior intelligence, Missy's would not. Anyone knowing enough about genetics to use the term 'randomly mutated gene' understands enough to know that the mutated gene would only be expressed in a direct line from the carrier - Sheldon. Also bear in mind he has a model of the DNA molecule in his living room - it is obviously an interest.

Correction: Just because Missy isn't as intelligent as Sheldon, it doesn't mean she's not carrying the mutated gene. It may also be a hidden trait (a recessive gene) which may not be inherited by the first generation but yet be visible in the next.

The Holographic Excitation - S6-E5

Corrected entry: When Sheldon has the tea kettle at any time, there are stage lights reflected on the pot.

bobthedancingdonut

Correction: The pattern on the teapot suggests that the spots are actually overhead lights in the kitchen. The patterns are constant throughout the scene and the same at every angle whereas crew's spotlights have different placements for different angled shots.

The Excelsior Acquisition - S3-E16

Corrected entry: Penny doesn't know who Stan Lee is in this episode, though earlier in the series she not only knew who he was but met him at the Cheesecake Factory and had him sign a napkin for Sheldon.

Correction: The signed napkin (from s02e11 "The Bath Item Gift Hypothesis") was from Leonard Nimoy (who played Spock) who Penny met at the Cheesecake Factory, not Stan Lee.

Bishop73

The Zazzy Substitution - S4-E3

Corrected entry: The proposition that danishes wouldn't exist if Copenhagen were flooded is wrong, because "danishes" were created by Austrian bakers. They are called danish in English-speaking countries because they're very popular in Denmark. The Danish word for this pastry is wienerbrød, which translates to "Viennese bread."

Tanngrisnir

Correction: The origin of the Danish pastry is often ascribed to a strike amongst bakery workers in Denmark in 1850. The strike caused bakery owners to hire workers from abroad, among them several Austrian bakers, who brought along new baking traditions and pastry recipes.

The Locomotion Interruption - S8-E1

Corrected entry: When they're driving back from Arianna, the road is a stupidly big bend for several shots, then the shot changes and it's suddenly straight and a much lighter tarmac.

Correction: After Amy says "How could you leave like that without saying goodbye and then call Leonard instead of me", and the shot changes to Sheldon looking at Leonard and then back to the three of them, it can be seen in the background that at the turn, the tarmac quality actually changes. Thus it is originally there and the footage is continuous.

The Barbarian Sublimation - S2-E3

Corrected entry: When Penny is having trouble unlocking her apartment door, she says she is waiting for the locksmith but she never took the time to call the locksmith.

Correction: She had already called them before we (and Sheldon) see her struggling with her door.

THGhost

The Friendship Algorithm - S2-E13

Corrected entry: When Sheldon and Barry are rock climbing, Sheldon looks down and shouts in fear. When Barry asks "You all right there Cooper?", Sheldon answers "I feel somewhat like an inverse tangent function approaching an asymptote." An inverse tangent function approaches its asymptote in the horizontal axis, not the vertical.

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Correction: The vanity card at the end explains the joke. "A linear asymptote is essentially a straight line to which a graphed curve moves closer and closer but does not reach. In other words, given a function y=fn (x) with asymptote A, A represents a number that, no matter how big (or, given the function, small) you make x, y will never make it to A. The particular example Sheldon quotes is the inverse Tangent function, or Arctangent, which has two asymptotes. If you graph it, it sort of looks like a horizontal S. No matter how big you make x (that is, how far you move to the right [that is horizontally]), the function is never going to hit that top line (π/2), and no matter how small x gets (moving to the left), y is never going to be smaller than - π/2" Sheldon is saying he will never reach the top.

Bishop73

The Higgs Boson Observation - S6-E3

Corrected entry: When Amy is putting on make up with Penny's help, where Amy says "I'm going to video chat Sheldon" she is not wearing glasses. The shot moves to capture Penny's face and Amy is wearing glasses, then the next shot shows Amy is not wearing her glasses.

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Correction: After Amy says "I'm a maneater now", she removes her spectacles. There is no evidence of her wearing them again.

The Codpiece Topology - S2-E2

Corrected entry: When Leonard and Leslie are talking about assuming a relationship, in the cafeteria, the angle of the straw sticking out of Leonard's soda can continually changes throughout the whole scene.

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Hamster

Correction: This is due to the multiple camera angles used in the scene. The straw doesn't change angle.

A Demon

The Barbarian Sublimation - S2-E3

Corrected entry: When Sheldon is helping Penny with the game, we see Leonard, Howard and Raj discussing whats happening. However at this point Penny is still in the room and Raj has not been drinking so shouldn't be able to speak.

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A Demon

Correction: Raj is whispering to the other two so Penny doesn't hear him.

MasterOfAll

The Military Miniaturization - S10-E2

Corrected entry: When Raj and Howard are trying to decide whether to accept Col. Williams' offer, they can't think of any lawyers to ask for help with potential legal issues; they both seem to be forgetting that they do know a lawyer: Raj's sister Priya.

Cubs Fan

Correction: Given how things ended with Priya and Leonard, it probably would have been very awkward for both of them. In addition, she knows far more about Indian law than American law.

Greg Dwyer

The Boyfriend Complexity - S4-E9

Corrected entry: Penny's father says, "I want grand kids before I die, and I want them to grow up in a house without wheels," but in season 2, E20, Penny asks Leonard to buy a comic book for her 13 year old nephew. Her nephew would be her father's grandson.

Correction: Her mother may have had a child with another man before marrying her father, which would make the nephew a step-grandson and not a "real" one in her father's eyes.

Captain Defenestrator

The Hesitation Ramification - S7-E12

Corrected entry: When Sheldon comes to tell Leonard and Penny his perfect joke he is wearing a plain green T-shirt, but when Penny leaves and he begins to tell Leanord about it, his shirt now has a black symbol on it.

The_Iceman

Correction: The symbol is there the entire time. It's just very difficult to see.

Greg Dwyer

The Sales Call Sublimation - S9-E12

Corrected entry: After the opening credits, Penny walks into the room talking about a doctor she's not been able to see, saying "I've been trying to get him for months". A few seconds later she says the doctor is a woman.

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Alex Seven Adderley

Correction: Penny says "I've been trying to get in for months."

The Romance Resonance - S7-E6

Corrected entry: When Sheldon realises his mistake in reading sq centimeters as sq meters he says "I am off by a factor of 10,000" when in actuality such a mistake would be by a factor of 100.

Correction: No, he's right - 2cm x 2cm (for example) would be 4 sq cm. 2m x 2m (200cm x 200cm) would be 40,000 sq cm - off by a factor of 10,000.

Show generally

Corrected entry: Bernadette says the thing she loves most about Howard is his chest hair to which the other girls say "he has a hairy chest?" and she replies "Nope, just one" but a few episodes later they are in bed and Howard has a full chest of hair.

The_Iceman

Correction: She's just making a joke.

THGhost

The Electric Can Opener Fluctuation - S3-E1

Corrected entry: At the end of the episode, Sheldon runs off to Texas. That would be impossible in the short time frame the episode was set in. Especially since they live in Pasadena, California. California is 18 hours away by car from Texas. It has also been stated previously that Sheldon dislikes cars and airplanes a lot.

Correction: Just because he dislikes planes, doesn't mean that he will never go on one, as proven by him traveling by plane to Texas with Howard.

Greg Dwyer

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Leonard: All right. Well, let me see if I can explain your situation using physics. What would you be if you were attached to another object by an inclined plane wrapped helically around an axis?
Sheldon: Screwed.
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In this episode, Sheldon and Amy are trying to decide on couples' themed Halloween costumes. Sheldon is standing in front of the dry erase board. There are 2 columns written on the board. One named "Couples I Like" and the other "Couples You Like." Under the "Couples You Like" column, one of the couples is Blossom and Joey. Blossom is the name of the television character played by Mayim Bialik in the 90s and Joey was one of her brothers.

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