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Dead Beat - S2-E18

Factual error: They used an EpiPen to bring Liv back but they're holding it backwards. The way it's being held, Ravi would have injected himself instead of Liv and she wouldn't be revived.

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Pilot - S1-E1

Factual error: When J.J. first discovers his powers and understands math, the parabola "seen" on the board is wrong for the given equation and it's different than what J.J. actually ends up drawing, which seems more like the right answer.

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My Best Shot - S5-E11

Factual error: Hilda says "if they had listened to me instead of that dufus Caesar..." but that would make her over 2,000 years old when she is younger than 700.

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Warriors: Part 2 - S1-E7

Factual error: When Charles Barkley says "Welcome to the NBA" after dunking on Mark, the ceiling shown above Barkley is way too low to be the ceiling for Haas Pavilion at UC Berkley where the game is being played. It only appears to be about 30 feet high.

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Chuck Versus the Fat Lady - S2-E7

Factual error: When Chuck and Jill recover Guy LeFleur's hard drive containing the list of Fulcrum agents, General Beckman says that the flash drive is encrypted with a 512 bit AES cypher. She then goes on to state, "the computer is trying every possible key against the encrypted data, " i.e., a brute force hack. However, it would take the fastest supercomputer in the world longer than the existence of the known universe in order to crack even a 128 bit AES encryption (and a 512 bit AES encryption has the number of possible keys of a 128 bit AES encryption, raised to the fourth power). In a previous episode, Chuck refers to the computer in Castle as having a "30 teraflops" speed, which is far less than the current fastest supercomputer. General Beckman instead says it will take only hours or days. (00:26:10)

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Nothing to Talk About - S2-E3

Factual error: In the opening scene Addison and Pete are running on treadmills side by side. They are seen increasing their speeds to 8 mph and above. Addison even had hers to 10.1 mph yet they are both still talking, smiling, and laughing easily. 10 mph is a very fast speed for humans and they would not be able to laugh or even speak at those speeds. (00:02:10)

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Ann's Decision - S1-E1

Factual error: Ann enters Julie/Barbara's room and Eton John's "Rocket Man" is playing. Barbara is siting in front of the turntable playing a 33 LP that has the distinctive Atlantic Records Red/White/Green label. Rocket Man was never published on Atlantic records. (00:19:00 - 00:20:00)

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No Talking - S2-E12

Factual error: When Becky locks Roseanne out of her bedroom, Roseanne heads to the garage for a screwdriver to take the door off the hinges - an impossibility since the hinges are on Becky's side of the door. In the next scene, the door is off the hinges.

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Lighthouse Keeping Loonies AKA The Lighthouse Men - S5-E8

Factual error: The "oil" that spurts up from underground is far too thin to be oil.

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Bad Luck Teddy - S3-E2

Factual error: PJ is getting his hair cut by an attractive female barber. Attached to the outside of the window is a neon sign reading "BARBER SHOP," but the sign faces the inside of the building so it would be backwards to people outside.

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Factual error: David Jason's character visits the bank to pick up the share certificates left to him by a previous Master. Much to his surprise the bank manager tells him that these shares are now worth £500,000. The bank manager looks at the certificates, then at a screen by his desk before making the calculation very quickly in his head. Given that the certificates are decades old this is impossible. It would take a considerable amount of time to work out the new number of shares that the certificates would entitle the bearer to based on share splits and consolidations over the years. Also, the shares would be denominated in pre-decimal currency so they would have to be revalued based on the conversion rate at the time Britain went decimal. It would be a time consuming and painful task to decide their new value.

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Factual error: In Season 3, Episode 13 ("Risk"), Nancy takes her son Silas to an 'underground' doctor used by gang members following an attack by a biker gang. After she tries to negotiate a lower price due to the lack of anesthetics, the doctor says that he can get a second opinion at a hospital and order a $10,000 MRI if she would rather pay for that. However, an X-Ray is the first, less-expensive method used by emergency rooms and trauma centers to confirm a fracture. An MRI is typically only used to evaluate skull/brain-related injuries, but is a rarer utilized, expensive second option to evaluate a fracture that generates an unclear X-ray.

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Time - S2-E5

Factual error: During "Jester Balowski's Medieval Torture Hour," Balowski grabs the guys arm and bends it the way arms are supposed to bend, yet you hear a breaking noise.

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The Hockey Show - S3-E22

Factual error: Fran is dating a hockey player who plays for the New York Rangers by the name of Michael LaVoe. He wears the number 7. The number 7 is retired by the NY Rangers, it was worn by Rod Gilbert.

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Factual error: In "The State Vs. Chip Douglas", Ernie finds his missing 1914-D penny when it falls out of his pocket. A close-up shows an Indian head penny lying on the floor. The problem is that Indian head pennies were not minted after 1909.

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Hard Times - S1-E3

Factual error: Aziraphale cites the only prophecy from Agnes Nutter that he could find as one for 1972, "do not buy Betamax" (a reference to the home video format war). Betamax was only launched in 1975 starting in Japan, so this advice wouldn't be of any use until 1976. (And these prophecies were completely, even ludicrously accurate, so that excludes any explanation that she was simply a few years off, because she was never wrong). (00:19:10)

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It's Only Rock and Roll - S4-E4

Factual error: When Del is running out of the pub, him and one other are carrying guitar amp heads and are flinging them about with ease. Heads weigh around 20-30 kg each and would be extremely hard to fling around in such a way as they are. (00:17:00)

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Golden Gordon - S2-E2

Factual error: This programme is set in 1935, but in all aerial shots all cars that can be seen are from the 1970s.

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Haunted Babysitter - S1-E6

Factual error: The conversation between Taylor and Michelle tells us that school is over for the day and that Taylor talked to her crush at lunch. When the boy shows up at the bakery later, he and Taylor plan to meet at 3 that afternoon; if its before 3, they should still be in school.

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Pilot - S1-E1

Factual error: At the start of the show, it states it's 1902. However in the opening scene, the flag shown is the 1912 design, with 48 stars. In 1902 there were only 46 states.

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