Best TV factual errors of 2006

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Let's Give the Boy a Hand - S1-E4

Factual error: When Dexter and Doakes are looking at the severed foot wearing a soccer cleat, Dexter states, "The foot was severed between the tarsus and the metatarsus." However, the foot was severed proximal to the tarsus, through the tibia and fibula. The cut was easily too high to be between the tarsus and metatarsus. (00:16:45)


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Kindred - S2-E3

Factual error: In Season 2, Episode 3, Peter and the Irish family rob the bookmakers and the security guards shoot at them. In Ireland, even the police don't carry weapons. Let alone security guards.


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Captain Jack Harkness - S1-E12

Factual error: When Gwen finds Toshiko's hidden message from 1941, she realizes that it was written in blood, and her flashlight reveals the bright red letters on the now-yellowed piece of paper. But after 60+ years, the iron in the blood would oxidize. The writing on the note should be rust-brown, not red. (00:33:40)

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H2O (2006)

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Something Fishy - S1-E5

Factual error: When Emma freezes the water in Elliot's shower, frozen water continues to fall on Elliot. This is not possible because Emma only froze the water Elliot was using. Water would still come out of the shower head, but ice comes out instead. Arguably, Emma could be freezing the water in the pipes, but if she did that, nothing would come out of the shower.

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The Red Door - S1-E4

Factual error: Richmond says that the song "Coffin Fodder" is track 4 on the Cradle Of Filth album that he gives as a gift at the funeral. In reality, it is track 9.


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Factual error: In the penultimate episode of series 2, the date is given as July 1973, but in an earlier episode when the police were raiding the drug dealer's house, Cozy Powell's record "Dance with the Devil" can be heard. This was a Christmas time hit in 1973.

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Federal Response - S1-E5

Factual error: When the girls input the thing they call an IP address, it is not an IP address. The numbers are out of range (0-255). This isn't like a "movie" phone number - the address they use is fundamentally impossible. (00:06:05)

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Factual error: In the episode where Kyle, Lori, and Josh first go to the pool together, Kyle jumps off the diving board, but he's only in the water for about three seconds before he sees Amanda, who is already swimming toward him. This means that he was in the water for just a second or two before she jumped in. That isn't enough time for anyone to appear to be drowning, especially to a trained lifeguard like Amanda.

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Suggested correction: First, at least 10 seconds pass before Amanda jumps in, not 1-3 seconds. But that doesn't mean only 10 seconds passed in the show. But additionally, Amanda already knows Kyle has memory loss and could be thinking Kyle forgot how to swim or forgot that he can't swim. So she goes to get him.


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Factual error: There is a cross on the wall in Bill and Barbara's bedroom. Mormons (of any persuasion) do not venerate or use the cross as a symbol of their faith.

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Factual error: In the 4th Season Episode "Hero," Betsy Blane is shown in her Army Class-A uniform preparing to address the press. She is wearing infantry cross rifles. Women are not allowed in the infantry.


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