Best TV factual errors of 2011

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Live and Learn - S1-E1

Factual error: When Tom has decided his scout group will have to go for the food and then his look for his son later, they are stood on a green. There is a war memorial dedicated to both World Wars, 1914 - 1918 and 1939 - 1945. That's got to be in Canada, as the USA didn't enter either war until later than those dates. (00:28:00)

Dominic Ceraldi
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Redux - S4-E7

Factual error: The Pakistan Air Force officer in the airport is listed in the credits as 'PAF Lieutenant' and is wearing the two pips of an army lieutenant. In fact, the PAF still uses RAF-style ranks, so he should be a Flying Officer, and the PAF also uses distinctive eight-pointed stars instead of pips.

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Map of the Seven Knights - S5-E10

Factual error: The Czech crime database (which appears to be an official Czech database) is headed 'Czechoslovakia'. Czechoslovakia has not existed since the Czech Republic and Slovakia separated in 1993 and neither country uses the term any more.

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Derailed - S1-E8

Factual error: When the whore is talking to Lily, she says "The first thing she should do (in her new tent) is to get the carpenter to lay some boards, or she will be saying hello to Mr. Trench Foot", referring to the medical issue related to feet in wet and unsanitary conditions. This disease of the feet was not referred to as this until World War One. (00:23:10)

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A Father's Great Expectations - S1-E1

Factual error: When JFK leaves to become a PT-boat commander he is wearing full lieutenant's rank insignia. He was actually a lieutenant junior grade when he took command of PT-109.

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Wasabi Warriors - S1-E1

Factual error: Jack enters the tournament as a recognized white belt but he is scheduled to face Kim who is ranked as a black belt. Tournaments do not allow match ups between white and black belts; it's forbidden in all styles of martial arts.

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The Poisoned Chalice - S1-E1

Factual error: In the Pope's coronation procession they play the anthem Zadok the Priest. It was composed by Handel for the coronation of George II in 1727, 235 years after this coronation took place.

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Edward Mordrake: Part 1 - S4-E3

Factual error: Season 4 takes place in 1952. Elsa sings Lana Del Rey's Gods and Monsters. The lyrics say "living like Jim Morrison." Jim Morrison was not famous until 1960. He was born in 1943, which would have made him only 9 at this time.

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Panopticon - S4-E1

Factual error: John fires a grenade launcher at a street gang hangout bar front window. Aside from the fact that such a round would hardly have been slowed enough to just roll down the bar, the round is shown complete with cartridge case, which would remain behind in the launcher/gun - it doesn't fly with the round.

Bill League
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Outlaw Marshal, 76 Days Adrift, Diamond Hoax - S6-E5

Factual error: In the story about Anna Hahn, a close-up is shown of a person being sworn in to testify in court. The Bible used is a Revised Standard Version. Ms. Hahn was tried in 1937. The RSV Bible's first edition was not published until 1946.

Michelle Hanna Harpole
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The Thing You Love Most - S1-E2

Factual error: This episode takes place the day after Emma decides to stay in Storybrooke and time started moving. According to "The Stranger" and "Selfless, Brave and True", August woke up in pain in Phuket on October 24, 2011 at 8:15am, the exact minute that Emma decided to stay in Storybrooke at 8:15pm. Since Thailand is 12 hours ahead of Maine's timezone, this means that time started moving in Storybrooke on October 23, and that this episode takes place on October 24. During Regina's conversation with Emma in her office, she says, "Did I know that my son comes to my office every Thursday at precisely 5pm so I can take him for dinner before his therapy session? Of course I did." However, October 24, 2011 was a Monday. (00:30:05)

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G.I. Jessie - S2-E26

Factual error: Most of the female soldiers are shown wearing earrings while wearing their tactical uniforms, but earrings are only authorized to be worn in their dress uniforms.

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Hunting Party - S2-E2

Factual error: The opening scene is supposed to be a deer hunt, but if the police and coroner are from Philadelphia, there are many errors. Clothing is not right for November or early Dec., PA gun season, and there is not enough orange to meet game regulations. Philadelphia County is "archery only" and all surrounding counties are "shotgun only", so there would be no rifle or bullet in a murder staged as an accident. The key evidence is pollen from a leaf from a Southern Red Oak, not usually found in PA, but no leaves are on deciduous trees in PA in deer season, let alone leaves with pollen.

Judy Derrickson
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Vs. - S1-E9

Factual error: The frequency which is used to attract the dragon fly is said to be "sub-sonic" and therefore can't be heard by humans, but the exact frequency is stated to be 38.2 Hz. This is well above 20 Hz, the lowest frequency an average human can hear.

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