Best TV factual errors of 2014

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Factual error: On the door of the Captain's stateroom is a plaque with Gold Submarine Dolphins. A submarine qualified line officer, all of whom are nuclear propulsion qualified, would never be stationed as a CO (or anything else) on a non-nuclear surface combatant. (00:40:00)

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Mercy Moment Murder Measure - S1-E7

Factual error: Early in the episode, there is a long shot of Woodhull's farm, snow on the ground...and aeroplane vapor trails in the sky.

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Season 2 generally

Factual error: Educated characters, including an eminent scholar, continually translate 'Lupus Dei' as 'Hound of God'. Even someone with the most basic Latin would know it actually means 'Wolf of God'.

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White Out - S2-E13

Factual error: They repeatedly say how equipment will freeze in moments, but they leave their faces exposed and coats open, hoods off at times. In such cold temps, the skin would freeze in minutes.

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Factual error: In a scene when the group is supposed to be near the east coast a Banner furnace and fuel truck explode, the problem is, Banner Fuel is only in Spokane, WA, on the west coast. Spokane is where the show is filmed.

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Attack on Central City - S3-E14

Factual error: Wells states that there are "precisely 90,000" possible 5-digit combinations for the keypad (to abort the nuclear code). However, there are actually 100,000 possible combinations (10^5).

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Season 3 generally

Factual error: Parts of this season take place in St. Cloud, Minnesota. The problem is, the St. Cloud they portray has significant skyscrapers. St. Cloud is a town of about 80,000 people with no large skyscrapers.

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Sleeping with the Enemy - S2-E24

Factual error: Sebastian is discussing the evidence and says about the SIM card in a phone. He then shows a picture of a SD card on the computer, not a SIM card. (00:12:00 - 00:13:00)

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Into the Woods - S2-E17

Factual error: The address on Lee's business card shows her zip code for Atlanta, GA as "11453." This is a non-existent US zip code, and the zip code for Atlanta is "303xx."

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State of Emergency - S1-E2

Factual error: Throughout the episode the military are shown carrying Israeli Military Industries Tavor assault rifles. Israel does not sell weapons to any Arab states. Especially if said state already allied with the US and is thus buying its weaponry from the US.

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Occultation - S1-E6

Factual error: In the scene where the shadow of the eclipse is seen from space, the shadow forms an almost continent-wide and elongated "swat" of uniform darkness across the Earth, which is astronomically impossible. Real total solar eclipse shadows are circular, with only a small area in the middle being inside heavy shadow (the Umbra) at any one time, with a larger area of half-shadow (Penumbra) surrounding it. The area inside the eclipse shadow is also far smaller than the one seen in the episode. Also, in the same scene, New York is seen to be near the edge of the shadow, meaning that the perfect solar corona that appears in a later scene should not be visible from there, since it's only visible near the shadow's center. (00:36:30)

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New York Kids - S1-E7

Factual error: Henry states that the car bumper of an 2007 'XJ' is a certain height off the ground and led to a particular injury to a dead person. He claims he knows this because he is a Jaguar enthusiast. He then points to a photograph of the 'New York Kids' in a pre-2002 Jaguar XKR as 'circumstantial evidence' that it was this car that caused the injury. A Jaguar enthusiast would never mistake an XKR for an XJ.

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I. - S1-E1

Factual error: The men rowing the longboat into the wharf at Nassau are completely hopeless oarsmen. Needless to say, 18th century sailors would have been expert oarsmen. Untrained 21st century actors are not.

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Episode #1.5 - S1-E5

Factual error: Catherine is told she's been recommended for the Queen's Police Medal for Gallantry. This has not been awarded since 1977, when it was replaced by the Queen's Gallantry Medal, which is still awarded.

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Things Were Different Then - S4-E16

Factual error: The car is referred to as a '73 Cadillac Eldorado. It has square headlights, and therefore is a '75 or '76.

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The Darkness Beneath - S1-E2

Factual error: Constantine's driving licence is shown - it's a UK licence, but no. 7 where his signature should be is blank, and no. 8 where his full address should be simply says "England, United Kingdom." Both are printed onto the licence when it's issued - without that info it would never be issued in the first place. And it's not a fake, because why would he have a fake licence with his real information on it? It's just an incomplete prop.

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4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. - S1-E6

Factual error: Simone is hit by a bus running after her niece. The bus is service number 106, however service 106 is Finsbury Park - Whitechapel and runs nowhere near Horseguards Parade, which is where the scene was filmed. Also the bus is operated by Sullivans Buses, when route 106 is actually operated by Arrivia. The depot code SM (seen on side of bus) is Potters Bar and not AE (Ash Grove) which is the actual depot that operates route 106.

Steve Everett
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You Always Hurt the One You Love - S1-E1

Factual error: In the opening sequence, Dr Frank Winter is hitting golf balls in the desert while a radio announcer is reading off names of Americans killed in action. One name is identified by the rank of "Lance Corporal," which the US Marine Corps first adopted in 1958, long after the war. Several minutes later, Dr Winter dresses down an Army MP, referring to him as "Sergeant First Class." During WW2, that rank was actually "Technical Sergeant."

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The Legend of Curtis Ballard - S2-E3

Factual error: In the first flashback scene of Ballard serving a Mormon mission in Lithuania, he laments that he has been on his mission for 18 months and has yet to baptize a single person. In a later flashback scene when he and his companion are visiting the prostitutes, he states that he and his companion are 19 years old and they should be in college, going to parties, getting drunk, getting laid, etc. Instead of serving missions. These scenes take place in 1991, at which time young men did not serve missions for the Mormon church until after they turned 19, so if Ballard had already been on his mission for 18 months, then he should have been at least 20 years old, and closely approaching 21.

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Heavy Lies the Crown - S4-E2

Factual error: When Octavia goes to challenge Raphael and instead kills him, she does so using a very long skewer she grabs from the table. If she had actually put that through his head, it would've either stuck out from the other side or not gone in completely. (00:34:30)

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