There's a reason that "willing suspension of disbelief" is an important part of watching movies and television. Since the beginning, movies and TV have set unrealistic expectations for how things in the world work, from love to laser beams to flying bullets. In particular, lots of shows and movies get science wrong. Really wrong. Sometimes, it's a necessary device to keep up the suspense or add to the drama, but more often than not, science mistakes are just really noticeable and distracting and hilariously bad. People on Reddit started sharing the worst science mistakes they've seen on the screen, and they're beyond laughable.
In Monk, they sprayed Hydrofluoric acid around casually and wiped it around. They make it into a joke where it ruined an LCD screen. The LD50 of HF is about 13mg/kg. In other words, drop a half dollar sized amount onto your skin and you will probably die a horrible death. –NeotericLeaf
Monk would have been a very different show if they treated Hydrofluoric acid like it should be treated in real life.
The movie Gravity gets gravity wrong. –sadwer
You know what else gets gravity wrong? John Mayer’s song, “Gravity.” I don’t think he understands the gravity of the situation…or of planet Earth.
There was an episode of Castle where he and Detective Becket were caught off-guard by some bad guys. They had an iPhone (somebody else’s) but it was locked. They couldn’t call for back up because neither had a phone or walkie and they couldn’t unlock the iPhone they had.
The issue is that every phone for YEARS has been able to make emergency calls without being unlocked. It could have been roaming and stuff too and still should have worked. –Peacemaker_58
I’m willing to bet Castle isn’t the only show this has happened in. It’s good to know that you can still make an emergency call even when your iPhone is locked.
In 2012, apparently ASIA moves thousands of miles across the Pacific ocean. In a day. In a ridiculous, silly, dumb movie — that was the worst, most ridiculous, silliest, dumbest “science” ever. –A40
We learned about plate tectonics in elementary school, and it takes millions of years mofos! Pangea didn’t disperse in a day.
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In almost every movie they show drywall stopping bullets. –freebird451
There’s a lot of stuff that movies get wrong, but gun physics is probably number one by far.
Now, to the fatal flaw of G.I. Joe (which, contrary to popular belief, is not the presence of Rihanna)…