The general attempt to depict things accurately in film/tv shows.

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Is the Unix operating system featured in Jurassic Park real?

When the film Jurassic Park came out, and I saw that scene where Ariana Richards is sitting in front of the computer and says; This is a Unix system. I know this. It's the files for the whole ...
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What do actors actually inhale when they snort cocaine or smoke crack?

While film scenes where an actor injects something into his/her arm can perhaps be faked with edits and maybe prosthetics, how do actors manage to snort cocaine or smoke crack? Are there approved safe ...
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Equivalent of 555 for IP addresses

I came across a tweet complaining about 24 using 2.718.281.828 as an IP address, which obviously wouldn't work. Others responded that using a non-functional IP address is like using 555 for phone ...
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Why do movies & TV use this police radio clip over and over?

Quick background The sound I am referring to can be heard in this video, in the police radio at 0.26. It sounds like, "one-four-one celibacy". I've noticed this sound for a long time. So, the ...
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In the movies - Do wire transfers really work?

In a lot of the movies the bad guys seem to prefer wire transfers as their payment method of choice. In the recent movie Non-Stop, the terrorist provides a bank account number and demands a payment of ...
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Is the 10th man rule purely fictional, or is it based in fact?

In World War Z, one of the characters described something called "the tenth man rule." After several disasters that NO ONE thought could happen, the Council decided that if a vote was unanimous ...
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Scientific accuracy of Jurassic Park's premise?

I was just watching a documentary about dinosaurs and this question came to my mind. In Jurassic Park, the whole story is based on the premise that dinosaurs were recreated using the blood found in an ...
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Is a real shark used or is it just computerised?

Can any one tell me, is the shark in "Jaws" real or just computerized? When I saw that movie I got confused. I have also seen Jaws 2.
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How credible is the ending of Collateral?

Here's what happens at the end of Collateral (2004): The taxi driver manages to defeat a highly skilled hitman. Is it mere luck? Should we accept this as a screw-up on the part of the movie ...
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Why is the ring of debris (accretion disk) surrounding Gargantua shaped the way it is?

Why does the depiction of the black hole Gargantua in Interstellar look the way it does? I understand why the ring is bright (due to the friction) but why does it loop around what seems to be two ...
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How could Eisenheim achieve those reflections on the scene in that era?

In The Illusionist (2006), how could Eisenheim achieve those reflections (visions) on the scene? Even in one of the scenes, there was a (ghost) boy walking through the audience. Given that the film ...
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Terminator Haircut Change

Is there a reason why Terminator haircut changes after he crashes into the wall? Is there a deleted scene by any chance that was cut out as one can see that haircut of terminator changes. This is in ...
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Is this mask really possible?

Sometimes we see a mask is used by an actor of a film by which he drastically changes his face. I was under the impression that only after plastic surgery one can change his face. I stumbled upon this ...
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Calvin Candie's “dimples in the skull” theory

In Django Unchained, Calvin Candie tells Django and Dr. Shultz a theory about the dimples in the skull of human beings. He says that due to the location of these very dimples which is different in ...
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Did Keanu Reeves actually know martial arts when he acted for the movie “The Matrix”?

Did Keanu Reeves actually know martial arts when he acted for the movie "The Matrix"? If no, how did he act in the movie? Do he actually know any kind of Martial Arts?
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Source code on Nedry's workstation: real programming language/s?

There is what seems to be source code depicted on Nedry's work station before he shuts down the gates, I wanted to know if this belongs to real programming language/s? A quick Google found an ...
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How realistic is House MD series with respect to medical science?

Since I have been watching House MD, all the episodes seem to be a bit unrealistic. Does this series have any close actual relevance to medical science? The series is about cases that most doctors ...
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Is a blood analyst's salary enough to pay rent for two houses and other expenses in Miami?

In Dexter, Season 4, Dexter keeps two houses, one of his old one for secret works and one for Rita and his children. Similarly in Season 5, He returns to his old house but still keep's Rita's house ...
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Is Eisenheim's sword illusion realistic?

Eisenheim performs a sword illusion in The Illusionist (2006). Is this illusion realistic? Could it be practiced in real life? ...
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Why no repercussions of assassinating the Secretary?

While extracting Ethan Hunt, unidentified assailants rain bullets on the car in which Ethan, William Brandt (Jeremy Renner) and the Secretary (IMF) are traveling. One of the bullets hits the Secretary ...
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Are the events depicted in FX's Fargo TV series really true?

The first episode of FX's Fargo series begins with the disclaimer- THIS IS A TRUE STORY. The events depicted took place in Minnesota in 2006. At the request of the survivors, the names have ...
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How realistic is the portrayed mentalism?

In the 2013 film Now You See Me we see a group of four magicians performing tricks. Many of them are explained in the film (the crimes themselves), others you can deduce (the chosen card appearing in ...
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Is this laser experiment shown on Big Bang Theory possible?

In Season 3 episode 23 they use a laser to measure the distance between the Moon and the Earth though in the episode Leonard states the conclusion of the experiment as being the only experimental ...
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Why didn't the electric charge affect Holmes when he attacks Dredger?

I saw the movie Sherlock Holmes. In that movie, there is a scene where Holmes and Doctor fights with Dredger in Ginger Midget's place. To attack Dredger, Holmes used a weapon which contained ...
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Is this incident realistic in Vacancy?

In Vacancy (2007), David Fox is stabbed at night (supposedly after midnight), and at the end of the film (in daytime), it turns out he's still alive. Is it possible in real life that a person is ...
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How realistic is the brainwashing shown during Season 3 and 4?

In Season 3 of Game of Thrones, karma really has it in for one of the main characters, who after betraying his friend ends up in a very unfortunate position: After being betrayed by his own troops ...
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Did Liam Neeson use exact science in order to know his location?

This is how Bryan Mills knew his location in Taken 2, so lets not discuss that as it's discussed in a previous question. I want to know if he used exact sciences, did the director hire some ...
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What happened to Frou-Frou in the 1967 Soviet film Anna Karenina?

In the 1967 Soviet film Анна Каренина directed by Aleksandr Zarkhi, there is a race sequence during which Count Vronsky's horse, Frou-Frou, is seriously injured. What happened to the horse which ...
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Is kelp tape real?

In season 2 episode 7 of Archer, Rona Thorne suggests using a kelp tape cleansing technique. I was able to find some reference to kelp as a cleanser on the Google, but nothing mentioning 'tape' ...
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Is the brain sequence similar to reality or not?

In Saw 3 a sequence is shown where Dr. Lynn Denlon performs a operation on John (Jigsaw) using a drill and other similar tools. My first question is, how can they perform an operation where hardware ...
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Would NASA have known about the oncoming debris in Gravity?

In the film, Gravity, the protagonists are warned early on of destruction headed their way. My question is: shouldn't NASA have predicted this beforehand? I'm not a rocket scientist, but wouldn't ...
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Do people swear by river Thames in the UK?

In India we consider rivers to be holy and respect them. Sometimes swearing by them to prove a point. But in Namastey London, Bebo Malhotra (an UK based NRI) swears by river Thames to vouch for her ...
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Is healing technique of Karate Kid practically possible?

In The Karate Kid (2010), Jackie Chan uses some fire technique for healing of Smith's wounds. I want to know is that technique is real or complete fiction?
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In Spartacus, can gladiators break a roman formation?

In the series Spartacus, season 3 episode 6, it appears that a small group of 3-4 gladiators (with just swords) manages to break a tight wall formation of 6-8 romans attacking them with roman shields, ...
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Does After Earth's sci-fi jargon have any basis in reality or is it complete gibberish?

One of the most quoted lines from After Earth is: Graviton buildup could be a precursor to mass expansion. This phrase is not only very memorable, but it's also quoted in many reviews as ...
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Why do people in movies commit suicide by slitting their wrists in the wrong direction?

It is commonly known that the probability of surviving while slitting your wrists is much higher if you cut horizontally and that you should cut along the forearm to cut a longer portion of the vein ...
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What did Hannah use to escape?

In the season 7 finale of Dexter, Hannah has Arlene slip her some sort of drug that seems to have a delayed effect of causing serious seizures and lasts long enough only to allow her to the hospital ...
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Was the last play in The Longest Yard(2005) completely fair?

After the trick-play (Fumblerooski) to level scores against the guards, the Mean Machine go for the two-point conversion. Here, they start talking among themselves and Crewe with Scarborough to ...
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How close is Masters of Sex to the actual events?

Masters of Sex tells the Story of the research team consisting of William Masters and Virginia Johnson researching sexuality in the 1950s. The persons really existed as well as their study, so I ...
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The hydrazine incident: could both astronauts have been saved?

In Europa Report, two of the astronauts (James and Andrei) are coming to the end of a space walk (and are low on air) when there's an emergency in the form of an explosion. Andrei finds a tear in his ...
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Of the movies 'Volcano' and 'Dante's Peak', which is more scientifically accurate?

In 1997, two volcano movies were released with big-name actors, Volcano and Dante's Peak. Both movies were fun to watch, but I'm curious, of the two gems of moviemaking, which were more ...
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Realism of the responsibilities of the senior staff in the West Wing

I am in the middle of a West Wing marathon and I was wondering regarding the powers and responsibilities that the Communications director and Deputy Communications director, as portrayed in the ...
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Is it possible to activate two vocal cords together as stated by the prosecutor?

In The Exorcism of Emily Rose, for the explanation of voices in tape, the prosecutor says that humans have two vocal cords and Emily had activated the other one too, which made her sound like two ...
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How did the machine work before this realisation?

Perhaps this would fit the History SE or another, but I'm asking here because I don't know how historically accurate the film is. In the film, Alan Turing's team has created a machine (a primitive ...
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Is the tank scene in the A-Team physically possible?

The scene where the A-Team are in the tank and its falling from the air, they fire the canon and it stops from falling for a moment before falling again. Is this possible from a Physics point of view? ...
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Sign language used in The Tingler - Is it real?

I'm sure many of the current movies out today, in an effort to obtain as much realism as possible, hire consultants to ensure the sign language used in movies is as accurate as any other language used ...
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Is Captain Jackson’s accent authentic?

In BBC detective drama Ripper Street there is an American character, captain Homer Jackson (played by American actor Adam Rothenberg): former U.S. Army surgeon, ex-Pinkerton agent etc. For the story ...
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Again with the perfect teeth? [closed]

I understand the premium that's placed on perfectly straight pearly white teeth in American society (or at least I think I do) but one thing that really irks me is the dental perfection on display in ...
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What happens if you call 0118 999 881 999 119 7253?

An old IT Crowd episode included a parody of the new directory inquiries services. ...
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Can the police lie to make a suspect confess?

In The Mentalist S6 Ep 17 "Silver Wings of Time" they construct an elaborate deception to trick the real killer into confessing. How realistic is this concept? Can the police actually lie and trick ...