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The general attempt to depict things accurately in films and tv shows.

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In the Unabomber case, was "call Nathan R" really mistakenly written by a New York Times intern?

According to the TV series Manhunt: Unabomber (Manhunt S01), 2017, the "call Nathan R" message was mistakenly written by a New York Times intern. Context (Chicago Tribune, 1995): At one ...
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Were people allowed to smoke on TV back in the 1960s to 1970s?

In this movie, Late Night with the Devil (2023), where the timeline is set in the 1960s or 1970s, one of the guests is smoking a cigar when the program is on the air. Were people allowed to smoke on ...
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Is the berating of a witness in "Judgment at Nuremberg" allowed in courts?

In the Judgment at Nuremberg scene, where the German defense lawyer berates Judy Garland's character after she has already answered the question, do judges normally allow this in courts? The outcome ...
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Is the "quantum world" dialogue between Oppenheimer and Einstein based on a real quote?

Did Einstein ever say, "And here we are, lost in your quantum world of probabilities, but needing certainty," to Oppenheimer and if so, where could such a quote be found?
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Did Jordan Belfort really own the most expensive real estate in the world?

In The Wolf of Wall Street (2013), Jordan Belfort narrates these lines about the house that he and his wife Naomi bought: Jordan: Seven acres on the Gold Coast of Long Island. The most expensive real ...
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In The Bourne Ultimatum, how was Jason able to enter the USA on his Brazilian passport? [closed]

In The Bourne Ultimatum (2007), towards the end of the movie, Jason enters the U.S.A. (from Tangier, Morocco) using his Brazilian passport (Gilberto de Piento). How could he have done this ...
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Is the electric fence from “The Last of Us” (2023) series realistic?

In episode 3 of The Last of Us TV series, Bill, a lonely survivalist, makes several traps around his place. He has a perimeter electric fence that is apparently powered by a generator or stationary ...
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House M.D. - MIDNIT mnemonic

In the second episode of the first season of House, Dr. House during a meeting brings up the mnemonic "MIDNIT": Metabolic Inflammation Degenerative Neoplastic Infection Trauma Is this a ...
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Is it possible to use a diet app to calculate the time of impact of a comet?

Kate, a character, states that a comet will hit Earth in six months, ten days, two hours, 11 minutes and 41 seconds, causing the extinction of all life: Prof Mindy: When did you do those calculations?...
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Were Al Capone's family calling him Phonse?

In the 2020 film Capone, Al Capone's family always call him Phonse. His real name was Alphonse Capone (I didn't write his middle name). But everyone knew him by the name Al. So were his family really ...
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After surfacing between 2 allied destroyers, how did U-boat's gun crews stay alive so long, firing their guns?

As soon as the U-boat surfaced, 'Dicky' and 'Greyhound' would have started shooting it. I know that the U-boat slipped under the destroyers' mounted naval guns, but a destroyer crew can still shoot ...
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What is the significance of the sun shade with “Need help please call police”?

In the 2023 movie The Killer, there is a scene (around 50:39) where The Killer (Michael Fassbender) parks his car in front of a house, and puts up a windshield sun shade that has "Need help ...
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Did Native American fighters really manage to sneak up to European trappers by climbing / jumping trees?

In the movie, The Revenant, Hugh and his group of trappers were ambushed by Native Americans after a fruitful pelt hunt. There was at least one Native American fighter who had climbed onto a tree and ...
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In the US, are the assets of a vulnerable elderly person transferred to the custodian?

After I watched I Care a Lot, this question came to mind. In the movie, a woman (Marla), who is a scammer, locates wealthy old people and convinces the court to give her guardianship over them and ...
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Why is a cash store named as such?

In the movie, Ballad of Buster Scruggs, there is a store in the town called Cash Store. (To the right of the mirror in the screenshot) It is often to see Cash only as a way of accepting payment in ...
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Do nightclubs have scoreboard for waitresses?

In Molly's Game (2017), Dean, who is regular to the club, speaks to Molly, a waitress at club: Dean: People seem to take to you. How would you like to get paid to go to grad school and get an MBA in ...
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Why do some Chinese shows avoid using real toponyms?

While watching the 2023 Chinese tv adaptation of Cixin Liu's The Three-Body Problem with English subtitles, I noticed a peculiarity: Instead of using actual place names, the show appears to use ...
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Why does Robin Williams have a dark beard in the poster?

In the poster of 1997 movie Good Will Hunting Robin Williams' character Sean Maguire has a dark beard compared with the movie itself: Why is there this difference?
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How genuine are the threats in "Alone"?

I've only seen the UK Channel 4 version of Alone, a survivalist game show where contestants must last as long as possible alone in the wilderness. Aside from the threat of hunger and sickness or minor ...
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Could bulletproof glass stop a sniper?

In the TV show the "The Punisher" (s01e07) there is a scene where Frank Castle attempts to kill a man standing at a window using a sniper rifle: To his ...
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Left side steering wheels in "MI: Dead Reckoning"? [closed]

In the new Mission Impossible movie, all the vehicles, even distinctly European ones, have American (left side) steering wheels. Why is that?
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Was this event in S03E05 credible/possible in the UK?

In Happy Valley S03E05, Tommy Lee Royce escapes from the witness stand box by: Two thugs sitting around outside the courtroom beat up some guys, causing a commotion and setting some alarm off Royce (...
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Why using planes instead of drones or other unmanned devices?

In Top Gun: Maverick (2022), the plan is to use two fighter jets to breach and destroy a bunker. The US forces know exactly the shape of the canyon that leads to the bunker, yet instead of sending ...
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How can the canyon at the flight training base exactly match the target one?

In Top Gun: Maverick (2022), the pilots are training to match the terrain they will get at the place where the plant is located. The path they must take closely follows the canyon they need to fly ...
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Are Moira Rose's Wigs Actually Made of Real Hair?

In 'Schitt's Creek', I'm fairly sure that Moira says that her wigs are made of real human hair. Is this in fact true, i.e. are the props also made of real human hair? Is there any proof of this?
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Accuracy of Hellfighters Trailer Claim of just three

The original trailer of Hellfighters(IMDB) claims that there were "only three people" fighting oil fires this way when it came out in 1968. As far as I realize, John Wayne's character is ...
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Do EMPs really have this property in the real world?

In The Matrix (1999), the resistance uses EMPs to help them fight the machines: Trinity: Electromagnetic pulse. Disables any electrical system in the blast radius. Do EMPs really have this property ...
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How does signing a non-disclosure agreement work?

In the TV show Succession, Ep 1, Season 1, Roman Roy teases a boy by promising one million dollars if this boy could hit a home run in a baseball game. It ends up with Roman tearing up the one million ...
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Can the setting for Howl be considered an authentic\accurate depiction of the UK?

The movie Howl (2015) featured a British cast, and was filmed on location in London and Buckinghamshire. Outside of its initial premise (a horror movie featuring Werewolves), can the movie be ...
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Why does the police officer manually pull back the charging handle to release a spent shell?

From this movie clip, from 3:04 ~ 3:07, a police officer shoots a single round that kills a robber. We can see the weapon this police officer uses is a fully automatical assault rifle, so why would he ...
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Do the quotes from the "Bottom Half of the Internet" exist?

In Dave Gorman's Modern Life is Goodish, once per episode he performs a "Found Poem" as he calls it. This is a compilation of humourously angry and nonsensical comments about an ...
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Why does Eli have a heart attack in the "wrong" place of his body?

Disclaimer: I am fully aware that Desperate Housewives has no intention of being scientifically accurate, so I would prefer not to have this information as an answer. In the episode "The Best ...
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Is it realistic for an actor to act in four movies in six months?

Watching Once Upon a Time in Hollywood which, as I understand it, is mostly a pretty realistic portrayal of Hollywood in 1969. One thing that doesn't feel right, though: the part where the actor is ...
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Does anything like this toy vinyl record topper featured in Season 3 of Evil exist in the real world?

During multiple episodes of the third season of the TV series, Evil, Leland Townsend gifts Dr. Kurt Boggs with a vinyl record of the French children's song, Aloutte. (...
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Are the computers in Severance real?

Is this computer, as in hardware, fictional? It has a very strange keyboard layout. Everything with the computers is wrong, given the high-tech background of Lumon Industries.
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Prince Philip's knife holding

In S5 E6 of The Crown, ca. 23m44s, Prince Philip (played by Jonathan Pryce) is shown eating with the handle of his knife resting on top of his hand, as opposed to 'inside', covered by his hand. I ...
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How can someone readily know the sky Rose saw when the Titanic sank?

When Neil deGrasse Tyson went to the Joe Rogan Experience, he told the story of how he noticed the sky was wrong, and also the left side was a mirror reflection of the right side. To know the sky you ...
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Is NYC taxi cab number 86Z5 reserved for filming?

I was just watching Jessica Jones and noticed the cab she was riding in was number 86Z5. Immediately afterwards I watched an episode of The Leftovers set in NYC, and one of the characters also hailed ...
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Is the character Johnny based on a real person?

According to the film's Wikipedia page, Armageddon Time by James Gray is "inspired by his childhood experiences". In the movie, there is a character named Johnny Davis, a rebellious African-...
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What is supposed to be ominous about the 1976 Philadelpha Flyers?

In The Simpsons episode 1F04 "Treehouse of Horror IV", Devil Flanders summons the "Jury of the Damned" to sit in judgment of Homer. The jury consists of "Benedict Arnold, ...
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How can Joey hold his weight and Ross's weight at the same time?

I am talking about this scene in the TV series, Friends when Joey and Ross were stuck on the roof of the building and they wanted to go down the building another way. In this scene, Joey was holding ...
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Why have there been no birth defects to all children born of close relative marriages?

It is well known that children born of close relative marriages are very likely to have birth defects. But all children in the Game of Thrones universe do not suffer any birth defects, given they are ...
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Why wouldn't soldiers eat meat of cows killed by their enemies?

In the movie 1917 (2019), there is a scene in which Schofield takes a ride with a group of fellow British soldiers in a truck/lorry. When they see dead cows lying around the road they are travelling ...
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Can you drive anything on the roads in the U.S.?

In many American reality TV shows about fixing, modifying, or restoring cars, one can see the mechanics just taking a half-built car on the road for a test drive. For example, in the first episode of ...
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Vader is immune to laser beams?

Ok, I just noticed this: Han Solo shoots laser beams at Darth Vader who apparently is completely immune. Ok, so if Jedi are immune to laser beams, why even bother to deflect them with a light saber? ...
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Why use a slide rule and not an electronic calculator?

In Season 2 Episode 2 of The Wire at around 31:30, we see a guy (forensic medical examiner?) use a slide rule. Why not use a normal electronic calculator? I'm not really familiar with the show - is ...
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Is it plausible that Walt was hit without feeling it?

In the final episode, he notices the blood and this seems to be the first time he knows he has been hit. Is there a way a huge round like that could hit a person anywhere without them feeling some ...
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In S3 of Veronica Mars, Wallace buys previous exam papers & answer keys. Is his subsequent treatment consistent with realistic university policies?

In season 3 of Veronica Mars when Veronica and Wallace go to university, Wallace buys previous exam papers and answer keys. Apparently, this is cheating. In my alma mater, this was being resourceful: ...
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How realistic is it to have maggots to remove dead flesh?

In House of the Dragon, S01E02, the maester is giving King Viserys I a very unique treatment for his pinky finger. By burying it into a swamp of maggots. The purpose is to allow maggots to eat away ...
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Do prisons offer electricity to inmates 24/7?

In the TV show, Black Bird (2022), Jimmy is given the case file of a serial killer in prison and he starts reading it during one evening in his cell. I am not really sure how realistic this is. I ...
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