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Why does Firefly include a scene with a missing yoke?

This is covered in the Firefly DVD commentary track. To get the wide shot they had to pull Alan Tudyk's chair back from the console/yoke and Alan Tudyk mimed as though he was still holding the yoke. ...
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Why does Scarecrow in The Wizard Of Oz get the Pythagorean Theorem wrong?

There is a version of the script that had more to say to make it obvious that it was intentional, according to: Hollywood Science: The Next Generation, From Spaceships to Microchips (ISBN 331954215X, ...
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Why is there a horse skeleton in the 2005 movie Sahara?

It took me a while to figure this out but it's not a horse skeleton... ...it's a melted floor walkway panel. Zahn does the "running down a tunnel away from flame blast" thing and leaps to safety......
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Why does Firefly include a scene with a missing yoke?

Late edit: While I was figuring this out the hard way, Paulie_D got the same info from the DVD commentary... I'll call it parallel thinking ;-) Between the first and second pic the camera has moved ...
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Why does Scarecrow in The Wizard Of Oz get the Pythagorean Theorem wrong?

Seem pretty obvious that the Wizard, being a fake himself, could only give fake gifts -- he sort of says this. The scarecrow obviously did have brains and perhaps armed with a belief in his own ...
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Was the mistake in the opening scene of The Shining intentional?

It's a goof due to different aspect ratios of different media. The Helicopter shadow was not in the original theater release, only showing up when packaged for other media. According to the pilot: ...
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In which episode of The Simpsons did this animation error occur?

I believe the episode you are looking for is Homer Vs. Lisa and the 8th Commandment from Season 2, at time 19:40 on my DVD. But I don't think it's an animation mistake per se - Homer is at the window ...
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The date of Pamela Voorhees' murders in 1979

The exact year is not really and clearly mentioned. No timeline for this series will ever be perfect, as there are many contradictions present in the films and the spin-off media. Some say the ...
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Erroneous scene with the studio's parking lot in the original Star Wars release

This was definitely the Death Star sequence from Episode 4: A New Hope. Will Brooker's book about the production of Star Wars explains in some detail how George Lucas left the shooting of FX scenes ...
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John Wick 2 shotgun jam in catacombs

According to this Reddit post, the red thing you see there is indeed an extra round for the shotgun, however, it is not the one that jammed the gun. That shell is deliberately clipped onto the side ...
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Is there a mistake in the flags shown at the World's Fair?

According to Wikipedia, between 1883 and 1896, the black-yellow-white State Flag of the Russian Empire was being gradually replaced with the white-blue-red flag, so this usage seems correct. On 28 ...
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Why is audio so often out of sync when the actors are filmed from behind?

Because the sequences are edited. You may be watching an edit assembled from several takes and entire lines of dialogue may be omitted at the editing stage. On some shoots, there may only be one ...
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Was it ever determined what the "ghost figure" in Three Men and a Baby actually was?

According to the film's wikipedia page: The figure is actually a cardboard cutout "standee" of Jack, wearing a tuxedo and top hat, that was left on the set. It was created as part of the ...
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Is there a mistake in the flags shown at the World's Fair?

1893. At a fair in Chicago, the Russian flag is visible. But the Russian flag appeared later AFAIK. The first Russian flag appears in 1696 until 1917/1923, then again in 1991/93. The CIS/SFSR kept ...
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Why wasn't the flood featured in the Aristocats?

As per the Wikipedia article you linked: In March, the Seine finally returned to normal levels. I don't think there's any precise indication of what month The Aristocats takes place in, but judging ...
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John Wick 2 shotgun jam in catacombs

Just to confirm Steve-O's answer. The Internet Movie Firearms Database (IMFDB) has a wealth of information on all types of weaponry used in movies. John uses a Benelli M4 Super 90 during the fight ...
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Why are plot holes the most common mistakes made in movies?

Though, this is primarily opinion-based, but I can write some reasons why there are still plot-holes. 1. Budget They know there is still a plot-hole in the movie, but going back and re-shooting that ...
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Why does Firefly include a scene with a missing yoke?

As far as I remember, this was done because Whedon wanted to film the series in anamorphic widescreen (1.78:1 aspect ratio), but the Fox insisted on broadcasting the episodes in 4:3. Whedon shoot ...
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Why did three boys voice Wart in The Sword in the Stone?

The budget is to blame: Part of the problem stemmed from a simple lack of money. Despite the success of One Hundred and One Dalmatians, Disney did not want to risk that much money on the film, ...
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John Wick Chapter 2/3 discrepancy

This part is listed as a continuity goof in IMDb: At the end of John Wick 2 when Winston gives the excomunicado order its 4 pm on his watch and he says John Wick has 1 hour.But in Part 3 he becomes ...
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Was this a technical mistake in Hereditary?

There's no reason her grandmother couldn't have books in other languages referencing Mesopotamian deities. For example, I love vintage matchbook graphics, and I have books in Japanese that reference ...
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Why does Scarecrow in The Wizard Of Oz get the Pythagorean Theorem wrong?

I don't think it's a invalidation of the scarecrow. I think it's saying in fantasy land that math is fantasy too. Or it's being not serious about math, when the moral of the story was the part that ...
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Is there a mistake in the flags shown at the World's Fair?

As can be see in the World Flag Chart 1893, the left-most flag is Samoa. I initially thought Denmark or Savoy, but Savoy wasn't independent by 1893 and no Danish flag I can find has any star or coat ...
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Industry name for Incongruities in a show

I have heard continuity errors as well as simply goofs.
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