Ridiculous things from Hollywood movies

  • Undercover policemen are forced to reveal themselves if you ask them “Are you a cop?”
  • If the person on the other end of the phone line hangs up, you hear a dial tone.
  • Having sex the night before will severely impact your athletic performance the next day.
  • You can fall safely from any height as long as you land in a large body of water.  Or sand.
  • In the Dark Ages, entertainment was most about watching jousting and swordfights.
  • Bomb squads always get close to the bomb and start cutting wires as their first resort.
  • After a gunshot wound, removing the bullet should be the top priority.
  • Shooting a car’s gas tank with a bullet will make it blow up immediately, but a car door makes a good shield that can even resist machine gun fire.
  • Camels were common beasts of burden in Egypt when the Great Pyramids were built.
  • Meteorites are too hot to touch right after impact.
  • Gunfights were common in the Wild West.
  • If you have the right attitude and temperament for it, you can do any job, even if you have no experience with it at all.
  • Vikings wore horned helmets.
  • If you work hard enough, you can control your rate of falling after being thrown off a skyscraper.
  • Full plate-mail existed in King Arthur’s time.
  • Arrows, if shot parallel to the ground, do not get influenced by gravity.
  • How good a computer hacker is is determined by how fast they can type.
  • Machine guns can fire continuously for more than a minute.
  • Chinese men wore their hair in one long queue for thousands of years.
  • All Chinese can converse with each other.
  • The correct time to use a defibrillator is when the patient has just flatlined.
  • Social groups in the United States are racially diverse.
  • All frogs go “ribbit.”
  • When arrested, you have the right to make one phone call.
  • Computer programs can accurately sharpen and enhance pictures or video that start out at low resolution.
  • It’s important to pump a shotgun between each shot.
  • In a pinch, an umbrella is a perfectly workable substitute for a parachute.
  • Most banks have cash in the form of sequential bill numbers, which are somehow easier for the police to track.
  • The first step to making a sword is to melt some metal.
  • All deserts have cacti.
  • Only geniuses can solve Rubik’s Cubes.
  • All animals, when befriended by a human, act like dogs.
  • Spacesuit and underwater diving suit helmets are designed to illuminate the wearer’s face.
  • Lead is denser than gold.
  • Deep-rooted long-term psychological problems can be cured by a single insightful incident.
  • Gunshots to the shoulder or leg are easily recovered from.
  • Souffles are extremely sensitive while being baked and the slightest sound can cause them to collapse.
  • Knocking over a fire hydrant with a car will release a large jet of water.
  • Freudian “couch” psychoanalysis is still the most common way of diagnosing psychological problems.
  • Native Americans dress differently and still tend to live in their old cultural dwellings.
  • Policemen use chalk outlines at crime scenes.
  • All smart people can easily identify different species at a glance, including knowing its scientific name.
  • Silencers make a gunshot as soft as punching a pillow.
  • Black holes suck things towards them harder than, say, a star with the same mass.
  • Truth serum exists.
  • The air around lava and flames is perfectly safe to be in.
  • Drill sergeants are allowed to swear and inflict physical abuse on recruits in boot camp.
  • All Americans eat Chinese food with chopsticks.
  • Quicksand sucks victims into it.
  • Amnesia is easily cured by blunt-force trauma.
  • Every state in the US has a parole system for prison inmates.
  • Horse hooves sound the same no matter what surface the horse is running on.
  • Tourniquets are the best way to stop bleeding, like from a gunshot wound.
  • St. Bernards carry alcohol around their necks.
  • Most chemical acids are green.  So is nuclear waste.
  • Swords and knives make a sound when unsheathed, even if the sheath is made out of leather.
  • Interrupting an eating predator will make it stop eating and chase you instead.
  • Laser beams are visible.
  • Every computer is connected to the Internet, so a hacker can reach it.
  • Most pirates talked in the same West Country “arrr” accent.
  • All heart attacks are signaled by chest pain.
  • Volcano lava often flows faster than most humans can run.
  • All fire sprinklers in a room are connected to each other; if one of them goes off, they all go off.
  • It’s possible to start a modern aircraft in less than 8 minutes.
  • The average distance between asteroids in an asteroid belt is less than a million miles.

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