3Getting Shot with an Arrow or Crossbow
According to Hollywood:
These pointy projectiles are death with feathers. Get hit with one (especially if you're a bad guy or an expendable cowboy) and you pitch over and die. Legolas seemed to perfectly average one dead orc per fired arrow in Lord of the Rings. Before that -- for almost a century's worth of movies -- if a cowboy got tagged with one, he'd be on his way to the pearly gates.
There is no functional difference between that bow and an Uzi.
If you've got a strong stomach, take a look at the picture on this page. Yes, that's a guy with a crossbow bolt sticking out of his chest. Not only did he survive the initial wound, but he survived a seven-hour plane ride to the hospital (it was in Australia, and he was shot in a remote location, presumably by a giant bow and arrow wielding spider we've yet to read about) before the sucker was removed.
How could he do this and survive, you ask? Basically, arrows and other type of longish projectiles tend to stay in the wound, providing a nice plug to hold in the blood and keep things intact. By comparison, getting shot -- something that Hollywood heroes survive in every other scene -- is more dangerous by magnitudes. When a bullet strikes a body, it starts chewing up everything inside, bouncing off bones, tearing major blood vessels open -- just generally doing all it can to kill you.
Ask any hunter who uses a bow, and they'll tell you that it's not uncommon to have to trail an animal for hours after it gets hit by an arrow.
Exploding arrows are harder to come by than you'd think.
According to Hollywood:
It is one of the most common murder methods in Hollywood.
The unsuspecting victim is soaking in a bathtub, while we get a POV shot of two hands holding a radio or a toaster. The victim looks up just in time to see their attacker, then the electrical appliance of doom is tossed into the water. Cut to the rest of the cast, wondering why the lights have flickered, then back to our victim, now dead and smoking.
It toasts bread and vulnerable coeds.
If you're not familiar with how electricity works, let's briefly go over it. Electricity is just a flow of electrons from some place that has too many of them to some place that really wants them. But where they really want to go is to the ground. If generated power is a shipload of sailors on shore leave, the ground is a whore house that's having a two-for-one special.
The light switch is ... a dental dam?
So those horny electrons are going to make a beeline for the ground, and totally ignore anything that doesn't get them there as quickly as they can. This is why a welder could put his hand on a piece of metal that he's zapping hundreds of amps of current through, because the metal is connected to the ground with a big clamp. Compared to the air (which sucks at conducting electricity), the welder's juicy 80 percent water body might seems like a good road to Miss Kitty's House of Ground, but there's a convenient superhighway running through that clamp and electricity will always take the path of least resistance.
So going back to our bathtub, the person sitting in the tub doesn't offer any kind of decent path to ground. In older houses, the drain will provide a nice path (all that copper pipe), and in newer houses with PVC pipe, there may not be a path at all. Not to mention that if you plunge a radio into a bathtub, the first thing that's going to happen is that the water will short out the circuit and trip the circuit breaker.
Depending on the proximity of Rihanna's most recent release, that might be a mercy.
Don't get us wrong -- it is totally possible for electricity to ruin your day in the bathroom. If you're holding a hair dryer and you're soaking wet, your body may very well be the best path from the dryer to ground. And along the way, the current is likely to make a rest stop at your heart, and not pick up the trash when it's done.
But you're still more likely to slip and crack your head on the porcelain.
This is why, if you are in a newer house, your bathroom outlets have little black and red buttons on them. They're supposed to trip and shut off the current if some dumbass tries to dry his mullet in mid-shower.