Tech Myths You Believe Thanks To Movies

We have some bad news: Velociraptors were tiny feathered chicken dinosaurs, lemmings don't commit suicide, and before the internet, people learned science from Hollywood. We don't always expect movies to get it right, and we're often willing to suspend our disbelief, but sometimes it's hard not to notice the idiotic myths being foisted on us.

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CRASHED CHOPPER RIPPING UP THE STREET? REAL HELICOPTER BLADES ARE FRAGILE They're filled with foam and a light substance called honeycomb, because the

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COOL, FLASHY NEON SPACE LASERS? THOSE BEAMS SHOULD BE INVISIBLE Never mind whether those exact weapons exist in real life (they don't). Lasers need a

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A SILENCED CGUN SOUNDS LIKE QUET SPITTING? SORRY, ASSASSINS: THOSE SILENCERS DON'T EXIST. Silencers suppress gunshots. They don't mute them. A silence

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A HIDDEN VEST THAT SAVES YOUR LIFE? NOPE NOT FROM GUNFIRE LIKE THAT No vest protects against machine gun fire. Concealable aror can only protect again

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ZERO GRAVITY MEANS WE MOVE IN SIOWMO? No. YOu're CONFUSING SPAcE WITH SWIMMING POOLS. Gravity doesn't affect your horizontal movement. And if there's

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WOULD A DINO DROP ITS FOOD TO CHASE YOU? NO. NOT IF IT's LIKE ANY PREDATOR WE'VE seN Animals, past or present, exhibit what's known as a Holling's Typ

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Look, A BOMB! BETTER CUT THE RIGHT WIRE? NAH THE REAL SOLUTION IS EVEN COOLER. The bomb squad often won't clip wires. Instead, they use a tool that wo

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Do GIANT MONSTERS SECRETLY LIVE IN CAVES? CAVES ARE THE SINGLE LEAST LIKELY PLACE. Caves have no light, meaning no plants and no normal food chain. Th

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DOes A SUBMARINE CAPTAIN HAVE HIS OWN LUXURY CABIN? No! No ONE ON A SUB DOES. A sub's incredibly cramped, and that extends to every part of it. Even i

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AN ORBITTING SHIP LOSES THRUST. WIiLl IT PLUMMET To EARTH IN SECONDS? No. Unless YOU MEAN A MILLION SECONDS The Enterprise in Star Trek Into Darkness,

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You KNOW IT's NUCLEAR. IT's NEON GREEN! 12 I 10 3 8 4 7 5 6 UH, NO. RADIOACTIVITY DOESN'T GLOW. Maybe the idea comes from the old trend of using radiu

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Movie TRUTH SERUMS LOOK LIKE THEY'RE BASED ON REAL LIFE. SADLY, THERE'S NO SUCH THING. Various drugs make people more talkative and less inhibited (al

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IN SPACE MOVIES, THE SUN IS YELLOW OR ORANGE BUT IN SPACE, THE SUn ACTUALLY LOOKS WHITE The Sun looks yellow to us because the atmosphere scatters the

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Plane OUT OF FUEL? IT'S ABOUT To CRASH! 4 FUE PRE RED 2 X LIGHT ON LOW FUEL RESERV EXCePT NO, NOT FOR A WHILE Planes are pretty good at gliding, even

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UNDERSEA STATIONS ARE DARK AND MOODY, RIGHT? NOPE. WHY WOULD THEY BE? Real stations are lit like a 7/11, because that's a much more pleasant environme

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SPAcE EXPLOSIONS! FIREBALLS! A GIANT BOOM! WAIT. How CAN THAT HAPPEN WITHOUT AIR? In reality, a space explosion looks more like the object got up one

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STUCK IN AN ELEVATOR? BettER OPEN THE HATCH! EXcEPT, NO. IT'S LOCKED FROM THE OUTSIDE The hatch is to let rescuers in so they can escort people out. A

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A TOASTER IN THE TUB IS DEADLY, RIGHT? PROBABLY NOT, NO. Pipes leading from tubs are now more often PVC than copper, so there's no easy path attractin

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TRY SNEAKING THROUGH A BUILDING'S AIR DUCTS? You're GONNA HAVE A BAD TIME. These ducts are filled with far more obstructions, like piping, than movies

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A FUEL TANK IS A BOMB SECONDS FROM BLOWING! ExcePT, WOULD YOU BELIEVE GASOLINE ISN'T Cu THAT EXPLOSIVE? In fact, if you drop a lit match into a barel

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