QUESTION #655

# Can you give me an example within a cartoon or a movie where the laws of physics are inaccurately displayed.

Take any Roadrunner and Coyote cartoon: a law of Roadrunner and Coyote physics is that you don't start falling until you realize you are. Take any cop movie where the police and the robber shoot at each other one-handedly. Any gun will have recoil as a result of Newton's 3rd law. More blatantly displayed as a violation of physics, in The Rundown, the Rock fires two shotguns, each with one hand. In The Core, the team drilling into the center of the Earth is able to maintain constant radio contact, instead of it being cut off by the first foot of rock. In Spiderman 2, a self-sustaining fusion reaction is put out with water. In any martial arts movie, if one guy gets thrown across the room, the other guy should be thrown equally in the opposite direction by Newton's 3rd law (I think Hollywood has a proclivity to leave out Newton's 3rd law). In Chronicles of Riddick there are countless examples which seem to violate thermodynamics on the penal colony stemming from the apparent intense sun. This is more a biology contradiction: in The Passion of the Christ, Jesus is not rendered dead, or even unconscious within the first few minutes of his torture.

On just about any Bugs Bunny cartoon you see him run into a hollow log. Elmer, being the smart hunter he is, runs in after him. Bugs stands on the end of the log, which is hanging off the side of a cliff. Elmer continues running forward but, oh wait, there's NOTHING beneath him. Yet, he doesn't fall. Instead he runs back in the log, which Bugs turns so that its hanging off the side and the whole process is repeated over and over. Also, if you or any kids you know watch Ed, Edd, 'n Eddy, which I watch faithfully, watch the episode "Two Squares Plus an Ed." It has numerous inaccuracy's.
Answered by: Josh Poole, High School Student, Rome, GA

In an episode on "The Simpsons" Bart travels to Australia and notices that the water in the toilet is spinning the opposite direction. This is an example of "bad coriolis".