You shouldn't go into a movie expecting to learn about science. Go to school for that, read a book or even go online. But the sad truth is that most of what we know about the things we've never experienced is from what we've seen or heard on TV and film. It's not your fault that you think robots, zombies and aliens are real because movies have been showing you them forever. Movies have encouraged your imagination, infusing it with the power to take control of the logic center of your brain. But what do we do about the movies that lie to us about the way the world works? What about those movies that tell us that nature works one way, but really it works in a completely different way? Are movies endangering us? Should we rise up and fight back?
No, not really. We just need to make sure we're not being fooled by them. We need to go through a process of re-education, and that's exactly what this list is. We're going to count down the 15 biggest movie lies about science and set the record straight. Science is kind of a loose term here; it's going to encompass nature, law, history and space. It's basically everything. This is for your own protection. The lies on this list have been in numerous films or have simply been taken as gospel. Over time, people have come to assume that these lies are truth. How many conversations have you been a part of where you have regurgitated the mistruths that you learned in film? How many people have shaken their heads at your ignorance? Let's put an end to it at once. Let's restore your reputation. Here are 15 movies that lied about science.
15 Indiana Jones and Kingdom of the Crystal Skull – The Fridge Nuke Shelter
14 Jaws – Sharks Are Man-Killers
13 Star Wars - There's Sound In Space
12 Goldfinger - Paint Suffocates Skin
11 The Day After Tomorrow – The World Freezing Over
10 Star Wars – Asteroid Fields
9 Back to the Future – The DeLorean
8 White Wilderness - Lemmings Follow Blindly
7 Amadeus – Salieri Was Evil
6 Braveheart – Kilts Were A 13th Century Tradition
5 Armageddon – The Meteor Calamity
4 The Dark Knight – "I want my phone call"
3 Transformers – Breaking A Fall
2 The NeverEnding Story - Quicksand Is Deadly
1 Finding Nemo - Clownfish Single Father
So where does the movie go wrong? Well this one might shock you. Science told me that if Nemo's mom was eaten up like she was, Nemo's dad (Marlin) wouldn't just become the cool single dad he is in the film, no way. He would actually turn into a female. That's right. This is because all clownfish start off as males. Some will stay males and some will become females. Whenever the female from a family dies, the male will take over her very important role. Disney's come a long way since their cringe-worthy early days, but they definitely aren't ready to show kids a hermaphroditic fish family just yet.
Sources: Berkeley, NationalGeographic, ScienceAlert
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