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Nerd Alert; Ingenuity the Mars Helicopter flew carrying a piece of the Wright Brother's plane aboard. Blades rotating  at about 2500 rpm. Someone tell Sheldon, Amy Howard, and Raj.

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Hay, Abbott! This is not an Episodic Error , but, I believe, a Comedic Crossover. Perhaps by coincidence, but I believe a deliberate homage to Abbott and Costello. In the episode where Amy blurts out 'Who', after Zak greets, and later bends over sending her a heart, Bert would beseech such a blurt.  Amy and Sheldon subsequently perform a variation of 'Abbott and Costello', 'Who's On First?' routine. Earlier, in2 the same episode, Sheldon explains that 73 is the best number. 73 is the 21st prime number, and 37 is the 12th prime number, etc. 'Abbott and Costello' had a routine where 7 X 13 = 28. Web search for these. 2 references in 1 episode. Coincidence? I think {}.

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In the 7th season, during Amy and Sheldon's 2nd anniversary dinner, Amy tells of the Praying Mantis habitual cannibalistic coital snacking. Amy flamboyantly undoes a collar button and says, 'Dessert is served', to Sheldon. Now, even though Sheldon has been described by others as a Praying Mantis, Amy is wrong, and Sheldon does not correct her. Plus Mayim  should be aware of the error. The  smaller male mantis does not consume the larger  female. The larger female eats the smaller male, usually by first biting his head off during coitus. The female wants the male to stick around  Maybe because the female had no marriage certificate. What male can not relate to having at least one memory of having a female nearly chewing their head off? Gives new meaning to getting (and giving) head.

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In the episode where Penny was teaching Howard to hook Sherm the Worm (a misnomer from a man that collected insects in his youth), Remember Toby the cricket? Penny referred to the worm as him. Worms are true hermaphrodites. They are each both functional sexes. Granted there are the rare occurrence in humans. Penny with her brawny hands and back woods Nebraska skills would know this, as likely would all, just based on basic biology class where the ubiquitous worm was dissected by all. Worms can mate with others, and as Penny said to Leonard, "Can I just be the girl tonight?' Worms are the girl, and guy every night. Worm genitalia are on opposite ends of the worm, separating the sexes. Wouldn't Genitalia be a fine name. She could be called Gen, for short.  Like Chrissy from 'Three's Company' whose real character's name was Christmas. Anyway, the point is worms can literally coitus themselves. gives new meaning to the catch phrase, 'Go F...   yourself'.

 

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Scotty, beam this up. In the episode where the guys head off to a Star Trek  convention, and Leonard has his car stolen, when they walk into a diner, Leonard asks the waitress 'Can I use your phone, our car got stolen?' The waitress inquires, 'Why don't you ask Scotty to beam you up?' Sheldon says, 'Scotty  was on the original series, and we're 'next generation'. So joke's on you'. First ,Leonard should have asked if he 'may' use their phone (asking permission), versus 'can' (questioning his capability to use their phone, and seeking the waitress's opinion). However, Leonard may be so dehydrated that he is not sure he is currently capable of using any phone, and was strictly seeking an unbiased (and well hydrated) view. Regardless, Sheldon dos not correct Leonard.   Secondly, Sheldon breaks character. Data never uses contractions, although maybe Sheldon was playing Lore. More importantly, Sheldon is wrong. Scotty was on 'next generation'. Remember the 'next gen' episode where Scotty placed himself in a looping transport beam, and emerges in the 'next gen' time frame. The waitress was correct, perhaps an even greater Star Trek fan of them all, but, being a good waitress (take notes Penny) she continued the credo, 'the customer is always right'. So, joke's on Sheldon. I doubt even Scotty could fix this.

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Scotty, beam this up. In the episode where the guys head off to a Star Trek  convention, and Leonard has his car stolen, when they walk into a diner, Leonard asks the waitress 'Can I use your phone, our car got stolen?' The waitress inquires, 'Why don't you ask Scotty to beam you up?' Sheldon says, 'Scotty  was on the original series, and we're 'next generation'. So joke's on you'. First ,Leonard should have asked if he 'may' use their phone (asking permission), versus 'can' (questioning his capability to use their phone, and seeking the waitress's opinion). However, Leonard may be so dehydrated that he is not sure he is currently capable of using any phone, and was strictly seeking an unbiased (and well hydrated) view. Regardless, Sheldon dos not correct Leonard.   Secondly, Sheldon breaks character. Data never uses contractions, although maybe Sheldon was playing Lore. More importantly, Sheldon is wrong. Scotty was on 'next generation'. Remember the 'next gen' episode where Scotty placed himself in a looping transport beam, and emerges in the 'next gen' time frame. The waitress was correct, perhaps an even greater Star Trek fan of them all, but, being a good waitress (take notes Penny) she continued the credo, 'the customer is always right'. So, joke's on Sheldon. I doubt even Scotty could fix this.

It is incredible how you can analyze a tidbit like that and bring it out  Kudos!

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On 5/21/2021 at 12:05 PM, Mario D. said:

It is incredible how you can analyze a tidbit like that and bring it out  Kudos!

It is very kind of you to write such words. I am not sure how to respond.  It is simply the way my mind works. It takes effort to see the more obvious. For me, each error find is an irritant, like a Kripke food lodged tooth pocket, like a vinyl album record skip,  like a  thorn pulled paw, I'm asking the fellow fan, 'Does this look irritating to you?' I am embarrassed it took me so long to catch this particular one.  I'll give you a good example. True story. Long ago I was dating a law student, and wanted to get 'busy'. She had an assignment for a contracts class. It involved an Adrienne  Barbeau claiming invasion of privacy. I forced her to include the answer. She was an actress and public figure, and public figures have less public privacy rights, than the average person. We finally got busy. A month later, I picked her up from the  law school locker room, and some one congratulated her for being the only student in a class of 150, to get the answer right. It led to moot court competition. She would have never told me. Again, much thanks, especially coming from you.

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On 5/21/2021 at 1:36 PM, NeckShotLime said:

Molecules , I have to thank you because your posts never fail to crack me up and I always learn something! 

Very kind of you to comment positively. I am not sure how to respond. I guess, mission accomplished. I am a big fan of the show. I tried to reach out to fellow fans, and craft posts that mimic the show's format. I loved the show introducing learning with a comedic twist. I felt in the pandemic isolation, the posts might give someone a chuckle.  This is a greatly needed diversion for me. too. I see views increasing, so I assume people are enjoying the posts, but it is encouraging to see written approval.  Thank you, again.

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8 hours ago, Molecules said:

It is very kind of you to write such words. I am not sure how to respond.  It is simply the way my mind works. It takes effort to see the more obvious. I am embarrassed it took me so long to catch this particular one.  I'll give you a good example. True story. Long ago I was dating a law student, and wanted to get 'busy'. She had an assignment for a contracts class. It involved an Adrienne  Barbeau claiming invasion of privacy. I forced her to include the answer. She was an actress and public figure, and public figures have less public privacy rights, than the average person. We finally got busy. A month later, I picked her up from the  law school locker room, and some one congratulated her for being the only student in a class of 150, to get the answer right. It led to moot court competition. She would have never told me. Again, much thanks, especially coming from you.

Thanks   Always enjoy your comments. I guess this is the only way us TBBT fans can keep it alive

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This one is short and sweet ('Did someone say sweet?') . It is not technically an Episodic Error, but an Important Omission. In the great Thanksgiving Episode ( Haven't they pumped out great holiday episodes?), when they all learn Penny was married to Zack, and just finished dessert (Did someone say dessert?), Sheldon has the last line, 'I just vomited on a lot of clowns.' I argue, Sheldon should have continued...  'Don't worry... every clown is still smiling. What clown doesn't like a good pie in the face? [Sheldon strikes an exaggerated smiling clown pose]  Warner Brothers classic cartoon theme song plays, while the classic 'shrinking circle' cartoon ending occurs. The music and shrinking pauses to hear... (Did someone burp 3.14?), and finishes the last bars of the Warner Bros cartoon theme song.   Right, Soupy (Sales)? (( They could have Sheldon's clown pose face morph into a porcelain figure face, then market a Sheldon porcelain figure clown. Suitable for Thanksgiving bathrooms everywhere. ))

Also, in a season 3 episode, Leonard adds to the list of what threatens  Howard. Leonard states Howard is also threatened by loud noises, clowns, and nuns. Yet, there is a plethora of clowns in the bathroom. So, how did Howard ever use the bathroom? Perhaps, Howard literally had the Sh** scared out of him. Good location for such a reaction. Also, I guess Howard does not equate jesters as clowns. (Remember the Renaissance festival episode.) Possibly, Howard literally embodied his fears.

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Baby Love, Baby Love... This one is cautionary. On a Valentine's Day episode where Bernadette and Howard found a floating  bunny before getting into the hot tub, and Howard got bit by the anti-Semitic  bunny, the bunny saved the day. Now how? Bernadette should have known by her education that hot tubs of  only 10 minutes, and especially early in pregnancy ,can cause a miscarriage.  So the bunny may have stopped a potential tragedy. They were considering using the bunny to confirm a rabies free animal. If the bunny was female, technically, the bunny could also have been used to confirm pregnancy, at the same time. That bunny seemed more Zionistic, than anti-Semitic. 

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Let's peek through windows to properly see this entry. In the 11th season where Leonard meets Bill Gates. Leonard and the gang, sans Sheldon, track Gates down. Leonard introduces himself as Leonard Hofstadter, and leaves DNA on Bill Gates's tie. Now, Penny was assigned to Bill Gates, and Gates is a genius. Though Bill Gates did not remember Leonard's youthful first meeting, Bill Gates would remember Penny Hofstadter's name on his itinerary, and make the connection. 

By the way, PBS did a 3 hour documentary called "Triumph of The Nerds". If I remember correctly, Bill Gates was more an opportunist. Success favors the prepared mind. IBM needed an operating system for their computers, and went to someone to have them sign documents disavowing their meetings, but they passed. However, they told IBM that the guy down the street, Bill Gates, might be willing. Bill Gates was happy to sign any documents, and had the meeting. The only stipulation was Bill Gates retained the operating system rights for any other computer, except IBM. IBM had no peers, so IBM agreed, probably laughingly. Similarly, George Lucas retained all merchandizing rights for Star Wars. Movie merchandizing was unknown. Bill Gates also lied to IBM. IBM asked if Gates had an operating system ready for use. Gates said yes, but he did not. Next Gates scrambled with his friends to throw together a quick operating system at the last minute. That system was called QDOS (Quick and Dirty Operating System). It is the underlying system on which all Microsoft operating systems are built. Success favors the prepared mind. 

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Wear protective gear when considering these entries...

1) In the great episode, where we meet Zack, the gang is bouncing a laser off the moon. This activity is illegal, and, can result in arrest, trial, and jail time. Even a pocket laser is dangerous, much less the laser used in the episode. Why do this? These characters are geniuses. Further more, and more importantly there is no disclaimer about the viewer doing this. It is a potential existing risk to all involved in the show, legally. God forbid, but if someone sees the episode and thinks it okay to mimic the geniuses, and causes risk in the sky with (or without) consequences, not only would the viewer be at fault, but possibly all those involved in the episode. Oddly, Zack saw misdirected risk by wondering if the gang could blow up the moon, but it should have triggered the gang to rethink this dangerous, needless, criminal experiment. 

2) Sheldon loves pasta with little hot dog chunks. Sheldon is a germaphobe. Hot dogs are permitted by the FDA to have rodent poop, hairs, and many other ingredients. I suggest not searching the web. Disturbing. 

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In the Lord of the Rings' Ring episode, Sheldon got hit by sleeping beauty Penny. The next day Howard asks Sheldon, how it feels to be beaten by a girl. Sheldon states his beatings began in utero by his twin sister. Further he wishes he absorbed his twin in utero, and have a hairy mole, instead. This is impossible. This can potentially happen with identical twins, but never with fraternal twins. Identical twins/triplets occur when the fertilized egg, during early cellular division, separate and continue further division as two/three genetically identical twins. Errors in division can occur resulting in parasitic twins, and extremely rare chimeras might occur, but you can not call your hairy mole your sister no matter how much sibling rivalry exists. 

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This is not an Episodic Error, but more an Interesting Observation (I hope). In the opening of the first episode of the 2nd season, Leonard and Penny are walking upstairs to their floor, and Penny is asking if Leonard would like some Pink Berry. Leonard explains his decline: lactose intolerance. Leonard goes in for the kiss. The kiss occurs. Soon after the gang critique the kiss: No respiration rate change, pupil dilation, chest flushing, teeth clenched, no tongue access, Leonard uninvited (both orally and geographically). Leonard should have lamely argued that Penny was just being considerate. Penny, knowing that Leonard is lactose intolerant, simply did not want to accidently pass on any lactose to Leonard. Penny was just being kind, health and environmentally  conscious, reducing the potential excess carbon dioxide global warming gas increase due to Leonard's future flatus. 

There exists a term 'flatus'. Flatus is Latin for blow or wind. It refers equally to gas expelled from either end of the digestive tract. Perhaps two separate words should exist in Latin, like burp and fart, or 'planko' and 'janko'. I guess the Roman's smelled no distinction between the two. Where's William Safire when you need him? 

Likewise, all TBBT fans are aware of the term 'coitus'. There appears to be a near synonym 'coition'. As best I can tell, coition may mean everything including the point of pointing and touching. Coitus is the hole she-bang. As Howard would say, "I don't care what they say. I just want to be part of the conversation."

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Here's looking at you, kid. In the second season, where Howard displays his eye patch with 'negs' pick up technique, Penny and Leonard inquire whether Howard  got Pink Eye, again. Fast forward to Shamy's wedding gift of Pink Eye. If Howard's previous Pink Eye was viral, then it likely occurred from Adenovirus. Although, it's Howard, so it could have been from Herpes Simplex Virus, or Chlamydia. Adenoviral Pink Eye usually does not reoccur. Therefore, if Howard had a previous viral Pink Eye, then it was more likely Howard, and everyone else, had bacterial Pink Eye: no anxiety. 

Forgive me, but this reminds me of a great Bernie Taupin line from the Caribou song 'Pinky': "...now she rolls like the dice in a poor gambler's hand."

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Blinded by the light. Can someone help me see clearly, now. In the second season episode right before Penny and Alicia have a 'girl fight', Raj comments that he could take out Green Lantern with a number 2 pencil. I am confused. All objects we see are due to the full visible spectrum of light bouncing off the object. The object absorbs all visible colors, except the color wavelengths we see. If no visible colors get absorbed by the object , they all bounce off and are all absorbed by our eyes as white light (the full visible light spectrum). If all colors ae absorbed by the object, none bounce off, and are absorbed by our eyes as black (like outer space black holes). The color we see is not absorbed by the object, and bounces off the object, and is absorbed by our retinas (back of the eyeball), transmitted by the optic nerves and perceived by the visual cortex, at the back of the brain. (Search the web for the Dr Frank Netter painting illustrating the process: It is illuminating.) Also, the visible color palate we perceive are combinations of the three primary colors: red, yellow, and blue. Object reflected red and blue light make  purple. Red and yellow  make orange. Yellow and blue make green. So, How can the color yellow defeat Green Lantern, when he is 'yellow' and blue? Now, if he was Blue Lantern, then yellow would turn him green. That would make sense.  I am lost. Can someone light the way? Thanks. 

Fun Facts. A glass triangular prism breaks sunlight into its component visible colors, each color traveling at its own speed, including infra-red (below red), and ultra-violet (above violet). Further, rainbows occur when the sun is over your back shoulder, while you view remaining rain in the distance. Each falling raindrop approximates a tiny prism. Cumulatively, they create the perceived rainbow (the visible color spectrum). Each rainbow seen is different for each viewer, at the same time. Long ago Scientific American had a nice article on this. Still no clue where the pot of gold is. 

Create your own rainbow when you wish. Sun over your shoulder, spritz water in the air in front of you, say 'ooh' and 'aah'.

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5 hours ago, Molecules said:

Blinded by the light. Can someone help me see clearly, now. In the second season episode right before Penny and Alicia have a 'girl fight', Raj comments that he could take out Green Lantern with a number 2 pencil. I am confused. All objects we see are due to the full visible spectrum of light bouncing off the object. The object absorbs all visible colors, except the color wavelengths we see. If no visible colors get absorbed by the object , they all bounce off and are all absorbed by our eyes as black (red-yellow-blue make black). If all colors ae absorbed by the object, none bounce off, and are absorbed by our eyes as white. The color we see bounces off the object, and is absorbed by our retinas (back of the eyeball), transmitted by the optic nerves and perceived by the visual cortex, at the back of the brain. (Search the web for the Dr Frank Netter painting illustrating the process: It is illuminating.) Also, the visible color palate we perceive are combinations of the three primary colors: red, yellow, and blue. Object reflected red and blue light make  purple. Red and yellow  make orange. Yellow and blue make green. So, How can the color yellow defeat Green Lantern, when he is 'yellow' and blue? I am lost. Can someone light the way? Thanks. 

A veritable conundrum

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5 hours ago, Molecules said:

A Leonard and Kirk Observation. Leonard and Kirk approximate each other. Leonard admires Kirk, and, over the series, does move closer to Kirk, than at the series beginning. Kirk was a whore sticking his 'nose' here, there, and everywhere, intergalactically. . How many potential overacting baby Kirks, or Kirkettes exist? " I---think---I left---a--gift---for you---in ---my---dia--per." Similarly, eventually, Leonard begins to sample an international buffet. Also, Leonard is known as 'light speed' Leonard. Likewise, Kirk routinely goes beyond 'light speed'. 

Personally I disagree.

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This one shows Sheldon being deliberately sinister. In the season 2 last episode opening Howard was teaching Sheldon Chinese. Howard used a right hand gesture, and Sheldon mimicked the gesture with his left hand. Sheldon should know hand gestures can be important in languages.

For example, in Latin, right is dexter (we get dexterity, etc), and left is sinister (we get evil). In religion, at the last supper/Seder  Judas sat to the left of Jesus, because he was sinister. 

Similarly, in Arab nations, always shake hands with right hands. Using the left hand is an insult, because the left hand is used for toilet (exit) functions, and is considered unclean. The right hand is for eating (entrance functions). 

Likewise, the same gesture can have opposite meanings in different cultures. The next time you view the movie, Crocodile Dundee notice Paul Hogan's reaction to  his chauffeur's (Reginald VelJohnson's) 'thumbs up' gesture, given with a smile. Problem: the gesture means 'up yours' in the land down under. 

All to say be right.

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Keep abreast of this Interesting Observation and Episodic Error. In a 3rd season episode the guys make reference to the 3 breasted hooker from the movie 'Total Recall'.

They are not total fleeting ephemera. An NBC article goes into great detail. As many as 10 on one person, various anatomical locations, fully and non-functional. Noted celebrities: Mark Wahlberg, Jackson Browne, Tilda Swinton, Lilly Allen, among others. 

Similarly, various anatomical variations occur, almost as far as your imagination will take you. A past girlfriend, long ago, thought she was pregnant by me, but was not. Many years later, it was found to be impossible. As Sheldon has a bifurcated uvula. she had a bifurcated uterus ( one cervix, but one uterus for each ovary: twice the uteri, but insufficient for a fetus). 

Likewise, mythical historic humans have reality. Hercules: Myotonia Congenita. Cyclops. Goliath Giantism. 

Yet, with all our variations, we are one people. 

 

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Monkey see, monkey do. Sheldon see, monkey do. 
 
season 4 episode 20 The Herb Garden Germination, Amy tells Sheldon,: 'I recently trained a capuchin monkey to smoke cigarettes.' 
 
Season 4 episode 21, the next episode, The Agreement Dissection, Sheldon returns a drunken Amy to her apartment, and asks 'Is someone smoking?' The smoking capuchin monkey is in a straight line  direct view of Sheldon. 
 
Now, Sheldon has an eidetic memory. Even when Amy thought Sheldon did  not pay attention: he did. Remember the 'tweepadock' in the room? A 'tweepadock' never forgets, and neither does Sheldon. Sheldon should have made the connection. 
 
Sobering Fun Fact: A recent 2021 Oxford University study of 25,000, in the Guardian, found there is no safe level of alcohol consumption. Every exposure to any amount of alcohol permanently damages the entire brain.. Food for thought, or, more appropriately, food for thirst, food for abstinence. I won't drink to that. Cheers!
 
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A Complementary Crossover Connection

As Sheldon, once again, got to ride his battle ostrich, Glenn, so to Penny got to ride Glenn, Bernadette's battle tested 'massive weaponry'. Both got to ride something big, but only one had feathers. 

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