OK, HOLLYWOOD, I HAVE FUCKING HAD IT.
As someone who knows how building systems work, I always deal with being jerked out of my suspension of disbelief when Bruce Willis holds a lighter up to a sprinkler head and the whole building system triggers. Because that is not even close to how sprinkler systems actually work. Not since the first few years of systems.
And when elevators fall, I usually hold my tongue. Because: elevators don’t fall. I will not get pedantic about the systems, but elevators are pretty much the safest thing you ever travel in. When was the last time you heard about an elevator fatality? It is in the order of a hundred or so, annually. And yet, nobody quavers when they get in a car.
So the thing is, the falling elevator? it doesn’t happen. Let me tell you this: on a cable supported elevator, there are 10-16 cables supporting that cab. And ONE of those is capable of supporting the cab. And for low-rise buildings, 4 stories or so, it is most likely an hydraulic elevator. And do you know what is the worst case scenario in the failure of an hydraulic elevator? It will slowly go down to the lowest level.
But after watching a few recent episodes of Weeds, I have a new one: Nail guns.
Nail guns are designed so that you can’t shoot a nail across a space. Mythbusters actually addressed this. And nail guns are most often air-powered. And nails are not very aerodynamic projectiles, so outside of a few inches, they start to tumble.
So, NO, you can’t point a nail gun At someone and consider it an actual threat. And outside of a foot or so, the nail will not stick out like a prick.
Fuck that, nail guns are designed so that you can’t fire a nail unless the guard is depressed against a surface. FUCK YOU, TV assholes, nail guns do not even activate the trigger unless the guard is depressed. Any commercial nail gun will NOT shoot a nail into the air, no matter where it is aimed.
These are the things that aggravate me when I watch movies and TV shows. Sometimes, they just take me out of the story; but sometimes, like with the elevator and sprinkler things, they make me throw things at the screen because the story is not plausible in reality. I AM LOOKING AT YOU, BRUCE WILLIS.
For fucks sake, is there a reasonable TV asshole who might want to consider a consultant who knows how buildings and codes actually work?