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question of the day: What is the most dangerous “advice” you’ve ever gleaned from a movie?

Hugh Jackman as Wolverine walks slowly away from explosion

Today’s question was suggested by Kenny, who wrote, in reference to the hilarious site Insultingly Stupid Movie Physics:

Part of it dealt with the movie based conceit that cars are likely to explode at the drop of a hat. According to the website, people often pull accident victims from their cars, putting them at risk of spinal injuries, because the movies have led them to believe the wreck is likely to explode at any moment.

I wondered what other movie based misconceptions put people in danger of injury (or worse)?

So: What is the most dangerous “advice” you’ve ever gleaned from a movie?

I think close to the top of the list must be the notion that you could walk calmly and slowly away from a nearby explosion, and that the blast would not, in fact, throw you a good distance, likely resulting in severe injuries.

(If you have a suggestion for a QOTD, feel free to email me. Responses to this QOTD sent by email will be ignored; please post your responses here.)

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