When you think about it, TV Land is such a weird place. Characters never seem to finish their meals (and leave most of their food untouched in cafes which hurts me on a personal level), they don’t say ‘goodbye’ when they end their calls, and whenever they switch on the TV, there’s always a news segment on that’s relevant to their situation.

Really, life seems much more convenient on-screen. But it is raising some eyebrows. So much so that the people over on Twitter are posting example after example of how bizarre life is when you’re a film or TV character. Scroll down to check out these funny quirks and remember to upvote the ones that made you pause for a moment.

Pop culture and entertainment expert Mike Sington, who is a former Senior Executive at NBCUniversal, explained to Bored Panda that unrealistic scenarios and acting decisions are required to keep the plot moving on a TV show. "No one wants to see characters eat a full meal, that would bring a storyline to a screeching halt! Things like seeing a relevant news segment playing can immediately fast forward a storyline or emphasize a plot point. It’s a common tool that writers use," he said. And we fully agree. (Though the Joey Tribbiani in all of us is wondering how good the meal has to be to get featured from start to finish.)

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Upvote, upvote, upvote!!

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Sarcastic Panda
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And I don’t ever crash unless I’m the bad guy or I need more emotional scarring

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It’s the tablecloth that annoys me... we never use tablecloths except at Christmas

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Mike was brutal but honest in his evaluation of how much excitement there is any single one of our lives. "I’d estimate 80% of your real life would have to edited or rewritten to make it compelling and interesting to watch on screen. That may sound harsh because your real life is interesting to you, but probably not so much to a mass audience."

He added: "Deep down you know it because you’re only posting the highlights on social media. You’re actually already self-editing your own life for your audience."

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YoyoSthlm
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5 months ago

Also, it starts running directly on its own and I have all the programs I need to look at it.

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Verena Gitterle
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5 months ago

And I am refreshed like it was a nap

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Verena Gitterle
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5 months ago

and I never wear my clothes more than one time

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We rarely think about how peculiar people act in movies and on TV shows because we’re so used to things that we don’t notice the discrepancies between their behavior and our lives. In other words, we’ve fully absorbed the weirdness and we’re no longer bothered by it… unless somebody on social media reminds us of it.

The trend seems to have been started by Tom Cox, a British author who was born in Nottinghamshire. He has published nearly a dozen books so far and plans to release 2 more in 2021. Some of the themes that he repeats in his books have to do with cats, golf, folklore, wildlife, local history, rock, and rambling.

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And always perfectly healthy.

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Hooked
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5 months ago

I always wondered about this. When I was still in school (every school), the teachers would decide when it was time to leave the classroom. Bell or no bell.

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I wish this was true...

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Tom’s thread, which he started on the 26th of February, got over 15k likes and soon spread like wildfire. In fact, if you’ve been browsing Twitter this weekend, you might have noticed at least one or two people sharing the weird things that characters tend to do that befuddle us.

However, there are plenty of good reasons why movies and shows are so far removed from our daily lives. In brief, living as a human being is… quite ordinary. There’s lots of downtime. Lots of unscheduled pee breaks that get in the way of dramatic moments. And plenty of dullness without anything exciting happening.

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Linus Nilsson
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5 months ago

What? You guys needs to go to the toilet directly after waking up? I always have breakfast first

Az
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5 months ago

You sir, are a psychopath

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Doggo Froggo
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5 months ago

I usually go like an hour later....

Gata Nick
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5 months ago

Your bladder must be colossal

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Zena Marsh
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5 months ago

Bathroom straight after waking up for me. I always thought that was normal.

JessG
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5 months ago

Of course that's normal, that's why they don't do it in movies and tv, they're medical marvels

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CatWoman312
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5 months ago

I envy anyone who can hold their pee all night. I have an overactive bladder so I’m lucky to get 3 hours of sleep before I wake to go

Hollysmom
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5 months ago

And you and your partner kiss and no one has morning breath

I want cake
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5 months ago

I often wake up needing to pee really bad about half an hour before my alarm goes off. I hate it, because it feels so futile to go back to bed for 25 minutes, but I don't need an extra 25 mins in the morning to sit on my a**e and wish I was still in bed.

Whawhawhatsis
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5 months ago

And my hair and makeup are still perfectly in place, and my breath won't gag a goat.

NaruTheCollective
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5 months ago

And they never pee several times a night.

Parker Kinsey
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5 months ago

Your hair is miraculous ply untangled, too!

Saturn Argentavis
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5 months ago

A lot of ppl on here are drinking/eating way too much too close to bed time

Roberto Ruziscka
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5 months ago

Oh dear Lisa, that's absolutely nothing comparing with people arriving home after a busy policial working day, and just jumping into bed without even taking clothes off! Grosser than that...

Douglas Turner
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5 months ago (edited)

Sometimes I can't pee right away, I have to wait a bit...

Dilly Millandry
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5 months ago

If you're a fella of a certain age get your prostate double checked. If it's enlarged it can cause that problem.

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Fieke Engelen
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2 months ago

I wake up at 2 or so in the night, and don't need till about an hour after getting up

Randall Brooks
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4 months ago

After reading all these comments there is a couple of things I wanna say. 1. Everyone does not do things the same way. 2. Number 1 is perfectly okay.

Tobias the Tiger
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4 months ago

Then again, characters in movies/TV almost never seem to need to go to the bathroom in general.

Barbara Ilma Eva Westwood
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4 months ago

That's because, if they do, then there's something evil waiting in there,

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Thomas Turnbull
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4 months ago

No you don’t

Thomas Turnbull
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4 months ago

That’s so true

enjoyinglife
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4 months ago

And your breath is minty fresh as you go into a make out session 30 minutes before work. You then run out the door half dressed.

Bunny Lady
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4 months ago

I wake up in the morning desperate and that's after having two or three trips to the loo during the night!!!!! Getting old sucks! 😂

CV
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4 months ago

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backatya
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4 months ago

that's because no one wees, but they do go piss

Laurie Ostergaard-Overbey
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4 months ago

i wake up BECAUSE i have to 'wee'

JJM
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4 months ago

Isn't that the truth and the ladies with perfect make up and lipstick.

Heather Atwood
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4 months ago

You are not drinking enough water!!!

Jan Prescott
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4 months ago

Or to brush your teeth

Eric Forster
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4 months ago

Don't forget, no one wakes up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom.

Hugo A-niro
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4 months ago

I don't think tv characters crap

Jonathan L
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4 months ago

My teenage son never has to pee first thing and can go to class without and spend hours there. It's baffling other than perhaps he's just dehydrated.

Yoshie Inara
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5 months ago

*me, who only takes a pee once a day*: What is this... do you guys actually have to pee when you wake up? How annoying.

Signe Manat Hansen
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5 months ago

*you, severely dehydrated and in danger of developing kidney issues*

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A Head
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5 months ago

Luckily, my bladder wakes me up about 30 minutes before I want to get up, so I can get back in bed and not sleep anymore. Or oversleep.

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Hooked
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5 months ago

Yup. Very strange. And annoying.

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YoyoSthlm
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5 months ago

Also, I say "Lock the doors and don't open them to anyone" and when they ask why I'll say "I'll explain it later" and that person is totally cool with that instead of calling the police.

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That’s why it’s so important to edit real life into something that’s fit for watching. Sure, there will always be some people who have the patience to watch paint dry/somebody working in their cubicle all day long only to go back home, microwave their dinner, and play video games. However, it doesn’t make for riveting TV for the vast majority of us.

By editing out inconveniences like needing to eat full meals (and the guilt of leaving so much food behind, as well as wasting food), showing people working and doing ordinary stuff like washing the dishes, scriptwriters, directors, and actors can get to the most exciting and interesting tidbits. The meat of things, so to speak. (Halloumi if you’re vegetarian, lettuce if you’re vegan.)

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Hooked
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5 months ago

Just wondering : is it a typical American thing to have front doors that can be opened from the outside when not locked ? Where I'm from, you always need a key to open the front door, locked or not.

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5 months ago

This is so accurate...

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Oh how I wish this was real life...

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It probably won’t surprise you to learn that audiences tend to have very short attention spans. Digital Information World explains that back in 2000 we had an average attention span of 12 seconds. In 2015, this dropped to just over 8 seconds. Research has shown that our attention spans are dropping.

The media we consume changes how attentive we are which in turn changes the media even more. In a fast-paced world, there’s no time for patience, no place for slow storylines and buildup, and especially no room for boring things that regular people do in real life that would mess with the fast pace of the story.

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Birgit Merkentrup
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5 months ago

Haha, yes, and I'm always like "Why doesn't he/she just tell... ah, it's a movie..."

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Debbie Convery
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5 months ago

This is so irritating!

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Linus Nilsson
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5 months ago

Also, simply walk away after giving a snippet of information. "You should talk to X, I can't say anymore, I already said too much"

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However, even though our attention spans might be decreasing, it’s not just that. They’re being fractured as well. One screen isn’t enough for us anymore. A recent Total Audience Report that was conducted in 2018 by Nielsen showed that a whopping 88 percent of adults living in the US used their digital devices while watching TV either rarely, occasionally, or frequently.

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Brivid
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5 months ago

I wonder how that affects people's attitudes toward police...

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あんぱんまん
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5 months ago

well... atleast the hero always wins

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Brivid
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5 months ago

I rarely say goodbye. Instead I usually say "love you" for family or "have a nice day" for business. It is just something I do without thinking about it.

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That means that a single screen is no longer enough to please viewers who are busy googling stuff related to what they’re watching, posting their thoughts about what’s happening on social media, or discussing the show with their friends. It’s a different form of engagement that doesn’t necessarily mean having your audience’s eyes glued to one screen.

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Sarcastic Panda
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5 months ago

Always remember to bring a torch with no batteries!

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Sarcastic Panda
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5 months ago

This always irritates me...

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jade s
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5 months ago

...or the small tv in the corner of the kitchen which I will casually ignore until I walk past at the exact headline I need.

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Something else that we rarely think about (unless you’re a pro in the field) is how strangely people talk. When you’re chatting to someone (masked) face to (masked) face, everything sounds great. But if you happen to record or film the conversation, you might find a different side to the tale: the way that we speak in real life is often disorganized, broken, and unclear.

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Zena Marsh
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5 months ago

Remember, this is Film/TV land. Anything is possible.

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Neva Nevičica
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5 months ago

And always on some obscure instant message platform, nothing anyone has ever seen.

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M O'Connell
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5 months ago

That implies they aren't aware of the muzzle energy of their particular firearm. For instance .38 Long Colt likely wouldn't come out the other side of their head. By comparison, 9mm Luger would have the aforementioned effects.

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That’s why scriptwriters have no other choice than to write dialogue that people can actually understand. Sure, not many people speak this way IRL, but we have to think of what’s best for the audience. Do you want to listen to a guy or gal ramble on for 10 minutes or do you want a confident protagonist who enunciates well, argues well, and drops snappy one-liners?

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Perfumista Perfumista
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5 months ago

and you will be an expert in pathology, fingerprints, and ballistics

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Neva Nevičica
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5 months ago

And don't forget to victoriously announce: I'm in!' when you discover the password.

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YoyoSthlm
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5 months ago

Maybe they have a gps in there as well, "turn right at the next corner". :)

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Of course, that doesn’t mean that ‘realistic dialogue’ has no place in filmography. It does, but it has to be skillfully crafted. Filmmakers like Woody Allen create realistic-sounding dialogue and it can be jarring to most of us who have grown up on a diet of delicately-curated sentences.

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YoyoSthlm
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5 months ago

Also, it's not the shirt he was wearing so I actually have to rummage through his closet to find one.

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Neva Nevičica
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5 months ago

Hello, i am a boob in a TV drama. I am never, ever allowed to be seen because it's indecent and yucky. But if i grow on a leading female character, i am supposed to look perky and abundant through her clothes to make people know i'm there. My good friend nipple is allowed to be clearly seen if it grows on a male actor, of course.

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あんぱんまん
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5 months ago

yep, seen this in koe no katachi.... teacher introduced the girl, she got bullied, left school, principal came to talk about this in class and the bully got called out

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Rissie
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5 months ago

Yeah, well, you can't actually put everything in now can you? You also don't see people actually walking/driving/biking somewhere the whole way. Or sleeping from beginning to end... That's not something you see that is actually not happening in real life. Like table cloths and turning your head for ten seconds at a time while driving...

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Neva Nevičica
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5 months ago

Showers in the movies are there for crying or having sex. Not for washing.

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YoyoSthlm
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5 months ago

Just a step up from "the usual". Because I know all the staff at every coffee shop/bar/restaurant.

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Hooked
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5 months ago

And let's not forget the running away from fire blasts, water that flushes streets, and even dropping temperatures (looking at you "Day after Tomorrow")

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Hooked
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5 months ago

This ! Horrible. I upvoted

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giku T
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5 months ago

and almost always it seems that my drinks are pre-paid..

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Sarcastic Panda
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5 months ago

And not get in my eyes or mouth, and never gets tangled.

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