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The Day the Earth Caught Fire (1961) Poster

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Continuity 

When Bill and his son are exiting the car on the Ghost Train dark ride, they stand there and talk to Bill's son's nanny. The next car exiting the ride has two women who get up and leave the car. A few moments later, another car exits the ride, and the same two women stand up and leave the car.
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Factual errors 

In the movie, several people in North London contract "typhus" from contaminated water. Evidently the script confused "typhus" and "typhoid fever." Typhus is spread by parasites, such as fleas or mites; not contaminated water. Typhoid fever can be spread by contaminated food or water.
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At the 'peace' rally there is sign mistakenly using the Mercedes logo instead of the peace sign.
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Revealing mistakes 

The "Daily Mail" piece headlined "Met. office girl on secrets charge" seems to be about former US President Eisenhower.
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Only the extreme left-hand side of Peter Stenning's article "If you find your TV set has developed a nasty measle rash" is about sunspots, as per the dialogue. The remainder is a review of a newly-released book on jazz, referencing John Dankworth and Benny Green.
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We see a copy of the "New York Daily Record" - but a later edition of the "Daily Mail" is dated to June. (The Express detailing water rationing plans is dated Friday July 27th 1962.)
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