Tom Dobbs says: "NASA spent 28 Million dollars creating the pen that would write upside down in space. Did you know that? The Russians, how ever, were able to solve this problem with a five-cent pencil! Writes right side up, writes up-side down. After five quarts of vodka, is still writing!" In reality, pencils were originally used by the American and Russian space programs but were discarded because they were impractical for usage in outer space: The wooden barrel is flammable, and the graphite dust generated conducts electricity.
At one point, Dobbs makes a joke that if Mama Cass had given Karen Carpenter her sandwich, both of them would be alive. Mama Cass died of a heart attack, not, as is commonly believed, by choking on a sandwich.
In the Laundromat, there is a sign in the background indicating no rollerskating, etc... Rollerskating is spelled "rollerscating". In fact this same sign also has the word "Strictly" spelled as "Stricly"
When Eleanor is in her hotel room, "Wheel Of Fortune" is playing on her TV, you can hear the contestant say, she wants the letter "S", the host then says "Yeah, there are two of them" and then when there is a close up of the TV, you can clearly see there are three S's on the board.
The board on The Wheel of Fortune game changes. In the first shot, we only have two words. In the third viewing we now have an extra space on the bottom creating a one letter word, and the top left box has been mysteriously filled in with a 'C'.
The movie is supposed to take place in Washington, yet it is quite clear at several parts of the film that the actual filming location is Toronto. This includes the obvious glass ceiling of the BCE Place and the road signs while the characters are driving.
In the movie, Delacroy wins the national contract to supply all voting machines for the upcoming election. This would be impossible, as all conditions for national elections are determined by each state, and not on a national level.
During the Saturday Night Live taping, the SNL cameras on screen appear to be recording in standard 4:3 aspect ratio, per the blue lines around the monitors on the cameras, whereas SNL is always recorded in 16:9 aspect ratio, as appear on the crew monitors on the set.
The character of Dobbs is given a piece to say about NASA spending a huge amount of money developing a pen that would work under weightlessness, whilst the Russians simply used a pencil. This is an urban myth. NASA had nothing to do with the development of the pen - which also works underwater. It was produced quite independently by the Fisher company.
The story also overlooks the fact that pencils are a potential fire hazard and that pencil shavings are also a hazard. Also that the Russians used pencils because they were *unable* to develop a pen that would work under weightlessness.
When it came to the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project - the first international manned spaceflight - Russian mission commander Alexei Leonov arranged for the cosmonaut corps to purchase a stock of the pens and refills, and ensured that they were given the same 20% discount as NASA.
When Dobbs in a guest on SNL, the studio TV camera viewfinders show a 4:3 aspect ratio, yet the studio floor monitors (used by the studio crew to watch the output) are 16:9 aspect ratio. If the studio TV cameras are shooting 4:3, then the studio floor monitors would also be 4:3.
When Eleanor goes to the vending machine to get a soda and it will not take her dollar so she goes to the hotel clerk for change. Eleanor takes a one and a five dollar bill from her wallet, handing the clerk the five instead of the one. This explains why when she is seen exiting, she is carrying one dollar bills.
When Dobbs uses the new computer to cast his vote, the screen gives him four choices of language: English, Spanish, Japanese, and Chinese. Although the language choices should be displayed in the native language rather than in English, many such devices often do not respect that convention and this could be another indication of bad Delacroy programming.
When the voting machine is shown in action, it shows the votes for each candidate and then calculates the winner. However, since the vote count can be seen, there is no need to calculate a winner. Also, a person could tell which vote count is higher and would not believe the calculations.
The Constitution does not have provisions for a second presidential election. If the candidate who wins the presidency drops out before the inauguration, the VP-elect would take his place. If the election is found corrupt, then the House would vote.