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Timecop - Living Gold?
A time-traveler steals gold from a Confederacy squad of men. When it shows up in the future 100+ years later, George Spota claims that they were able to date it through carbon-dating. You can't identify the date of refined gold through carbon-dating: the process only works on items with an organic component, or that previously had an organic component. The odds of some small amount of organic material from the Civil War era clinging to the gold by the time it was brought back, and then sold, are infinitesimally small.
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Steve Crow on 06-06-2001
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MovieBuff writes:
I noticed this blatant slipup as well. Carbon dating measures the "decay" of Carbon-14, which is found in all living organisms. I also thought they may have carbon dated the leather bag the gold was carried in, however, since the bag of gold traveled through time, it would not have appeared old even if carbon dating were used.
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