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English citations of butterfly effect
1987, Gleick, James, Chaos: Making a New Science, ISBN 9780670811786, OL 7642651M:
- But beyond two or three days the world's best forecasts were speculative, and beyond six or seven they were worthless. The Butterfly Effect was the reason. For small pieces of weather—and to a global forecaster, small can mean thunderstorms and blizzards—any prediction deteriorates rapidly.
2008 November 16, “The Damage a Man Can Do”, in Dexter, season 3, episode 8:
- It's said that everything is connected to everything. The butterfly effect. You drop a pebble into a pond and the ripples radiate outward, affecting everything. Until finally a fish grows arms and legs and crawls out of the water, and picks up a rock and smashes the next two fish over the head, and we have the first serial killer.
2010 March 26, Hot Tub Time Machine (Film), , 00:29:26:
- Nick: What was all that cryptic shit he was saying about not changing one little thing?
- Adam: I know exactly what he meant, he was talking about the butterfly effect.
- Lou: That was a great fucking movie.
- Adam: One little change has a ripple effect, and it effects everything else. Like a butterfly floats its wings and Tokyo explodes or there's a tsunami in, like, y'know, somewhere.
2011 April 15, “My Heart Will Go On”, in Supernatural, season 6, episode 17:
- Sam: But now those people and their kids and their kids' kids... they must have interacted with-with so many other people, changed so much crap... you totally butterfly-effected history.
- Dean: Dude, dude, rule one. No Kutcher references.