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22nd Aug '16 12:24:50 PM kyojikasshu
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** Interstate 94 is an east-west highway from Billings, Montana to Huron, Michigan. However, from Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Lansing, Illinois (just south of UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}}), a distance of about 117 miles, the highway operates on a north-south alignment as it follows the west shore of Lake Michigan. Here, signs for "east"bound I-94 translate to "south", and "west" translates to "north".

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** Interstate 94 is an east-west highway from Billings, Montana to Huron, Michigan. However, from Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Lansing, Illinois (just south of UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}}), a distance of about 117 miles, the highway operates on a north-south alignment as it follows the west shore of Lake Michigan. Here, signs for "east"bound I-94 translate to "south", and "west" translates to "north". To a lesser extent, Interstate 94 runs roughly north-south between UsefulNotes/{{Detroit}} and Port Huron, Michigan, though the 22-mile stretch between New Baltimore and Marysville is northeast/southwest.


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** Interstate 99 is a notorious case, as its route number was written into the law that authorized the route's Interstate designation, as opposed to being assigned by [=AASHTO=], even though it runs west of Interstate 81.
** Interstate 69 is a strange case. As the original route was extended through Michigan on freeways already planned as upgrades to the existing US-27 and state routes, the portion between Lansing and Port Huron would actually be ''signed'' east-west, with the changeover from north-south coming at the northern end of its concurrency with Interstate 96 (which itself runs north-south for the entirety of its concurrency with I-69, although I-96 remains signed east-west due to the rather short length of the concurrency). The under-construction future route of I-69 from Indianapolis to the Mexican border takes it west of I-65 and several other lower odd-numbered Interstates in the South.
14th Aug '16 5:52:58 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* ''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}'' not only has jungles in the Tsavo area of Kenya, but also temperate plants from the Pacific Northwest. Mt. Kilimanjaro looks more like Mt. Rainier, and is far too close for the location, which is on the opposite side of the country. The jungles of Tsavo may be forgivable, seeing as Halo takes place 500 years in the future, and mankind may have done a bit of terraforming. No excuse for the moving mountain, however.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}'' not only has jungles in the Tsavo area of Kenya, but also temperate plants from native to the Pacific Northwest. Mt. Kilimanjaro looks more like Mt. Rainier, and is far too close for the location, which is on the opposite side of the country. The jungles of Tsavo may be forgivable, seeing as Halo ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' takes place 500 years in the future, and mankind may have done a bit of terraforming. No excuse for the moving mountain, however.
12th Aug '16 10:18:31 AM Anorgil
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* There's also ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater'''s Soviet ''jungle.'' Even allowing for the fact that the Soviet Union wasn't just Russia, the Turkic ex-republics of the Soviet Union are very arid. It's, you know, in the middle of the world's largest continent, and the only (faux-)sea shores is the western Caspian coast of Turkmenistan (western coasts tend to be arid throughout the world), Kamchatka (too far north), and Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia (both). Kazakhstan is steppe country, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan are mostly desert, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan are mountainous. No jungles, anywhere.

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* There's also ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater'''s Soviet ''jungle.'' Even allowing for the fact that the Soviet Union wasn't just Russia, the Turkic ex-republics of the Soviet Union are very arid. It's, you know, in the middle of the world's largest continent, and the only (faux-)sea shores is are the western Caspian coast of Turkmenistan (western coasts tend to be arid throughout the world), Kamchatka (too far north), world) and Latvia, Lithuania, the Aral Sea between Kazakhstan and Estonia (both).Uzbekistan. Kazakhstan is steppe country, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan are mostly desert, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan are mountainous. No jungles, anywhere.
12th Aug '16 10:14:16 AM Anorgil
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* There's also ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater'''s Soviet ''jungle.'' Even allowing for the fact that the Soviet Union wasn't just Russia, the Turkic ex-republics of the Soviet Union are very arid. It's, you know, in the middle of the world's largest continent, and the only (faux-)sea shore is the western Caspian coast of Turkmenistan (western coasts tend to be arid throughout the world). Kazakhstan is steppe country, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan are mostly desert, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan are mountainous. No jungles, anywhere.

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* There's also ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater'''s Soviet ''jungle.'' Even allowing for the fact that the Soviet Union wasn't just Russia, the Turkic ex-republics of the Soviet Union are very arid. It's, you know, in the middle of the world's largest continent, and the only (faux-)sea shore shores is the western Caspian coast of Turkmenistan (western coasts tend to be arid throughout the world).world), Kamchatka (too far north), and Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia (both). Kazakhstan is steppe country, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan are mostly desert, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan are mountainous. No jungles, anywhere.
12th Aug '16 10:10:21 AM Anorgil
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* There's also ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater's Soviet ''jungle.'' Even allowing for the fact that the Soviet Union wasn't just Russia, the Turkic ex-republics of the Soviet Union are very arid. It's, you know, in the middle of the world's largest continent, and the only (faux-)sea shore is the western Caspian coast of Turkmenistan (western coasts tend to be arid throughout the world). Kazakhstan is steppe country, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan are mostly desert, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan are mountainous. No jungles, anywhere.

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* There's also ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater's ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater'''s Soviet ''jungle.'' Even allowing for the fact that the Soviet Union wasn't just Russia, the Turkic ex-republics of the Soviet Union are very arid. It's, you know, in the middle of the world's largest continent, and the only (faux-)sea shore is the western Caspian coast of Turkmenistan (western coasts tend to be arid throughout the world). Kazakhstan is steppe country, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan are mostly desert, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan are mountainous. No jungles, anywhere.
12th Aug '16 10:09:07 AM Anorgil
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* There's also ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater's Russian ''jungle.''
** ''Soviet'' jungle: The jungle is actually one of the southern republics of the USSR, likely bordering the Himalayan mountains, west of China. It's actually stated that even the FOX unit would be nuts to initiate a mission into ''Russia'', but ''Soviet'' territory is fair game.
*** More likely the Caucasus. Both Georgia and Azerbaijan have terrain similar to what is seen in MGS3.
** The Turkic ex-republics of the Soviet Union are very arid. It's, you know, in the middle of the world's largest continent, and the only (faux-)sea shore is the western Caspian coast of Turkmenistan (western coasts tend to be arid throughout the world). Kazakhstan is steppe country, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan are mostly desert, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan are mountainous. No jungles, anywhere.

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* There's also ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater's Russian Soviet ''jungle.''
** ''Soviet'' jungle: The jungle is actually one of
'' Even allowing for the southern republics of the USSR, likely bordering the Himalayan mountains, west of China. It's actually stated fact that even the FOX unit would be nuts to initiate a mission into ''Russia'', but ''Soviet'' territory is fair game.
*** More likely
Soviet Union wasn't just Russia, the Caucasus. Both Georgia and Azerbaijan have terrain similar to what is seen in MGS3.
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Turkic ex-republics of the Soviet Union are very arid. It's, you know, in the middle of the world's largest continent, and the only (faux-)sea shore is the western Caspian coast of Turkmenistan (western coasts tend to be arid throughout the world). Kazakhstan is steppe country, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan are mostly desert, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan are mountainous. No jungles, anywhere.
9th Aug '16 8:30:41 AM dmcreif
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* The original version of Microsoft Train Simulator had six default routes, based on real life lines, but didn't exactly look like the real world counterparts.
**For instance, the original Marias Pass route[[note]]a depiction of the BNSF Hi-Line Subdivision from Shelby to Whitefish, Montana via Marias Pass[[/note]] didn't accurately portray any of the many high trestles on this portion of the route. For instance, Goat's Lick Trestle near Essex is depicted as a small ditch rather than as a high trestle over a ravine. Same goes for the trestle at Java Creek, which is depicted as an ordinary bridge rather than a trestle.
**Consequently, third party users have made a point of going in and making modified versions of the default MSTS routes, altering the scenery and tracks to better resemble what actually exists there.
5th Aug '16 4:00:20 PM Pinokio
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* In ''Film/OrangeCounty'', Shaun goes to Orange County High School. There is no Orange County High School in California, though Orange County School of the Arts, in Santa Ana, was known as Orange County High School of the Arts until 2012. There is an actual Orange County High School in Virginia.
29th Jul '16 7:14:47 PM dmcreif
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* The {{NASCAR}} track known as the Charlotte Motor Speedway is located in the city of Concord, North Carolina, which is not even in the same county as Charlotte. Its location in Cabarrus County puts it just across the county line from Mecklenberg County, the county that contains Charlotte. Not only that, but the Charlotte city limits are only a few miles away. As Charlotte is by far the more well-known city, well...

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* *Race tracks:
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The {{NASCAR}} track known as the Charlotte Motor Speedway is located not in the city of Concord, Charlotte, North Carolina, but instead in Concord. which is not even in the same county as Charlotte. Its location in Cabarrus County puts it just across the county line from Mecklenberg County, the county that contains Charlotte. Not only that, but the Charlotte city limits are only a few miles away. As Charlotte is by far the more well-known city, well...


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** Talladega Superspeedway is a lot closer to Lincoln, Alabama and Interstate 20 than it is to the town of Talladega, Alabama, although both are in Talladega County.
** Atlanta Motor Speedway is not in Atlanta, Georgia proper, but instead in Henry County, two counties away from Fulton County where Atlanta is located.
29th Jul '16 2:30:24 PM Malady
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* ''Website/NotAlwaysRight'':
** Several customers assume that WeAllLiveInAmerica. They are wrong. [[http://notalwaysright.com/out-of-state-out-of-mind/3367 "But... isn't Europe part of the US?"]]
** Some customers take this to extreme levels. The conversations they have with various cashiers and salespeople seems to imply that they are unaware that other nations besides the United States exist.
*** [[https://notalwaysright.com/lone-star-state-one-country-state-of-mind/25172 This woman]] believes that, since Ohio isn't in Austin (Texas), it must be overseas.
** There are enough examples of Americans being ignorant about the rest of the world that listing them all would take too long...[[http://notalwaysright.com/the-fourth-is-not-strong-with-this-one/3386 so here's an example of the opposite.]]
*** [[http://notalwaysright.com/yukon-see-it-on-a-map-part-2/4609 This guy seems to be under the impression that Illinois is a Canadian province.]]
** Quite a few seem to involve Americans across the border in Canada who are a bit surprised to learn that it isn't ''exactly'' like home.
*** [[http://notalwaysright.com/one-nation-under-god-period/5354 This]] poor, geographically deluded soul.
*** [[http://notalwaysright.com/its-all-dutch-to-me/5808 This]] guy, on the other hand, manages to make the distinction between Canada and the US. But not between Canada and the Netherlands.
*** "[[http://notalwaysright.com/canada-americas-hat-part-7/31619 CANADA IS PART OF THE UNITED STATES; YOU’RE ALL JUST IN DENIAL!]]" Bizarrely, the person making ''this'' claim is ''not'' from the U.S., nor even Canada, but ''New Zealand''.
*** [[http://notalwaysright.com/french-disconnection/34669 And again:]] an ignorant JerkAss makes the assumption that since a travel brochure for visiting Quebec was in English, that means it and the rest of Canada are part of America and the people there should be speaking "American" at all times, [[ItsAllAboutMe solely for his convenience]].
** [[http://notalwaysright.com/when-in-rome-or-spain/15804 This tourist]] complains that all the road signs are in Spanish instead of English. The customer service person replies, "We are in Spain, sir. Spanish is our official language."
** And then, there are cases where Americans ''don't'' assume other countries are like their own...but get ''other'' facts wrong. [[http://notalwaysright.com/first-ocean-to-the-right-then-straight-on-til-drowning/1823 This one]] is especially [[TVTropesDrinkingGame egregious]].
** What travel is better -- [[http://notalwaysright.com/here-today-gone-to-maui-2/5145 a train to Hawaii]] or a boat [[http://notalwaysright.com/i-have-a-sinking-feeling/10188 to Atlantis]]?
** "[[http://notalwaysright.com/watashi-whaaa/7331 You mean Japan's a real place?!]]" And even [[http://notalwaysright.com/not-in-ermurica/15071 Australia isn't in the Middle East]].
** In turn, Europeans [[http://notalwaysright.com/giving-the-french-stick/10042 sometimes fail to understand]] that North America is a ''really big'' place populated mostly by European immigrants who may be even more into imitation than the rest of humanity.
*** Let's reiterate: [[http://notalwaysright.com/no-vocation-for-location-part-4/24409 "The US is a big country, sir."]]
** [[http://notalwaysright.com/a-state-of-mindlessness-part-3/12906 This woman]] seems to be in total ignorance of state locations, cardinal directions, and linguistics. Also counts as HypocriticalHumor.
** [[http://notalwaysright.com/asia-itll-amaze-ya/21691 "Oh yeah, I remember now. Vietnam is that little island next to Korea!"]]
** [[http://notalwaysright.com/a-whale-of-a-story-2/22165 Who cares if Utah is landlocked]]; taunting an officer of the law about whaling is WRONG!
** [[http://notalwaysright.com/asia-itll-amaze-ya-part-2/23859 This person]] thinks all of Asia is a single country.
** [[http://notalwaysright.com/inferior-knowledge-on-lake-superior/31423 This person]] thinks the Great Lakes are divided into the Great Lakes of Canada, and the Great Lakes of America, and that national borders can't run through lakes.
** [[http://notalwaysright.com/no-vocation-for-location-part-9/34898 "France ain't in Europe! It's just across the Channel!"]]
** [[http://notalwaysright.com/out-of-state-out-of-mind-part-2/40958 This Ohio woman]] is convinced she actually lives in Iowa.
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