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10th Sep '17 11:49:17 AM Pinokio
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* In ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanAtWorldsEnd'', the crew visits Singapore, the name of the country from 1819. The country could have been known as Singapura in the time the film is set.
7th Sep '17 10:05:51 PM mogryo
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* It's not uncommon to run across ''Literature/HarryPotter'' fanfic which misunderstands where Hogwarts is, portraying it as being "just outside London" (the city is big, but not so big it takes the best part of a day to travel across via train) instead of in Scotland. [[FanFic/MyImmortal "...and I go to a magic school called Hogwarts in England where I'm in the seventh year (I'm seventeen). I'm a goth (in case you couldn't tell) and I wear mostly black...."]], to give but one ([[MindRape horrific]]) example.

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* It's not uncommon to run across ''Literature/HarryPotter'' fanfic which misunderstands where Hogwarts is, portraying it as being "just outside London" (the city is big, but not so big it takes the best part of a day to travel across via train) instead of in Scotland. [[FanFic/MyImmortal "...and I go to a magic school called Hogwarts in England where I'm in the seventh year (I'm seventeen). I'm a goth (in case you couldn't tell) and I wear mostly black...."]], to give but one ([[MindRape horrific]]) example.
1st Sep '17 8:06:42 AM Prfnoff
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* ''Theatre/TheSoundOfMusic'': Even if you did "Climb Ev'ry Mountain" from Salzburg, Austria you would not end up in Switzerland. So where would you end up? Germany! Specifically, Berchtesgaden, where Hitler had his Alpine retreat. The real Von Trapps simply took a train to Italy for "vacation" and never came back; Georg had been born in a part of Austria-Hungary that was ceded to Italy after UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, so he and his family could claim Italian citizenship.

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* ''Theatre/TheSoundOfMusic'': Even if you did "Climb Ev'ry Mountain" from Salzburg, Austria you would not end up in Switzerland. So where would you end up? Germany! Specifically, Berchtesgaden, where Hitler had his Alpine retreat. Furthermore, the actual Austrian-Swiss border is not mountainous at all, and actually lies along part of the Rhine. The real Von Trapps simply took a train to Italy for "vacation" and never came back; Georg had been born in a part of Austria-Hungary that was ceded to Italy after UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, so he and his family could claim Italian citizenship.
23rd Aug '17 9:41:37 AM Cuddles
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** The distinctive waterfall Robin washes under at one point is a well known tourist attraction in the Yorkshire Dales, around 150 miles north of Nottingham and Sherwood Forest.
22nd Aug '17 9:22:08 PM PaulA
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* In ''[[Literature/DianaTregarde Burning Water]]'' by Mercedes Lackey, a modern horror/fantasy novel, an ancient god is claiming sacrifices in Dallas, Texas. One victim is found on a rock at Bachman Lake Park. The hero of the story, a paranormal investigator, is examining the crime scene with a local police detective. Their conversation is pretty standard for the genre--bloodstains, time of death, witnesses, &c. What's missing from their exchange are the times when they would not be able to hear each other due to the jet airliners landing at and taking off every five minutes from the adjacent Love Field airport.

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* In ''[[Literature/DianaTregarde Burning Water]]'' ''Literature/BurningWater'' by Mercedes Lackey, a modern horror/fantasy novel, an ancient god is claiming sacrifices in Dallas, Texas. One victim is found on a rock at Bachman Lake Park. The hero of the story, a paranormal investigator, is examining the crime scene with a local police detective. Their conversation is pretty standard for the genre--bloodstains, time of death, witnesses, &c. What's missing from their exchange are the times when they would not be able to hear each other due to the jet airliners landing at and taking off every five minutes from the adjacent Love Field airport.
18th Aug '17 4:43:37 AM Q4
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* The New Saints, the most successful football club in the Welsh Premier League, are based in Oswestry, which is near the Welsh border, but definitely in England.
8th Aug '17 8:30:54 AM Malady
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* ''Anime/AdventuresOfTheLittleKoala'': The prominence of the Breadknife rock formation overlooking the village places it somewhere in New South Wales, about 350 miles from Sydney. However, in "Heavenly Fireworks", Weather journeys on foot to Ayers Rock to research the likelihood of a spectacular meteor shower, a journey which appears to take a day at most. The Breadknife and Ayers Rock are over 1,000 miles apart, so to make that journey on foot would take over a month; the writers evidently decided to set the distance aside in the interest of having an excuse to depict Ayers Rock's visual splendour.
7th Aug '17 6:24:45 PM WillKeaton
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* In ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIVBlackFlag'', many of the Caribbean islands and coastlines are depicted as rocky and mountainous. In real life, they're mostly quite flat. For example, compare [[http://img3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20140917175556/assassinscreed/images/d/d3/AC4_Crooked_Island.png Crooked Island]] in the game to [[http://www.sarlesrealty.com/images/seo/catlanding/crook1.jpg its real-world counterpart]].

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* In ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIVBlackFlag'', many of the Caribbean islands and coastlines are depicted as rocky and mountainous. In real life, they're mostly quite flat. For example, compare [[http://img3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20140917175556/assassinscreed/images/d/d3/AC4_Crooked_Island.png Crooked Island]] in the game to [[http://www.sarlesrealty.com/images/seo/catlanding/crook1.jpg its real-world counterpart]].counterpart.]]



* The episode of ''WesternAnimation/MisterT'' entitled "Fortune Cookie Caper" is set in New York City and, apart from it being a strange, alternate-universe New York that has neither traffic nor parallel-parked cars (and where there are rickshaws in its HollywoodAtlas Chinatown), the plot relies on street addresses that turn out to be clues. All of the addresses are impossible and would send anyone seeking them deep under water in either the Hudson or the East River, as Website/TheAgonyBooth [[http://www.agonybooth.com/recaps/Mister_T/Fortune_Cookie_Caper.aspx had some fun pointing out]]. It would be one thing if it were just code, but actual buildings are shown with the addresses in question.

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* The episode of ''WesternAnimation/MisterT'' entitled "Fortune Cookie Caper" is set in New York City and, apart from it being a strange, alternate-universe New York that has neither traffic nor parallel-parked cars (and where there are rickshaws in its HollywoodAtlas Chinatown), the plot relies on street addresses that turn out to be clues. All of the addresses are impossible and would send anyone seeking them deep under water in either the Hudson or the East River, as Website/TheAgonyBooth [[http://www.agonybooth.com/recaps/Mister_T/Fortune_Cookie_Caper.aspx had some fun pointing out]]. out.]] It would be one thing if it were just code, but actual buildings are shown with the addresses in question.
7th Aug '17 6:23:56 PM WillKeaton
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* In the Mafia themed ''Webcomic/LaCosaNostra'' set in the Mid 1800s where the Irish main character emigrating to America meets a Japanese boy on a ''ship going across the Atlantic'' without any suggestion that he came from anywhere but Japan. The sad part is, that isn't [[http://badwebcomicswiki.shoutwiki.com/wiki/La_Cosa_Nostra the only instance]].

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* In the Mafia themed ''Webcomic/LaCosaNostra'' set in the Mid 1800s where the Irish main character emigrating to America meets a Japanese boy on a ''ship going across the Atlantic'' without any suggestion that he came from anywhere but Japan. The sad part is, that isn't [[http://badwebcomicswiki.shoutwiki.com/wiki/La_Cosa_Nostra the only instance]].instance.]]



* In {{WebVideo/Jerma985}}'s video called [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrq_ne4N3JQ Jersey Boys in Sentry Town]], {{WebVideo/STAR}} held this license when he said that Plymouth Rock is in Pennsylvania somewhere during his RamblingOldManMonologue when Jerma corrected him by saying that Plymouth Rock is in Massachusetts. STAR_ tried to justify it by saying that he never been to Massachusetts, cue the video captions stating that STAR_ ''lives there''.

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* In {{WebVideo/Jerma985}}'s video called [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrq_ne4N3JQ Jersey Boys in Sentry Town]], Town,]] {{WebVideo/STAR}} held this license when he said that Plymouth Rock is in Pennsylvania somewhere during his RamblingOldManMonologue when Jerma corrected him by saying that Plymouth Rock is in Massachusetts. STAR_ tried to justify it by saying that he never been to Massachusetts, cue the video captions stating that STAR_ ''lives there''.



* In the Cracked.com article [[http://www.cracked.com/article_19168_6-myths-about-famous-places-you-believe-thanks-to-movies.html "6 Myths About Famous Places You Believe (Thanks to Movies)"]], Canberra, Australia is referred to as being "just outside Sydney." "Just outside" in this case refers to a distance of some 286 km.

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* In the Cracked.com article [[http://www.cracked.com/article_19168_6-myths-about-famous-places-you-believe-thanks-to-movies.html "6 Myths About Famous Places You Believe (Thanks to Movies)"]], Movies)",]] Canberra, Australia is referred to as being "just outside Sydney." "Just outside" in this case refers to a distance of some 286 km.



*** "[[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''.

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*** "[[http://notalwaysright.[[http://notalwaysright.com/canada-americas-hat-part-7/31619 CANADA "CANADA IS PART OF THE UNITED STATES; YOU’RE ALL JUST IN DENIAL!]]" DENIAL!"]] Bizarrely, the person making ''this'' claim is ''not'' from the U.S., nor even Canada, but ''New Zealand''.



** 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]].

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** 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]]?
Atlantis?]]
** "[[http://notalwaysright.[[http://notalwaysright.com/watashi-whaaa/7331 You "You mean Japan's a real place?!]]" place?!"]] And even [[http://notalwaysright.com/not-in-ermurica/15071 Australia isn't in the Middle East]].



** [[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!

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** [[http://notalwaysright.com/a-whale-of-a-story-2/22165 Who cares if Utah is landlocked]]; landlocked;]] taunting an officer of the law about whaling is WRONG!
7th Aug '17 6:22:03 PM WillKeaton
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* In ''Life-Size'', Casey Stuart tries to convince her father that Eve is a plastic doll come to life. Part of her argument is that Eve says she's from Sunnyvale, which is an obviously fake place that does not exist. Except that... yes, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunnyvale Sunnyvale is a very real location in California]].

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* In ''Life-Size'', Casey Stuart tries to convince her father that Eve is a plastic doll come to life. Part of her argument is that Eve says she's from Sunnyvale, which is an obviously fake place that does not exist. Except that... yes, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunnyvale Sunnyvale is a very real location in California]].California.]]
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