History Main / ArtisticLicenseGeography

18th Feb '17 5:06:14 AM WiddershinsDaughter
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* ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' has too many to count, mostly in service of comedy. Besides the RunningGag that any town in the US is Circle Pines, Minnesota, one of the most overt appears in Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S10E1Soultaker - at the time the episode was written, a restaurant called The Hot Fish Shop existed - but it was in Winona, not Osseo (a distance of about 130 miles). It also closed the weekend before the episode premiered. [[MST3KMantra Oh well...]]

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* ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' has too many to count, mostly in service of comedy. Besides the RunningGag that any town in the US is Circle Pines, Minnesota, one of the most overt appears in Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S10E1Soultaker [[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S10E01Soultaker "Soultaker," the Season 10 premiere]] - at the time the episode was written, a restaurant called The Hot Fish Shop existed - but it was in Winona, not Osseo (a distance of about 130 miles). It also closed the weekend before the episode premiered. [[MST3KMantra Oh well...]]
18th Feb '17 5:04:34 AM WiddershinsDaughter
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* ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' has too many to count, mostly in service of comedy. Besides the RunningGag that any town in the US is Circle Pines, Minnesota, one of the most overt appears in Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S10E1Soultaker - at the time the episode was written, a restaurant called The Hot Fish Shop existed - but it was in Winona, not Osseo (a distance of about 130 miles). It also closed the weekend before the episode premiered. [[MST3KMantra Oh well...]]
15th Feb '17 10:29:45 AM barotai
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*This is also the case with ''VideoGame/XCOMEnemyUnknown''. The maps are completely randomized apart from few specific Council Missions and some DLC missions, and only a handful have small changes depending on location. This means that you may stumble upon a research facility surrounded by a pine forest. In India.
15th Feb '17 2:22:05 AM LondonKdS
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* The ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' episode "The Asset" bizarrely and insultingly depicted UsefulNotes/{{Malta}} as a developing-world rogue state whose dictatorial government was in the pocket of a millionaire DiabolicalMastermind. In fact, Malta is a developed country, a democracy, and a full member of the European Union (which dialogue in the episode specifically denied). It's hard to see why they didn't make up a {{Ruritania}}, or simply set the episode in Latveria.
14th Feb '17 1:35:50 PM megarockman
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* For a long time before Major League Baseball expanded and reorganized divisions, the Cincinnati Reds and the Atlanta Braves were in the National League West division, while the St. Louis Cardinals and the Chicago Cubs were in the NL East. (This was solely to ensure the Cubs and Cardinals were in the same division due to their rivalry; why they couldn't have both gone to the West and made things much easier is anyone's guess.)
** The stated reason was that the Cubs and Cardinals, by being placed in the NL East, would get more games against the Philadelphia Phillies and New York Mets, which would result in a more lucrative schedule - whether that means more fan interest against the big cities of the Northeast where baseball was strongly-rooted or an easier schedule in a division with a Phillies team whose history is dearth of success (at that point, the Phillies had won the NL pennant just twice and zero World Series wins in 81 years of play) and a seven-year-old Mets team whose best finish up to then was 9th place out of 10 (or possibly both) is not clear. Outside of that, the league also had competitive balance concerns about placing the top three NL teams from the 1968 season (the Cubs, Cardinals, and San Francisco Giants) in the same division (only division winners played postseason baseball - the Wild Card would first be used in 1995).
*** If the Cubs' reason for insisting on being in the Eastern Division was for an easier schedule, they got their comeuppance that season - the '69 Cubs held a 9-game lead in the division in mid-August over the Cardinals and Mets before the latter earned their "Miracle" nickname by finishing 37-11 while the Cubs choked out a 20-28 finish, with the end result of the Mets claiming the division by 8 games.

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* For a long time before From 1969 until Major League Baseball expanded and reorganized divisions, divisions in 1994, the Cincinnati Reds and the Atlanta Braves were in the National League West division, while the St. Louis Cardinals and the Chicago Cubs were in the NL East. (This This was solely to ensure the Cubs and Cardinals were in the same division due to their rivalry; why they couldn't have both gone to the West and made things much easier is anyone's guess.)
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** The stated reason was that the Cubs and Cardinals, by being placed in the NL East, would get more games against the Philadelphia Phillies and New York Mets, which would result in a more lucrative schedule - whether that means meant more fan interest against the big cities of the Northeast where baseball was most strongly-rooted or an easier schedule in a division with a Phillies team whose history is dearth of success (at that point, the Phillies had won the two NL pennant just twice pennants and zero World Series wins in 81 years of play) and a seven-year-old Mets team whose best finish up to then was 9th place out of 10 (or possibly both) is not clear.clear (it could be both). Outside of that, the league also had competitive balance concerns about placing the top three NL teams from the 1968 season (the Cubs, Cardinals, and San Francisco Giants) in the same division (only division winners played postseason baseball - the Wild Card would first be used in 1995).
*** If the Cubs' reason for insisting on being in the Eastern Division was for an easier schedule, they got their comeuppance that season - the '69 Cubs held a 9-game lead in the division in mid-August over the Cardinals and Mets before the latter earned their "Miracle" nickname by finishing 37-11 while the Cubs choked out a 20-28 finish, with the end result of the Mets claiming the division by 8 games.games and eventually winning the World Series that year.
12th Feb '17 10:16:53 AM 64SuperNintendo
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* The AnimatedCreditsOpening in''Film/{{Mannequin}}'' in which the Egyptian princess travels the world while being whisked through history and, among other things, [[HistoricalInJoke proves to Columbus]] [[BeamMeUpScotty that the world]] [[ArtisticLicenseHistory is round]]. She briefly visited the future before backtracking. All in line with the RuleOfFunny.

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* The AnimatedCreditsOpening in''Film/{{Mannequin}}'' in ''Film/{{Mannequin}}'' in which the Egyptian princess travels the world while being whisked through history and, among other things, [[HistoricalInJoke proves to Columbus]] [[BeamMeUpScotty that the world]] [[ArtisticLicenseHistory is round]]. She briefly visited the future before backtracking. All in line with the RuleOfFunny.
8th Feb '17 5:40:09 AM EspyPsyche
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* Notably averted in the ''VideoGame/TrueCrime'' games. These games use actual maps of Los Angeles and New York City, so distances between points are roughly accurate. However, locations of actual places in the game? Not so accurate.
3rd Feb '17 1:11:39 PM SeptimusHeap
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* ''Literature/WetDesertTrackingDownATerroristOnTheColoradoRiver'': The reservoir held up by Davis Dam is named "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Mohave Lake Mohave]]"; "Lake Mojave", which is how the lake is named in the book, is [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Mojave something completely different]] in RealLife.
25th Jan '17 8:41:56 AM Loriloo
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** After the Simpsons travelled to Brazil in "Blame It On Lisa" the Brazilian government whined about the way their country was depicted in the episode: rampant street crime, kidnappings, slums and a rat infestation (conveniently leaving out that there is some degree of TruthInTelevision in these concepts). A spokesman for the Tourist Board of Rio De Janeiro added that "what really hurt was the idea of the monkeys - the image that Rio de Janeiro was a jungle." They even threatened with legal actions, all because they were unable to take a joke.
22nd Jan '17 11:22:37 AM Lloigor
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* The ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}}'' series also like to feature travel episodes, where the characters visit a country and are confronted with many references to their modern day equivalents. Since the comic strip is humoristic and anachronistic itself many stereotypical jokes should not be taken that seriously.
** Recap/AsterixInBritain: The Tower of London wasn't built until the Middle Ages. But then the tower of Londinium as shown in this story looks nothing like the medieval or present-day one.

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* The ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}}'' series also like to feature travel episodes, where the characters visit a country and are confronted with many references to their modern day equivalents. Since the comic strip is humoristic and anachronistic itself itself, many stereotypical jokes should not be taken that seriously.
** Recap/AsterixInBritain: The Tower of London wasn't built until the Middle Ages. But then then, the tower of Londinium as shown in this story looks nothing like the medieval or present-day one.
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