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16th Jun '17 6:31:16 AM darkchiefy
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* WebVideo/{{Decker}}: At one point in ''Decker: Unclassified'', Decker goes to "Pearl Harbor, Japan".
15th Jun '17 1:41:56 PM Dramatic
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* ''[[VideoGame/{{Forza}} Forza Horizon 3]]'' takes some major liberties with Australian geography. For an example, Surfers Paradise and Byron Bay are separated by Victoria's Great Ocean Road. WordOfGod is that they are fully aware of the inaccuracies, and that it was done in order to fit as many different biomes onto the map as they could.
10th Jun '17 12:26:22 AM jormis29
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* In Creator/PeterKay's new comedy ''Car Share'', it has been observed that the journey across Manchester takes anything but the shortest line between two points. This is possibly due to the vagaries of shooting and re-shooting dialogue scenes, and a not unreasonable assumption that the vast majority of viewers will not have local knowledge of Greater Manchester streets and landmarks and will in any case be looking at the characters and not the backgrounds. The journey taken in Episode One was observed to go round in circles, double back on itself, meander miles to the north and miles to the south of the assumed destination, leap instantly between locations as if the car was a [[Series/DoctorWho Tardis]], and in one scene it appeared to visit a completely different town ''sixty miles away'' from Manchester. Although the show {{lampshade|Hanging}}d Peter's inability to use a [=SatNav=] and his lack of any maps in the car...

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* In Creator/PeterKay's new comedy ''Car Share'', it It has been observed that the journey across Manchester in ''Series/CarShare'' takes anything but the shortest line between two points. This is possibly due to the vagaries of shooting and re-shooting dialogue scenes, and a not unreasonable assumption that the vast majority of viewers will not have local knowledge of Greater Manchester streets and landmarks and will in any case be looking at the characters and not the backgrounds. The journey taken in Episode One was observed to go round in circles, double back on itself, meander miles to the north and miles to the south of the assumed destination, leap instantly between locations as if the car was a [[Series/DoctorWho Tardis]], and in one scene it appeared to visit a completely different town ''sixty miles away'' from Manchester. Although the show {{lampshade|Hanging}}d Peter's inability to use a [=SatNav=] and his lack of any maps in the car...
4th Jun '17 4:25:04 PM Random888
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* In ''{{Disney/Dumbo}}'', the view of the United States from the heavens is cartoonishly represented as a giant map. [[http://vignette1.wikia.nocookie.net/parody/images/2/26/Dumbo-disneyscreencaps.com-669.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20161209194118 On this map, "KY" (the abbreviation for Kentucky) appears where Tennessee ("TN") should be.]]

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* In ''{{Disney/Dumbo}}'', the view of the United States from the heavens is cartoonishly represented as a giant map. [[http://vignette1.wikia.nocookie.net/parody/images/2/26/Dumbo-disneyscreencaps.com-669.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20161209194118 [[https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/a5/23/8d/a5238d6b00e15d0cb8c67ffbdfdda259.jpg On this map, "KY" (the abbreviation for Kentucky) appears where Tennessee ("TN") should be.]]
4th Jun '17 4:21:56 PM Random888
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* In ''{{Disney/Dumbo}}'', the view of the United States from the heavens is cartoonishly represented as a giant map. [[http://vignette2.wikia.nocookie.net/parody/images/2/2f/Dumbo-disneyscreencaps.com-662.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20161209193851 On this map, "KY" (the abbreviation for Kentucky) appears where Tennessee ("TN") should be.]]

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* In ''{{Disney/Dumbo}}'', the view of the United States from the heavens is cartoonishly represented as a giant map. [[http://vignette2.[[http://vignette1.wikia.nocookie.net/parody/images/2/2f/Dumbo-disneyscreencaps.com-662.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20161209193851 net/parody/images/2/26/Dumbo-disneyscreencaps.com-669.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20161209194118 On this map, "KY" (the abbreviation for Kentucky) appears where Tennessee ("TN") should be.]]
4th Jun '17 4:11:01 PM Random888
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* In ''{{Disney/Dumbo}}'', the view of the United States from the heavens is cartoonishly represented as a giant map. [[http://vignette2.wikia.nocookie.net/parody/images/2/2f/Dumbo-disneyscreencaps.com-662.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20161209193851 On this map, "KY" (the abbreviation for Kentucky) appears where Tennessee ("TN") should be.]]
11th May '17 4:59:46 PM TheNicestGuy
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* In the first ''VideoGame/MassEffect'', you can't travel to Earth, but you can travel to Earth's moon, where Earth will be visible above the horizon. Although you have to look hard to see through the clouds, once you make out the landmasses it becomes obvious that the image is backwards. The Gulf of Mexico is apparently west of Mexico and east of Florida.
9th May '17 8:12:35 AM ZimFan89
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* Invoked in a ''Series/LastWeekTonightWithJohnOliver'' RunningGag used throughout Season 2 in which John mentions a country, saying "a country you think about so little...", and then revealing that the map graphic he's using is highlighting the wrong country (exposing the viewers' unfamiliarity with such countries).

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* Invoked in a ''Series/LastWeekTonightWithJohnOliver'' RunningGag used throughout Season 2 RunningGag, in which John mentions a country, saying "a country you think about so little...", and then revealing that the map graphic he's using is highlighting the wrong country (exposing the viewers' unfamiliarity with such countries).


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** When discussing [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0V5ckcTSYu8 the 2015 Canadian elections]], the joke is subverted, as instead of showing a map, John refers to Canada as "the country you think about so little, [[TakeThat that's it. End of sentence.]]"
** In the introduction of the segment about the release of the Panama Papers,[[note]]Documents that revealed prominent individuals with offshore accounts in the Central American nation[[/note]] the false Panama shown is a rough outline of a Scottie dog, which the actual country shown afterward strangely resembles.
** [[https://youtu.be/3saU5racsGE?t=14m32s In his student film on special districts,]] he has the kids pull this with the Nile in Egypt.
** When he returns to the gag in Season 4 at the start of his segment about the Bolivian "Zebras for Road Safety" program, he does a particularly elaborate version of it:
-->'''John Oliver:''' Bolivia. A country you think about so little, you haven't realized that's not Bolivia, it's Colombia. Except no, it's not, it's Venezuela, ''this'' is Colombia; no, it's not, that's actually Bolivia. Where's Colombia? No one knows!


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* ''Series/TheStrain'' has a plot line running through Season 2 where Setrakian does business with a gang operating out of the Chapel of the Good Shepherd on Roosevelt Island. While [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chapel_of_the_Good_Shepherd_(Roosevelt_Island) there is such a church]], the show places it under the Queensboro Bridge, whereas in reality it's significantly further north.
4th May '17 4:37:27 PM Madrugada
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* "Sausalito Summernight" by Diesel (from The Netherlands) is about a road trip from Los Angeles to San Francisco, but the actual verse about Sausalito implies that it's south of San Francisco, when it's actually north. Also, the notion of a "hot summer night in Sausalito" is pretty laughable, because Sausalito is right on the SF Bay and is very breezy. The average overnight low temperature during summer is about 55(F)/13(C).



* "The Legend of Xanadu" refers to Xanadu as a "desert land" and has a Spanish/Mexican feel. The real-life Xanadu/Shangdu is a ''city'' (nowadays the ruins of one) in Mongolia, a temperate part of the world in ''the opposite hemisphere''. The songwriter should perhaps have first studied "Kubla Khan"; you don't get "twice five miles of fertile ground" in a desert.
** The song doesn't have to be about the ''real'' Shangdu just because the "desert land" is named Xanadu. The song can still be about a wholly fictional place that just happens to have the same name. (I'm pretty sure the real Shangdu didn't have a roller skating palace, either, but that doesn't mean ''historical'' inaccuracy is a useful criticism of the Olivia Newton-John movie.)
4th May '17 4:28:03 PM Madrugada
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* In the song "Uneasy Rider", Charlie Daniels sings about his left rear tire going just as he crosses the Mississippi line on his way to Los Angeles. He limps along the shoulder until he gets to a bar in Jackson. Talk about pushing your luck. Jackson is at least 120 miles from the Mississippi-Alabama border, and further from the Mississippi-Tennessee state line.
* "South Australia" by the Pogues has the line "In South Australia around Cape Horn." Cape Horn is in South America, nowhere near Australia.
** It is, however, on the route from Ireland to Australia, which is probably what they meant.
** "South Australia" is a traditional sailors' song which the Pogues covered, not a song they wrote -- and the lyric indeed is about the fact that if you're sailing from Europe to Australia, going around Cape Horn is one of the ways to get there. (At the time the song was written, the Panama Canal didn't exist yet.) It's not implying that Cape Horn is *in* Australia.

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* In the song "Uneasy Rider", Charlie Daniels sings about his left rear tire going being "about ready to go" just as he crosses the Mississippi line on his way to Los Angeles. He limps along the shoulder until he gets to a bar in Jackson. Talk about This doesn't make sense no matter how hard you squint. If he had started in Nashville, Tennessee, or Muscle Shoals, Alabama, his best route would be I-40 through Memphis, not I-20 through Jackson. If he'd started in Atlanta, Georgia, then I-20 does make sense, but then he wouldn't go through Arkansas at all. In any case, he was really pushing your luck. his luck to drive on a bad tire and on the rim to Jackson is -- it's at least 120 130 miles from the Mississippi-Alabama border, and further from the Mississippi-Tennessee state line.
* "South Australia" by the Pogues has the line "In South Australia around Cape Horn." Cape Horn is in South America, nowhere near Australia.
** It is, however, on the route from Ireland to Australia, which is probably what they meant.
** "South Australia" is a traditional sailors' song which the Pogues covered, not a song they wrote -- and the lyric indeed is about the fact that if you're sailing from Europe to Australia, going around Cape Horn is one of the ways to get there. (At the time the song was written, the Panama Canal didn't exist yet.) It's not implying that Cape Horn is *in* Australia.
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