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7th Feb '16 1:26:25 PM Adept
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* ''VideoGame/CriminalCase: World Edition'' has a pretty fluid idea about how far the areas are from each other, and takes a lot of liberty to make the player go back and forth between the locations as if they're just a few minutes away when they are not. For example, when the player is told to go to India, they are sent to New Delhi, but the actual crime scene is in the Taj Mahal, which is in Agra -- 180 km away from the capital city. And one of the suspects is a kid who offers elephant ride from the 108-feet Hanuman Statue, in Shimla -- which is even farther away (557 km from Agra).
5th Feb '16 9:46:30 AM GhostLad
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* ''ComicBook/TheAvengers'': A villain controlling the Red Ronin mecha tried to fly to the USSR to start WorldWarIII was thwarted because he tried flying eastward from the USA when he could have had a much shorter flight flying north and over the North Pole to that nation. Marvel's official handbooks actually acknowledged the guy tried to take the long way.
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* ''ComicBook/TheAvengers'': A villain controlling the Red Ronin mecha tried to fly to the USSR to start WorldWarIII was thwarted because he tried flying eastward from the USA when he could have had a much shorter flight flying north and over the North Pole to that nation. Marvel's official handbooks actually acknowledged the guy tried to take the long way. Then again, the guy's plan ''was'' to start World War III by attacking the USSR with a Japanese mecha. He might not have been the best planner.

* ''Comicbook/{{Cable}}: Blood & Metal'' Vol 1 #2 shows the uruguayan Kallawaya mountain range. Such mountain range does exist in South America, the problem is that it's located in ''Peru''. To put things in perspective, both countries are basically at opposite sides of the continent.
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* ''Comicbook/{{Cable}}: Blood & Metal'' Vol 1 #2 shows the uruguayan Uruguayan Kallawaya mountain range. Such mountain range does exist in South America, the problem is that it's located in ''Peru''. To put things in perspective, both countries are basically at opposite sides of the continent.
5th Feb '16 9:39:34 AM GhostLad
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* ''ComicBook/TheAvengers'': A villain controlling the Red Ronin mecha tried to fly to the USSR to start WorldWarIII was thwarted because he tried flying eastward from the USA when he could have had a much shorter flight flying north and over the North Pole to that nation.
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* ''ComicBook/TheAvengers'': A villain controlling the Red Ronin mecha tried to fly to the USSR to start WorldWarIII was thwarted because he tried flying eastward from the USA when he could have had a much shorter flight flying north and over the North Pole to that nation. Marvel's official handbooks actually acknowledged the guy tried to take the long way.
31st Jan '16 12:35:27 PM dmcreif
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* Parodied in Music/WeirdAlYankovic's "Canadian Idiot", where the singer mentions "driving a Zamboni all over [[AccentOnTheWrongSyllable Saskatchewan]]". In real life, Saskatchewan is considered a prairie province, and definitely isn't covered in ice. This however, is making fun of people who think that all of Canada is a frozen wasteland, as if the Great Plains stopped at the US-Canadian border or something...
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**The songwriters said in interviews - most notably on ''[[Beat Club]]'' shortly after the song's smash success - that they had never been to Chicago before that time, and that their knowledge of the city and that period of its history had been based on gangster films. Paper Lace did send the song to Mayor Richard J. Daley, who was not impressed with the song and greatly disliked it. * Parodied in Music/WeirdAlYankovic's "Canadian Idiot", where the singer mentions "driving a Zamboni all over [[AccentOnTheWrongSyllable Saskatchewan]]". In real life, Saskatchewan is actually considered a prairie province, and definitely isn't covered in ice. This however, is making fun of people who think that all of Canada is a frozen wasteland, as if the Great Plains stopped at the US-Canadian border or something...
27th Jan '16 12:31:26 AM Menshevik
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Who Am I is not an example, it can easily be explained by Translation Convention or even by the two facts that Rotterdam is one of the world's biggest seaports and commercial centres and that the Dutch are well-know for their proficiency in English
* Even though The Jackie Chan film ''Who Am I?'' is filmed on location in Rotterdam, many random citizens shout out English curse words when Chan runs them over while trying to flee from the people who try to follow him. * And Jackie Chan's ''Film/MrNiceGuy'' features a chase sequence through central Melbourne, Australia, that features about two dozen sharp turns, two or three of which actually exist in real life.
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* Even though The Jackie Chan film ''Who Am I?'' is filmed on location in Rotterdam, many random citizens shout out English curse words when Chan runs them over while trying to flee from the people who try to follow him. * And Jackie Chan's ''Film/MrNiceGuy'' features a chase sequence through central Melbourne, Australia, that features about two dozen sharp turns, two or three of which actually exist in real life.
26th Jan '16 11:00:04 PM dmcreif
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* "The Night Chicago Died" says that the police shootout took place on the east side of UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}}. As Creator/DaveBarry pointed out in his "Bad Song Survey" column, Chicago has no east side. East of Downtown Chicago is Lake Michigan. There is a neighborhood in Chicago called East Side; it's along the Illinois/Indiana border. However, in the 1920's, East Side was a quiet, residential, and predominantly Swedish neighborhood - hardly the site of the bloodbath described in the song.
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* "The Night Chicago Died" says that the police shootout took place on the east side of UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}}. As Creator/DaveBarry pointed out in his "Bad Song Survey" column, Chicago has no east side. East of Downtown Chicago is Lake Michigan. There is a neighborhood in Chicago called East Side; it's on the Far South Side, along the Illinois/Indiana border. However, in state line. In the 1920's, 1920s, East Side was a quiet, residential, and predominantly Swedish neighborhood - hardly the site of the bloodbath described in the song.
26th Jan '16 10:56:39 PM dmcreif
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* ''Film/BirdOnAWire'' has the main characters taking a ferry from Detroit to Racine, Wisconsin, on a ferry explicitly labeled "DETROIT TO RACINE". The trip would be roughly 500 miles by water, as one would have to travel around most of Michigan's Lower Peninsula to reach Racine from Detroit. In RealLife, two ferries connect Michigan to Wisconsin across Lake Michigan: the S.S. Badger, which connects U.S. 10 from Manitowoc, Wisconsin, to Ludington, Michigan, and the Lake Express, connecting Milwaukee to Muskegon, Michigan. The latter (which only opened in 2004) is as close to a Detroit-to-Racine connection as you can get... ''if'' you consider three hours on westbound Interstate 96 and about 45 minutes on southbound SR-32 "close". Racine doesn't even have a dock that can handle a vessel of the size a ferry like that would be likely to be, and that it's a BC Ferry they're riding, from Tsawwassen (UsefulNotes/{{Vancouver}}) to Swartz Bay (Victoria).
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* ''Film/BirdOnAWire'' has the main characters taking a ferry from Detroit to Racine, Wisconsin, on a ferry explicitly labeled "DETROIT TO RACINE". The That's a trip would be roughly of approximately 500 miles by water, as one would have to travel around most of Michigan's Lower Peninsula to reach Racine from Detroit. In RealLife, two ferries connect Michigan to Wisconsin across Lake Michigan: the S.S. Badger, which connects U.S. 10 from Manitowoc, Wisconsin, to Ludington, Michigan, and the Lake Express, connecting Milwaukee to Muskegon, Michigan. The latter (which only opened in 2004) is as close to a Detroit-to-Racine connection as you can get... ''if'' you consider that, plus three hours on westbound Interstate 96 and about 45 minutes on southbound SR-32 "close". Racine doesn't even have a dock that can handle a vessel of the size a ferry like that would be likely to be, and that it's a BC Ferry they're riding, from Tsawwassen (UsefulNotes/{{Vancouver}}) to Swartz Bay (Victoria).

* There was once a special episode of ''Series/{{CSI}}'' that took place in Detroit, but was quite obviously filmed in Los Angeles. For one thing, Detroit doesn't have palm-trees lining the streets. For another thing, there are no mountains on Detroit's horizon.
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* There was once a special episode of ''Series/{{CSI}}'' that took place in Detroit, but was quite obviously filmed in Los Angeles. For one thing, Many of us have been to Detroit doesn't have to point out that there are no palm-trees lining the streets. For another thing, there are no streets of Detroit; also, it'd be hard to find mountains on Detroit's the horizon.

* In ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'', when Robin speaks of how she met her Argentinean boyfriend Gael, it shows how they first got involved in a secluded little beach-side cabin surrounded by palm trees, a beach that looks oddly Caribbean. Argentina's beaches are all on the Atlantic, and you're more likely to find ''pine'' trees than anything even slightly resembling Robin's flashback. This is probably to do with how UnreliableNarrator Ted is telling it. * In an episode of ''Series/HaveIGotNewsForYou'', Angus Deaton describes a US event has happening in "Carolina". Evidently the HIGNFY writers (or one the newspapers they got the story from) didn't realize that the state name was "North Carolina", and it wasn't a phrasing analogous to how you might say something happened in "north(ern) France". ** Perhaps their confusion was reinforced by the common North Carolinian habit of referring to that state as "Carolina."
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* In ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'', when Robin speaks of how she met her Argentinean boyfriend Gael, it shows how they first got involved in a secluded little beach-side cabin surrounded by palm trees, a beach that looks oddly Caribbean. Argentina's beaches are all on the Atlantic, and you're more likely to find ''pine'' pine trees than anything even slightly resembling Robin's flashback. This is probably to do with how UnreliableNarrator Ted [[UnreliableNarrator Ted]] is telling it. * In an episode of ''Series/HaveIGotNewsForYou'', Angus Deaton describes a US event has happening in "Carolina". Evidently the HIGNFY writers (or one the newspapers they got the story from) didn't realize that the state name was "North Carolina", ''North'' Carolina, and it wasn't a phrasing analogous to how you might say something happened in "north(ern) France". ** France". Perhaps their confusion was reinforced by the common North Carolinian habit of referring to that state as "Carolina."

* ''Series/{{ER}}'' has a rather nebulous idea of the location of Cook County Hospital. Some exterior shots have it near the Chicago River where it intersects with Michigan Avenue. Others have it well south of the Loop. The actual hospital is on the West Side, miles away from either location.
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* ''Series/{{ER}}'' has a rather nebulous idea of the location of Cook County Hospital. Some exterior shots have place it near the Chicago River where it intersects with Michigan Avenue. Others have it well south of the Loop. The And the actual hospital is on the West Side, miles away from either location.

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* ''Series/{{ER}}'' ''Series/{{NCIS}}'': **A few episodes make reference to Shenandoh National Park, but the terrain and scenery don't match the real thing. **One episode has them in a rather nebulous idea trailer park in Arlington, Virginia, an area with no trailer parks. **The season six finale features scenes at an airfield in Israel clearly shot at Sacramento. Look for the USCG Hercules behind Ziva at the end. **In another episode, where Tony pretends to be a convict to trace artifacts smuggled out of Iraq, they end up in a storage facility across the street from the WalMart in Lynchburg, Virginia; such a facility doesn't exist due to railroad tracks. **Another episode has members of the location of Cook County Hospital. Some exterior shots have it near the Chicago River where it intersects team follow a lead in Arizona. In clear view behind them when talking to a local cop, KirksRock. **An episode from season 9 ends with Michigan Avenue. Others have it well south the team racing to a football stadium to stop an attack on some high ranking military members in attendance. The overhead shot of the Loop. The actual hospital stadium is on of [=EverBank Field=], which is in Jacksonville, Florida. **One episode features Gibbs and Ziva driving down a wide boulevard with steep-sided hills covered in dried grass and rock outcroppings in the West Side, miles near background. Such hills are common in the Los Angeles basin, but would be much further away from either location. and covered in trees in Virginia where the episode is supposed to take place. **The team is often seen canvasing the scene of a crime somewhere in DC or the surrounding area. Anyone who knows DC will know that there are absolutely NO art deco bridges. Los Angeles, however, is littered with them.
26th Jan '16 2:31:47 PM dmcreif
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* ''Series/SonsOfAnarchy'' is set in Northern California, in the fictional town of Charming, CA. You can avoid many issues when filming for a make believe location, but not when your fictional town is located somewhere in the very real San Joaquin County, California, in the show's universe, and that town has hills. The real life county of the show has no hills; indeed, the very name of the county could tell you that. It is in the San Joaquin VALLEY. Lodi is a frequent destination in the show, also, and features hills. Again, Lodi has none.
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* ''Series/SonsOfAnarchy'' is set in Northern California, in the fictional town of Charming, CA. You Charming. Now, you often can avoid many issues when filming for a make believe location, but not when your fictional town is located somewhere in the very real San Joaquin County, California, in the show's universe, and that town has hills. The real life county of the show has no hills; indeed, the very name of the county could tell you that. It is in the San Joaquin VALLEY.Valley. Lodi is a frequent destination in the show, also, and features hills. Again, Lodi has none.
21st Jan '16 6:32:13 PM nombretomado
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* Dan Fogelberg's "Run for the Roses", about the [[HorseRacing Kentucky Derby]], begins with the lines "Born in the valleys/And raised in the trees/Of western Kentucky..." Although Kentucky is indeed the epicenter of the American Thoroughbred industry, the horse farms are mostly around Lexington, locally considered to be in ''Central'' Kentucky, and far removed from anything that anyone from Kentucky would call "Western".
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* Dan Fogelberg's "Run for the Roses", about the [[HorseRacing [[UsefulNotes/HorseRacing Kentucky Derby]], begins with the lines "Born in the valleys/And raised in the trees/Of western Kentucky..." Although Kentucky is indeed the epicenter of the American Thoroughbred industry, the horse farms are mostly around Lexington, locally considered to be in ''Central'' Kentucky, and far removed from anything that anyone from Kentucky would call "Western".
20th Jan '16 5:01:02 PM Prfnoff
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* ''Bird on a Wire'' (1990) has the main characters taking a ferry from Detroit to Racine, Wisconsin, on a ferry explicitly labeled "DETROIT TO RACINE". The trip would be roughly 500 miles by water, as one would have to travel around most of Michigan's Lower Peninsula to reach Racine from Detroit. In RealLife, two ferries connect Michigan to Wisconsin across Lake Michigan: the S.S. Badger, which connects U.S. 10 from Manitowoc, Wisconsin, to Ludington, Michigan, and the Lake Express, connecting Milwaukee to Muskegon, Michigan. The latter (which only opened in 2004) is as close to a Detroit-to-Racine connection as you can get... ''if'' you consider three hours on westbound Interstate 96 and about 45 minutes on southbound SR-32 "close". Racine doesn't even have a dock that can handle a vessel of the size a ferry like that would be likely to be, and that it's a BC Ferry they're riding, from Tsawwassen (UsefulNotes/{{Vancouver}}) to Swartz Bay (Victoria).
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* ''Bird on a Wire'' (1990) ''Film/BirdOnAWire'' has the main characters taking a ferry from Detroit to Racine, Wisconsin, on a ferry explicitly labeled "DETROIT TO RACINE". The trip would be roughly 500 miles by water, as one would have to travel around most of Michigan's Lower Peninsula to reach Racine from Detroit. In RealLife, two ferries connect Michigan to Wisconsin across Lake Michigan: the S.S. Badger, which connects U.S. 10 from Manitowoc, Wisconsin, to Ludington, Michigan, and the Lake Express, connecting Milwaukee to Muskegon, Michigan. The latter (which only opened in 2004) is as close to a Detroit-to-Racine connection as you can get... ''if'' you consider three hours on westbound Interstate 96 and about 45 minutes on southbound SR-32 "close". Racine doesn't even have a dock that can handle a vessel of the size a ferry like that would be likely to be, and that it's a BC Ferry they're riding, from Tsawwassen (UsefulNotes/{{Vancouver}}) to Swartz Bay (Victoria).
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