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* An ad for the U.S. Postal Service [[TieIn tying in]] with the release of ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderman 2'' showed Spidey picking up a package at the main post office in Manhattan, swinging past the Queensboro Bridge, and delivering the package to [[Creator/StanLee a man]] at the Zeigfeld Theater. Except the bridge is north and east of both locations -- quite a bit east, in fact, as in the other side of Manhattan.

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* An ad for the U.S. Postal Service [[TieIn tying in]] with the release of ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderman ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan 2'' showed Spidey picking up a package at the main post office in Manhattan, swinging past the Queensboro Bridge, and delivering the package to [[Creator/StanLee a man]] at the Zeigfeld Theater. Except the bridge is north and east of both locations -- quite a bit east, in fact, as in the other side of Manhattan.



* In ''{{ComicBook/Violine}}'', a RunningGag is that a tribe of Amazonian headhunters is living in Africa somehow, and multiple characters [[LampshadeHanging lampshade]] this.

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* In ''{{ComicBook/Violine}}'', a RunningGag is that a tribe of Amazonian headhunters is living in Africa somehow, and multiple characters [[LampshadeHanging lampshade]] {{lampshade|Hanging}} this.



* {{Parodied|Trope}} in ''Film/TeamAmericaWorldPolice'', where Team America's operations regularly destroy historical landmarks that are [[TheThemeParkVersion nowhere near each other]] (for example, the Pyramids and the statues of Ramses.}[[note]]A statue was later moved to the Giza Plateau, not far from the Pyramids, but at the time the film was made, the move was still in the planning stages and that statue remained in central Cairo, about 20 kilometers away. Also, the statues depicted were at ''Abu Simbel'', which is at the other end of the country, over a thousand kilometers away.[[/note]]

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* {{Parodied|Trope}} in ''Film/TeamAmericaWorldPolice'', where Team America's operations regularly destroy historical landmarks that are [[TheThemeParkVersion nowhere near each other]] (for example, the Pyramids and the statues of Ramses.}[[note]]A )[[note]]A statue was later moved to the Giza Plateau, not far from the Pyramids, but at the time the film was made, the move was still in the planning stages and that statue remained in central Cairo, about 20 kilometers away. Also, the statues depicted were at ''Abu Simbel'', which is at the other end of the country, over a thousand kilometers away.[[/note]]



** ''Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen'' acts as though Giza, Aqaba, Petra, and Luxor and their associated landmarks are within an hour or less of each other. Its depiction of Petra suggests that there are driveable roads leading up to Ad-Deir. In actuality, any visitor to Petra has to hike up a long trail (with regular steps) to get to it, unless you want to pay the Bedouins the exorbitant fee they charge to ride a camel or donkey up. The filmmakers also assidously avoid showing you the rather large snack bar/gift shop complex that's right next to it. Also, the orangy-red desert that is represented as being in Egypt is recognizably [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wadi_Rum Wadi Rum]], in southern ''Jordan'' very close to the Saudi border.

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** ''Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen'' acts as though Giza, Aqaba, Petra, and Luxor and their associated landmarks are within an hour or less of each other. Its depiction of Petra suggests that there are driveable roads leading up to Ad-Deir. In actuality, any visitor to Petra has to hike up a long trail (with regular steps) to get to it, unless you want to pay the Bedouins the exorbitant fee they charge to ride a camel or donkey up. The filmmakers also assidously assiduously avoid showing you the rather large snack bar/gift shop complex that's right next to it. Also, the orangy-red desert that is represented as being in Egypt is recognizably [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wadi_Rum Wadi Rum]], in southern ''Jordan'' very close to the Saudi border.



* ''[[Film/{{Elizabeth}} Elizabeth The Golden Age]]'': There is no cliff in England upon which Elizabeth could have stood to watch the Battle of Gravelines. The English Channel is in the way (there's also the problem that Elizabeth's speech to the troops was not given before the Battle of Gravelines, but some days after; the troops were there to repel a possible invasion by the Duke of Parma, which never materialized).
** Any film about Elizabeth I that uses the phrase "golden age" non-sarcastically (her regime killed people at four times the rate of the Spanish Inquisition, and with much ''less'' fair trials) obviously doesn't care about historical details in the first place.

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* ''[[Film/{{Elizabeth}} Elizabeth The Golden Age]]'': There is no cliff in England upon which Elizabeth could have stood to watch the Battle of Gravelines. The English Channel is in the way (there's also the problem that Elizabeth's speech to the troops was not given before the Battle of Gravelines, but some days after; the troops were there to repel a possible invasion by the Duke of Parma, which never materialized).
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materialized). Any film about Elizabeth I that uses the phrase "golden age" non-sarcastically (her regime killed people at four times the rate of the Spanish Inquisition, and with much ''less'' fair trials) obviously doesn't care about historical details in the first place.



* In ''[[{{Film/Spectre}} Spectre]]'', the Rome car chase scene is a little strange if you're familiar with the local layout. Note that the cars turn right when they reach the Vatican, right again onto Via dei Corridori, then left onto Via del Mascherino...''away'' from the Tiber. In order to get anywhere near the water, they'd have to immediately circle back towards Castel Sant'Angelo. Even then, the riverside sequence was shot by Ponte Sisto, which is further south.

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* In ''[[{{Film/Spectre}} Spectre]]'', ''{{Film/Spectre}}'', the Rome car chase scene is a little strange if you're familiar with the local layout. Note that the cars turn right when they reach the Vatican, right again onto Via dei Corridori, then left onto Via del Mascherino...''away'' from the Tiber. In order to get anywhere near the water, they'd have to immediately circle back towards Castel Sant'Angelo. Even then, the riverside sequence was shot by Ponte Sisto, which is further south.



** Apparently, among other things, WorldWarThree caused the ice caps to melt and now everything but America is underwater. However, Manhattan and America's coastline are somehow completely fine. Furthermore, all of the countries and continents are rubble, destroyed during the war. Rhine mentions that all that's left are tiny uninhabitable islands and the continent of North America. All of this destruction has absolutely no ill effects on the ecosystem, weather, sea level, or anything else in America. [[spoiler:''Sever'' hints at this not being entirely true, however]].

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** Apparently, among other things, WorldWarThree WorldWarIII caused the ice caps to melt and now everything but America is underwater. However, Manhattan and America's coastline are somehow completely fine. Furthermore, all of the countries and continents are rubble, destroyed during the war. Rhine mentions that all that's left are tiny uninhabitable islands and the continent of North America. All of this destruction has absolutely no ill effects on the ecosystem, weather, sea level, or anything else in America. [[spoiler:''Sever'' hints at this not being entirely true, however]].



** Not only that Waverly Place itself is about a two block street just off Washington Square by NYU, at least the portion that is east of Washington Square Park, and this portion is definitely nothing like the SoCal-icized location shown. It does continue west of the park, however, for several blocks well into the West Village, and the set depicted on the show appears to be a somewhat plausible fictionalization of Waverly Place in the West Village. Not overly so, but at the very least, it's probably intended that the Russos live on Waverly Place somewhere in the West Village, as opposed to the eastern portion of it, which in reality is bounded by nothing but NYU buildings and one or two non-NYU apartment buildings.

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** Not only that Waverly Place itself is about a two block street just off Washington Square by NYU, at least the portion that is east of Washington Square Park, and this portion is definitely nothing like the SoCal-icized [[SoCalization SoCal-icized]] location shown. It does continue west of the park, however, for several blocks well into the West Village, and the set depicted on the show appears to be a somewhat plausible fictionalization of Waverly Place in the West Village. Not overly so, but at the very least, it's probably intended that the Russos live on Waverly Place somewhere in the West Village, as opposed to the eastern portion of it, which in reality is bounded by nothing but NYU buildings and one or two non-NYU apartment buildings.



** 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.

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** 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 UsefulNotes/{{Walmart}} in Lynchburg, Virginia; such a facility doesn't exist due to railroad tracks.



* ''Series/TheWalkingDead'' from Season 5B on is set in Virginia, yet, like seasons 1-4 was still filmed in Georgia. This creates a disconnect, as the characters are roaming around what is supposed to be Alexandria, Virginia, which is depicted as heavily wooded rural areas and the occasional farm. The fact they are near UsefulNotes/WashingtonDC, their original goal is never mentioned and why they never head into the city is ever brought up. Alexandria in real life is a heavily developed suburb of the nation's capital, filled with housing developments, a major highway (I-495 of the Capital Beltway cuts through it) and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, a major domestic hub, nearby. This will change for Season 7 on, being filmed in Maryland according to WordofGod.

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* ''Series/TheWalkingDead'' from Season 5B on is set in Virginia, yet, like seasons 1-4 was still filmed in Georgia. This creates a disconnect, as the characters are roaming around what is supposed to be Alexandria, Virginia, which is depicted as heavily wooded rural areas and the occasional farm. The fact they are near UsefulNotes/WashingtonDC, their original goal is never mentioned and why they never head into the city is ever brought up. Alexandria in real life is a heavily developed suburb of the nation's capital, filled with housing developments, a major highway (I-495 of the Capital Beltway cuts through it) and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, a major domestic hub, nearby. This will change for Season 7 on, being filmed in Maryland according to WordofGod.WordOfGod.



* Marvel's Netflix universe:

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* Parodied in Music/WeirdAlYankovic's "Canadian Idiot", where the singer mentions "driving a Zamboni all over [[AccentOnTheWrongSyllable Saskatchewan]]". 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 for some reason...

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* Parodied in Music/WeirdAlYankovic's "Canadian Idiot", where the singer mentions "driving a Zamboni all over [[AccentOnTheWrongSyllable [[AccentUponTheWrongSyllable Saskatchewan]]". 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 for some reason...



* In a November 2016 broadcast of ImSorryIHaventAClue, Jack Dee's patter includes a joke about 'Equatorial New Guinea'. The joke works but the nation should either should be Equatorial Guinea or Papua New Guinea.

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* In a November 2016 broadcast of ImSorryIHaventAClue, ''Radio/ImSorryIHaventAClue'', Jack Dee's patter includes a joke about 'Equatorial New Guinea'. The joke works but the nation should either should be Equatorial Guinea or Papua New Guinea.



** Same for Zanzibarland in ''VideoGame/MetalGear2'', said to be in the "former Soviet Union". Conversely, there is a real archipelago called Zanzibar off the coast of Tanzania, which does have jungles.

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** Same for Zanzibarland in ''VideoGame/MetalGear2'', ''VideoGame/MetalGear2SolidSnake'', said to be in the "former Soviet Union". Conversely, there is a real archipelago called Zanzibar off the coast of Tanzania, which does have jungles.



* In ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'', [[spoiler: the Thanagarians are building a [[BlatantLies planetary force field]] on the great Gobi desert, which covers part of China and Mongolia. However, we later the see that it's located in North Africa, in the Sahara desert (you can spot it on Batman's monitor during the ColonyDrop).]]

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* In ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'', [[spoiler: the Thanagarians are building a [[BlatantLies planetary force field]] on the great Gobi desert, which covers part of China and Mongolia. However, we later the see that it's located in North Africa, in the Sahara desert (you can spot it on Batman's monitor during the ColonyDrop).]]ColonyDrop)]].



* 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 the AgonyBooth [[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 the AgonyBooth 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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* In a November 2016 broadcast of ImSorryIHaventAClue, Jack Dee's patter includes a joke about 'Equatorial New Guinea'. The joke works but the nation should either should be Equatorial Guinea or Papua New Guinea.
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* In ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'', near the beginning of the film, Nick Fury is involved in a lengthy car chase through "Washington, DC," being played in the movie by downtown Cleveland, OH. This chase, which lasts for several minutes and covers several city blocks, actually begins and ends on adjacent streets which form the southeast corner of the Cleveland Public Library.

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* In Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse
**Parts of the Chitauri invasion in ''Film/TheAvengers2012'' had UsefulNotes/{{Cleveland}}, Ohio passing for New York City. One can tell this because the traffic lights don't look like New York City traffic lights.
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''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'', near the beginning of the film, Nick Fury is involved in a lengthy car chase through "Washington, DC," Washington DC, which is being played in the movie by downtown Cleveland, OH.UsefulNotes/{{Cleveland}}, Ohio. This chase, which lasts for several minutes and covers several city blocks, actually begins and ends on adjacent streets which form the southeast corner of the Cleveland Public Library.



* ''Series/LukeCage2016'' seems to imply that Claire Temple and Luke Cage drive from New York to Georgia in what seems to be a single day and drive back in about the same amount of time. That's at least 12 straight hours of nonstop driving on Interstate 95, assuming they never stop for gas, sleep, food, or restroom breaks. And that's also before factoring in the inevitable traffic congestion in the metropolitan areas along the way (Newark, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington DC, and Richmond).

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* ''Series/LukeCage2016'' Marvel's Netflix universe:
**''Series/Daredevil2015'' takes place in Hell's Kitchen, but is filmed in Brooklyn and Queens[[note]]The justification is that Hell's Kitchen is worse off because of damage from "The Incident"[[/note]]. It causes the occasional slip-up, like:
***The warehouse where Matt holes up with Vladimir in "Condemned" is said to be at the northwest corner of 47th Street and 12th Avenue. That would be impossible as 12th Avenue at Hell's Kitchen is the West Side Highway, as opposed to a regular street. On the opposite side of the street from the buildings is the USS ''Intrepid'' Museum, which is not visible in any shots. The West Side Highway is also eight lanes at this point, not a two lane road with buildings on both sides. Furthermore, there are Stop signs in some shots, none of which can be found in Hell's Kitchen. The exterior shots were filmed at Meserole Street and Bushwick Place in Brooklyn.
***Bang" opens with a WalkAndTalk of Matt and Foggy walking to work, ostensibly in Hell's Kitchen. However, a street sign for East 116th Street appears in the background, putting them in the Upper East Side.
**''Series/JessicaJones2015''
***In one episode, Jessica very briefly follows Wendy Ross-Hogarth from Tompkins Square Park to a subway entrance at 34th Street - Herald Square, which is 25-30 blocks away in real life. They end up on the subway platform for Lower East Side - Second Avenue on the IND Sixth Avenue Line, which is a few miles and several stops away on the Lower East Side.
***There is no intersection of a Birch Street and a Higgins Drive anywhere in the New York City area. Jessica's childhood house is actually located in the outer Queens neighborhood of Douglaston at 15 Prospect Avenue.
**''Series/LukeCage2016''
***Cornell "Cottonmouth" Stokes' main stash house is the Crispus Attucks Community Center. While many schools, parks, theaters, playgrounds, and community centers have been named in honor of the Boston Massacre victim, none of those various establishments are located in Harlem like the series suggests.
***The show
seems to imply that Claire Temple and Luke Cage drive from New York to Georgia in what seems to be a single day and drive back in about the same amount of time. That's at least 12 straight hours of nonstop driving on Interstate 95, assuming they never stop for gas, sleep, food, or restroom breaks. And that's also before factoring in the inevitable traffic congestion in the metropolitan areas along the way (Newark, Philadelphia, Wilmington[[note]]Although these two can be bypassed via the New Jersey Turnpike[[/note]], Baltimore, Washington DC, and Richmond).
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** The cover art of the novel ''Mr. Monk on Patrol'' gets this. The novel starts in San Francisco, takes place primarily in Summit, New Jersey, but the police car on the cover art is clearly a UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}} Police Department vehicle (Monk being positioned so as to hide the word "CHICAGO" on the car's doors).
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** Ana drives south from Vancouver, Washington to Portland, Oregon to get to Seattle, Washington (which is ''north'' of Vancouver, Washington).

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** Ana Anastasia Steele drives south from Vancouver, Washington to Portland, Oregon to get to Seattle, Washington (which is ''north'' of Vancouver, Washington).



**[[Film/FiftyShadesOfGrey The movie adaptation's]] poster gets this. Unless Christian's office is located on a SHIELD Helicarrier, the skyline in the movie poster is being shot looking out of a building that physically does not and can not exist in Seattle.



* ''Series/{{Monk}}'':
** Though set in San Francisco, this show was mostly filmed in Los Angeles. This was painfully evident in "Mr. Monk Is Up All Night" when Monk goes to a train station and it's obviously Los Angeles Union Station, not the Fourth and King Street Station. So one wonders just how far he wandered off into the night. [[RuleOfCool It's a much nicer train station, but still...]]
** "Mr. Monk and the Other Detective" has a body being dumped near the San Bruno Caltrain station. On screen, the body is found in a hilly wooded area. You couldn't possibly really hide a body near the real San Bruno Caltrain or BART stations, as they sit in the middle of very dense neighborhoods, on flat ground, with no palm trees.
** In "Mr. Monk Can't See a Thing," a house catches fire and a young woman is killed. Stottlemeyer says in the alleyway scene that the house is in the same area of the city as the alley dumpster where the fireman's coat and hat were found, which is said to be the Tenderloin. Except the house shown is clearly in a suburban residential neighborhood. The Tenderloin is a rough neighborhood of downtown San Francisco where there are single row occupancy units and apartment buildings, not nice homes.
*** Furthermore, the firehouse where Monk is blinded is said to be five blocks from the scene of the fire, but the buildings around the garage in the establishing shot clearly do not look anything like the Tenderloin region, which is also very hilly. In fact, based on the appearance of the surrounding area, it would be more realistic if the firehouse was in the Sunset District of San Francisco.
** "Mr. Monk is On The Run" Part Two depicts Riverton, California as a small town. It's actually just an unincorporated community on US Highway 50.
*** In that same episode, you see Stottlemeyer receive a postcard from Monk, in hiding. The address shown on the card is for the city of San Francisco with the zipcode 90019. That's actually the zipcode for ''Los Angeles''. The actual zip code for the address shown, after checking with the U.S. Postal Service website, is 94105.
** Likewise, in "Mr. Monk Goes to a Rock Concert," there is no valley close to San Francisco inside the SFPD jurisdiction that would match the area where the concert grounds are. A nice aversion comes if you notice that there is a postcard in Greg Murray's trailer addressed to a postal box with an actual San Francisco zipcode (94188).
** Monk's apartment in the series and in the novels is said to be on Pine Street a few blocks west of Van Ness Boulevard. However, the stock establishing shots show his apartment as being on the southeast corner of Taylor Street and Broadway, far removed from Pine Street.



* ''Series/TheOfficeUS'', set in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and filmed in LA, frequently shows palm trees and LA's surrounding mountains in the background in exterior shots (the title sequence is actual footage of Scranton, filmed by John Krasinski, and the show is actually quite faithful to the location otherwise).

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* ''Series/TheOfficeUS'', set in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and filmed in LA, Los Angeles, frequently shows palm trees and LA's surrounding mountains in the background in exterior shots (the title sequence is actual footage of Scranton, filmed by John Krasinski, and the show is actually quite faithful to the location otherwise).
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* Sometimes, you'll see highways that have control cities that they never actually go into.
** Interstate 65 is the main highway for travel between Indianapolis and Chicago. As a result, Chicago is the control city on northbound signs north of Indianapolis. However, I-65 doesn't quite go all the way to Chicago. It only takes you as far as the suburb of Gary, Indiana, 26 miles southeast of Downtown Chicago, and you have to take I-90 from I-65's northern terminus to get to the Loop via the Indiana Toll Road, Chicago Skyway Toll Bridge, and Dan Ryan Expressway (or I-94 via the Borman, Bishop Ford, and Dan Ryan Expressways if you'd rather shunpike).

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* Sometimes, you'll see highways that have control cities that they never actually go into.
into. Others omit select control cities.
** Interstate 65 is the main highway for travel between Indianapolis and Chicago. As a result, Chicago is the control city on northbound signs north of Indianapolis. However, I-65 doesn't quite go all the way to Chicago. It only takes you as far as terminates at Interstate 90 and the suburb of Indiana Toll Road in Gary, Indiana, 26 miles southeast of Downtown Chicago, and you have to take I-90 from I-65's northern terminus the Toll Road to get to the Loop via rest of the Indiana Toll Road, way to Chicago Skyway Toll Bridge, and Dan Ryan Expressway (or I-94 take Interstate 94 via the Borman, Bishop Ford, and Dan Ryan Expressways if you'd rather shunpike).


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**North of Baltimore, Maryland, there are some signs on I-95 that use UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity as a control city instead of the closer UsefulNotes/{{Philadelphia}} or Wilmington.
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** Another segment had Julian ask how many Eiffel Towers Paris had; one person suggested that there were ten of them.
** There are actually [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Eiffel_Tower_replicas quite a few]] replicas of the Eiffel tower all around the world.

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** Another segment had Julian ask how many Eiffel Towers Paris had; one person suggested that there were ten of them.
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them. There are actually are, however, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Eiffel_Tower_replicas quite a few]] replicas of the Eiffel tower all around the world.



* ''Series/SonsOfAnarchy'' is set in Northern California, in the fictional town of 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. 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. Now, you often can avoid many issues when filming for a make believe an invented 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.



* The first season of western ''Series/HellOnWheels'' is set in Iowa. At the end of one episode, the two leading men ride into the sunset with mountains ''behind'' them, to the east. ''Hell On Wheels'' is filmed in Alberta, Canada, where more scenic geography abounds.

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* The first season of western ''Series/HellOnWheels'' is set in Iowa. At the end of one episode, the two leading men ride into the sunset with mountains ''behind'' them, to the east. ''Hell On Wheels'' is was filmed in Alberta, Canada, where more scenic geography abounds.
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* Many American pro sports teams are not based in the cities they represent, but bordering suburbs.
** The [[UsefulNotes/NationalFootballLeague NFL]] has several examples. The Washington Redskins currently play at [=FedEx=] Field in Landover, Maryland, and have their offices and practice facilities in northern Virginia. The New York Giants and New York Jets don't play in New York (the city OR the state); their shared home ground at [=MetLife=] Stadium is in East Rutherford, New Jersey (this has led combative New Jersey governor Chris Christie to refer to the Jets as the "Jersey Jets" on at least one occasion). And, on top of that, both also have their offices and practice facilities in Jersey. The Buffalo Bills play in the suburb of Orchard Park. The Miami Dolphins do play in a city with the word "Miami", but it's Miami Gardens. With the opening of their new stadium, the San Francisco 49ers now play in Santa Clara. The Dallas Cowboys haven't played in the Big D itself ever since they left the Cotton Bowl in 1971 (Texas Stadium was in Irving, the current one is Arlington).

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* Many American pro sports teams are not based in the cities they represent, but bordering suburbs.
suburbs. Justified to some extent as they're representing the metropolitan area as a whole, not just the city itself.
** The [[UsefulNotes/NationalFootballLeague NFL]] has several examples. The Washington Redskins currently play at [=FedEx=] Field in Landover, Maryland, and have their offices and practice facilities in northern Virginia. The New York Giants and New York Jets don't play in New York (the city OR the state); state) unless they're playing the Buffalo Bills on the road; their shared home ground at [=MetLife=] Stadium is in East Rutherford, New Jersey (this has led combative New Jersey governor Chris Christie to refer to the Jets as the "Jersey Jets" on at least one occasion). And, on top of that, both also have their offices and practice facilities in New Jersey. The Buffalo Bills play in the suburb of Orchard Park. The Miami Dolphins do play in a city with the word "Miami", but it's Miami Gardens. With the opening of their new stadium, the San Francisco 49ers now play in Santa Clara.Clara, which is closer to San Jose than it is to San Francisco. The Dallas Cowboys haven't played in the Big D itself ever since they left the Cotton Bowl in 1971 (Texas Stadium was in Irving, the current one is Arlington).



** Atlanta Motor Speedway is not in Atlanta, Georgia, but in the town of Hampton in Henry County, two counties away from Fulton County where Atlanta is located.
* The famous blunder of soccer player Andreas Möller when asked about his new team: Milan or Madrid as long it's Italy.
* Although the Carolina Panthers are considered a regional franchise, representing both North and South Carolina[[note]]Portions of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlotte_metropolitan_area Charlotte Metropolitan Area]] extend into South Carolina, the Panthers hold their training camp in Spartanburg, South Carolina on the campus of Wofford College (of which Panthers owner Jerry Richardson is an alumnus), and the team played their first season at Clemson University in the South Carolina city of the same name[[/note]], Nike accidentally printed T-shirts [[http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/blog/eye-on-football/22744089/nike-yanks-geographically-incorrect-nc-panthers-shirt with South Carolina identified as North Carolina]].

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** Atlanta Motor Speedway is not in Atlanta, Georgia, but in the town of Hampton in Henry County, two counties away from Fulton County where Atlanta is located.
located. Henry County is still part of the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, Georgia Metropolitan Statistical Area, so the name still fits.
* The famous blunder of soccer player Andreas Möller when asked about his new team: Milan or Madrid as long it's Italy.
* Although
Italy (it's the former, by the way).
* The
Carolina Panthers are considered a regional franchise, representing both North and South Carolina[[note]]Portions Carolina[[note]]They play at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina. Portions of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlotte_metropolitan_area Charlotte Metropolitan Area]] extend into South Carolina, the Panthers hold their training camp in Spartanburg, South Carolina on the campus of Wofford College (of which Panthers owner Jerry Richardson is an alumnus), and the team played their first season at Clemson University in the South Carolina city of the same name[[/note]], name[[/note]]. One time, Nike accidentally printed T-shirts [[http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/blog/eye-on-football/22744089/nike-yanks-geographically-incorrect-nc-panthers-shirt with South Carolina identified as North Carolina]].
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* In the United States Interstate Highway system, east-west highways are assigned even numbers and north-south highways are assigned odd numbers. This numbering system holds true even if the local direction of the route does not match the compass directions.
** 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.
** Interstate 90 is this trope through the parts of the Chicago area where it overlaps with Interstate 94 (the Kennedy and Dan Ryan Expressways). In fact, it has a second segment where it operates on a north-south alignment even though it has an east-west designation: from about Portage, Wisconsin to Rockford, Illinois.
** Interstate 95 is the east coast highway from Maine to Florida. Through Connecticut, though, the highway has more of an east-west routing to follow the north shore of the Long Island Sound.
** Through Virginia, Interstate 64 runs almost exactly the wrong way in the Hampton Roads region, where sections that once were labeled "east" running almost due west have had these labels removed due to confusion in the Norfolk, Virginia, area.
** While in many cases, this is due to relatively short deviations, compared to the overall routing of the highway, it is not always the case. For example, Interstate 26 from Kingsport, Tennessee to Charleston, South Carolina is labeled east-west as its number suggests, but it carries a more generally north-south routing. Interstate 24 from Pulley's Mill, Illinois to Chattanooga, Tennesee by way of Nashville has an east-west designation but a more northwest-southeast routing.
** Diagonal highways can end up with either an odd or an even number. For instance, there is a 145 mile section of overlap between east-west Interstate 20 (which runs between Kent, Texas and Florence, South Carolina) and north-south Interstate 59 (between Chattanooga, Tennessee and New Orleans, Louisiana) from Meridian, Mississippi to Birmingham, Alabama. The overlap segment runs on a northeast to southwest diagonal.
** Though on a north-south alignment, Interstate 25 has a 45 mile segment where it runs on a northwest-to-southeast diagonal between Santa Fe and Las Vegas, New Mexico, where it crosses Glorieta Pass.
* Auxiliary Interstate highways can get this trope, since the last two digits of their designation come from the parent Interstate highway that they branch off of. Thus, a spur from an even-numbered (east-west) highway can travel north-south (like I-380 in Iowa) or vice-versa.
* Some interstate highways are located out of their proper place in the Interstate grid. Normally, the Interstate highways increase in number from west to east and south to north. However, exceptions occur:
** Interstate 71 is a north-south highway from Cleveland, Ohio to Louisville, Kentucky via Columbus and Cincinnati, Ohio. The Ohio section of the route (which constitutes the majority of the highway's miles) is east of the higher-numbered Interstate 75.
** Interstate 85 south of Atlanta, Georgia runs west of the lower-numbered Interstate 75.
** Through the south Chicago suburbs and northwest Indiana west of Lake Station, Interstate 94 is situated to the ''south'' of Interstate 90. This is a justified example, as Interstate 90 operates over the entire length of the Indiana Toll Road within Indiana. Originally, I-94 operated over the western part of the Toll Road and the Chicago Skyway and switched to the Borman Expressway at Lake Station, while I-80 and I-90 operated over the Borman Expressway west of there (I-94's current route) and switched to the Toll Road at Lake Station. In 1965, I-90 and I-94 were switched to eliminate the confusion of the three Interstates all switching roads at Lake Station. As a result, I-90 operates entirely on the Toll Road, I-94 stays on the Borman, and I-80 is the only highway to switch between the Borman and the Toll Road.
** 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.
** Long tied up in DevelopmentHell, 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, I-55, and several other lower odd-numbered Interstates in the South.
* Sometimes, you'll see highways that have control cities that they never actually go into.
** Interstate 65 is the main highway for travel between Indianapolis and Chicago. As a result, Chicago is the control city on northbound signs north of Indianapolis. However, I-65 doesn't quite go all the way to Chicago. It only takes you as far as the suburb of Gary, Indiana, 26 miles southeast of Downtown Chicago, and you have to take I-90 from I-65's northern terminus to get to the Loop via the Indiana Toll Road, Chicago Skyway Toll Bridge, and Dan Ryan Expressway (or I-94 via the Borman, Bishop Ford, and Dan Ryan Expressways if you'd rather shunpike).
** Although Interstate 55 does use New Orleans as its southernmost control city, it terminates at Interstate 10 in Laplace, twelve miles and two parishes away from Orleans Parish.
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* In the United States Interstate Highway system, east-west highways are assigned even numbers and north-south highways are assigned odd numbers. This numbering system holds true even if the local direction of the route does not match the compass directions.
** 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.
** Interstate 90 is this trope through the parts of the Chicago area where it overlaps with Interstate 94 (the Kennedy and Dan Ryan Expressways). In fact, it has a second segment where it operates on a north-south alignment even though it has an east-west designation: from about Portage, Wisconsin to Rockford, Illinois.
** Interstate 95 is the east coast highway from Maine to Florida. Through Connecticut, though, the highway has more of an east-west routing to follow the north shore of the Long Island Sound.
** Through Virginia, Interstate 64 runs almost exactly the wrong way in the Hampton Roads region, where sections that once were labeled "east" running almost due west have had these labels removed due to confusion in the Norfolk, Virginia, area.
** While in many cases, this is due to relatively short deviations, compared to the overall routing of the highway, it is not always the case. For example, Interstate 26 from Kingsport, Tennessee to Charleston, South Carolina is labeled east-west as its number suggests, but it carries a more generally north-south routing. Interstate 24 from Pulley's Mill, Illinois to Chattanooga, Tennesee by way of Nashville has an east-west designation but a more northwest-southeast routing.
** Diagonal highways can end up with either an odd or an even number. For instance, there is a 145 mile section of overlap between east-west Interstate 20 (which runs between Kent, Texas and Florence, South Carolina) and north-south Interstate 59 (between Chattanooga, Tennessee and New Orleans, Louisiana) from Meridian, Mississippi to Birmingham, Alabama. The overlap segment runs on a northeast to southwest diagonal.
** Though on a north-south alignment, Interstate 25 has a 45 mile segment where it runs on a northwest-to-southeast diagonal between Santa Fe and Las Vegas, New Mexico, where it crosses Glorieta Pass.
* Auxiliary Interstate highways can get this trope, since the last two digits of their designation come from the parent Interstate highway that they branch off of. Thus, a spur from an even-numbered (east-west) highway can travel north-south (like I-380 in Iowa) or vice-versa.
* Some interstate highways are located out of their proper place in the Interstate grid. Normally, the Interstate highways increase in number from west to east and south to north. However, exceptions occur:
** Interstate 71 is a north-south highway from Cleveland, Ohio to Louisville, Kentucky via Columbus and Cincinnati, Ohio. The Ohio section of the route (which constitutes the majority of the highway's miles) is east of the higher-numbered Interstate 75.
** Interstate 85 south of Atlanta, Georgia runs west of the lower-numbered Interstate 75.
** Through the south Chicago suburbs and northwest Indiana west of Lake Station, Interstate 94 is situated to the ''south'' of Interstate 90. This is a justified example, as Interstate 90 operates over the entire length of the Indiana Toll Road within Indiana. Originally, I-94 operated over the western part of the Toll Road and the Chicago Skyway and switched to the Borman Expressway at Lake Station, while I-80 and I-90 operated over the Borman Expressway west of there (I-94's current route) and switched to the Toll Road at Lake Station. In 1965, I-90 and I-94 were switched to eliminate the confusion of the three Interstates all switching roads at Lake Station. As a result, I-90 operates entirely on the Toll Road, I-94 stays on the Borman, and I-80 is the only highway to switch between the Borman and the Toll Road.
** 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.
** Long tied up in DevelopmentHell, 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, I-55, and several other lower odd-numbered Interstates in the South.
* Sometimes, you'll see highways that have control cities that they never actually go into.
** Interstate 65 is the main highway for travel between Indianapolis and Chicago. As a result, Chicago is the control city on northbound signs north of Indianapolis. However, I-65 doesn't quite go all the way to Chicago. It only takes you as far as the suburb of Gary, Indiana, 26 miles southeast of Downtown Chicago, and you have to take I-90 from I-65's northern terminus to get to the Loop via the Indiana Toll Road, Chicago Skyway Toll Bridge, and Dan Ryan Expressway (or I-94 via the Borman, Bishop Ford, and Dan Ryan Expressways if you'd rather shunpike).
** Although Interstate 55 does use New Orleans as its southernmost control city, it terminates at Interstate 10 in Laplace, twelve miles and two parishes away from Orleans Parish.
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* The globe seen in various promotional media for ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars 2}}'' for some reason showed some continents as being either much larger or smaller than they are in real life. Justified, since the ''Cars'' series films all take place in a world populated entirely by anthropomorphic vehicles, and therefore everything in their world down to the rocks, trees, clouds, and "animals" (they are also shown as vehicles) is given a car motif, and the same is for countries and continents.

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* The 2007 ''Film/{{Beowulf|2007}}'' movie is set in Denmark. The highest above-sea level point in Denmark is a television tower. The highest natural point weighs in at a whopping 170 meters above sea level. But in the film it is full of [[NorseByNorsewest huge cliffs, rivers and mountains]].

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* The 2007 ''Film/{{Beowulf|2007}}'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Beowulf|2007}}'' movie is set in Denmark. The highest above-sea level point in Denmark is a television tower. The highest natural point weighs in at a whopping 170 meters above sea level. But in the film it is full of [[NorseByNorsewest huge cliffs, rivers and mountains]].



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* The following was said in ''Website/{{Botchamania}} 21'' by Macho Man Wrestling/RandySavage, completely seriously and unironically. Whether or not it's a straight example due to Savage being a bit of a CloudCuckooLander remains to be seen:
-->''"I've been in the danger zone -- yeah! -- I've been in the danger zone east of the Pacific Ocean, west of LondonEngland, south of Mars, and north of [[FireAndBrimstoneHell Hell]]! Yeah!"''
** Well, [[WildMassGuessing if we presume that Mars is Mars, Pennsylvania (near Pittsburgh), and Hell as Hell, Grand Cayman Island]], that would put the danger zone somewhere roughly on the American East coast, or possibly Cuba. Though maybe this is reading a bit too much into obscure placenames...

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* The following was said A small one occurs in ''Website/{{Botchamania}} 21'' by Macho Man Wrestling/RandySavage, completely seriously and unironically. Whether or not it's a straight example due to Savage being a bit of a CloudCuckooLander remains to be seen:
-->''"I've been
''[[Pinball/LightsCameraAction Lights... Camera... Action!]]'' Although it is set in UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco, the danger zone -- yeah! -- I've been in the danger zone east right side of the Pacific Ocean, west of LondonEngland, south of Mars, and north of [[FireAndBrimstoneHell Hell]]! Yeah!"''
** Well, [[WildMassGuessing if we presume that Mars is Mars, Pennsylvania (near Pittsburgh), and Hell as Hell, Grand Cayman Island]], that would put
table shows an orange suspension bridge with ''three'' towers. Either the danger zone somewhere roughly on Oakland Bay Bridge is miscolored or the American East coast, or possibly Cuba. Though maybe this is reading Golden Gate Bridge got a bit too much into obscure placenames...sudden extension.



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* A small one occurs in ''[[Pinball/LightsCameraAction Lights... Camera... Action!]]'' Although it is set in UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco, the right side of the table shows an orange suspension bridge with ''three'' towers. Either the Oakland Bay Bridge is miscolored or the Golden Gate Bridge got a sudden extension.

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* A small one occurs The following was said in ''[[Pinball/LightsCameraAction Lights... Camera... Action!]]'' Although it ''Website/{{Botchamania}} 21'' by Macho Man Wrestling/RandySavage, completely seriously and unironically. Whether or not it's a straight example due to Savage being a bit of a {{Cloudcuckoolander}} remains to be seen. Well, [[WildMassGuessing if we presume that Mars is set in UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco, Mars, Pennsylvania (near Pittsburgh), and Hell as Hell, Grand Cayman Island]], that would put the right side danger zone somewhere roughly on the American East coast, or possibly Cuba. Though maybe this is reading a bit too much into obscure placenames...
-->'''Randy Savage:''' I've been in the danger zone -- yeah! -- I've been in the danger zone east
of the table shows an orange suspension bridge with ''three'' towers. Either the Oakland Bay Bridge is miscolored or the Golden Gate Bridge got a sudden extension.Pacific Ocean, west of London, England, south of Mars, and north of [[FireAndBrimstoneHell Hell]]! Yeah!



* The final act of Puccini's ''ManonLescault'' is set in the deserts of Louisiana, with the heroine eventually dying of dehydration right outside of New Orleans. (The original novel makes the same mistake.)

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* The final act of Puccini's ''ManonLescault'' ''Theatre/ManonLescault'' is set in the deserts of Louisiana, with the heroine eventually dying of dehydration right outside of New Orleans. (The original novel makes the same mistake.)



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