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19th Mar '17 11:04:07 AM DarcyFoster
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* One of the football tournaments in England and Wales is the Football League Trophy, which is currently open to teams from Leagues One and Two, and is further divided into Northern and Southern Sections. It is not unknown for Cambridge United to be placed in the Northern Section and Peterborough United in the Southern Section - despite Peterborough being north of Cambridge.
19th Mar '17 10:22:15 AM DarcyFoster
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** A news broadcast mentions that one of the ships has arrived over the capital of India, and is illustrated with a map that shows a ship over Bombay[[note]]it was renamed Mumbai after the film's release[[/note]] instead of New Delhi.



* ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'': The theatrical version does leave one with the impression that Johannesburg, a landlocked city in UsefulNotes/SouthAfrica, is located pretty close to the coast instead of hundreds of miles as it feels like the deranged Hulk managed to get there within minutes.



** The Rome car chase scene in ''{{Film/Spectre}}'' 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.



** 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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** 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. Cleveland earlier also stood in for Stuttgart, as the real city has no skyscrapers like the ones shown, no building on Königstrasse is more than six stories high, Königstrasse 22 opens onto a street and the city doesn't have elevated railways.



** ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'': The theatrical version does leave one with the impression that Johannesburg, a landlocked city in UsefulNotes/SouthAfrica, is located pretty close to the coast instead of hundreds of miles as it feels like the deranged Hulk managed to get there within minutes.



* In ''{{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.
17th Mar '17 8:27:24 AM Gosicrystal
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* ''VideoGame/RailroadTycoon 3'' includes a mission to build a railroad over the Rocky Mountains...Between Sacramento and Salt Lake City. Those are the Sierra-Nevada mountains, by the way.
** ''Railroads!'' (or RRT 4), wasn't much of an improvement. It almost looked like a 3D version of the original 1990 game maps.
*** Because it was conceived to be just that.

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* ''VideoGame/RailroadTycoon 3'' includes a mission to build a railroad over the Rocky Mountains... Between Sacramento and Salt Lake City. Those are the Sierra-Nevada mountains, by the way.
** ''Railroads!'' (or RRT 4), wasn't much of an improvement. It almost looked like a 3D version of the original 1990 game maps.
*** Because it was conceived to be just that.
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* Similarly in ''Radmobile'', when you arrive in Chicago you'll see palm trees and a gigantic cruise ship on what is presumably Lake Michigan.

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* Similarly in In ''Radmobile'', when you arrive in Chicago you'll see palm trees and a gigantic cruise ship on what is presumably Lake Michigan.



* There's also ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater'''s Soviet ''jungle.'' Even allowing for the fact that the Soviet Union wasn't just Russia, the Turkic ex-republics of the Soviet Union are very arid. It's, you know, in the middle of the world's largest continent, and the only (faux-)sea shores are the western Caspian coast of Turkmenistan (western coasts tend to be arid throughout the world) and the Aral Sea between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. Kazakhstan is steppe country, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan are mostly desert, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan are mountainous. No jungles, anywhere.
** Same for Zanzibarland in ''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.

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* There's also ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater'''s Soviet ''jungle.'' Even allowing for the fact that the Soviet Union wasn't just Russia, the Turkic ex-republics of the Soviet Union are very arid. It's, you know, in the middle of the world's largest continent, and the only (faux-)sea shores are the western Caspian coast of Turkmenistan (western coasts tend to be arid throughout the world) and the Aral Sea between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. Kazakhstan is steppe country, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan are mostly desert, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan are mountainous. No jungles, anywhere.
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anywhere. Same for Zanzibarland in ''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.



* And even better in ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerGenerals'': at one moment in USA campaign, we witness an American aircraft carrier in the waters of the Caspian Sea. The thing is, that "sea" is actually a lake, and has ''no connection with an ocean whatsoever''. Cue the thoughts how that ship could get there in the first place.
** Actually, you can get to the Caspian Sea by water, but not in anything remotely approaching the size of a carrier. Russia has canals that connect the Volga River, which drains into the Caspian, with several other rivers that eventually end up in an ocean. But, forget about using them with anything much bigger than river barges.

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* And even better in ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerGenerals'': at At one moment in USA campaign, we witness an American aircraft carrier in the waters of the Caspian Sea. The thing is, that "sea" is actually a lake, and only has ''no connection with an small-sized canals to the ocean whatsoever''. not fitting for a carrier. Cue the thoughts how that ship could get there in the first place.
** Actually, you can get to the Caspian Sea by water, but not in anything remotely approaching the size of a carrier. Russia has canals that connect the Volga River, which drains into the Caspian, with several other rivers that eventually end up in an ocean. But, forget about using them with anything much bigger than river barges.
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* ''VideoGame/NeedForSpeed II'' featured the Sydney Opera House, Harbour Bridge, and Uluru. All on the same track.
** ''VideoGame/NeedForSpeed III'' has a track set in a Grand Canyon-type area, with an underground Greek temple.

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* ''VideoGame/NeedForSpeed II'' featured ''VideoGame/NeedForSpeed'':
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the Sydney Opera House, Harbour Bridge, and Uluru. All on the same track.
** ''VideoGame/NeedForSpeed III'' ''III'' has a track set in a Grand Canyon-type area, with an underground Greek temple.



--> '''Sully''': Only you could find a jungle in the middle of ''France''.

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--> '''Sully''': '''Sully:''' Only you could find a jungle in the middle of ''France''.



** The UK actually does have a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dungeness_(headland) "Desert"]], but since it's a gravel covered piece of coastland that houses a bird sanctuary and a nuclear power plant, it's hardly the ideal place for a city...
1st Mar '17 6:49:56 AM Sinister_Sandwich
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** The traditional counties are counties which used to exist but don't necessarily still exist or have their original boundaries. A unitary authority, while being for most purposes a county in all but name, is still considered for ceremonial purposes to be part of a county. Hence the entities known as Ceremonial Counties, which are the current officially existing counties, which have the ceremonial institutions of a county such as a Lord Lieutenant & which may govern all their own territory, or alternatively some or even all of their territory may be under the control of unitary authorities. In any case, QI was wrong because the City of London is a separate Ceremonial County in its own right, not part of Greater London

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** The traditional counties are counties which used to exist but don't necessarily still exist or have their original boundaries. A unitary authority, while being for most purposes a county in all but name, is still considered for ceremonial purposes to be part of a county. Hence the entities known as Ceremonial Counties, which are the current officially existing counties, which have the ceremonial institutions of a county such as a Lord Lieutenant & which may govern all their own territory, or alternatively some or even all of their territory may be under the control of unitary authorities. In any case, QI was wrong because the City of London is a separate Ceremonial County in its own right, not part of Greater LondonLondon.
** In one episode, welsh comedian Rhod Gilbert seemed completely unable to comprehend that Denmark and Norway are not the same place, repeatedly claiming Denmark gets no sunlight in winter despite being told multiple times that it doesn't by an increasingly annoyed Sandi Toksvig (who is Danish.) Alan Davies cuts the tension beautifully when he tells the Welshman, "Denmark's the same latitude as Scotland. You know, where you're from!"
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.
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