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17th Sep '17 11:19:48 AM nombretomado
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** Omaha: A smallish, somewhat isolated city used as shorthand for "city in the middle of nowhere", i.e. that podunk town far, ''faaaaar'' away from everything you know and love that you're forced to move to because it was the only job you could find. (See also: Des Moines, Iowa.) Which isn't uncalled-for. Firstly, Omaha has a strong job market, anchored by four Fortune 500 companies and a large high-tech sector, and Secondly, it's a long way from anywhere: a three hour drive to Kansas City, seven and a half to Denver, eight to Chicago, two whole days to New York City, and ''three days'' to Los Angeles. Omaha has featured in a few movies, mostly thanks to native son [[Creator/AlexanderPayne Alexander Payne]]. Also home to [[UsefulNotes/YanksWithTanks the Strategic]] [[PeaceThroughSuperiorFirepower Air Command.]]

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** Omaha: A smallish, somewhat isolated city used as shorthand for "city in the middle of nowhere", i.e. that podunk town far, ''faaaaar'' away from everything you know and love that you're forced to move to because it was the only job you could find. (See also: Des Moines, Iowa.) Which isn't uncalled-for. Firstly, Omaha has a strong job market, anchored by four Fortune 500 companies and a large high-tech sector, and Secondly, it's a long way from anywhere: a three hour drive to Kansas City, seven and a half to Denver, eight to Chicago, two whole days to New York City, and ''three days'' to Los Angeles. Omaha has featured in a few movies, mostly thanks to native son [[Creator/AlexanderPayne Alexander Payne]]. Also home to [[UsefulNotes/YanksWithTanks the Strategic]] [[PeaceThroughSuperiorFirepower [[UsefulNotes/PeaceThroughSuperiorFirepower Air Command.]]
16th Sep '17 4:45:49 PM nombretomado
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** Omaha: A smallish, somewhat isolated city used as shorthand for "city in the middle of nowhere", i.e. that podunk town far, ''faaaaar'' away from everything you know and love that you're forced to move to because it was the only job you could find. (See also: Des Moines, Iowa.) Which isn't uncalled-for. Firstly, Omaha has a strong job market, anchored by four Fortune 500 companies and a large high-tech sector, and Secondly, it's a long way from anywhere: a three hour drive to Kansas City, seven and a half to Denver, eight to Chicago, two whole days to New York City, and ''three days'' to Los Angeles. Omaha has featured in a few movies, mostly thanks to native son [[Creator/AlexanderPayne Alexander Payne]]. Also home to [[YanksWithTanks the Strategic]] [[PeaceThroughSuperiorFirepower Air Command.]]

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** Omaha: A smallish, somewhat isolated city used as shorthand for "city in the middle of nowhere", i.e. that podunk town far, ''faaaaar'' away from everything you know and love that you're forced to move to because it was the only job you could find. (See also: Des Moines, Iowa.) Which isn't uncalled-for. Firstly, Omaha has a strong job market, anchored by four Fortune 500 companies and a large high-tech sector, and Secondly, it's a long way from anywhere: a three hour drive to Kansas City, seven and a half to Denver, eight to Chicago, two whole days to New York City, and ''three days'' to Los Angeles. Omaha has featured in a few movies, mostly thanks to native son [[Creator/AlexanderPayne Alexander Payne]]. Also home to [[YanksWithTanks [[UsefulNotes/YanksWithTanks the Strategic]] [[PeaceThroughSuperiorFirepower Air Command.]]
10th Sep '17 10:21:32 AM DesertDragon
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** UsefulNotes/{{Cleveland}} - the butt of many jokes, which may or may not have to do with its large African American culture, its DyingTown reputation, and the fact that its professional sports franchises are consistently abysmal, sometimes in ways not thought humanly possible. This is especially true for the Cleveland Browns of the [[UsefulNotes/NationalFootballLeague NFL]]. The Cleveland Cavaliers of the NBA are the lone exception, having gone from another Cleveland sports laughingstock to a perennial contender for the conference title virtually overnight during the UsefulNotes/LeBronJames era, and even winning the NBA Finals in 2016, breaking the city's 52-year championship drought (in ''all'' professional sports).

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** UsefulNotes/{{Cleveland}} - the butt of many jokes, which may or may not have jokes due to do with its large African American culture, its DyingTown reputation, and the fact that its professional sports franchises are consistently abysmal, sometimes in ways not thought humanly possible. This is especially true for the Cleveland Browns of the [[UsefulNotes/NationalFootballLeague NFL]]. The Cleveland Cavaliers of the NBA are the lone exception, having gone from another Cleveland sports laughingstock to a perennial contender for the conference title virtually overnight during the UsefulNotes/LeBronJames era, and even winning the NBA Finals in 2016, breaking the city's 52-year championship drought (in ''all'' professional sports).urban decay.
20th Aug '17 8:00:14 AM eroock
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-->--'''Music/JasonAldean''', "Fly Over States"


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-->--'''Music/JasonAldean''', -->-- '''Music/JasonAldean''', "Fly Over States"

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4th Aug '17 5:21:52 PM Comrade_Kenneth
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** UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}}, though this depends on who you're asking. It's big enough that many people consider it a separate entity, and nationally, it's spoken of by conservatives (especially those from ''southern'' Illinois) in the same derisive terms as the East and West Coasts, with TheMafia and {{bomb throwing anarchist}}s thrown in for good measure. However, it's still looked down upon by more provincial New Yorkers as a "wannabe" BigApplesauce, only with worse weather. Plus, the city is relatively isolated compared to New York and LA; outside the Chicagoland metro area are cornfields and Milwaukee. In other words, Chicago is stuck in a twilight zone on the edge of Flyover Country -- too urban for Middle America, too Midwestern for the coasts. A sharp contrast to...
** Peoria: Seen, for some reason, as ''the'' quintessential [[NothingExcitingEverHappensHere dull, banal Middle American city]]. The phrase [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Will_it_play_in_Peoria%3F "will it play in Peoria?"]] emerged in the {{vaudeville}} era to describe an act that would have mass appeal nationwide, especially in the heartland (Peoria was a major Midwestern stop for many vaudeville performers), and later became popular among marketers, politicians, and pollsters. Starting in TheSixties, it became a major test market, and to this day most American focus groups are based in the city (which is a rather outdated notion, as it now Missouri, not Illinois, that marks the official U.S. population center).

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** UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}}, though this depends on who you're asking. It's big enough that many people consider it a separate entity, and nationally, it's spoken of by conservatives (especially those from ''southern'' Illinois) in the same derisive terms as the East and West Coasts, with TheMafia and {{bomb throwing anarchist}}s thrown in for good measure. However, it's still looked down upon by more provincial New Yorkers as a "wannabe" BigApplesauce, only wannabe BigApplesauce but with worse weather. Plus, the city is relatively isolated compared to New York and LA; outside the Chicagoland metro area are cornfields and Milwaukee. In other words, Chicago is stuck in a twilight zone on the edge of Flyover Country -- too urban for Middle America, too Midwestern for the coasts. A sharp contrast to...
** Peoria: Seen, for some reason, as ''the'' quintessential [[NothingExcitingEverHappensHere dull, banal Middle American city]]. The phrase [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Will_it_play_in_Peoria%3F "will it play in Peoria?"]] emerged in the {{vaudeville}} era to describe an act that would have mass appeal nationwide, especially in the heartland (Peoria was a major Midwestern stop for many vaudeville performers), and later became popular among marketers, politicians, and pollsters. Starting in TheSixties, it became a major test market, and to this day most American focus groups are based in the city (which is a rather outdated notion, as it now Missouri, not Illinois, that marks the official U.S. population center).



** UsefulNotes/{{Milwaukee}}: Beer, Harleys, ''Series/HappyDays'', and crime. The mayor got beaten with a pipe once. Non-residents of the state seem to think this is the only city in the state.
** Madison: Beer, a virtual metric ton of restaurants, hippies, and crime. 'The Boy Who Drank Too Much' was largely filmed here. Some exterior shots in ''Film/BackToSchool'' were as well. Former home of both Clyde Stubblefield and a [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar Civil War POW camp]].
** Green Bay: Beer and the Packers. Oldest continuously inhabited French settlement in the US, founded 1634.

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** UsefulNotes/{{Milwaukee}}: Beer, Harleys, Motorcycles, ''Series/HappyDays'', and crime. The mayor got beaten with a pipe once. Non-residents of the state seem to think this is the only city in the state.
** Madison: More Beer, the Badgers, a virtual metric ton of restaurants, restaurants and bars, hippies, and crime. 'The Boy Who Drank Too Much' was largely filmed here. Some exterior shots in ''Film/BackToSchool'' were as well. Former home of both Clyde Stubblefield and a [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar Civil War POW camp]].
** Green Bay: Beer [[SerialEscalation Even More Beer]], Snow, and the Packers. Oldest continuously inhabited French settlement in the US, founded 1634.



* Nebraska: Farmland extraordinaire, populated with fat old guys in denim overalls and straw hats, chewing on a stalk of wheat and talking (slowly) about whether it's rained enough this year. Completely ignorant of the outside world (probably because [[OfferVoidInNebraska all offers are void there]]), and, if the writer's sympathetic, struggling with drought, debt, bad markets, or all three.[[note]]This is all nonsense, of course. Nebraska farmers wear baseball caps, not straw hats.[[/note]]
** Omaha: A smallish, somewhat isolated city used as shorthand for "city in the middle of nowhere", i.e. that podunk town far, ''faaaaar'' away from everything you know and love that you're forced to move to because it was the only job you could find. (See also: Des Moines, Iowa.) Which isn't uncalled-for. Firstly, Omaha has a strong job market. Secondly, it's a long way from anywhere: an eight hour drive to Chicago, two whole days to New York City, and ''three'' days to Los Angeles. Omaha has featured in a few movies, mostly thanks to native son [[Creator/AlexanderPayne Alexander Payne]].
** Lincoln: For when even Omaha isn't small enough.

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* Nebraska: Farmland extraordinaire, populated with friendly, fat old white guys in denim overalls and straw hats, chewing on a stalk of wheat and talking (slowly) slowly about whether it's rained enough this year. Completely ignorant of the outside world (probably because [[OfferVoidInNebraska all offers are void there]]), and, if the writer's sympathetic, struggling with drought, debt, bad markets, or all three.[[note]]This is all nonsense, of course. Nebraska farmers wear baseball caps, not straw hats.[[/note]]
** Omaha: A smallish, somewhat isolated city used as shorthand for "city in the middle of nowhere", i.e. that podunk town far, ''faaaaar'' away from everything you know and love that you're forced to move to because it was the only job you could find. (See also: Des Moines, Iowa.) Which isn't uncalled-for. Firstly, Omaha has a strong job market. market, anchored by four Fortune 500 companies and a large high-tech sector, and Secondly, it's a long way from anywhere: an eight a three hour drive to Kansas City, seven and a half to Denver, eight to Chicago, two whole days to New York City, and ''three'' days ''three days'' to Los Angeles. Omaha has featured in a few movies, mostly thanks to native son [[Creator/AlexanderPayne Alexander Payne]].
Payne]]. Also home to [[YanksWithTanks the Strategic]] [[PeaceThroughSuperiorFirepower Air Command.]]
** Lincoln: Nebraska's largely unremarkable capital. For when even Omaha isn't small enough.



** UsefulNotes/{{Toledo|Ohio}}
** Columbus: Rarely seen or mentioned in fiction[[note]](''Series/FamilyTies'' was about the only major media production in recent decades to prominently feature Columbus)[[/note]], but it's another hotbed of sociological study and commercial test runs due to its racial and age demographics closely mirroring the United States as a whole. Furthermore, the city lacks a strong regional identity, even compared to other Ohio cities. Basically, it's Peoria or Muncie as a major metropolis.

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** UsefulNotes/{{Toledo|Ohio}}
UsefulNotes/{{Toledo|Ohio}} - It's where Jeeps get made.
** Columbus: Rarely seen or mentioned in fiction[[note]](''Series/FamilyTies'' fiction, despite being both the state's capital and largest city[[note]](''Series/FamilyTies'' was about the only major media production in recent decades to prominently feature Columbus)[[/note]], but it's another hotbed of sociological study and commercial test runs due to its racial and age demographics closely mirroring the United States as a whole. Furthermore, the city lacks a strong regional identity, even compared to other Ohio cities. Basically, it's Peoria or Muncie [[RecycledInSpace as a major metropolis.]]
3rd Jun '17 1:40:42 PM SomberCaelifera
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** Madison: Beer, a virtual metric ton of restaurants, hippies, and crime. 'The Boy Who Drank Too Much' was largely filmed here. Some exterior shots in ''Film/BackToSchool'' were as well.

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** Madison: Beer, a virtual metric ton of restaurants, hippies, and crime. 'The Boy Who Drank Too Much' was largely filmed here. Some exterior shots in ''Film/BackToSchool'' were as well. Former home of both Clyde Stubblefield and a [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar Civil War POW camp]].
1st Jun '17 12:22:10 PM SomberCaelifera
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** UsefulNotes/{{Milwaukee}}: Beer, Harleys, ''Series/HappyDays'', and crime. The mayor got beaten with a pipe once. Non-residents seem to think this is the only city in the state.

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** UsefulNotes/{{Milwaukee}}: Beer, Harleys, ''Series/HappyDays'', and crime. The mayor got beaten with a pipe once. Non-residents of the state seem to think this is the only city in the state.
1st Jun '17 12:16:19 PM SomberCaelifera
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** UsefulNotes/{{Milwaukee}}: Beer, Harleys, ''Series/HappyDays'', and crime. The mayor got beaten with a pipe once.

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** UsefulNotes/{{Milwaukee}}: Beer, Harleys, ''Series/HappyDays'', and crime. The mayor got beaten with a pipe once. Non-residents seem to think this is the only city in the state.
14th May '17 8:11:30 PM SomberCaelifera
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** Green Bay: Beer, the Packers, Republicans. Oldest continuously inhabited French settlement in the US, founded 1634.

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** Green Bay: Beer, Beer and the Packers, Republicans.Packers. Oldest continuously inhabited French settlement in the US, founded 1634.
14th May '17 8:09:20 PM SomberCaelifera
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* UsefulNotes/{{Milwaukee}}, Wisconsin

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* UsefulNotes/{{Milwaukee}}, WisconsinWisconsin:
** UsefulNotes/{{Milwaukee}}: Beer, Harleys, ''Series/HappyDays'', and crime. The mayor got beaten with a pipe once.
** Madison: Beer, a virtual metric ton of restaurants, hippies, and crime. 'The Boy Who Drank Too Much' was largely filmed here. Some exterior shots in ''Film/BackToSchool'' were as well.
** Green Bay: Beer, the Packers, Republicans. Oldest continuously inhabited French settlement in the US, founded 1634.
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