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9th Sep '17 4:29:38 AM AndIntroducingALeg
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* In ''Last Chance to See'', Douglas Adams notes that privet, that plant synonymous with dull suburban hedgerows, has become an absolute menace on islands where European settlers wanted to mark their borders with something that reminded them of home.
30th Aug '17 11:52:53 AM TheDragonDemands
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* {{Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire}} is a bit of a different situation from Tolkien, in that the author stated it ''is not'' supposed to be our real-life world in the distant past or future, just an alternate Fantasy world - albeit one loosely inspired by the real Middle Ages. Westeros is essentially a continent-sized version of the British Isles (roughly the size of South America), Essos is pseudo-Eurasia, Sothoryos is pseudo-Africa, etc. Generally, New World Crops have never been mentioned: tobacco, potatoes, tomatoes, maize-corn, rubber. There are one or two mentions of "pumpkins" or "turkeys" in the entire, Door Stopper length novel series, but these might just be random errors. Instead of tobacco, they have a loose analogue called "sourleaf", though it's not smoked, only chewed (much like chewing tobacco). Some readers might be confused that Martin uses the term "corn", though apparently much like Tolkien he's just using it in the general sense of "grain".
30th Aug '17 11:46:10 AM TheDragonDemands
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This can come up frequently in Fantasy works set in pseudo-Medieval Europe: it's actually anachronistic for them to have New World crops like tobacco, potatoes, tomatoes, maize-corn, etc. For that matter, ''rubber'' shouldn't exist in such worlds (rubber trees have been exported around the world, but they're native to South America). Different Fantasy series handle this different ways - with some just embracing the anachronism.
30th Aug '17 11:42:57 AM TheDragonDemands
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* {{Literature/TheLordOftheRings}}: J.R.R. Tolkien stated that Middle-earth is supposed to actually ''be'' our real world, thousands of years ago in some lost historical era (as opposed to a pure fantasy construction), and the parts were actually see more or less turned into Europe many eons later. Tolkien was also painfully aware, however, that it would be anachronistic for New World crops to exist in a pseudo-medieval setting like this (particularly one actually meant to be in the real past). This infamously led Tolkien to come up with an elaborate explanation for how the Hobbits can still smoke tobacco: the Numenorean explorers ''brought it'' to Middle-earth from some other continent (i.e. the ancient analogue of the Americas or something). Potatoes also exist in Middle-earth, and presumably were brought to it in the same fashion.
**As an expert linguist, Tolkien also thought it was anachronistic to have characters use the real-life ''words'' for these plants, which are of Native American origin (someone in the distant past of Europe wouldn't call it "tobacco"). This is why he came up with calling it "pipe-weed". He also has characters refer to "taters" most often (except for the one memorable scene when Samwell spells out that by "taters" he means "po-tay-toes"). Tolkien went so far as to even remove references to "tomatoes" from later editions of ''The Hobbit'' after the first publication edition.
**There are some references to "corn" in Tolkien's works, but apparently he's using it very specifically in the more old-fashioned sense of "grain" in general ("corn" and "grain" used to be synonyms), not referring to "maize-corn" like the Maya would eat in the Americas.
11th Jul '17 8:58:17 PM karstovich2
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** Similarly, tomatoes. Tomatoes originated in South America; nowadays Italian cuisine puts tomatoes in a ''lot''.

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** Similarly, tomatoes. Tomatoes originated in South America; nowadays America. Today, Italian cuisine puts tomatoes in a ''lot''.''lot''--and even then, the Italians don't use tomato as much as some of the other Mediterraneans (the Spaniards, Turks, and Egyptians come to mind for putting tomatoes in anything they can think of).
11th Jul '17 8:54:38 PM karstovich2
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* Kudzu in the southeastern US is another notorious example; it's originally from China. (Fun fact: it's edible)

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* Kudzu in the southeastern US is another notorious example; it's originally from China. (Fun Fun fact: it's edible)edible. The Japanese make desserts out of the starch and jelly from the flowers, and the Vietnamese mix the starch with citrus and water to make a refreshing summertime drink.
19th Feb '17 8:35:33 PM Cre8engr
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*** It's possible they're lost ontop of Grand Mesa...in the spring. Even that is a stretch.
*** And Longmont, Colorado is not the idyllic mountain town with thick green foliage shown in the show. It's a suburb of Denver.
15th Feb '17 9:02:47 PM ElSquibbonator
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* ''WesternAnimation/DoraTheExplorer'' is implied to take place in Mexico. She has been seen picking wild blueberries in the show; mainly on Blueberry Hill, where the villain Swiper the Fox lives. Blueberries never grow in Mexico, they're farther north.

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* ''WesternAnimation/DoraTheExplorer'' is implied to take place in Mexico.Central America. She has been seen picking wild blueberries in the show; mainly on Blueberry Hill, where the villain Swiper the Fox lives. Blueberries never grow in Mexico, Central America, they're farther north.
2nd Feb '17 5:14:13 AM skyandbeyond49
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* A German soccer team trainer once famously stated that a certain African player should go back to Africa to dribble around the cacti; little did he know that there's not a single cactus growing on the whole African continent.

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* A German soccer team trainer once famously stated that a certain African player should go back to Africa to dribble around the cacti; little did he know that there's not a single only one cactus growing species that can be found on the whole African continent.continent, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhipsalis_baccifera the mistletoe cactus]].
1st Feb '17 12:09:11 AM PaulA
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-->-- '''Prof. Summerlee''', BBC/A&E TV movie adaptation of ''Series/{{The Lost World|2001}}''

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-->-- '''Prof. Summerlee''', BBC/A&E TV movie miniseries adaptation of ''Series/{{The Lost World|2001}}''
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