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7th Jun '18 8:06:05 PM costanton11
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* ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland'' {{lampshade|Hanging}}s it. Chef expresses confusion as to what a palm tree (found almost exclusively in tropical or subtropical climates) is doing in temperate northern Toronto.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland'' ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'' {{lampshade|Hanging}}s it. Chef expresses confusion as to what a palm tree (found almost exclusively in tropical or subtropical climates) is doing in temperate northern Toronto.
14th May '18 4:24:12 AM Lymantria
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* Any movie (or book, or TV show) taking place in the age of the dinosaurs and featuring grass. Grass (for the most part[[note]] grass seeds found in fossilized dinosaur dung has confirmed their presence in the Late Cretaceous at least, possibly even the EARLY Cretaceous, but large prairies of grassland were still probably nonexistent or rare during that time[[/note]]) wasn't around back then.



* Any Western movie that features tumbleweeds, which weren't introduced into the U.S. until the late 1870s and didn't become widespread until the 1930s.



* It's occasionally claimed that the trees visible in establishing shots on ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' couldn't possibly grow in a New York climate -- however, those shots are all taken in New York!

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* It's occasionally claimed that the trees visible in establishing shots on ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' couldn't possibly grow in a New York climate -- however, [[RealityIsUnrealistic those shots are all taken in New York!York]]!
14th May '18 4:16:47 AM Lymantria
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* In {{anime}} (and consequently, most video games made in Japan), seeing [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rafflesia rafflesia]] is a sure sign that you're in a jungle, even though real-life rafflesia are only found in southeast Asia.
27th Feb '18 12:57:46 PM Gamermaster
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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.

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* Literature/TheLordOfTheRings: ''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.



* 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".

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* Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire ''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".
27th Feb '18 12:56:41 PM Gamermaster
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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".

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* {{Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire}} 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".
27th Feb '18 12:55:46 PM Gamermaster
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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.

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* {{Literature/TheLordOftheRings}}: 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.
16th Jan '18 7:55:46 AM Sharlee
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** Likewise, the common dandelion isn't native to North America. It was introduced by European settlers as a salad green and medicinal herb, and has gone on to become the single most recognizable lawn-and-garden weed on the continent. There ''are'' native species in the same genus, but ironically they're mostly being driven extinct by competition from the invasive sort and/or by gardeners' indiscriminate attempts to eradicate anything that ''looks'' like a dandelion.
3rd Jan '18 8:13:31 AM TheDragonDemands
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**...While rarely and inconsistently mentioned, there are undeniable examples of New World Crops in Westeros. In the second novel there's a scene in which Arya is in the riverlands and clearly eating roasted maize-corn on the cob, in its own ears. Repeated mention is also made of Dornish hot peppers - and if you thought they might just be pepper spices, reference is made to them being ''stuffed'', so they're clearly bell peppers, a New World Crop.
30th Nov '17 12:52:48 PM word_smuggler
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** In one episode of Deep Space Nine, Dr. Bashir [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] it outright, by wondering why there's so much chlorophyll in the cells of plants on a planet orbiting a red giant.
29th Nov '17 11:45:21 AM BeerBaron
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* ''Videogame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'': The vegetation in Skyrim is certainly very tropical for what is supposed to be Scandinavia. You'll see Boston ferns everywhere (Florida and the Caribbean), Orchids growing in the ground (Philippines, they're supposed to be growing in trees), Cryptanthus (Brazil), Norfolk Island pines (New Zealand) Potatoes and tomatoes (South America) and even variegated Algerian ivy (a modern garden cultivar that was certainly not available to the Scandinavians in the Middle Ages). Unless the Nords are secretly living in the tropics, none of these plants should be growing in Skyrim.

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* ''Videogame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'': The vegetation ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
** Tamriel, primarily a MedievalEuropeanFantasy setting, includes real-life plants from Europe, Africa, and the Americas all
in one continent. For example, despite otherwise being closer to a North African desert, Hammerfell includes [[AllDesertsHaveCacti cacti]]. Further, poisonous nightshades (Europe) can be found growing among edible "new world" plants like potatoes, tomatoes, and corn.
** Many plant species are also found growing outside of their typical climates. In the [[GrimUpNorth cold northern clime]] of
Skyrim is certainly very tropical for what is supposed to be Scandinavia. You'll see alone, one can find Boston ferns everywhere Ferns (Florida and the Caribbean), Orchids growing in the ground (Philippines, they're supposed to be growing and they grow in trees), ''trees''), Cryptanthus (Brazil), Norfolk Island pines Pines (New Zealand) Potatoes and tomatoes (South America) Zealand), and even variegated Algerian ivy Ivy (a modern garden cultivar that was certainly not available to the Scandinavians in the Middle Ages). Unless the Nords are secretly living Likewise, [[FantasticDrug Moon Sugar]], a FantasticDrug similar in appearance and effect to real-world cocaine, is primarily grown in the tropics, none desert environment of these Elsweyr. Real life Coca plants should be growing are almost entirely grown in Skyrim.low-altitude South American jungle environments.
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