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7th Dec '16 2:53:23 PM Emperor_Oshron
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* In the multiplayer level "Turbine" in ''CallOfDutyBlackOpsII'', there are cacti littered around the map, which is explicitly set in the Sarawat Steppes of Yemen, on the Arabian Peninsula. Thing is, cacti are native to the Americas, not western Asia. Since the game is set in the future, though, you could make the argument that they're a non-native invasive species.
28th Aug '16 7:10:50 AM thisissostupid
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** Eucalyptus trees in particular are exceptionally good at draining swamps, which is why they were imported into places as diverse as Israel (Mandatory Palestine at the time) and Southern California.
8th Jun '16 11:23:11 PM JosephCBadass
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** Speaking of Hawaii, this is a very interesting example. Studies have shown that sweet potatoes were a widely-used crop of ancient Hawaii. More studies have shown that sweet potatoes are, in fact, not native to Hawaii or any of the islands the Native Hawaiians could've migrated from. They're actually native to South America. How the Native Hawaiians obtained sweet potatoes has been a subject of debate.



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15th Jan '16 12:49:30 PM Anddrix
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AllDesertsHaveCacti is a common subtrope. May occasionally be the result of SoCalization, though filmmakers are careful not to show palm trees growing in places too temperate for them. Viewers aren't ''that'' [[ViewersAreMorons moronic]].

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AllDesertsHaveCacti is a common subtrope. May occasionally be the result of SoCalization, though filmmakers are careful not to show palm trees growing in places too temperate for them. Viewers aren't ''that'' [[ViewersAreMorons moronic]].moronic.
29th Oct '15 8:23:26 AM 32_Footsteps
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* ''Series/RizzoliAndIsles'' regularly shows palm trees lining the streets of Boston, which is way too far north to support them outside of carefully monitored indoor habitats.
20th Oct '15 7:45:40 AM FF32
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* The ComicBook/ChickTract ''Boo!'' depicts druids in the medieval British Isles carving jack-o-lanterns out of pumpkins. Pumpkins are native to the Americas historically speaking, they should have been carving ''turnips''.
25th Aug '15 3:46:40 PM Meltemi
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* Film/AustinPowers lampshades this in ''The Spy Who Shagged Me''. While supposedly driving along an English country road which looks remarkably like one in California, he remarks to camera: "You know what's remarkable? Is how much England looks in no way like Southern California."

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* Film/AustinPowers lampshades this in ''The Spy Who Shagged Me''. While supposedly driving along an English country road which looks remarkably like one in California, he remarks to camera: "You know what's remarkable? Is how much [[CaliforniaDoubling England looks in no way like Southern California.California]]."



* Here's one that might blow your mind: tumbleweeds are not native to the American west. Their common name among botanists is Russian Thistle. They were originally accidentally unleashed on South Dakota in 1870 or 1874 in a shipment of flaxseed, and had colonized the west coast by 1900. We now associate them with the wild west that Western movies are almost obligated to include them, even if they weren't present at the time depicted.

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* Here's one that might blow your mind: tumbleweeds are not native to the American west. Their common name among botanists is Russian Thistle. They were originally accidentally unleashed on South Dakota in 1870 or 1874 in a shipment of flaxseed, and had colonized the west coast by 1900. We They now associate them have such a strong association with the wild west TheWildWest in popular perception that Western movies are almost obligated to include them, even if they weren't [[RealityIsUnrealistic present at the time depicted.depicted]].



* Tamarisk, aka Salt Cedar, is a drought hardy plant that was brought to some areas of the US (Colorado and Utah have loads of this, particularly the Colorado river system), but is a majorly invasive species. You see, Tamarisk is originally from the Kazakh steppes not far from Russia. Eastern Colorado has a very similar climate to the Tamarisk's natural habitat, but has none of the natural counters to it. Thus this tree spreads like weeds all over the southwest's precious little water resources. It's difficult to kill off (you can't burn them out, the roots survive to grow again), they can (and in several places DO) suck a river dry, they weed out the native trees and plants and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking they're ugly to boot!]] The Colorado state and local governments have been waging a war against these plants for over 10 years and have yet to make significant progress against them. The current strategy employed is introducing ANOTHER species, the Tamarisk Leaf Beetle, Diorhabda elongata, which is released en mass every year to go out and eat the tamarisk.

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* Tamarisk, aka Salt Cedar, is a drought hardy drought-hardy plant that was brought to some areas of the US (Colorado and Utah have loads of this, particularly the Colorado river system), but is a majorly invasive species. You see, Tamarisk is originally from the Kazakh steppes not far from Russia. Eastern Colorado has a very similar climate to the Tamarisk's natural habitat, but has none of the natural counters to it. Thus this tree spreads like weeds all over the southwest's precious little water resources. It's difficult to kill off (you can't burn them out, the roots survive to grow again), they can (and in several places DO) suck a river dry, they weed out the native trees and plants and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking they're ugly to boot!]] The Colorado state and local governments have been waging a war against these plants for over 10 years and have yet to make significant progress against them. The current strategy employed is introducing ANOTHER species, the Tamarisk Leaf Beetle, Diorhabda elongata, which is released en mass every year to go out and eat the tamarisk.



* Anywhere north of the sixtieth parallel is either boreal forest, tundra, or shield country (or, if you go ''really'' far north, sea ice). Boreal forest has a very distinctive appearance - the trees are mostly conifers, with the occasional birch or larch[[note]]which despite appearances, ''is'' actually a conifer, but most people don't know that[[/note]] thrown in, and very tall and skinny. A forest full of thick deciduous trees pretending to be the Yukon isn't particularly convincing, no matter how much snow is on the ground.

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* Anywhere north of the sixtieth parallel is either boreal forest, tundra, or shield country (or, if you go ''really'' far north, sea ice). Boreal forest has a very distinctive appearance - the trees are mostly conifers, with the occasional birch or larch[[note]]which despite appearances, ''is'' is actually a conifer, but most people don't know that[[/note]] deciduous conifer; contrary to common belief, the two aren't mutually exclusive[[/note]] thrown in, and very tall and skinny. A forest full of thick deciduous angiosperm (or worse, non-coniferous gymnosperm; very few will confuse a ginkgo for a pine) trees pretending to be the Yukon isn't particularly convincing, no matter how much snow is on the ground.



** Other fun products of the Colombian exchange introduced to the Old World: chocolate, chili (especially in Korea), rubber, paprika (a Hungarian staple spice), and maize corn (as contrasted with the more general definition of corn as any cereal crop).



* ''Rhododendron ponticum'' is not native to the UK, having been introduced in the 18th century (it had existed in region prior to the last Ice Age but had no recolonised after the ice retreated). It has caused untold damage to the native flora and fauna and is considered a major pest with eradication strategies having been in place for years. However, it's found everywhere so people often don't realise that it's an introduced species, or how much damage it's doing to the environment. This lack of awareness is especially evident in period shows where, despite the producers doing their best to make the location look as un-modern as possible, they don't tend to care if plants such as rhododendron appear in shot despite them not having been introduced to the country at the time of the show's setting.

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* ''Rhododendron ponticum'' is not native to the UK, having been introduced in the 18th century (it had existed in region prior to the last Ice Age but had no not recolonised after the ice retreated). It has caused untold damage to the native flora and fauna and is considered a major pest with eradication strategies having been in place for years. However, it's found everywhere so people often don't realise that it's an introduced species, or how much damage it's doing to the environment. This lack of awareness is especially evident in period shows where, despite the producers doing their best to make the location look as un-modern as possible, they don't tend to care if plants such as rhododendron appear in shot despite them not having been introduced to the country at the time of the show's setting.
3rd Jul '15 3:51:02 PM Dalillama
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* 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.
24th May '15 12:09:40 PM IndirectActiveTransport
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* The main theme for ''Videogame/KirbySuperStar'''s '''The Great Cave Offensive''' is called ''Trees in the Depths of the Earth''.

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* The main theme for ''Videogame/KirbySuperStar'''s ''Videogame/KirbySuperStar'' sub game '''The Great Cave Offensive''' is called ''Trees in the Depths of the Earth''.
24th May '15 12:08:22 PM IndirectActiveTransport
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* The main theme for ''Videogame/KirbySuperStar'''s ''The Great Cave Offensive'' is called ''Trees in the Depths of the Earth''.

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* The main theme for ''Videogame/KirbySuperStar'''s ''The '''The Great Cave Offensive'' Offensive''' is called ''Trees in the Depths of the Earth''.
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