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4th Apr '17 2:03:09 PM FF32
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** Out of Marvel there is the fake travel guide to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Sombr%C3%A8ro San Sombrèro]] ("Saint [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Hàt]]").[[note]]This accent mark is not used in Spanish.[[/note]]

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** Out of Marvel there is the fake travel guide to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Sombr%C3%A8ro org/wiki/San_Sombrèro San Sombrèro]] ("Saint [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Hàt]]").[[note]]This accent mark is not used in Spanish.[[/note]]
5th Mar '17 7:00:49 PM nombretomado
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* Use of San(to)/Santa ("Saint") followed by any random word to name fictional Spanish-speaking locations. {{Marvel}} is particularly prone:

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* Use of San(to)/Santa ("Saint") followed by any random word to name fictional Spanish-speaking locations. {{Marvel}} {{Creator/Marvel}} is particularly prone:
5th Mar '17 10:57:05 AM nombretomado
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** San Elanya, home village of minor MarvelComics superhero El Aguila.[[note]]What's "elanya" mean? Your guess is at good as ours.[[/note]]

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** San Elanya, home village of minor MarvelComics Creator/MarvelComics superhero El Aguila.[[note]]What's "elanya" mean? Your guess is at good as ours.[[/note]]
30th Jan '17 11:26:12 PM Naram-Sin
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** In the same episode, the stock footage of Pamplona's [[TheRenaissance Renaissance]] cathedral is actually Valencia's Central Market, which is a metal-based Art Deco building from just before WorldWarOne, has no religious function, and is [[TelevisionGeography 600 miles away to boot]]. Footage of the actual cathedral is used to establish the aforementioned fictional church (which despite being called "cathedral" in the certificate is not, and the church they shot in is clearly smaller than the one in stock footage anyway).
26th Sep '16 5:09:55 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* Seth [=MacFarlane=] is obviously a pretty big fan of RuleOfFunny and generally [[TheyJustDidntCare just doesn't care]], but his use of Jewish symbols is, unsurprisingly, way off the mark. In at least a couple episodes in ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' he shows Jews wearing prayer shawls at the wrong times (either outside of prayer, or at nighttime services when they are not worn), and ''WesternAnimation/TheClevelandShow'' at one point, in a fantasy cutaway, shows Cleveland reciting Kol Nidre, the Aramaic annulment of vows that begins Yom Kippur, by reading it out of a Torah scroll. It is a legal declaration, not a Biblical passage, and is certainly not found in the Torah (it's not even in the same language).

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* Seth [=MacFarlane=] is obviously a pretty big fan of RuleOfFunny and generally [[TheyJustDidntCare just doesn't care]], RuleOfFunny, but his use of Jewish symbols is, unsurprisingly, way off the mark. In at least a couple episodes in ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' he shows Jews wearing prayer shawls at the wrong times (either outside of prayer, or at nighttime services when they are not worn), and ''WesternAnimation/TheClevelandShow'' at one point, in a fantasy cutaway, shows Cleveland reciting Kol Nidre, the Aramaic annulment of vows that begins Yom Kippur, by reading it out of a Torah scroll. It is a legal declaration, not a Biblical passage, and is certainly not found in the Torah (it's not even in the same language).
19th Aug '16 4:16:50 PM Naram-Sin
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* ''{{Series/Vikings}}'' was criticized for using [[AnachronismStew anachronistic]] Scandinavian stave church architecture to depict the great pagan temple at Old Uppsala.
17th Jun '16 8:59:03 PM gewunomox
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** Similarly, a character wearing a cross is as likely to reflect, say, the popularity of a certain {{Madonna}} album at the time the show was made as the character's religious beliefs.

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** Similarly, a character wearing a cross is as likely to reflect, say, the popularity of a certain {{Madonna}} Music/{{Madonna}} album at the time the show was made as the character's religious beliefs.
29th May '16 1:29:54 PM Naram-Sin
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*** This could also [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maria_Torribia have been easily saved]], had the writers bothered.
29th May '16 7:12:19 AM Naram-Sin
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* Some coins made in Britain during the Dark Ages like those of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Offa_of_Mercia Offa of Mercia]] have Arab inscriptions reading "there is no God but Allah" or claiming to have been struck in Damascus a number of years after the Hegira. It is believed that the engravers just copied contemporary Abassid gold dinars and mistook the writing for decoration.[[note]]Or else international trade, via the Vikings perhaps, got a lot further than we think. A gold coin is a gold coin anywhere: the inscription on it is surface detail.[[/note]]

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* Some coins made in Britain during the Dark Ages like those of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Offa_of_Mercia Offa of Mercia]] have (crude) Arab inscriptions reading "there is no God but Allah" or claiming to have been struck in Damascus a number of years after the Hegira. It is believed that the engravers just copied contemporary Abassid gold dinars and mistook the writing for decoration.[[note]]Or else international trade, via the Vikings perhaps, got a lot further than we think. A gold coin is a gold coin anywhere: the inscription on it is surface detail.[[/note]]


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* The UrbanLegend of [[http://www.snopes.com/holidays/christmas/santacross.asp a smiling crucified Santa Claus in Japan.]]
29th May '16 7:04:47 AM Naram-Sin
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** Another non-Marvel example: San Angeles, home base of the Series/PowerRangersOperationOverdrive. Done as a San Diego/Los Angeles mashup of course, but seriously - "Saint Angels"? San Angeles is also used as the setting in ''Film/DemolitionMan'', but this time it is justified: San Angeles is a megalopolis formed by the future growth and unification of San Diego, Los Angeles and Santa Barbara.[[note]]This ignores the approximately twenty mile stretch of mostly open space between the southern extent of LA suburban sprawl and the northern extent of San Diego suburban sprawl where extensive development is unlikely for the foreseeable future as it's part of Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, a large portion of which is designated as an "impact area" (read "artillery range"). [[/note]]

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** Another non-Marvel example: San Angeles, home base of the Series/PowerRangersOperationOverdrive. Done as a San Diego/Los Angeles mashup of course, but seriously - "Saint Angels"? San Angeles is also used as the setting in ''Film/DemolitionMan'', but this time it is justified: San Angeles is a megalopolis formed by the future growth and unification of San Diego, Los Angeles and Santa Barbara.[[note]]This ignores the approximately twenty mile stretch of mostly open space between the southern extent of LA suburban sprawl and the northern extent of San Diego suburban sprawl where extensive development is unlikely for the foreseeable future as it's part of Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, a large portion of which is designated as an "impact area" (read "artillery range"). This might be {{handwave}}d as Camp Pendleton being dismantled after the whole area was levelled in the megaearthquake of the movie's backstory, though.[[/note]]



** Ancient Greek hoplites in fiction almost invariably carry the capital L on their shields. It was indeed used as such in Ancient times, but only by the Spartans - the L stood for Lakedaimonia, the homeland of the Spartans. SymbologyResearchFailure ensues when even the Realism mod of ''VideoGame/RomeTotalWar'' has ''Athenians'' carrying this mark. Athenians, or for that matter Thebans, Argives, Megarians and citizens of nearly a thousand other states would not be caught dead carrying their mortal enemy's emblem on their shields... (For their part, most other Greek states did not have consistent shield designs, the design being generally personal to the bearer, although often inherited father-to-son. In most states, hoplites paid for their own arms and armor, including the shield; Sparta's consistent design is because Spartans were armed at the expense of the state.)

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** * Ancient Greek hoplites in fiction almost invariably carry the capital L on their shields. It was indeed used as such in Ancient times, but only by the Spartans - the L stood for Lakedaimonia, the homeland of the Spartans. SymbologyResearchFailure ensues when even the Realism mod of ''VideoGame/RomeTotalWar'' has ''Athenians'' carrying this mark. Athenians, or for that matter Thebans, Argives, Megarians and citizens of nearly a thousand other states would not be caught dead carrying their mortal enemy's emblem on their shields... (For their part, most other Greek states did not have consistent shield designs, the design being generally personal to the bearer, although often inherited father-to-son. In most states, hoplites paid for their own arms and armor, including the shield; Sparta's consistent design is because Spartans were armed at the expense of the state.)
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