History Main / TheMountainsOfIllinois

2nd Feb '16 3:14:06 PM phoenix
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* A particularly grievous example is shown in the [[DocumentaryOfLies alleged documentary]] ''Film/TheFourthKind'', which supposedly takes place in Nome, Alaska. Anyone who has been within ''several hundred miles'' of Nome can tell you that there are no mountains or lush evergreen forests anywhere near the city--it's surrounded on all sides by tundra or ''the ocean.''
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* A particularly grievous example is shown in the [[DocumentaryOfLies alleged documentary]] documentary ''Film/TheFourthKind'', which supposedly takes place in Nome, Alaska. Anyone who has been within ''several hundred miles'' of Nome can tell you that there are no mountains or lush evergreen forests anywhere near the city--it's surrounded on all sides by tundra or ''the ocean.''
25th Jan '16 3:21:05 PM AdamC
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[[folder:Theater]] * In the opera ''Manon Lescaut'', the tragic finale occurs when our hero's love interest is shipped to the American colonies after being found guilty of prostitution. The pair arrive at the settlement of New Orleans, whereupon they die of thirst in the vast, barren desert. [[/folder]]
24th Jan '16 9:10:51 PM dmcreif
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Movies and TV shows, wherever they're supposed to be set, tend to be filmed in [[CaliforniaDoubling Southern California]] or [[StargateCity British Columbia]]. This leads to a common error where mountains show up in the background of settings which have no visible peaks in RealLife, such as the US state of Illinois, which, if you haven't already realized it, is almost as flat as this joke. For instance, there are two buildings in UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}}[[note]] The Willis tower (formerly Sears Tower) at 1451 ft, and the Donald "Did you notice that baby was crying through half of the speech and I didnít get angry?" Trump International Tower, at 1389 feet)[[/note]] that are taller than the state's highest natural point[[note]]Charles Mound, at 1236 feet.[[/note]], and as many as ''40'' buildings in the city that top out at a higher altitude.[[note]] The parts of Chicago where the tallest buildings are located are at an altitude of about 600 feet.[[/note]] For those reading from Europe, Denmark is a suitable substitute [[note]] A country whose highest point is 171 metres/561 feet above sea level, and the average elevation is only 31 metres above sea level.[[/note]]
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Movies and TV shows, wherever they're supposed to be set, tend to be filmed in [[CaliforniaDoubling Southern California]] or [[StargateCity British Columbia]]. This leads to a common error where mountains show up in the background of settings which have no visible peaks in RealLife, such as the US state of Illinois, which, if you haven't already realized it, is almost as flat as this joke. For instance, there are two buildings in UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}}[[note]] The Willis tower (formerly Sears Tower) at 1451 ft, and the Donald "Did you notice that baby was crying through half of the speech and I didnít get angry?" Trump International Tower, at 1389 feet)[[/note]] that are taller than the state's highest natural point[[note]]Charles Mound, at 1236 feet.[[/note]], and as many as ''40'' buildings in the city that top out at a higher altitude.[[note]] The parts of Chicago where the tallest buildings are located are at an altitude of about 600 feet.[[/note]] For those reading from Europe, Denmark is a suitable substitute [[note]] A country whose highest point is 171 metres/561 feet above sea level, and the average elevation is only 31 metres above sea level.[[/note]]
16th Jan '16 3:26:35 AM Anddrix
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This becomes CriticalResearchFailure. Say a writer from UsefulNotes/{{California}} wants to base a story in FlyoverCountry. Even if they themselves visited Illinois and know what it looks like (and this is hardly guaranteed), they might still hope the viewers [[ViewersAreMorons won't know the difference]]. Obviously, it can be a sore point for people who actually live there.
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This becomes CriticalResearchFailure. Say a writer from UsefulNotes/{{California}} wants to base a story in FlyoverCountry. Even if they themselves visited Illinois and know what it looks like (and this is hardly guaranteed), they might still hope the viewers [[ViewersAreMorons won't know the difference]].difference. Obviously, it can be a sore point for people who actually live there.
15th Jan '16 10:01:09 PM nombretomado
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* The miniseries of ''TheStand'' had a case of The Mountains of Indiana, during the scene where Trash Can Man blows up the refinery that's supposedly in north central Indiana, yet there are tall mountains clearly visible in the background.
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* The miniseries of ''TheStand'' ''Series/TheStand'' had a case of The Mountains of Indiana, during the scene where Trash Can Man blows up the refinery that's supposedly in north central Indiana, yet there are tall mountains clearly visible in the background.
13th Jan '16 2:04:38 AM Mdumas43073
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** ''Film/NationalLampoonsChristmasVacation'' opens with the Griswolds driving into the country from their suburban Chicago home to visit a Christmas tree farm. These scenes were shot in Breckenridge, Colorado, a ski resort town in the heart of the Rockies whose terrain in no way resembles anything within hundreds of miles of the Windy City.
3rd Jan '16 12:16:31 AM Maven
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* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Friendly_Persuasion_(film) 1956 Disney adaptation]] of the novel ''Friendly Persuasion'' features this in Indiana.
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* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Friendly_Persuasion_(film) 1956 Disney adaptation]] of the novel ''Friendly Persuasion'' features this in Indiana.
1st Jan '16 7:55:19 PM nombretomado
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* A third-season episode of ''{{Smallville}}'' features a scene on the shores of one of Kansas' picturesque mountain lakes. For those of you in other countries, the terrain of Kansas is just like a billiards table, except for just enough ripples to mess up your shot. (According to research published in the ''Annals of Improbable Research'', the state is literally flatter than a pancake.) To add insult to injury, Kansas has no natural lakes. That being said, the lake part can be excused, since that particular lake--Crater Lake--was literally created by the meteor shower that rained down on Smallville in the Pilot episode, making it an acceptable break from reality. ** It goes much further than an isolated incident in ''Series/{{Smallville}}''. [[http://www.supermanhomepage.com/tv/tv.php?topic=reviews/smallville-knockout This]] site has an entertaining list of many unlikely elements of the show, but scroll down to about 2/3rds of the way down for a list of appearances of "Mountains in Kansas"
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* A third-season episode of ''{{Smallville}}'' ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' features a scene on the shores of one of Kansas' picturesque mountain lakes. For those of you in other countries, the terrain of Kansas is just like a billiards table, except for just enough ripples to mess up your shot. (According to research published in the ''Annals of Improbable Research'', the state is literally flatter than a pancake.) To add insult to injury, Kansas has no natural lakes. That being said, the lake part can be excused, since that particular lake--Crater Lake--was literally created by the meteor shower that rained down on Smallville in the Pilot episode, making it an acceptable break from reality. ** It goes much further than an isolated incident in ''Series/{{Smallville}}''.incident. [[http://www.supermanhomepage.com/tv/tv.php?topic=reviews/smallville-knockout This]] site has an entertaining list of many unlikely elements of the show, but scroll down to about 2/3rds of the way down for a list of appearances of "Mountains in Kansas"
23rd Dec '15 5:52:34 PM Qussow
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** Or, knowing a lot of people's knowledge of FlyoverCountry, they were thinking of Idaho.
5th Dec '15 6:24:51 PM Jinren
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