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California, as per this quote from the start of Back To The Future: Part II: Marty: Alright Doc, what's going on, huh? Where are we? When are we? Doc: We're descending towards Hill Valley, California at 4:29pm on Wednesday October 21st 2015.


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Hill Valley is in California, Pacific time with daylight savings (UTC-0700), so the moment of truth is 11:29pm UTC. The following 1885 railroad map, appearing in Back to the Future III (and listed here as a prop), shows that Hill Valley is located in northern California in the Sierra Nevada mountains: (As @RoyalCanadianBandit points out, the DeLorean ...


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The short answer is no, ancient machines used to guard tombs and temples like those in Indiana Jones have not been found. The slightly longer answer (taken in part from this page on The Straight Dope) is that even if such traps did exist, the accumulation of centuries of neglect would not only rot away ropes, but they would also be so filled with dirt and ...


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Yes, it was based on the Stephen Harris House, 135 Benefit Street, Providence. Here's a picture by Flickr user Andrew Kuchling: And here's Lovecraft on his letter to Lillian Clark, 4 November 1924 (from Letters from New York 82): And on the corner of Bridge St. & Elizabeth Ave. is a terrible old house—a hellish place where night-black deeds must ...


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Yes, this does describe a real place. with a big thank you to S. Fruggiero for help in finding it! TL;DR: here is a link to Google Maps directions to the exact spot from Charlottesville Airport. He was to follow 64 west almost to Waynesboro and exit the Skyline Drive on the road south toward Lynchburg. This is somewhat confusing. The 64 is an east-to-...


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The Sexateria is not a real thing. By analogy with "cafeteria," the implication is that the Sexateria is a place where sex is purchased and enjoyed—presumably in the open, casual manner in which food is enjoyed at a cafeteria. (The joke is that this brothel has edged out e.g. the Wailing Wall as the must-see tourist destination of the 31st century's Holy ...


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No, most traps like the ones in the movies would break down and become useless after many years. Tombs in Egypt would often have large stone doors designed to drop in place and block passages, but these weren't just left dangling to fall on intruders. They were dropped once bodies and belongings were interred in the tomb, attempting to seal the passages ...


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I don't know exactly how much research went into developing the location of the abbey, but it's perfectly possible to get at least an approximate location. As mentioned, there are several clues to where the abbey was. It's apparent that it was in the southwestern desert of the US (Fiat Homo Chapter Six tells us that "[members of the order] smuggled books to ...


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I’m pretty sure there hasn’t been any official statement on the change (or if there has, I’ve been unable to find it). Here are a few guesses: Shaftesbury Avenue is quite an iconic location. As you can see in the film, they apparate right beside the Piccadilly Circus screens. Here’s a screencap, where I’ve tried to indicate roughly where the trio should be ...


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He said in an interview: The farm with an ash tree, an hour south of Blackburg (“American Gods”), is, in fact, an old crumbling farm of Tori Amos’ family. Gaiman, a good friend of Amos, visited the farm while on tour with her years ago and decided to use it in his book. He wasn’t sure he’d ever told anyone that before. The entire interview


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It's set in Canada (and shot in Toronto) but the exact city isn't explicitly shown. However, there's a lot of evidence pointing towards it being set in Toronto as well: This is the ticket the Sarah finds in Beth's apartment. It clearly has Toronto as one of the terminals. The seal is that of the Toronto Police Service. Alison Hendrix is born in ...


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Most of the locations in Middle Earth were intended to be generic representations of the corresponding virtues/ills. As Tolkien mentions in Letter #181, the Shire was meant to be a rural location though not specifically England, but he also points out he draws on his own experience so there is undoubtedly an influence there: There is no special reference ...


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Yep. Even Clara's story is correct, according to the town website's FAQ: The town's name was changed from "Hot Springs" to "Truth or Consequences" on March 31, 1950, after Ralph Edwards, the host of the popular game show "Truth or Consequences," called for any town in America to do so - in celebration of the show's ten year anniversary. A soundclip of ...


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This article (Jennifer Lawrence Almost Dies On MockingJay Set In Atlanta) shows Jennifer Lawrence in front of the archway you took screenshot of. On further digging, the above location is in Sweetwater Creek state park See this link The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 IMDB filming locations also shows Bellwood Quarry, Atlanta, Georgia, USA as District ...


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Using this map tool, I ran along the entire shoreline of the Indian Ocean. If you went straight through the earth, most of the time you would end up in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. The only place I found that actually has land on the other side is on the Western shore of Indonesia, which puts you in Venezuela or Colombia if you went straight through the ...


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I think the answer is no, there are no real world counterparts. (Edit: Laketown may be a partial exception, see below.) The only city described in detail in Tolkien's works is Minas Tirith, and it doesn't bear much resemblance to any historical city. A pre-gunpowder city would typically have a single surrounding wall, and maybe a castle in the centre. Minas ...


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In-universe, it's probably somewhere near Staines. This article in the HP Lexicon gives a very good argument for Little Whinging (the location of the Dursleys' house) being roughly where it's shown on this map, in the far north of Surrey close to Staines. It was filmed in Martins Heron, Berkshire. The filming location, meanwhile, is No. 12, Picket Post ...


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If you refer the map in this answer https://scifi.stackexchange.com/a/5710/1148 you'll see that all of these cities have a place on the map independent of real cities. However, your question reads more wanting to know the original inspiration for the cities. Metropolis: Within the DC Universe, Metropolis is portrayed as one of the largest and wealthiest ...


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JK Rowlings thoughts Although I describe the Dursleys' house as big and square, as befitted Uncle Vernon's status as a company director, whenever I wrote about it I was unconsciously visualising the second house I lived in as a child, which on the contrary was a rather small three-bedroomed house in the suburb of Winterbourne, near Bristol.


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It looks like the location is Terminal City Ironworks in East Vancouver. http://vancouverisawesome.com/2011/05/12/yvrshoots-stargate-universe-sgu-meets-its-destiny/ Four months later, I found Stargate Universe filming a planetary visit at the old Terminal City Ironworks site (often used by film & TV productions) in East Vancouver. SGU filmed ...


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V's secret hideout is an abandoned Victoria Station. This is confirmed in the film canon by the shooting script (referring to the location as "Interior : Victoria Station") as well as the quote; V : This is the old Victoria line but it is blocked, blocked somewhere between Whitehall and St. James. and Suddenly, Finch stops. Carefully, as if ...


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Lots of the things mentioned point to it being Harvard Square. E.g., "we used to be able to walk freely there, when it was a university." However the word Harvard is absent the entire book, and Cambridge (England) only appears in the notes at the end (assuming this is a full transcript: www.novelas.rodriguezalvarez.com). Memorial Hall is mentioned. ...


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Although the show constantly refers to Rose and family as living in London, the reality is that almost all of the scenes involving Rose's flat (and the Powell Estate in general) were filmed on location in Cardiff according to this website about the filming of Dr Who. The closest you're going to get in London is the corner of the "Brandon Estate" shown in ...


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It seems not Although the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles refer to residing in 'the sewers', it seems that this is not referring to the bodily waste sewerage system. As pointed out on the page for sewers on the TMNTPedia, the 'sewers' actually resemble more of the New York storm drain - also called a 'storm sewer' (possibly hence the term 'sewer'). As you ...


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I can go a bit better than "somewhere in Britain": Most celebrated of these half-magical dwelling places is, perhaps, Godric's Hollow, the West Country village where the great wizard Godric Gryffindor was born, and where Bowman Wright, wizarding smith, forged the first Golden Snitch. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - p.261 - Bloomsbury - Chapter ...


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In-universe location. The script and film are intentionally vague on the subject. Louise appears to be an American national (and her students have American accents) which would imply that she lives in America somewhere but there aren't any obvious markers. Her house is simply described as "Lake House", the university is simply "University Classroom". Note ...


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"Wild Moor" (based off of what people are saying in the comments, this is probably either Dartmoor or Bodmin Moor) Quoting from the sorting hat's song: A thousand years or more ago, When I was newly sewn, There lived four wizards of renown, Whose names are still well known: Bold Gryffindor, from wild moor, Fair Ravenclaw, from glen, Sweet ...


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There is no mention of a specific real world location. However, the inspiration seems to be New York. Fritz Lang has been quoted in various interviews: "the film was born from my first sight of the skyscrapers in New York in October 1924". "I looked into the streets – the glaring lights and the tall buildings – and there I conceived Metropolis." ...


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