Pfhorrest wrote:I think some people are misreading the graph. It's "if the place you're in looks like [movie titles / descriptions], you're probably in [circled region]". It's not saying said movies were actually set or filmed in those regions.
For example, parts of the southwest and Florida both look like the Truman Show because of the "little houses made of ticky-tacky" effect; the colorful Americana style exurban tract housing in a bright sunny area with wide-open blue skies.
JudeMorrigan wrote:Seriously though, folks. Note the "For use by geoguesser players or crash-landed astronauts" part of the comic. This isn't an attempt at showing where the movies were actually filmed. This is "If you see a picture of a place and think that it sure looks like [movie], this is the area of the country you're probably looking at".
While I can see how this particular misinterpretation can be made based on the content of the image itself, the PRIMARY title itself ("Figuring out where in the US you are by the scenery") actually indicates the other interpretation.
For example, saguaro cacti, which are native to certain regions, appearing in movies that are allegedly set in a different place. If one were to find themselves in an area with those plants and had NO other knowledge of US geography, they would THINK that they were in somewhere completely different than where they ACTUALLY were.
To be completely honest, when I saw the heading on the image, I was hoping that it would be accurate to the most reasonable interpretation of its wording: "You may think you're in this movie, but you're actually in this other completely different place." That is, as others have quite adequately pointed out, "if you see xxx in the background, you're actually in yyy".
Or scenes in Blues Brothers
and other movies that were, in reality, many tens (or hundreds) of miles apart, but only took a few minutes to travel between by automobile, or traveling the wrong way over a bridge to reach one's destination, as in The Graduate
(I could go on, but a google search of "geography errors in movies" is more instructive).
This almost seems to be Randall trolling the fan base by intentionally not creating the sort of "ironic" or "literal" maps that he is known for, and having a poster title that doesn't really match the content.
As an aside, my favorite version of this particular "these aren't the backgrounds you're looking for" trope is in Kentucky Fried Movie
, during the opening scene of the "A Fistful of Yen" sketch: they pan an aerial shot of a harbor, label it on-screen as "Hong Kong", and then the Statue of Liberty drifts into view.