6 Places You’re Picturing Utterly Wrong (Thank Pop Culture!)

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You may learn a lot about the planet. Except for the way the authorities operates. Or the way to save a life. Or how guns work. You understand films are full of shit. This applies to geographic locations and landmarks . The principle seems to be: In the event the movie takes place over 100 kilometers it’s safe to assume the studio did all their research. Which, come to think of it, does clarify Ape-raham Lincoln


The “Grim Ghetto” Of Hell’s Kitchen Is Probably From Your Cost Range

Netflix’s exceedingly gritty Daredevil adaptation faithfully occurs at the Hell’s Kitchen region of New York. This made sense when Daredevil first appeared in the 1960s, because back then, Hell’s Kitchen really lived up to its name. You’d violent gangs roaming the roads, crack dens on each corner, rampant prostitution, poverty, etc.. And that’s exactly the way the area is portrayed from the Netflix series.

But now, that depiction is as divorced from reality as the plot of Iron Fist is divorced in amusement.

Through time, Hell’s Kitchen has truly gotten its act together. Crime is down 64 percent compared to 40 years ago. Murder is down 75 percent, burglaries 85 percent, and car thefts have fallen a whopping 92 percent. Frankly, the employment opportunities for ninjas in the region are fairly gloomy.

With crime down so low, the property worth in Hell’s Kitchen have dropped, a process aided by the broad assortment of cultural conveniences readily available in the region, such as easy access to Broadway, nightclubs, and LGBT-friendly companies. A studio flat prices about $300,000 to have, although the median cost is three occasions that, and rents start at $1,600monthly. Family houses are all in the $3-4 million range. That’s why the majority of the criminal acts committed in Hell’s Kitchen now (that the residents would rather call “Clinton”) are property crime. Hell’s Kitchen doesn’t need Daredevil. It needs ADT.


Appalachia Isn’t the Murderous Yokel Capital Of The World

Appalachia is an American cultural area that stretches from the southern end of New York down through northern Alabama, Georgia, and Mississippi. According to Hollywood, it inhabited by hill folk whose hobbies are inbreeding, hunting humans for sport and/or meat making you squeal like a pig. While Deliverance has become the most famous example of this regional blot, in addition, it shows up in Hunter’s Blood, Wrong Turn 1 via … 6? (Wow, they kept it going that long? You’d think a minumum of one of those turns would’ve been correct.)

Say, just how many men and women live in Appalachia anyway? Ten, twenty thousand? Can not be over 50,000 inbred bumpkins … correct? A 2011 census puts the population in over 25 million hillbilly souls, approximately 13 percent of the U.S. population. Oh, and about 1,000,000 of these are Hispanic/Latino. So yes, there are certainly over seven names in Appalachia.

Now, it’s true that the Appalachian area has seen a rise in violence and property crimes through time, but even so, those prices are still well below the national average. What Hollywood has gotten the poverty. While approximately 21 percent of Appalachian dwellers have bachelor’s or master’s degrees, education and job training in the region is still directed towards failing businesses, like logging or coal mining. Google and other companies have been attempting to bring tech jobs into the area, but the progress there’s been slow. Not because of mountain cannibals, but because infrastructure is challenging to construct. The hillfolk’s battle in order to bring tech jobs to Pig Knuckle, Alabama to operate fiber optics through their rusty fucksheds makes for a striking movie, though.


The Kremlin Is Not Some Disney Church

The Kremlin, as seen in everything from establishing shots of network spy shows to the cover of a recent Time magazine, is the seat of Russian government, and resembles a supervillain palace designed by the inventor of those nesting dolls.

The construction has become an iconic emblem of Eastern European Imperialism, which is really weird, because the Kremlin is roughly 100 times more imposing than the church you see above:

The thing we most associate with the government’s cold fist is, in reality, not the Kremlin whatsoever. It’s the Cathedral of Saint Basil, and it’s not a part of it, while the Kremlin is overlooked by it. The modern Kremlin is essentially a city in a city, surrounded by the elaborate Kremlin Wall, which houses gardens, cathedrals, and palaces like the Grand Kremlin Palace, the official home of the President of Russia.


The Leaning Tower Of Pisa Is Empty Inside

The Leaning Tower of Pisa was constructed with too shallow a foundation, which caused it to, well… lean. By adding columns which were taller on one side than another, architects tried to hide that truth. This only stopped when the issue became too clear to pay up, and went on for almost 200 years. They ditched it. Although Pisa’s Leaning Tower might seem beautiful and classy on the outside, it’s totally empty on the inside:

That’s because the entire issue is just a dull old bell tower. The Leaning Tower of Pisa is not its own thing: It’s a very small portion of this Square of Miracles, which also comprises the Pisa Cathedral and Baptistry.

In fact, the nearby overlooked cathedral is far more intriguing, and without it there would never have been a need for a bell tower, leaning or otherwise, but it seldom shows up in pop culture. And all because it didn’t suck and fall over.


Slovakia Is Not Some Gloomy, Murder-Warehouse Wasteland

Slovakia gets a bad rep in films. In accordance with films like EuroTrip, Slovakia is a poor, nasty, post-Soviet reenactment of Hell in which a nickel is enough to purchase an entire hotel… but not expect. The Hostel franchise believes Slovakia’s main industry is leasing out dilapidated warehouses so wealthy businessmen may torture innocent people to death.

Let us look at the facts: Slovakia has a national GDP per capita of $31,200. Now, the U.S. has a per capita GDP of $57,300, but let’s not forget that Slovakia is hardly the size of a Texas Walmart. So while Slovaks earn less money they use it more sensibly, with just 12 percent of the population living under the poverty line, in contrast to America’s 15 percent. Slovakia is also among those top five countries on Earth concerning income equality. America is at the bottom third.

So the poverty thing is a myth, but what about the torture? Surely the material that is torture is true! Shockingly, no: Slovakia sports a lower crime rate than the United States. In fact, Slovakia is at the highest tier for efforts to combat human trafficking. In 2016, human trafficking in the USA rose by almost 36 percent. Slovakia might not be paradise on Earth, but it’s nothing like the torture-warehouse anus of Europe that films make it out to be. Hell, it’s actually the 40th happiest place on Earth. Why? Lots of reasons, though having among the cheapest beer prices in Europe probably helps.


The Alamo Is Mostly Gone, And What Remains Is Wildly From Position

The damn 1836 battle involving the defenders of the Alamo Mission in modern-day San Antonio, and also the superior forces of General Santa Anna was featured on movie dozens of times. It’s an icon of the Wild West, and this is pretty much when they think of it, exactly what everyone pictures:

Just looking at this photo counts as a ninth-grade geography credit.

But just like with all the pyramids, that image features some cropping that is strategic. That is exactly what the Alamo resembles when you zoom out a little:

Turns out the country’s seventh-largest city is made up of more than just adobe ruins.

The Alamo is surrounded by a collection of fast foods restaurants, tourist traps, and a Ripley’s Believe It or not, while no longer surrounded by the military. The modern environment of the Alamo are allegedly pretty jarring to most new people, even though it should not really be a surprise that the entire world around the website has moved on. Well, perhaps the term “about” is wrong, because much of this town has actually been built on top of the original Alamo Mission.

Is, in fact, only the mission chapel. The compound that it served was much bigger than that which you see, although it was fundamental to the safety of this settlement. It’s only that huge parts of it were deemed “less iconic” compared to rock church, and have since been paved over and forgotten in the name of advancement. But the chapel doesn’t seem as it did during the battle of the Alamo. Since 1836, there have been many revisions to the construction: a roof has been added, then and facades were put up torn down, buildings removed and were added — even the curved parapet at the top was not added until the 1850s.

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In short, even the Alamo doesn’t recall the Alamo.

Jacob Lewis is the sole writer at It Is All Clown Shoes, the co-creator of the hit tv show Alias and Lost, along with the suspect in no less than 36 Intellectual Property associated lawsuits brought on by J. J. Abrams and Bad Robot… for unknown reasons.

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