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Big Bang Theory: The Bakersfield Expedition 1/10/13 SPOILERS

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by Peter000, Jan 11, 2013.

  1. Hank

    Hank AC•FTW

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    I think the map was made half tongue-in-cheek. Not meant to be a serious, totally accurate map. Especially if you saw the Canadian one -- It was just one E-W highway with a spur (IIRC).
     
  2. bigpuma

    bigpuma Active Member

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    No they are not capitals. It appears to be intersections and/or major cities. California has 4 cities listed so it can't be just capitals.

    It also appears that the distance between LA and Sacramento is 10x farther than between Sacramento and Portland.
     
  3. snowjay

    snowjay 40mph couch potato

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    684 and 287 aren't on the list either, but they both stay within NYS.
     
  4. Rob Helmerichs

    Rob Helmerichs I am Groot! TCF Club

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    Right...going west to east, they merge in Western Wisconsin (at a place with no exit, not even a gas station), split again at Madison, merge again on the west side of Chicago, and finally split for good around the Illinois/Indiana border.

    It always struck me as odd that there is absolutely nothing at that first merge/split. In my experience, there's always something, and usually a lot of something, where freeways come together, and that's been the only exception. It's interesting to find that there are at least a couple of other such places in the US.
    It seems to be inspired by the iconic London Underground map, which is designed to show where routes intersect rather than scaled distances.
     
  5. betts4

    betts4 I am Spartacus!

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    They can't be capitals, Baltimore is not the capital of MD.

    I thought they were just big cities that the highways went through.

    I like that I could take route 70 west that far. I didn't know that.
     
  6. Gregor

    Gregor Active Member

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    There's nothing around the I95-I40 intersection in NC, either.
     
  7. LoadStar

    LoadStar LOAD"*",8,1

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    Take a look at the I-10/I-20 interchange. Just to the east of that, there's an offramp that I can only surmise was built in the vague, distant hope that some future civilization will discover it and build a gas station and convenience store there. Because otherwise, I can't determine a purpose, other than to give truckers a place to pull off and sleep, because it doesn't seem to go anywhere.
     
  8. MikeCC

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    Well, it MAY have been designed to show intersections of the interstates, but it also has errors that I can spot right away, both involving I-65:

    1) I-65 is a significant North South route through the Midwest and down to the Gulf area. HOWEVER, it does not go to Chicago. Its northern terminus is Gary, IN, where it meets I-80/94, and I-90.

    2) For some reason, in addition to the error of I-65 going to Chicago, the diagram shows I-65 going through Chicago to Grand Rapids, MI. It doesn't.

    I suspect we have other errors, too, but the I-65 issues I spotted right away.
     
  9. Ereth

    Ereth Well-Known Member

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    What's wrong with "Fables"? "Fables" is good. In fact a lot of people who read "Fables" thought that "Once Upon a Time" was ripping it off because it's about Fairy Tale characters coming to live in our world because "The adversary" forced them out of their own. Bill Willingham (creator of "Fables") actually reached out to ABC to see what was going on and then posted a big blog that, no, ABC was not ripping him off and people should watch, but that's how much the fan base was bothered by the similarities.
     
  10. MarkofT

    MarkofT ****

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    That offramp is to start and terminate the frontage road that Texas used to build on all of it's freeways.

    The I20/I30 split is kind of out in the middle of nowhere, not in Dallas. And it is missing I27 running between Amarillo and Lubbock.
     
  11. Bighouse

    Bighouse 200 Club Member

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    I felt the fake Vasquez rock backdrops gave it a very nice vintage feel, especially since the lighting also seemed to have a OST 60's vibe...oh wait...they were TNG!
     
  12. waynomo

    waynomo My One Time TCF Club

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    I think it is intentionally ambiguous. It plays to his stereotype. After all he is kind of a wimpy character. I could see him going either way if it benefited a story line. I suspect we will never know for sure.
     
  13. Rob Helmerichs

    Rob Helmerichs I am Groot! TCF Club

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    I think he replaced Howard in the Raj-Howard fake-gay relationship. Ever since Howard got engaged, the gay double-entendres have switched over to Raj & Stuart.
     
  14. replaytv

    replaytv gun talk ignore list

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    I sure love the Borg. Where can I sign up?

    I was in Hawaii and saw the the 'Interstate' signs and considered crawling up and painting them to say 'Intrastate'.
     
  15. TonyD79

    TonyD79 Active Member

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    Not confusing anything. I meant 99 does not fit in the progression of numbers of north-south interstates from west to east. It is actually west of I-81. I-99 by the numbering system should be east of I-95.
     
  16. TonyD79

    TonyD79 Active Member

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    600 and 200 highways are bypasses or belts. Few of them cross state lines.
     
  17. Rob Helmerichs

    Rob Helmerichs I am Groot! TCF Club

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    Ah...like Brett, I thought when you said east-to-west, you were referring to the odd/even. Sorry.
     
  18. Win Joy Jr

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    One other interesting thing was them brief moment where Bernadette and Amy started off on a tangent leaving Penny behind. For a brief moment it looked like she was feeling "Great, now even the girls are ignoring me"...
     
  19. getbak

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    That's actually pretty accurate for Canada.

    Here's the Trans-Canada Highway system: http://www.tc.gc.ca/media/documents/policy/tch_map.pdf
     
  20. Peter000

    Peter000 Well-Known Member TCF Club

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    I wonder what's the Northern most point to which a person could drive in North America?
     

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