This Map Shows Famous Movies & TV Shows Set In Each U.S. State

Ever wondered where your favourite US-based film or TV show was set? Here they are on a handy map. Spoiler: Nebraska is just Nebraska.

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Last year I was asked to try and label each US State on a map from memory. I didn’t want to, so added a TV show or movie from each state instead. Now I’ve made a hi-res version.

For states with an abundance of options, like New York, Texas, or California I’ve picked one or two favourites. For others, like Arkansas and North Dakota, I’ve picked the only thing available (next to nothing is set in North Dakota. Even the movie Fargo, named for a North Dakotan town, is set in Minnesota).

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Here’s a ~slidey thing~ version with the states labelled…

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In places I’ve tried to drop the logo close to the area of action within that state, but for the most part I put them where they fit. Here are some close ups:

The West:

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The middle bit:

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The South East:

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The North East:

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And Alaska / Hawaii:

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Feel free to add your favourites below…









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The Inside Of This Abandoned Asylum Is Just As Unsettling As You’d Expect

Most people wouldn’t feel comfortable wandering around an abandoned mental asylum. Horror movies have taught us that it’s never a good idea!

The photographer behind Freaktography, however, isn’t just anybody. He toes the line between totally creepy and hauntingly beautiful all the time. And this photo set from Buffalo, New York, is no exception…

Armed with nothing more than a camera, Freaktography ventured into the Buffalo State Asylum in New York. The facility had been abandoned since the mid-1970s.

The series of buildings is now considered a historic landmark known as the “Richardson Olmsted Complex.” There are plans to turn it into a resort and conference center, but renovations are far from over.

In fact, much of Buffalo State Asylum has been untouched for over 40 years.

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As a result, dust, decay, and (most likely) rats have taken over.

At one time, patients were segregated by sex. Males lived on the east side of the facility, while females were located on the west.

There was also a children’s ward. A deteriorating picture of Lucy and Charlie Brown can still be seen on the walls.

Freaktography didn’t run across any ghosts or evil spirits, but he did find this unsettling skeleton.

He also explored the labyrinth of tunnels under the facility, which staff once used to move from place to place.

The hospital even had its very own barber shop. It’s wild to think that no one has sat in this chair for more than four decades.

There’s no telling when (or if) the facility will be fully renovated. Clearly, a ton of work would have to be done to get this place up and running again. Not to mention, there’s always the chance of stirring up angry spirits!

Read More: What Happened To The Owner Of This House Will Make You Want To Call Your Relatives

These photos are an incredible look at a space that most people would never see, but they are only a taste of what Freaktography has to offer.

To see more, check out his website, Facebook, or Instagram.

What about you? Would you go wandering around an abandoned mental asylum? Let us know in the comments! Personally, I’ll stick to looking at the pictures.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/inside-buffalo-state-asylum/

The Mafia Is All Around Us…Do You Know Who Your Local Mobsters Are?

From The Godfather to the The Sopranos, it’s pretty clear that mafia members are just as important to American pop culture as Expansion-era cowboys.

Hollywood seems pretty keen on focusing on the Five Families of New York City and the Chicago Outfit, but there are plenty more mafia groups around the U.S. that are just as dangerous.

The Licavoli Crime Family of Cleveland

When the Lonardo and Porrello brothers moved to Ohio from Licata, Sicily, in the early 1900s, they began as legitimate businessmen, but soon started dabbling in illegal activities. Their main focus was supplying bootleggers with the corn sugar they needed to produce alcohol during Prohibition.

After a feud with Irish gangster Danny Greene in the late 1970s, the gang’s power slowly declined. As of now, the FBI considers this group to be inactive.

The Pirano Crime Family of Dallas

Carlo Pirano grew up in the same Sicilian town as Giuseppe Morello of the Morello Crime Family, and he started his own crew when he moved to Dallas in 1921. He ran several gambling rackets in the city. A rising gangster named Joseph Civello took over when Pirano died. Interestingly, Civello was a longtime friend of Jack Ruby, who killed Lee Harvey Oswald in Dallas.

The Smaldone Crime Family of Denver

Colorado was full of several highly successful liquor bootleggers in the 1920s and 1930s, like the Carlino brothers and the first Denver mob boss, Joseph Roma. From 1975 to 2006, the family was overseen by the elderly Smaldone brothers. Clarence “Chauncey” Smaldone died in 2006, and it is believed that the grandson of Eugene “Checkers” Smaldone is the only surviving member of the group.

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The Detroit Partnership

The Detroit mafia scene was plagued by war between several different gangs until the 1930s, when the local families came together to form what is now called the Detroit Partnership. The group has remained fairly strong, and it is considered one of the most active mobs in the country, dealing in gambling, extortion, and narcotics. The current boss for the Partnership is Jack “Jackie the Kid” Giacalone .

The Civella Crime Family of Kansas

After Prohibition had come and gone, the Kansas City mob scene maintained its power by extorting local bars. Boss Nicholas Civella was key in their expansion in the 1970s, allowing them to forge alliances with other mobs and helping them fund casinos in Las Vegas. The current boss is believed to be John Sciortino, Civella’s great nephew.

The Philadelphia Mob

The Philadelphia Mob is known for its violence and ceaseless internal warfare. There was a time of peace between 1969 and1980 under the reign of Angelo “Gentle Don” Bruno. But after his death came the chaotic Scarfo years, during which Nicodemo Scarfo got the family involved in narcotics. Scarfo ordered the deaths of 30 of his own men, drawing so much attention that the FBI had to step in. Between 1993 and 1994, another war broke out between the Stanfa and Merlino crews, but when John Stanfa was arrested, Joey Merlino became Philly’s mob boss.

The New Orleans Crime Family

The New Orleans family is arguably the oldest mafia group in the country, with activity going as far back as the 19th century. In the 1870s, they began extorting local businesses. Carlos “The Little Man” Marcello, their most powerful boss, gained the position after befriending Frank Costello of the New York Mob and unifying the underground gambling markets in Louisiana.

He has been accused many times of being a conspirator in the assassination of John F. Kennedy, but he was eventually arrested for a different crime. Since then, the New Orleans mob has been much less active.

While these guys may seem big and bad, most of the smaller mobs of American are part of a joint union of mafia heads from the New York Five Families and the Chicago Outfit. Formed in 1931, this committee was designed to oversee goings on in different groups across the nation, but it hasn’t held a meeting since the death of New York mobster Paul Castellano in 1985.

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Looking For A Creepy Summer Home? How About The Amityville Horror House?

Even if you’re not a big fan of horror movies and supposed stories of true hauntings, you’ve probably at least heard about the infamous Amityville horror house.

That house, which is located at 112 Ocean Avenue in Amityville, New York, is now for sale. The asking price is $850,000.

The story of this horror house begins in 1974. One fateful day that year, 23-year-old Ronald DeFeo went on a killing spree. By the end, both of DeFeo’s parents and all four of his siblings were dead.

Initially, DeFeo claimed that the murders were the work of a hitman, but he soon confessed and was sentenced to life in prison. He’s still behind bars today.

Not long after, the new owners of the home claimed to be haunted by several angry spirits. Their tales of paranormal activity became the basis for Jay Anson’s popular book “The Amityville Horror,”and for all subsequent films.

Despite widespread tales of ghosts and demons, there has never actually been a documented haunting on the property. Rather than the Amityville horror, locals refer to the rumor as the Amityville hoax.

(via Unexplained Mysteries)

Regardless of whether the house is haunted or not, the new owners could make a killing if they opened up an Amityville horror-themed bed and breakfast. (Okay, maybe “make a killing” isn’t the best phrase.)

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Hulk smash carbon emissions!

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Katrina vandenHeuvel is pretty happy here:

Loving Mark Ruffalo–He Wants the Avengers to Divest From Fossil Fuels http://t.co/qqxddyoElR via @motherboard

— Katrina vandenHeuvel (@KatrinaNation) September 19, 2014

Yes! Divest! Except, don’t ask him about the carbon footprint of celebrities, because that’s not cool. From yesterday’s big climate march

Hulk Actor: Questioning Gore & DiCaprio’s carbon footprint ‘defies the spirit’ of the climate march http://t.co/DY5sS2LweC

— Marc Morano (@ClimateDepot) September 21, 2014

Is it too much for Hulk to ask Al Gore and Leonard DiCaprio to divest themselves from their private jets and yachts?

More from the interview between Hulk and Cimate Depot:

During the media availability press event, Ruffalo was asked in a one-on-one interview with Climate Depot if celebrities like Leonardo DiCaprio, who boasts that he will fly around the world to fight global warming and former VP Al Gore, are the best spokesmen for global warming given their huge carbon footprints. (See: Leo DiCaprio: ‘The Argument Is Over. Climate Change Is Happening Now’)
“Oh brother. That is a question you shouldn’t be asking here today because that defies the spirit of what this is about,” Ruffalo told Climate Depot. The interview was conducted for the upcoming climate documentary Climate Hustle.

Oh, brother is right. The hypocrisy, it burns!

Too bad Climate Depot didn’t ask Ruffalo about Al Gore’s sale of Current TV to the Qatari government’s Al Jazeera network. Give back that dirty money, hey Al? Do it for Hulk!

Full Twitchy coverage of yesterday’s People’s Climate March here.

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2014/09/22/hulk-smash-carbon-emissions-actor-mark-ruffalo-wants-you-to-divest-from-oil-company-stocks/

What’s The Hardest Part About Going To College In New York City?

Besides all the student loans, of course.

1. New York is a magical place.

2. There’s no city on earth quite like it.

3. Being a student in this bustling metropolis meant you were forced to grow up pretty quickly.

4. Or risk getting eaten alive.

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5. But let’s be real, some things about it drove you completely NUTS.

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6. Maybe you weren’t prepared for the bone-chilling winters.

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7. Or the hot piles of garbage that covered the sidewalk every summer.

 

8. Maybe you had one too many awkward encounters on the subway.

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9. Or put on a ridiculous amount of weight because there was a pizza shop on every street corner.

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10. Maybe the biggest challenge was forcing yourself to stay inside the dorms and study, while the rest of your friends were out having the time of their lives.

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11. So tell us in the comments below, what was the hardest part about going to college in New York City?

12. The best submissions will be featured in an upcoming BuzzFeed post!

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It takes just one tweet to crush the absurdity of Climate March [photos]

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Sigh. Idiots are on parade again. Enter: People’s Climate March.

More from Yahoo!:

New York (AFP) – Celebrities, activists and political leaders are expected to join more than 100,000 people in New York Sunday for what could be the largest climate change protest in history, organizers said.

Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio, former US vice president turned advocate Al Gore, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio are due to take part in the “People’s Climate March.”

Oh well, as long as celebs are there.

What'll be the carbon footprint of all these hypocrites flying into NYC for the "climate march"? http://t.co/C3qxARaffg

— Doug Powers (@ThePowersThatBe) September 20, 2014

How many celebs are flying private into NY to appear at the Climate Change March?

— John Podhoretz (@jpodhoretz) September 21, 2014

Shh! You aren’t supposed to mention that.

How many actual climatologists will be marching today.. #climatemarch #PeoplesClimate

— S.M (@redsteeze) September 20, 2014

Heh. Meteorologist Joe Bastardi is mocking like the wind:

Tens of thousands expected at New York climate march http://t.co/XU3MjBj0jD … via @YahooNews the other 7 billion people on planet dont care

— Joe Bastardi (@BigJoeBastardi) September 20, 2014

Over and under on world population that actually cares about people climate moochers probably close to co2 in atmosphere.. .04%

— Joe Bastardi (@BigJoeBastardi) September 21, 2014

The mockery is well-deserved; Take a look:

Head of the march in New York pic.twitter.com/qI7UlBoldI

— Bill McKibben (@billmckibben) September 21, 2014

The world getting ready to march together for the #climate #PeopleClimateMarch pic.twitter.com/NWPVn2AZBa

— Legacy Project (@legacycubed) September 21, 2014

#Truth from the #ClimateMarch pic.twitter.com/FpyC26v5VE

— Occupy Wall Street (@OccupyWallStNYC) September 21, 2014

Geez Louise.

But here’s some truth:

#PeoplesClimateMarch – just another corporate multi-million-dollar fundraiser by http://t.co/avr9bVgwoV and Avaaz http://t.co/cXxwhe5RK2

— Hugs n Kisses (@Coondawg68) September 21, 2014

Science: No warming in troposphere temperature for 17Yrs 11Mths http://t.co/1vJSyZ82bz #PeopleClimateMarch pic.twitter.com/YY3pr6QIKh

— Hugs n Kisses (@Coondawg68) September 21, 2014

And a good question:

Wouldn't it be more environmentally sensible to stage a 60s-style "die-in" where everyone just lies down? Marching releases a lot of CO2.

— Popehat (@Popehat) September 21, 2014

Snicker.

Here’s another recent march that serves as a good contrast:

Thousands of Russians came out in Moscow to protest against the war in Ukraine. pic.twitter.com/ESgNB9yecv

— Anna Nemtsova (@annanemtsova) September 21, 2014

Speaking of that one, here’s how you crush the slacktivist absurdity of the “People’s Climate March” with one tweet:

Marching for climate justice in New York is a fashion statement. Marching for peace in Moscow is brave.

— Popehat (@Popehat) September 21, 2014

Brutal truth.

Twitter users brought it all home with these excellent exit points:

Dear #PeoplesClimate #ClimateMarch: If you’re worried about deaths, fight #ISIS & #Ebola, you know, those 2 things actually killing people

— Cameron Gray (@Cameron_Gray) September 21, 2014

The #PeopleClimateMarch supporters should visit poor third world villages & tell them they don't deserve life saving electricity.

— Mike C. (@MJCFlorida77) September 21, 2014

We’ll wait, slacktivists.

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2014/09/21/it-takes-under-140-characters-to-crush-the-slacktivist-absurdity-of-peopleclimatemarch-photos/

Random People In New York Are Asked To Sing A Song And…Wow, They Do!

Who said New Yorkers are jaded?

In anticipation of the release of the upcoming Annie movie, Columbia Pictures has unveiled this fun viral video. It shows random New Yorkers put their own spin on “Tomorrow”, a song from the musical.

Most of them did really well, but do you think you can do better? Record your own version of “Tomorrow” for a chance to be a part of the fan-cut promotional video! Share your version on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag: #AnnieMovie.

(Source: Sony Pictures Entertainment)

What a random act of awesome.

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