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Hollywood sign behind The Pentagon

Backed by the Pentagon

You see, for some directors, a green screen, a computer and a few miniature models simply won’t do. Instead, they need to be big… real big. Sometimes you really need a couple of active duty destroyers to use as set, or a few fighter jets to do aerobatics for the camera. Where do you go? Straight to the source!

Although the Pentagon might have considerably fewer sides than a star on the Walk of Fame, it still gets its own special place in Hollywood because of its participation in various large Hollywood blockbusters. Just like Coke or Pepsi, the Department of Defense loves to advertise. And what better way to do that than provide military resources to willing film makers?

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The Lenox Globe with Here be dragons - Mapshole

There Be No Dragons Here

Hic sunt dracones, translated as Here be dragons, is a line often found on maps throughout the world of fiction. The phrase can be found anywhere from video games to literature to tabletop games. And the idea behind the phrase is so commonly used it has its own TV Tropes page. The historical context for the word however is fairly limited.

The idea of a mysterious and forbidden land filled with dragons, beasts or other dangerous creatures comes from the simple fact that map making was once a very imprecise task, cartographers didn’t have anything close to the tools and resources we have today, or even those explorers such as Lewis and Clark would’ve had during their expedition across America.  Due to the limitations of cartography, map makers would often draw images on their maps depicting various beasts, warning travelers about the dangerous of entering into unexplored territory. Writers and other creators often use the phrase Here be dragons or Hic sunt dracones (because Everything’s Better in Latin) to show that a map is old or that the task the characters face is a dangerous one.

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