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Cincinnati’s Union Terminal may look familiar if you’re a fan of the classic cartoon “Super Friends.” The building served as the inspiration for the Hall of Justice, the animated headquarters for the show’s heroes – DC Comics stars Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and others. From the soaring arch to the gigantic water fountain, the similarities between the real Terminal and the animated counterpart are striking.

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Stop at Jungle Jim’s International Market just outside of Cincinnati and you’ll find aisle after aisle of fresh produce, spices, seafood, meats, cheeses and much more from around the world. But this grocery oasis has snagged its own piece of Hollywood movie magic. As you enter the market’s main entrance, the stockcar sitting above the doorway is from the movie “Days of Thunder” featuring Tom Cruise. “We have all the cars from the movie in storage for something…someday,” says “Jungle” Jim Bonaminio.

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Hot in Cleveland” stars Betty White, Jane Leeves, Wendie Malick and Valerie Bertinelli not only “live” in Cleveland on their TV Land show, they’ve also visited the city in real life. During their June 2011 visit, the actresses received keys to the city and named the new meerkats, Tebogo and Lorato, at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. The names mean “thanks” and “love” in the South African region where the meerkats originated.

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The hot dog is said to have been invented by Ohioan and baseball concession vendor Harry Mosley Stevens in 1901. The state has continued its love affair with the meat-on-a-bun treat, with spots like Tony Packo’s (a Hungarian hot dog staple in Toledo) made famous by Toledoan Jamie Farr (aka Corporal Max Klinger) who mentioned the eatery on six episodes, including the finale, of television show "M*A*S*H.”

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The term “rock and roll” was coined by a Cleveland DJ in the 1950s, helping the city to beat out legendary locales like New Orleans and Memphis to host the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Cleveland is also said to be the location of the first rock and roll concert in history and the Hall has been featured on American Idol as part of the show’s Rock and Roll Week, further cementing its rock star glory. 

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Wildly popular in syndication, the television series “WKRP in Cincinnati” was based on the staff fumbles at a hard-luck radio station in the show’s title city. Fans of the show will notice Cincinnati’s Tyler Davidson Fountain in the show’s opening credits.

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The Orchids at Palm Court (inside the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza) Pastry Chef Megan Ketover participated on Bravo’s "Top Chef Just Desserts" in 2011. Megan is no stranger to reality TV competitions – she appeared on Food Network's "Challenge" in 2009 where she created a replica of the Cincinnati Roebling Suspension Bridge out of rice cereal treats.

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An 180,000-square-foot replica of one of the company’s famed baskets, the Longaberger office building in Newark offers one of the most unique photo opportunities ever. Known as the world’s largest basket and featured on “Made in America” with “Cheers” alum John Ratzenberger, the seven-story structure features a glass top and 150-ton heated handles that prevent ice from forming during the cold Ohio winter.

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Fans of Major League Baseball and the National Football League should be thankful for the Ohio roots of both sports as they spend hours in front of the TV cheering on their favorite teams. Professional baseball as we know it started in Ohio’s Queen City in 1869 with the Cincinnati Red Stockings, now known as the Cincinnati Reds. And the American Professional Football Association, later called the National Football League, got its start in the northeastern Ohio city of Canton in 1920. Canton also scored the honor of hosting the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1961.

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The 2005 film “The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio,” is based on the true story of Ohio mother Evelyn Ryan, a housewife who helped to support her 10 children by winning jingle-writing contests.  Evelyn’s prizes included a large freezer, ice bucket, washing machine, trip to New York, sleds, boots, a pony, a sports car, pogo sticks and more. 
Writer Rik Swartzwelder will make his feature-film directing debut with “Old Fashioned,” a romantic comedy set to be released in 2013 or 2014.  Filmed in Tuscarawas County and starring extras from New Philadelphia, the movie chronicles the adventures of a free-spirited woman and a former frat boy as they attempt to live out an old-fashioned courtship in modern America.
Sports enthusiasts now flock to FirstEnergy Stadium to watch football, but from 1931 to 1995 the location was home to Cleveland Municipal Stadium – hosting both professional football and baseball. Before it was demolished to make way for the newer Cleveland Browns Stadium, Cleveland Municipal Stadium was a key site in the “Major League” movies starring Charlie Sheen.
The Silver Bridge, connecting Ohio to West Virginia across the Ohio River, was a major focus in the 2002 movie “The Mothman Prophecies” starring Richard Gere. The original structure collapsed in 1967, killing 46 people and sparking an urban legend about a paranormal creature said to have been hovering around the bridge shortly before the tragedy. The film follows a newspaper reporter who investigates the claims.  Although the original bridge is gone, visitors can cross the river on the Silver Memorial Bridge – which opened in 1969 – and decide for themselves whether or not the Mothman really exists.
The television series “Family Ties,” in which two liberal-leaning parents were challenged by raising three children with conservative views, was set in Columbus, Ohio. The show aired from 1982 until 1989 and starred Michael J. Fox as Alex P. Keaton. Years later, when Fox starred in another politically-charged sitcom, “Spin City,” his Family Ties character was referenced as a Junior Congressman from Ohio.