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If you go North of the Military Base in the desert, you can find a body dump.

Thousands of gamers are looking for a "Big Foot", and attempting to take pictures of it from the in-game camera. No one has yet confirmed its existence, but many photos that gamers have taken resemble a rather big creature in the woods. Trees uprooted, and weird noises can be heard in the section of the map called "Back O' Beyond". Also many alien and ghost sightings have been reported. Many gamers have since looked through the entire code and have found no reference to Big Foot or aliens.

The in-game state is named after the fault line that runs through most of the Southwestern/Western states including California and Nevada. The fault line makes an appearance in the game and can be seen running underwater near San Fierro's bay area.

Various billboards around Los Santos are advertising "True Grime: Street Cleanup". This is a mockery of the makers of True Crime: Streets of LA (2003) who made fun of Rockstar games with signs advertising a company known as 'jockstrap'.

The three cities of Los Santos, San Fierro & Las Venturas and the state, San Andreas, were all takeoffs from the three real-life West Coast major cities in California and Nevada: Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Las Vegas.

The license plate on Denise Robinson's car is "HOMEGIRL"

The "Cluckin' Bell" franchise in game, may be a reference to the popular British Historical comedy 'Black Adder Goes Fourth'. During the episode "Goodbyeee", the titular character 'Black Adder' (Rowan Atkinson) attempts to call in a favour to avoid 'The Big Push'. After his idea falls through, he claims "I think the phrase rhymes with 'Clucking Bell'".

Many of the songs found on the station called "Master Sounds 98.3" are featured as samples in songs on the many hip hop and rap stations featured in the game. Most notably would be Bobby Byrd funk track "I Know You Got Soul" and Eric B.'s rap song of the same name.

CJ can also talk with pedestrians and interact with them

Many of the vehicles in this game were also featured in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (2002), and a few in Grand Theft Auto 3 (2001). Because this game takes place in 1992 (between the events of Vice City, which took place in 1986, and GTA III, which took place in 2001), many of these cars are rendered to look as if they were combined-models. For example, the Landstalker (an SUV) is modeled to have the body of the Landstalkers from 1986, but it has the headlights/front grill of a Landstalker from 2001. The Banshee (a sports car) is modeled to look exactly like its 2001 counterpart. The Comet (another sports car) looks exactly like it did in the beta versions of Vice City. That version of the Comet had been redesigned, yet it's original version was brought back into Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (2004).

In the graveyard in San Andreas, there is a crypt the player can enter. Inside, there's a chair, a television set and some old pizza boxes. This is possibly a reference to series Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997).

The word "fuck" and its derivatives are used 365 times, not counting the soundtrack or random NPC interactions.

During the game an ad for 'Zip' can be seen. This is clearly supposed to be GTA's version for the clothing company 'Gap'.

The rail bridge from San Fierro is modeled on the Forth Rail Bridge, which runs North from Edinburgh, Scotland, where Rockstar games are based. The road bridge next to it, presumably modeled on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, also bears more than a passing resemblance to the Forth Road Bridge, which lies right next to the Forth Rail Bridge.

The ads inside the Ammu-Nation store have the Marine Corps Hymn playing in the background, as well as a radio advert featured in the previous game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (2002)

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