Singer T-Pain and two members of the comedy group The Lonely Island can be seen in the bottom right corner of the picture that appears when the player builds The Sydney Opera House. This is a reference to the music video for "I'm on a Boat".
In honor of the upcoming release of Civilization V, the State Govenor of the North American state Maryland, Martin O’Malley, declared September 21st, 2010 to be 'Sid Meier's Civilization V Day'. Maryland is where the game's development studio, Firaxis Games, is based.
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