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15th Apr '16 6:10:58 PM emeriin
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* Malcolm's in-universe crush on WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic. He asks Hyper to keep it a secret, but later on Critic [[TheTease teases him]] and Tamara is a ShipperOnDeck.
14th Apr '16 10:03:16 AM Morgenthaler
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* [[UsefulNotes/TheSamsonOption Israel's nukes]]. They haven't ''officially'' revealed them yet, but when then-Prime Minister Ehud Olmert accidentally (or perhaps accidentally on purpose) said (or at least implied with barely less subtlety than actually setting off one of the nukes) that Israel had nukes in a speech in 2006, the world barely noticed. Of course, there isn't much reason to keep a nuclear arsenal secret--the main point of having it is intimidating the other side not to attack, something a [[DrStrangelove secret doomsday device]] isn't so good at. The reason for Israel going this route is strategic. Israel's potential regional enemies (e.g. Iran, Iraq, Egypt[[note]]We should note here that Egypt was never particularly serious about developing a bomb, whatever Music/TomLehrer might say. And that whole "regime change" makes Iraq highly unlikely to try again any time soon.[[/note]]) know it has nukes, and are thus deterred from military action that would threaten Israel's existence. They can't acquire their own nukes because they're parties to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), which forbids owning any (except for the US, Soviet Union/Russia, China, the UK and France) and subjects them to IAEA inspections. And they can't withdraw from the NPT without an "imminent threat" to their security (such as a nearby rival having nukes already), which officially doesn't exist because Israel officially refuses to confirm anything.[[note]]In theory, at least. In practice, any nation can unilaterally withdraw from a treaty at any time. But doing so with the NPT would be such a diplomatic nightmare (and very likely a trigger to war), being the obvious signal that it is, that not even Iran at its most defiantly nationalistic (during the Ahmedinejad era, 2005-13) ever showed any willingness to risk it.[[/note]] In other words, it's an endless cycle of IKnowYouKnowIKnow and WillfulBlindness on both sides. This serves the interests of both Arabs and Israelis: the Israelis get their security and their neighbors get a good reason not to fight Israel and also keep the Middle East a nominal nuclear-weapons-free zone; the ambiguity also spares the regional powers the expense of developing their own weapons programs. (Israel's interest, by the way, does ''not'' include the fear of IAEA inspections, as many Israelis claim; Israel is ''not'' a party to the NPT and unlikely to become one in the foreseeable future, so it's not subject to inspections, and declaring its stockpile would have no effect on that (after all, both India and Pakistan, also non-NPT countries, openly have nuclear weapons and nobody's ever even tried to inspect ''them'')--any Israeli politician mentioning inspections is just trying to scare you.)

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* [[UsefulNotes/TheSamsonOption Israel's nukes]]. They haven't ''officially'' revealed them yet, but when then-Prime Minister Ehud Olmert accidentally (or perhaps accidentally on purpose) said (or at least implied with barely less subtlety than actually setting off one of the nukes) that Israel had nukes in a speech in 2006, the world barely noticed. Of course, there isn't much reason to keep a nuclear arsenal secret--the main point of having it is intimidating the other side not to attack, something a [[DrStrangelove secret doomsday device]] device isn't so good at. The reason for Israel going this route is strategic. Israel's potential regional enemies (e.g. Iran, Iraq, Egypt[[note]]We should note here that Egypt was never particularly serious about developing a bomb, whatever Music/TomLehrer might say. And that whole "regime change" makes Iraq highly unlikely to try again any time soon.[[/note]]) know it has nukes, and are thus deterred from military action that would threaten Israel's existence. They can't acquire their own nukes because they're parties to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), which forbids owning any (except for the US, Soviet Union/Russia, China, the UK and France) and subjects them to IAEA inspections. And they can't withdraw from the NPT without an "imminent threat" to their security (such as a nearby rival having nukes already), which officially doesn't exist because Israel officially refuses to confirm anything.[[note]]In theory, at least. In practice, any nation can unilaterally withdraw from a treaty at any time. But doing so with the NPT would be such a diplomatic nightmare (and very likely a trigger to war), being the obvious signal that it is, that not even Iran at its most defiantly nationalistic (during the Ahmedinejad era, 2005-13) ever showed any willingness to risk it.[[/note]] In other words, it's an endless cycle of IKnowYouKnowIKnow and WillfulBlindness on both sides. This serves the interests of both Arabs and Israelis: the Israelis get their security and their neighbors get a good reason not to fight Israel and also keep the Middle East a nominal nuclear-weapons-free zone; the ambiguity also spares the regional powers the expense of developing their own weapons programs. (Israel's interest, by the way, does ''not'' include the fear of IAEA inspections, as many Israelis claim; Israel is ''not'' a party to the NPT and unlikely to become one in the foreseeable future, so it's not subject to inspections, and declaring its stockpile would have no effect on that (after all, both India and Pakistan, also non-NPT countries, openly have nuclear weapons and nobody's ever even tried to inspect ''them'')--any Israeli politician mentioning inspections is just trying to scare you.)
11th Apr '16 1:39:00 PM towercurator
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* In ''Literature/VoidDomain'', the existence of magic is known to {{Muggles}} thanks to a revealing incident fifteen years prior to the start of the story. No one talks about it on either side of the {{Masquerade}}, leaving many mundane humans still skeptical.
10th Apr '16 12:05:47 PM Derkhan
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* ''Manga/{{Aruosumente}}'':
** The more the story progresses, the more it looks like ''everyone'' knows what happened ten years ago -- except Legna, whom everyone does their utmost best to keep in the dark. Some assume he also knows already, but the Senate especially are hell bent on keeping the truth from him.
** The fact that His Majesty often comes to the laboratory to enjoy himself while inventing or just talking to Jasmin or Lante seems to be an open secret everyone keeps from Legna as Legna has a reputation as a joy killer.
5th Apr '16 2:56:06 PM nightkiller
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* It's fairly well-known that Cheyenne Mountain is the command center of NORAD. This does not tell anybody [[Series/StargateSG1 just what goes on down there,]] and it deflects attention from more important and more secret sites elsewhere. Misdirection, donchaknow. And just to show that they're [[{{Troll}} trolling us]], a door in Cheyenne Mountain with multiple locks on it, labeled "Stargate Command." It leads to [[spoiler: a broom closet.]] This was especially funny to anybody who worked in fast food in the nearby town. For years practically every night Domino's Pizza, KFC, and a number of other fast food joints would send a driver up the mountain trail with a massive order that they would hand off at a guarded gate to guards that officially weren't there to feed people that [[http://www.norad.mil/about/CMOC.html technically didn't exist]]. It does make people wonder if the people in NORAD just keep the charade going as a joke.

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* It's fairly well-known that Cheyenne Mountain is the command center of NORAD. This does not tell anybody [[Series/StargateSG1 just what goes on down there,]] and it deflects attention from more important and more secret sites elsewhere. Misdirection, donchaknow. And just to show that they're [[{{Troll}} trolling us]], a door in Cheyenne Mountain with multiple locks on it, labeled "Stargate Command." It leads to [[spoiler: a broom closet.]] This was especially funny to anybody who worked in fast food in the nearby town. For years practically every night Domino's Pizza, KFC, and a number of other fast food joints would send a driver up the mountain trail with a massive order that they would hand off at a guarded gate to guards that officially weren't there to feed people that [[http://www.norad.mil/about/CMOC.html mil/AboutNORAD/CheyenneMountainAirForceStation.aspx technically didn't exist]]. It does make people wonder if the people in NORAD just keep the charade going as a joke.
23rd Mar '16 3:23:09 PM bwburke94
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* At the end of ''Literature/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone'', Dumbledore knows that this trope is in full force when he says "What happened in the dungeons between [[spoiler: Harry]] and [[spoiler: Professor Quirrell]] is a complete secret--so, naturally, the whole school knows."

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* At the end of ''Literature/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone'', Dumbledore knows that this trope is in full force when he says "What happened in the dungeons between [[spoiler: Harry]] Harry and [[spoiler: Professor Quirrell]] is a complete secret--so, naturally, the whole school knows."



** Some people believe that TheMasquerade was broken early on, if not before the show started. This is made much more clear in the Third Season episode "The Prom", during which Buffy is given the "Class Protector" award. Johnathon mentions while he's presenting that everyone present knows that Sunnydale isn't like other schools, but it's an unwriten rule that no one ever talks about it.

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** Some people believe that TheMasquerade was broken early on, if not before the show started. This is made much more clear in the Third Season episode "The Prom", during which Buffy is given the "Class Protector" award. Johnathon Jonathan mentions while he's presenting that everyone present knows that Sunnydale isn't like other schools, but it's an unwriten unwritten rule that no one ever talks about it.



** In the seventh season, after the band, led by noted singer/songwriter [[TheCameo Aimee Mann]], finishes performing their set at The Bronze (only momentarily interrupted by a vampire being dusted ''in the middle of the club'') Mann can be seen walking off complaining about how she hates performing in "Vampire Towns".

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** In the seventh season, after the band, led by [[TheCameo noted singer/songwriter [[TheCameo Aimee Mann]], finishes performing their set at The Bronze (only momentarily interrupted by a vampire being dusted ''in the middle of the club'') Mann can be seen walking off complaining about how she hates performing in "Vampire Towns".
18th Mar '16 4:50:50 PM DaibhidC
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* The idea that the UK even ''had'' an MI5 was never officially acknowledged until the 1989 Security Service Act. Four years later Stella Rimington was the first person to be officially identified as MI5 Director-General. But everyone ''knew'' MI5 existed and had an idea of what it did.

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* The idea that the UK even ''had'' an MI5 [=MI5=] was never officially acknowledged until the 1989 Security Service Act. Four years later Stella Rimington was the first person to be officially identified as MI5 [=MI5=] Director-General. But everyone ''knew'' MI5 [=MI5=] existed and had an idea of what it did.
18th Mar '16 4:47:07 PM DaibhidC
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* The idea that the UK even ''had'' an MI5 was never officially acknowledged until the 1989 Security Service Act. Four years later Stella Rimington was the first person to be officially identified as MI5 Director-General. But everyone ''knew'' MI5 existed and had an idea of what it did.
13th Mar '16 9:32:40 PM Eievie
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'''Okabe:''' H-how do you know!? I don't remember telling you. Don't tell me, are you an Organization spy --!?\\
'''Suzuha:''' ...it was written on your mailbox.

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'''Okabe:''' H-how H--how do you know!? I don't remember telling you. Don't tell me, are you an Organization spy --!?\\
'''Suzuha:''' ...it
spy--!?\\
'''Suzuha:''' …it
was written on your mailbox.



This trope is when a particular piece of information is officially declared to be secret... but it is widely known by everyone ''anyway''. The characters might as well not even attempt TheMasquerade, because all the civilians around them know who they are and what they are up to. And that super-secret bit of gossip that no one can ever know? Hate to tell you this, but ''everyone knows it already''. But at the core of the trope, is the fact that even though everyone is fully aware everyone else knows about the secret, it will still be treated like a secret; no one will ever openly admit to knowing it, and it is a common understanding that it should remain unspoken. Sometimes the occasional knowingly wink and nod will be shared, at most vague allusions or euphemisms might be used, but any and all open discussion and acknowledgement of the secret is completely out of the question. To do so will be viewed a mild faux pas at best, and an outright cardinal sin at worst. As a result, the NaiveNewcomer or the FishOutOfWater will often mistake it for an actual secret, as they don't know that most people already know.

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This trope is when a particular piece of information is officially declared to be secret... secret… but it is widely known by everyone ''anyway''. The characters might as well not even attempt TheMasquerade, because all the civilians around them know who they are and what they are up to. And that super-secret bit of gossip that no one can ever know? Hate to tell you this, but ''everyone knows it already''. But at the core of the trope, is the fact that even though everyone is fully aware everyone else knows about the secret, it will still be treated like a secret; no one will ever openly admit to knowing it, and it is a common understanding that it should remain unspoken. Sometimes the occasional knowingly wink and nod will be shared, at most vague allusions or euphemisms might be used, but any and all open discussion and acknowledgement of the secret is completely out of the question. To do so will be viewed a mild faux pas at best, and an outright cardinal sin at worst. As a result, the NaiveNewcomer or the FishOutOfWater will often mistake it for an actual secret, as they don't know that most people already know.



* In ''Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam'', Quattro's real identity as Char. Not only would the audience not be fooled (the same character design, the visible scar, the same voice actor) but the fact that he flies around in a custom red Rick Dias shows that he isn't exactly keeping a low profile. It even gets lampshaded when he officially reveals his identity...
-->[[DeadpanSnarker Kamille]]: "Hmph. Some '''secret'''..."

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* In ''Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam'', Quattro's real identity as Char. Not only would the audience not be fooled (the same character design, the visible scar, the same voice actor) but the fact that he flies around in a custom red Rick Dias shows that he isn't exactly keeping a low profile. It even gets lampshaded when he officially reveals his identity...
identity…
-->[[DeadpanSnarker Kamille]]: "Hmph. Some '''secret'''..."'''secret'''…"



* The use of Nen in ''HunterXHunter'', the setting's effective magic system, is supposedly a secret known only to people who belongs to circles that are in on it and seem to be subtly taught to hunters once they pass the Hunter Exams. However, it is also openly publicized in an arena tower that not only seems to televise the fights between powerful Nen users, also have commentators explaining what the contestants are doing in the Arena with their Nen... to a large public. It gets to a point that the only main character that should realistically be ignorant about Nen is Gon, for growing up in an isolated and morose island in the middle of nowhere. Killua should know about Nen just by osmosis from his heavy Nen practicing family of world-famous assassins, Kurapika's deceased clan is implied to be formed of powerful Nen users as well (otherwise they wouldn't register on Nobunaga's memory. Even Uvo eventually remembers the clan and its powerful members) and Leorio's general world and history knowledge should make him aware of it as well (even if just by passing knowledge about the Celestial Arena).

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* The use of Nen in ''HunterXHunter'', the setting's effective magic system, is supposedly a secret known only to people who belongs to circles that are in on it and seem to be subtly taught to hunters once they pass the Hunter Exams. However, it is also openly publicized in an arena tower that not only seems to televise the fights between powerful Nen users, also have commentators explaining what the contestants are doing in the Arena with their Nen... Nen… to a large public. It gets to a point that the only main character that should realistically be ignorant about Nen is Gon, for growing up in an isolated and morose island in the middle of nowhere. Killua should know about Nen just by osmosis from his heavy Nen practicing family of world-famous assassins, Kurapika's deceased clan is implied to be formed of powerful Nen users as well (otherwise they wouldn't register on Nobunaga's memory. Even Uvo eventually remembers the clan and its powerful members) and Leorio's general world and history knowledge should make him aware of it as well (even if just by passing knowledge about the Celestial Arena).



* When the Human Torch of the ''ComicBook/FantasticFour'', a character whom the in-universe public knows as Johnny Storm, got his own ongoing feature in ''Strange Tales'' starting in issue #101, he maintained a secret identity in his home town of Glenville -- the inhabitants of which knew his sister Sue was the Invisible Girl, but ostensibly don't know who the Torch was (the four schoolmates who do know who he is are now out-of-town graduates who were sworn to secrecy). #106 had him discover that everyone knew who he really is after all, they just respected his privacy.

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* When the Human Torch of the ''ComicBook/FantasticFour'', a character whom the in-universe public knows as Johnny Storm, got his own ongoing feature in ''Strange Tales'' starting in issue #101, he maintained a secret identity in his home town of Glenville -- the Glenville--the inhabitants of which knew his sister Sue was the Invisible Girl, but ostensibly don't know who the Torch was (the four schoolmates who do know who he is are now out-of-town graduates who were sworn to secrecy). #106 had him discover that everyone knew who he really is after all, they just respected his privacy.



-->'''Kenny "Kong" [=McFarlane=]:''' What do you want me to say? Should we have a code? Should I just throw up my hands and say 'Oh, if only Spider-Man were here...'!?

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-->'''Kenny "Kong" [=McFarlane=]:''' What do you want me to say? Should we have a code? Should I just throw up my hands and say 'Oh, if only Spider-Man were here...'!?here…'!?



* In ''Literature/DragonBones'', Erdrick is extremely nervous about his twin brother's affair with the queen. However, everyone else knows the affair to be an open secret, and Beckram tells Erdrick that he was ordered to sleep with the queen by the king himself. (It is not clear whether the king's affairs with men are even an open secret, or no secret at all, as everyone in the country knows it. Everyone. Well, maybe except innocent Erdrick.) There's also the bastard offspring of the lords of Hurog - everyone knows what it means when someone is introduced as "distant cousin" of house Hurog.
* At the end of ''Literature/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone'', Dumbledore knows that this trope is in full force when he says "What happened in the dungeons between [[spoiler: Harry]] and [[spoiler: Professor Quirrell]] is a complete secret -- so, naturally, the whole school knows."

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* In ''Literature/DragonBones'', Erdrick is extremely nervous about his twin brother's affair with the queen. However, everyone else knows the affair to be an open secret, and Beckram tells Erdrick that he was ordered to sleep with the queen by the king himself. (It is not clear whether the king's affairs with men are even an open secret, or no secret at all, as everyone in the country knows it. Everyone. Well, maybe except innocent Erdrick.) There's also the bastard offspring of the lords of Hurog - everyone Hurog--everyone knows what it means when someone is introduced as "distant cousin" of house Hurog.
* At the end of ''Literature/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone'', Dumbledore knows that this trope is in full force when he says "What happened in the dungeons between [[spoiler: Harry]] and [[spoiler: Professor Quirrell]] is a complete secret -- so, secret--so, naturally, the whole school knows."



** Everybody knows Carrot is the true king of Ankh-Morpork, but nobody speaks openly about it. (While Carrot would probably make a good king, everyone, including himself, agrees that Ankh-Morpork does not ''need'' a king.) The last guy who tried [[spoiler: got skewered by Carrot himself. And the heirloom blade went through him and ''into'' the stone behind him...]]

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** Everybody knows Carrot is the true king of Ankh-Morpork, but nobody speaks openly about it. (While Carrot would probably make a good king, everyone, including himself, agrees that Ankh-Morpork does not ''need'' a king.) The last guy who tried [[spoiler: got skewered by Carrot himself. And the heirloom blade went through him and ''into'' the stone behind him...]]him…]]



** A darker example from the same series would be what Craster does to his sons ([[spoiler: sacrifices them to the Others, the ice demons who live in the woods near his keep]]). All of the Rangers of the Night's Watch know about it, but because they need the help Craster gives them, they never talk about it or try to stop it.

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** A darker example from the same series would be what Craster does to his sons ([[spoiler: sacrifices ([[spoiler:sacrifices them to the Others, the ice demons who live in the woods near his keep]]). All of the Rangers of the Night's Watch know about it, but because they need the help Craster gives them, they never talk about it or try to stop it.it.
** Loras and Renly's gayness isn't known by ''everyone'', but certainly more people know than don't.



* A RunningGag in the Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures novel ''Death and Diplomacy''. The Saloi are a PlanetOfHats of {{Reliable Traitor}}s. Therefore everyone knows that the truth is whatever a Saloi isn't saying, and it's almost impossible for them to keep a secret. (The one secret they do seem to keep is who their true ruler is, and they do it by [[IKnowYouKnowIKnow treating him as the ruler]], while having a minor functionary always at hand for him to "consult" with. Everyone [including the ruler] assumes it's the functionary who's ''really'' in charge ... [[EverybodyKnewAlready probably]].)

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* A RunningGag in the Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures novel ''Death and Diplomacy''. The Saloi are a PlanetOfHats of {{Reliable Traitor}}s. Therefore everyone knows that the truth is whatever a Saloi isn't saying, and it's almost impossible for them to keep a secret. (The one secret they do seem to keep is who their true ruler is, and they do it by [[IKnowYouKnowIKnow treating him as the ruler]], while having a minor functionary always at hand for him to "consult" with. Everyone [including the ruler] assumes it's the functionary who's ''really'' in charge ... charge… [[EverybodyKnewAlready probably]].)



* A RunningGag on ''Series/TopGear'' was for the presenters to go to a location that was deemed "Top Secret", usually an official product testing track owned by a car manufacturer. We'd get an establishing shot of the facility and a voiceover from Jeremy Clarkson reminding us that the place was Top Secret... before revealing its exact location as well as detailed directions on how to reach said location by car.

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* A RunningGag on ''Series/TopGear'' was for the presenters to go to a location that was deemed "Top Secret", usually an official product testing track owned by a car manufacturer. We'd get an establishing shot of the facility and a voiceover from Jeremy Clarkson reminding us that the place was Top Secret... Secret… before revealing its exact location as well as detailed directions on how to reach said location by car.



* In 3rd Edition ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' cosmology, the enmity between Sunnis and Ogremoch (the most powerful forces of Good and Evil, respectively, on the Elemental Plane of Earth) is one of the most violent in the Inner Planes. Sunnis lives in a palace called Sandfall, which has a waterfall of sand cascading over it, which turns into a river that eventually drains into an - apparently - bottomless pit near the palace. Many of her subjects say that she someday plans to set a trap for Ogremoch and throw him into the pit, but it's unlikely. This "plan" is too well-known among the denizens of the Plane of Earth, so one would be foolish to think that Ogremoch hasn't heard it.

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* In 3rd Edition ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' cosmology, the enmity between Sunnis and Ogremoch (the most powerful forces of Good and Evil, respectively, on the Elemental Plane of Earth) is one of the most violent in the Inner Planes. Sunnis lives in a palace called Sandfall, which has a waterfall of sand cascading over it, which turns into a river that eventually drains into an - apparently - bottomless an--apparently--bottomless pit near the palace. Many of her subjects say that she someday plans to set a trap for Ogremoch and throw him into the pit, but it's unlikely. This "plan" is too well-known among the denizens of the Plane of Earth, so one would be foolish to think that Ogremoch hasn't heard it.



* ''Webcomic/TheDreamer'': Beatrice and Alan Warren's relationship is supposedly a secret, but his cousin Ebenezer says "...it's private to all of Roxbury and half of Boston!"

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* ''Webcomic/TheDreamer'': Beatrice and Alan Warren's relationship is supposedly a secret, but his cousin Ebenezer says "...it's "…it's private to all of Roxbury and half of Boston!"



* Most of [[Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale Night Vale]]'s secrets are this way. Things which the general populace isn't allowed to know about are routinely read in as radio announcements or presented in SuspiciouslySpecificDenial fashion (Angels, the antics of the Sheriff's SecretPolice, etc.). Yes, nobody actually believes the official version... OK, maybe ''some'' people believe ''some'' parts of it, but they're the exceptions. (At least one person got a panic attack because someone else dared to call the "white robed, winged, glowing persons with trumpets" "angels" and he isn't allowed to know about those.) And the Faceless Old Woman Who Secretly Lives In Your Home is frequently discussed on the radio and once ran for mayor. Very secret.

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* Most of [[Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale Night Vale]]'s secrets are this way. Things which the general populace isn't allowed to know about are routinely read in as radio announcements or presented in SuspiciouslySpecificDenial fashion (Angels, the antics of the Sheriff's SecretPolice, etc.). Yes, nobody actually believes the official version... version… OK, maybe ''some'' people believe ''some'' parts of it, but they're the exceptions. (At least one person got a panic attack because someone else dared to call the "white robed, winged, glowing persons with trumpets" "angels" and he isn't allowed to know about those.) And the Faceless Old Woman Who Secretly Lives In Your Home is frequently discussed on the radio and once ran for mayor. Very secret.



* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'': The Sovereign is the leader of the guild, and his identity is a well kept secret...except almost everyone knows he's DavidBowie. Yes ''David Bowie''. [[spoiler: [[SubvertedTrope A later episode then revealed he isn't David Bowie, but a shape shifter who knew him]].]]
* The ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode "Green Isn't Your Color" had Spike confess his deepest secret to Twilight and Pinkie... his crush on Rarity. A secret everyone in town was already aware of... except for [[CloudCuckooLander Pinkie]] of course.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'': The Sovereign is the leader of the guild, and his identity is a well kept secret...secret… except almost everyone knows he's DavidBowie. Yes ''David Bowie''. [[spoiler: [[SubvertedTrope A later episode then revealed he isn't David Bowie, but a shape shifter who knew him]].]]
* The ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode "Green Isn't Your Color" had Spike confess his deepest secret to Twilight and Pinkie... Pinkie… his crush on Rarity. A secret everyone in town was already aware of... of… except for [[CloudCuckooLander Pinkie]] of course.



** It is fairly well known at this point that Groom Lake is (or at least was) a testing ground for new aircraft. Stuff like the B-2, the SR-71, the F-117...

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** It is fairly well known at this point that Groom Lake is (or at least was) a testing ground for new aircraft. Stuff like the B-2, the SR-71, the F-117...F-117…



* The [=DiefenBunker=] - a massive underground complex a short ways outside Ottawa, sold to the country as a transmitting station, but actually intended for continuing government operations in the event of a nuclear strike on the Canadian government. In true Canadian fashion, it remained secret for roughly six minutes, as a suspicious reporter got in a plane and took pictures of the significant number of ''toilets'' being stocked there, ready to be taken underground. Far more toilets than would ever be needed for a simple transmission center.
* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kelvedon_Hatch_Secret_Nuclear_Bunker Kelvedon Hatch Secret Nuclear Bunker]] certainly counts. It also gets bonus points for its [[http://www.flickr.com/photos/halfbyte/2671279410/ helpful tourist signs]], one of which provides the page image. Though it ''was'' a closely-guarded secret for many years... provided your definition of "closely-guarded" encompasses "most people in the higher levels of the UK Government".

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* The [=DiefenBunker=] - a [=DiefenBunker=]--a massive underground complex a short ways outside Ottawa, sold to the country as a transmitting station, but actually intended for continuing government operations in the event of a nuclear strike on the Canadian government. In true Canadian fashion, it remained secret for roughly six minutes, as a suspicious reporter got in a plane and took pictures of the significant number of ''toilets'' being stocked there, ready to be taken underground. Far more toilets than would ever be needed for a simple transmission center.
* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kelvedon_Hatch_Secret_Nuclear_Bunker Kelvedon Hatch Secret Nuclear Bunker]] certainly counts. It also gets bonus points for its [[http://www.flickr.com/photos/halfbyte/2671279410/ helpful tourist signs]], one of which provides the page image. Though it ''was'' a closely-guarded secret for many years... years… provided your definition of "closely-guarded" encompasses "most people in the higher levels of the UK Government".



** There have been strikes which have been not admitted by anyone, attributed to the US and internal sources indicate........that the US did not in fact do it. Hmmm. One can't help but think that some very interesting documents will be declassified 30 years from now.

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** There have been strikes which have been not admitted by anyone, attributed to the US and internal sources indicate........indicate… that the US did not in fact do it. Hmmm. One can't help but think that some very interesting documents will be declassified 30 years from now.



* Britain's Ordnance Survey maps are rightly acclaimed as one of the best, most accurate and most detailed representations available anywhere. This leads to several rather contradictory situations brought about by the military origins of the OS - the maps were first created for military use, hence the name - and the fact they have evolved over a century of refinement and differing priorities. For instance, the location of Britain's special forces bases is officially a secret, but anyone buying the relevant map section will see an Army barracks with virtually all its buildings faithfully represented and even ''named'' as Stirling Lines. Anyone looking for the Aldermaston nuclear research base, or the American spy station at Menwith Hill, however, will just see rolling empty countryside with no apparent sign a large military installation is there. Despite the fact locals will happily point you to the radomes and buildings and the razor wire fences.

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* Britain's Ordnance Survey maps are rightly acclaimed as one of the best, most accurate and most detailed representations available anywhere. This leads to several rather contradictory situations brought about by the military origins of the OS - the OS--the maps were first created for military use, hence the name - and name--and the fact they have evolved over a century of refinement and differing priorities. For instance, the location of Britain's special forces bases is officially a secret, but anyone buying the relevant map section will see an Army barracks with virtually all its buildings faithfully represented and even ''named'' as Stirling Lines. Anyone looking for the Aldermaston nuclear research base, or the American spy station at Menwith Hill, however, will just see rolling empty countryside with no apparent sign a large military installation is there. Despite the fact locals will happily point you to the radomes and buildings and the razor wire fences.
28th Feb '16 4:39:17 PM MasterofGalaxies4628
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* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kelvedon_Hatch_Secret_Nuclear_Bunker Kelvedon Hatch Secret Nuclear Bunker]] certainly counts. It also gets bonus points for its [[http://www.flickr.com/photos/halfbyte/2671279410/ helpful tourist signs]]. Though it ''was'' a closely-guarded secret for many years... provided your definition of "closely-guarded" encompasses "most people in the higher levels of the UK Government".

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* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kelvedon_Hatch_Secret_Nuclear_Bunker Kelvedon Hatch Secret Nuclear Bunker]] certainly counts. It also gets bonus points for its [[http://www.flickr.com/photos/halfbyte/2671279410/ helpful tourist signs]].signs]], one of which provides the page image. Though it ''was'' a closely-guarded secret for many years... provided your definition of "closely-guarded" encompasses "most people in the higher levels of the UK Government".
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