History Main / OpenSecret

29th Dec '16 10:49:48 PM coffeeflvrdkiss
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** This was subverted by actor Richard Chamberlain when he was outed by ''Out Magazine'' in the 1980s. At the time, the magazine was operating under the policy that no homosexual had the right to stay in the closet, for the good of the gay community, and were basing a lot of their sales on "shocking" outings of closeted gay celebrities. By the time they got around to Chamberlain, ''Out'' was getting pretty arrogant about it. This backfired on them when they "exposed" Chamberlain (who had just come off the astoundingly successful ''Literature/{{Shogun}}'' mini-series) as gay. Chamberlain responded that he never hid his homosexuality, confirmed that everyone he ever worked with knew about it, and didn't see why the magazine was making such a big deal. ''Out's'' sales plummeted.
14th Dec '16 12:09:46 AM PaulA
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* The not-terribly-secret love between magic mentor Sephrenia and Pandion Knight leader Vanion is an OpenSecret throughout the ''Literature/{{Elenium}}'' trilogy by Creator/DavidEddings. It's discussed a few times quietly by other characters, but no one overtly brings it up until near the very end of the trilogy, when they're reunited following a dangerous separation and "their secret, which wasn't much of a secret anyway, went right out the window." [[spoiler:As of the sequel trilogy, they're married.]]

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* The not-terribly-secret love between magic mentor Sephrenia and Pandion Knight leader Vanion is an OpenSecret throughout the ''Literature/{{Elenium}}'' ''Literature/TheElenium'' trilogy by Creator/DavidEddings. It's discussed a few times quietly by other characters, but no one overtly brings it up until near the very end of the trilogy, when they're reunited following a dangerous separation and "their secret, which wasn't much of a secret anyway, went right out the window." [[spoiler:As of the sequel trilogy, they're married.]]
6th Dec '16 12:08:45 PM Kakai
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* In ''Literature/TheTraitorSonCycle'', the Church tries to hide the fact that the Lissen Carak abbey is composed solely of sorceresses. After they help rescue the city from the Wild invaders, however, pretty much everbody knows that, and it becomes less of a secret and more of something that's impolite to mention in public.
4th Dec '16 2:53:40 AM Servbot
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* ''Franchise/LyiricalNanoha'': As revealed in ''AudioPlay/StrikersSoundStageX'' when Runessa tried to access certain information, most of the details behind the [[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers Jail Scaglietti incident]] are a military secret, including the fact that Vivio is the [[CloneJesus clone of the last Sankt Kaiser]]. Or at least, it would be, if not for the fact that Vivio's a friendly CheerfulChild, and the fact that said revelation is important to a lot of powerful groups. This meant that most of the ''Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaVivid'' cast knows of Vivio's unique situation, which includes Vivio's civilian friends, all the members of the [[SaintlyChurch Saint Church]], and practically every major competitor in the Inter-Middle that we know of. It isn't until ''Anime/VividStrike'' that we get an idea of how little information about Vivio is available to the general public, as an attempt by [[OpposingSportsTeam Rinne's gym]] to research her brought back nothing about her Sankt Kaiser heritage.

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* ''Franchise/LyiricalNanoha'': ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'': As revealed in ''AudioPlay/StrikersSoundStageX'' when Runessa tried to access certain information, most of the details behind the [[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers Jail Scaglietti incident]] are a military secret, including the fact that Vivio is the [[CloneJesus clone of the last Sankt Kaiser]]. Or at least, it would be, if not for the fact that Vivio's a friendly CheerfulChild, and the fact that said revelation is important to a lot of powerful groups. This meant that most of the ''Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaVivid'' cast knows of Vivio's unique situation, which includes Vivio's civilian friends, all the members of the [[SaintlyChurch Saint Church]], and practically every major competitor in the Inter-Middle that we know of. It isn't until ''Anime/VividStrike'' that we get an idea of how little information about Vivio is available to the general public, as an attempt by [[OpposingSportsTeam Rinne's gym]] to research her brought back nothing about her Sankt Kaiser heritage.
4th Dec '16 2:53:01 AM Servbot
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* ''Franchise/LyiricalNanoha'': As revealed in ''AudioPlay/StrikersSoundStageX'' when Runessa tried to access certain information, most of the details behind the [[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers Jail Scaglietti incident]] are a military secret, including the fact that Vivio is the [[CloneJesus clone of the last Sankt Kaiser]]. Or at least, it would be, if not for the fact that Vivio's a friendly CheerfulChild, and the fact that said revelation is important to a lot of powerful groups. This meant that most of the ''Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaVivid'' cast knows of Vivio's unique situation, which includes Vivio's civilian friends, all the members of the [[SaintlyChurch Saint Church]], and practically every major competitor in the Inter-Middle that we know of. It isn't until ''Anime/VividStrike'' that we get an idea of how little information about Vivio is available to the general public, as an attempt by [[OpposingSportsTeam Rinne's gym]] to research her brought back nothing about her Sankt Kaiser heritage.
12th Nov '16 10:43:53 PM Hanz
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* In ''Videogame/{{Dishonored}}'', everyone seems to know something about the fact that Corvo and the Empress [[BodyguardCrush had an affair going on]] and that Emily is his daughter, but either try to talk around it or are somewhat unsure. The game treats these as mostly rumors until the sequel where they're flat-out confirmed.
20th Oct '16 12:46:13 PM BugsFan17
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* Music/{{Sia}}'s face. Just look at her [[Wiki/TheOtherWiki Other Wiki]] page.
19th Sep '16 7:34:57 PM karstovich2
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* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:BT_Tower-1.jpg BT Tower's]] existence was officially classified and omitted from the government mapping agency's maps until 1993. This is a six-hundred foot office building in central London; it was built in 1964, appeared in ''Series/DoctorWho'' in 1966, and contains (among other things) viewing galleries, a souvenir shop, and a restaurant. One can only surmise that making it classified in the first place SeemedLikeAGoodIdeaAtTheTime,[[note]]it's equipped with line-of-sight microwave transceivers to carry emergency comms traffic if the landlines are destroyed by act of war or natural disaster[[/note]] and nobody bothered doing anything about it because declassifying something before its pre-arranged release date (anything between thirty years and a century) requires a small redwood forest's worth of paperwork.

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* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:BT_Tower-1.jpg BT Tower's]] existence was officially classified and omitted from the government mapping agency's maps until 1993. This is a six-hundred foot office building in central London; it was built in 1964, appeared in ''Series/DoctorWho'' in 1966, and contains (among other things) viewing galleries, a souvenir shop, and a restaurant. One can only surmise that making it classified in the first place SeemedLikeAGoodIdeaAtTheTime,[[note]]it's equipped with line-of-sight microwave transceivers to carry emergency comms traffic if the landlines are destroyed by act of war or natural disaster[[/note]] and nobody bothered doing anything about it because declassifying something before its pre-arranged release date (anything between thirty years and a century) requires a small redwood forest's worth of paperwork. In the end, it was officially declassified in 1993 after Labour MP Kate Hoey "revealed" the tower's existence on the floor of the House of Commons, claiming parliamentary privilege as a defense in the (highly unlikely) event anyone tried to prosecute her for the "leak."
28th Aug '16 1:08:37 PM Twentington
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* In-N-Out is far from the only place that has a 'secret' menu or secret items. Many places have some sort of product that isn't on the menu but can still be made. Probably the most well known is the [=Mc10:35=], a [=McDonalds=] product that combines the Egg [=McMuffin=] and the [=McDouble=], only available in the short time period when breakfast is ending and lunch is beginning. Do note, however, that not every store of a given fast food or café chain will be aware of so-called secret menus and attempting to order a "secret menu" item at your local Starbucks is something of a barista BerserkButton--you're often advised to simply list the modifications that make up the item.

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* In-N-Out is far from the only place that has a 'secret' menu or secret items. Many places have some sort of product that isn't on the menu but can still be made. Probably the most well known is the [=Mc10:35=], a [=McDonalds=] UsefulNotes/McDonalds product that combines the Egg [=McMuffin=] and the [=McDouble=], only so named because it was originally available in the short window of time period when between the end of breakfast is ending and beginning of lunch is beginning.at 10:30 AM (but due to the chain now offering all-day breakfast, it can now be made at anytime after 10:30). Do note, however, that not every store of a given fast food or café chain will be aware of so-called secret menus and attempting to order a "secret menu" item at your local Starbucks is something of a barista BerserkButton--you're often advised to simply list the modifications that make up the item.
16th Aug '16 8:03:17 AM kundoo
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* In ''Series/GameOfThrones'', Lord Renly and Ser Loras' relationship is theoretically a [[SecretRelationship secret]] given that the setting is based on the middle ages where [[DeliberateValuesDissonance homosexuality wasn't exactly approved of]], but not only does nearly the whole court know about it, even a couple of random Lannister soldiers halfway across Westeros from them were joking about it in one episode. Considering that Margaery is still a virgin three weeks after marrying Renly and that Loras is quite commonly seen entering his tent at nighttime, they really shouldn't have been surprised. This continues even after [[spoiler: Renly's death]]. The Tyrell's a very powerful family that can easily shifts the balance of power in the kingdom so anyone with any political savvy avoids discussing Loras Tyrell's sexual preferences. Joffrey makes a massive political faux pas when he publicly brings up Renly's homesexuality. Everyone knows about it but only someone as thoughtless as Joffrey would bring it up in the presence of the Tyrells.

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* In ''Series/GameOfThrones'', Lord Renly and Ser Loras' relationship is theoretically a [[SecretRelationship secret]] given that the setting is based on the middle ages where [[DeliberateValuesDissonance homosexuality wasn't exactly approved of]], but not only does nearly the whole court know about it, even a couple of random Lannister soldiers halfway across Westeros from them were joking about it in one episode. Considering that Margaery is still a virgin three weeks after marrying Renly and that Loras is quite commonly seen entering his tent at nighttime, they really shouldn't have been surprised. This continues even after [[spoiler: Renly's death]]. The Tyrell's a very powerful family that can easily shifts the balance of power in the kingdom so anyone with any political savvy avoids discussing Loras Tyrell's sexual preferences. Joffrey makes a massive political faux pas when he publicly brings up Renly's homesexuality.homosexuality. Everyone knows about it but only someone as thoughtless as Joffrey would bring it up in the presence of the Tyrells.
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