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30th May '16 8:53:09 AM Bissek
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* In general, intelligence agencies seems to have a bit of a fetish for prominent architecture. The CIA has the George Bush Center, the NSA has that sinister black monolith at Fort Mead, MI6 has 85 Vauxhall Cross, GCHQ has that doughnut-shaped building in Cheltenham, the NKVD and KGB has the Lubyanka Building in Moscow. All together, it does project a vague "come at me, bro" attitude to their enemies.

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* In general, intelligence agencies seems to have a bit of a fetish for prominent architecture. The CIA has the George Bush Center, the NSA has that sinister black monolith at Fort Mead, Meade (Which is engraved with a variety of messages encrypted by different methods. One of the messages is only known by ''two'' people, the man who invented the algorithm and the man who chose the message to encrypt and engraved it on the monolith), MI6 has 85 Vauxhall Cross, GCHQ has that doughnut-shaped building in Cheltenham, the NKVD and KGB has the Lubyanka Building in Moscow. All together, it does project a vague "come at me, bro" attitude to their enemies.
28th Dec '15 4:08:41 PM Discar
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* ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'', [[http://www.gocomics.com/calvinandhobbes/1989/05/15 at the start of the first Get Rid Of Slimy girlS club arc]]:

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* ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'', [[http://www.gocomics.com/calvinandhobbes/1989/05/15 at the start of the first Get Rid Of Slimy girlS club arc]]: arc]]:



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* In general, intelligence agencies seems to have a bit of a fetish for prominent architecture. The CIA has the George Bush Center, the NSA has that sinister black monolith at Fort Mead, MI6 has 85 Vauxhall Cross, GCHQ has that doughnut-shaped building in Cheltenham, the NKVD and KGB has the Lubyanka Building in Moscow. All together, it does project a vague "come at me, bro" attitude to their enemies.
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* In general, intelligence agencies seems to have a bit of a fetish for prominent architecture. The CIA has the George Bush Center, the NSA has that sinister black monolith at Fort Mead, MI6 has 85 Vauxhall Cross, GCHQ has that doughnut-shaped building in Cheltenham, the NKVD and KGB has the Lubyanka Building in Moscow. All together, it does project a vague "come at me, bro" attitude to their enemies.
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6th Oct '15 11:00:26 AM Greenmantle
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* In general, intelligence agencies seems to have a bit of a fetish for prominent architecture. The CIA has the George Bush Center, the NSA has that sinister black monolith at Fort Mead, MI6 has 85 Vauxhall Cross, GCHQ has that doughnut-shaped building in Cheltham, the NKVD and KGB has the Lubyanka Building in Moscow. All together, it does project a vague "come at me, bro" attitude to their enemies.

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* In general, intelligence agencies seems to have a bit of a fetish for prominent architecture. The CIA has the George Bush Center, the NSA has that sinister black monolith at Fort Mead, MI6 has 85 Vauxhall Cross, GCHQ has that doughnut-shaped building in Cheltham, Cheltenham, the NKVD and KGB has the Lubyanka Building in Moscow. All together, it does project a vague "come at me, bro" attitude to their enemies.
3rd Oct '15 11:33:32 AM nombretomado
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* ''{{Passions}}'' did it a bunch of times, but really milked it with TC's shed.

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* ''{{Passions}}'' ''Series/{{Passions}}'' did it a bunch of times, but really milked it with TC's shed.
25th Sep '15 4:13:31 PM nombretomado
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* In ''ComicBook/TheDarkKnightReturns'', [[GreenArrow Ollie]] notes this to Bruce:

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* In ''ComicBook/TheDarkKnightReturns'', [[GreenArrow [[ComicBook/GreenArrow Ollie]] notes this to Bruce:
22nd Sep '15 9:05:22 PM nombretomado
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* This is apparently one of [[NorseMythology Odin's]] powers. As Creator/NeilGaiman put it in ''Literature/AmericanGods'': "And I know an 18th charm & that charm I can tell to no man, for a secret that nobody knows but you is the most powerful thing of all."

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* This is apparently one of [[NorseMythology [[Myth/NorseMythology Odin's]] powers. As Creator/NeilGaiman put it in ''Literature/AmericanGods'': "And I know an 18th charm & that charm I can tell to no man, for a secret that nobody knows but you is the most powerful thing of all."
6th Sep '15 5:45:42 PM nombretomado
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* This is apparently one of [[NorseMythology Odin's]] powers. As NeilGaiman put it in ''Literature/AmericanGods'': "And I know an 18th charm & that charm I can tell to no man, for a secret that nobody knows but you is the most powerful thing of all."

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* This is apparently one of [[NorseMythology Odin's]] powers. As NeilGaiman Creator/NeilGaiman put it in ''Literature/AmericanGods'': "And I know an 18th charm & that charm I can tell to no man, for a secret that nobody knows but you is the most powerful thing of all."
7th Jul '15 8:51:48 PM Adept
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* In one ''KindaichiCaseFiles'' story, a woman carries around a small box that she coos over and talks to, treating it like a child. Subverted when [[spoiler:she reveals she's an undercover cop, and the box holds her gun. Doubly subverted when she reveals that the box only held the gun that one time, and that she still has her REAL box]].

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* In one ''KindaichiCaseFiles'' ''Manga/TheKindaichiCaseFiles'' story, a woman carries around a small box that she coos over and talks to, treating it like a child. Subverted when [[spoiler:she reveals she's an undercover cop, and the box holds her gun. Doubly subverted when she reveals that the box only held the gun that one time, and that she still has her REAL box]].
25th Apr '15 2:48:38 AM eroock
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Sometimes ostentatious secrets are eventually [[TheReveal revealed]], and sometimes they stay that way forever. This can be just a RunningGag, or it can be source of dramatic tension as a MacGuffin. In fact, their primary use is as a [=MacGuffin=], reserved for use in a [[TwoLinesNoWaiting B-Story]], or possibly even a "C"-story, a narrative thread that is around just to build continuity.

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Sometimes ostentatious secrets are eventually [[TheReveal revealed]], and sometimes they [[RiddleForTheAges stay that way forever.forever]]. This can be just a RunningGag, or it can be source of dramatic tension as a MacGuffin. In fact, their primary use is as a [=MacGuffin=], reserved for use in a [[TwoLinesNoWaiting B-Story]], or possibly even a "C"-story, a narrative thread that is around just to build continuity.
29th Sep '14 1:09:26 PM Austin
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** Another one involving Marsellus is the bandage on the back of his neck. Ving Rhames has a scar that they were unable to cover up with make-up, so they put a bandage on it instead. Of course, the bandage ends up standing out a lot more than the scar would have, and it's led people to think that it's meant to show the spot where his soul was ripped out, his soul being one of the guesses for the contents of the briefcase. It's a mystery as to why the cast even went through the trouble of covering it up, since it certainly wouldn't be unusual for a mobster to have scars.
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