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8th Dec '15 2:23:13 PM Mitis
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* In ''{{Anime/Monster}}'', Tenma needed to speak with a former college classmate, so he put an ad in the paper that simply said "Let's discuss our memories of cheating", a reference to a test at medical school that the two happened to discuss the last time they ran into each other. * In ''Manga/DeathNote'', Misa is a Kira-fangirl, but doesn't know who he is. So she uses her own death note to kill people and force the news to send messages. Light is annoyed, since while people who don't know about the notes won't be able to figure out what they're talking about, it is still far too public for his taste. * ''OnePiece'' featured the main character returning to the scene of a major battle, ostensibly to honor the dead. Reporters on the scene photographed him, and his crew, scattered around the world, saw the article, realized it wasn't the kind of thing [[IdiotHero their captain]] typically did, and noticed a simple message written on a tattoo. * ''Manga/DanceInTheVampireBund'' has an instance where Mina makes a public announcement, speaking in ancient Sumerian as a challenge to another vampire, but with fake subtitles in Japanese. * In the two-part ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' episode, "The Secret of the Sun, Moon and Stars", Professor Agasa and Shinichi Kudo (really Conan Edogawa) suggest that the drawings of the sun, moon, and stars found on various objects in the home of Agasa's late uncle were a code much like the Dancing Men (see the SherlockHolmes examples, below). * In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', Riza Hawkeye uses this to deliver a message to Roy Mustang while she's under surveillance. She gets into a mundane conversation with him over lunch in which she talks about the activities of various people she knows. Mustang is later able to take the first initial of each name Hawkeye mentioned and spell out her message.
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* In ''{{Anime/Monster}}'', Tenma needed to speak with a former college classmate, so he put an ad in the paper that simply said "Let's discuss our memories of cheating", a reference to a test at medical school that the two happened to discuss the last time they ran into each other. * In ''Manga/DeathNote'', Misa is a Kira-fangirl, but doesn't know who he is. So she uses her own death note to kill people and force the news to send messages. Light is annoyed, since while people who don't know about the notes won't be able to figure out what they're talking about, it is still far too public for his taste. * ''OnePiece'' featured the main character returning to the scene of a major battle, ostensibly to honor the dead. Reporters on the scene photographed him, and his crew, scattered around the world, saw the article, realized it wasn't the kind of thing [[IdiotHero their captain]] typically did, and noticed a simple message written on a tattoo. * ''Manga/DanceInTheVampireBund'' has an instance where ''Manga/DanceInTheVampireBund'': At one point, Mina makes a public announcement, speaking in ancient Sumerian as a challenge to another vampire, but with fake subtitles in Japanese. * ''Manga/DeathNote'': Misa is a Kira-fangirl, but doesn't know who he is. So she uses her own Death Note to kill people and force the news to send messages. Light is annoyed, since while people who don't know about the notebooks won't be able to figure out what they're talking about, it is still far too public for his taste. * ''Manga/DetectiveConan'': In the two-part ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' episode, episode "The Secret of the Sun, Moon and Stars", Professor Agasa and Shinichi Kudo (really Conan Edogawa) suggest that the drawings of the sun, moon, and stars found on various objects in the home of Agasa's late uncle were a code much like the Dancing Men (see the SherlockHolmes examples, below). * In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'': Riza Hawkeye uses this to deliver a message to Roy Mustang while she's under surveillance. She gets into a mundane conversation with him over lunch in which she talks about the activities of various people she knows. Mustang is later able to take the first initial of each name Hawkeye mentioned and spell out her message. * ''{{Anime/Monster}}'': Tenma needed to speak with a former college classmate, so he put an ad in the paper that simply said "Let's discuss our memories of cheating", a reference to a test at medical school that the two happened to discuss the last time they ran into each other. * ''Manga/OnePiece'': At the end of the manga's fifth saga, the main character returns to the scene of a major battle, ostensibly to honor the dead. Reporters on the scene photographed him, and his crew, scattered around the world, saw the article, and realized it wasn't the kind of thing [[IdiotHero their captain]] typically did, and noticed a simple message written on a tattoo.
28th Nov '15 5:14:40 PM nombretomado
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* In the second season of ''TheSecretSaturdays'', Argost starts sending Zak secret messages regarding cryptids as part of [[ShowWithinAShow television show]] ''Weird World''.
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* In the second season of ''TheSecretSaturdays'', ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretSaturdays'', Argost starts sending Zak secret messages regarding cryptids as part of [[ShowWithinAShow television show]] ''Weird World''.
3rd Nov '15 12:48:04 PM StFan
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* In TheNineties, a blackmailer in Germany became somewhat famous. Since one of the messages in the newspaper had the text "Dagobert [UncleScrooge's name in Germany] greets his nephews", the press nicknamed him "Dagobert" after this.
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* In TheNineties, a blackmailer in Germany became somewhat famous. Since one of the messages in the newspaper had the text "Dagobert [UncleScrooge's [Uncle Scrooge's name in Germany] greets his nephews", the press nicknamed him "Dagobert" after this.
31st Aug '15 10:57:08 PM shawnvw
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Real Life: Duress codes
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* A "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duress_code duress code]]" is a covert signal to call for help without the knowledge of the persons threatening you. For instance, home alarms often have two shutoff codes: the real one, and the one you enter if a robber is forcing you to. That's the code that silently alerts the police. ** In World War II, if an agent wanted to visit a safe-house, he'd simply call the agent at the safe-house and ask if it was genuinely safe to visit. If it was safe, the answer would be "no", but the duress answer would be "yes." (If you're surrounded by gun-wielding Nazis, which would you rather they hear you say?)
31st Aug '15 10:56:18 PM shawnvw
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* In the ''StarTrek'' episode "Bread and Circuses", Kirk calls up to the ship just as the enemy's guards threaten him with guns, so instead of telling Scotty to beam down a security detail, he says "Condition Green." Although that ''sounds'' like it means "all is well", it's a duress code meaning "We're in trouble, but take no action at this time."

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28th Jul '15 10:02:52 AM Cicabe
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* Joked about in {{WebOriginal/RockedReviews}}. While reviewing {{Music/Metallica}}'s album ''St. Anger'', he theorizes that there must be a hidden message to the album due to its harshness and distinct departure from Metallica's usual sound. The final track on the album (kinda) proves him right when James Hetfield repeatedly shouts the word "KILL" as loud as possible. This scene is accompanied by Luke seeming hypnotized and picking up a box cutter briefly before putting it down.
15th Jul '15 5:31:24 AM DaibhidC
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* The staff at Creator/SteveJacksonGames were not allowed to release the title of one game supplement in the Power-Ups series, and the forum speculation was that they were trying to create a sudden burst of interest on release to fuel impulse buys. The author even said "I've been told that the secrecy around Power-Ups 5 does, indeed, have something to do with impulse buys." Earlier today an entire game's fanbase facepalmed at the release of ''Power-Ups 5: Impulse Buys''.
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* The staff at Creator/SteveJacksonGames were not allowed to release the title of one game supplement in the Power-Ups series, and the forum speculation was that they were trying to create a sudden burst of interest on release to fuel impulse buys. The author even said "I've been told that the secrecy around Power-Ups 5 does, indeed, have something to do with impulse buys." Earlier today an An entire game's fanbase facepalmed at the release of ''Power-Ups 5: Impulse Buys''.
15th Jul '15 5:27:07 AM DaibhidC
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* Creator/AgathaChristie wrote of a spy who was behind enemy lines and managed to find a really crucial piece of information but had no way of passing it on, so in the end he sacrificed himself, committing a series of murders and getting convicted -- it seemed like random acts of violence but those who knew he was a spy figured that the victims' personal data was used as a code.
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* Creator/AgathaChristie Creator/AgathaChristie ** In one book, she wrote of a spy who was behind enemy lines and managed to find a really crucial piece of information but had no way of passing it on, so in the end he sacrificed himself, committing a series of murders and getting convicted -- it seemed like random acts of violence but those who knew he was a spy figured that the victims' personal data was used as a code.code. ** In one of the Literature/TommyAndTuppence stories, Tommy is able to tell Tuppence "These new clients are suspicious. Contact our police liaison and follow me when I go off with them" right in front of the clients, by disguising it as an order for dinner.
27th May '15 8:05:27 PM nombretomado
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* In Creator/RobertAntonWilson's ''{{Illuminatus}}'', a secret society places personal ads reading "In thanks to St. Jude for favors answered -- A.W." as a code to their other members.
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* In Creator/RobertAntonWilson's ''{{Illuminatus}}'', ''Literature/{{Illuminatus}}'', a secret society places personal ads reading "In thanks to St. Jude for favors answered -- A.W." as a code to their other members.
16th May '15 2:31:04 AM SeptimusHeap
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* In the NgaioMarsh novel ''Death in a White Tie'', one partner in a blackmail scheme sends a coded message to his accomplice via a personal advert in a newspaper: "Childie Darling. Living in exile. Longing. Only want Daughter. Daddy." Taking the first letter of each word yields [[spoiler: C.D. Lie low. D.D. [To]Columbo Dimitri Lie low. [signed] Daniel Davidson]].
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* In the NgaioMarsh Creator/NgaioMarsh novel ''Death in a White Tie'', one partner in a blackmail scheme sends a coded message to his accomplice via a personal advert in a newspaper: "Childie Darling. Living in exile. Longing. Only want Daughter. Daddy." Taking the first letter of each word yields [[spoiler: C.D. Lie low. D.D. [To]Columbo Dimitri Lie low. [signed] Daniel Davidson]].
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