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4th Dec '17 2:37:38 PM FordPrefect
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* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "Blink", the Doctor records message that a DVD publisher he befriends adds as an EasterEgg on some very specific [=DVDs=] (corresponding to the entire DVD collection of one character) decades later. It makes no sense whatsoever, until late in the episode where it's revealed to be TheTapeKnewYouWouldSayThat: The character's reactions to the scene form a perfectly cohesive conversation with the Doctor (who has a transcript of her reactions) regarding the TARDIS and the Weeping Angels.
** "Bad Wolf" was a subtle message sent all through time and space by Rose, who she sends to send her past self to rescue the Doctor.

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* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "Blink", the Doctor records a message that a DVD publisher he befriends adds as an EasterEgg on some very specific [=DVDs=] (corresponding to the entire DVD collection of one character) decades later. It makes no sense whatsoever, until late in the episode where it's revealed to be TheTapeKnewYouWouldSayThat: The character's reactions to the scene form a perfectly cohesive conversation with the Doctor (who has a transcript of her reactions) regarding the TARDIS and the Weeping Angels.
** "Bad Wolf" was a subtle message sent all through time and space by Rose, who which she sends to send her past self to rescue the Doctor.
24th Nov '17 11:10:36 PM Cindylover1969
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* Blake Neely's score album for the first season of ''Series/{{Riverdale}'' spells a message with the first letter of each track. [[https://twitter.com/cowonthewall/status/904999463558594560 Go here to see what it is.]]
15th Nov '17 11:34:57 AM Nazetrime
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* ''Series/MillionYenWomen'': [[spoiler:Telling ''all'' the rest of the household what she knew about the invitation sender]], some time after the fact, turns out to have been Minami's way of telling the invitation sender that she had figured out their plans and identity.
8th Oct '17 1:22:23 AM HeroicJay
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* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'', after Goliath, Hudson, and Bronx are captured by The Pack, the younger Gargoyles discover a commercial on their TV, in which a woman who is clearly Fox stresses the names of Brooklyn, Broadway, and Lexington (Avenue) while encouraging the viewer to use the subway, cluing the three in to where the Pack is holed up.
6th Oct '17 4:58:02 PM HeroicJay
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* In [[Script/NumberTwo the original script]] (''not'' the final script) of ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartII'', Marty gets lost and arrested in the 1960s. Without any ID he can give the authorities that wouldn't reveal him as a time traveler, he gives his name as "Marty [=DeLorean=]" and tells his lawyer to publish his story in the newspapers, in the hopes of Doc Brown discovering the newspaper and bailing him out. It doesn't quite go as planned, though: while Doc does see and recognize the message, Lorraine (a hippy in this time period) gets to him first and bails him out believing him to be a kindred spirit (apparently not recognizing that he looks identical to her one-time boyfriend "[[ImMrFuturePopCultureReference Calvin Klein]]".)
** A probably-less-deliberate example happens in the game series (see below).


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* In ''VideoGame/BackToTheFutureTheGame'', the franchise's tendency toward ImMrFuturePopCultureReference pays off, resulting in an accidental version of this trope, when Marty discovers that one "Creator/CarlSagan" was gunned down by gangsters in 1931, which flags Marty's attention enough to dig deeper and discover that "Carl Sagan" was, indeed, Doc.
6th Oct '17 4:29:24 PM foxley
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* ''Series/{{Endeavour}}'': In "Pilot", a university professor and cryptic crossword compiler uses his weekly crossword to supply his paramour with the time and location of their next assignation.
9th Sep '17 5:46:00 AM Medinoc
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* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'': [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20050617 here]] a bunch of [[SuperSoldier Jagers]] are [[InTheNameOfTheMoon posing]] and ChewingTheScenery, probably loud enough to hear for not only a few panicked bystanders, but half of the town. Dimo's first phrase, however, had a very specific meaning, which [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20050624 the only intended listener recognized]] immediately (and was somewhat shocked). And it's something they say openly only when they are ''sure'' no outsider can possibly overhear.

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* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'': [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20050617 here]] a bunch of [[SuperSoldier Jagers]] are [[InTheNameOfTheMoon posing]] and ChewingTheScenery, probably loud enough to hear for not only a few panicked bystanders, but half of the town. Dimo's first phrase, however, had a very specific meaning, meaning,[[note]]Only a member of house Heterodyne has any authority giving them orders "by the [[http://girlgenius.wikia.com/wiki/Jägertroth ancient contract]]"[[/note]] which [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20050624 the only intended listener recognized]] immediately (and was somewhat shocked). And it's something they say openly only when they are ''sure'' no outsider can possibly overhear.
26th Aug '17 5:19:05 AM JackG
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** In Season 5, it's revealed that Samaritan is communicated with its operatives via FakeStatic in radio transmissions, forming an encrypted morse code.

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** In Season 5, it's revealed that Samaritan is communicated communicating with its operatives via FakeStatic in radio transmissions, forming an encrypted morse code.
16th Aug '17 9:52:22 AM Gravidef
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* One method of contacting 911 regarding domestic abuse or violence is to call the number and pretend to be ordering a pizza, as depicted in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Z_zWIVRIWk this commercial]. In the ad, a woman remarks that she wants to place an order; the dispatcher asks if she knows she's calling 911, and she responds "Yes." She's then able to communicate her address and the fact that she's in danger to the man on the line, who sends help.

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* One method of contacting 911 regarding domestic abuse or violence is to call the number and pretend to be ordering a pizza, as depicted in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Z_zWIVRIWk this commercial].commercial]]. In the ad, a woman remarks that she wants to place an order; the dispatcher asks if she knows she's calling 911, and she responds "Yes." She's then able to communicate her address and the fact that she's in danger to the man on the line, who sends help.
16th Aug '17 9:52:03 AM Gravidef
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* One method of contacting 911 regarding domestic abuse or violence is to call the number and pretend to be ordering a pizza, as depicted in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Z_zWIVRIWk this commercial]. In the ad, a woman remarks that she wants to place an order; the dispatcher asks if she knows she's calling 911, and she responds "Yes." She's then able to communicate her address and the fact that she's in danger to the man on the line, who sends help.
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