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21st Jul '16 10:09:35 PM PaulA
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** Also, there's a story about the exchanging passwords, where the guard would call, "Oh say can you see," and expect the answer, "by the dawn's early light?" Then the guard would call, "And where is that band," and if the answer was "who so vauntingly swore,", they'd know it was a spy. Because while any red blooded American could be counted on to know the first verse of the Star Spangled Banner, only a spy who was trying too hard would have memorized the ''third''. Asimov used this for a short mystery in ''The Union Club Mysteries''.

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** Also, there's a story about the exchanging passwords, where the guard would call, "Oh say can you see," and expect the answer, "by the dawn's early light?" Then the guard would call, "And where is that band," and if the answer was "who so vauntingly swore,", they'd know it was a spy. Because while any red blooded American could be counted on to know the first verse of the Star Spangled Banner, only a spy who was trying too hard would have memorized the ''third''. Asimov Creator/IsaacAsimov used this for a short mystery in ''The Union Club Mysteries''.
19th Jul '16 8:49:18 PM ArJayKay
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** Similarly, the Germans-dressed-as-Americans during the Battle of the Bulge were given away due to their forger's correcting an intentional error in the standard GI identity cards.

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** Similarly, the Germans-dressed-as-Americans during the Battle of the Bulge were given away due to their forger's correcting an intentional spelling error in the standard GI identity cards.
17th Jul '16 8:28:22 AM nombretomado
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* During the fight with [[spoiler: Vlitra's Core]] in ''AsurasWrath'', the cutscenes before and after the fight show [[spoiler: What look like Golden threads woven by The Golden Spider to hold Vlitra inside the planet itself and holds up it's stage]].

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* During the fight with [[spoiler: Vlitra's Core]] in ''AsurasWrath'', ''VideoGame/AsurasWrath'', the cutscenes before and after the fight show [[spoiler: What look like Golden threads woven by The Golden Spider to hold Vlitra inside the planet itself and holds up it's stage]].
12th Jul '16 10:36:39 AM Premonition45
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* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'': Something similar happens when Bruce Wayne realizes that "his" voice in his head is actually somebody else, since this voice calls him "Bruce", while Bruce refers to himself by a [[Franchise/{{Batman}} a different name]] in his head. When Terry points out that Bruce ''isn't'' Batman anymore, Bruce just says "tell that to my subconscious".

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* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'': Something similar happens when In "Shriek", [[{{Gaslighting}} Bruce Wayne realizes that "his" voice in his head is actually somebody else, else]], since this voice calls him "Bruce", [[SecretIdentityIdentity while Bruce refers to himself by a by]] [[Franchise/{{Batman}} a different name]] [[SecretIdentityIdentity in his head.head]]. When Terry points out that Bruce ''isn't'' Batman anymore, Bruce just says "tell that to my subconscious".
10th Jul '16 6:06:32 PM nombretomado
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* ''{{Claymore}}'': Raki is told that a Claymore is looking for him and is in the nearby forest. When they talk Raki points out, correctly, that Claymores never refer to themselves as Claymores[[note]] the name was given to them by regular humans[[/note]]. TheReveal is that it was a Yoma impersonating a Claymore to take him hostage in order to draw Clare out and kill her.

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* ''{{Claymore}}'': ''Manga/{{Claymore}}'': Raki is told that a Claymore is looking for him and is in the nearby forest. When they talk Raki points out, correctly, that Claymores never refer to themselves as Claymores[[note]] the name was given to them by regular humans[[/note]]. TheReveal is that it was a Yoma impersonating a Claymore to take him hostage in order to draw Clare out and kill her.
26th Jun '16 8:21:38 AM karstovich2
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** The term itself comes from the Bible, in an account where one side of one of Israel's pre-monarchy civil wars identified fleeing soldiers of the other side by their mispronunciation of "Shibboleth" (the Ephraimites said "Sibboleth" instead).

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** The term itself comes from the Bible, Literature/TheBible, in an account where one side of where, during a conflict between the Gileadites and Ephraimites in one of Israel's pre-monarchy civil wars wars, the Gileadites identified fleeing soldiers of the other side by their mispronunciation of "Shibboleth" (the Ephraimites said "Sibboleth" instead).by their pronunciation of the word ''shibbólet'' (שִׁבֹּלֶת) (meaning "ear" in the sense of "ear of corn," i.e. "the part of a cereal plant that contains the grains"), which would have been pronounced ''sibbolet'' in the Ephraimite dialect.
13th Jun '16 10:23:06 AM Kakai
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* In ''Film/WarCraft2016'', Khadgar realizes that something doesn't add up in Medivh's behaviour when the latter burns down his research on the Portal.
10th Jun '16 7:35:42 PM somebob
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* ''Series/NickyRickyDickyAndDawn'' In The Quadfather", Nicky realized his father is actually the title character (a beaver dressed in a suit) after hearing him sneeze.
8th Jun '16 9:36:21 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''TheAdventuresOfHuckleberryFinn'': Huck goes in disguise as a girl at one point; the woman he's talking to gets suspicious when he can't thread a needle, and he is found out because of the way he catches a ball of yarn tossed to him. In short, Huck didn't do his research.

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* ''TheAdventuresOfHuckleberryFinn'': ''Literature/TheAdventuresOfHuckleberryFinn'': Huck goes in disguise as a girl at one point; the woman he's talking to gets suspicious when he can't thread a needle, and he is found out because of the way he catches a ball of yarn tossed to him. In short, Huck didn't do his research.



* In ''TheBookOfTheNewSun'', Severian spots a ''literal'' thread: [[spoiler:a ribbon sticking out from the side of the head of the mysterious soldier he battles at the Sanguinary Fields, which tips him off that it's really Agilus in disguise.]]

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* In ''TheBookOfTheNewSun'', ''Literature/TheBookOfTheNewSun'', Severian spots a ''literal'' thread: [[spoiler:a ribbon sticking out from the side of the head of the mysterious soldier he battles at the Sanguinary Fields, which tips him off that it's really Agilus in disguise.]]
4th Jun '16 8:57:40 AM SteveMB
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** Later in the same episode, Chameleon poses as Peter Parker to get into position to kill his target. Spider-Man easily spots him (since Spidey, of course, ''is'' Peter Parker) and takes him out. As Chameleon is being taken away, he demands to know what was wrong with his disguise, at which point [[BlatantLies Spider-Man just makes something up]].

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** Later in the same episode, Chameleon poses as Peter Parker to get into position to kill his target. Spider-Man easily spots him (since Spidey, of course, ''is'' ''[[ConfrontingYourImposter is]]'' Peter Parker) and takes him out. As Chameleon is being taken away, he demands to know what was wrong with his disguise, at which point [[BlatantLies Spider-Man just makes something up]].
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