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11th Sep '16 4:03:58 PM nighttrainfm
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** In Season 1's "In Blackest Night", Green Lantern is accused of blowing up a planet and killing its entire population. Superman and Martian Manhunter go to check it out and quickly realize that something is off: If the planet really was destroyed, then why has it's moon maintained its orbit?

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** In Season 1's "In Blackest Night", Green Lantern is accused of blowing up a planet and killing its entire population. Superman and Martian Manhunter go to check it out and quickly realize that something is off: If if the planet really was destroyed, then why has it's its moon maintained its orbit?orbit?
** In "Legends", after the heroes find their first main clue that something is off about Seaboard City, they start noticing smaller imperfections: the local heroes always work with the same two cops, and the exact same ice cream truck is constantly roaming the city without ever stopping.
4th Sep '16 8:27:11 PM jamespolk
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* In ''Series/SeventeenMomentsOfSpring'', Stirlitz and his radio operator Kathe are Russian [[DeepCoverAgent Deep Cover Agents]] inside Nazi Germany. Kathe is nine months pregnant. Stirlitz is worried that she'll start screaming out in Russian when she's in labor. Sure enough, she does. The German nurses call the Gestapo.



*** Likewise, according to QI, female spies can be found out because on giving birth they will scream out in their native language; apparently Himmler found this out when a "German" radio operator screamed in Russian while giving birth.
*** This is a plot point in ''Series/SeventeenMomentsOfSpring'' - and the radio operator is one of the major good characters.
4th Sep '16 6:57:52 AM AdelePotter
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* In ''Fanfic/TheVerySecretDiary'', what finally gets Ginny to distrust Tom is when she realizes that one of his many fabricated stories about his past that he's been telling her couldn't have ''possibly'' happened when he said it did, due to the timeline of his story and the one of Myrtle's life not matching up. When she realizes this, Ginny also looks into some ''other'' details in his story, and the whole thing immediately begins to fall apart.
28th Aug '16 4:18:14 AM Milarqui
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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.

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* ''Series/NickyRickyDickyAndDawn'' In The "The Quadfather", Nicky realized his father is actually the title character (a beaver dressed in a suit) after hearing him sneeze.sneeze.
* ''Series/StrangerThings'': Hopper immediately realizes the people at the lab are hiding something when they show him exterior shots of the lab from the night after Will disappeared, because the video shows a calm night, but it was torrentially raining.
23rd Aug '16 9:43:14 PM PaulA
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* In "Wayne Manor", part of the ''Fanfic/SorrowfulAndImmaculateHearts'' series, Thomas Wayne hires a new butler, Alfred Pennyworth, who is actually a law-enforcement plant as part of an operation against Gotham City's organized crime families. Martha Wayne immediately spots him as not who he claims to be, because no self-respecting butler would tie his tie the way Alfred does. (She goes on to say that this wasn't the only thing that gave him away, but it's the one she chooses to lead with.)
9th Aug '16 8:54:45 AM Odacon_Spy
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* In ''Literature/DoAndroidsDreamOfElectricSheep'', Deckard is initially led to believe that he's registered a "false positive" on Rachel Rosen's Voight-Kampff test (ie. he's identified a real human with stunted empathy as an android, something that would have invalidated the entire testing process and forced Earth's police agencies to come up with a whole new test ''from scratch''). It's only when the Rosens try to buy his silence on the matter by bribing him with their (very rare) pet owl, and Rachel continuously refers to the owl as "it" instead of "she", does Deckard realise that he's been had.
6th Aug '16 4:28:34 AM Anderling
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** The Dutch used the name of the port town Scheveningen[[labelnote:*]] "ch", in Dutch, is a guttural rasping noise which is particularly difficult for many foreigners to pronounce[[/labelnote]] to unmask Germans.

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** The Dutch used the name of the port town Scheveningen[[labelnote:*]] "Sch" in Dutch is analyzed as the letter "s" and the digraph "ch", producing the consonant cluster [sx], while in Dutch, German it is a guttural rasping noise which is particularly difficult for many foreigners to pronounce[[/labelnote]] analyzed as the trigraph "sch," pronounced [ʃ][[/labelnote]] to unmask Germans.
1st Aug '16 4:27:41 PM DavidDelony
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* There are quite a few videos on Website/YouTube of {{Phony Veteran}}s like [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sOj07ClhEi8 this one]] getting clalled out by actual soliders for claiming to be part of nonexistent battalions or wearing medals improperly.
25th Jul '16 5:13:44 PM Premonition45
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* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' subverts it: Keiko O'Brien becomes suspicious of the recording provided of her husband's death, as the time stamp shows it's late in the day and computer analysis shows that the cup he's drinking from (shortly before an explosion) contains coffee, and she ''knows'' her husband never drinks coffee in the afternoon as it keeps him awake at night. Sure enough, the video has been faked, and her husband is rescued. He finally makes it back home that night, and says "boy, that was a long day. I need a cup of coffee!". She was RightForTheWrongReasons all along.

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* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' subverts it: ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine''
** Subverts in the episode "Armageddon Game".
Keiko O'Brien becomes suspicious of the recording provided of her husband's husband Miles' death, as the time stamp shows it's late in the day and computer analysis shows that the cup he's drinking from (shortly before an explosion) contains coffee, and she ''knows'' her husband never drinks coffee in the afternoon as it keeps him awake at night. Sure enough, the video has been faked, and her husband is rescued. He finally makes it back home that night, and says "boy, that was a long day. I need a cup of coffee!". She was RightForTheWrongReasons all along.



* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' played it straight in "Datalore", when Lore tries to pass himself off as Data and slips up by mentioning his "off switch". Data had previously sworn Dr. Crusher to secrecy over it. Other smaller things, such as his use of contractions (whereas Data does not) tipped them off to the charade.

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* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' played it ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'':
** Played
straight in "Datalore", when Lore tries to pass himself off as Data and slips up by mentioning his "off switch". Data had previously sworn Dr. Crusher to secrecy over it. Other smaller things, such as his use of contractions (whereas Data does not) tipped them off to the charade.



** Meeting his "mother," Julianna, the scientist who co-built him, Data is happy to meet her. When a cave-in occurs, Julianna is revealed to actually be an android (the real Julianna died years before and her husband uploaded her brain patterns into an android without her knowledge), which Data knew. He tells Riker his attention was caught by Julianna doing complicated math equations on the spot. He then saw that her blinking was the same pattern as Data's own, a formula that made their blinking seem random. The final piece was Data hearing Julianna rehearse for a musical performance then replicate the piece in perfect note and pitch, which was humanly impossible.

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** Meeting In "Inheritance", when Data meets his "mother," Julianna, Dr. Julianna Tainer, the scientist who co-built him, Data he is happy to meet her.pleased. When a cave-in occurs, Julianna is revealed to actually be an android (the real Julianna died years before and her husband uploaded her brain patterns into an android without her knowledge), which Data knew. He tells Riker his attention was caught by Julianna doing complicated math equations on the spot. He then saw that her blinking was the same pattern as Data's own, a formula that made their blinking seem random. The final piece was Data hearing Julianna rehearse for a musical performance then replicate the piece in perfect note and pitch, which was humanly impossible.
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''.
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