The Revelation to John is considered by many scholars to be a disguised warning against Rome. Since it was to be read by a Roman audience, it had to get past Rome's censors, so it couched its accusations in crazy imagery. For instance, the Beast was said to have 7 heads, and a later passage said "The seven heads are seven hills" (referring most likely to the seven hills of Rome).
The Song of Songs (a.k.a. the Song of Solomon) contains plenty of suggestive sexual imagery couched in a perfectly innocent (cough cough) Hebrew poem.
Of particular interest is verse 7:2, in which the groom describes his beloved's navel as "a rounded goblet that never lacks wine". Let's just say that in the original text, the word "navel" probably refers to something a bit lower than your bellybutton.
Or, the word navel could simply refer to the womb of a woman with the wine being babies.
Of course, there'd obviously be one reason for a woman to be constantly pregnant...
Throughout the Old Testament, the word "naked" is often used as a polite euphemism for engaging in the sort of activities that would normally require a person to be naked.
The Bible is full of veiled references to sex, such as the famous "to 'know'" (have sexual relations with) and "thigh" as a euphemism for "groin".
Which leads to the realization that the Israelites swore oaths to someone by grabbing the *cough* family gems.
Thus, the word "testify". The oath was one of a promise, though, not "testify" in the modern sense.
But the crowning moment of getting crap past the radar was this, in their Sonic and the Black Knight coverage (9/08 issue, of course).
Steve Thomason: [With Sonic's new sword skills], he'd probably make a good guest fighter in the next Soulcalibur game. Hey, it'd be less absurd than Ivy's... um... "enhancements".
The purchase of the magazine by Future Publishing, in 2008, significantly toned down the radar, as they allow crude humor and sexual references in their magazines. One issue of PC Gamer even used a Precision F-Strike.
The issue with the large article on New Super Mario Bros. Wii included the line "Lemmy's bouncing balls won't hurt you, but they will push you away."
Even the oldNintendo Power comics had some there - you'll very clearly see that Fara Phoenix wears no undergarments under her pilot suit.
The June 2012 issue had this line about No More Heroes 2 in the Wii Essentials article:
"Protagonist Travis Touchdown slices and dices his way through even more baddies than before to avenge his best friend's death-and, perhaps more importantly, to get some, um, affection from femme fatale Sylvia Christel."
In 2011 in Chicago when a blizzard stranded cars on Lake Shore Drive, the Chicago Tribune initially went with the headline, "Bad LSD trip: Who's to blame".
A 2012 column by New York Times conservative columnist Ross Douthat snuck this one in:
The promise of a Lincoln-Douglas-style showdown with the president has been one of Gingrich's more effective rhetorical flourishes... [but] it's hard to see how Gingrich's Master Debater reputation recovers from his poor showings in the debates in Florida.
In 2004, when the city of San Francisco briefly permitted same-sex weddings, Rosie O'Donnell went there, married her girlfriend, and gave a speech harshly critical of the then-president (who opposed same-sex marriage). The Chicago Sun-Times ran a story with the headline, "Rosie Weds Longtime Girlfriend, Slams Bush".
A local Minnesota newspaper artfully juxtaposed two headlines on its front page, in May 2014: "Boy Scouts to accept gay boys" and, on a different story below it, "In through the back door".
In October 2004 the Chicago Tribune decided to run an article in their "Womanews" section about the most vile word in the English language. Why anybody thought this was a good idea is not explained. The title of the article was "You C*nt Say That". It was pulled at the last minute, making this crap that almost got past the radar.
Total Gamer was an Australian A4 sized video game focused magazine that was apparently targeted at kids. It was sold in the same sections you would find other children's magazines such as Magazine/K-Zone. The biggest difference however was that TG was filled with satirical humor, articles on things like a gang war that broke out in Ireland over a PlayStation and the editor sometimes giving some less than friendly responses such as calling a kid out on mispelling "hedgehog".
The Howard Stern Show could be considered the epitome of this for radio. Admittedly one of the FCC's most watched targets as far back as 1986, for the next twenty years of his highly rated terrestrial radio career, Stern had to figure out ways to still be funny without violating the rules of what could and could not be said on radio, else he would have faced steep fines and most likely been fired. Hence the phrases oral and anal sex became known as just oral and anal, the word douche bag became douche, and asshole became ass.
One phone tap for Z100 in December 2012 involved a woman prank calling her friend, pretending to be her masseuse. The "masseuse" then mentions...tickling her taco. It takes a while for the friend to realize, but when she does, she calls the other friend back to question it. Terms like "happy ending" and "your downstairs is your body too" were all used. Z100 may not be the cleanest staton, but how the heck did they allow this in the radio?!
Another commercial for the adjustable mattress around the same time as the above involved a Freudian slip from the announcer. The line was supposed to be something like that the bed would "improve your resting experience," but the announcer accidentally says "improve your performance.
The ultimate example of this is probably Round the Horne's "Rambling Syd Rumpo", played by Kenneth Williams, a west country folk singer whose songs were littered with nonsense words that, taken in context, sounded utterly obscene.
Not forgetting Julian and Sandy, who conversed almost entirely in Polari, the slang language used by the gay community at the time. Of course, the whole thing was subverted in the final episode, which introduced Julian and Sandy's wives...
A novelty act was described as 'The Great Omipaloni' which sailed totally over the heads of audiences (basically Polari for The Big Poof).
It has been claimed that during Julian and Sandy sketches the audience would sometimes laugh dirtily at lines that even the performers couldn't see any innuendo in.
Other examples include mentioning that Julian and Sandy were very good at the "cottage upright" (gay male sex in a toilet) and mentioning that, when they were being lawyers, have "a criminal practice that takes up most of their time" - at a time when male homosexuality was illegal.
A round called Censored Song glorified this trope, in which, by judicious use of the buzzer, a song hitherto thought of as being as clean as Whistler's Mother could be rendered utterly filthy by suggestion. Take Maurice Chevalier's battle-scarred voice, for instance, and insert a strategic buzz in Thank Heaven For Little Girls:
Every time I see a leetle girl/Of five or six or maybe seven;/I can't resist the joyous urge to (BZZZZ) and sing Zank Heaven for leetle girls...
I Whistle a Happy Tune was censored to become
"Whenever I feel a[buzz] / I hold my [buzz] erect / And whistle a happy tune / so no one will suspect I'm a[buzz]... Whenever I [buzz] / The people I [buzz] / I [buzz] myself as well..."
My Favourite Things:
"[buzz-buzz] and [buzz-buzz] and [buzz-buzz] and [buzz-buzz], / [buzz-buzz] and [buzz-buzz] and [buzz-buzz] and [buzz-buzz], / [buzz-buzz-buzz-buzz-buzz] all tied up with string: / these are a few of my favourite things".
Walking in the Air from The Snowman: many instances of a small boy singing "I'm [buzz]ing in the air..."
Clue also employs double entendres every episode to describe the (fictional) scorer Samantha (who "sits on [the Chairman's] left hand") on I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue. Lines like "Samantha's going out now for an ice cream with her new Italian gentleman friend. She says she's looking forward to licking the nuts off a large Neapolitan" barely even qualify as double entendres...
"Samantha has to nip out now with her new gentleman friend. Apparently, they've been working on the restoration of an old chest of drawers. Samantha is in charge of polishing, while he scrapes the varnish and wax off next to her."
"As is customary, Samantha spent some time down in the gramophone library earlier, fetching the hit singles she's chosen. She's become quite friendly with the two elderly archivists, Jack and Arthur. They've recently gone part-time, so Samantha's come to a working arrangement - she does the paperwork, Arthur gets her 45s out and Jack's off all afternoon."
When talking about a grumpy neighbor who phones her a lot:
Humph: She says she always finds time to handle his testy calls.
A rather risqué example was Stephen Fry on the 30th anniversary special in 2002. In the "Uxbridge English Dictionary" round, in which panellists give "alternate" definitions of English words, Stephen offered "Countryside: to kill Piers Morgan".
More recently, a guest panellist gave the definition "Control: Piers Morgan, George Galloway, A A Gill, Simon Cowell..."
Im Sorry Ill Read That Again got into trouble for including the phrase 'Cowpoke' by BBC executives who mistook the innocent slang for a cowboy as a bizarre sexual fetish. They totally missed the fact that the same episode featured a character called Martha Farquar.
Many running gags on The BBC radio comedy The Goon Show were the punchlines of dirty jokes, entirely meaningless out of context. Such as spy-themed story called 'The Pink Oboe'. When the BBC finally twigged, the Goons took the entirely reasonable position that if the people complaining already knew the jokes, they had no business being offended by them. There was also a regular character named Captain Hugh Jampton. They didn't always get away with it — in an episode about the Roman Empire a reference to "the lays of ancient Rome" was cut, although the joke later came to light when the uncut script was published.
And then there were the names... Justin Eidelburgernote Just an idle bugger, anyone?
Also this little gem:
Doorman: Are you a member? Neddie Seagoon: No, I'm a country member. Doorman: Oh, I remember.
Then there's a seemingly innocent aside by young Bluebottle:
Pulls up trousers, tucks in shirt. Heh heh... my hands were cold.
And the punchline to a specfically Royal Navy joke (clue: disregard rum and the lash and focus on the third alleged staple of Navy life).
"Bend over for the Golden Rivet!"
The question must be asked, how did they get away with this?
Seagoon: But my wife...I can't leave her with 38 children! Grytpype-Thynne: Isn't that enough? Seagoon: Yes...I suppose a rest would do her good. Grytpype: It'd do you good too, you naughty boy.
Seagoon is frequently referred to, and sometimes calls himself, a Charlie. Meaning a patsy or a fool, this comes from rhyming slang: Charlie Hunt...
Proving later radio comedy could still pull it off, Radio Active in the 1980's had a sketch about a musical singer trying to suggest to a spectacularly dense producer that a song called "If You See Kay..." might just conceivably be misinterpreted.
"If You See Kay" is an actual 1982 song by a Canadian band called April Wine  and even then it wasn't a new idea.
When Mark and Lard did their afternoon show on Radio One from 1997-2004, a regular feature was a kind of budget soul singer named Fat Harry White, who would tell "anecdotal" stories laden with unsubtle and usually filthy double entendres. A memorable example was when he was talking about camping with one of his "beautiful ladyfriends" who opened the tent to allow him access following a downpour — "when she parted her wet flaps, I was keen to get stuck in!". On one memorable occasion they had the "controller of Radio One" telephone the studio in protest when the boys chose to "axe" Fat Harry and demand Harry's return in "unintended" Fat Harry-style innuendo: "I've a good mind to call you into my office and give you a dressing down, and we all know how you're left spluttering when you've had a mouthful from me! If you don't put Harry back right this instant I'm coming down there to pull you both off!". It's amazing that they got away with that stuff on an early afternoon show.
Then there was their cruder but just as audacious feature "Lard's Classic Cuts", where they would play a damaged vinyl record which jumped and skipped and just happened to turn the air blue, just as if they'd been edited for innuendo or swearing. How did they get away with it on national radio at lunchtime?
How did they get away with it on national radio at lunchtime? Firstly, because it was radio (where you can get much more crap past the radar than on TV, at least in the UK) and secondly, because it was lunchtime. The kiddiewinks were all at school then, and there isn't that much crossover between the adult listenership of Radio 1 and the people who complain to the BBC about double-entendres on the radio. It's possible there wasn't anyone listening to the show who was inclined to complain.
One ad for modded game controllers featured two gamers, one of whom possessed a game controller rigged for a "hyper" mode. The loser says that his friend "really kicked my ass", and goes on to state, "Your right hand must really get a lot of practice from all that time you spend in the bathroom, huh?"
The Big Finish Doctor Who audio drama Zagreus has the Doctor yell what sounds a lot like "shit!" under cover of a noisy sound effect shortly after a bit of totally unsubtle sucking up to The BBC.
At the end of the audio drama "Orbis", the Headhunter is quite proud of herself after rescuing the Doctor, defusing a threat to the universe, and destroying an entire planet in doing so. Having lived for 600 years with the people of that planet,the 8th Doctor was not so impressed:
At the height of the Jimmy Savile scandal, while the BBC were doing their best to keep quiet about the whole thing, BBC Radio Ulster read out a text on air from a listener who praised Sir Jimmy for having fixed it for him to "milk a cow blindfolded".
In the 2nd-edition days of Dungeons & Dragons, a large number of Forgotten Realms guidebooks (particularly the "Volo's Guides" series of in-universe travelogues) made reference to "festhalls" scattered across the Realms in just about every city and town. And by "festhalls" we mean "brothels".
Ed Greenwood himself once actually made a statement to the effect of "TSR won't let us say 'brothel,' so if you see the word 'festhall'..."
Made even more blatant by 3rd Edition, when Sharess, goddess of sexual pleasure, also became goddess of festhalls.
Drow Tales is set in a different world. Sharess there just comes from the Drow word for Queen
Actually, she was originally Bastet of the Mulhorandi (read: Egyptian) religion, so in more ways than one.
And in ANOTHER example of this trope and 2nd Ed Dungeons & Dragons, pretty much every Planescape supplement ever written falls under this to greater or lesser extent...seeing as the term "Berk" was used in this setting as "Chummer" was in Shadowrun and quite gratuitously at that. The problem is that...well...note There is an Urban Legend that "Berk" is short for "Berkley Hunt"...which rhymes with...oh, a certain four-letter expletive referring to, well, Country Matters and was primarily released in a country in which, because of the false association with a certain other word, the term "Berk" is a far stronger expletive than in its native Britain (where it usually tends to be used in the context of being a complete dumbass).
In the game Pirates and Plunder, in the rules for port cities, it is explained that when sailors come ashore from the uncultured environment of shipboard, what they most want is to enjoy polite conversation over a cup of tea with a genteel young lady. It then gives a detailed list of the tariffs of the houses providing this service, from your basic cup of tea, up to such pricey luxuries as tea, iced cake, spicy biscuits andextremelyrefined conversation with two young ladies.
The RPG Hol may have been created just to release a supplement titled Buttery WHoLsomeness. Inside contents go straight to Vulgar Humor.
In Warhammer there's been a certain iconic image of a Beastman◊ that's appeared in Beastman-related supplements since the Realms of Chaos books...which has a veryVulgar Humor version of "Mary Had A Little Lamb"note "Mary had a little goat and so I cut its f_cking throat"—yes, the second letter of the F Bomb is smeared out to boot written on its sword. The pic has lasted through at least seven editions of supplements as the phrase in question is written in the runes of the (in-game Chaos language) Dark Speech, which the editors apparently don't read.
The Mutants & Masterminds supplement for comic book fantasy gaming, Warriors and Warlocks, includes a sample character with the following quote.
In the Campbell/Reese (6th Edition) Biology textbook, it describes a particular type of breeding, technically referred to as semelparity, from Latin roots. However, the first and easier to remember name it...big-bang reproduction.Itgetsbetter.
The Cambridge Latin Course has its moments. Any language book that includes the line "ancilla dominum multum delectat" (the slave girl pleases the master very much), can't exactly claim innocence.
"The master said "I am leaving for a while." The cook says "hooray!" The slave girl pleased the cook and he was happy. Then he pleased her for a long time."
One of the early Harry Potter movie tie-in toys was a Nimbus 2000 replica aimed at children in the 8-12 age bracket. This battery-operated gizmo had sound effects and vibration. Somehow, nobody seems to have noticed what they were making until after it was already on store shelves.
The Hannah Montana dolls they seem perfectly harmless until you discover where you press the button for them to sing.
PS238 has the school's janitor/super tech genius install a chip in a ranting kid's brain that replaces curse words with random non-curse words, and "entire tirades of profanity with showtunes" "Mostly written by Rogers and Hammerstein" see it to believe it
Normally, Carrie from Everyday Heroes doesn't use anything stronger than "Holy cow!"; however, extreme shock will cause her to exclaim "Saint Francis University!!" ... which is her way of saying ST F U.
In-universe example: Agatha in Girl Genius doesn't realize the implications of some of her lines in The Socket Wench of Prague until she finds out the context for them.
One of The Nostalgia Chick's images in the slowed-down "Chipmunk Song" is a silhouette of a dragon graphically fucking a car, visible cum and all. The radar in this case being Blip, who probably would not have let that through if they'd noticed.
While The Nostalgia Critic does oblige to Blip's guidelines and censors nudity whenever it appears, he still manages to get Duck Tits past the radar.
Granted, those were an example of the trope to begin with, since Howard the Duck was only rated PG...
Ponies The Anthology managed this on itself in its sequel. Anthology II was made Lighter and Softer w/o any unbleeped swearing... except for one Harry Potterparody where Princess Luna uses the word "shitty", except in classical English which makes it sound like "shy-tee," immediately before getting bleeped at "you'll be *bleep*ing pleased abou' it."
"Getting used to things is like a wife's sacred duty. Like swallowing, your pride, when your husband upsets you. "
An In-Universe example occurs in The Hardcore Kid's review of Jungldryed Hugo 2. As he was reviewing the film he noted that it got rather sexual dialogue past the radar and called out on it. Then a furry, who wants to censor stuff that brings the fandom into a different light comes along to ask him to remove all of it because it would give furries a bad name. Saying with it that he reviewed lots of other movies that brought the fandom in a bad light. Then he sees the actual movie and comes upon the actual realization that it is just a stupid kids movie and that they were all fooled by him and decides to not disturb The Hardcore Kid any further. Must be the same thing that the censors thought when they saw the film at first glance.
Watchdog is a British magazine-format consumer-interest show. In one episode two presenters were investigating a scam. The dialogue went like this
First Presenter: These guys are masters of the bait and switch.
Second Presenter: Master switchers then?
First Presenter: And baiters.
Topps' "Wacky Packages" stickers were aimed at child consumers, and had strict limits on the kinds of humor that could be included (there wasn't so much as a fart joke in any of the sticker series). However, the artist managed to sneak a rather ... suggestive image onto the lower-middle of this sticker.
During the USS Pueblo incident at the height of the Cold War, where a naval reconnaissance ship and its crew were captured by North Korea, Commander Lloyd M. Bucher was tortured and mock-executed in an effort to get him to confess to wrongdoing. Eventually, when they threatened his crew, Bucher wrote a confession and, since they had no one fluent in English, they could only translate individual words to make sure what he was writing was a confession. He wrote "We paean the North Korean state. We paean their great leader Kim Il Sung." The North Koreans missed the urination pun.
And as a further insult, the Commander said of his violating the Nork's waters that "[P]entatration, however slight, is sufficient to complete the act." That is an almost verbatim repeat of the the definition of rape in the Uniform Code of Military Justice.
When Swedish sculptor Carl Milles tried to make a statue of Poseidon for the town of Goteborg, he was prevented from making it anatomically correct. He got around this issue by cleverly placing the fish in Poseidon's hand, so that when you look at it from the right angle...
Professional baseball players usually write their uniform number on the handle end of their bats. Bill Ripken (Cal's brother) once wrote "Fuck Face" on the knob of one of his batting practice bats to help him identify it quickly. When a Fleer photographer snapped Ripken's photo for his 1989 Fleer card (#616)◊, Ripken forgot that he was holding a bat with an obscenity on it. The photographer failed to notice it, as did apparently everyone else at Fleer, as the photo made it all the way onto the final version of the card (though it has been rumored that Fleer noticed the obscenity and let it pass in order to create publicity).
A much celebrated result in game theory and theoretical computer science is that calculating the Nash Equilibrium of games with at least three players is more difficult than previously thought. The title of the paper? ''Three-player Games Are Hard''.
The Seychelles once printed a bank note featuring an idyllic beach scene, where if held sideways, the leaves of a palm tree spelt out the word "SEX".
Architectural models, featuring small model people milling about and going around their business in the vicinity of a proposed building development, have included dogs cocking their legs against lamp-posts, and couples having sex in remote out-of-the-way corners.
German model railway accessories firm Preiser sell pre-painted figures to slot into your layout. These generally focus on unremarkable examples of human life - pedestrians, policemen, dog-walkers, farmers, postmen, shoppers, labourers, people waiting for trains to put on the station platform, et c. But the range also includes naked sunbathers, streakers, couples ''in flagrante'' and other slightly outrageous designs.
The ESPN College Gameday show is filmed live on the campus of the school hosting the most interesting college football game that week, in front of a live audience of drunken rowdy fans. Many hold up very large vulgar cardboard signs in the hopes of getting them on TV. Many succeed.◊
Frasier stars Jane Leeves and Peri Gilpin invested some of their money in a TV and film production company. They chose to call their production company Bristol Cities as the name sounded like it meant professional business to American ears. "Bristol Cities" is, however, rhyming slang for "breasts" ("titties"), a subtlety they worked in as a hidden joke.
The mobile game Jetpack Joyride has the achievement "Tee-Hee Two: Collect exactly 69 coins"
The radar of Japanese media is odd, as its censorship laws are both very draconian and very narrow. The portrayal of uncensored human genitals is not allowed (to the point that even Japanese porn has to be censored), but it doesn't particularly care otherwise, thus people got...creative. Many of the things that would stereotypically paint Japan as "weird", like "naughty tentacles", started out as attempts to skirt around laws like these.