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Stealth Pun: Real Life

  • In the famous F.A.O. Schwarz Toy Store, New York City, there are a pair of life-sized stuffed animals over the display case for board games. They don't say, but they are, of course, cheetahs.
  • While certainly not intentional, one of the largest elevator manufacturers in the world is the Schindler group. Schindler's Lift.
  • Cockney Rhyming Slang.
  • When a US military weather station experiences an earthquake, it is required to fill out a SEXX bulletin describing the event and any damage that occurs. Yes, you disseminate the SEXX bulletin when the Earth moves.
  • Mensa groups in the Chicago area host an annual "HalloweeM" gathering, in which extremely smart people dress up to embody the pun of their choice. As these costumes are designed by, and intended for the amusement of, Mensa-caliber intellects, the puns are usually coy enough to qualify for this trope.
  • This shirt design. "The Batmobile lost a wheel (and the Joker got away)".
    • Threadless.com also sells a T-shirt with Lenin, Mao, Castro, and Stalin, all in little party hats and carrying drinks. It's a communist party!
    • And one with a fish in a glass military tank. On description it doesn't really sound that stealthy, but you would not believe the amount of people who see it and say "Why is there a fish in a ta— OH."
    • Many of the shirts from Woot.Com are pun based. Good luck if you get the random pack and then finally get it while in the middle of the street.
  • Actress Jean Harlow was allegedly at dinner with Margot Asquith (wife of Herbert Henry Asquith, the former British Prime Minister), and kept pronouncing Mrs. Asquith's name with the 't' at the end. Eventually Asquith told her "No, Jean, the 'T' is silent, like in 'Harlow'". She was calling her a harlot.
  • The University of Tampere, a Finnish university, has three major buildings, which have meaningful names. The main building is named "Päätalo", Finnish for "main building". A castle-like building nearby is named "Linna" (castle). The faculty of sciences, located near a stream is named "Virta" (current). They sound like Incredibly Lame Pun, but they have actually been named of three Tampere cultural icons: writer Kalle Päätalo, writer Väinö Linna and musician Olavi Virta.
  • The musician Blixa Bargeld's name is a pseudonym. Since Blixa is a brand of pen, it's a literal "pen name".
  • The logo for Washington State's Department of Transportation is a green dot with a line drawing of a T-shaped road intersection.
    • In the same vein, Washington DC's Department of Transportation logo is the lowercase letter D followed by a period — as in D-DOT.
  • Whenever politicians from different countries meet (think of the G8), many people in their service work behind the stage to prepare things. Said helpers are called "sherpas", because they help to clear the way to a major summit.
  • It required a knowledge of at least three different languages, so this one is amazing - When Charles Napier, British General, conquered the Sindh area of India, Ms Catherine Winkworth submitted a joke to a newspaper that the communication to High Command should have been "Peccavi," which is Latin for "I have sinned." She later became a famous translator.

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