can you spot the hidden message


On this day in history: November 14, 1998 - “Doo Wop (That Thing)” by Lauryn Hill hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 2 weeks, also peaking at #2 on the R&B singles chart on the same date. Written and produced by Lauryn Hill, it is the biggest for the singer, songwriter and musician from South Orange, NJ. Issued as the first official single  from Lauryn Hill’s debut album “The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill” (her cover of “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” is released to radio but not commercially, and is a hidden bonus track on the CD version of the album). The song is written as a positive message to young women to not be too impulsive in relationships, giving themselves to men who may not really care for them, beyond having physical relations. Released as a single in early November of 1998, “Doo Wop” is an instant smash. It enters the Hot 100 at number one, holding the top spot for two weeks. Hill becomes the second female recording artist in history to solely write and produce a number one single. Debbie Gibson achieves the same feat twice in 1988 (with “Foolish Beat”) and 1989 (with “Lost In Your Eyes”). The songs’ music video also wins four MTV VMA Awards including Best Female Video and Video Of The Year. The single also wins two Grammy Awards (of five won by the album) for Best R&B Song and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance in 1999. “Doo Wop (That Thing)” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.

Spells mentioned in Carry On

Note: TSE stands for title self-explanatory. 

Note 2: I’m leaving out the songs and nursery rhymes.

1.       Hurry up: TSE

2.       Stay put: TSE

3.       Candle in the wind: Viagra (NB: if you mispronounce a syllable, you can set something on fire)

4.       Out, out, damned spot: getting rid of things

5.       Take it away: TSE

6.       Into thin air: make something disappear

7.       Some like it hot: heating something up

8.       Stay cool: calm down/remain calm

9.       Keep it together: TSE

10.   Suck it up: TSE

11.   Steady on: TSE

12.   Hold fast: TSE

13.   Olly olly oxen free: ??

14.   Come out, come out, wherever you are: TSE

15.   As you were: undo a spell

16.   It’s show time: reveal hidden things

17.   Scooby-Dooby-Doo where are you: search for something

18.   A little bird told me: send a message by bird

19.   Dead in the air: kill birds

20.   It is what it is: (Simon’s attempt on a spell)

21.   The lady’s not for turning: combat spell, especially strong for women

22.   Hair of the dog: cover someone in dog hair

23.   The game is on: TSE

24.   The game is afoot: Same reaction as The game is on (?)

25.   See what I mean: write in the air

26.   Answer me: TSE

27.   The truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth: an extreme version of Answer me

28.   You don’t have to: TSE

29.   Open Sesame: open the doors and make a great entrance

30.   Early to bed and early to rise: healing spell

31.   Get well soon: healing spell

32.   Stand your ground: spell someone’s feet into the dirt

33.   Cat got your tongue: mute someone (?)

34.   A place for everything, and everything in its place: clean up/make things disappear

35.   I wish I could fly: fly

36.   Nonsense: undo magic/healing spell

37.   Ix-nay on the atford-Way: don’t talk about Watford

38.   Ix-nay on my ue-feelings-tray: don’t talk about feelings

39.   Make a wish: think of something and it can happen/appear (?)

40.   April showers: make flowers bloom again

41.   Tyger, tyger, burning bright: suicide

42.   U can’t touch this: barrier spell (NB: won’t work unless they know the song)

43.   There’s nothing to see here: hide something

44.   Hear ye, hear ye: carry a voice

45.   Fine-tooth comb – [word]: look for something in a book/text

46.   Be our guest: protect someone in your house

47.   Clean as a whistle: the dirt you can see disappears

48.   Shut up: TSE

49.   Make way: TSE

50.   Make way for the king: extreme version of Make way

51.   Doe/A deer: call a doe/deer*

52.   You’re getting warmer: warm something up

53.   Time flies: make time go quicker (NB: only works when you’re having fun)

54.   Stay the course: calm down

55.   Up: fly

56.   Away: fly

57.   Back to start: healing spell

58.   Back off: defensive spell

59.   Paper beats rock: chaos (?)

60.   Have a break, have a Kit-Kat: crumble stuff (?)

61.   Let there be light: lights on

62.   Please, please, please: TSE

63.   Let me, let me, let me: ??

64.   Up, up, and away: levitate stuff (NB: don’t use this on people)

65.   And we all fall down: TSE

66.   Run for your life: TSE

67.   Hell hath no fury: shoot with fire

68.   Don’t worry, be happy: calming spell

69.   Hush little baby: calming spell

70.   Head over heels: combat spell

71.   Hit the floor: combat spell

72.   Resistance is futile: break down protective/combat spells (?)

73.   Bend over backwards: combat spell

74.   Helter skelter: chaos

75.   On love’s light wings: fly (NB: only works when you’re stupidly in love and you also need to understand the great vowel shift of the sixteenth century (thanks, anon!))

76.   Simon says: give someone named Simon magic (?)

77.   Stop it, stop hurting me: TSE

78.   These aren’t the droids you’re looking for: hiding something

2 more songs, 1 nursery rhyme.

*Might be a song? (Sound of Music)

EDIT: Thanks to @lovemelikesunday sending me a couple of asks. 

  1. answer me, you don’t have to, and I wish I could fly belong on the list, but perhaps with the caveat that they’re spells only Simon could use. Although they aren’t actually magic words Simon was able to imbue them with magic because he is so powerful (and uncontrollable). They won’t work for any other magician.
  2. Paper beats rock possibly only works against numpties and/or if you have paper to stick to something. I’m rereading and haven’t made it to that part again but I think it was used to freeze them temporarily.
  3. Hair of the dog isn’t specifically for covering someone in dog hair. Again, Simon isn’t great at magic and sometimes means things too literally. It’s a healing spell for hangovers.
  4. I noticed a couple other things as well, I hope you don’t mind! Dead in the air isn’t specifically for killing birds. Simon accidentally killed the birds because he’s incapable of regulating the strength of this spells. I think it’s used for stopping/bringing down/killing whatever is in the air around you.
  5. Olly olly oxen free is a searching spell. When you say it whatever you’re searching for is supposed to come out/reveal itself. It might only work on people, idk.

@lit-poet added:  “Olley Olley Oxen free” is what kids used to say when they were playing hide and seek but wanted to quit and for everyone to come out. So it’s basically “You can come out now!”

@irishpadfoot added:  Number 41 is incorrect. It burns things.

@snowflake-soup and @sagemeryllisbanks added: doesn’t make a wish extinguish fires? cuz people always say make a wish before you blow out birthday candles?

Also,  “answer me” and “you don’t have to” aren’t really spells, Simon just accidentally put magic into the words and they took on a spell-like quality. It’s just one of the flukes that’s involved with being the greatest mage .And yeah, that’s what Make a Wish does^^^

i think i believe i can fly also falls into the fluke category

@lucete-stellae pointed out that stop it stop hurting me is one too.

“TW Adults Only” Preference #5 – Telling Him You’re Pregnant

You were beyond excited. You had taken the test last night and another again this morning just to be sure. It had been over a year ago that you had bought his gift and now you were finally able to pull it out of its hidden spot in a shoe box in the very back of your closet and unwrap it. 

It’s a plain white coffee mug. Parrish is big on his coffee on weekend mornings. He’s one of those human beings who can’t function without it. Playing the sweet wife, you carefully pour him some of your home brewed coffee into the mug, covering up the message “I’m pregnant” engraved at the bottom of the cup, when you hear him to start to shamble down the stairs.

You greet him at the bottom, coffee in hand and a smile on your face, trying desperately not to look to suspicious. He eyes you carefully, knowing something’s up though. You hand him the cup.

“Good morning, honey.” You keep your voice even and attempt to remove the too-wide smile from your lips. It’s more difficult to do than you thought it would be. “I know you had a long night at work. Thought I’d be nice this morning,” you explain as he takes his first sip, still looking at you like you’ve grown two heads. The taste of the coffee seems to soothe his suspicions and he looks sweetly at you.

“That’s nice of you,” he says, voice still scratchy with sleep. “Thanks, baby.” He kisses your cheek before moving to sit in his chair and watch the news peacefully.

It takes him 15 long minutes to drink his coffee, during which you can’t sit still. Your body’s buzzing with anticipation and you start cleaning old dishes just to keep yourself moving and out of his site. You hear him get up from his chair, getting up to poor another cup. A part of you sinks. You thought he would have noticed by now.

He smiles at you as he puts the mug on the counter and grabs the full pot of coffee. He looks down, directly at the bottom of the mug, to watch where he’s pouring and starts filling the cup. It takes him a moment. He fills it about a quarter of the way full before doing a double take, like his brain finally caught up to what his eyes saw. He stops and dumps the coffee into the sink next to you. He stares at the message and then at you.

“Are you really?” he asks. His voice has cleared some but it’s still it still manages to crack.  The big goofy smile returns to you face and you nod. “Oh my god.” It’s still taking his brain a minute to process. “Oh my god!” He puts the mug on the counter and rushes to wrap his arms around you. “We’re going to have a baby?”

You return the hug and whisper to him, “We’re going to have a baby.”

“Aren’t you done yet?” he knocks on the door impatiently. “How long does it take to pee on a stick?” he mutters to himself. You open the door to see him leaning against the wall next to the door frame. You hold the test up in front of you. “And?”

“We have to wait three minutes for the results.” You can tell his words practically kill him. He wants to know now. He was actually the one to suggest you take a test. It was a little earlier than you would have normally took a test, but he had been sure you smelled differently, that something in your body chemistry had shook up.

“Why aren’t these things instantaneous yet?” he pouts as you put the test on the kitchen counter while you set a timer on your phone. You have to laugh at him.

“Don’t stare at it,” you tell him, wrapping your arms around his neck and pulling his attention to you. “You’ll drive yourself crazy.” He closes his eyes and sighs heavily, placing his forehead on yours. “You’ll be a good father,” you muse after a little while.

“I don’t have the best track record,” he says a little sadly. “I could screw it up.”

“You’ve got me,” you remind him. “I’ll push you back into place if you step out of line.” His eyes are still closed, but there’s a small smile on his lips.

“I don’t even know what to do with a kid,” he says. He’s been back and forth on his feelings, so excited and terrified at the same time.

“Well you better figure it out,” you tell him, glancing your eyes to the side. “I’m pregnant.” His eyes snap open and he lifts his head off yours.

“It hasn’t been three minutes!” he complains, confused at how you know. You laugh and nod your head to the test, already showing a second pink line. 

“I peaked,” you admit. He stares at the test for a moment before the relief and excitement wash over him. He hoists you up by your waist and pulls your legs around his hips. He kisses you passionately while you both start laughing.

“Well here goes nothing,” he chuckles.

You hadn’t been trying. You had been careful about protection most of the time. In retrospect, the fact that you have to add in “most of the time” to that statement negates it entirely. You hadn’t really been careful obviously. So staring at the two pink lines shouldn’t have been that shocking, but it was. It was terrifying. And now you had to tell him.

You walk out of the bathroom solemnly, carrying the test in your hand. No time like the present you figure. He’s standing in the kitchen and the second he sees you, he knows something’s wrong. He looks worriedly at you and comes to put his hands on your shoulders.

“Are you alright?” he asks. You shake your head and hold out the positive pregnancy test to him. It wasn’t even a faint, hard-to-see, might not actually be there line. It was a dark, glaring, obviously positive line. “Oh,” he says breathlessly. He takes a step away from you. “Oh.” He keeps staring at it. 

“I,” you try to start. “I know this isn’t… what you wanted.” He looks up pointedly at you.

“What do you mean?” You shrug and try to look away, fearful you may actually start crying.

“Well you already had your family,” you say. “You had your child.” He looks away sadly at the mention of Alison. You try not to talk about her too often, about the family he had previously. It had been enough loss to break a regular man and you didn’t like making him remember it. He places a hand on your cheek and makes you look at him.

“Doesn’t mean I can’t have another one.” You can feel you heart swell with hope when you hear the sincerity and sweetness on his tongue.

“Really?” you ask, too nervous to trust the hope filling you. He nods with a smile and shrugs.

“Sure, I’m a little older than I would have liked, but yeah.” He nods again more firmly, smile starting to spread across his face and reach his eyes. It’s contagious and your own lips start to tilt up.

“I can’t believe we’re going to be a family.” It comes out in a slight laugh of disbelief. Chris leans down and presses a kiss to your lips.

“We’ve always been a family.” He reaches down and gingerly brushing his knuckles along your stomach. “It’s just growing now.

It might have been cliché, but you couldn’t help it. The day you got the positive test, you went out and bought a onesie to give him. Honestly, you expected to get something small and plain, probably a neutral color with no words or pictures on it. Maybe a pair of little shoes to go with it. But as you were searching, your fingers danced across the perfect one. So you paid the overpriced amount of money for it and practically skipped back to your car.

You folded it into a plain, white box so the front of it showed when it was opened and put the cleaned off pregnancy test in with it before covering it with tissue paper and closing it up. Derek came home only about a half hour after you placed it on the coffee table for him.

You greet him as normal and when you pull away from the kiss, tell him, “Oh I bought you something while I was out today.” You walk him over to the couch where you both sit down and he picks up the box.

“I’ve told you to stop buying me things,” he says, trying to put on a tough demeanor. You knew he secretly liked when you bought him random gifts though. You just nudge him with your shoulder and prompt him to open it.

He unfolds the tissue paper and you watch his face as it lights up with excitement. His eyes take in the pink test and the white onesie, the word “Daddy’s Little Monster” printed in bold font above a black and white picture of a howling wolf head. His jaw hangs open as he slowly picks it up and unfolds it, admiring it in all its small glory.

“I’m pregnant,” you announce, as if he couldn’t have figured that out by himself. You both laugh at how stupid it sounds.

“Well if you aren’t, this is a crap gift,” he laughs before pulling you into a deep kiss.

In the Dragon Valley stage, you find a lantern next to a pillar with a skull printed on it. Stand next to it long enough, and the lantern will start flickering. Eventually, some fan with nothing more important happening in their life realized that the lantern was flickering in Morse code, and they deciphered a message … in Belarusian. That’s already a ridiculous amount of encryption for some video game clothes, but it’s not over. After a quick trip to Google Translate, it turned out that the message was just telling players that a puzzle existed.

Elsewhere on the map, there’s a temple with 20 lanterns in the ceiling, which turn on or off in a random order when you throw any one of seven tiny switches hidden in the level. These switches, by the way, are so small that they’re difficult to spot, and very well-hidden – one of them is inside a tree that can only be accessed by helicopter, after blowing up the tree with explosives.

The goal is to light up all of the lanterns. So after you’ve completed this grueling task, the puzzle is solved, right? Ha! We haven’t even hit the halfway point yet.

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