Have you ever noticed how places such as train stations and airports sometimes hide secret messages within public announcements? They usually include a slightly unusual name which is in fact a code intended to communicate to the staff that there is a problem somewhere. For example, an innocent sounding announcement for a Mr Wolf to go to the main desk might actually be a message for security to run there as fast as possible because something is going down. These announcements are intended to be subtle, covert and go unnoticed by the general public… which is nothing like the one I heard while waiting for my train the other evening at Amsterdam Centraal Station.
“Will Mrs Kate Fire Warning please come to the information desk where Miss Shoe is waiting for her. I repeat; will Mrs Kate Fire Warning please come to the information desk where Miss Shoe is waiting for her.”
I am not a code cracker but I’m fairly certain that at least one of those names is not real. I’m not too sure about the other either. In fact I can only think of three very unlikely circumstances where those names could be conceivably real:
1) It’s a super hero and her not very imaginatively named side kick.
2) They are secret agent code names (in which case don’t announce them in public just because you can’t find each other).
3) Someone had very, very hippy parents.
Although I like all three options as a possible explanation (I almost called this post ‘The Adventures of Mrs Fire Warning and Miss Shoe) it’s far more likely that this was just one of those coded messages used to communicate a problem to the staff. Possibly that something, somewhere was on fire… possibly a shoe.
Have you ever noticed any not so subtle secret messages hidden in public announcements (or funny ones)? Do you know a Mrs Kate Fire Warning or Miss Shoe? I’d love to know.