8. Batman: Arkham City's hidden link to Arkham Knight


It was a year after release when the secret blueprint room in Batman: Arkham Asylum was revealed, but it took three times that for people to find something in the sequel, Arkham City. The search was kicked off thanks to a "mysterious" YouTube account who is pretty much guaranteed to be a one of the developers or marketers; their sole video hinted at unheard lines for Calendar Man. The incarcerated villain usually only has something special to say on special dates like Christmas or Thanksgiving or Flag Day, but he had a secret message for those who came during visiting hours on a very specific, seemingly random time.


By setting your computer or console clock to December 13, 2004 -- as in, when Blade: Trinity was still in theaters, seven years before Arkham City was even released -- you can hit up Calendar Man and hear him say the following:

"Well, well, well. And on today of all days. Do you remember my early work? Flawed, but it showed promise. Just like you. As your skills improved, I perfected mine. Starting with seasons and moving through the weeks, I became stronger, my work more...elaborate. Days were the secret, Batman, and the end of days is coming. I was there at your beginning and I will be there at your end."

So, what does it mean? You could probably say with confidence that it mirrors the trajectory of developer Rocksteady as they developed the Arkham games, especially since December 13, 2004 is likely the date that Rocksteady was founded. The "early work that showed promise" might indicate the original Arkham Asylum (or their first game, the shaky Urban Chaos: Riot Response). But the last sentence is especially puzzling: "I was there at your beginning and I will be there at your end." The upcoming Arkham Knight is supposed to be Rocksteady's last Batman game, so maybe that's "the end" they're talking about?

Or could this possibly hint at the Joker, with "the beginning" being Batman's first meeting with the Joker in Arkham Origins, and "the end" pointing to the Joker's return in Arkham Knight? Maybe Hush is involved, with his connections to Bruce Wayne's childhood and the direct references to the character elsewhere in Arkham City? Is it conceivable that someone on the internet is reading too much into something?


7. People are still finding the same secret jingle in tons of Nintendo games


It all started with Mario Paint. After trying and failing for hours to recreate that sick beat from "We Will Rock You" in the music maker, players found that if they clicked the "O" in Mario Paint on the title screen, a little song would play. As time wore on, players kept finding that same Mario Paint jingle in other games. It came to be known as Totaka's Song, named after the composer Kazumi Totaka. The 19-note chime was later sighted in Animal Crossing, Yoshi's Story and "X" -- a GameBoy game that actually pre-dates Mario Paint.


For a while there, it looked like GameTrailers had found Totaka's Song in Wii Sports, but the claim was met with skepticism by the cold marble heart of the internet. Still, Totakers contend that there are many games whose chimes have yet to be uncovered, given how much of Nintendo's catalog Totaka has worked on. And though Totaka's Song has been found twice in Game Boy classic The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening, the three distinct tracks ripped from the game indicate that there's one last chime to discover. It's nice to know that, even in the internet age, there are still some mysteries out there.

You can check out a collection of the currently-known Totaka Songs here. If you want to go that deep, just be prepared for the reality where you think you hear Totaka's Song in The Shins track playing overhead at Starbucks.