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Timo Johann found this cool Google Earth satellite photo. I don’t speak French, but these buildings look extremely similar to some alphabet letters, don’t they? Could it only be a coincidence? I really doubt it, they represent letters obviously. So, if anyone here knows French, help us and translate the meaning? Or did we all fall under illusion, and there is no hidden message. Every now and then someone finds strange Google Earth location, and mails it to me. I post only the best, and those that have anything to do with optical illusions. I still have few hundred submitted illusions in my mailbox, so don’t worry if you don’t see you rsubmission posted yet.

Message From Paris Illusion

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108 Responses
  1. Anonymous says:

    That is so cool but kind of scary!
    WEIRD

  2. Anonymous says:

    no hidden meaning.

    a french.

  3. Anonymous says:

    thats an ass!

  4. ...dana! says:

    Wow thats really weird…

    Its probably not a French word though.

    To me, some of the letters look more Latin or Greek

  5. Anonymous says:

    it says “we should bath more.”
    or
    (if read upside down) “women dont need razors”

    -some guy from nebraska

  6. Anonymous says:

    Hey can you post the coordinates of Google Earth images?

    Thanks.

  7. Pascale says:

    Nothing hidden there… dOIBE??? That’s no French believe me! It still looks nice.

  8. Anonymous says:

    @anonymus from 3:05 PM

    when you klick on the photo you can read the coordinates.

  9. Anonymous says:

    what does it say??? or rather what are the letters

  10. Anonymous says:

    Maybe it’s the last name of the person who designed the buildings?

  11. shauzia says:

    *YAWN* BORING!!!!!

  12. Kevin says:

    it says voila something.

  13. Anonymous says:

    no more google earth stuff please!!!
    everything else is good though!

  14. Anonymous says:

    It looks like l’doibe. It’s not French, but it looks like it’s attempting to be a French word. The apostrophe makes me think it’s intentional.

  15. Anonymous says:

    hey anonymous from 2:59, you should learn to spell, and maybe try getting out of Nebraska sometime…could do wonders for you.

    guy married to French woman

  16. L'Empereur says:

    I speak some French, but recognize nothing other than what looks like “voile” which means board as in wind sailing board (plance à voile). Other than that it looks like the architect was being clever.

  17. PJJMDCC says:

    I speak french, this is not a word its just some letters maked with buildings… this mean nothing in french

  18. Joseph says:

    I searched “doibe” on Google and found several pages with the word in different languages, a few of them talking about an astronaut named “Takao Doibe.”

    http://mv.lycaeum.org/anagrams/PARALINGUA.cgi?article=Etoiwoy
    I’m not sure what language that is, but it has a translator at the bottom of the page and I tried entering “doule ras doibe idebrene,” which came up with “Idle debonair, obese rude.” or “Bloodied needier abuser.”

    So I still have no idea what the hell it means. Might not be anything.

  19. Anonymous says:

    it looks like the middle section says
    doibe, ie. doobi, mabey the French are telling the world to go smoke a joint.

  20. Anonymous says:

    Click on the Google Earth image. It will reappear larger and the coordinates are on the bottom.
    Anon G

  21. Anonymous says:

    i’m a french canadian and all i can see is “ori” and “doibe” and there’s nothing similar to any french word

  22. Anonymous says:

    maybe we can see “toc” on the bottom right?
    that’s really strange!

  23. Anonymous says:

    I agree with anonymous #10…good idea

  24. sean says:

    lol i can only make out the last 3 letters

  25. Max says:

    dude… i was stoned when i was that so it was like… @_@…

    it says “we all… …it” thats all i can tell.

    haha oh man my head hurts.

  26. AK says:

    It is obviously meant to show something but it seems to be done very poorly. Again, the Google Earth Illusion are rather boring, you would do better not to post them unless you have nothing else

  27. Anonymous says:

    the coordinates are 48″53’42.88 N 2″16’33.07 E

  28. Anonymous says:

    Ho it’s funny ! i recognize one place where i have living for 2 years. the city is Levallois-Perret , dpt 92:Haut-de-seine. It’s close to the street Cognacq-Jay. And i have never heard about a signification about those buildings view by satellite.

  29. JeanLuc says:

    If this kind of pix amuse you, you can make your own message with geogreeting:
    http://www.geogreeting.com/view.html?zdG4ieIq+rs

    by the way, french people are clean!

  30. Anonymous says:

    apparantly JOIBE means thursday in a regional Italian language?!

  31. *Pachanka* says:

    you can take a look online here
    for those of us who are not lucky enough to have google earth on out home machine.

    - the guy who is gonna get fired.

  32. frans says:

    I looks like “Val d’oise = no tag”

  33. Anonymous says:

    AVOID DOIBE!!! WOOYEAH!

  34. sorry for my english :) says:

    Look at Belgrade closer…in one part
    with trees is writen TITO….Tito (Josip Broz) was the president of Yugoslavia for life. That is not an illusion :) it is scary thrut :)

  35. Thomas says:

    to anonymous from nebraska : maybe you should shut up or just know what u talking about it’s make me crasy to see there is still people like u on our time. what about come and see by yourself what france and frenchs are. by the way this doesnt mean anything in french but it s great after all im sure there are some other place like this one which are meaning something. thanks for the good job ur doing anyway

  36. andrea says:

    the third line looks like it might say ‘diobe’. not too sure if that is right or even french tho…

  37. Anonymous says:

    oooook well i typed in the coordinates and put it in google earth.
    uhhhh that isnt what the picture looks like
    it’s just like forest kinda looking
    not the same
    huh???????????

  38. Anonymous says:

    The letters are hard to distinguish.. if you post what the letters are, I’ll tell you what it means in French.

  39. s427 says:

    First identify the letters, THEN translate into english.

    So, what are the letters ?

    The last ones may be “I”, “B” and “E”. The rest looks just like random shapes to me.

    I speak french, but I see no meaning in this picture.

  40. StevieSpin says:

    I’m Eng/fre bilingual. i could translate but it’s hard to actual maker out the individual characters. Can anyone make them out?

  41. Anonymous says:

    It is one of the exestential questions posed by the buildings themselves. “do I Be”

  42. Dollarbill says:

    VOULEZ-VOUS COUCHEZ-AVEC MOI?

  43. Patri says:

    Shauzia was rude. I think it’s fascinating.

    Maybe it’s the French architect’s name. Or its an alien language and the French are telling them that they are aliens too.

  44. Anonymous says:

    I’m french canadian. Sorry, no meaning at all !!

  45. Elliexx ANIMALS ROCK!! Abixx's friend! says:

    kl buildings but… err… no hidden meaning. y didnt they make the buildings into letters that actually MAKE A WORD – even if its french!!

  46. Anonymous says:

    It’s not really in Paris, its on the limit between Levallois and Neuilly, northwest of Paris. Doesn’t seem to mean anything. I think some people are easily scared.

    Some french

  47. At School says:

    wow that is real cool the last line looks like it says somthing like “dOIBE” how do these people find this stuff in google

  48. Anonymous says:

    I’m not completely fluent in French, but I do speak quite a bit, and I don’t think there’s any hidden words. :) Still, that’s pretty cool.

  49. Antik says:

    I’m not a canadian french and don’t speak french but I see the authors of this idea just lead you by the nose :)

  50. Xavier Kreiss says:

    Top row: possibly a V on the left, followed by an O ?
    Middle row: dOIBE ?

    Bottom row: no identifiable letters except -perhaps- C on the right.

    I’m a Frenchman, and I can tell you it has no meaning.

    But yes, it looks odd !

    32: frans: Val d’Oise is an interesting hypothesis

    16: L’ “Empereur”: salut ! Watch it: “voile” means “sail” (or “veil”).

    5: “Anonymous”, or “some guy from Nebraska” .Tired, pathetic, and xenophobic humour. I suggest you grow up.

    42: DOLLARBILL: non merci ! But thanks for the invitation

  51. Anonymous says:

    Upside-down it says “3810″ with some other squiggles. About as good an interpretation as any other. Now if only we knew what 3810 means in French?

  52. Anonymous says:

    It OBVIOUSLY says something in an alien language that translates to something like, “We will destroy all of you”

    Azzåß∆ˆø˜ß
    (Pardon me for my spelling)

  53. Anonymous says:

    hi everyone. I’m french and do not recognize french word. I think it’s pure coincidence

  54. Anonymous says:

    believe it or not, it says im a hot smencil

  55. Waldemar Sauer says:

    It seems almost like the architect tried to say something (of which the meaning is lost to us now), but then his/her plan got ruined by something practical like the structural soundness of the building, need for more office space, etc. Maybe the guy’s name was Voiiz, but they decided to build a parking garage between the o and the i. It would be hard to tell without knowing the date that each building was designed, because some buildings could have come later without the later architect even being aware of the lettering scheme.

  56. SJ says:

    First of all, we should remark there is an I at the begining of the second “line”, so it is not written DOIBE but IDOIBE.
    Then, it is quite sure that de B is in fact an E : it seems that a part of the building has been constructed later than the rest of the building. So we have IDOIEE.
    Then, I’m not sure, but I think the D is in fact a J : it apeers to be a D only because of the bad perspective. Tha makes we have IJOIEE.

    In this stays a real french word : JOIE (happiness).

    But what about the rest?! After reflection, I’m not sor sure there’s an I at the beginning of the second line. Anyway…

  57. Anonymous says:

    DOES ANYONE SPEAK FRENCH. SOMEONE TRANCLATE!!!!!!

  58. Anonymous says:

    I agree the 32 proposition (Val d’Oise = no tag). Val d’Oise is a place near Paris.

    I AM french and I can’t find anything else.

  59. Pokeperson says:

    I see a pokeball in every google earth illuosion… Pardon my greek

    O.o

  60. you can really see a pokeball says:

    “VOALA L’DOIBE COOTOC”

    “VCAI% IDOIEE =OOTOC”

    “VOAL’O I DO I BE =DDOTOC”

    “VOALO I D Q I B E CODOTOC”

    “VOOLO IDOIBE COOOTOC”

    or, if you want a real stretch…

    “O, ALA-I, DO I BE COOT? OC…”

    (oh, Alai, do i be cute? OK…”)

    (or, alternatively, “oh, Alai, dye me a bandicoot, OK?”)

    no, i dont think this says anything in French (or German, Hindi, English, Arabic, Gaelic, Latin, Pig Latin, Oppish, Japanese, Mandarin, Spanish, Afrikaans, Solomon Islands Pidgin, Ancient Egyptian, Koori, Alkitab, Greek,
    Korean, Malay, Russian, Sinhalese, Swedish, Tamil, Vietnamese or any other language for that matter)

    At first it looks so obvious… but maybe it really was an accident.

  61. Anonymous says:

    The Words say “ESD
    VOHI’
    LDGI8E

  62. Anonymous says:

    i dunno , but maybe the letters aren’t in the right order, or even upside down. So i’m trying to take each letter then put it together again, maybe, maybe not lol. Alternatively it could be the architects name, but built up, or, on the other hand just pure coincidence lol

  63. Anonymous says:

    so after getting each individual letter I, and only I got quite a few different sets but the one that i first saw and seemed to me to be right i got

    V c h I j ‘I b e o = c d o d t o c

    so i don’t speak french, and it might not even be in french but, you’re welcome to try and figure it out, the letters might even have numerical value with a secret number, or date, who knows.

  64. Anonymous says:

    I’m french. I don’t see any hidden meanings.

  65. Anonymous says:

    This means we hate americans

  66. greg says:

    I speak just franch so excuse my for my english its rite voici Bobé in english is: this bobe. i dont no what is this!

  67. amanda says:

    i speak french but i cant really make out the letters…
    if someone can tell me what the letters are i can tell you if it means anything

  68. Mark Winters says:

    Check this, I outlined the letters

    http://www.without-you.nl/okay.png

  69. Anonymous says:

    No way guys.
    These words makes no sense
    for every language I know.
    (Italian, English, French).

  70. Amon-re says:

    Hey

    I am french.

    Maybe It used to mean something in the past but you know. As the time goes, some building are destroyed and replaced by some with different shape.

    If you want to carry out a deeper search I suggest you to search for the year of construction and find old maps of the area…

    good luck

  71. Jules Mazur says:

    there’s no message///
    just wierd buildings

  72. Anonymous says:

    when I saw this I was drawn to the bottom “letters” and I can just make out what looks to say “TOE” The last three buildings. The red one looks like a T the middle one which looks like a park has a walkway shaped like an O and the next building looks likes an E so i dunno, I just felt like pointing that out.

  73. Anonymous says:

    i am a french and the leters are:
    cai
    idoibe
    = t c
    and is not french not sentid!

    a french with low level in english

  74. Anonymous says:

    at first glance for me i just saw “ombie” and i thought right away, ZOMBIE just goes to show me that i play way too many video games.

  75. jamie saunders says:

    theres a pokeball in the bottom right of the pic.

  76. Ella says:

    Maybe it’s a joke… just something to stump us people that always want to know the truth.
    Gee. If it’s just a coincidence- its one hell of a big one!

  77. IRIDE4FUN says:

    OMG this is killing me now! I have no idea what this is but i want to know the address so i can go there. Maybe this could be some kind of project i could do. If i have time that is well nice talking to ya

  78. hanna says:

    i speak french but I have no idea what that giberish means

  79. lily says:

    hey everyone i have looked really hard to see if i can spot what is written as i have lived in france for 5 years and speak french and can not spot anything i don’t think it has a true meaning.

  80. Ginger says:

    its hard to read……….

  81. gothgirl says:

    there is no word. french is my first language

    • mike says:

      it means thursday forth or fifth day of calander according to which one you use. also thor’s day

  82. Me, Myself, and iPod says:

    Amanda said:
    i speak french but i cant really make out the letters… if someone can tell me what the letters are i can tell you if it means anything

    …Same here but i don’t see much…

  83. LemoX says:

    Why not “Val d’oise”? That’s a French region. Maybe where the photograph has been taken.

  84. battulga says:

    it is a message from aliens and it means we come to destroy humanity to ∑´ çøµ´ †ø ∂´ß†®ø¥ ˙¨µå˜ˆ†¥

  85. super gay man man says:

    its on the tip of my tonge

  86. Patrick says:

    Well find out a common architecture of these buildings and ask him directly.

  87. LFE1407 says:

    The top row og buildings spells “google” (with the E being formed in relief on a 45 degree angle).

    On the second row, the buildings form “dE” – “of” or “from” in French & “liÉ” (2nd building forms capital E & lower case l – L/H end of 3rd building forms É), meaning “linked”.

    The R/H part of the 2nd building from the right forms a capital B and the far R/H building is clearly a capital E.

    The far R/H building in the 3rd row is in the shape of a capitial C. The french word “BEC” translates as “Beak” in English.

    So, it appears to say “Google link of the beak”. If you Google the word “Beak” the top link is to the Wikipedia page about bird beaks. This then leads to a link to Darwin’s voyage on the Beagle & his first clues to evolution coming from the different beak shapes of the Galapagos finches.

    Quite clearly, this is one big, French, “Up Yours!” to creationists, (R)Evolution is the key.

  88. LFE1407 says:

    The top row of buildings spells “google” (with the E being formed in relief on a 45 degree angle).

    On the second row, the buildings form “dE” – “of” or “from” in French & “liÉ” (2nd building forms capital E & lower case l – L/H end of 3rd building forms É), meaning “linked”.

    The R/H part of the 2nd building from the right forms a capital B and the far R/H building is clearly a capital E.

    The far R/H building in the 3rd row is in the shape of a capitial C. The french word “BEC” translates as “Beak” in English.

    So, it appears to say “Google link of the beak”. If you Google the word “Beak” the top link is to the Wikipedia page about bird beaks. This then leads to a link to Darwin’s voyage on the Beagle & his first clues to evolution coming from the different beak shapes of the Galapagos finches.

    Quite clearly, this is one big, French, “Up Yours!” to creationists, (R)Evolution is the key.

  89. random human says:

    google translate! ROFL

  90. JoHanns says:

    i think its beibe

  91. aader says:

    it is what many would call an angelic* language. if it is it means “yet to come”

    *i do not mean angel i mean an ancient language that only a few can translate. it is a lost dialect of the anlo people.

  92. Grace says:

    I do I be? Cool!

  93. Paige says:

    Hey so the top line spells out vais like the s is pretty hard to see but its their…then i dont no if you see it the first letter actually looks like l’j instead of id
    so we have vais l’joiee which means
    with joy.
    so we just need the last line i guess..

  94. i forget says:

    toc means fake so we just need the first bit of the last line

  95. i forget says:

    I GOT IT IT SAYS

    vais l’joiee il jou
    WHICH MEANS will the joy he played!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    probly meaning will he play with joy or somthething likenthat immmm so smart:)

  96. i forget says:

    WAIT I FORGOT TOC SO IT MEANS NOW
    THE JOY HE’LL FAKE….

  97. Jared says:

    Well, i looked up this on google translate, but it says in italian only, gold foibe

  98. Hockeygekko says:

    Do you guys really think different architects working in the same town mind about making a “secret message” for people to try to understand I’m a french and there are absolutely no understandable word there. Paris architect are trying to put as much buildings and living places as possible while taking as less space as possible. Coincidence, that’s all i see

  99. Mb552 says:

    In Portuguese, taking the words “vai ido Ibe” it translates into “Ibe will come” according to Google :P. The name Ibe is African in origin but why architect would write an African name in Portuguese over France is unknown haha

  100. Mb552 says:

    Just noticed, it’s case sensitive apparently. Could say “ibe will come” or “Ibe going gone”

  101. just me says:

    If you flip the image over the middle says 38 ICP

  102. wiins says:

    hello i am french, and the words is not french

  103. LOL says:

    OH yeah 38 ICP

  104. Hil says:

    First line. “lé oūí,”. I can’t figure out the second line then “=” infinity. ( sign for infinity is the sideways 8. The punctuation is in the words

  105. NAT says:

    :) if u scroll down / up at a certain speed it looks like waves!

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