Google Maps Anomalies: The Creepy Tiki Troll of Nancy, France

By on July 22, 2013 // Yesterday's Myths & Mysteries // 7 Comments


A couple years ago, someone noticed something odd on Google Street View near some apartments in Nancy, France. A tall, corpse-like humanoid with scraggly hair and large, white eyes.


A goblin? A troll? A monster? Well, no. Turns out it’s a tiki statue…or something. But that’s about as strange as anything else, if you ask me.

Not long after it was found, though, the image became blurred. If you try to find it now, all you’ll see is a rectangular blur (click the link to check it out). Why? I don’t know. I suppose tiki statues like their privacy just as much as anyone else.


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Rob Schwarz is a writer, blogger, and part-time peddler of mysterious tales. He manages Stranger Dimensions in between changing aquarium filters and reading bad novels about mermaids.

  • Mardoc

    It is either, currently:
    1. Not there
    2. Still there
    1: two solutions:
    1. it is a demon which appeared in the photograph
    2. it is a physical statue (or a person in a costume), which was placed there, and has since been removed; if we can find the person responsible for its appearance, we will have solved the mystery.
    2: one solution:
    1. It is a statue: once again, the person responsible should be found and interviewed.
    In either case, we need to find a person who lives in France (or go there ourselves) to see whether it’s still there, and conduct further investigation in that location.

  • Tasty Pete

    Are you seriously this unfamiliar with public relations and marketing? Google blurred it out after it was brought to the world’s attention because they recognise there’s a strong possibility a handful of idiots will complain that it upset them/their children and blame them for it.

  • Christopher Borden

    I don’t see it as anything that really exists. It has the form of an adult human but much too thin to be a living creature. It has the form, style and dimensions of a drawing.

  • meow

    Followed the link, nothing there. However, where the ”statue” should be, even though it looks nothing like a statue, there is something clearly up with the maps. Everything else flows together while there’s some weirdness where the tiki thing should be. Like someone did a bad Photoshop job.

    • seth

      No, the owner eventually took the statue down just scrub through the years bro

  • Seth

    Its just a weird statute! XD XD XD! It’s not blurred either, just go to the top right corner and scrub through the years, they kept it there for a while and eventually got rid of it.

  • spolygon

    lol it’s an statue! now it is again unblurred and if you zoom in, you can clearly see tiki statue witf surfing board 😀