Yesterday's Myths & Mysteries

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

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.

Image: Google Maps

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.

Image: Google Maps

Rob Schwarz

Rob Schwarz is a writer, blogger, and part-time peddler of mysterious tales. Editor-in-chief of Stranger Dimensions.


  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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

    1. It just stands there to prevent the bike to be stolen , it’s a statue or a doll , you guys believe everything LOL , and yes you can even steal a bike when it’s locked ;-) the reason why the house is blurred is cuz of privacy issues etc

  7. It is a wooden tiki-style surfboard holder. The resident of the apartment found it himself and asked Google to remove it because it was expensive and he didn’t want people finding and stealing it.

  8. So, when you go onto those coordinates the place is gone completely. I have no idea where it went…

    Oh and it might be a mask or statue

  9. It’s not a doll, it’s Mick Jagger! The date of the photo coincides with the Rolling Stones tour of France that year. Mick felt he was losing his mojo and In an attempt to get back to his rock and roll roots, opted to stay in this run down appartment, to keep things real.