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Google and the Conspiracy of the Triforce Doodles

triforceFor almost a year the big G.’. is surreptitiously inserting a symbol in some of its Doodles. The small symbol looks like the Triforce from the Zelda series of videogames, “a triangular relic featured as a nearly-omnipotent sacred item representing the essences of the Golden Goddesses”, also made popular in the Internet (“newfags can’t”).

Earth Day 2009 Doodle

The “Conspiracy!” seems to have been first noted last week over at the ATS forum, and it has just hit mainstream through Google Blogoscoped. There are many theories already.

Blogoscoped writes that it could be simply an easter egg or the signature of the artist. Who may be a big Zelda fan. Speaking of conspiracies, though, we can’t stop speculating since the Triforce is such an irresistible invitation to paranoia.

triforce_dollarThe most obvious association of the Triforce is with the “All Seeing Eye”, nowadays an almost universal symbol for god, and particularly, to the Freemasonry, even though it was already current before the foundation of the secret society. The Eye of Providence is highlighted in the verse of the Seal of the United States, and for more than half a century circulates in all dollar notes.

Since we mentioned Freemasons, there’s another use more similar to the Triforce and that can be more properly associated with the group. It’s the three dots, initially used in the late 18th century by French freemasons instead of the usual periods to mark an abbreviation. “G.’. O.’. de France” for instance would be a fashionable abbreviation of Grand Orient of France easily noticed as related to the brotherhood.

And as we also mentioned the dollar, one can find a surprising Triforce there:


Impressed? You may be starting to take this seriously, but those are just coincidences. Three triangles forming a larger one is not a symbol so complex so as to not come up independently several times over.

In feudal japan, many family crests incorporated it, and its probable that the Zelda game itself, from Nintendo, is a reference to this use rather than the western tradition of the All Seeing Eye or Freemasons. Nintendo will probably deny reference to any of those.

Three triangles forming a larger one are also a suggestion of a fractal object in themselves. It’s a Sierpinski triangle:


From Freemasons, the dollar, Nintendo and fractals, we may well return to the Doodles. Far from suggesting an evil “Conspiracy!”, the most recent Google this past July 9th honoured Nikola Tesla. And, this is relevant, the artist seems to have mixed the Triforce with the letter “T”. Abbreviation for Tesla, of course, and also the unit for magnetic flux honouring the same genius.


Back to where we started, without much surprise all suggests it’s indeed just an Ester Egg and/or some sort of signature used by the artist, willing to play with the sacred Triforce and turn it into a “Teslaforce”.

So, to some ordinary investigation. The artist, by the way, is Susie Sahim. She didn’t insert the Triforce in all of her Google Doodles, and is directing inquiries to Google. But if you look at her Twitter profile image you will find another reference to Zelda. And as friend Renê Fraga pointed to me, she also inserts Triforce in other works (the panda was used in an April Fools Google site).

I will update this post when we get some official word from Google, but I wouldn’t count on a Great Conspiracy of Freemasons and Fractals. I do hope however that this little Conspiracy trip was fun.

Kudos to Sahim for her great art and allowing me to rave so much from such little Zelda triangles. Or sacred Triforce.

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  1. urbanlegendshu (Urban Legends) July 17th, 2009 10:15 am

    Google and the Conspiracy of the Triforce Doodles http://tinyurl.com/nxqofh #webi

  2. nansake09 July 17th, 2009 8:39 pm


  3. mactonnies (Mac Tonnies) July 19th, 2009 2:10 am

    Google and the Conspiracy of the Triforce Doodles: http://tinyurl.com/nxqofh

  4. NOQ00 (NOQ00) July 19th, 2009 9:20 am

    RT @mactonnies Google and the Conspiracy of the Triforce Doodles: http://tinyurl.com/nxqofh

  5. lordmarius (lordmarius) July 20th, 2009 12:40 am

    Google and the Conspiracy of the Triforce Doodles: http://tinyurl.com/nxqofh

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  7. ysheng (Yong Sheng) July 24th, 2009 6:11 pm

    A fun stuff: The Great Google Doodle Triforce Conspiracy http://tinyurl.com/kvt4xh http://tinyurl.com/nxqofh

  8. Frammia (D00D00) July 26th, 2009 1:02 am

    http://tinyurl.com/nxqofh “Ive got my tinfoil hat on” http://tinyurl.com/msgk87

  9. Stacy M. August 15th, 2009 7:51 am

    Maybe the Hojo family is involved? 😛

  10. mau_mesquita (Maurilio Mesquita) September 6th, 2009 5:11 pm

    Ok, medo, MUITO medo do google! http://bit.ly/T7qV http://bit.ly/8n8h9

  11. __maira (Maíra Mesquita) September 6th, 2009 5:16 pm

    RT @mau_mesquita Ok, medo, MUITO medo do google! http://bit.ly/T7qV http://bit.ly/8n8h9

  12. NIKOLA TESLA May 14th, 2010 8:36 pm

    Google power meter was invented to regulate the consumption of power potentially provided to the public for sale by Google Energy, LLC using 111 year old Tesla technology. This venture between Elon Musk and Google was commemorated by the Triforce Easter egg symbols in 2009. Many of these triangle symbols were incorporated into the Google Doodles that lead up to the 09/09/09 9:09:09 Google Doodle? and were subsequently removed from record in The Great Google Doodle Conspiracy. Something obviously went wrong in September 2009. Did? they cause Sumatra? Did they invent “Zelda Fan” Susie Sahim to retroactively explain why the Nintendo Tri-Force logos were included in the Doodles in the first place and take the blame off George Hwang because he was instructed by Larry Page and Sergey Brin to include the symbolic Triforce symbols? Wish we could ask The Three Musketeers of Tesla Motors but they died in Palo Alto and their bodies were burned beyond recognition.

  13. NIKOLA TESLA May 23rd, 2010 3:42 pm

    I solved the 111 year old riddle of Nikola Tesla
    OK, let me first say that I am not a geologist, a seismologist or a physicist. I am simply someone who knows his grandpa would not lie. That said… I appreciate your superior knowledge on this matter even when it comes in the form of heckles. I am sure with your education, had he been your grandpa, you would have done a much better job at figuring out and explaining this matter but he was mine and I understand your doubt. Thank you for your time and giving me the opportunity to send this message. YOURPENGUY






    Excerpt from the New York World

    Telegram, July 11, 1935 –

    Nikola Tesla revealed that an earthquake which drew police and ambulances to the region of his laboratory at 48 E. Houston St., New York, in 1898, was the result of a little machine he was experimenting with at the time which”you could put in your overcoat pocket.” The bewildered newspapermen pounced upon this as at least one thing they could understand and Nikola Tesla, “the father of modern electricity” told what had happened as follows:
    Tesla stated, “I was experimenting with vibrations. I had one of my machines going and I wanted to see if I could get it in tune with the vibration of the building. I put it up notch after notch. There was a peculiar cracking sound. I asked my assistants where did the sound come from. They did not know. I put the machine up a few more notches. There was a louder cracking sound. I knew I was approaching the vibration of the steel building. I pushed the machine a little higher. “Suddenly all the heavy machinery in the place was flying around. I grabbed a hammer and broke the machine. The building would have been about our ears in another few minutes. Outside in the street there was pandemonium. The police and ambulances arrived. I told my assistants to say nothing. We told the police it must have been an earthquake. That’s all they ever knew about it.”

    Some shrewd reporter asked Dr. Tesla at this point what he would need to destroy the Empire State Building and the doctor replied: “Vibration will do anything. It would only be necessary to step up the vibrations of the machine to fit the natural vibration of the building and the building would come crashing down. That’s why soldiers break step crossing a bridge.”

    “On the occasion of his annual birthday celebration interview by the press on July 10, 1935 in his suite at the Hotel New Yorker, Tesla announced a method of transmitting mechanical energy accurately with minimal loss over any terrestrial distance, including a related new means of communication and a method, he claimed, which would facilitate the unerring location of underground mineral deposits. At that time he recalled the earth-trembling “quake” that brought police and ambulances rushing to the scene of his Houston Street laboratory while an experiment was in progress with one of his mechanical oscillators…”

    From My Inventions: The Autobiography of Nikola Tesla

    Chapter 5—The Influences That Shape Our Destiny

    As I review the events of my past life I realize how subtle are the influences that shape our destinies. An incident of my youth may serve to illustrate. One winter’s day I managed to climb a steep mountain, in company with other boys. The snow was quite deep and a warm southerly wind made it just suitable for our purpose. We amused ourselves by throwing balls which would roll down a certain distance, gathering more or less snow, and we tried to outdo one another in this sport. Suddenly a ball was seen to go beyond the limit, swelling to enormous proportions until it became as big as a house and plunged thundering into the valley below with a force that made the ground tremble. I looked on spellbound incapable of understanding what had happened. For weeks afterward the picture of the avalanche was before my eyes and I wondered how anything so small could grow to such an immense size.

    Ever since that time the magnification of feeble actions fascinated me, and when, years later, I took up the experimental study of mechanical and electrical resonance, I was keenly interested from the very start.

    Nikola Tesla WAITED 37 YEARS to brag of the earthquake incident in 1898, but THE VERY NEXT YEAR in 1899 he dropped everything an went out west to Colorado Springs. IN A TRANSATLANTIC RACE TO BROADCAST AND RECEIVE RADIO SIGNAL, ON THE WORLD STAGE, HE DROPPED EVERYTHING THE NEXT YEAR…AFTER MAKING EARTHQUAKES AND WENT WEST?
    What are the chances it would be decision # 3 – 6 – 9 ?
    At least one in three hundred an sixty nine. RIGHT?
    Nikola Tesla caused the September 1899 Cape Yakataga and Yakutat Bay earthquakes in Alaska from Colorado Springs.
    September 3, 1899
    September 6, 1899
    September 9, 1899
    “If you only knew the magnificence of the three, the six and the nine…
    then you would have a key to the universe.”
    -Nikola Tesla

    It has been a 111 year non correlation between his Pike’s Peak work and the story of eight
    prospectors were panning the glacial sands near Hubbard Glacier when Earth starting shaking and never seemed to stop. A few days
    later, they had survived a natural phenomenon they probably should not have. The shore uplifted during a massive 1899 earthquake near
    Yakutat. The Earthquakes at Yakutat Bay, Alaska in September, 1899. Geologists Ralph Tarr and Lawrence Martin, in the area a few years
    later to study the marvelous glaciers, saw things like mussels “resembling clumps of blue flowers” on rocks thrown up 20 feet above the
    ocean. They saw so much evidence of a giant earthquake they interviewed a few prospectors in Yakutat and included their stories in a
    1912 government paper, “The Earthquakes at Yakutat Bay, Alaska, in September, 1899. When Tarr and Martin arrived in Yakutat,
    prospector A. Flenner was working as a carpenter there six years after the series of large earthquakes, the biggest being a magnitude 8.0
    that happened on Sept. 10, 1899. Flenner had been panning for gold in the area that day. “Mr. Flenner stated in 1905 that after the first
    shock on September 3 they rigged up a home-made seismograph, consisting of hunting knives hung so that their points touched and
    would jingle under a slight oscillation,” Tarr and Martin wrote. “With this instrument (rude, perhaps, but more delicate than their own
    perception) they counted 52 shocks on September 10, up to the time of the heavy disturbance (the 8.0 earthquake) that caused so much
    damage.” Another miner, L.A. Cox, was also at the scene. “About 9 a.m. on the 10th we had a very severe shock (what USGS later
    calculated as a magnitude 7.4 foreshock), so violent that one could hardly keep his feet,” Cox said. “The low alder brush shook and bent
    like reeds in a gale of wind. (Then, at) 1:30 p.m., we got the king bee of them all.” The king bee was a massive earthquakes that CHANGED THE MAP!
    glaciers, lifted areas of shoreline 47 feet out of the water, and caused “the death of millions of individuals,” Tarr and Martin wrote. Those
    individuals were fish and crabs deposited on land, and barnacles, mussels and other rock-clinging organisms thrust high above the water
    level.The prospector Cox further described the big earthquake:
    “The ground (was) cutting some of the queerest capers imaginable. In addition to the circular motion of the preceding heavy shock, it was
    waving up and down like the swells of the sea, only with considerably more energy.”
    On glacial sands that often liquefy during a large earthquake, the prospectors were lucky to survive the episode as natural forces ate
    their camp and all their supplies.
    “We ran from our tents, leaving everything behind, and were never able to rescue anything from it after,” prospector J.P. Fults said.
    “Above us about 100 yards was a lake.This lake broke from its bed and dashed down upon our camp while we ran along the shore and
    escaped its fury. This deluge was almost immediately followed by one from the sea. A wall of water 20 feet high came in upon the flood
    from the lake and carried all debris back over the undulating morianic hills.
    “We protected ourselves from being carried away by tearing up clothes and tying ourselves to the small alder trees growing on the
    mountainsides,” Fults said.
    The remarkable part of this story is that no one died despite the bad placement of the miners. Tarr and Martin attributed the earthquake
    to the impressive tectonic activity researchers today know as the Yakutat Block crashing into southern Alaska, giving rise to the highest
    coastal mountain range on Earth.

    The following are figments of my imagination, i’m sure, combined with misinterpreted phenomenon explained very poorly with the entirely untrue story of a young Army Air Corps flight navigator from East Saint Louis who saw Television for the first time at the Chicago Worlds Fair and became the first licensed television technician ever in the state of Illinois. This was before the young man went on to become an explosives engineer that invented the very first successfully deployed crash bag using CO2 gas in the fifties. Now that was before designing the charge that blows the wings out on the cruise missile mid flight which was before designing the inertial upper stage of the space shuttle which was well before designing the pop-top charge that blows the clear the path for our nuke to get out of those silos even after an almost direct hit which was before retiring senior vice of a major defense contractor who was back and forth from Northrop to Boeing to Sandia to Pharump with top security clearance all over the country who very likely did many more things than a paragraph can describe here or I can know. I do remember, being often intrigued by his refusal to discuss further with me, his grandson, many seemingly harmless and some not so harmless subjects. To make a long story short I would like to ask you what it means when this man who would not lie and thought a quibble much worse than a lie… after sending me out across town from the hospice in the middle of the night to bring to his deathbed a Bible and the failed mission comments when I returned first with his wife my Grandmother’s Catholic Bible this man who made me go back out and find HIS BIBLE… the I guess Non Catholic Bible, AND HOLDING THAT BIBLE… TOLD ME THAT NIKOLA TESLA MADE EARTHQUAKES IN 1899. THEN HE TOLD ME AGAIN THAT TESLA MADE EARTHQUAKES IN 1899, WHICH OPPOSES WHAT HE SAID WAS LAW THAT NOTHING CAN BE CREATED OR DESTROYED…ONLY CHANGED…YET EARTHQUAKES FROM EVEN A LIGHTNING BOLT WOULD BE GETTING OUT EXPONENTALY MORE THAN WHAT YOU PUT IN. SOME GOLD PANNING 49ER TYPES WERE PAID OFF AND THE ESKIMOS DIDN’T EVEN UNDERSTAND WHAT MONEY WAS LAUGHING AND THEY WERE THE ONLY ONES in the WHOLE WORLD WHO NOTICED IT HAD EVEN HAPPENED AND EVEN THEY DID NOT FATHOM. Then he died in that bed with that Bible. I did not tell anyone of this event and could have taken it to my grave had there not been so many damn earthquakes lately.
    Now I hope that you see why from my shoes reverse engineering THE GREATEST STORY IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD from facts that I was blessed to already know as true sometimes can appear less than sane or scientific amid unfathomable disinformation tactics and epic lies placed as cornerstones in the structure of our very reality.
    I solved the Nikola Tesla riddle of the 369. Tesla has accomplished many marvelous inventions and had many great discoveries in electrical engineering BUT THIS ONE YOU DID NOT HEAR. It is the total truth without quibble and the very reason for all the rumors and disinformation. Now, after 111 years and with the dawn of two new centuries, I announce an achievement which will amaze the entire universe, and which eclipses the wildest dream of even the most visionary scientist. Nikola Tesla made earthquakes in 1899. That my friends is the universal key to unlock so many lies under guise of freedom…

    Tesla made earthquakes in 1899.
    September 3, 1899
    September 6, 1899
    September 9, 1899

    How could most people not know of a man that invented much of the twentieth century. A man that invented Radio, Radar, Remote Control, Halogen Lights, Neon Lights, Alternating Current and even The Hydroelectric Dam? It may be explained with the MAG-nificence of the three, six & nine… that in truth are dates in September, 1899, when Tesla made the land wave like the sea, Yakutat Bay earthquakes from Colorado Springs you now see. Have an ear to fathom the extent and danger from this the greatest discovery of all time, a literal and symbolic key to the universe left by Nikola Tesla who’s character and many clues had way too much pride to out last time nameless.

    Call 1-888-8-ADCOPY

  14. […] es común en las Interwebs, se empezaron a generar teorías de conspiración, incluso ligando el pequeño símbolo con el “All Seeing Eye”, o el Ojo que todo lo ve, […]

  15. madmac September 3rd, 2010 8:08 pm

    Hmmm. Today’s Google Doodle is animated for once! Happens to form a pretty spherical wire structure. Follow with me here:

    * Clicking the doodle takes you to http://www.google.com/#q=Fullerene&ct=buckyball10-hp&oi=ddle&fp=7b208a7dc913e060

    * … the snippet of the #1 result reads: “A fullerene is any molecule composed entirely of carbon, in the form of a hollow sphere, ellipsoid, or tube. Spherical fullerenes are also called buckyballs”

    * Note “composed entirely of carbon.”

    * Carbon is the one and only element which happens to have 6 protons, 6 neutrons, and 6 electrons.

    Well, that was fun, eh? Though it would be nice little appendix to this article on the Triforce easter eggs.

    On a side note, I do think a carbon tax on all financial transactions checks all the boxes of the mark which Revelations speaks of (I am not Christian, but this is pretty obvious) because this would limit the right to “buy and sell” without being marked as a carbon (666) tax payer.

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