As can be seen, the Cylob cryptogram mainly consists of a sequence of rectangles containing geometrical patterns. The booklet doesn’t contain any letters or numbers. A partial transcription of the Cylob cryptogram is available here.

During the last two years, many people have sent me comments and suggestions about the Cylob cryptogram. Some say it might belong to a board game, others noted that similar geometrical sequences are used in intelligence tests. Still others suggested that this booklet was used for a challenge response copy protection mechanism in an early computer program. However, I find none of these explanations really convincing.

So far, I haven’t heard from anybody who has concrete knowledge about this cryptogram. Although Cylob reported that there was a whole pile of booklets, I am not aware of another copy of it.

After nobody has come up with a real clue for several years, my favorite hypothesis is that the Cylob cryptogram is simply a piece of modern art without a real purpose. If you have a better explanation, I would be interested to learn.

Further reading: An extraordinary encrypted book: George Orwell’s “1984” enciphered in color


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Kommentare (7)

  1. #1 Klaus Schmeh
    9. Februar 2017

    Richard SantaColoma via Facebook:
    That one tortured me for quite awhile. I feel the pain, seeing it again. It really feels like something that must be so obvious and simple… making it all the worse in not knowing what it is.

  2. #2 Fermat
    11. Februar 2017

    Auf die Gefahr hin nun gesteinigt zu werden stelle ich doch mal diese Frage.

    Wieso schreibst Du neuerdings auf (ScienceBlogs auf Deutsch) nur noch auf Englisch?

    Ich interessiere mich für Kyptologie, bin aber nicht ganz so fit in Englisch. Deshalb war sich am Anfang auch froh, daß ich einen Blog auf Deutsch mit diesem Thema gefunden habe – Schade


  3. #3 tomtoo
    11. Februar 2017

    What you see on many pictograms are the black and white keys on a keyboard.

    The blacks are shorter like they are on a keyboard. This pictograms are intendet by music.

    On the grey pictures you can see volume sliders for the channel (point).

    (point) could stand for mi(c).

    I dont believe that a pictogram stands for a letter substitution.

    There is a pictogram for a for(tht) at least i think so.

  4. #4 Klaus Schmeh
    15. Februar 2017

    >Wieso schreibst Du neuerdings auf
    >(ScienceBlogs auf Deutsch) nur noch auf Englisch?
    Ich will damit mehr Leute ansprechen. Es gibt nun einmal viele Leute weltweit, die sich für das Thema interessieren, und ich habe immer wieder Beschwerden erhalten, dass es alles nur auf Deutsch gibt.
    Ich weiß, dass eigentlich nicht der richtige Platz ist. Evtl. werde ich bei Gelegenheit auf umziehen, falls die mich wollen.

  5. #5 Seth
    16. Februar 2017

    Looks almost like a computer and code. The first could be “print” “hello” “world” and it spits out “hello world”

  6. #6 Elmar Vogt
    Fürth, Germany
    16. März 2017

    I’m reminded of Maya glyphs.
    AFAIK these could encode language in phonetic syllables — maybe it would be possible to map the glyphs from the booklet to Mayan glyphs and come up with something reasonable…?

  7. #7 Jan
    19. Dezember 2017

    Somehow the patterns remind me of the room designs of the Pokemon games.