In the paperback release of Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code, there are certain printer anomolies.
Originally thought to be typos, a growing population of readers now believes these anomolies to be a puzzle of Dan Brown's devising.
This community is meant to be a central hub for discussion and debate over what these anomolies may mean. A central hub on LiveJournal may work somewhat better than the existing board on SparkNotes or the IMDB board, both of which require registration. This community is set up to allow anonymous commenting, and is more organized than the commenting functions of Urban Scrawl or The Yahoo Answers threads.
The following information is credited to xaandria, daggart, shardavarius, swingerbone, and Brandon via the blog Urban Scrawl and represents most of the knowledge we have as of April 23rd, 2006.
(note: the page numbers and locations given are for the TRADE PAPERBACK size.)
Page 55 - THE DA VINCI CODE in top left changed to THE ANKH FENDILE CODE
Page 89 - THE DA VINCI CODE in top left changed to THE DE LANCS CODE
Page 128 - the name DAN BROWN in top right changed to DAS BRILLI
Page 131 - THE DA VINCI CODE in top left changed to THE LA SUFRETE CODE
Page 145 - Text where there normally is not: "SOS"
Page 178 - the name DAN BROWN in top right changed to REON TIGALDO
Page 199 - THE DA VINCI CODE in top left changed to THE DE YSOSY CODE
Page 242 - Text where there normally is not: "MER REVE"
Page 322 - Text where there normally is not: "***"
Anagrams by swingerbone
Page 55 - THE DA VINCI CODE = THE ANKH FENDILE CODE - ANKH FENDILE = KNIFE HANDLE
Page 89 - THE DA VINCI CODE = THE DE LANCS CODE - DE LANCS = CANDLES (Silas used these - this was the first anagram I discovered - thought it a typo and searched for more)
Page 128 - DAN BROWN = DAS BRILLI - DAS BRILLI = BILLIARDS
Page 131 - THE DA VINCI CODE = THE LA SUFRETE CODE - LA SUFRETE = TRUE FALSE (Ying yang, positive negative, 1,0 in binary - two halves)
Page 178 - DAN BROWN = DEON TIGALDO - DEON TIGALDO ?= GO TO IRELAND? (not sure - this jumped out among the many possibilities)
Page 199 - THE DA VINCI CODE = THE DE YSOSY CODE - DE YSOSY = ODYSSEY (first one I anagramed)
Page 242 - DAN BROWN = MER REVE - MER REVE ?= REV MERE (Mere = mother in french) REV MOTHER? or ?= EVER MER (mer = sea in french) EVER SEA?
Anagrams by shardavarius
Anagrams for ANKH FENDILE -> KNIFE HANDLE, EDEN HALF KIN
Anagram for DE LANCS -> CANDLES
Anagrams for DAS BRILLI -> A BIRDS ILL, BILLIARDS, LIBRA SLID, AS BIRD ILL, others
Anagrams for LA SUFRETE -> TRUE FALSE, A LEFT RUSE
Anagrams for REON TIGALDO -> Um, a lot. Some: GOLDEN RATIO, GO TO IRELAND, GENITAL ODOR (Hehe), IDOL NEGATOR, A NILE ORT GOD, ORIENTAL GOD, GOD RELATION, LINEAR TO GOD, TOIL EARN GOD, ONE GOD TRAIL/TRIAL, many many more
Anagram for DE YSOSY -> ODYSSEY
Anagram for MER REVE -> Nothing? EVER MER
Brandon posted this on Urban Scrawl:
Page 242 - DAN BROWN = MER REVE
I didn't really like this answer so i kept trying, and came up with
MER REVE= Vermeer
Johanne Vermeer is an artist whose Lace Maker painting is housed at the Louvre
I could be wrong but it seems a little too fitting to be coincidence
comment by: brandon
comment date: April 16, 2006 07:17 PM
Apparently, Vermeer is another painter who's thought to have something to do with the Priory of Sion, do to useing "grail geometry" in his paintings. I'm not really sure what that means yet, but if you look up grail geometry in google, he's the guy that keeps coming up.
On December 3rd, 2007 03:01 pm (UTC), (Anonymous) replied:
in my copy the 'sos' in place of the page number is on chapter 33 and page number 155.
also I'd like to add that what first got me interested was 'la sufrete' because I thought it was a french word (seeing as how the book takes place in paris) so I translated some words:
BRILLI-'you shine' in italian
DAS-'the' in german
LA SUFRETE-aprox.'you suffer from it'or'suffer it'in spanish & french
MER REVE-'ocean dream'in french
On April 28th, 2009 11:48 pm (UTC), (Anonymous) replied:
No, I ave a copy that says that. I think it's either a blatant cry for help, or means, OSS. The cr for help would explain Go to Ireland, or maybe the thriller has caused paranoia by whoever edited, or wrote it. My opinion, anyway
On March 6th, 2008 12:58 pm (UTC), (Anonymous) replied:
If you read Dan Brown's book Deception point, it contains codes that hint at his next novel. The paperback release of Da Vinci Code was co-ordinated with the DVD movie release, so I suspect the answers have something to do with the DVD. I remember noticing in the movie, a very short scene of Aringarosa playing billiards after a meeting with Vatican people. One of the anagrams from the paperback is das brilli (billiards).