On both Earth 1 and Earth 2, the Time Vault has what appears to be braille text all over the its walls.

Time Vault Text

What, if anything, does the braille say? Does it read the same between universes?


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Not only does it not say anything intelligible in braille, but it would appear that Reverse-Flash decorated his super-secret "vault" with $3 room tiles from allmodern and spray painted them silver to make them look futuristic.

What a poser.

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h/t to reddit user Elayne7

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    For the record, this tile reads: ed z er / of ed the. Assuming it's not upside down, in which case it's n z er / of ed z. This is based on English Braille, but it's entirely possible it might be some other language. Unlikely though. Apr 15, 2016 at 16:33
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    In French Braille, it's ëzï àëè, or nzï àëz if it's upside-down.
    – David Yaw
    Apr 15, 2016 at 16:40
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    They move/transform in-universe, so no, it does not cover the second point.
    – phantom42
    Apr 15, 2016 at 16:59
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    And actually, you're right. It's not a partial answer, now it's just wrong, as the fact that panels transform means that they are not just $3 panels from some store.
    – phantom42
    Apr 15, 2016 at 17:52
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    @phantom42 Why don't you edit your question to point out the fact that they move/transform? That seems like key information to me that is lacking in your question since moving/transforming means it is either random coolness or trying to communicate something which seems to be the heart of your question...
    – Erik
    Apr 15, 2016 at 17:57

As a person who knows Braille, I can confidently say that this isn't Braille. True, it is braille formatting, but Darrel Hoffman is right as to what it says. Odds are the producers just flipped through a braille book and picked their favorite looking symbols.

  • But the symbols move and transform, this would change the meaning.
    – Edlothiad
    Jun 5, 2018 at 20:26
  • As I pointed out above, this isn't braille period. These are decorative tiles that mean nothing at all.
    – Valorum
    Jun 5, 2018 at 20:48

Zoom is the Reverse-Flash, the alter ego. Perhaps, the braille that is being communicated is not the braille that appears on Wells' Lair wall but the reverse one; the braille that doesn't.

  • Hi welcome to SF&F. Perhaps you could explain what you mean? Presumably if there is 1 thing it says there are a very large number of things it does not. Besides, that's not the question; the question is, assuming that it is Braille, what does it say?
    – DavidW
    Nov 16, 2019 at 2:30
  • Do you mean to read the blanks as dots and vice versa and interpret that as Braille? The whitespace in Braille doesn't necessarily form characters; there are only 38 basic characters out of 63 possible sets; the inverses of "r", "s" and "t", for instance, don't make characters.
    – DavidW
    Nov 16, 2019 at 2:38

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