Journal #3 is part of a series of cryptic books, also containing Journal 2, (formerly owned by Gideon Gleeful) and Journal 1, (owned by Stan Pines), that contains information about the supernatural elements of Gravity Falls, mainly creatures like the gnomes. Its author's identity is currently unknown. It was formerly in the possession of Dipper Pines, before his great uncle Stan "borrowed" it.
Prior to Dipper's and Mabel's arrival in Gravity Falls, as the journal's author had been studying the mysteries of the town and recording his/her data in the book, the author felt that (s)he was being watched and hid the book in the forest, in order to prevent an individual, possibly the same one watching him/her and/or the author's enemy, referred to as "He," from obtaining the book.
When Dipper goes into the woods to hang signs leading to the Mystery Shack, he comes across a metallic hollow tree containing a strange machine. After playing around with the switches, he opens a hidden compartment in the ground and comes across the journal for the first time. Dipper flips through the pages for a brief while before Mabel greets him, and after she inquires as to what he is reading, the two return to the Shack, where Dipper tells Mabel about the journal. Later, Dipper consults the journal for clues about Mabel's new boyfriend, "Norman," whom he comes to suspect is a zombie. He tells Mabel about his suspicions, showing her the entry that convinced him in the process, though she does not believe him. It turned out that Norman was a group of gnomes. Dipper checks the gnome page for possible weaknesses as he and Mabel battle the gnomes, and writes about his experiences on a blank page at the end of the episode.
Dipper reads about a cave behind a waterfall, into which he and his friends to escape, as he, Mabel, and Soos flee from Old Man McGucket's gobblewonker robot. In "Headhunters," Dipper flips through a few pages at the scene of Wax Stan's murder, and is seen reading it at the living room table after Mabel returns from her first date with Gideon Gleeful, in "The Hand That Rocks the Mabel." Dipper shows the page on ghosts to Mabel in the gift shop in "The Inconveniencing," and later to Wendy Corduroy and her friends.
In "Irrational Treasure," the twins read about the town law stating it is legal to marry woodpeckers. In that same episode, after Pacifica Northwest teases Mabel, the two read about and decide to investigate the possibility of Nathaniel Northwest, alleged town founder and great-great grandfather of Pacifica, being a fraud, so they can put the popular girl in her place. Dipper reads about height-altering crystals in "Little Dipper," wishing to use them to make himself taller, and checks on its position in his vest pocket as Gideon Gleeful interrogates him about how he came upon the crystals. In "Boss Mabel," Dipper uses the journal to help him catch a Gremloblin. In "Bottomless Pit!," Mabel, who reads it for the first time in the series, reads the journal about the truth teeth. In "Land Before Swine" Dipper is seen reading the floating eyeballs and giant vampire bats pages. In "Dreamscaperers" Dipper and Mabel are reading about Bill Cipher in it. It's also seen when Bill flashes it on his body.In "Gideon Rises," Dipper and Mabel plan to take the deed to the Shack back by using the journal. They look through its contents and decide to use the gnomes' power to help. Once their plan with the gnomes fails, 3 falls from Dipper's vest and is stolen by Gideon, in an attempt to gather all the journals. Gideon then finds out there are not 2, but 3 journals and is convinced that Dipper has 1. He uses the Gideon-bot to catch up to them, but after a fight between him and Dipper, the robot is destroyed, and Dipper finds 3 in the remains. Back at the Shack, Dipper and Mabel decide to show 3 to Stan, and he finds it hilarious and takes it, saying it could show him good attractions in its contents. Stan then goes to laboratory and it is revealed he holds 1. He unites 1, 2, and 3 to form a portal.
Pages from 3 include the following:
- Cursed Doors
- Floating Eyeballs
- Giant Vampire Bats
- The Undead
- Cave behind a waterfall at Lake Gravity Falls
- The conspiracy about Nathaniel Northwest
- Height Alteration (deeper part of the forest)
- Legalization of marrying woodpeckers
- Squash with Human Face and Emotions
- Maze Page
- Truth Telling Teeth
- Barf Fairy
- Bill Cipher
- The Hide Behind
Pages and text
Pages 1 and 2
"___ page is a farce. Uhhh, to the untrained beginner's eye it may seem to contain relevant information. I can assure you it's not the case. For you see, this is all gibberish. Pure nonsense, if you wish. In fact, none of my sample writing is of any significance. I namely dot my I's _____ to, ___ has alone taken a bind next to pure theater. It is indeed a long _____ stunts. Please enjoy. Please enjoy the irrelevant and incomprehensible ___ seen."
"Any door with the number thirteen is a portal to a different world _________ ________"
Page 2 (Wheel page)
"Unfortunately, my suspicions have been confirmed, I'm being watched. I must hide this book before He finds it. Remember, in Gravity Falls there is no one you can trust. Trust no one!
"Known for their pale skin and bad attitudes, these creatures are often mistaken for teenagers. Beware Gravity Falls' nefarious zombies."
"Always have a reason of some kind.
"Are they watching me?
Giant Vampire Bats
"Giant Vampire Bats!! 10 feet, Desmodus Rotundus"
In Gravity Falls it used to be legal to marry woodpeckers.
Nathaniel Northwest conspiracy
"In my investigations I have recently made a discovery, Nathaniel Northwest was not be the founder of Gravity Falls. And his entire family legacy is a fraud! I believe the proof of this secret is buried somewhere in the enclosed document. If only I could crack the code..."
"Legends telling of miniature buffalo and giant squirrels have lead me to believe that there are height altering properties buried deep within the forest..."
"fig 1. crystal
The left page has a few words cut off and a drawing of a Mystery Shack bumper sticker:
"If you go on enough road trips chances are, you've seen a certain bumper sticker: WHAT IS THE MYSTERY SHACK?
[cut off] s yellow
[cut off] t miss it."
"Finally back safe and sound from one of the weirdest days at Gravity Falls. This journal told me there was no one in Gravity Falls I could trust, but when you battle a hundred gnomes side-by-side with someone, you realize that they've probably always got your back."
- See also: Universe portal
There are some codes. Down below on the page, there's a binary code which means 'J'. It is:
In a later episode the box on the left corner included a new code:
Once decoded, it reads "THE PORTAL WHEN COMPLETED WILL OPEN A GATEWAY TO INFINITE NEW WORLDS AND HERALD A NEW ERA IN MANKIND’S UNDERSTANDING OF THE UNIVERSE. PLUS, IT WILL PROBABLY GET GIRLS TO START TALKING TO ME FINALLY."
If you look into his eyes you can see your worst nightmares.
Truth Telling Teeth
"Buried 'neath the tree stump in the deep forest are Truth Teeth, which force upon the wearer the inability to lie."
On the page next to the one above is a map of where the tree is.
Squash with a Human Face and Emotions
While looking for ideas to defeat Gideon, Dipper calls this page "Butternut squash with a human face and emotions" instead of just "squash."
The code in the top right corner of its page reads:
Once decoded, it reads "DON'T EAT HIM."
While looking for ideas to defeat Gideon in the journal, Dipper mentions a page describing a "barf fairy."
These is a symbol cipher cryptogram on the same place of the page where Bill's name is written:
Which translates to:
Underneath an illustration of Bill is the following, which is crossed out in red:
"Bill has proven himself to be one of the friendliest and most trustworthy individuals that I've ever encountered in my life. What a guy! I honestly [cut off] trust him more. Not evil [cut off] a way, Bill is a true gentleman."
Under the crossed out words, in red it says:
"CAN'T BE [cut]"
"Beware Bill. The most powerful and dangerous creature I've ever encountered. Whatever you do, never let him into your mind."
"It is possible to follow the demon into a person's mind and prevent his chaos. DO NOT SUMMON AT ALL COSTS."
"One must simply recite this incantation:
The Hide Behind
Left page has a few words cut off screen:
"eleven in the hand [cut] Gravity [cut] number if _____ [cut]."
"The unseen shadow of 2 men.
Mysterious creature of the shadows. _______ behind the _____ one
NEVER BEEN SEEN!"
Just inside the front cover, the book has an eyepiece (possibly a monocle) attached to the journal via a cord. Its purpose is unknown and it has been used as a bookmark by Dipper as seen in "Irrational Treasure." This eyepiece separates book 3's appearance from book 1 and 2.
Secret of the Journals
In order to properly complete the device, one must posses all three journals. Apparently, the author believed if constructed, the result could be catastrophic, so he made sure the journals were well hidden safe distance from each other, also placing a warning to whom ever finds the journal: "TRUST NO ONE!"
But Dipper allowed Stan to learn of his possession of the journal, who then took it to activate a device using the combined algorithm of all three books.
Journal #3 has the main color of burgundy and has various rips and tears on the cover due to age, it has two gold lines on its spine and all four of its corners are gold. In the middle of the book there is a gold hand with six fingers and the number 3 in the middle. On the back, it shows various alchemist symbols.
- Intro: "Gravity Falls theme song"
- 101. "Tourist Trapped"
- 102. "The Legend of the Gobblewonker"
- 103. "Headhunters"
- 104. "The Hand That Rocks the Mabel"
- 105. "The Inconveniencing"
- 108. "Irrational Treasure"
- 111. "Little Dipper"
- 113. "Boss Mabel"
- 114. "Bottomless Pit!"
- 118. "Land Before Swine"
- 119. "Dreamscaperers"
- 120. "Gideon Rises"
- 6. "The Hide Behind"
- In an early promo that aired on Disney Channel, the gnome page had a creepier but fairly more accurate drawing of a gnome.
- This version of the gnome drawing is used in the replica journal that came with the Gravity Falls: Six Strange Tales DVD.
- Until "Gideon Rises," only books 3 (in Dipper's possession) and 2 (in Gideon's possession) had been seen, implying but never outright confirming the existence of Journal 1. In "Gideon Rises," 1 was revealed to be owned by Stan.
- The hand on the cover has alternated from six to five fingers.
- Random alchemist symbols of "fusion," "pulverize," "solution," "dryness," "extraction," "composition," "digestion," "coagulation," "reverberation," and "reduction" appear throughout the pages.
- Together, "composition," "pulverize," "digestion," and "fusion" is the code Stan uses to enter his secret laboratory.
- Dipper's handwritten page is the only revealed page to have lines on it.
- On the page beside Dipper's page, you can see half a drawing of a bumper sticker Mabel was selling in "Boss Mabel."
- Both "3" and "Journal 2"have pages on zombies as seen and heard in "Tourist Trapped" and "Little Dipper," respectively.
- In addition, they both have pages on Bill Cipher.
- 3 shows signs of neglect that show of its storage underground. When it was first seen, it was layered with dust, and 2 has small tears on the cover, while 3 is in a worse state, as it has larger tears.
- In the gnomes page of the book in "Gideon Rises," it is shown that the weakness line was filled by Dipper after "Tourist Trapped" in blue ink, being "leaf blowers."
- The maze page in "Little Dipper" and "Gideon Rises" has different symbols in it. This was done to hide the code until it was ready to be revealed.
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