The Hitler tea kettle – an optical illusion

The Hitler tea kettle - an optical illusion
Can you spot Adolph Hitler?



It’s an inadvertent optical illusion.

Designer Michael Graves created this kettle, sold exclusively at J. C. Penney:

"This stainless steel tea kettle has all the bells and whistles you’ll
needa cool-touch handle, space-saving design and a delightful whistle
to let you know when it’s ready to pour."

No mention of Nazis.

Some have noticed, however, that a billboard of the kettle in California bears a resemblance to Mr. Hitler giving a Nazi salute.

The Hitler tea kettle - an optical illusion
I don’t see it…

Maybe if you drive by quickly and the image is blurry, Hitler appears.

The Hitler tea kettle - an optical illusion
Do you see me now?

It’s reported that sales of the kettle have increased. Not sure how J.C. Penney will handle this problem. We can only imagine the sales meeting:

"Well, I’ve got good news and bad news…"

(In a first step at damage control, J.C. Penney did remove the billboard.)


– Hitler or Tea Kettle? L.A. Billboard Causes Internet Commotion, The Hollywood Reporter>>
– Michael Graves Design Bells and Whistles Stainless Steel Tea Kettle, JC Penny>>

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