Thursday 22 February 2018

Internet Fuhrer-y over house that looks like Hitler

The house in Port Tenant, Swansea, that looks like Hitler. Photo: PA and Getty Images
The house in Port Tenant, Swansea, that looks like Hitler. Photo: PA and Getty Images

Richard Alleyne

The elderly owner of an end-of-terrace house in Wales has been left bewildered by an internet joke that his house looks like Hitler.

Hundreds of thousands of people have viewed or shared the link to a photograph of the house in Swansea after it was published on Twitter, the social networking site.

The slanted roof was said to resemble the Hitler fringe, the door lintel was the moustache and the small top windows were seen as the dictator’s piercing eyes.

The joke took off when it was tweeted by Jimmy Carr, the comedian, but the owner of the house in Port Tenant, Swansea, a man in his 70s, said he had never even heard of Twitter.

The tweet was first posted by Charli Dickenson, 22, a youth worker, who spotted the bizarre similarity as she drove past.

“I walk past the house all the time, but I had never noticed the Hitler likeness before,” said Miss Dickenson. “But then, at the weekend, I was in the car with my boyfriend and we were stuck in traffic and I just said to him, 'That house looks like Hitler.’ We both laughed. I took a picture and posted it on Twitter.

“It was picked up by Jimmy Carr. Now everyone is talking about it!”

A neighbour, Lyn Thomas, 25, said: “I can see a resemblance now. I’ve lived here for two years but have never noticed anything before. I don’t know why it would be designed in such a way. It is uncanny.”

Another neighbour said: “People are joking that the house is the third on the Reich and that we live on the Western Front. You have to see the funny side of life sometimes.”

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