Hitler or Tea Kettle? L.A. Billboard Causes Internet Commotion

Hitler Kettle - S 2013

Hitler Kettle - S 2013

The Michael Graves design for J.C. Penney has been eliciting double takes in Culver City.

Think of it as one of those psychological optical illusions.

But instead of spotting either an old crone or beautiful young woman, a J.C. Penney billboard in West L.A. bears, depending on whom you ask, either the image of a sleek tea kettle or Adolf Hitler delivering a Nazi salute.

Say what?

Yes, as hard as it is to believe, it's true. (Although you may need to squint a bit.)

The Michael Graves Design Bells and Whistles Stainless Steel Tea Kettle looming just east of the southbound 405 in Culver City has a distinctly Hitler-y look to it, from its molded grip (his hair part) to its knobby handle (his moustache) to even its spout-top bell (an outstretched right hand).

The similarity between the kitchenware item and the Nazi leader was spotted and snapped by a Reddit user who posted it to the popular message board.

The Internet has been having a field day with it ever since.

So which do you see?