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US retailer JC Penney is doing a brisk trade in a designer kettle after someone noticed it bore a certain resemblance to Adolf Hitler. Over the weekend, a snap of a billboard ad for the "Michael Graves Design Bells and Whistles Stainless Steel Tea Kettle" popped up on Reddit. The offending kettle and Adolf Hitler Spot the …


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          1. Jemma Silver badge

            Re: @ Jake

            So *that's* what explains the current suicide rate - terninal boredom amongst the hitchhikers guide reading classes.. not DWP ok'ing terminal cancer patients for coal mining duty... Come back Bevin, all is forgiven..

        1. Fatman Silver badge

          Re: "mob mentality"

          You can substitute "herd mentality" and, yet still be on target.

  1. Khaptain Silver badge

    Snake oil or Marketing cream

    Cover up the Hitler picture with your hand and just look at the kettle, what do you see : A Kettle.........

    1. Danny 14 Silver badge

      Re: Snake oil or Marketing cream

      WWho posted it? MGraves perhaps? Great viral marketing idea.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Snake oil or Marketing cream

      I see a big shiny arse.

  2. tony

    The humble teapot, from CGI tool to fascist via sneaky ebay porn; what a life you've led.

  3. Mitoo Bobsworth

    If you bullshit...

    ...they will buy.

  4. Gray Ham

    But ...

    Does the whistle play Wagner when it boils?

    1. Phil O'Sophical Silver badge

      Re: But ...

      I'd guess it's more Flying Scotsman than Flying Dutchman...

    2. GitMeMyShootinIrons

      Re: But ...

      I'd go with "Teatime for Hitler and Germany..." (Hangs head in shame at poor joke mis-treating The Producers...)

      1. Destroy All Monsters Silver badge

        Re: But ...


        When it's done, it Hesses!

      2. fangster

        Re: But ...

        "Tomorrow belongs to tea" (copyright Psychoville)

  5. Ole Juul Silver badge

    Product line

    JC Penney is a bit nonplussed by its smash hit in the white supremacist kitchen appliance market. The company tweeted: "If we had designed it to look like something, we would have gone with a snowman or something fun."

    I didn't know there was a white supremacist kitchen appliance market, but I guess a snowman would fit in nicely.

    1. Dodgy Geezer Silver badge

      Re: Product line

      ...I didn't know there was a white supremacist kitchen appliance market...

      Why do you think they call them "White Goods"...?

      ta-da... thank you, I'll be here all week...

    2. TeeCee Gold badge

      Re: Product line

      I didn't know there was a white supremacist kitchen appliance market,

      I guess that's why domestic appliances are usually referred to as "white goods"......

  6. Haku

    It's amazing how gullible the general publ...

    hang on a mo, my Karma Chameleon phone is ringing.

  7. Charles Manning


    The whistle looks like it has been circumcised, so draw your own conclusions.

  8. John Tserkezis

    Probably spotted by the same crowd who sees jesus in everything: That oil stain on my garage floor looks like jesus, that burnt toast, that shadow.

    Proabaly not as embarrasing as the naked guy who took a picture of his highly reflective chrome kettle...

    1. Dana W

      The Jesus Brigade is at it again. J.C. Penny company's support of and marketing to gay couples infuriates them and they can't get anywhere in getting their rapidly diminishing numbers to generate a real boycott, and they are desperate to find anything. I suspect they figured that Hitler Tea would offend Liberals.

      They probably heard all about it from the Jesus in their Cheese sandwich.

  9. Anonymous Coward

    The kettle, It's only got one bell...

  10. cortland
    Big Brother

    Robin says

    Holy Tea Party, Batman!

    Big Brother -- because there's no Big Sister icon

  11. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Yes it's him alright.

    Yes it's him alright. As for the guy on the right, I have no idea who it is. ;)

  12. jubtastic1
    IT Angle

    Shave and a haircut

    It doesn't take much to suggest Hitler, a circle, arc of hair at the top right and the moustache is all that's required, this Kettle goes the extra distance by adding a Southpark style shirt, thin black tie and the salute.

    It looks a bit like Hitler, it's mildly amusing, Photographer deserves a bonus for turning a run of the mill kettle into a sell out item.

  13. Scott Pedigo

    Coincidentally, the kettle body reminds me of a WWII era German helmet.

  14. Katz


    Don't see any resemblance. SIlly.

  15. Dodgy Geezer Silver badge


    ...the original picture shows a much better resemblance...

    Telegraph original Pic

    1. Phil O'Sophical Silver badge

      Re: Actually...

      "I'm a little Nazi, short and stout". :)

      1. Destroy All Monsters Silver badge

        Re: Actually...

        And I quote

        after customers noted that one of its tea kettles bears a striking resemblance to Adolf Hitler.

        Jesus H Christ.

  16. WeaselNo7


    Crikey. I'm glad I'm not trapped on a submarine with you lot.

    1. John Brown (no body) Silver badge

      Re: Commentards

      Yes, I think some of them need a good, big Das Boot up the arse!

  17. Mostly_Harmless Silver badge

    from a story yesterday...

    "In one reported case, a York mosque successfully quelled an EDL protest with tea, biscuits and football"

    Wonder if they were using one of these kettles?

    1. Destroy All Monsters Silver badge

      Re: from a story yesterday...

      And the football bore a striking resemblance to Eva Braun.

  18. ukgnome Silver badge

    I thought it looked like Eadon, that kettle clearly hates Microsoft!

    1. Mostly_Harmless Silver badge


      You could have a point there


      1. jake Silver badge

        Re: Eadon

        If you feed the trolls you have to keep 'em. Enjoy.


        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          @ Jake Re: Eadon

          I quite like having troll like Eadon around - it amuses me to prod them and take the p*** from time to time

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      2. C 18

        Re: Eadon

        Well, seeing as we're on the subject of Godwin's and all it would seem El Reg has its own equivalent as is evident from this sub-thread.

        It would appear that the longer a thread gets on El Reg (without Eadon actually making an appearance) the chances of somebody referring to him approaches 1.

  19. Nifty

    Been here before

    House that looks like Hitler (yawn);h=1226

  20. Rob Crawford

    Uncanny resemblence

    I think it's the bell that Hitler often had sticking out of his head that gives the game away.

    To think that the bell later developed into the Nazi trans dimensional flying machine

  21. C 18


    This thread is having a catastrophic effect on Godwin's law. I fear the entire internet is about to consume itself. Good job we have a kettle on hand to brew up a decent cuppa...

    1. Lester Haines (Written by Reg staff) Gold badge

      Re: Hmm...

      Quite so. I'm just trying to source a Joseph Goebbels tea cosy to complete the set.

    2. jake Silver badge

      @C 18 (was: Re: Hmm...)


      Godwin's Law states "As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches 1."

      Given the initial post referenced Hitler, it's only logical that Hitler will be mentioned occasionally.

      HTH, HAND.

      1. C 18
        Thumb Down

        Re: @C 18 (was: Hmm...)

        Congratulations on demonstrating a complete and catastrophic sense of humour failure.

        1. jake Silver badge

          @C 18 (was: Re: @C 18 (was: Hmm...))

          Your sense of humo(u)r needs work. The incorrect "Godwin" shtick was old 20 years ago.

          1. C 18

            Re: @C 18 (was: @C 18 (was: Hmm...))

            So given that 'If you feed the trolls you have to keep 'em. Enjoy.', in this case, I get to keep you do I?

            Do you need a blanky during the day? How long can I let you out to play with the normal people without having to worry if you're getting yourself into trouble?

            This is so exciting, a new pet...

            I see I'll have to work on toilet training you first...

  22. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    someone noticed, yeah, right

    I'll be blunt: they decided that "a bit of publicity is no bad thing and then - bingo - "someone noticed". It works! :(

  23. Winkypop Silver badge

    Ve haff vays of making you tea!

    Heinrich, turn up ze gas!

  24. Lexxy


    I've got it! They're both bell ends!

  25. chadp

    Another opportunity?

    I heard that Neville Chamberlain met with the kettle and afterwards declared that we would have teas in our time.

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