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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 difference: One of these boils water, the other invades Poland

As word of the amazing Nazi pareidolia spread across cyberspace, the company's online tentacle was hit by a shopping blitzkrieg which quickly stripped the virtual shelves of the Führer Wasserkocher.

According to Time, 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." ®

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