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Paper Monitor

10:21 UK time, Wednesday, 30 March 2011

A service highlighting the riches of the daily press.

Famous faces sell newspapers. But there's one thing people like even more, it's when a famous face - usually a dead one - makes an appearances in a very unusual way, like on a piece of toast, in a tomato or on a plank of wood. It's a whole genre in itself and is largely dominated by religious food sightings.

Over the years we've had the face of Jesus in a tortilla, the Virgin Mary pictured in a watermelon and on a grilled-cheese sandwich. There's even been a pretzel which resembles her holding the baby Jesus. The name of Allah has been found written on a piece of beef and in an aubergine, while a potato shaped like the Hindu deity Ganesha was also discovered.

But sighting aren't exclusive to comestibles. The image of Jesus Christ is also said to have been found on a three-foot plank of wood bought from a London hardware store and the duster of a cleaning lady at Leeds City Council.

But today the Daily Mail and the Sun are breaking what Paper Monitor believes is very exciting new ground - house lookalikes. They kick off this brand new niche with the house that looks like Hitler. The end-of-terrace in Port Tenant, Swansea, came to the attention of the public after Charli Dickenson, 22, posted a picture on Twitter and it was picked up by comedian Jimmy Carr. The resemblance is described as such:

The slanting roof is said to resemble the Fuhrer's slicked down, side-parted hair while the front door lintel conjures up his moustache.

Never one to miss an opportunity, the Sun headline reads: "Take the third reich and you'll find... the house that looks like Hitler."

The owner of the house that could soon be one of the most famous in the country - a pensioner apparently - is not quoted, but the neighbours aren't too impressed by the street's new found fame. At best they're baffled and at worst they're fearing an influx of sightseers. They may even need to invest in the must-have kit of celebrities who don't want to be photographed - large sunglasses and a hat.

But what has Paper Monitor most excited is that both papers are appealing for readers to send in their house lookalikes. The nation awaits with baited breath.

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