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Giant penis mystery baffles Stockholm suburb

Giant penis mystery baffles Stockholm suburb

Published: 24 Nov 2011 11:00 GMT+01:00
Updated: 24 Nov 2011 11:00 GMT+01:00

“It may be distasteful, but it's not illegal,” Nicholas Rundbom, a spokesperson for Hitta.se, the Swedish directory and map website which published the phallus-filled aerial photograph, told The Local.

The picture came to Rundom's attention when he was contacted by a reporter with business news website Realtid.se who was writing a story about a posh villa belonging to Swedish business icon Per-Olof Söderberg.

Söderberg, founder of the Söderberg & Partners insurance brokerage and board member of the Ratos private equity firm founded by his grandfather in 1933, had put his home up for sale, prompting the news website to take a closer look at the property using Hitta.se

Much to the surprise of the journalist, the grounds near Söderberg's home featured a symbol in the shape of a massive penis, as well as a star, mowed in the grass.

Söderberg, whose home is adjacent to the tennis-court-sized penis, was also clueless about the sex-themed shape in the grass surrounding his compound.

“I didn't know anything about it,” Söderberg told the Expressen newspaper in reference to the newly-discovered phallus.

Following the report, technicians with Hitta.se contacted Metria, the company that supplied the images, to verify that the image, which was taken on April 18th of this year, had not been doctored.

“All six experts said it was clearly real grass and they all used the word 'boyish prank',” Metria spokesperson Johanna Ahlmark told Realtid.se.

“Someone was clearly having fun when mowing the lawn.”

Rundom from Hitta.se marveled at the coincidence that has resulted in the penis-prank being given a long-lasting afterlife on the internet.

“It's highly improbable that those who came up with this creative stunt and cut the grass in that way did so just before a satellite flew overhead and snapped a picture,” he told The Local.

According to Rundom, Hitta.se has never received a similar report.

While the company hasn't received any complaints about the oversized sex organ, Rundom added that Hitta.se was prepared to make changes to the image if necessary.

When contacted by The Local, a spokesperson for Danderyd municipality, in which the Djursholm district lies, said he wasn't aware of the penis prank.

"This is the first I've heard of it," he said, although he confirmed that the municipality does have responsibility for maintaining public parks and grounds, something which is usually done by a contracted landscaping firm.

David Landes (david.landes@thelocal.se)

Your comments about this article

11:56 November 24, 2011 by muscle
... hmm why its not a surprise that the design is of a penis and not some other stuff in Sweden :S

the only thing that the young swedes are focusing on is () or |
12:45 November 24, 2011 by Luckystrike
Yup, lets ignore the pentagram on the right and focus our attention on the left penis.

Good old Swedes. Gotto love em'
13:03 November 24, 2011 by fedotovskiy
Itæs not pentagram! It's david star
13:14 November 24, 2011 by Iraniboy
It appears that the same person who made that oversized penis has made the star of david too. Well you should just ask those who made it!
13:29 November 24, 2011 by thinkright24
may be its a crop circle. may be its the alien's way to show middle finger to swedes
14:01 November 24, 2011 by Luckystrike
ofc it's David Star...blonde moment. Well, explains the lack of foreskin
14:34 November 24, 2011 by Matewis
Why does it have to be a "Boyish prank"?

The same thing happened at a high school in Hamilton, New Zealand, and they confirmed it was a group of girls who did it. No less than 6 penises can be seen using Google maps/Earth.

Don't believe me? Check Fairfield College in Hamilton, and count them...
17:51 November 24, 2011 by beeforsty
That's is not a star as portray by the local, is the sign of "Global Order". I doubt if that is accidental having large pennis and the sign f new world order.
18:36 November 24, 2011 by zircon
What your saying is that higher forces are playing games with our (human) minds? Humans are not sending out the right signal to the mystery makers of the giant grass(roots) phallus. What could the message be saying?
20:42 November 24, 2011 by Opinionfool
The penis is "near" Per-Olof Söderberg's house. How is that of interest? It may or may not be a comment on him. One might just as well say that the Star of David (visible to the right of the image) is comment upon his ethnicity, his religion, his apostasy, his nothing-what-so-ever-to-do-with-him-in-the-slightest. This might just as well have been a picture of Jesus in a bowl of dog food for all the news-worthiness of it.
01:50 November 25, 2011 by BritVik
Has the intricacy of crop circles gone out of fashion in Sweden to be replaced by phallic symbols? Well I can't say I am surprised.
02:17 November 25, 2011 by bolababu
publicity stunt to sell the house, nothing more
16:32 November 25, 2011 by tadchem
or what it is worth, this is recent. Google Maps shows nothing in the grass here:

59.411278,18.091854
17:00 November 25, 2011 by SuperTulle
As there is a star of David there, it's obvious that this is alla a jewish conspiracy to paint penises all over the planet!

Or maybe, it's a fascist conspiracy to paint penises all over the planet, and then blame it all on the jews!
22:32 November 25, 2011 by salalah
You all are clue-less. Off course it is done by Aliens who happen to be Jews....
10:00 December 1, 2011 by philster61
Its probably only penis that is of any interest whatsoever in Sweden...
22:01 December 16, 2011 by zat_xela
I think the culprit's name is Dick David!
02:50 January 23, 2012 by itsmark
It looks like the Virgin Mary to me.
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