Rory McInnes had just finished watching a documentary on Google Earth, and got the idea to reproduce the "feature" of the Cerne Abbas Giant, an 80-foot figure of a naked man which is carved into the side of a chalk hill in Dorset in SW England. The Giant is believed to be an Iron Age fertility symbol.
So he went up to the roof and spent 30 minutes on the work, which apparently lay unnoticed until a helicopter pilot saw it and took photos.
When contacted by The Sun, father Andy McInnes reacted incredulously:
"It's an April Fool's joke, right? There's no way there?s a 60-foot phallus on top of my house."
Rory is spending a year traveling between finishing school and college, and when his father caught up with him, the 18-year-old reportedly said: "Oh, you?ve found it then!"
His parents were not amused.
Clare McInnes said:
"We don’t want any more children, so the idea of sleeping under a giant fertility symbol is rather worrying."
Andy McInnes added:
“We don’t want to lie in bed at night and hear couples at it above us. When Rory gets home he will be given a scrubbing brush and white spirit and he can go and scrub it off.”