Unreal Estate: Australian's Sculpture Flicks Off Neighbors

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Each week, AOL Real Estate probes the corners of the Web to bring you offbeat dispatches from the world of real estate.
This week brought reports of a "
tell-us-your-hook-up" ad campaign, a lawn-sculpture designed to offend neighbors, an amateur scientist arrested for attempting to split atoms in his kitchen and a Korean Robinson Crusoe who chases Japanese fishermen from his remote island.

One Australian man clearly doesn't care much for one particular commandment. The Manningham Leader reports that he erected a massive middle-finger sculpture to express his hatred towards his neighbors. Residents call him the "neighbor from hell," and say the brazen gesture is just the latest example of a string of shocking un-neighborly actions.

But perhaps no other action could more unsettling to a community than what one Swedish man did recently. He was arrested after authorities learned he was using radioactive materials to try and split atoms. He kept a blog on the pursuit which included entries describing a small meltdown on his stove.

The government didn't take kindly to that man's hobby, but Korea's government feels the opposite way about one of its own citizen's preoccupations. The L.A. Times ran a feature on an irascible old Korean who has lived for decades in a cave on an island which both Japan and Korea claim as theirs. Over the years, he has served as de facto guard dog by chasing off Japanese fishermen.

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