The eyes have it
Initially there was nothing out of the ordinary. To mark the 1,000th anniversary of his death, Bulgaria wanted to honour one of its heroes: Tzar Samuil. A competition was set up and the commission awarded. The winning sculptor went to work and on June 8 amidst much pomp the country’s President unveiled the statue.
Only later that evening - according to Sofia Globe - did passers-by notice something unusual: the statue’s eyes. The sculptor had taken it upon himself to use a material that causes them to shine in the dark. He said they "glow with an inner light" to show that he's remembering a defeat which saw his soldiers taken prisoner and blinded on the orders of Byzantine Emperor Basil II. Every night since scores of people come to see those glow-in-the-dark eyes. Online Tzar Samuil has become the recipient of much Darth-Veda-themed jocularity.
Predictably, the statue now has its own Twitter account: @TzarSamuil. Tweets so far have included jokes about himself, an announcement that henceforth he will be charging €1 for a selfie with him (€2.50 if with children), and a complaint that he has not yet been invited on breakfast television.