How long do you have to live with a pothole on your street before you start treating it like a member of the family? Apparently a year will do it. Mashable reports Eddie Prosser of Jackson, Mississippi, got so tired of the city ignoring his complaints about the pothole outside his house that he decided to throw it a birthday party. The celebration included balloons and a huge birthday card reading, "Happy birthday, Pothole!" The pothole had actually been there about 16 months, and Prosser had called the city about it 14 times with no luck, according to WJTV. "[It's] just one small pothole," he says. "When they fix the potholes just a block away it wouldn’t have taken another 10 minutes."
A number of local news stations covered the pothole's birthday party, and on Sunday a city crew was spotted working on the hole, WAPT reports. However, neighbors' jubilation quickly soured when they realized workers only filled the pothole with dirt and didn't pave it over. "We were like, 'You’re kidding, right?’” one resident says. “Maybe they'll come back and pave it." That might be a good bet: In the wake of the stunt, the city has announced a "pothole blitz," reports the Clarion-Ledger. (Another alternative: Turn potholes into art.)