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  • Ikea's Billionaire Founder a Frugal Fan of Flea Markets (All His Clothes)

    03/09/2016 4:21:19 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 40 replies
    Channel News Asia ^ | 09 Mar 2016
    Ingvar Kamprad, who turns 90 on Mar 30, has a reputation for penny-pinching, which he claims helped Ikea to become one of the world's top brand names.Frugal billionaire Ingvar Kamprad, founder of the flatpack furniture chain Ikea, buys his clothes at flea markets to save money, he said in a documentary to be broadcast Wednesday (Mar 9) on Swedish television. Kamprad, who turns 90 on Mar 30, has a reputation for penny-pinching, which he claims helped Ikea to become one of the world's top brand names. "I don't think I'm wearing anything that wasn't bought at a flea market....
  • Men, women and Ikea: It’s complicated

    12/21/2015 1:25:46 PM PST · by Flick Lives · 40 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Dec 17, 2015 | Jeff Guo
    Psychologists have long said that men tend to be better than women at spatial tasks, like mentally picturing and manipulating shapes. Hundreds of studies spanning several decades have shown that on average, men score higher on tests asking them to rotate objects in their heads. This is one of the few persistent and significant differences scientists have discovered between the brains of men and women. The pattern also aligns, perhaps suspiciously, with stereotypes about men being better at reading maps or parking -- or putting together flat-pack furniture. That last cliche might actually be true. Researchers at the University of...
  • Wow: Muslim beheads shopper in IKEA store; look what IKEA is doing in response

    08/14/2015 12:18:30 PM PDT · by South40 · 41 replies
    AllenB West ^ | 14 AUG 2015 | Michele Hickford
    The United States is not the only Western “civilized” nation suffering from an acute case of PC delusion. Take Sweden for example. On Monday a 57-year-old Swedish woman and her 22-year-old son were reportedly stabbed and killed (one actually beheaded) by an Eritrean Muslim asylum seeker in the nation’s largest branch of IKEA. Security camera footage from the brutal attack reportedly shows the 35-year-old man grabbing two knives from the kitchenware section just before two shoppers are attacked, according to Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet. The Express reports the suspect had met with migration officials just hours before the attack, and was...
  • Eritrean Suspect Confesses to Ikea Stabbing in Sweden

    08/13/2015 12:58:22 PM PDT · by wtd · 15 replies
    New York Times ^ | 08/13/2015 | AP
    Eritrean Suspect Confesses to Ikea Stabbing in SwedenCOPENHAGEN, Denmark — A 36-year-old Eritrean man has confessed to the deadly stabbing of two people at an Ikea store in central Sweden, his defense lawyer said Thursday."..."The man is recovering from surgery for unspecified severe injuries at a hospital in Vasteras, 100 kilometers (60 miles) west of Stockholm. He woke up Thursday and was questioned by police. Due to his condition, he was not able to attend the custody hearing but participated via a telephone link. The Aftonbladet newspaper claimed B<>video surveillance from inside the Ikea store show the man stabbing...
  • Muslim Asylum Seeker Beheads IKEA Shopper in Sweden

    08/13/2015 8:08:23 AM PDT · by conservativejoy · 32 replies ^ | 8/12/2015 | Jim Hoft
    A Muslim asylum seek beheaded an IKEA shopper in Sweden this week and killed another one. (Photo Bare Naked Islam) In response to the violent murders IKEA will quit selling kitchen knives in its store. It’s IKEA’s fault for displaying knives in the store. reported: “ The IKEA superstore near Stockholm which witnessed a double murder this week by Eritrean asylum seekers has responded by ending the sale of kitchen knives in-store, and the government has stepped up its policing at asylum-lodgings to defend against a backlash. The response of the Swedish authorities to the ‘stabbings’ which killed what...
  • Two people murdered in Swedish IKEA due to weak knife control laws

    08/13/2015 7:47:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 08/13/2015 | NewsMachete
    Two people were killed at an IKEA in Sweden by an assailant.  Due to Sweden's abysmally weak knife control laws, the killer was able to murder both of them with an unregistered blade. A man and a woman were killed and a third injured in a knife attack at an IKEA store in the Swedish city of Vasteras on Monday and two suspects were arrested, police said. While Sweden has strict gun control laws, it has no knife control legislation.  Anyone can go into a home goods store and buy a knife.  A knife buyer doesn't have to undergo...
  • Muslim Asylum Seeker Beheads IKEA Shopper in Sweden

    08/12/2015 2:44:30 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 42 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 08/12/15 | Jim Hoft
    A Muslim asylum seek beheaded an IKEA shopper in Sweden this week and killed another one. (Photo Bare Naked Islam) In response to the violent murders IKEA will quit selling kitchen knives in its store. It’s IKEA’s fault for displaying knives in the store.
  • Swedish Ikea store stops knife sales after attack

    08/11/2015 11:23:23 AM PDT · by wtd · 17 replies
    AFP/Yahoo ^ | 8/11/2015 | AFP
    Swedish Ikea store stops knife sales after attack "Stockholm (AFP) - The Ikea branch in central Sweden where two shoppers were fatally stabbed -- reportedly with knives taken from the shelves -- will temporarily stop knife sales, the store manager said Tuesday.
  • Sweden boosts security for asylum seekers after IKEA attack

    08/11/2015 10:21:06 AM PDT · by wtd · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tue. Aug 11, 2015 BST | Anna Ringstrom
    Sweden boosts security for asylum seekers after IKEA attack "Police in central Sweden have increased security at asylum lodgings, fearing a backlash after two Eritrean asylum-seekers were suspected of murdering two people at an IKEA store. A man and a woman were killed in a knife attack at an IKEA store in the city of Vasteras on Monday. Two suspects were detained by police, one of whom was seriously injured.
  • Ikea(Sweden)Attack Suspects Identified

    08/11/2015 9:48:50 AM PDT · by wtd · 22 replies
    Emirates24/7 ^ | 8/11/2015 | AFP
    Emirates24/7: Ikea attack suspects identified By AFP Published Tuesday, August 11, 2015 The two suspects in a knife attack at an Ikea store in Sweden that left two dead are Eritrean asylum seekers, one of whom is in critical condition, police said Tuesday. The motive for the midday attack on Monday in the central town of Vasteras was still unknown, deputy prosecutor general Eva Moren told reporters. "The two suspects are both from Eritrea. They have been living at an asylum centre," she said, adding that the pair knew each other. "We know nothing about the motive yet, the...
  • Man arrested after triple Ikea store stabbing ( Sweden )

    08/10/2015 8:00:03 AM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies
    AFP ^ | August 10, 2015
    A man and a woman have died and another is seriously injured following a stabbing inside an Ikea store in Västerås, just outside Stockholm. ... Ikea has so far remained tight-lipped about the stabbings. ... Officers disclosed no other information about the identities of the attacker nor the victims. One witness told Swedish broadcaster SVT that the dead man appeared to have been aged around 25. But in an interview with regional Swedish newspaper VLT, store manager Mattias Johansson said that the victims were "three seemingly ordinary visitors" and said that an attack had taken place in the store's kitchen...
  • Syria and Iraq cast shadow over Dihad

    03/24/2015 9:15:31 PM PDT · by piasa
    Khaleej Times ^ | 25 March 2015 | Bernd Debusmann Jr.
    Prince Hassan bin Talal of Jordan called on countries in the region to work together to deal with the massive humanitarian crises caused by conflicts in Syria and Iraq. Dubai - The spectre of the massive humanitarian crisis caused by the wars in Syria and Iraq loomed large over the opening of the 12th edition of the Dubai International Humanitarian Aid and Development Conference and Exhibition (Dihad). Among the speakers at this year’s opening ceremony was Prince Hassan bin Talal of Jordan, which is currently home to almost 1.4 million refugees of the war in Syria. In his remarks, Prince...
  • IKEA ridicules silly Apple commercials

    09/11/2014 12:21:45 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 31 replies
    Just click the link below to find out what this is all about.
  • IKEA’s ‘bookbook’ video parodies Apple, goes viral

    09/07/2014 11:22:32 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 10 replies ^ | 8 September 2014 | todayonline
    Swedish furniture store IKEA’s tongue-in-cheek video introducing its 2015 Ikea catalogue has gone viral with more than 6.4 million views. Clearly spoofing Apple ads, the two-and-a-half minute video shot against a white backdrop with inspirational music playing shows IKEA’s “chief design guru” Jorgen Eghammer earnestly extolling the virtues of the catalogue. “Once in a while, something comes along that changes the way we live, a device so simple and intuitive, using it feels almost familiar,” he says, mimicking Apple’s star product designer, Jonathan Ive. “Introducing the 2015 Ikea catalogue. It’s not a digital book or an e-book. It’s a book...
  • Store Ignores Obvious Signs, Goes Overboard With Its Anti-Gun Policy

    07/08/2014 6:31:43 PM PDT · by stevie_d_64 · 19 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | July 8th, 2014 | Chuck
    A furniture store in Takoma Park, Maryland that calls itself a “Weapons Free Environment” took its policy a bit too far on Independence Day. That’s when a loss prevention officer at IKEA approached Alan Goldberg, who carried a visible, holstered firearm into the store, telling him he would have to leave the premises or place the weapon in his vehicle, according to NBC Washington. The request caught Goldberg off guard: he is Takoma Park’s chief of police, and he was in uniform during his visit.

    04/20/2014 12:36:36 AM PDT · by blueplum · 28 replies
    Breitbart London ^ | April 19, 2014 | James Delingpole
    Full title: FIRST THE GREEN GESTAPO CAME FOR OUR LIGHTBULBS, THEN OUR ICED DRINKS AND HOT SHOWERS. NOW THEY'RE AFTER OUR MEATBALLS... A truly emetic announcement from the grim but indispensable Swedish flatpack furniture emporium IKEA: they are considering changing the recipe of their most popular food line - meatballs - in order to help save the world from global warming. Says the company's head of sustainability Joanna Yarrow: "We have been working with WWF looking at meatballs and various other food items that we sell and looking at how we can tweak our recipes to give great taste but...
  • Ikea Plans 'Green' Meatballs to Help Tackle Climate Change

    04/18/2014 3:38:23 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 35 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 4/17 | Emily Gosden
    'Veg balls' to be launched as eco-friendly alternative to famous Swedish meatballs, which Ikea admits are damaging the planetIkea is developing a new 'green' version of its famous Swedish meatballs in order to cut carbon emissions and help tackle climate change, the retailer has revealed. The flat-pack furniture giant sells an estimated 150 million meatballs, made from beef and pork, in its cafes each year. But the popular snack is also the least environmentally-friendly item on the Ikea menu, because of high carbon dioxide emissions involved in the farming process and high methane gas emissions from cattle. Ikea is so...
  • LGBT activists present 45,000 petition signatures to IKEA U.S. Headquarters in Conshohocken

    01/15/2014 12:14:52 PM PST · by Phillyred · 14 replies
    Montgomery News ^ | Wednesday, January 15, 2014 | Brendan Wills
    Members of the LGBT community met outside of the IKEA U.S. Corporate Headquarters on Allen Wood Road in Conshohocken to present 45,000 signatures protesting IKEA’s recall of an article about a lesbian couple from the Russian version of IKEA Family Live Magazine. The article about two lesbians raising their son in a small London flat appeared in the December issue of the magazine, but was pulled from the Russian edition so as not to interfere with Russia’s “homosexual propaganda laws” that ban “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations” and prohibits minors from receiving information regarding homosexuality, according to a release...
  • Ikea Stuffed Wolf Sells Out Amid Hong Kong Fury

    12/11/2013 4:55:34 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    The Local ^ | 10 Dec 2013
    Ikea stores in Hong Kong have unexpectedly sold out of a stuffed toy wolf, the Swedish furniture giant announced on Tuesday, after it became the unlikely symbol of opposition to the city's unpopular government. Hundreds of the stuffed toys, called Lufsig, flew off the shelves within hours on Monday and again on Tuesday, days after an anti-government protester threw it at the city's leader Leung Chun-ying during a weekend public meeting. "Lufsig has been sold out at all Ikea stores this morning," a spokeswoman said, adding that there were queues before the store opened. The innocent-looking toy depicts the wolf...
  • IKEA’s 70% UK surcharge: Flatpack giant makes us pay more than most of Europe

    05/25/2013 1:29:59 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 17:00 EST, 24 May 2013 | Sean Poulter
    IKEA presents itself as the champion of affordable home furnishings. But it appears that the store’s definition of affordable varies dramatically according to the country it is operating in. British families are being charged about 70 percent more for some items of furniture compared with their counterparts on the Continent. … For example, IKEA’s popular Friheten corner sofa bed costs £525 ($796) if bought in its British stores—some 71 percent more than the £307 ($461) charged in Poland, and also considerably more than the £344 ($522) in Spain and Germany. The sofa is also cheaper in IKEA’s home country of...
  • Sweden: where only 3% of the population uses cash

    04/08/2013 1:44:05 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 83 replies ^ | 04/08/2013 | WesternCulture
    Sweden really is annoying. We've made both Germany and Russia look like fools on battle fields. We haven't experienced war for two centuries by now, but we're prepared for the next one. We once were poor, but today, we enjoy a standard of living that clearly is better than that of the average American or any other country on Earth for that sake. Few Americans could afford a car like the Volvo V70 (best selling car in Sweden) and only a small percentage of the American population own second homes (very common in Sweden). Furthermore, my Sweden is more technologically...
  • Pork found in Ikea's moose lasagna (Oh-noes!)

    04/06/2013 7:28:22 AM PDT · by markomalley · 40 replies
    AP ^ | 4/6/2013
    Ikea says it has withdrawn 17,000 portions of moose lasagna from its home furnishings stores in Europe after traces of pork were found in a batch tested in Belgium. Ikea spokeswoman Tina Kardum said the product had only been on sale for a month when it was pulled off the shelves on March 22. The company didn't announce the withdrawal publicly until Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet wrote about it Saturday. Kardum said the company found out Friday that a follow-up test in Belgium confirmed the lasagna contained 1.6 percent pork.
  • Horse meat found in Ikea's Swedish meatballs

    02/25/2013 5:47:05 AM PST · by Perdogg · 38 replies
    Swedish furniture giant Ikea was drawn into Europe's widening food labeling scandal Monday as authorities said they had detected horse meat in frozen meatballs labeled as beef and pork and sold in 13 countries across the continent.
  • In India, it’s illegal for IKEA to sell the following products

    01/22/2013 6:53:51 PM PST · by grundle · 22 replies
    wordpress ^ | January 22, 2013 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    Dan from Squirrel Hill's Blog In India, it’s illegal for IKEA to sell the following products In India, it’s illegal for IKEA to sell the following products: Home and office use products, solutions, fittings, furnishings and accessories including stationeryTextile products including apparels and fabricsConsumer electronics and accessoriesCleaning products and accessoriesLeather productsStorage and sorting products and accessoriesChildren’s products and accessoriesSafety-related productsTravel-related productsCosmetics and accessoriesRecycling solutions and productsLifestyle products and accessoriesDecorative productsGift articles and accessoriesFood and beverages to be served at the IKEA restaurants and café to customers in the IKEA retail storesBeach products and accessories Apparently, the Indian government would prefer to...
  • Monkey found alone at Toronto Ikea, wearing coat

    12/09/2012 3:43:07 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 21 replies
    CBC ^ | December 9, 2012
    Animal control came to collect a monkey from a Toronto Ikea store on Sunday, after the animal was spotted in the parking lot. An Ikea spokesperson told CBC News that the monkey was first spotted in the parking lot of the Ikea store located near Leslie Street and Highway 401.
  • (Swedish Dhimmitude) Ikea Under Fire for Deleting Women from Saudi Version of Furniture Catalog

    10/01/2012 3:28:30 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 14 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | Monday, October 1, 2012 | AP
    A report in the free newspaper Metro raised questions in Sweden about Ikea's commitment to gender equality, and the company released a statement expressing 'regret' over the issue. Ikea is under fire for deleting images of women from the Saudi version of its furniture catalogue. Pictured are the Swedish, left, and Saudi, right, versions of the Ikea catalogue. STOCKHOLM (AP) — Ikea is being criticized for deleting images of women from the Saudi version of its furniture catalogue, a move the company says it regrets. Comparing the Swedish and Saudi versions of the catalogue, free newspaper Metro on Monday showed...
  • Ikea to enter home electronics market

    04/17/2012 4:11:19 AM PDT · by WesternCulture · 32 replies ^ | 04/17/2012 | Rebecca Martin
    <p>I wish IKEA good luck. I don't know much about the market for home electronics in America, but If they manage to compete over here in Europe with the German chain of Media Markt, I'll readily admit Mr. Kamprad (founder and owner of IKEA) to be the greatest business genius on Earth.</p>
  • Why do Apple, Volvo and IKEA never fail?

    12/27/2011 10:36:30 PM PST · by WesternCulture · 30 replies
    12/28/2011 | WesternCulture
    In one word; marketing skills. No one actually needs French perfumes. Fancy a rum and cola? - Why bother about coke? This Christmas, I and my brother, a programmer (silly job, good pay), discussed the issue of how to define a 'smart phone'. I'm a simple cook, but my Sony Ericsson Vivaz can do everything his iPhone could do, however, at the end of the row, we both agreed Apple and their products are among the best marketed brands on Earth. IKEA is another example of companies that are more than companies. Everyone has experienced sad misfortunes with IKEA furniture....
  • New report: Ikea is run by an old Nazi who used East German political prisoners as slave labor

    09/07/2011 10:01:02 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 13 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 9/7/2011 | Kevin Collins
    It seems like Ikea stores are everywhere. They are the Starbucks of furniture. They offer us not only low priced cabinets chairs and other household goods,but an opportunity to impress our friends with our ability to construct these pieces using the directions supplied by Ikea. Getting through an afternoon’s Ikea project in one continuous motion is kind of like being able to do the New York Times crossword puzzle in pen – an achievement to be sure. That’s the warm and fuzzy side of the furniture giant. That’s the part they want us to see. “Think Ikea and think The...
  • Small explosion hits IKEA store in Dresden

    06/11/2011 2:39:14 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 18 replies ^ | 11 June 2011 | unattributed
    Following a small explosion in an IKEA store in Dresden on Friday evening, the German headquarters of the Swedish home furnishings chain is calling on all branches in the country to be extremely vigilant. A device exploded in the Dresden store at around 8 pm, police confirmed on Saturday. Two people, aged 32 and 41 years old, suffered possible inner-ear trauma from the blast but there were no other injuries. The blast also damaged the floor and some of the furniture on display in the kitchen department. No one has admitted to carrying out the attack and there are so...
  • Alarm Clocks Blow up at Ikea Stores in Belgium, France and The Netherlands

    05/31/2011 8:02:20 AM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 31 replies ^ | 5/31/11 | AFP
    Small explosives concealed in alarm clocks detonated at Ikea furniture stores in Belgium, France and The Netherlands, Belgian authorities said Tuesday. The explosions in stores in the Belgian city of Ghent, Lille in northern France and Eindhoven in The Netherlands caused no damage or injuries. "The information we have is that the explosions happened the same way in all locations, with booby-trapped alarm clocks that had been hidden exploding," according to An Schoonjans, spokeswoman for Ghent prosecutors.
  • Kamprad pledges Ikea 'transparency'

    05/18/2011 10:21:38 AM PDT · by WesternCulture · 14 replies ^ | 05/18/2011 | AFP/The Local
    Ingvar Kamprad, the founder of Swedish furnishings giant IKEA, has promised more transparency over the firm's business affairs, saying that it has nothing to hide after a slew of allegations in recent years. "We have nothing to hide. There is no pretension to hide anything. We are going to go through everything and show that we follow each country's laws and regulations," Ingvar Kamprad, the 85-year-old billionaire who founded IKEA in 1943, told the Expressen daily. "We will make ourselves more transparent," he said. Kamprad's comments came a few months after a documentary aired on Swedish public television, SVT, alleged...
  • Top Italian official blasts Ikea over gay advert

    04/25/2011 7:55:35 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 7 replies
    The Local (Sweden) ^ | April 24, 2011
    A top Italian official on Saturday called an Ikea advertisement with two gay men holding hands "in bad taste", invoking the ire of opposition parties and rights groups. "I find it serious and in bad taste that a Swedish multinational comes to Italy to tell Italians what they should think," Secretary of State for family policy Carlo Giovanardi said in a television interview. The Swedish furniture giant's advertisement shows two men with a shopping bag, holding hands, and the words: "We are open to all families". "I think that many clients of Ikea will not find this pleasant," said Giovanardi.
  • Ingvar Kamprad — king of IKEA

    03/23/2011 7:00:23 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 30 replies ^ | 02/18/2011 | Jonas Fredén
    No one really knows how to measure such wealth as billionaires as the likes of Kamprad and Gates dispose of. Kamprad's ranked as number 11 by Forbes on their 2011 listing of the World's wealthiest persons, but after recent news of his hidden possessions in the tax haven of Lichtenstein, some experts rank Ingvar Kamprad as number one. In any case, I, being Swedish myself find it interesting that two of the 15 richest men on Earth are Swedish (although I'm not one of them myself) and that small Scandinavia has more of companies listed on the Forbes Global 2000...
  • Ikea founder admits to secret foundation

    01/26/2011 4:00:34 PM PST · by WesternCulture · 25 replies ^ | 01/26/2011 | TT/The Local/vt
    Ikea founder Ingvar Kamprad, considered one of the wealthiest people in the world, controls the company through a secret foundation worth 100 billion kronor ($15.34 billion), according to a Sveriges Television (SVT) report. Despite the revelation, the company and Kamprad's image will probably not be affected, according to media advisors. Kamprad controls the enterprise through a holding company called Inter Ikea by way of a secret foundation in Liechtenstein. The foundation is currently worth about 100 billion kronor, according to the latest episode of SVT's Uppdrag granskning investigative news programme, set to air on Wednesday evening. Ikea is controlled through...
  • Dissecting the delights of the Swedish Christmas smorgasbord

    12/22/2010 6:49:16 PM PST · by WesternCulture · 41 replies ^ | 12/20/2010 |
    Some few generations ago, men in America as well as Europe themselves actually slaughtered live pigs, ducks, hens and calves for Christmas by their own hand. Or, at least, their local butcher did so for them. Today, even the inhabitants of India, once an extremely poor nation, buy their meat pre-packed and wrapped up in plastic at local supermarkets. Sweden is no exception to the rule, but at least we Scandinavians get in touch with our inner Viking eating habits once a year. The article from "Does anybody actually eat pig's feet? Why do Swedes think of porridge as...
  • 'Ancient IKEA building' discovered by Italian archaeologists

    04/22/2010 8:02:47 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 15 replies · 604+ views
    Times Online ^ | April 22, 2010 | Richard Owen, Rome
    Massimo Osanna, head of archaeology at Basilica University, said that the team working at Torre Satriano near Potenza in what was once Magna Graecia had unearthed a sloping roof with red and black decorations, with "masculine" and "feminine" components inscribed with detailed directions on how they slotted together. Professor Christopher Smith, director of the British School at Rome, said that the discovery was "the clearest example yet found of mason's marks of the time. It looks as if someone was instructing others how to mass-produce components and put them together in this way"" he told The Times. Professor Osanna suggested...
  • Ding! Lamb's head found in IKEA microwave

    01/01/2010 9:48:45 PM PST · by myknowledge · 20 replies · 1,169+ views
    UPI ^ | January 1, 2010
    WEST CHESTER, Ohio, Jan. 1 (UPI) -- It wasn't a Spam lamb local police in Ohio found in a display microwave at home furnishings store IKEA -- it was a real lamb's head, officials said. An IKEA employee told the West Chester Township store's management of the grisly find, which was immediately removed, The Oxford (Ohio) Press reported Thursday.
  • Lamb's head found in microwave at Ikea

    12/31/2009 12:27:24 PM PST · by a fool in paradise · 61 replies · 2,528+ views
    AP via Houston Chronicle ^ | Dec. 31, 2009, 12:44PM | no byline
    WEST CHESTER, Ohio — Authorities in Ohio say a store employee found the head of a lamb inside a microwave oven on display at an Ikea home furnishings showroom. Police in the Cincinnati suburb of West Chester say they believe the discovery on Dec. 16 was the result of a prank. By the time officers arrived, store employees had already disposed of the head... They say store surveillance video was not helpful. Authorities note that several specialty food markets in the area sell lamb's heads.
  • IKEA Tidy Up Banned Commericals

    IKEA Tidy Up Banned Commericals. (IKEA is a Swedish company).
  • Beijing Loves IKEA -- But Not For Shopping

    08/24/2009 10:57:54 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies · 795+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | August 25, 2009 | David Pierson
    Customers hop into display beds and nap, pose for snapshots with the decor and enjoy the air conditioning and free soda refills. They just don't buy much. With no plans one Saturday, Zhang Xin told his wife, son and mother to wear something smart and hop into the family sedan. He could have taken them to the Forbidden City or the Great Wall, but he decided on another popular destination -- IKEA. Riding an escalator past a man lying on a display bed with a book opened on his belly, the clan sauntered into the crush of visitors squeezing onto...
  • Ikea furnishes 'copycat' site with lawsuit

    05/28/2009 4:25:29 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 18 replies · 797+ views ^ | 05/28/2009 | TT/The Local
    Home furnishing giant Ikea has launched legal proceedings over the rights to the domain name, a site which currently specializes in selling used Ikea furniture. The site, which is modeled after the popular Swedish buy-and-sell site, has been operating for about a month. Ikea has now asked the Internet Infrastructure Foundation (Stiftelsen för internetinfrastruktur), the body responsible for registering domain names ending in ‘.se’, to help resolve the dispute over, claiming the site infringes on the Ikea brand. “It’s obvious that a visitor to a homepage with the description iloveikea as the impression that it is the...
  • It took me some years, but by now I have actually learnt what builds true civilization

    05/21/2009 7:04:09 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 26 replies · 1,030+ views
    05/21/2009 | WesternCulture
    Russia will always seem very threatening and powerful to non-Russians simply because it's necessary to convince the Russians themselves that you, as a leader, have convinced it thereof. In order to rule the nation, you must be successful in that game. Americans will always claim they have more of freedom and are far wealthier than the rest of us, as freedom and material prosperity most often is what immigrants to the US feel they don't get too much of at home. Every country, even Somalia, houses admirable and captivating sides. I haven't been to the African Horn, but of that...
  • Ikea creates Oval Office replica

    01/16/2009 5:37:51 PM PST · by WesternCulture · 30 replies · 1,008+ views ^ | 01/15/2009 | The Local
    Swedish flatpack furniture giant Ikea has erected a replica Oval Office at Union Station in Washington DC this week in a bid to cash in on the inauguration of president elect Barack Obama. Ikea's 'Embrace Change '09' campaign also extended an invitation to the Obamas to redesign and furnish any rooms in the White House with the help of the company's own team of designers. Ikea said its Oval Office replica would enable commuters to take a seat in the bustling station and experience real change first hand. A guestbook signed by visitors to the mock office would eventually be...
  • CNN Highlights Pepsi and Ikea's Obama-Inspired Ad Campaigns

    01/12/2009 2:34:43 PM PST · by Pyro7480 · 33 replies · 4,134+ views ^ | 01/12/2009 | Matthew Balan
    CNN correspondent Alina Cho devoted an entire report on Monday’s American Morning program to how the Obama presidential run has apparently served as an inspiration for ad campaigns by big corporations. Cho zeroed in on how the Pepsi logo and the Obama campaign logo were “strikingly similar,” both using “swirls of red, white, and blue,” despite the fact that Pepsi has used the color scheme since World War II. Cho introduced her report by heralding how “[c]hange is coming to Madison Avenue” and explained how Obama might be a model for advertising agencies: “Think about it -- Obama is a...
  • IKEA’s Polish Catalogue Introduces “Ian and Steve” as a Model of the New Family

    12/01/2008 1:24:26 PM PST · by voiceinthewind · 27 replies · 1,224+ views ^ | December 1, 2008 | Hilary White
    IKEA’s Polish Catalogue Introduces “Ian and Steve” as a Model of the New Family By Hilary White December 1, 2008 ( – An ad campaign in the latest catalogue by the Swedish furniture giant, IKEA, purporting to depict “modern” life, includes twelve portraits of “families” that promote a “new model of living together.” Among these is the domestic arrangement of “Ian” and “Steve,” under the slogan, “the family is ... two sister souls.” “Ian and Steve,” the ad says, have no intention of having children, but enjoy their “command centre” IKEA kitchen and herb garden. The catalogue, says a pro-family...
  • Tough times hit Sweden's billionaires

    11/16/2008 6:05:37 AM PST · by WesternCulture · 42 replies · 1,101+ views ^ | 11/14/2008 | David Landes
    Despite their billions, Sweden’s wealthiest individuals have shown that not even they can withstand the effects of the financial crisis coupled with a dismal year on the stock market. A recent ranking by the Veckans Affärer business magazine reveals that the number of Swedish billionaires has been cut by nearly 30 percent in the last year, leaving only 98 individuals who are rich enough to measure their wealth in ten figures. Collective losses for the richest of Sweden’s rich amount to a staggering 200 billion kronor ($24.7 billion), a roughly 20 percent drop. But not to worry, those who top...
  • The least patriotic country on Earth half-heartedly celebrates National Day

    06/06/2008 3:43:42 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 58 replies · 891+ views
    06062008 | WesternCulture
    Every nation could be described as a manifestation of a unique trait of character and most countries furthermore nurture, give emphasize to and celebrate this national identity of theirs. Some examples of such key national characters (please DO comment if you feel inclined to); USA: Liberty Italy: Creativity France: Refinement India: Spirituality Germany: Self-discipline Finland: "Sisu" (a Finnish term meaning "To have guts") Britain: Elevatedness Denmark: "Hygge" (a Danish word meaning "Good-naturedness", of mind as well as of deed) Spain: Passion China: Cultivation Russia: Chaos - just joking, I would actually say "Heart" (in the sense of having a big...
  • IKEA opens first U.S. manufacturing facility

    05/23/2008 8:16:35 AM PDT · by WesternCulture · 67 replies · 150+ views ^ | 05/22/2009 | AFP/The Local
    Swedish furniture maker Ikea celebrated the opening of its first factory in the United States on Wednesday. Swedwood, a subsidiary of home furnishings giant, has 40 plants worldwide. The $281 million plant in Danville, Virginia will employ 300 people by the end of 2009, said Swedwood North America president Bengt Danielsson. Virginia Governor Timothy M. Kaine was at Wednesday's ceremony to hail the economic boost to the ailing region along the North Carolina border, formerly a stronghold for the tobacco industry. Swedwood received $12 million in incentives from in state and local authorities, as well as the Virginia Tobacco Commission...
  • Ikea walking all over us, say angry Danes

    03/07/2008 11:16:30 AM PST · by dickmc · 10 replies · 250+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | March 7, 2008 | Lindsay McIntosh and Allan Hall
    Ikea walking all over us, say angry Danes Imperialism claim as Swedes give their mats Danish names. POWER games between Scandinavian neighbours are nothing new – generations of monarchs fought bitter battles over land for the best part of a millennium. But now Sweden and Denmark are involved in a new spat – over the unlikely matter of floor coverings. And Sweden's omnipresent homeware retailer, Ikea, is at the heart of the row.