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  1. IKEA Furniture Will Soon Be Able to Charge Your Electronics Wirelessly*

    *Some assembly required.

    There's now an extra incentive to give a flärke about furniture you have to assemble yourself: IKEA is going to debut furniture that has built in wireless charging pads for your phone and other devices.

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  2. Just What You Need: Cats Sleeping in IKEA Dolls Beds

    I'm just gonna rest my eyes a sec...ZZZZZZZZZZ

    Why don't you get out of bed and make something of your lives??

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  3. Things We Saw Today: How To Assemble Your Ikea Xenomorph

    In space, no one can hear you screw!

    Cartoonist Ed Harrington has a series of IKEA-style instructions for assembling beloved movie monsters.

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  4. A Very Cute Instructional Video From IKEA On How To Use A Bookbook™

    So... you don't have to charge it?

    Remember books, guys? Those paper things you held in your hand? IKEA wants to get old-school and bring back the bookbook™, with an Apple-esque instruction video on how to use their newest old product. And it's kind of adorable. Bookbook™s forever!

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  5. In Your Friday Dose of Weird Internet, Tumblr Finds IKEA Products In Classic Paintings

    Is a Swedish time machine a TÄRDIS?

    We already know Nicolas Cage is a vampire and Keanu Reeves is immortal, but were you also aware that IKEA gets its designs from classic paintings? Or IKEA is run by a cabal of time travelers who keep reusing the same designs as they Swedishly (yeah, I said Swedishly) bop around the centuries. Or IKEA uses designs simple and timeless enough that some of them will naturally pop up elsewhere. ...The second one. Definitely the second one.

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  6. What Does IKEA REALLY Say About The Human Condition? Let PBS Ikea Idea Channel Explain


    Remember on April Fool's Day when PBS Idea Channel changed their name to IKEA Channel? Well, a lot of people were actually very upset that they didn't get a real episode all about how demonstrating the core values and humanity of a furniture store. Wow, the Internet is full of nerds. Anyway, Idea Channel's got the hook-up for you, IKEA fans.

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  7. IKEA Helps A Cosplayer With Costume Organization [VIDEO]


    Frank needs to get his shit together. Literally. And I know the feeling. As a cosplayer/collector of all things nerdy, my apartment is a bit of a cluttered mess. Thanks to IKEA Singapore, Frank now has a space for everything. Can I be next? And then can we do a thing where cosplayers create a costume out of stuff they found at an IKEA? And for the record, the PAX wardrobe is not for his costume to one of the PAX conventions, but the actual name of the wardrobe. Nice coincidence. Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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  8. Gravity Parody Set In Ikea Is Uncomfortably Accurate [Video]

    The moral of the story is to never go to Ikea.

    Not surprisingly, when you remove all the space debris and uncontrollable spinning from Gravity, the premise becomes a bit silly. Well, incredibly silly in the case of "Alfonso Cuaron's Ikea trailer," a parody video created by Daniel Hubbard. But oddly, it's still just as terrifying, because Ikea is the worst.

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  9. IKEA or Death is the Web Game that Puts Your Knowledge of Furniture and Death Metal to the Test

    It is not a site that puts you to death for buying furniture. We're pretty sure it's not anyway.

    Web game IKEA or Death finally does something useful with those nonsensical IKEA product names. Yeah, we know, they're Swedish, not nonsense, but that doesn't do anything to help us uncultured Americans. Foreign languages frighten and confuse us.

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  10. There’s a Commercial Where a Wife Defeats a Horde of Evil Garden Gnomes [VIDEO]

    Great Moments in Advertising

    The husband helps, but watch to 1:30 to see who the real tactical genius in the family is. Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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  11. If Ikea Made Vibrators, They’d Probably Make ’em Like This

    Once More With Feeling

    The Gäsm is a limited production vibrator made from 100% recycled materials, including repurposed rubber and compressed wood pulp. And even though it comes disassembled with instructions, and its batteries can be recharged by winding it with an included allen wrench, it is not made by Ikea. It's made by LELO, a manufacturer in high-end sex toys. But while it's only available for order until April 1st, it's not a joke product. Okay, it's at least partly a joke product, look at it, but, I mean, it's an actual thing that you can buy. And probably functions as well, but just to make sure, we reached out to our new official sex-toy expert, Iris Explosion, whose day job is working for Babeland, a lady-owned and founded chain of adult toy stores.

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  12. Well-Dressed IKEA Monkey’s Owner Prepared to Partake in Primate Custody Battle

    Though the monkey that was loose in a Toronto IKEA earlier this week was eventually apprehended, and is currently being held by the Toronto Animal Service, the wandering rhesus macaque's owner isn't pleased. Darwin -- because of course the monkey's name is Darwin -- is currently slated to be sent to an animal sanctuary. Yasmin Nakhuda, the monkey's master and a real estate lawyer, is preparing to take the whole thing to court. She must really want to keep that funky monkey.

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  13. Because It’s Monday Morning, Here Is A Well-Dressed Monkey In A Canadian IKEA

    Look, we've all been there -- you find yourself needing a new bookcase, so you decide to head to the local IKEA to purchase some new shelves, and maybe grab a couple of tasty meatballs while you're at it. In the rush of excitement of shopping for new furniture, though, you accidentally leave your pet monkey behind. Happens to the best of us, right? OK, on second thought, maybe that's not a series of events that you're familiar with, but at least one Canadian shopper presumably is, judging by the rhesus macaque monkey found wandering a Toronto IKEA yesterday afternoon. Lest we neglect the most important part of this story, we now direct you attention to the monkey's little coat, because OH MY GOD YOU GUYS LOOK AT HIS LITTLE COAT!!!

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  14. IKEA Going Energy Independent, Will Install Cheap Solar Panels in All Stores

    Swedish furniture giant IKEA is committing to energy independence in its stores worldwide, announcing today that it would strive to produce as much energy as it consumes as a corporation by 2020. Stores and warehouses will be outfitted with solar panels, while the company will also make new investments in wind farms that it hopes will make it an energy neutral enterprise.

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  15. Man Surrenders Home Office to New Baby, Constructs Mobile One From IKEA Parts

    Having a child is an event that can end up starting a series of compromises. After all, you've got to make room in your life for another human that's quite a bit smaller and relies on others for everything. Ian, from Los Angeles, even had to give up his home office to accommodate the new screaming bundle of joy in his life. This was apparently seen as a challenge, because Ian went on to create an impressive mobile home office out of IKEA bits and pieces.

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  16. Great News: IKEA Sells Beer Now

    With the addition of beer at some of its U.K. stores, we here at Geekosystem now figure that you can buy everything you need at IKEA. Cheap beds, affordable desks, surprisingly good meatballs, cheap hotdogs, and now Öl Mörk Lager.

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  17. IKEA Introduces Shipping Pallets Made of Cardboard, Usable Only Once — Just Like IKEA Furniture

    IKEA furniture has long been the mainstay of people looking to furnish a home on a budget. Though cheap and highly functional, much of the Swesdish-made furniture is famous for its fabulously limited shelf life. It is not too surprising then, that IKEA should announce their adoption of one-time-use shipping pallets made of cardboard.

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  18. Products From IKEA and the Things That Share Their Names

    Doubtless you are aware that IKEA Furniture tends to have Scandinavian (read: bizarre) names. If you weren't aware, well, they do, and although they can be pretty hilarious in their own right, we here at Geekosystem thought a little juxtaposition was in order. IKEA has their own clever little naming process and in tribute, we approached matters in a similar matter. First, take the name of a piece of IKEA furniture (preferably one that sounds funny), plug it into a Google Image search, grab the most hilarious picture on the first page, stick the pictures together and slap the name on it. Easier than IKEA assembly, that's for sure. Try it at home and see what you can come up with. See the rest of the hilarious results after the jump.

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  19. IKEA Stores Designed to Confuse Customers

    An architecture professor named Alan Penn alleges that IKEA stores are laid out in a deliberately confusing manner in order to nudge customers into zigzagging confusedly through the store, upping their chances of encountering things that weren't on their shopping lists and impulsively buying them.

    In Ikea's case, you have to follow a set path past what is effectively their catalogue in physical form, with furniture placed in different settings which is meant to show you how adaptable it is... By the time you get to the warehouse where you can actually buy the stool or whatever's caught your eye, you're so impressed by how cheap it is that you end up getting it. Also you're directed through their marketplace area where a staggering amount of purchases are impulse buys, things like lightbulbs or a cheap casserole that you weren't planning on getting. Here the trick is that because the lay-out is so confusing you know you won't be able to go back and get it later, so you pop it in your trolley as you go past.
    Is there an IKEA shopper who hasn't happened to? (Daily Mail via Neatorama via Urlesque. Title pic via James Burke)

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  20. IKEA Releases 100 Cats Into a Store as an Experiment

    IKEA's "Herding Cats" experiment consisted of their releasing 100 cats into their store in Wembley, London: The adorable, thrilling results can be seen above. While filming lots of cats and setting it to music might sound like a viral marketing slam dunk, this project was a bold one in that these cats were not trained for TV, much less to be let loose in a giant IKEA. Though we do hope they cleaned up afterwards for the sake of customers with cat allergies. (Doobybrain via Laughing Squid)

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