April 28, 2008

Bork, Bork, Bork, Sushi.

The following is a Guest post by The Waffle Master.

Floozle; chair
Harumbeldee: lamp
Brap: lightbulb
You've seen these words over and over in the Ikea catalog, yet the voice of the Swedish Chef from the Muppets
keeps ringing in my ears.
Turns out, the Japanese are having trouble with Ikea as well. (source: http://www.thelocal.se/11394/20080428)
Swedish do-it-yourself furniture giant Ikea has been ordered to give better instructions in Japan after a customer suffered minor injuries assembling a chest.
The man in Chiba, in suburban Tokyo, was hurt in the eye by a broken screw last July, the Japanese industry ministry said.

"The cause of the accident is believed to be the customer using an inappropriate size of straight slot driver instead of a cross slot," the ministry said in a recent report.

"But the instructions on the product failed to give enough information on what kind of screwdriver should be employed or to alert customers on the risk of building the product," it said.

Ikea has won legions of fans with its affordable yet stylish designs, but its no-frills self-assembly approach has also caused legendary tales of frustration.


Ikea's giving Chinglish a run for their money.

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