Swede and Sour

I’m not just a fake blonde—I’m something of a Swedophile.  I drive a Volvo, cared for by Bjorn at the Swedish Otto Kleenik.   I enjoy lingonberry jam.  My favorite muppet is the Swedish Chef.

Photo via Planetminecraft.com

But Ikea, we need to talk.

It’s not what you think.  I’ve forgiven you for all that shitty disposable particle board furniture you made me build and then slowly destroy in my first studio apartment.  Your stuff is really nice now.  I even love the fun, cheap toys you make.  But Ikea, what is the meaning of this?

I bought my toddler a breakfast set and it comes with a dagger?   What kind of breakfast utensil is that?  Do Swedish children have to catch and kill their own sausage?

Speaking of which, is this supposed to be sausage?

Because it looks like a butterfly with ketchup on it.

And what are these?  A D-cup?

I haven’t been able to identify half the items in the breakfest set, so I went to your website searching for information.  There is none.  But I did find this “salmon set.”

Photo via Ikea

I don’t know about you, but we’re still playing with toy fish in the bath – not filleting them whole.  I find this to be a scary toy.  I’d hate to see the burger set.   Here kid, the plush cow says “moo.”  Now make us a quarter pounder!  Meat locker sold separately.

So I’m left baffled by breakfast.  At least I know what this is:

It’s my brain, on drugs.

Alternate titles for this blog post:

  • How Swedish It Is
  • Swedish Emotion
  • The Swedish Life
  • The Swedish Smell of Success
  • Hey Swedie



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  1. Jordan
    Posted June 7, 2012 at 8:03 pm | Permalink


  2. Laura
    Posted June 8, 2012 at 6:57 am | Permalink

    ……this is your brain on drugs. Ahhh that commercial scarred a generation. I was laughing the whole post but that killed me! Thanks for a nice morning laugh!

  3. Fly
    Posted June 11, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Permalink

    Aim, you just make me laugh and laugh… so glad you are sharing your fabulous humor!

  4. Posted June 13, 2012 at 11:26 am | Permalink

    Hah! We have that set as well and my boys use the knife to filet their stuffed animal fish. Disturbing, yet a good and practical skill here in Alaska.

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