O-Bits: Many Mansons Edition

It’s easy to make fun of the names Ikea gives their furniture; their catalog has more umlauts than a death metal convention; shopping in one of their labyrinthine stores can feel like getting stuck in the credits of a Bergman film. But it was no laughing matter when reports of an eighth child in the last year who was crushed under an Ikea dresser. The company has announced a recall of all dressers and chest of drawers sold since June 2016. According to the AP, that’s more than 29 millions pieces. The company is offering  to pick up the recalled items, with a full or partial refund, or customers could order a free wall-anchoring kits. Details of the recall are available here; a list of all the recalled furniture (including unfortunately named “Flaten” series) here.

This is why we can’t have nice things, internet. According to Mashable, at least a dozen people thought Marilyn Manson died Sunday night. Wait ’til they find out that Marilyn Monroe is already dead….

In most states,  before you get your driver’s license, you have to watch especially gruesome instructional video with a title along the lines of “Blood on the Windshield,” or “Red Asphalt.” In Kenya, they’ve taken a somewhat different tack. The Nairobi News reports on a recent proposal that the African nation change its traffic laws so that anyone caught driving while impaired will be forced to work in a mortuary. We’re all for it here; we think this brings community service to a very specialized community.


Steven Mirkin

Steven Mirkin’s diverse career has taken him from politics to pop culture to high art, offering him a front row seat to some of the most fascinating events and personalities of our time: writing speeches, fundraising appeals and campaign materials for Ed Koch, John Heinz and independent presidential candidate John B. Anderson; chronicling the punk/new wave scenes in New York and London; interviewing musicians such as Elton John, John Lydon and Buck Owens; profiling modern masters Julian Schnabel, Paul Schrader and Jonathan Safran Foer; and writing for TV shows including 21, The Chamber, Let's Make A Deal, and Rock Star: INXS.

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