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14 Swedish Words That Conflict With the Ikea Products They Name

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The fun part of looking through the Ikea catalog is reading out the Swedish product names: EKTORP, TROMSÖ, BJÖRKUDDEN, JONSBO GRYBY… There is a system to Ikea product naming that matches word categories to product categories: occupations for bookcases, Swedish islands for garden furniture, etc. Beyond that, the word for a product will often be a simple description of some aspect of the product. For example, FRAKTA, “to carry,” is a bag; HUSET, “house,” is a set of dollhouse furniture; DISKA, “to wash dishes,” is a dishwashing brush.

There are other names, however, that do not seem to relate to their products in any way. In fact, these 14 Ikea product names almost directly contradict the products they’re attached to.

1. ÄRFTLIG – hereditary, inheritable

Son, these paper napkins have served us well. I hope you will one day pass them on to your grandchildren.

2. STRAPATS – hardship

Ugh! I can’t believe I have to step all the way down on this pedal just to throw something away!

3. EKORRE – squirrel

Indeed.

4. ENVIS – stubborn, headstrong

Who are you calling “spatula,” huh? I’m going to carve that Thanksgiving turkey myself. You’ll see.

5. FLÖRT – flirt

Could you lean back a bit? Yeah…let me just…reach over here…oops! Sorry…I…OK, got it. What should we watch next?

6. FNISS – giggles

Awwww! Look at this! Who’s a wittle, bittle, ball o’ trash? You are! You’re the cutie!

7. FÖRNUFT – reason, sense

Because the emotional silverware always feeds you too much.

8. IMPULS – impulse

Fill it with poppy seeds! No! rubber cement! Wait! No! Half honey, half bleach!

9. KOLON – colon

Twice the size of SEMIKOLON.

10. SENSUELL – sensual

Calphalon’s got nothing on those curves.

11. TYDA – Interpret, decipher

Yes, it’s a cabinet handle, but what does it mean?

12. UPPENBAR - obvious

Pssht! Everyone knows 20 ounces is equal to 5.914706 deciliters.

13. VILSE – lost

It was here a second ago…

14. SYRLIG – acidic, tart

They do all the work and the curtains get all the attention. You’d be sour too.

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These Unique Benches Are Made From Yogurt Cups and Plastic Bags
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When sent to a landfill, some plastic waste will sit there for centuries before breaking down. The Belgian design firm Studio Segers has found an alternative use for the plastic containers some people throw away by re-purposing them into innovative outdoor seating. This modular bench spotted by design milk is made from used yogurt cups, butter tubs, and plastic bags and is 100 percent recyclable.

Commissioned by the recycling company ECO-oh!, the H-bench consists of slender, plastic components. They come with or without backrests and are available in dark gray, medium gray, light gray, pastel green, pastel blue, and beige. Snap three of them together and you have a chair. Keep adding pieces to build a snug love-seat or a bench long enough to fit a crowd.

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The seat is designed to be customized to suit the user’s taste. Chair backs can face one way or alternating directions; the bench can feature multi-colored stripes or a uniform shade; one side can have seat backs while the opposite end is built for laying down.

The makers didn’t skimp on quality to make their product sustainable: The H-bench is made from plastics called polyolefins, which means it's durable enough to stay strong and vibrant even in harsh outdoor conditions. Get a closer look at the smart design in the video below.

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Sit Down at a Periodic Table That Holds Samples of Every Element
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The periodic table maps out the atomic numbers, electron configurations, and chemical properties of all the elements found on Earth (both in nature and in the lab). But have you ever wondered what a traditional periodic table would look like as a physical table? That’s the question Wolfram Research co-founder Theo Gray asked himself years ago, and the wooden Periodic Table Table was his answer.

As you can see in the video below from Reactions, the furniture piece he built at his office looks like something you might find in your dining room, albeit a little more educational. Its surface features dozens of wooden squares, each one etched with the information for a different element. Beneath each wooden panel, there's a compartment that contains a sample of that element from the real world.

Gray’s table includes straightforward examples of the elements, like a jar of mercury and a chunk of bismuth, as well as some more creative entries like an aluminum knee implant. The 2400-plus items in his collection have long since spilled beyond the table and onto his shelves. While many of the objects are stored within the table itself, in some cases, he has too many examples of one element to keep them in the same spot. Some, like the knee implant, are just too bulky to fit. Valuable elements like gold and dangerous items—like a radioactive bottle of the early 20th-century quack-medicine Radithor—are also kept in more secure locations.

Even Gray’s vast inventory reflects just a small slice of how we see the chemical elements manifested in everyday life. For more examples of where you can find elements in the world around you, check out this illustrated table.

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