here’s a statistic you probably didn’t want to know

Philip Greenspun blogs about this article about Ingvar Kamprad, the guy who founded IKEA. In the article, I ran across this sentence:

One in ten European children are conceived in an IKEA bed.

Even if this statement is wildly inaccurate, what would actually motivate someone to try and compute it and publish it?

The article also makes some reference his having some kind of “involvement with a pro-Nazi movement” — not sure what that exactly means, since lots of European people in the 1940s had some kind of “involvement” — the way history goes, it sounded pretty damn hard to avoid. But, why pass up an opportunity to make a drive-by smearing in the last paragraph of an otherwise worthless article, right?

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