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Higgs boson the Ikea way

Martin Vajsar
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This is probably an older one, but I've only stumbled upon it today:



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Have they really perfected airtight Melamine?
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it's little touches like the allen wrench that really make it for me


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And that there are 9 million dowels. I built a wardrobe from Ikea that was only marginally less complex than a large hadron collider. I knew I was in trouble when the delivery men had me sign for 73 boxes.
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Chances are there will one dowel short!
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We had IKEA build and install kitchen cabinets in our house. The bill of materials was four pages long and it took the sales person about an hour and a half to write it up.

But that's just technology. 25 years ago a drawer would have just been a wooden box with a handle, which slid in and out. Now it's a wooden box on a metal/plastic framework which rolls in and out on wheels and stays loosely held in place when it's closed. That's a lot more complicated than just a box, and each of the drawers accounted for a whole lot of entries in the parts list.
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Bear Bibeault wrote:Chances are there will one dowel short!


"Vanna, I'd like to buy a dowel."
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I just looked at it again and noticed it also includes an infinite number of hydrogen ions, aka protons.
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We found, by chance, that there are other instructions on the same page. Ruth was particularly taken by the one for “bäbby”
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Paul Clapham wrote:We had IKEA build and install kitchen cabinets in our house. The bill of materials was four pages long and it took the sales person about an hour and a half to write it up.

But that's just technology. 25 years ago a drawer would have just been a wooden box with a handle, which slid in and out. Now it's a wooden box on a metal/plastic framework which rolls in and out on wheels and stays loosely held in place when it's closed. That's a lot more complicated than just a box, and each of the drawers accounted for a whole lot of entries in the parts list.


We had a guy build our kitchen and when it came to the "how can we make our dream cheaper" bit of the conversation, it was basically down to drawers, less cost = less drawers.
So even if they just looked like boxes they are still damn hard to make well.
 
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