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Ikea’s Danegr chair, never a bestseller, has since been recalled

April 29th, 2011 · 45 comments

“Smooth move, Ferguson!” he said with a snort, his laughter echoing down the empty hallway. He started to walk on, then stopped short. That tuna-salad sandwich can wait, he thought. This was the English Department, after all — someone should be keeping up appearances! With that, the graduate student made an abrupt about-face, scurrying back to the tiny office he had just left to compose a suitable caps-locked rejoinder.

This, he could already tell, would be the highlight of his week.

Ikea's Danegr chair, never a bestseller, has since been recalled

Author’s note: The chair above was spotted by Ben in a hallway of the English Building (oh, the shame!) at the University of Cincinnati. Adds Ben: “I don’t know how you write a note with only a few words on it, all of them huge, and mess one up so badly.”

related: Childrens can learn!

FILED UNDER: CAPS LOCK · Cincinnati · college life · rebuttals · smartass · warning

45 responses so far ↓

  • #1   QBALL

    Too many cocktails before leaving the English Dept. or,, perhaps one pissed off person because they fell off the chair on their “arse”.. oh and FIRST,, wow, I feel beter now…. spell check broken

    Apr 29, 2011 at 4:43 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #1.1   clever name

      Or dyslexia…

      Apr 30, 2011 at 11:42 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

  • #2   wonderman

    Hah! I think I like pan’s commentary before the note even more than the note. Good job.

    Apr 29, 2011 at 4:57 pm   rating: 9  small thumbs up

    • #2.1   y

      30 Rock references always get thumbs up in my book.

      Apr 29, 2011 at 7:12 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

  • #3   Quite Contrary

    Isn’t spellcheck spelled “spell check?”

    Apr 29, 2011 at 5:03 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #3.1   Quite Contrary

      It’s not, but I made you think!

      Apr 29, 2011 at 5:03 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #3.2   park rose bang

      I really think that a lot of (but not all) compound nouns used to be far more a matter of style and choice before the insidious spellcheck came along – quietly and effectively enforcing its own form of hegemony.

      Something like the word ‘spellcheck’ is a new word, too; still in the early stages of evolution in regards to what is officially accepted as correct.

      Apr 29, 2011 at 8:52 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #3.3   Canthz_B bang

      Funny thing is, Spellcheck tells us that “Spellcheck” is incorrect. I wonder if I’ll find Alice down this rabbit hole?

      Apr 29, 2011 at 11:33 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

  • #4   Psycho

    I’m assuming someone has the “skip all cap words” choice selected in Word. Once people get used to the red lines for spell-checking, they don’t proof.

    Apr 29, 2011 at 5:12 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

    • #4.1   The Elf

      True English majors don’t need to use the auto checking in Word. The red and green lines only detract from the creative process.

      That’s how you get words like “Danegr”.

      May 2, 2011 at 7:04 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #4.2   There's a man who leads a life of danegr....

      Especially if WordPad or NotePad was used, instead of MS-Word, heh-heh….

      May 3, 2011 at 7:55 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #5   oi

    Did Daniel Brian from write background commentary on today’s PAN?

    Apr 29, 2011 at 5:19 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #5.1   TickleMyBambo

      Knowing those guys, probably.

      Apr 29, 2011 at 9:58 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

  • #6   HA

    “This was this the English Department ”


    Apr 29, 2011 at 5:45 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

    • #6.1   TickleMyBambo

      This looks like my horrible grammar, and sometimes misspelling, on a bad day.

      Apr 29, 2011 at 6:32 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

    • #6.2   Suite Aces

      HA I was thinking they would have spelt that “OH THE IRUNY” or something like that :-P

      Btw, is it just me or does “danegr” roll off the tongue really nicely?

      May 15, 2011 at 1:38 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #7   Bonobo

    I enjoy the fact the the post about spelling and the English department contains “This was this the English Department.”

    EDIT – Ah! Snaked by HA.

    Apr 29, 2011 at 5:53 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

  • #8   DLo

    Danegr, from the ancient Sumerian, meaning, “SonufaBITCH that hurt! I fell right on the floor! This piece of shit is broken!”

    Apr 29, 2011 at 5:56 pm   rating: 26  small thumbs up

  • #9   Mel

    Clearly this is meant to be “dane-gr”, a reference to a little-known scene from Hamlet (usually not included in stage productions) in which the Dane takes his anger at his mother and stepfather out on a chair, whose broken, detached back is then left to symbolize the disjointed family relations throughout the play. Since standardized spelling had not yet been introduced in Shakespeare’s day, “gr” was a perfectly acceptable onomatopoeia for what today requires more than one r.

    …this is probably why I’m not an English major.

    Apr 29, 2011 at 6:13 pm   rating: 19  small thumbs up

    • #9.1   park rose bang

      Or why you are!

      My take on it, is that it’s not such a long bow to draw from Ikea Danegr to Isak Dinesen (another Dane) – and it is the English department, after all.

      Sweden, Denmark – in the same kind of geographical area – vaguely kissing cousins, if you look at the map – which can bring us to two pretty tenuous conclusions:

      1. Mel, Though this be madness [@9], yet there is method in’t.


      2. Something is rotten in the state of Denmark’s [and via proxy or proximity, Sweden's] chairs.

      As for the state of the English department, they’ll just have to fend for themselves.

      Apr 29, 2011 at 9:06 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #9.2   FeRD bang

      Not such a long bow to draw“?

      OK, sure, “draw a long bow” is an established (if not all that common) expression. But when you scramble it all around like that… well, that’s quite the sticky wicket!

      Apr 30, 2011 at 9:45 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #9.3   park rose

      A wicky sticket, FeRD? “Not such a draw a long bow” wouldnae worked.

      And you draw (back) the bow, dude (or the string of the bow, I’m guessing – etymology will probably prove me wrong). I don’t really do dude talk, but I’m feeling kinda lazy.

      Pluck yew – see where google leads you (yew?) ;-)

      Apr 30, 2011 at 11:03 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #10   Jiu Jitsu Los Angeles

    Maybe he was saying “Dane… Grr!” to the person who broke it? I suppose we’ll never know. But don’t rule it out.

    Apr 29, 2011 at 6:14 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #10.1   park rose bang

      Great minds, Jiu Jitsu – Mel pipped you by a minute, but hers/his would have taken a lot longer to type out. Great idea!

      Apr 29, 2011 at 9:11 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #11   Mrs.Beasley bang

    Thanks for the heads-up about my desk chair, mate!


    Ralph Danegr

    Apr 29, 2011 at 6:15 pm   rating: 27  small thumbs up

  • #12   TickleMyBambo

    This is what happens when drunk college students decide to race office chairs around the building only with the end result being a broken chair and a note warning of “danegr” to anyone who dares to sit down. Despite the drunken misspelling, one must give them props for being considerate enough to let people know of the broken object.

    Team Danegr!

    Apr 29, 2011 at 6:30 pm   rating: 10  small thumbs up

  • #13   pony girl



    Apr 29, 2011 at 6:32 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

    • #13.1   Canthz_B bang

      Especially to English Majosr.

      Apr 30, 2011 at 9:11 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

  • #14   jessi

    my retort note would’ve read:


    Apr 29, 2011 at 9:41 pm   rating: 12  small thumbs up

  • #15   Lisa

    I’m far more concerned with those stains on the chair. “Warning: The person who uses this chair suffers from incontinence!”

    Apr 29, 2011 at 9:49 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

  • #16   Nunavut Guy

    Suspension of reality….it works in Hollywood.

    Apr 29, 2011 at 9:53 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #17   Kara bang

    Grammar and spelling come secondary: I’m more impressed that there was a sign at all. I spent (wasted?) four years getting an English degree, and the only time I ever sat in a chair that wasn’t jacked up was when our class was temporarily relocated to the IT Building due to a bomb threat.

    Apr 29, 2011 at 10:41 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #18   zenvelo

    That sign is so wrong, it should say “DANEGR! MYSTERY STAINS!”

    Apr 29, 2011 at 10:56 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #18.1   TickleMyBambo


      Apr 30, 2011 at 12:03 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

  • #19   Worker 11811

    Where’s the Comic Sans?

    Where are the extra exclamation points? !!!!!

    Needs more underlining and bold face type, too!!!!

    Do those things and it would be PERFECT!!!!

    Apr 30, 2011 at 9:24 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #19.1   clumber

      Clip Art of the Pope or something would have also earned bonus points.

      (is it supposed to be The Pope? the pope? Some Pope?)

      May 2, 2011 at 3:04 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #20   Ben

    This isn’t the first time I enacted social change in this hallway through the use of PANs. There was a bench that had been covered with computer monitors for over a year until I put up a sign that said: “Warning. This bench is heavily monitored.”
    They were gone the next day.

    Apr 30, 2011 at 9:42 am   rating: 22  small thumbs up

    • #20.1   There’s a man who leads a life of danegr….

      Ben, I SO would’ve loved to see THAT pic!

      May 3, 2011 at 8:17 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

  • #21   Adrienne

    Why is there a huge fuckin piss stain on the chair?

    Apr 30, 2011 at 11:01 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #22   UC student

    I feel obligated to mention that the website’s tag for “Cincinatti” is misspelled. We spell the city Cincinnati. Thank goodness I’m not part of the English department!

    Apr 30, 2011 at 1:14 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #22.1   Jesi

      I know how to spell Cincinnati thanks, in no small part, to Keanu Reeves and Drew Barrymore.

      May 1, 2011 at 5:03 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #23   Angus

    I love how your description above the picture sounds like something Adrian Mole would write :D

    Apr 30, 2011 at 3:13 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #23.1   park rose

      Now you’re opening up Pandora’s box.

      May 1, 2011 at 12:17 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

  • #24   bamboocurl

    I was looking at chairs at the Ikea website the past few days and when I saw the title, I was surprised that a chair had been recalled. So I googled this infamous Ikea Danegr chair…

    The google suggestion let me in on the joke.

    Apr 30, 2011 at 7:31 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

  • #25   easily distracted

    Sadly, something like this would be the highlight of my week.

    May 1, 2011 at 6:35 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up


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