Jesus obviously likes Ikea

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I don’t know how many of you have ever been to an Ikea, one the Swedish furniture stores that have sprouted across the U.S. over the last couple of decades, bringing Swedish design sensibility and off sized sheets to the the masses at affordable prices; that is, if you can stand the crowds. Apparently Jesus likes Ikea, too, as he has shown his holy visage at Ikea’s Braehead outlet, near Glasgow. More specifically, Jesus has shown up on the door to the men’s bathroom at that particular store. This provoked one of the best lines I’ve ever heard about a pareidolia experience:

Last night one shopper said: “It takes you by surprise. It is really clear in the wood.

“I was only heading to the toilet and found God.”

Why not? It’s as good a place as any to find God.

Unfortunately, not everyone agrees that it’s Jesus:

But Ikea bosses reckon it looks more like the founder of Sweden’s most famous pop group ABBA – Benny Andersson.

A spokeswoman said: “Swedishness is engrained in every part of our stores.”

Fair enough, but, really, to me the image looks more like Treebeard:



  1. #1 JohnV
    October 19, 2009

    That does bear a stunning resemblance to treebeard.

  2. #2 Ramel
    October 19, 2009

    All hail the holy Ent!

  3. #3 Badger3k
    October 19, 2009

    The forked beard reminds me a bit of the guy from Anthrax, but otherwise Treebeard is a close fit. I guess we know where the wood came from. Ikea – Made From Ents!

  4. #4 IBYea
    October 19, 2009

    Wow, I can’t believe how no one else thought of Treebeard.

  5. #5 D
    October 19, 2009

    I think it looks a bit like a sad Lorax.

  6. #6 Arnfinn Pettersen
    October 19, 2009

    It´s the ent of the world as we know it!

  7. #7 Mandarb
    October 19, 2009

    First thought was that it looked like something with tentacles. Like Davy Jones

    Treebeard is a better fit though.

  8. #8 Colin
    October 19, 2009

    I totally agree with Davy Jones! And Treebeard too. I guess it’s Davy-Beard. Tree Jones? Hmmm I don’t think either of them will catch on.

  9. #9 Jud
    October 19, 2009

    “I was only heading to the toilet and found God.”

    If the rumors are to be believed, Elvis was on the toilet and found God.

  10. #10 Susan B.
    October 19, 2009

    Um, has anyone else noticed that Jesus is apparently a woman?

  11. #11 rob
    October 19, 2009

    i immediately thought it looked like an ent. and then when i scrolled down there was the picture of Treebeard.

    made me chuckle.

  12. #12 wrpd
    October 19, 2009

    I couldn’t decide if the round things at the bottoms were his nipples or his nuts.

  13. #13 jre
    October 19, 2009

    Glasgow, huh?
    Well, I guess I’m relieved (if that’s the word) that Jesus was not seen in the Worst Toilet in Scotland.

  14. #14 daedalus2u
    October 19, 2009

    I think it is John Lennon, obviously a reference to Norwegian Wood.

    He was more popular than Jesus you know.

  15. #15 sailor
    October 19, 2009

    Looks like cheap veneer. One side of the image is a mirror image of the other, two junks of veneer put together in a feeble attempt to make them blend. Take half of a lot of things and create a mirror image and you start to see weird patterns.

  16. #16 JFox
    October 19, 2009

    Why is Ikea Jesus playing with his nipples?!?

  17. #17 E.V.
    October 19, 2009

    The pareidolia veneer Jebus is obviously holding a couple of holy hand grenades in his tiny mitts.

    … Now did the Lord say, “First thou pullest the Holy Pin. Then thou must count to three. Three shall
    be the number of the counting and the number of the counting
    shall be three. Four shalt thou not count, neither shalt thou
    count two, excepting that thou then proceedeth to three. Five is
    right out. Once the number three, being the number of the
    counting, be reached, then lobbest thou the Holy Hand Grenade in
    the direction of thine foe, who, being naughty in my sight, shall
    snuff it.”

  18. #18 Eric Wilner
    October 19, 2009

    Looks more like Odin to me.

  19. #19 Shawn
    October 19, 2009

    Oh no! They made Treebeard into a door. What a sad end to a majestic Ent! 🙁

  20. #20 idlemind
    October 20, 2009

    Sorry, it’s George Harrison during the Yellow Submarine era.

  21. #21 firemancarl
    October 20, 2009

    Ha!!! engrained!!!!!! 100% epic win of the year!!!

  22. #22 ColinB
    October 20, 2009

    They installed the wood upside down! – it’s really Satan (or maybe his half brother)

  23. #23 mattand
    October 20, 2009

    My first reaction was Bigfoot.

  24. #24 SWT
    October 21, 2009

    In John 10:9, Jesus says “I am the door …” However, I wasn’t expecting to see such a literal embodiment of this statement, and was rather expecting the door to lead somewhere nicer.

  25. #25 rrt
    October 21, 2009

    Ikea ROCKS. Literally:

    “Selling furniture for college kids and divorced men…”

  26. #26 hf
    October 22, 2009

    Don’t be absurd. It’s a distorted pic of Barack Obama.

  27. #27 Ruth
    October 22, 2009

    Get your minds out of the sewer-I think it looks like a man holding binoculars.

    When I was a kid, our bathroom door had grain that looked like the boogie man-I think I wet the bed rather than face that by the dim light of the nightlight in the hall.

  28. #28 Duncan
    October 22, 2009

    As a Glaswegian, I can confirm: it IS Benny Andersson. The proof we have been waiting for people. Benny Andersson is the way, the truth and the light.

    What further sign do you need? Do you demand another miracle from Benny, after he has appeared so publicly before you? Oh ye of little faith. I’ll be glad when you’re all in Hull (Benny Andersson sends the unworthy to costal English towns known for their sea ports; Hull, Dover, Portsmouth, Southampton, Liverpool) due to your lack of faith whereas I will be rewarded with thai sweet chilli crisps (in accordance with the prophecy) for taking Benny’s hand when it was offered.

    Think about it: what have you got to loose? If Benny Andersson is not a supernatural being, all you’ve lost is the brief time it takes you to sing Mamma Mia every morning (which many psychologists believe helps relieve stress and thus makes you a more moral person, such is Benny’s wisdom) which is nothing. But if Benny is the way, as he says, then you will be sent to Hull or Dover while I’ll be enjoying spicy potato snacks.

    Look around the world, does it not look like it has a bit of Abba influence to it? A little? Let me put the case to you another way; why would Benny Andersson offer crisps and threaten Hull if you refuse to sing and enjoy his music. He must be either a liar, a madman or be telling the truth. He isn’t a liar – he’s got a beard, and people with beards are truthful. Moreover, it seems a strange thing to lie about, as what does he have to gain? Nothing. And he doesn’t seem mad; after all, he doesn’t foam at the mouth when walking the streets of Stockholm. Therefore he must be telling the truth.

    Hail Benny! Thy truth will out!

    Onwards Andersson’s Soliders,
    Marching out to war….

  29. #29 Duncan
    October 22, 2009

    On a related note, I thought you might enjoy the following from Mitchell and Webb

    @16 – FTW! Jesus likes twiddling his nipples! Teach the debate!

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