“Scissors cuts paper, paper covers rock, rock crushes lizard, lizard poisons Spock, Spock smashes scissors, scissors decapitates lizard, lizard eats paper, paper disproves Spock, Spock vaporizes rock, and as it always has, rock crushes scissors.”—Sheldon Cooper
“Today, I saw an interview of 2 girls that are fans of the Twilight movies. They said that they would do anything to find out if Bella picks Jacob or Edward, and that the suspense for the next movies to come out is killing them. I wonder if they know they can accomplish this and solve their problems by reading the books.”—MLIA
So first, Arabia and Iittala are actually the same company now. In fact, I learned this during my obsession with the Iittala Ego line. That line originally carried the Arabia logo. In fact, some of the pieces from my Ego collection have different logos on them. I have a few plates that say Iittala, and a few that have the Arabia crown. Same exact dishes. Here’s what happened:
In 1987, A. Ahlström sold Iittala to the Wärtsilä company, which owned the greater share of the Nuutajärvi glass factory in Urjala. Iittala was combined with the Nuutajärvi glass factory to become the Iittala-Nuutjärvi company. This company was bought by the Hackman company in 1990 - and at the same time they also bought other homeware manufacturers, Arabia and Rörstrand-Gustavsberg. In 2003 the company became known as Iittala, and in 2004 they came under the ownership of ABN AMRO Capital. Since 2007, Iittala is 97 percent owned by Fiskars, while its operative management holds 3 percent of the shares. (via wikipedia)
Secondly, I’ll make you a deal… go into your cupboards and pull out all that Iittala crap. Put it in a box. Send it to me. In return, I will go out and purchase some American crap to send to you. Maybe…
A baseball player bobblehead for the back of your car.
A coffee mug with an American flag and machine guns painted on it.
A small basketball hoop you can hang on the back of your bedroom door and small sponge ball to go with it… this one is kind of awesome, you have to admit.
A calendar of women in bikinis sitting on the hoods of trucks (I could also find men in speedo swim suits if you prefer).
A fanny pack you can wear around your waist and place lots of important items in for travel.
A hat you can put a drink in.
A wooden plaque that reads “Home is where the heart is” or “There’s no place like home” or has the “Footsteps in the Sand” poem on it.
A ceramic vase in the shape of a chicken.
A fake Hardrock Cafe T-Shirt (note: the print will be slightly off centered)
I mean, that’s a good deal for taking all that Iittala crap off your hands, right? ;)
“Today we were talking about Serial Killers in Government, the head cheerleader proceeded to say, “That’s so stupid, why would anyone want to kill a box of cereal?” She did not understand why everyone was laughing so hard. I will never doubt school stereotypes again.”—MLIA