Monday, February 13, 2006

Fish lamp

I was showing off the spare bedroom to a prospective new roommate after my now ex-housemate had moved out. Suddenly the most disgusting fish odor began to fill the room. I immediately called my ex-housemate and accused her of making the room smell of fish. She claimed that she was not the cause and had been quietly suffering with the fish smell for over three years.

So I started playing detective. I narrowed the cause down to an old ikea lamp. (myth busted) Then I took the lamp apart and discovered the culprit: the shitty ikea lightbulb socket shown below:

It looks like the fish smell was actually the smell of burning plastic. In retrospect, we probably shouldn't have bought the füschen-smelløn lamp at ikea.

Anyway, I made up a little fishlamp jingle to commemorate the discovery.


21 comments:

Monkey said...

Toxic secretions are no laughing matter.

Lilly said...

"(myth busted)" ---> I had to react! :-D Hope no one suffered any serious damage from inhaling burnt plastic...sounds nasty like! And that's coming from a true IKEA fan....

WORD VERIFICATION: bajfil

Booty J Patrol said...

Thanks for the report Jiggs. I think I still want my lamp back though, so I can return it to IKEA and tell them that it is krap.

Booty J Patrol said...

Maybe we never noticed the fish smell before because the lamp was next to the kitchen...?

Spinning Girl said...

What a lovely song. Your voice makes me weak in the knees. or maybe it's the burning fish aroma?

miss kendra said...

you can commit crimes and say the lamp poisoned you.

allison said...

grody....why would the lamp smell like fish??

i've purchased like 4 or 5 items from IKEA and I'm very happy with them. I was actually at the one in Houston about a month ago and I thought of you.....on every bookshelf they have the "Communist Manifesto"

p.s i turned my word ver off on my blog last week and i haven't had any problems so far. it's such a hassle

Tumbleweed said...

I swear I get all gooey inside when I hear your voice. Where the hell is my Calzone jingle??

jiggs said...

monkey: true dat!

lilly: the problem was that I kept wanting to smell it once I figured out what it was. i kept sticking my nose right into that lamp socket.

booty: it's not clear to me why we never noticed it. Perhaps it was because we never had it on for long enough when it was downstairs.

spinner: a little from column a... a little from column b

miss k: done and done.

AP: grody is right. That particular plastic just had a fishy odor. It's sweet that the communist manifesto reminds you of me.

I was already convinced that I should remove the word ver, but I forgot about it. I have been living with it for so long, it has become a part of me.

tumbleweed: I am a douche and haven't yet sung it. sorry about that!

Lee Ann said...

Darn, I am blocked from the jingle, will check when I get home:)

Lee Ann said...

.....oh yes, turn it off!
Please Jiggs!

Brookelina said...

She lived there for three years and never bothered to figure out where the smell came from? Did she think it was emanating from her hoo-hah?

Did I spell emanating right?

Calzone said...

Look you don't have to call him a room mate dude...we accept who you are. Its totally cool.

Monkey said...

Hoo-hah!!

Was this the poop roomate who lived with the odor?

Übermilf said...

I have never met a woman who would live with a nasty smell, and I hope I never do.

Lee Ann said...

Love it! Your voice takes my breath away. A toxic fish lamp...awesome ;)

The Husband said...

that song made me giz in my pants. also, if you ex-roommate ever comes over you should bash the lamp over his/her head. then say "thats how we roll bitch". works wonders.

jiggs said...

lee ann: I don't want my room to smell of fish anymore. I'm getting rid of the fish lamp.

brooke: I was hoping someone was going to suggest the hoohah fish connection. I'm just happy that it didn't have to be me.

calzone: While I do enjoy sucking a good meat cigar now and again, this person is actually a woman. A real one too.

monkey: it was the roommate the put the poo on my bed, yes.

uebermilf: Yes it's too bad she didn't say something earlier and then we could have done the detectiving.

carl: always a font of wisdom you are.

Lee Ann said...

I don't blame you. I love fish, but for some reason, I really don't care for the smell of it!

YAY.....YOU DID IT!
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murry said...

sheesh

what can i say to defend myself? i never could figure out the smell. i always thought it was coming from either my garbage or the heater vent in the ceiling because I always smelled it on the opposite side of the room than where the lamp was.

so i got myself one of those pluggy air freshner thingys, left the window open often, and sprayed bleach into my garbage can frequently.... mmmm... bleach is the smell of clean. You'd be surprised at how bleach fumes burned into your nostrils can mask any number of odors!

but on a happy note... new place... fish smell free except when i cook with fish sauce:)

jiggs said...

murry: don't worry murry. We all still heart you. Also happy VD!