With president Trump facing mounting opposition over his proposal to build a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico, IKEA, the Scandinavian furniture maker, has offered a ready-made solution with its Börder Wåll. With a price tag of $9,999,999,999.99, it’s a far cheaper alternative to a concrete barrier.
Presumably, it arrives in a very, very, very long, flat-pack box, with everything it requires to be assembled: 471,612 boards, 313,329 rounds of barbed wire, 3,772,896 of No. 105236 screws and a single Allen wrench.
In the wake of the Trump presidency, the Doomsday Clock—a metaphorical timepiece in existence since 1947, which tells how close we are to a global catastrophe—has moved closer to the hour of humanity’s destruction.
We are now two and a half minutes away from midnight—with midnight being the apocalypse. This is the closest the clock has come to striking midnight since 1953. That was when the U.S. took the decision to upgrade its nuclear arsenal with the hydrogen bomb, a weapon far more lethal than an atom bomb.