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Why are blankets shaped like rectangles?

That awkward kick thing you have to do to get your blanket back the “right way”.

While I was growing up and learning about the world around me, the strangest thing to understand had to do with my shoes. No, it wasn’t how to tie them, or even understanding why certain people owned hundreds of pairs; it was that there was one shoe specifically designed for one foot. Why didn’t the left shoe fit well on the right foot? What if I wanted the design to be facing the other way? Nope, it wasn’t going to happen. Eventually, I gave it up and started thinking about other things.. and later I realized that some things take time to get used to. Even if they don’t make sense.

For one, beds are usually shaped like rectangles. Longer from one side and shorter on the other. WhyΒ mustΒ sheets and blankets be shaped this way too? I guess it looks better… But I really think that blanket designers have to think that the blanket should be made to benefit the person, not so much benefit the look of the bed. I’ll tell you what I mean:
Suppose it is a cold winter nightΒ and you are woken up by your legs being cold. What do you do? You try to adjust the blanket over you in order to cover your whole body.. but it doesn’t work! What the heck is going on? The blanket is turned on its side. Now you must do a weird kick-thing and get the blanket to turn to the “correct” way. You didn’t only become more awake because of this, but also you must deal with the cold areas of the blanket. The point is that it would be less of a problem if the blankets were shaped like squares, or even circles (this is the part where you go “Yeah! Circles!”). Yeah, the bed would look a little different with a circular blanket, but I think it would be worth it.
Other things took some time to get used to:
  • Why was the Game Boy called that? It wasn’t a boy. Walk Man? Same thing, only awkwarder. Then again, Playboy.. hmm.. anyway, its just wrong.
  • I always felt younger than I actually was. I thought of this: When I was a 3rd grader, the 5th graders seemed a lot bigger and older; but as soon as I got to be that age, I felt like I wasn’t old enough to be a 5th grader. In high school, I saw college students as adults; now that I’m in college, I don’t feel so old.
  • Women. Well just interaction between genders in general. You probably know what I mean.
All I can say now is: Oh well. I wouldn’t know what to answer if a child asked me why blankets are shaped that way, or even why the name “watermelon” fits the fruit so perfectly.
Can anybody think of any answers, or bring up other things that take time to get used to?
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13 Comments
  1. I must say, you have an unusual relationship with your blanket! I don’t seem to have the same problems that you do. Maybe that’s because my mom used to tuck me in so tightly at night that I couldn’t move, so to this day, I am a rather still sleeper–some say eerily so. Come to think of it, maybe it’s me that has the strange relationship with blankets… πŸ˜‰

    March 26, 2012
    • Hahaha it must get annoying to be woken up by tugging you and poking you wondering if you died! lol. I once freaked out when I my dog slept through the night without moving.. he was alive πŸ™‚

      Edwin

      March 27, 2012
  2. You’re not the only one who is driven crazy by this! I wake up in the middle of the night struggling to put my blanket back to its proper form on a regular basis. I’m also curious about why they can’t make “throws” a few inches longer – what good is a blanket that doesn’t cover your feet?

    March 26, 2012
    • YOU ARE SO RIGHT, SUMMER! AHH! SO TRUE!!! Those things are so irritating for that reason hahahah πŸ™‚

      Thanks for the comment πŸ™‚

      Edwin

      March 27, 2012
  3. I don’t quite have your problem as I don’t move around much but I hate however the blankets end up gathering in one corner so half the time, you’re covered by the duvet cover with no blanket in between!

    March 26, 2012
    • I hear you.. Ugh, you still sleepers have a gift.

      March 27, 2012
  4. I am the most serious of all the tosser turners. Sometimes… I lose my blanket completely. I think a round blanket would work well! I would like if it looked like a bowling ball… or a planet or something fun like that!

    March 26, 2012
    • You lose it? Hahahah, guilty 😐

      March 27, 2012
  5. I go through this same thing!! It is very frustrating to be fighting with the blanket.
    As always, love the illustration πŸ™‚
    I was reading this one at work, surreptitiously of course, and had to stifle an out-loud laugh when I came to the illustration.

    March 26, 2012
    • HAHAH! That must’ve been awkward πŸ™‚

      Thank you! And thank you for reading, you’re pretty awesome. Just thought I’d let you know πŸ™‚

      Edwin

      March 27, 2012
  6. I’m not a still sleeper but I usually sleep a deep sleep. So that way, if I’m not covered at night, I don’t wake up, I cuddle up to feel warm and sometimes my elder sister complains in the morning that she has to wake up and check me almost every other night, to see if I’m cold! πŸ˜‰
    Love the illustration.
    And oh! I think it is adorable how you reply to each comment that you receive on your posts.
    Thanks for making me laugh…Again! πŸ™‚

    March 29, 2012
    • Hey THANK YOU for reading. I was thinking of all the benefits of going into a deep sleep.. you pretty much have no worries at night! Ugh.. for me, if I hear a slight tap, or a dog bark I wake up! Blaaahhhhh

      Thanks!

      Edwin

      March 31, 2012
      • You are welcome, Edwin.

        Haha! But like they say, everything has got two sides to it. The number one problem that I have because of my deep sleep is that I’m always running late. What with getting up early to leave for school! 😐

        April 1, 2012

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