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Old 10-02-05, 07:06 PM   #1
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Who the hell decided squares are so great?

Pentagons and triangles are so much more efficient!

Everything is designed for squares. You are reading this from a square monitor, typing with square keys, in front of a square table, in a square building.

Imagine if everything were based on the pentagon. Pentagonal buildings would have more floor space per wall length making them cheaper to build, and they would all fit together nicely too. Instead of being designed on a grid, cities would be on a pentagonal grid to fit the buildings. All furniture would be pentagonal to fit the diferent angles inside the pentagonal buildings. Your computer moniter would be a pentagon with penagon shaped windows inside of it and pentagon keys on the keyboard.

There would also be a lot of triangles because they would fit well inside pentagons. Cars would be triangular to fit into the five-car pentagon shaped parking spaces.Who needs two wheels in the front anyway?

I'm afraid society has already invested too much into their square culture to ever convert to pentagons. Maybe if, one day, we colonize another planet, the future humans will realize the folly of their square ancestors and do things the way they should be done. With pentagons.
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Old 10-02-05, 07:13 PM   #2
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Well... to be precise, you're referring to rectangles. A square is one form of rectangle, but most of the things you're taking about are rectangles, not squares.
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Old 10-02-05, 07:20 PM   #3
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Hum...another proponent of the golden ratio?

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Blame Gutenberg.

Primitive peoples tend to organize things in circles.

Older cultures set up their cities more organically.

Since the movable type printing press, everything has been laid out in rectangles and lines.

Television makes it worse. The home parlor used to organize around a piano, or chairs were turned to face one another, facilitating conversation. Now our living rooms are laid out like theaters.

I think these ideas came from Marshall McLuhan.
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I find your comment insulting!! I AM A SQUARE!!!!!!!
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Old 10-02-05, 08:24 PM   #6
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Who the hell decided squares are so great?
That wasa me actually. Sorry....it was just the first shape that came to mind.
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Old 10-02-05, 09:25 PM   #7
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A: What are you on?
B: I don't want any.
C: Ever thought about the 'heart' as a worthy-type shape?
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I think pentagon plates would fit so much better on a table... lots of wasted space with round plates...
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Old 10-03-05, 03:25 AM   #9
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Let's worry about shape and space when the world population reaches 148,940 billion customers. Why?
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Old 10-03-05, 05:08 AM   #10
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and they're just easier to pack crap into.
Only because the "things" we pack in to them are square too.
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Old 10-03-05, 05:29 AM   #11
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Good question. Can anybody name a square object which isn't man made?
Circle - Orange, Planets etc.
Triangle - Fishes fins, Valleys etc.
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Old 10-03-05, 05:36 AM   #12
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My favorite simple is the tetrahedron. I like cubes, but not squares.
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because we like straight roads?
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Old 10-03-05, 05:42 AM   #14
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Good question. Can anybody name a square object which isn't man made?
Circle - Orange, Planets etc.
Triangle - Fishes fins, Valleys etc.

Roots, which can be cubed as well.
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Old 10-03-05, 11:35 AM   #15
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i think we have a better chance of getting the 28 hour day than switching over to pentagons
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Old 10-03-05, 08:53 PM   #16
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squares are great.

Proof:

Video game cartridges.
Cheese
Speakerboxes
SPAM
platform pedals

...nuff said yet
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Old 10-03-05, 09:04 PM   #17
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you dare forget graham crackers?!
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Old 10-03-05, 10:32 PM   #18
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Actually I think a lot of it has to do with the ease of jouning rectangles and cutting them as people began building more permanent structures. We were building with squares long before we could easily cut the angles that we needed for pentagons or hexagons. We also didn't have the math to figure out how to measure the angles needed to build the houses or boxes or whatever. Even the first pyramids which were some of the first steps towards another shape were stepped and not smooth...

There's also the fact that we're basically symetrical beings. If we didn't have left/right, forward/back, up/down to limit our minds to thinking basically in a cube, we probably wouldn't build them...

Man I'm bored. But the hexagonal keyboards and stuff in sci-fi shows usually look really cool
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because we like straight roads?
I love curving roads, whether its racing on a bicycle or racing in a car. There is this road that goes from the highway to the road i live on and it winds and turns worse then a snake and it climbs and drops too. It would be quite fun to cycle on if it were rideable. Alas it is 4 lanes with no shoulder - I'm really surprised there is not an accidnet a day with how fast everybody drives on it.
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Pentagons and triangles are so much more efficient!

Everything is designed for squares. You are reading this from a square monitor, typing with square keys, in front of a square table, in a square building.

Imagine if everything were based on the pentagon. Pentagonal buildings would have more floor space per wall length making them cheaper to build, and they would all fit together nicely too. Instead of being designed on a grid, cities would be on a pentagonal grid to fit the buildings. All furniture would be pentagonal to fit the diferent angles inside the pentagonal buildings. Your computer moniter would be a pentagon with penagon shaped windows inside of it and pentagon keys on the keyboard.

There would also be a lot of triangles because they would fit well inside pentagons. Cars would be triangular to fit into the five-car pentagon shaped parking spaces.Who needs two wheels in the front anyway?

I'm afraid society has already invested too much into their square culture to ever convert to pentagons. Maybe if, one day, we colonize another planet, the future humans will realize the folly of their square ancestors and do things the way they should be done. With pentagons.
Actually, circles and their ilk top all, with the least amount of wall required per unit of interior volume, as well as massive inherent strength. Hence, the Monolithic Concrete Dome house. .

The exception, of course, is packing together tightly, which can be solved with wedge-shaped containers.

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Here are some square buildings for ya

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Old 10-04-05, 03:47 PM   #22
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Video game cartridges.
Cheese
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SPAM
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If I had things my way, all of those things would be pentagons or triangles and you would like them just as much. You probably would have defended pentagons against someone who said squares were better with the same reasoning.
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no way. Spam would not be spam if it wasn't a rectangle.
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