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Company Creates a Self-Making Bed

samzenpus posted more than 2 years ago | from the perfectly-fluffed-pillows dept.

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MarkWhittington writes "A Spanish company has created a bed that will make itself. Ordinarily I am excited about just about any technological advance, but this one leaves me wondering what it's good for. It might be that as a rather slovenly housekeeper, I do not see the purpose of making a bed. The idea of being able to bounce a coin off of a sheet that has been stretched tight seems to have been an invention of moms and drill sergeants to torment people. Why make up a bed in the morning when it's just going to be unmade that evening (or sooner if one likes an afternoon nap?) When I was a lad, dreaming of the wonders that awaited in the 21st century, among the flying cars, colonies on the moon and jet packs, self-making beds somehow escaped by imagination, even as my sainted mom forced me to make mine before heading out to school."

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159 comments

Because (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40286115)

A made bed looks better, giving the bedroom a more relaxing feel. It's also more comfortable to climb into and provides a consistent experience which many people need to help maintain sleep health.

Also because wife says so.

Re:Because (5, Funny)

gameboyhippo (827141) | more than 2 years ago | (#40286645)

Also because wife says so.

This! ^^^

Sometimes the best answer is because my wife likes it that way. ^_^

Re:Because (1)

Dunbal (464142) | more than 2 years ago | (#40288321)

Y'all need a new wife. And you can't have mine.

Re:Because (5, Funny)

GungaDan (195739) | more than 2 years ago | (#40286715)

But this device would be utterly useless to my wife, unless there is an optional accessory that carefully places the (no fewer than) 7 pillows that for some reason belong on our 2-person bed.

Re:Because (2)

cpu6502 (1960974) | more than 2 years ago | (#40286723)

If APPEARANCE is the only reason, then it can wait until the guests drop by, and THEN I will make it. Not before.

Re:Because (2)

Eivind Eklund (5161) | more than 2 years ago | (#40287893)

If APPEARANCE is the only reason, then it can wait until the guests drop by, and THEN I will make it. Not before.

I like having things look tidy at home. It makes it easier to find things when I need to, and overall is more mentally relaxing.

Re:Because (1)

thisisfutile (2640809) | more than 2 years ago | (#40288077)

You can't find your bed if it's not made!?! (Sorry, couldn't resist) :-P I agree, I keep a clean house and fairly well organized but making the bed is literally a flip of the wrist for me. Just get the blanket to cover the pillow and look somewhat rectangular, rather than crumpled.

Re:Because (2)

bughunter (10093) | more than 2 years ago | (#40287009)

If you've ever had a dog, you've learned why it's important to make your bed.

Dog owners: When your dog comes indoors all muddy and dirty, with shit on his paws, where's the first place he heads for as soon as he can sneak away?

Yep. Your bed. If the bed's not made, then you either have to clean the mud and shit out of it, or else sleep in mud and shit. And you can say "My dog's not allowed on the bed," but that makes the bed even more enticing to the dog.

Same principle applies to cats who cough up hairballs and kids with grimy hands and feet.

The purpose of making the bed is to ensure that the parts you make intimate contact with for 6 to 8 hours will remain relatively clean when you're not in it.

Re:Because (1)

pclminion (145572) | more than 2 years ago | (#40288195)

Get over it, man. It's just dirt. You're not going to die. Maybe you'd get sick if you licked your dog's butthole. Other than that, if doggy dirt makes you queasy, why do you own one? Sorry about the complex your parents gave you.

Re:Because (1)

arisvega (1414195) | more than 2 years ago | (#40287125)

A made bed looks better [..] help maintain sleep health.

And because you get rid of the dust- see here. [wikipedia.org]

Why make up a bed in the morning when it's just going to be unmade that evening

Because, appart from basic hygiene and avoiding building a colony of who-knows-what, it helps you maintain a healthy routine and improve discipline and self-respect. It may also improve your social life, since you will not be demonstrating to your house guests that you live in a pit. It is also NOT your mother's job to make your bed.

Seriously, are you such a lazy sod that you invoke teenage arguments against making your bed?

Re:Because (1)

yurtinus (1590157) | more than 2 years ago | (#40287201)

Emphasis on your second point... You're going to have an easier time convincing that upstanding lady to stay the night if your bedroom isn't a disaster area.

Re:Because (5, Insightful)

Tridus (79566) | more than 2 years ago | (#40287455)

According to this [fsp.co.za] , NOT making your bed is better then making it when it comes to dust mites. Obviously washing the sheets and such regularly is a good idea, but you don't have to make the bed to do that.

I don't know about you, but I don't tend to have too many house parties in my bedroom. There's a living room and a kitchen for that.

I also don't see any gain in discipline or self-respect. I do see a few minutes of my life that I won't get back being spent on something that in my house serves no purpose whatsoever. So I don't do it.

Re:Because (1)

ebuck (585470) | more than 2 years ago | (#40287705)

I don't know about you, but I don't tend to have too many house parties in my bedroom.

A long time ago, houses were significantly smaller, and parties often extended into the bedroom. In fact, bedrooms became an extension of the entertainment of the house, leading to a number of changes. One of these was the purchase of luxury bedroom furnishings, because it was a further display of wealth, and the other was maintaining a clean and tidy bedroom (including a made bed), because you never know when the party would spill over to the living spaces.

Now houses are constructed quite differently, and the chance of a party spililng over into the living spaces is minimal. Perhaps made beds are passe, but so are many items and behaviours that we still maintain as a nod to our heritage.

Re:Because (1)

internerdj (1319281) | more than 2 years ago | (#40287865)

"Perhaps made beds are passe, but so are many items and behaviours that we still maintain as a nod to our heritage." My grandmother had a buttons in her jewelry box. As a child, I wondered why. Then, I grew up and realized that her buttons were not molded from plastic in China. Now I wonder why a shirt with 3 cents of plastic and a seem in the middle is still "formal."

What was the point of that? (4, Informative)

mcmonkey (96054) | more than 2 years ago | (#40286135)

Subby is the author of TFA. TFA has the same text as the summary.

What's the point of that? I guess my own fault for RTFA.

Why not link to the company web page or press release or anything other than the same text posted here?

Re:What was the point of that? (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40286483)

Why not link to the company web page or press release or anything other than the same text posted here?

Because then he wouldn't have gotten all those precious slashdot hits on his yahoo contributor article.

Re:What was the point of that? (1)

MrHanky (141717) | more than 2 years ago | (#40286703)

Yeah, I first read the headline as 'Self-baking bread'. That would be something. Plus, make it emo, so it will cut itself.

Re:What was the point of that? (1)

cpu6502 (1960974) | more than 2 years ago | (#40286857)

Bread-making machines already exist. Toss in the ingredients and it mixes them into dough, and then cooks it into a loaf.

Re:What was the point of that? (1)

MrHanky (141717) | more than 2 years ago | (#40287703)

Yes, but bread-baking machines : self-baking bread :: your mom : self-making bed.

Making a bed... (5, Funny)

Chancer (246051) | more than 2 years ago | (#40286137)

When I get out of bed, the first thing I do is make sure it is properly made...

Likewise, when I take off my shoes, the first thing I do is lace them up...

What I'm waiting for (2)

Iniamyen (2440798) | more than 2 years ago | (#40286145)

Screw the self-making bed, where's my AutoWash (tm) ?

Re:What I'm waiting for (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40286405)

Mooooooolteeeeepaaaasss

Re:What I'm waiting for (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40287973)

Thanks for that. I never would have caught that reference...

More like a "bed that straightens out a sheet" (2)

A. B3ttik (1344591) | more than 2 years ago | (#40286157)

While it's cool and I'm always excited about new advances in technology and robotics, this seems really limited. By the looks of it, you cannot move the pillows around during the night or have anything other than the sheet. All this really does is straighten out a single sheet onto the bed... not very useful or robust.

Still, I suppose every technology must have a first step, even the automated bed-making technology.

Re:More like a "bed that straightens out a sheet" (2)

icebike (68054) | more than 2 years ago | (#40286371)

Yeah, I saw it as version 1.0 as well. Oh, just wondering, Does Spain ever get cold enough for quilts?

I would imagine this mechanism would last about a month on your average teen-ager's bed before it is hopelessly tangled and derailed by blue jeans left laying on the bed, power cords to devices, guitars, and porn magazines hidden in the track-way covers.

What's needed is something to tip the teenager out onto the floor, along with any cloths and paraphernalia, and food wrapper, hoist the bed vertical, shake it out, fold the entire bed up into the wall so said teenager can't simply fall back in.

Re:More like a "bed that straightens out a sheet" (1)

OlRickDawson (648236) | more than 2 years ago | (#40286631)

Hmm. I think I saw that on the Jetsons... I particularly liked the version that looked like a toaster.

Re:More like a "bed that straightens out a sheet" (1)

Darinbob (1142669) | more than 2 years ago | (#40287793)

First a bed that makes itself. Next step are clothes that fold themselves, carpets that vacuum themselves, garbage that takes itself out, and cats that don't poop. Sure it's just a small step that starts it all but it's a step that needs to be taken!

Re:More like a "bed that straightens out a sheet" (1)

Deep Esophagus (686515) | more than 2 years ago | (#40288127)

Only they're about 40 years too late and way over budget. I made an automatic bed-making machine when I was a kid, out of the description in a Brains Benton kid detective book. Or maybe it was Danny Dunn. GIve me a break, it was 40 years ago. Anyhow, you hooked a string up to the top corners of your sheets/blankets/whatever and ran it through a pulley at the head of the bed, then left the loose ends at the foot of your bed. Get out of bed, pull on the strings, and they pull the attached sheet corners up just like in the video from TFA. I used that for years, along with a similarly designed string-and-pulley system for turning the bedroom light on and off without getting out of bed.

Which made me extremely proud of my daughter when she did the same thing around the same age... and she thought of it independently, without having read the idea in a book first. Good thing for her she got her mother's brains instead of mine.

Re:More like a "bed that straightens out a sheet" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40288237)

dang - here I was hoping for it to be internet connected and run by XP SP1...

Say hello to your new Bed Making Overlords...

All hail technology! (2)

ToiletBomber (2269914) | more than 2 years ago | (#40286161)

Making us lazier and lazier every single day!

Re:All hail technology! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40286199)

No, that's just you. The rest of us use technology to be more productive.

(When we're not engaging in snark wars on Slashdot.)

Here's why you make your bed ... (4, Funny)

MacTO (1161105) | more than 2 years ago | (#40286165)

Question:

Why make up a bed in the morning when it's just going to be unmade that evening (or sooner if one likes an afternoon nap?)

Answer:
To demonstrate to your future girlfriend that you aren't a slob.

Re:Here's why you make your bed ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40286235)

It's okay to be a slob if you are a guy. Many women actually like that as it gives them something to "work on" or let's them know you need someone to "take care of" you.

Re:Here's why you make your bed ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40286283)

Agreed. It's better for the "fix him" things to be stupid and superficial, like this, than personality traits or style.

Re:Here's why you make your bed ... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40286365)

Doesn't matter.

A girl marries a boy, thinking she'll be able to change him --- he won't.

A boy marries a girl, thinking she won't change --- she will.

Re:Here's why you make your bed ... (5, Funny)

Nidi62 (1525137) | more than 2 years ago | (#40286239)

Answer: To demonstrate to your future girlfriend that you aren't a slob.

Just get your wife to make the bed, then tell your girlfriend that you did it.

Re:Here's why you make your bed ... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40286345)

including the self-making bed, this joke is the fourth thing we don't get.

Re:Here's why you make your bed ... (4, Funny)

dkleinsc (563838) | more than 2 years ago | (#40286397)

Gentlemen: A toast to wives and girlfriends - may they never meet.

Re:Here's why you make your bed ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40286525)

wives and girlfriends - may they never meet.

Hmmm.. now... on the other hand...

Re:Here's why you make your bed ... (3, Funny)

Beardo the Bearded (321478) | more than 2 years ago | (#40287083)

wives and girlfriends - may they never meet.

Hmmm.. now... on the other hand...

Yeah, that's probably literally correct.

Poetic variation (1)

xstonedogx (814876) | more than 2 years ago | (#40287227)

Gentlemen! A toast!

To wives and girlfriends: May they never meet.
Except perhaps naked between the sheets.

Stay thirsty, my friends.

Re:Here's why you make your bed ... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40286249)

Also to keep the moisture in so the bed bugs and dust mites don't die.

Re:Here's why you make your bed ... (2)

vlm (69642) | more than 2 years ago | (#40286251)

Answer:
To demonstrate to your future girlfriend that you aren't a slob.

Also makes the wife happy, so you get two happy women for the price of one housekeeping job. Otherwise known as a redundant array of inexpensive womens. Ditto lowering the toilet lid, although there's always the sink for that.

Re:Here's why you make your bed ... (1)

Ares (5306) | more than 2 years ago | (#40286271)

you must be new here.

Re:Here's why you make your bed ... (1)

cfulton (543949) | more than 2 years ago | (#40286275)

Since the author will never have a girlfriend in the future it is no problem.
But, in response to his question. Why make a bed?
The room looks better with the bed made. The sheets and pillows are arranged so that when one lays down to go to bed one does not have to rearrange them to get them comfortably over ones body. If two share a bed (again never the authors problem) they can turn down each side individually. Each having comfort and convenience without disturbing the other. Finally, BECAUSE YOUR MOTHER TOLD YOU TO!!!

Re:Here's why you make your bed ... (1)

OlRickDawson (648236) | more than 2 years ago | (#40286667)

Another reason is to cut down on the dust getting to the sheets for those of us who have allergies...

Re:Here's why you make your bed ... (1)

icebraining (1313345) | more than 2 years ago | (#40287729)

Allergies are usually caused by dust mites, which thrive on the cozy environment of made beds: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/4181629.stm [bbc.co.uk]

Re:Here's why you make your bed ... (1)

Bastardinho (1249572) | more than 2 years ago | (#40286303)

Why do you clean up your ass if you're going to take a shit later?

Re:Here's why you make your bed ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40286357)

One's ass is actually used between taking shits, however. Beds are not: there is no discomfort to me at work if my bed at home is unmade.

Re:Here's why you make your bed ... (1)

Hatta (162192) | more than 2 years ago | (#40286461)

Why do you want a girlfriend who is so impractical and demanding as to make bed making an issue in the relationship? If it's not useful, and you want to make me do it, then I probably don't want to be around you.

Re:Here's why you make your bed ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40287393)

Have you even met a girl? Having to make the bed is a deal breaker for you?

I know I'm an oddball when it comes to women, but I will take a high-maintenance woman any day of the week. They wear perfume, make-up, get their nails done, workout, get their hair done, and are animals in bed. A lot of them cook and clean and are very feminine, which is rare these days.

But no, wanting you to make the bed is not anywhere close to high maintenance.

Re:Here's why you make your bed ... (1)

Hatta (162192) | more than 2 years ago | (#40287485)

Yes, I sleep with one nightly. The bed is perpetually unmade. This is not a problem for anyone.

It's not even about the work involved in making the bed. It's about having a brain that's not fundamentally broken. Caring about shit like bed making is a sign that your priorities are entirely screwed up.

Re:Here's why you make your bed ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40286489)

Question:

Why make up a bed in the morning when it's just going to be unmade that evening (or sooner if one likes an afternoon nap?)

Answer:
To demonstrate to your future girlfriend that you aren't a slob.

As someone who recently woke up with a spider bite...ruffled sheets are nice places for spiders to hide.

I didn't exactly start making my bed after that, because I keep my house clean enough that spiders anywhere are pretty rare, but if I lived someplace where brown recluse spiders were known to exist, I'd be making that bed every day.

Re:Here's why you make your bed ... (2)

CubicleZombie (2590497) | more than 2 years ago | (#40286543)

To demonstrate to your future girlfriend that you aren't a slob.

In the overwhelming majority of male/female relationships I've observed, the man is actually much more tidy than the woman. So I get really tired of this stereotype that I can't keep my house clean.

Be sure make a surprise visit to your girlfriend's place. It will be a mess. That mess is what you will deal with every day of your life once you live together.

Re:Here's why you make your bed ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40286679)

Well, you can't keep your house clean when there's someone else constantly messing it up, so the stereotype isn't that far off.

Re:Here's why you make your bed ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40286789)

To demonstrate to your future girlfriend that you aren't a slob.

In the overwhelming majority of male/female relationships I've observed, the man is actually much more tidy than the woman. So I get really tired of this stereotype that I can't keep my house clean.

Be sure make a surprise visit to your girlfriend's place. It will be a mess. That mess is what you will deal with every day of your life once you live together.

The plural of anecdotes isn't data and all that, but my experience has supported the stereotype. I'm the slob male, and if I had a girlfriend that actually didn't care about leaving a mess around, I'd propose. I didn't like being asked to keep my room tidy by my mother while growing up, and I certainly don't want to spend the rest of my life with my wife playing that role.

Re:Here's why you make your bed ... (1)

Xiver (13712) | more than 2 years ago | (#40286757)

Why make up a bed in the morning when it's just going to be unmade that evening (or sooner if one likes an afternoon nap?)

When my kids offer that argument I'll let them leave their beds unmade. When dinnertime comes around I ask them why I should feed them, because they are just going to be hungry again tomorrow. Now they typically make their beds as soon as they wake up.

Re:Here's why you make your bed ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40287097)

You'd better hope nobody teaches your kids about False Analogies [wikipedia.org]

Re:Here's why you make your bed ... (1)

amRadioHed (463061) | more than 2 years ago | (#40287113)

The reason you feed them is so they don't die. Who dies when a bed goes unmade?

Re:Here's why you make your bed ... (1)

Hatta (162192) | more than 2 years ago | (#40287367)

That's a great way to teach your kids that authority figures are frequently disingenous.

Re:Here's why you make your bed ... (1)

war4peace (1628283) | more than 2 years ago | (#40287593)

I weep when I see this sort of people laying shadows on Earth. If your kids are smarter than a lazy monkey, they will figure out the false analogy pretty fast and you will lose a large chunk (if not all) of their respect towards you. My parents used the same dumb shit on me until I have outgrown it (I was about 9 at the time).
Just use a bloody reward system to have them make their beds. But maybe you're too cheap to do so. Well, your kids, not mine.

Re:Here's why you make your bed ... (2)

Tridus (79566) | more than 2 years ago | (#40287491)

Learn to cook instead. If you can make her dinner and show off a clean kitchen, she's not going to give a damn that you didn't bother making the bed.

Proposed usefulness (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40286305)

"Ordinarily I am excited about just about any technological advance, but this one leaves me wondering what it's good for. It might be that as a rather slovenly housekeeper, I do not see the purpose of making a bed."

Some might like a bed to be made, and if that some are not young and able-bodied like you, then they would see a huge benefit to a self-making bed. Anyone with physical or mental impairments, the elderly, and professional caretakers of the aforementioned (think about orderlies in assisted living communities or hospitals having to make dozens or hundreds of beds a day) would probably see a benefit to a self-making bed that you likely wouldn't.

Re:Proposed usefulness (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40286415)

The first time I ever made my bed without my mother standing over me was when I was selling my house, and then I spent 10 minutes every morning straightening the pillows and sheets and bedspread and comforter on the off chance that today would be the day that someone came to look at the house and their decision would hinge on whether we looked like we cared about the bed. Every day for 5 years.

We lost that habit about a week into our new place. I guess we're just "slobs".

Re:Proposed usefulness (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40286937)

You may want to consider who you are sharing your house with (and I don't mean other humans). Insects, spiders, pets, mice, etc all enjoy a nice unmade bed.

Re:Proposed usefulness (1)

profplump (309017) | more than 2 years ago | (#40287247)

I'm not sure what happens when you make your bed, but when I do the only impediment to spiders, mice, etc. would be "must enter along the perimeter", which doesn't actually seem like a big deal, as the perimeter is where such things are most likely to encounter the bed in the first place. It would probably keep larger animals out of my bed, but if the door isn't doing that already I've got bigger problems.

he's right (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40286333)

Making a bed is one of the most ridiculous things

I totally agree with the OP and think all of you who stand behind bed making for any reason are total idiots

gtfo

Re:he's right (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40286433)

Well... no. I don't make my bed often, but when I do, I spend better nights of sleep. I'm just too lazy.

likes to sleep in ? (2)

KernelMuncher (989766) | more than 2 years ago | (#40286363)

What happens if you sleep in late ? Does the auto bed maker tuck you in like a mummy ? Could this be a future excuse of why we didn't come into work - "the automatic bed maker trapped me there all day".

Is it cat proof? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40286441)

I already have the problem of my cats jumping up on the bed and wanting to play when I try and make it. Sometimes one gets caught underneath and I have a bump crawling around.

Completely Uninteresting (5, Insightful)

Kaz Kylheku (1484) | more than 2 years ago | (#40286481)

The rail-guided mechanism which makes this bed work is utterly uninteresting, and probably won't handle custom bed coverings or multiple layers, like duvet with cover. The bed cover is permanently attached at the foot corners of the bed, and pulled into place by a mechanism moving on parallel rails toward the head of the bed.

The pillows are elevated by some mechanical lift, which allows the cover to slide under, and so the pillows cannot be moved arbitrarily.

This bullshit is less impressive than the machinery in bowling lanes for arranging the bowling pins.

Re:Completely Uninteresting (1)

yurtinus (1590157) | more than 2 years ago | (#40288191)

I always thought bowling lanes were magical.

Obviously Single (1)

SirBitBucket (1292924) | more than 2 years ago | (#40286535)

OP is obviously single... Get married... Then you will learn about making beds... (Might learn about making babies too...)

Now all they need to do is create a seargant (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40286537)

Now all they need to do is create a seargant or bring back my late parents, so they can tell me I need to make the bed.

Making the bed (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40286545)

Clearly the poster doesn't have cats. Pulling up the bedspread once a day makes a nice, fairly hairball-proof protective surface.

Business (1)

sociocapitalist (2471722) | more than 2 years ago | (#40286555)

Hotels could save money on housekeeping services, presumably.

Not that Spain needs to be cutting any more employment of course.

Re:Business (1)

ZombieBraintrust (1685608) | more than 2 years ago | (#40288141)

Any hotel that is not changing the sheets I never want to use.

Making the bed always frustrated me. (5, Interesting)

140Mandak262Jamuna (970587) | more than 2 years ago | (#40286629)

Making the bed has always frustrated me, but not in the way most of you are bugged by this concept.

You see, I grew up in rural South India and we usually slept on a mat (of reeds) unrolled on cement floors with a pillow and a sheet. In the morning we would roll our mats with the pillow inside and stack these rolls one on top of another in one corner of the room which doubled as living area during the day. All was well till I started reading the Perry Mason novels by Erle Stanley Gardener, which were very popular. In more than one novel the clue that unraveled the whole mystery was, "But the housekeeper said the bed was not made". I had no idea how one would make a bed. I had seen pictures of cots and mattresses and I knew most Americans slept on elevated platforms. I imagined most of them would buy it somewhere. How does one "make" it? Very frustrating.

In another novel the key was, "But the food was delivered by the dumb waiter!". I could understand if it was a blind waiter he would not have seen the dead body in the middle of the floor. But the waiter was just dumb, he could still see right? Then how delivering the dinner by dumb waiter made the difference? By the time I actually saw a dumb waiter, I had forgotten the story. All I remembered was, "why the dumb waiter did not see the dead body?".

Similarly in our first year in Chemistry, the book said some thing called an orbital was shaped like a doughnut. (yes, the Brit spelling). No one in our entire class had seen a doughnut. Then one student found an American book, that called it a donut but had a picture of it. Almost every one shouted, "donut is a torus!". We knew the mathematical name of that shape!

Re:Making the bed always frustrated me. (1)

BetterSense (1398915) | more than 2 years ago | (#40287141)

In Appalachian American English, at least, a very popular variant is "fixing the bed". It makes just as little sense as "making the bed", granted, but it might save further confusion to know.

Phys Ed teacher (1)

istartedi (132515) | more than 2 years ago | (#40287337)

"Don't carry the ball like a loaf of bread".

I was totally dumbfounded. I had no idea what I was doing wrong. If I had a loaf of bread, it would be in a plastic bag and I wouuld hold it by the loose end. This was nothing like carrying a football.

It was phys ed, and the flow of the day didn't allow me to ask for clarification. Years later I learned that "like a loaf of bread" was a common coaches idiom for carrying the ball too far away from the body, too loosely so that it might get sripped by a defender.

Now as an added bonus, you need to understand that this is an American football I'm talking about, and that balls do not wear clothing.

I think it was Winston Churchill who said that the Americans and Britons are "divided by a common tongue". Same goes for any other place in the world where "English" is spoken.

Re:Making the bed always frustrated me. (1)

mattack2 (1165421) | more than 2 years ago | (#40287663)

Doughnut is British spelling?

I would call it the correct spelling. I think "donut" was simply slang shorthand that eventually got into common usage. (http://m-w.com just says variant of doughnut.)

Does this really make it any easier? (1)

ortholattice (175065) | more than 2 years ago | (#40286689)

It appears that this unit requires that the sheets be affixed or neatly tucked in at the bottom of the bed. In that case, making it by hand is just as fast if not faster. (Although if you don't have a partner to help, you do have to make the effort of walking around to the other side of the bed once to pull the other side up.)

It doesn't look like it would work when the covers are pulled completely off. That's the only case where making a bed takes a little bit of time.

They don't say how this affects changing the sheets and pillowcases. If the pillows are attached to the bed by a cord, I imagine that task would be harder.

Finally, it's not clear that you should make your bed: http://www.healthandsoul.com/germ-hotspot-countdown-part-2.html [healthandsoul.com] "dust mites need humidity levels of above 50%. They will find it impossible to survive in the aridity found in an unmade bed. Made beds are said to give them the moisture that they need to survive." I'm having trouble convincing my g/f, though.

Forever Alone (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40286787)

"I do not see the purpose of making a bed"

Read: forever alone

Support your domestic engineers. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40286805)

This is why we live in our moms basements, don't let the machines take their jobs they might discover what we do in the basement.

We could call it (1)

Badger Nadgers (2423622) | more than 2 years ago | (#40286815)

a "sleeping bag".

Disability aid mocked by privileged people (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40286817)

So many lazy and wife jokes. Ever consider that people with disabilities have a damned hard time with this task? All it takes is too much weakness in one limb to be able to lift a mattress, or the loss of a couple fingers (or even just their mobility) to be able to hold and pull a sheet. What a bunch of privileged chumps. I mean, if YOU don't need it, no one else possibly could, right? >.>

Re:Disability aid mocked by privileged people (1)

maharvey (785540) | more than 2 years ago | (#40287203)

My wife is weak and missing fingers? To think after all these years, she's still a mystery to me...

Misleading idioms (1)

K. S. Kyosuke (729550) | more than 2 years ago | (#40286869)

It took me a while to understand what "self-making" means here, and in that while I was cogitating why the hell would someone build a von Neumann machine in the form of a bed.

Making your bed is bad for you (2)

rrohbeck (944847) | more than 2 years ago | (#40286991)

In a properly made bed, the humidity from sleeping in it is preserved for much longer. That gives nice cozy conditions to everything from mold and mites to bed bugs.

Obvious Shill is Obvious (0, Redundant)

CanHasDIY (1672858) | more than 2 years ago | (#40287269)

Submitter is also the author of the blog post linked within.

Guess someone found a great way to get page hits without having to actually write anything worthwhile: Just Slashdot it!


What a douchebag...

A Major Concern (1)

bistromath007 (1253428) | more than 2 years ago | (#40287381)

Not one comment in this thread addresses the most important question regarding this issue.

If the bed makes itself, who has to lie in it? Does it lie in itself? How would there be any room for me?

Re:A Major Concern (1)

bobbied (2522392) | more than 2 years ago | (#40287647)

Oh no....... So we are going to have a cake and not be able to eat it in bed now because we didn't make it? The horror!

They've made their bed... (1)

JoeDuncan (874519) | more than 2 years ago | (#40287695)

... I guess now they have to sleep in it?

Practical and aesthetic reasons for making the bed (1)

Beeftopia (1846720) | more than 2 years ago | (#40287783)

Practical reasons:
1) So you knock some of the skin-flakes, hardened secretions and creepy-crawlies that feed on them out of the bed. Insects poop you know. Even the small ones. Sleeping in skin flakes, hardened secretions and insect poop is unlikely to positively impact your health.
2) Making the bed every day builds discipline, which is helpful in many areas in life.

Aesthetic reasons:
1) Airing out the bed in the course of making it will make the bed smell better.
2) And, having a nicely squared away bed looks better to many.

Cool (1)

mark-t (151149) | more than 2 years ago | (#40287851)

Now all they need to do is...

Invent a machine that can clean up and dispose of kitty litter.

A machine that can take out the garbage, and intelligently put appropriate recyclables in the applicable receptacle.

One that can vacuum the entire house, including stairs, and empty its own canister when full. Oh, and it has to be able to pick up things that aren't supposed to be on the floor and put them away.

A machine that can take clean clothes out of the dryer, and fold and put them away for you. Ideally also put them in the washing machine in the first place during the day while you are at work so that you aren't competing with practically every other person on your floor for a machine in the laundry room.

Something that automatically can take clean dishes from a dishwasher and put them away.

A machine that cleans bathrooms. Another one that cleans the kitchen.

Then, and only then, will machines have genuinely freed me from household drudgery.

Wrong kind of labor saving (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40288125)

When I was a lad, dreaming of the wonders that awaited in the 21st century, among the flying cars, colonies on the moon and jet packs, self-making beds somehow escaped by imagination, even as my sainted mom forced me to make mine before heading out to school.

"The inventions of the future include labor-saving devices that would not necessarily be valuable to individuals of the gender role I was socialized into. Ergo, these labor-saving devices are worthless."
 
Makes perfect sense to me.

one word: SPIDERS (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40288179)

you make your bed to keep the creepy crawleys out of it!

even the cleanest house in the south can suffer from an infestation of brown recluse spiders, which love to hide in crumpled up fabric. Saw a missionary with one that bit him on his ankle when he pulled his pants up off the floor, damn near lost his foot to the nasty bite. from that day forward all of my laundry was on a hook or in the hamper and my bed was always made!

The great thing about a well-made bed is... (3, Funny)

JustNiz (692889) | more than 2 years ago | (#40288207)

you don't lose all the nuts and bolts from the engine you're rebuilding on it.

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