8 Mind Blowing Facts About Shapes

Everything has a shape. Even you have a shape!

Quick — what day is Shape Appreciation Day? If you guessed October 22nd, you would be dead wrong. The reality of the situation is that it was a trick question. There is no Shape Appreciation Day. But wouldn’t it be weird if there were? Frankly, isn’t it equally weird that there isn’t? Everything has a shape. A circle is circle-shaped. A blobfish is in the shape of a blobfish. Even you have a shape! Shapes are completely and ridiculously underrated as things. We need to spend less time on Twitter and more time sitting on a chair and contemplating shapes like they no doubt were doing 100 years ago when there was nothing else to do! In honor of shapes, here is a list of 8 facts you probably didn’t know about them.

8. We make up new shapes

Life can be boring sometimes. But if you spend your time inventing new shapes like a group of Harvard scientists did, it opens your world to new and exciting possibilities. Presenting the hemihelix. Here’s its story: like most inventions, it was a happy accident. When attempting to create helix-shaped rubber springs for a different project, the Harvard team instead came up with the hemihelix. Here’s how you can make one yourself. Step 1: Find yourself a phone cord. Oh, those aren’t really a thing anymore? Then I guess we’ll just have to leave you hanging. Sorry about that. 

7. The circle has an imposter!

Name two perfectly round 2D shapes. If you said “the 257-gon and…not sure about the other one” you are simultaneously Albert Einstein and Forrest Gump. The rest of us would have guessed “circle” without having any clue that 257-gons exist. In a nutshell, a 257-gon is a polygon with 257 sides of equal length and angles, which is precisely the number needed to create a shape that resembles a perfect circle. You’ll never see circles the same way again!

6. Squircles aren’t what you think they are

If you have never heard of a squircle before, it’s safe to say you have no idea what it is. But if you think you know, we’re here to tell you that you’re sadly mistaken. Fortunately, we’re here to educate you. Contrary to popular belief, a squircle — which is a circle/square hybrid — is not the same thing as a rounded square. Squircles have smooth, circular edges while rounded squares have a squarish edge. Confused? We’ll explain in terms you can definitely understand. The first 6 generations of iPhones were rounded squares while the iOS 7 and everything since are squircles. Now we’re speaking your language!