A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from October 19, 2017
“Futons are the sporks of the furniture world”

A futon (a sofa and a bed) has been compared to a spork (a spoon and a fork)—something that tries to do two things and does neither well. “‘To me, a futon (or hide-a-bed) is just the furniture equivalent of the spork.’ –@skoda” was posted on Twitter on May 6, 2011. “Futons, the sporks of furniture” was posted on Twitter on April 3, 2012.

“Futons are the sporks of the furniture world” was posted on Twitter on May 11, 2012.


Wikipedia: Futon
A futon (布団) is a Japanese traditional bedding.

A bedding set consists of both a mattress (敷き布団 shikibuton, lit. “spreading futon") and a duvet (掛け布団 kakebuton, lit. “covering futon"). Both elements of a futon bedding set are pliable enough to be aired, folded and stored away in an oshiire closet during the day, allowing the room to serve for purposes other than as a bedroom.

Western-style futons, which typically resemble low, wooden sofa beds, differ substantially from their Japanese counterparts. They often have the dimensions of a western mattress, and are too thick to fold 180°. They are often set up and stored on a slatted frame, which avoids having to move them to air them, especially in the dry indoor air of a centrally-heated house (Japanese homes were not traditionally centrally-heated).

Twitter
Ben Brooks‏
@BenjaminBrooks
“To me, a futon (or hide-a-bed) is just the furniture equivalent of the spork. “ –@skoda
2:39 PM - 6 May 2011

Twitter
Bob Carskadon‏
@bobcarskadon
Futons, the sporks of furniture. RT @bradlocke: They’re burning futons, too. #LexingtonPoliceScanner
12:04 AM - 3 Apr 2012

Twitter
Austin‏
@AustinFoShoYo
Futons are the sporks of the furniture world.
3:49 PM - 11 May 2012

Twitter
Nate Clapper‏
@clapONclapOFF24
Futons are the sporks of the furniture world
5:11 PM - 10 Aug 2012

Twitter
Karl Busse‏
@kurlyschmoe
Futon is the Spork of furniture.
1:41 PM - 26 Sep 2012

Twitter
cocoawhisperer‏
@Strousberg11
Futons are the spork of the furniture world.
11:07 PM - 18 Dec 2012

Twitter
Allie Oslager‏
@allieoyo
a futon is the spork of the furniture world. #tweetsfromthesheets
9:54 PM - 31 Jul 2015

Twitter
Nick‏
@SpaceGrenades
Futons are the sporks of furniture and both suck. #hottake
10:30 AM - 22 Sep 2017

Reddit—Shower Thoughts
Futons are the spork of the furniture world.
submitted October 20, 2017 by Squilbo_baggins

Twitter
Half Sober‏
@BlackedOutKids
Futons are the spork of the furniture world.
10:17 PM - 19 Oct 2017 (Posted after the above.—ed.)

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