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"The best fuzzy rules, the best knowledge, deal with the turning points of the system. If a race-car driver teaches you how to drive, you don't need him to show you how to drive on the straightaway. It's how he handles the curves that matters."
- Bart Kosko

Magnetically Floating Furniture  
  Furniture that is suspended at the proper height using magnetic forces.  

Short legs, long legs - people differ. How can you make sure that furniture is at the right height?

The office was spookily furnished, since none of the furniture had legs. Everything was suspended magnetically at the proper height. The tables and the desk and the bar and the couches were floating slabs. The chairs were tilted, floating bowls. And most eerie of all, pencils and pads were scattered at random through the air, ready to be snatched by anyone who had an idea worth writing down.
From The Sirens of Titan, by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr..
Published by Dell in 1959
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In the novel, one of the characters opines that this kind of furniture should "see like hotcakes." Not so.

"Sitting on an American Levitation couch is harder than standing up in a birchbark canoe," said Fern dryly.

Thanks to Mike Billa for submitting this item.

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