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Sunday, 23 December 2012

Blanket

The term arose from the generalization of a specific fabric called Blanket fabric, a heavily napped woolen weave pioneered by Thomas Blanket (Blanquette), a Flemish weaver who lived in Bristol, England in the 14th century.

Blankets were traditionally made of wool because of wool's warmth, breathability and natural fire-retardant properties. Nowadays, synthetic fibers are frequently used.

The first electric blanket was invented in 1912 by American physician Sidney I. Russell. This earliest form of an electric blanket was an ‘underblanket’ under the bed that covered and heated from below.

Linus' security blanket made its debut in the Peanuts comic strip in 1954.

A fire blanket is made of fire-resistant material such as fiberglass and is used in smothering a fire. Firefighters often wear specialized variants of the fire blanket to protect themselves as well.

In Pennsylvania there is a law that says: "Any motorist who sights a team of horses coming toward him must pull well off the road, cover his car with a blanket or canvas that blends with the countryside, and let the horses pass. If the horses appear skittish, the motorist must take his car apart piece by piece, and hide it under the nearest bushes."

The world's largest blanket was unveiled at Alton Towers in England on May 27, 2015. The giant polar fleece blanket measuring a total 98.80 m2 (1063.474 ft2) is made of red fleece material, blue stitching and clear thread, It took the team eight days to complete and can easily cover a total of 56 standard children’s beds.

Igglepiggle, from hit CBeebies' series In the Night Garden, unveiled the world’s largest polar fleece blanket 

On February 10, 2017, the U.S. Court of International Trade officially ruled that the Snuggie is a blanket, not a garment.

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