Wow! New chairs?

I know this is a stupid question, but what would chairs look like if our knees were on the back of our legs? My english class has been debating this for the last three weeks.

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Well, if your knees were on the backs of your legs, then they would bend up. This would mean that the most comfortable/efficient way to sit would be in a regular chair, with your feet on an ottoman the same height as the chair. Of course, it would be impossible to sit down or stand up.
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They’d look like pillows.

I realize I’m stretching the anatomical analogy a little (but this is an English class)… consider your typical dog’s hind legs. What the layman would consider a “knee” is really his “ankle”, but if you rotated the human knee backwards, we’d essentially have malportioned dog-legs.

All the dogs I’ve ever seen can sit, just not ON anything.

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Reminds me of sitting around in college debating what cars would look like if cows were the dominant life form (yeah, yeah, why would they need’em; they’re pretty much content to stay put).


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I say we treat it as a serious question. Design a chair that would be approx. the same heighth, have proper back support, yet support legs that bent the other way.

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I’m assuming you mean like bird legs, and not legs where if I sat down with my legs in front of me, I could bend my knees and lick my toes.

I would expect that a chair would be nothing more than a padded bench you’d sit on lengthwise so your legs straddle it. It’d be fairly easy to get on and off of, comfortable, and not interfere with your legs.

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I believe that she DID mean that the legs would bend forwards instead of back. And a pad or pillow alone wouldn’t give the back support needed for prolonged sitting.