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Handkerchiefs With Extended Corners

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Handkerchiefs With Extended Corners are exactly that which the name suggests. ie handkerchiefs that, instead of being perfectly square, have a slightly extended point on each of their vertices.

The purpose is simple: to provide a modicum of extra material at each apex, thus making it easier to tie more elegant versions of the four otherwise standard knots, needed to convert the handkerchief into that of a simple summer hat.

xenzag, Oct 26 2009

Example http://www.bbc.co.u...notted_hanky170.jpg
a great British tradition [xenzag, Oct 26 2009]

[z_t]'s reference. http://www.youtube....mNc&feature=related
[shudderprose, Oct 28 2009]

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       all kinds of permutations would be possible with these - rabbit ears being a personal favourite.
po, Oct 26 2009
  

       You knot rabbit ears ? Don't the rabbits object ?
8th of 7, Oct 26 2009
  

       Why knot?
normzone, Oct 26 2009
  

       Misterrr.... Gumby!!!
wagster, Oct 26 2009
  

       In these frugal times, I suggest instead that we make the centre of the handkerchief smaller, rather than corners larger.
MaxwellBuchanan, Oct 26 2009
  

       I suppose a version could have dangling corks.
po, Oct 27 2009
  

       ...and cricket.
hippo, Oct 27 2009
  

       ... and (friction) matches
vincevincevince, Oct 27 2009
  

       ...and railways
wagster, Oct 27 2009
  

       ...and queueing.
kaz, Oct 27 2009
  

       //I sympathise with any foreign culture that wants to commit acts of terrorism against the British for wearing snotrags on their heads //
You mean the sorts of cultures that wear J-cloths on their heads? <Grins, ducks and dives for cover> [+]
coprocephalous, Oct 27 2009
  

       //This...habit makes the wearer look like an absolute knob//

Gets my vote then.
DrBob, Oct 27 2009
  

       // Britain also gave the world Morris Dancing //   

       Technically, no. It was forced on the Rest of the World at gunpoint - they didn't seem to be keen on it for some odd reason.   

       // Do we need to dig this hole any deper? //   

       Yes, keep digging. If you're very very lucky, you may dig right through to Good Old England. If you're very unlucky, and your aim is off a trifle, you may end up in Wales. If the Gods hate you, you'll end up in france.
8th of 7, Oct 27 2009
  

       I'm with Unabubba on this one, people do not need any more help looking stupid. We seem to do fine now. I was hoping this idea was about suit pocket handkerchiefs, which I have never worn, but at least can understand the attraction there. (-)
MisterQED, Oct 27 2009
  

       // boorish, pusillanimous//
Point of language, old chap. Shirley one can't be both?
I realise that your race has existed in (fully deserved) isolation for some considerable time now, only allowed back into polite society to lend a hand when there's some serious global unpleasantness on, but that's no reason to forget the Mother Tongue.
coprocephalous, Oct 27 2009
  

       //Do we need to dig this hole any deper?//   

       Well...*apart* from abolition of the slave trade, industrialisation, mashed potato, global telecommunications, radio, television, longitude, the introduction of parliamentary democracy, cricket, deck-chairs, stable intercontinental trade, Pimms, tea, evolution, universal suffrage, an independent judiciary, a common language, Marmite, the civil service, fish & chips, cucumber sandwiches, the post office, tonic water, railways, football, Australia, New Zealand, The United States and Canada, women’s rights and the treatment of previously incurable diseases...What have the British ever done for us?
zen_tom, Oct 27 2009
  

       + Stephen Fry & the Beatles...   

       oh and David Attenborough and Terry Pratchett ...
po, Oct 27 2009
  

       //I realise that your race has existed.....//   

       Oi! Lay off the Aussies. I get sick of everybody making fun of them and patronising them (that means talking down to them, Ubie).   

       They're a remarkable nation, having risen from the lowest of the low to become....well, they've risen, anyway. As a developing nation, they're really rather promising, and they need all the encouragement they can get as they take the first tentative steps on the road to civilisation.
MaxwellBuchanan, Oct 27 2009
  

       Sensing a double-standard: isn't wearing them on your heads rather standard fashion for pirates? Don't we approve of high pirate fashion?   

       And the desperados would definitely appreciate this. Especially those with beards.
RayfordSteele, Oct 27 2009
  

       [21 Quest], why do you want to encourage vagrancy?   

       Yes, I must go with the objectors on this. If people insist on tying these things to their heads, they could do us a favor and cover their faces with them, so as to increase the likelihood of wandering into traffic.
tatterdemalion, Oct 27 2009
  

       The wearing of the knotted handkerchief is a fine, warm tradition in the UK, and naturally finds little understanding in the harsh peripheries of the colonies. It is therefore happily uncool, and everything that is the opposite of fashionable.   

       Just add it to the list of everything that Britain has selflessly provided the world with over a very long period of time. Railways, cricket and dangling corks have been acknowledged. I think that Tartan devised by Burberry, and Gravity invented by Sir Issac Newton should not be forgotten.   

       Be a have knot! Travel far and wear your knots with pride!
xenzag, Oct 27 2009
  

       I just wasted the better part of an hour searching through old books and magazines looking for a photo of Einstein wearing a corner tied hanky while on a boat. I read that it was his preferred head dress when not in public.
//absolute knob// indeed.
Google images turned up a blank but I will not relent in my search and when I prevail then...
...you will rue the day you ever mocked the corner tied hanky my friends.
  

       .   

       .   

       RUE THE DAY!!!   

       The Boy Scout uniform, at least in the US, includes as an option (though very common) a neckerchief with two corners extended for specifically this reason. It's triangular rather than square, but is intended to serve multiple functions including headgear and a sling and others.
MechE, Oct 28 2009
  

       [zentom], I will give you all but tea. The Orient had the English by several hundred years, maybe thousands. That's like saying the Italians created pasta.   

       The US part is also a little dubious. A case could be made that that honor/shame belongs to the French for de-colonializing us. But I'll give you the nod for giving us Thomas Paine.
MisterQED, Oct 28 2009
  

       // Gravity invented by Sir Issac Newton should not be forgotten. //   

       Don't forget he invented light as well....... and Sir Walter Raleigh, who not only invented the bicycle but also discovered tobacco, thus spawning a multi-bilion dollar legal industry.
8th of 7, Oct 28 2009
  

       o.k. high tea then - with milk, sugar and cake!
po, Oct 28 2009
  

       Ah, High Tea! Beloved of vicars everywhere. Which reminds me. We also invented the Church of England which, in true English fashion, we currently seem to be selling off to the Pope. We also invented selling everything that isn't nailed down, by the way. Oh, and telling lies with a straight face.

What was the idea again?
DrBob, Oct 28 2009
  

       did we invent the mini-skirt? seems to back in vogue again.
po, Oct 28 2009
  

       [+] but only because I think they can be tessellated. Otherwise, I wouldn't like the cloth wasted by cutting them out.
VaquitaTim, Oct 28 2009
  

       And Richard Branson, who invented the balloon, the music industry, the railway, the airline and the pickle.
MaxwellBuchanan, Oct 28 2009
  

       Of course the English, in turn, were invented by castaways from the French...
RayfordSteele, Oct 28 2009
  

       ...further demonstrating that great British trait of making the best of a bad thing.   

       Did the English too invent (the oxymoronically named) Industrial "Action"?
zen_tom, Oct 29 2009
  

       No, that definitely was the french.
8th of 7, Oct 29 2009
  
      
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