There are no squares in nature
Air conditioning vents
Rubik’s cube sections
Stepping stones and pavement slabs
Slices of bread
Synonyms: boxy, equilateral, quadrate, quadratic, right-angled…
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Brown-Eyed Girl says
Thank you for this. You ladies are dedicated!
Nate K. says
The most helpful part is the synonyms. 🙂 Especially with the word “square”.
Very nice. Thanks for all you’re hard work!
Roy Buchanan says
Another excellent addition. Well done ladies.
Pat Posner says
A big ‘Hi’ and congratulations from UK, Angela.
We are ‘sisters-by-agent’ and isn’t Jill fantastic!!
PJ Hoover says
Those watermelons crack me up! And so cool there are no perfect squares or circles in nature!
Great (as always) post!
True enough there are items in nature that are square-like, but probably the best way to create a recognizable and effective comparision or contrast would be to stick with something familiar to the reader, which in this case means something man-made.
Bish Denham says
It’s true there may be no perfect squares in nature, but then there are no perfect circles either. However, there are a few things in nature that are squarish, or have rectangular features.
Cyrstals of various kinds and sorts have rectangular/cubic sides.
Lobster eyes(I know how many of us have actually stared into lobster eyes) look very much like graph-paper.
The cross section of the stem of of plants from the mint family is square.
There are polygons in nature. The balsalt pillars of The Giant’s Causeway in Ireland and the Devil’s Postpile in California are examples. Sometimes squares turn up in the piles of stone.
And honeycombs, although hexagonal, each side is a near perfect rectangle.
Just a few examples.