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A Bulletproof Blanket (does this writing make sense?):

I wonder if I have gone either too over-the-top in absurdity with this, or if this doesn't seem to make sense at all. Let me know what you think on this passage:

The blanket, as fluffy as its soft exterior may suggest, has a contrasting firmness inside. That's because the stuffing, part cotton, part polyester and part kevlar, makes it a nigh-impenetrable if cumbersome blanket. It's not from German maxim that this is so, but rather the Conductor's highly-paranoid mindset regarding sleep, imbued from watching too much gangsta' films in his childhood where a good guy gets needlessly killed off in bed. How would Stevie know this, if at all - the nerdy boy just wonders what an exercise the conductor must endure just to go to sleep.

edited 11th Oct '10 9:18:50 PM by QQQQQ

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That is genius, and I can see the thought process that would lead there.

You could have him own a hollow pillow filled with weapons, just to add to the character.
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 3 Edmania, Mon, 11th Oct '10 9:14:06 PM from under a pile of erasers
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I can see quite a few problems with that blanket, to be honest.
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 4 Major Tom, Mon, 11th Oct '10 9:19:50 PM Relationship Status: Barbecuing
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^ Not the least of which is kevlar not being fully bulletproof.
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Perhaps not fully bulletproof. But enough to quell the conductor's nighttime fears is all that matters.

 6 pvtnum 11, Tue, 12th Oct '10 12:29:14 PM from Kerbin low orbit Relationship Status: We finish each other's sandwiches
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It would quell fears, yes. One hell of a security blanket. But what it won't do:

Kevlar isn't bulletproof. Especially if it's thin enough to be pliable, then it'll do precious little except be a royal pain to create. Also, as it's somewhat pliable, even if the bullet didn't go through, the impact trauma will still transfer to whatever is underneath.

Other stuff it could do: It will offer some protection from sharp edges, though, so if you really need to have some ad hoc protection from a sharp edge (broken glass, maybe?) then you can toss that over the edges and get past. Also, shrouding yoruself in it while leaping out of a window would be a good way to prevent getting all lacerated by the glass as it breaks. Electrical isolation, I think, as Kevlar isn't conductive. Powerline in your way? Cover it with the blanket, and you're fine. (unless the other materials in the blanket are conductive, though)

So, Rule of Cool aside, it could have some imaginitive uses, just not what the end user intended.

Edit: kant spel.

edited 12th Oct '10 12:32:18 PM by pvtnum11

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I personally find heavy blankets comforting. Something about the pressure on my body calms me down. Personally, I'd love to have the blanket you describe.
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 8 pvtnum 11, Tue, 12th Oct '10 3:10:31 PM from Kerbin low orbit Relationship Status: We finish each other's sandwiches
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Probably would be more aptly called a comforter, then...? I prefer those over blankets, myself. You coudl possibly stuff enough kevlar into a comforter to make it more bullet resistant, but it'll weigh quite a bit. Probably pretty hot, as well.
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 9 Edmania, Tue, 12th Oct '10 4:56:29 PM from under a pile of erasers
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In the case of broken glass, I don't see why a regular blanket wouldn't do pretty much well enough in at least protecting your skin.

Unless the glass shards are really big.
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 10 pvtnum 11, Wed, 13th Oct '10 10:29:38 AM from Kerbin low orbit Relationship Status: We finish each other's sandwiches
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Cut glass can be really stupid sharp, unless it's safety glass, which is designed to break into little cube-shaped bits. Safety glass hasn't alwasys been around, so it's possible for an older building to have plain glass instead. If I'm going to jump through a window, I'd either pre-break it so I don't have to break it as I crash through it, or I'll find a comforter and barrel through it while wearing the conforter as a cloak.

But yes, a regular blanket is better than, say, bare skin.

We had a wag in high school who thought it would be a great idea to punch his arm through one of those glass doors. Only problem was, that the rubber sealing stuff aroudn the edge of the door held the glass, despite shattering in fantastic fashion. he then tried to withdraw his arm...

...and spent the next several weeks with it in a cast so the zillion stichhes he had to get would have a chance to heal up. Funny thing was, he was wearing a leather jacket at the time. The glass didn't care about that.

edited 13th Oct '10 10:30:54 AM by pvtnum11

Happiness is zero-gee with a sinus cold.
 11 Edmania, Wed, 13th Oct '10 12:34:37 PM from under a pile of erasers
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I imagine punching through glass would be far worse because the shards would literally be running across your arm as you do that, but okay.
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 12 pvtnum 11, Wed, 13th Oct '10 1:01:13 PM from Kerbin low orbit Relationship Status: We finish each other's sandwiches
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Oh, they did that - then they did it much worse as he tried to extricate his arm, and the glass tore right through teh leather and into his flesh. I think there's a scene that illustrates what happened in Saw III, when the girl tries to reach up into a box to get the serum, and ends up slashing her forearms to ribbons when she tried to pll her arms out.

Personally, in that scene, it woudl've been good to use just one arm to reach up to grab the serum, and use the free arm to hold up the sharl cutting bits to mitigate the damage that the inserted arm is going to take.

Or, I don't know, remove the cutting devices first or something...? Probably not her fault, I woudn't be in my right mind in that situation, either, most likely.

But suffice to say, any cloth is better than bare skin for glass protection. Kevlar would excel at it.
Happiness is zero-gee with a sinus cold.
What about knives? Or stabbing swords?

 14 pvtnum 11, Wed, 13th Oct '10 3:43:32 PM from Kerbin low orbit Relationship Status: We finish each other's sandwiches
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The blunt force would be transmitted, but it resists cutting. A thin stiletto-type weapon would get through better, especially if used purely to stab, so yes. Stabbing wins over slashing.

The blanket shouldn't do too well against blunt force, so a baseball bat or similiar implement remains effective, if rather messy.

edited 13th Oct '10 3:44:10 PM by pvtnum11

Happiness is zero-gee with a sinus cold.
 15 doorhandle, Sat, 16th Oct '10 4:45:47 PM from Space Australia!
....maybe a partially-kelvar doona would work better?

 16 pvtnum 11, Sat, 16th Oct '10 4:55:18 PM from Kerbin low orbit Relationship Status: We finish each other's sandwiches
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Doona... A quilt? Similar to a comforter, right?
Happiness is zero-gee with a sinus cold.
 17 doorhandle, Sat, 16th Oct '10 6:30:58 PM from Space Australia!
or rather a duvet I guess...

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