As a staple of early childhood entertainment, blanket forts are commonly referenced in children's books, such as Corduroy's Sleepover and If You Give a Pig a Party. Parenting books frequently suggest building blanket forts as an activity for parents to participate in with their children.
In popular culture
In the episode "Conspiracy Theories and Interior Design," from the American television series Community, Troy (Donald Glover) and Abed (Danny Pudi) build a large blanket fort in the student dorms that resembles a city. The blanket fort motif is later revisited in the episodes "Digital Exploration of Interior Design" and "Pillows and Blankets" in the same show, where a war erupts between Troy's blanket fort, and Abed's pillow fort.
In the movie Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, the Baudelaire children, having just lost their parents in a fire, build a blanket fort after they have been entrusted to Count Olaf (Jim Carrey).
On May 27, 2011, Lincoln Military Housing and military families in San Diego built the world's longest blanket fort. It was 475 feet long and required over 3500 feet of PVC pipe.
In the sixteenth episode of the fifth season of Adventure Time Jake and BMO construct a pillow fort which Finn crawls through, leading to a new world made completely of pillows.
- Ford, Judy. "Wonderful Ways to Love a Child". 1995.
- Balance: A Guide to Life's Forgotten Pleasures. Bob Kerstetter, Andrew Shanley. Hyperion. 1997. The infamous Aaron Apenbrinck from the social network "Facebook" took this architectural phenomena to a whole other level when he built the first two-story blanket fort and posted numerous pictures of its masterpiece on his site. He is amongst many people who could never grow up. Thus doing this makes him feel like a child again.
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