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"I suspect that religion is a necessary evil in the childhood of our particular species. And that's one of the interesting things about contact with other intelligences: we could see what role, if any, religion plays in their development."
- Arthur C. Clarke

Self-Adjusting Furniture  
  Automatic adjustment for a perfect fit.  

The self-adjusting furniture, bought at a time when the management had considered throwing the hostelry open to the alien trade, had been out of date twenty years ago. But it still was there. It had been repainted, in soft and genteel pastels, its self-adjustment features still confined to human forms.
From First He Died (Time and Again), by Clifford Simak.
Published by Dell in 1951
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Compare to the chairdog from Frank Herbert's 1964 story The Tactful Saboteur.

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