We have two of these hotpads at our house. I think my son got them as part of a Christmas or birthday present once.
I have no idea why they put the circle in a non-symmetrical position.
It's not because of its placement in relation to the edge; the change is negligible, but it's actually a bit farther from the edge.
With the current position of the hole, hanging the hotpad from the hole causes a rotation of 37 degrees, which is stupid.
Who goes to all the effort of creating a nice grid pattern AND centering the hole on one of the grid squares, and then decides to misplace the hole?
This is what the hotpad would look like with the hole properly placed, thanks to the magic of
Photoshop Microsoft Paint. #deepfake
In that case, hanging the hotpad from the hole would cause it to rotate 45 degrees, which is proper.