Why You Can’t Stop Your Earbuds from Getting All F**king Tangled Up

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No matter how carefully I place my earbuds in the drawer by the back door, this always happens.

Tangled earbuds

At least that’s what I thought happened.  But there’s actually some real science at work.  Look at this chart.

String tangles

Clear now?  No?  Let me translate.  Apple’s earbuds are 139 cm long, which puts them right at the 50% tangle rate, which is at the top of this curve.  In other words, it’s inevitable.

For a more comprehensive explanation, go to Business Insider. It probably won’t help you much with your tangle problem, but at least you’ll know there’s a scientific reason for it.

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