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Physicist Figures Out a Way to Keep Earbuds from Tangling

A physicist from England has finally solved one of the great engineering problems of our time: How to keep earbuds from getting tangled. Putting his intensive background from a life dedicated to understanding the mathematical rules that govern our natural world to use, Robert Matthews found that if you clip the earbuds in two places when not in use—near the end of the jack and earbud ends, and in the middle of the skinny wires (as shown here)—they won’t become an infuriating tangled mess. “Simply clipping together the two ends of the cords makes the cable less likely to form a knot, saving the frustration of having to untangle it before plugging in,” he told the Daily Mail. Clearly, his years of higher education have been well spent …

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