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(Wired)   Ever wonder why no matter how carefully you wrap your headphone cords, they always get all tangled? Here comes the science   (wired.com) divider line 44
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2014-07-02 10:22:02 AM
I can't speak for headphone cords, but I've heard the Jews are responsible for tangled Christmas lights.
 
2014-07-02 12:01:28 PM
Remember when telephones had cords that tangled? Good times.
 
2014-07-02 12:10:14 PM
No. Wondering why headphone cords tangle is like wondering why the sun is warm. It's just one of those things we'll never explain, but know 'just are'.
 
2014-07-02 12:14:07 PM

Slaxl: No. Wondering why headphone cords tangle is like wondering why the sun is warm. It's just one of those things we'll never explain, but know 'just are'.


Like the tides.
 
2014-07-02 12:15:22 PM
No, because as an amateur topologist I know that two cords will always wrap around each other and that plugs will catch in any hook. Also because I've seen this story on fark about ten times, including last week when the thread got about 16 posts.
 
2014-07-02 12:18:11 PM
I have a pair of earbuds with a cord that tangles if you look at it wrong.
 
2014-07-02 12:18:30 PM
Probably because they're somewhat tacky. I'll pick up my Nobel later.
 
2014-07-02 12:21:59 PM
Yay, knot theory!!
 
2014-07-02 12:26:16 PM
What baffles me is how my cell phone always manages to flip itself around whil in my pocket.
 
2014-07-02 12:27:17 PM
If you buy a good pair, they usually come with a decent case so you don't have to wrap them in a ball and toss them in a bag somewhere.

Speaking of which, any Farkers have opinions on in-ear monitors for around $100 or less?
 
2014-07-02 12:30:48 PM
My headphones end up in knots, but my shoes end up untied.

You can't explain that!
 
2014-07-02 12:40:40 PM
So they get in a jumbled mess tossing around in your backpack.  Fine, I get that.  But I lay mine out in a straight line on my desk, turn my back, turn back around and they are in a giant knot.  Explain that Mr. Smarty Pants!
 
2014-07-02 12:47:36 PM

fortheloveofgod: So they get in a jumbled mess tossing around in your backpack.  Fine, I get that.  But I lay mine out in a straight line on my desk, turn my back, turn back around and they are in a giant knot.  Explain that Mr. Smarty Pants!


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2014-07-02 12:50:42 PM

red5ish: Remember when telephones had cords that tangled? Good times.


I don't need to remember.  Every phone in the office is tangled.
 
kab
2014-07-02 12:51:00 PM
It happens because you aren't doing it right.
 
2014-07-02 12:53:35 PM

Fano: No, because as an amateur topologist I know that two cords will always wrap around each other and that plugs will catch in any hook. Also because I've seen this story on fark about ten times, including last week when the thread got about 16 posts.


The topic will be repeated until the complaining stops.
 
2014-07-02 01:00:32 PM
One day they will discover self-entangling wires are governed by the same underlying laws that permit subatomic one-dimensional particles to constitute matter.

I imagine they'll call it... wire theory,
or perhaps christmas light theory?

Something simple and catchy like that, anyways.
 
2014-07-02 01:00:54 PM

red5ish: Remember when telephones had cords that tangled? Good times.


That's different, it's from the coiled nature of the cord, combined with the twist you impart when you pick up the phone. I still have a corded phone at work, and the goddamn thing gets so tied into knots, that I end up pulling the goddamn thing across the room.

As for this study, wasn't this pretty much figured out about 20 years ago when they studied how hangers get tangled?
 
2014-07-02 01:03:51 PM
I run the cord around my hand a couple times then thread the plug end through the loop repeatedly so the end wraps in a spiral around the loop.  Then I tuck the end into the threading.  Sure, it takes some time to un-thread it, but as long as you start with the plug end and unthread it, there won't be any tangles because the cord is kept from moving.  I've done that to put all of my cables in the same box for moving and didn't have a single tangle when I unpacked.  It works well for a backpack, too.  And you don't have to undo all of the loops if you don't need a long cable at the moment, like with a charger cable.
 
2014-07-02 01:03:54 PM
Get one of the pairs with string wrapped around it. My mom makes them, I'm sure some company does too. No knots in the 6 months they've been in my purse.
 
2014-07-02 01:13:29 PM
as someone who has a recording studio in his house, cables are the bane of my existence

/first world problems
 
2014-07-02 01:17:01 PM

Delta1212: Slaxl: No. Wondering why headphone cords tangle is like wondering why the sun is warm. It's just one of those things we'll never explain, but know 'just are'.

Like the tides.


Or f*cking magnets.
 
2014-07-02 01:23:03 PM
It's like nobody in this thread has ever heard of duct tape. It's the best solution to most of your problems.
 
2014-07-02 01:24:42 PM

red5ish: It's like nobody in this thread has ever heard of duct tape. It's the best solution to most of your problems.


Most? Name one problem that could not, in principle, be solved by duct tape.
 
2014-07-02 01:31:27 PM
Gotta wind/coil em Navy style, twist a loop and stick it under so when you pull the ends the line falls straight and can't get tangled in itself. If you want to figure out the best way to deal with cords, ropes, etc. ask a Navy guy.

Hard to explain, easier to follow when you see the wind in action.
 
2014-07-02 01:41:07 PM

Delta1212: red5ish: It's like nobody in this thread has ever heard of duct tape. It's the best solution to most of your problems.

Most? Name one problem that could not, in principle, be solved by duct tape.


The pythagorean theorum.
 
2014-07-02 01:56:28 PM
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8300709: Looking for an original topic for your Ph.D thesis? Sorry, but a study about why your iPhone headphones get tangled has just been taken

/also, mine don't. ever. you people must be doing something wrong or God just hates you.
 
2014-07-02 01:57:41 PM
www.rocketfishproducts.com

"Headphone cords", grandad? Maybe if you're DJing at Creamfields and have a nice set of Sennheiser cans like Fatboy Slim or Armin van Buuren, I can see that. But why wouldn't you just go with a nice pair of Bluetooth headphones like these? Better frequency response than a pair of Beats (seriously ...20Hz to 20kHz is all you get for $20?) and they work great for years.
 
2014-07-02 02:16:20 PM
I never have this issue. Actually, I've been called to friends houses specifically to wrap their cables because the way I do it is awesome.

/it's my super power.
 
2014-07-02 02:30:42 PM

Glitchwerks: If you buy a good pair, they usually come with a decent case so you don't have to wrap them in a ball and toss them in a bag somewhere.

Speaking of which, any Farkers have opinions on in-ear monitors for around $100 or less?


Soundmagic E10.

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Your ears will thank you.
 
2014-07-02 02:51:03 PM

Tricky Chicken: Delta1212: red5ish: It's like nobody in this thread has ever heard of duct tape. It's the best solution to most of your problems.

Most? Name one problem that could not, in principle, be solved by duct tape.

The pythagorean theorum.


Challenge accepted!
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2014-07-02 03:16:54 PM
Therefore, a string will naturally tend toward greater knottiness.

 agrees
 
2014-07-02 03:40:41 PM

ReverendJynxed: Tricky Chicken: Delta1212: red5ish: It's like nobody in this thread has ever heard of duct tape. It's the best solution to most of your problems.

Most? Name one problem that could not, in principle, be solved by duct tape.

The pythagorean theorum.

Challenge accepted!
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That is either a solar oven or v*ger come back to communicate with the maker.
 
2014-07-02 03:56:33 PM
I use a NiteIze "curvyman." Picked it up in the checkout line at MicroCenter. Have also seen them in Bass Pro Shop.
 
2014-07-02 04:35:47 PM

Rwa2play: Glitchwerks: If you buy a good pair, they usually come with a decent case so you don't have to wrap them in a ball and toss them in a bag somewhere.

Speaking of which, any Farkers have opinions on in-ear monitors for around $100 or less?

Soundmagic E10.



Your ears will thank you.


My ears will thank me for jamming something in them?

I doubt it. I think you're confusing them with subby's mom.
 
2014-07-02 04:46:44 PM
I don't know how well it works on shorter cables, but for all my power cables I reverse-wrap them.  I can't really explain the motion, but for every half twist you put in, you take on out.  It prevents the wire from twisting in the plastic cover.
 
2014-07-02 05:44:16 PM
$5 for Skullcandys on sale. Sounds good enough to block the noise on the train. Cheap enough that I don't care if they only last a year or two.
 
2014-07-02 05:57:21 PM
Wireless Everything Now!
 
2014-07-02 06:00:11 PM
My Klipsch S3-A's have a flat cord. Doesn't seem to get tangled up at all.
 
2014-07-02 06:34:16 PM
I feed one end to my cat. Comes out untangled but a bit smelly.
 
2014-07-02 06:47:44 PM
You mean its not cord gnomes?

My world is falling apart around me.
 
2014-07-02 10:21:25 PM
 
2014-07-02 11:00:50 PM

Rwa2play: Soundmagic E10.

Your ears will thank you.


Well, I read some reviews and stuff and went ahead and ordered a pair.  Kind of surprised at the price to be honest.  I guess I'll see how they work out when they arrive.
 
2014-07-03 12:31:02 AM
I use the Hook 'Em Horns method to cord wrapping, then toss them into my headphone bag (I have folding Sony NCHs).  They never get tangled.  http://lifehacker.com/5930624/the-definitive-guide-to-wrapping-your-h e adphones-without-losing-your-mind
 
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