Arnold Williams (notebuyer) wrote,
Arnold Williams

Some Questions Have Answers

Take this question, for example:

I have a question for all you techies out there: how (and why) do the cords of earbuds for cellphones spontaneously tie themselves into knots in a single instant?

And I don’t mean modest knots, either. I mean large tangled masses of knots.

And how can this happen when I’ve done nothing more convoluted than to take my phone out of my purse and raise the bud to my ear?

There were, of course, silly answers: Karl Rove does it while you're not looking (OK, there is a better discussion than that). Finally, the fuller explanation you've waited for.
Tags: math

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