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Why do headphone cables get tangled?

How many times have you encountered this situation; you go to work or school in the morning, store your earbuds in your bag, and by the evening when you take them out, they look like a jumbled mess? You will be spending the next 10 minutes cursing and untangling them. The problem is so common, that someone has actually devised a sport around it called SpeedCabling. But why do cables get tangled? We decided to investigate. According to an article in LiveScience, scientists at University of California, San Diego performed experiments to help them understand how knots form, and how best to avoid them. They found that knots in cables are caused by the free end waving through the concentric...

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