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Went out to check the new seedlings that had come up in one of the pots. Confounded snails have eaten them all except 2 small ones which I've covered with plastic cut down bottles now.
Why don't they eat the many weeds that keep coming up?
 

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Do we have something on the perverse behaviour of ropes, string, and cables of all sorts? I'm trying to keep my Saab Aero standard in appearance - that is, I don't want, among other things, to tear out the stereo for a modern one, especially because it interacts with other displays in the car. So I have a couple of trailing leads from USB chargers to power my phone, Bluetooth and hands free.

I carefully coil these cables out of the way when not needed and place them in a convenient pouch that Saab provided in the passenger footwell. So why the French Connection is it that whenever I retrieve said cables they are not only entwined with themselves, they are also cross-tangled one to another?

This is hardly a new problem - Jerome K. Jerome devoted several paragraphs to it in 'Three men in a boat'.
 

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Do we have something on the perverse behaviour of ropes, string, and cables of all sorts? ...
Just for the record - no, we don't ... Most of the forum discussions addressing tangles concern (e.g.) rat- and squirrel-kings.


So why the French Connection is it that whenever I retrieve said cables they are not only entwined with themselves, they are also cross-tangled one to another?
This is hardly a new problem - Jerome K. Jerome devoted several paragraphs to it in 'Three men in a boat'.
I'm familiar with the effect. I've always attributed it to wires in the cables flexing in unpredictable ways - especially when spiraling coaxial wires are involved.

I don't know of any advice better than Shady's - if you want 'em to stay just so, you have to clip or bind them in the intended arrangement.
 

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Cables and ropes and snakes are good at that.

coil them up correctly and put them away...and they come out in a mares nest.
 

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Do we have something on the perverse behaviour of ropes, string, and cables of all sorts? I'm trying to keep my Saab Aero standard in appearance - that is, I don't want, among other things, to tear out the stereo for a modern one, especially because it interacts with other displays in the car. So I have a couple of trailing leads from USB chargers to power my phone, Bluetooth and hands free.

I carefully coil these cables out of the way when not needed and place them in a convenient pouch that Saab provided in the passenger footwell. So why the French Connection is it that whenever I retrieve said cables they are not only entwined with themselves, they are also cross-tangled one to another?

This is hardly a new problem - Jerome K. Jerome devoted several paragraphs to it in 'Three men in a boat'.
Jerome K Jerome was so right!

The trick is to know this will happen and to prepare for it.
Winding a cable into a loop and securing it with an elastic band works. The secret of that method is that you are introducing a chaperone rather than relying on the cable to behave itself.

As a kid I was once sent to deliver a box of assorted sewing threads. I saw the threads placed into the box and was warned that they would tangle up. Yeah, right.
I carried them carefully straight to where they were going, careful not to shake the box, and an hour later saw them taken out all hopelessly ravelled up like a badly knitted sweater.

A couple of years later when I read Three Men I instantly recognised the tangling incident. Was there NOTHING that man didn't know about?
 
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