"Tendril perversion": when one loop of a coil goes the other way

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My OCD alarm went off just looking at the picture.

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That vine needs to be properly re-curled. Immediately.

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This article is about the geometric phenomenon. For the pornographic genre, see tentacle erotica.

is one of the better wikipedia disambiguation statements I’ve seen.

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I think that’s a little inaccurate.

The actual quote tells a slightly different story…

So, if you look at the coil in the picture, the left half has a left-handed chirality, and the right half has a right-handed chirality. It’s not just “one kinked loop” - the whole coil has reversed the direction in which it’s coiled.

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There are two vine-type plants, and if memory serves, they might be bittersweet and woodbine. I’m not sure.

One coils left-handed, and, alone, it will twist up into big twisty ropes. The other coils right-handed. In the last century, it was traditional to plant them together. Neither one could overcome the other, and they ended up in big pretty chaotic clouds of tangle.

I wish I had a citation. My ex planted them in our garden once.

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"The fragrant honeysuckle spirals clockwise to the sun,
And many other creepers do the same.
But some climb anti-clockwise, the bindweed does, for one,
Or Convolvulus, to give her proper name."

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so many phone cords have lost the fight and have succumbed to such perversions.

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Oriental bittersweet vine? Burn it, burn it with fire! Before it’s too late!

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This made me wonder about DNA …

I dontwanttolookidontwanttolook! It’s making my brain itch!!!

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Yea, that’s them!

I’m pretty sure the term is already taken.

(Hey, I found one that wasn’t NSFW!)

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That squid does have a grade-A squint! I like him already.

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Just came here to comment “something, something, tentacle porn”

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If you didn’t experience an eye twitch immediately followed by a furtive glance at the phone sitting on the desk next to you I envy you.

Brb. Gonna check all the phone cords in the building.

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I immediately glanced over at my (work) phone!

No, no! They were manufactured that way!

SO how do you undo this?
I’ve been trying for a long time.

Maybe I will need forced symmetry closure applied to the tendril with maximum
energy while expending infinite overall force.