Reddit Users Debate the Number of Holes a Straw Has: ‘One Hole With Two Exits’

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Reddit users are up in arms over straws. Those who frequent the social news aggregation and discussion platform are in the midst of a heated debate regarding how many holes the drinking utensil has.

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The discussion initially began about a year ago after a user named atticusmars posed a simple question – “Does a straw have one or two holes, and why?” – but has yet to be officially resolved. There are two main sides to the argument: Those who believe a straw has one one opening, and those who say it boasts two distinct holes.

“One cause there’s nothing in between,” read one comment. Another commenter agreed, explaining, “Yeah, each end has a hole, but it’s the same one.” As one user succinctly put it, a straw has “one hole with two exits.”

However, other users subsequently brought up a series of interesting points, such as whether or not the one hole becomes two if the straw gets something lodged in it. The answer to that query seemed to be no. As one user explained, “Sticking something in a hole doesn’t make two of them, otherwise you’d be seeing a lot of people walking around looking like Swiss cheese.”

Those who think a straw has two distinct holes see the openings at the top and bottom of the object as two different entities. “Two holes, one single column,” reasoned one user on the opposing side.

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Believe it or not, a third group of people actually argued a “proper” straw is technically void of all holes and should instead be seen as “hole-less conduit.”

“An ideal straw has no holes. It is a pipe. “If it had a hole, it would leak,” mused one commenter. “A straw with a hole is a defect.”

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Though the thread, which has dozens of comments, didn’t exactly definitively answer the age old straw-related question, it did leave people with something to think about. As one user wondered, “OP, why have you done this?!”

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