How do you use a straw?

While it’s been a long time since I’ve used a juice box, I know to stick the bendable straw into the package long side first. So when I say my world was turned upside down when I saw this post on social media, I mean it literally.

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The tweet shows a diagram of two different ways to use a straw when drinking from a juice box. The image on the left is what I’d consider the traditional way: the curved, shorter end of the straw sticks out of the box.

According to this tweet, we did it all wrong. Instead, the right side of the diagram tells us to turn our straws upside down and leave the short end in the box. According to some proponents of this unconventional method, this configuration allows you to enjoy every last drop of your juice instead of wasting the juice that your straw can’t reach.

Some people were stunned by the discovery. There were comments like, “Oh my word! It makes perfect sense though ” and “Think of all the extra juice kids might get with breakfast!”

Other users were skeptical. A few people brought up an important point: If you’re not supposed to stick the long end of the straw into the juice box, why is that end pointy? If it’s not meant to pierce the surface of the box, is the design supposed to only stick in our tongues?

With the internet divided into two camps, some commentators decided to put it to the test to find out the truth. The result? This “groundbreaking” new method is just a myth. The inverted straw is too short to reach the bottom of the juice box and still be able to sip. Not enough straw comes out of the box. And the lack of a pointed edge also makes it much harder to pierce the box.

While we might love this idea in theory, someone should take this controversial tip back to the drawing board.

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