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I used to believe in the inexorable advance of progress, that society’s annoyances would gradually be engineered into oblivion.

Then one day I casually mentioned to my grandmother about how USB plugs—contrary to the laws of physics—had to be rotated at least three times before they were properly seated.

She responded, “So you’ve never tried to put the first corner of a fitted sheet on a rectangular mattress, then?”

I no longer have faith in progress.

@FutzleFiction also DIN connectors, commonly found on AV equipment until the early 1990s and widely used on PCs for the keyboard connector until 2000s - you were never quite sure how they had to be rotated so the keyed bit fitted in correctly, and often the connector was in an awkward place at the back of the equipment....

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