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Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by megafiddle, Nov 8, 2013.

  1. megafiddle


    May 25, 2011
    Is there a standard for the direction of wrapping a twist-tie on a package of bread?

    Every package I have ever seen has them wrapped counterclockwise to seal the package.
    This is very confusing for a mechanic, where counterclockwise would normally be a direction
    to open the package.

    So is there a different standard fot the non-mechanical folk?

    I have a theory - right handed people (which are a majority), have a natural tendanty to turn
    things clockwise. So opening a bread package would use the natural tendancy as that is the
    first thing one usually does with a package of bread.

    Once open, the bread consumer will use whatever is natural.

  2. Stumbo

    Stumbo Wherever you go, there you are.

    Me too!
  3. My theory is there is super nifty original patented twist tying machine company like the YKK zipper co. The evil mastermind must have been a lefty and condemns us righties to confusion every time we untie a bag of bread or a new power lead for our new TV fresh from factory.
  4. megafiddle


    May 25, 2011
    And i just realized my theory has a flaw. If the natural tendancy is to turn things clockwise,
    then the twist-tie installers would turn them clockwise. In my cynical view, bread
    manufacturers would go with whatevers easiest for production, not what was easiest
    for consumers.

  5. In North America, the Coriolis Effect causes bread ties to twist themselves counterclockwise. It's simple physics.
  6. Relic

    Relic Cow are you?

    Sep 12, 2006
    Robbinsville, NJ
    Pffff, I only open bread once. After that, I just hold up the bag, spin it so that the open end is twisted tightly then I put the bread back onto the counter with the twisted end underneath. Drives my wife nuts.

    twist ties....bah! I laugh at your silly twist ties!!
  7. 96tbird

    96tbird PLEASE STAND BY Supporting Member

    Relic has it.

    But yeah, as far as bread goes, I'm all about the righty loosey, lefty tighty. :p

    PS: M fiddle, you'd be best to stay away from vintage Fender tuners. They'll make your head explode.
  8. Staccato

    Staccato Low End Advocate

    Aug 14, 2009
    Get the twist tie off. Take out some bread. (Some cos. put it on backwards!)
    Now, righty tighty to seal the bag.

    96tbird, you are going to confuse someone. :D
  9. MatticusMania

    MatticusMania LANA! HE REMEMBERS ME!

    Sep 10, 2008
    Pomona, SoCal
    I throw the twist ties out and close my bread (and other food stuffs packaging) with binder clips.
  10. blastoff99


    Dec 17, 2011
    SW WA
    Husband of blastoff simply wraps the twist-tie around a couple of times without twisting it. This allows him to use the same twist-tie for several years, which of course is very important in the grand scheme of things.
  11. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Thank you. I call them "shipping ties" because once they reach my house they go in the trash.
  12. fhm555

    fhm555 So FOS my eyes are brown Supporting Member

    Feb 16, 2011
    Never thought about how twist ties came off or went back on. Just open the container, remove product, close container. lately I've getting bread with a little hard plastic tag holding it shut. One is REQUIRED to spin the bag into a tight little string so it will fit through the slot in the little plastic locking device to both remove and replace said locking device. This device is made in such a manner as to cut the bag if one tries to just pull it free so you must work the combination correctly in order to not only gain access to your bread, but to also insure you retain short term storage capabilities for your bread in it's original container. It seems a rather clever method of forcing one to conform to the proper usage of this particular tag. No improper use by twisting the wrong way with this device as is possible with the ordinary and (obviously antiquated) twist tie.

    Too much freedom in that thing anyway. Allowing a choice in CW or CCW rewrap of the freshness lock on our bread? You'd think we were living in a free society or something. Fortunately, the updated hard plastic bag locker will (thankfully, mercifully) remove the confusion of choice involved in liberating a few slices of bread. I mean, who really wants the responsibility of having to decide which way to twist?
  13. Unprofessional


    Mar 5, 2012
    Another proponent of righty-tighty, lefty-loosey.
  14. 96tbird

    96tbird PLEASE STAND BY Supporting Member

    Fhm555, you can defeat the plastic retaining device by lifting one tang out of the mean plane and slip the container through the resulting enlarged slot; no need to pre-torsion the container.

    I have no similar maneuver for reinstalling the retainer.
  15. Stumbo

    Stumbo Wherever you go, there you are.

    Most of the bread I buy has plastic slotted tabs the the plastic slides into.

    They seem to disappear without explanation. They're usually white in color so I guess my white counter top eats them up.

    I save them for just that reason.
  16. tastybasslines

    tastybasslines Banned

    May 9, 2010
    Los Angeles, CA
    This is the correct way to do it.
  17. Gopherbassist


    Jan 19, 2008
    I just hold the bag by the opening and let gravity open it. After that, the twist tie or that little plastic claw thing goes in tne garbage. Or on the floor. Whichever is more convenient.
  18. fhm555

    fhm555 So FOS my eyes are brown Supporting Member

    Feb 16, 2011
    As one who takes pride in not allowing emerging technology to engulf and overwhelm them, my first reaction to twist tie 2.0 was to in fact lift one side of the device in order to free my bread. Don't know if it was my zeal in removal or a defect in early production examples, but my first attempt at negotiating this new bag closure, resulted in a broken tab. The end result was the elves who come to ruin our unprotected bread while we sleep (i'm sure) took perverse delight in rendering more than half a loaf of bread inedible. The birds who hang in my back yard were happy, but I realized I had to discover the tag designers' intent for both opening AND closing bread bags with their invention, before I went broke giving malevolent elves a reason to cheat me out of more than half the bread I buy.

    While I do not consider myself to be overly prideful, I refuse to allow mean spirited elves the opportunity to make me out a fool, thus my journey of discovery regards the way to reproduce the result obtained with the latest iteration of the twist tie.
  19. Mike N

    Mike N Missing the old TB Supporting Member

    Jan 28, 2001
    Spencerport, New York
    Counter-clockwise to tighten the tie for me, may have something to do with me being a left handed mechanic.

    There are left hand threads on cars...... ring gear bolts, belt tensioner pulleys and early Chrysler lug nuts on the left side of the car.
  20. Lazylion

    Lazylion Goin ahead on wit my bad self!

    Jan 25, 2006
    Frederick MD USA
    Interesting. I remove and discard the plastic claw thingie, and replace it with a twist-tie from my collection. If possible, I save the tie after the bread is gone, and use it again.

    But I never thought of just wrapping it around without twisting! I shall have to consider this revelation...