Viral Chopsticks ‘Hack’ Looks Ingenious, But Does It Really Work?

February 9, 2016 Updated: February 10, 2016

Since it’s Chinese New Year, it’s time to talk about chopsticks.

On some chopsticks, there’s a little piece of wood holding the pair together. Apparently, one can break that piece off and use it as a rest for the “business end” of the chopsticks. Obviously, it won’t work for a washable or plastic set of chopsticks (like the Japanese set in the featured image above).

The trick was discovered by an Imgur user.

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However, according to a number of Reddit users, the trick doesn’t actually work. Either the piece didn’t break off, or it works only for a specific brand.

“Most chop sticks will not break like this. The grain in the wood is vertical, meaning it will splinter up if you try to break it horizontally. Also, most chop sticks will have a vertical indent in the middle where you have to break it vertically,” one Redditor wrote.

Another posted his attempt to break off the piece, with disastrous results:

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Another opted for a more practical approach.

“Dude, I don’t need to put my chop sticks down. I eat my sushi roll then I put them on the plate,” the user wrote. ‘Protip: you can put eating utensils on a plate.”

As the Huffington Post noted, one can use the paper wrapping to create a rest for the chopsticks instead:

And several Huffington Post reporters said they weren’t able to get the hack to work.