As humans, we have an innate affinity for pairs. Perhaps it is because of the idea of balance or the completeness that comes with having two things that match. Regardless, here are 22 things that come in pairs:
22. Headphones & Speakers
Many types of cables, such as headphones and speakers, come in pairs with one for the left and right channels.
Pants have two leg holes to accommodate two legs.
20. Salt and pepper shakers
Salt and pepper shakers are often paired together on a dining table.
19. Roller skates
Roller skates come in pairs, with one for each foot.
Skis are used in pairs, with one for each foot.
Binoculars have two lenses that work together to provide a magnified view.
Tweezers have two prongs that grip together.
15. Ketchup and Mustard
The tangy flavor of ketchup and the sweet or spicy flavor of mustard complement various dishes by enhancing the flavors without totally overpowering the main flavor of the dish.
Cufflinks are worn in pairs to fasten cuffs on a shirt.
Mittens are similar to gloves but are designed with a single compartment for both hands.
Chopsticks are used in pairs, with one for each hand.
11. Scissors blades
Scissors have two blades that work together to cut.
As their name suggests, lovebirds are known for their affectionate and devoted pairings.
Normally, new tires or wheels are always replaced in pairs even if just one wheel/tire is damaged. Not only does it avoid any issues created by uneven wear, avoid unpredictable traction difference, improve stability, and it also saves you time in the future.
8. DNA strands
DNA is made of two linked strands that wind around each other to resemble a twisted ladder — a shape known as a double helix.
Two zipper pulls are because it allows the wearer to unzip the jacket from the bottom up. This can be helpful if the wearer needs to use the restroom and doesn’t want to take the entire jacket off.
6. Faucets (hot and cold)
The different hot and cold faucet tradition dates back to a time when hot and cold water were kept separate to prevent contamination through the cross connection.
Dice are used in many games and always come in pairs.
Most people wear two earrings, one for each ear.
Just like shoes and gloves, socks come in pairs too.
Like shoes, gloves come in pairs as well, with one for each hand.
Most people wear two shoes, one for each foot.
These are just a few examples of the many things that come in pairs. It’s fascinating to consider how so many things in our daily lives come in pairs, and how this concept of duality has become deeply ingrained in our culture and society.