22 things that come in pairs

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.

21. Pants

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.

18. Skis

Skis are used in pairs, with one for each foot.

17. Binoculars

Binoculars have two lenses that work together to provide a magnified view.

16. Tweezers

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.

14. Cufflinks

Cufflinks are worn in pairs to fasten cuffs on a shirt.

13. Mittens

Mittens are similar to gloves but are designed with a single compartment for both hands.

12. Chopsticks

Chopsticks are used in pairs, with one for each hand.

11. Scissors blades

Scissors have two blades that work together to cut.

10. Lovebirds

As their name suggests, lovebirds are known for their affectionate and devoted pairings.

9. Tires/Wheels

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.

7. Zippers

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.

5. Dice

Dice are used in many games and always come in pairs.

4. Earrings

Most people wear two earrings, one for each ear.

3. Socks

Just like shoes and gloves, socks come in pairs too.

2. Gloves

Like shoes, gloves come in pairs as well, with one for each hand.

1. Shoes

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.

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