Do you know the real use for the end piece on Chinese takeout chopsticks?

Normally, we just opt for a fork to devour our Chinese take out, but every once in a while, when we're feeling adventurous, we snag a pair of disposable chopsticks for our lo mein or General Tso's chicken.

Have you ever noticed that the end of the chopticks, the two are fused together by an extra little chunk of wood. It's not to make sure the two pieces stay together in the wrapper and it's not some weird manufacturing quirk. That little chunk of wood has an actual purpose. 

The chopsticks are not meant to be broken apart before doing this important step that Twitter user @bortofdarkness shared.

That little chunk of "extra" wood is actually a resting place for the "food end" of your chopsticks! You'll never have to try to delicately balance them on the edge of your bowl or strategically stick them into your food so they stay put! 

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