News – “An extremely important debate is raging online – does a straw have one or two holes?”

independent.iePut your politics aside, because people are arguing on Twitter over something else for once.

Do straws have one hole, or two?


We had a riveting discussion about this at lunch, but I want to hear from all of you: Does a straw have one or two holes?

66%one hole
34%two holes

At the time of writing, two thirds of the 85,000 or so people who voted in Twitter user Jess Marfisi’s initial poll thought straws had one hole.

But before you jump to conclusions, let’s take a look at the facts.


straws have one hole. would you say a donut has 2 holes? no. a straw is just a long plastic donut. it’s not long enough to get away with having 2 holes. humans are long enough donuts to have 2 holes, humans even have several holes. straws are not human length


If a straw really is “just a long plastic donut” then it has just one hole, right?

Well, some people were arguing for two holes, and you can see what they’re getting at.


The straw is a small-manmade tunnel. There a hole to enter in, and a hole to exit.

If a hole led to no other point of egress, then its a pit, or a bag, etc.



Straws have an entrance and an exit, which could also mean they have two holes.

If we remove straws from the equation completely, what does that leave us with?

So what you think? We’ll read the best comments on the next podcast.

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  1. John Howard-Fusco (@EatingInSJersey)

    It depends how you define a hole. Merriam-Webster defines a hole as “an opening through something”, which would indicate that a straw has one hole. But, it also defines a hole as “a hollowed-out place” – like a pit or a cave. In that case, a straw has two holes: one to go in and one to get out.

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