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Claim: Boxes of aluminum foil commonly include lock tabs to help hold the rolls in place.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, May 2008]
Origins: Many of us have experienced the torment of trying to complete a seemingly simple and straightforward task but only being able to do so by engaging in some convoluted, time-consuming series of steps (or simply giving up in frustration without
All we can really say about this one is to verify that yes, for a number of years now many manufacturers of household-use aluminum foil and plastic wrap have included "lock tabs" (or "locking tabs") in their packaging to help keep pesky rolls from springing out of their boxes while consumers attempt to measure and tear off desired lengths of those products. Although the lock tabs aren't always identified as such, boxes of some brands of aluminum foil and plastic wrap both label the lock tabs and provide instructions on their use:
Last updated: 30 May 2008
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