The tiny, green chameleon

A tiny, green chameleon hangs from my lightning charging cable.

This gift is meant to protect the cable's end that plugs into my iPhone from tearing apart, and I guess it's helped the cable last longer. But I know from experience the cable will end up breaking one way or another.

Even when it's meant to protect the cable's end, the chameleon moves around freely as I detach it from the tip to let the phone lay flat on the table while charging.

My tiny friend acts more as a cable identifier rather than as a protector—it's easy to spot my cable from afar.

I enjoy sketching this little buddy, often lying around my desk.

You can order it—and many other animals, including hedgehogs, sharks, whales, pigs, and ducks, among many others—at online stores such as Amazon or AliExpress. The keywords are animal bite cable, and the range of varieties of bite cable protectors tells us something about these cables: they seem to be engineered to break.

February 22, 2022
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