They are good for something else besides sipping a drink. I read about it several years ago and thought oh thats silly. This weekend my daughter mentioned it and I though oh too much trouble. Last night I dug out a necklace with a rabbit on it thinking well Easter is coming up. It was in a box and so knotted up I spent about two hours trying to get it untangled. I spent too much on the delicate chain to just throw it away. Umm I don't want to go through this again. A straw! That's what they have been telling me. I unhooked the clasp and started one end of the chain down the straw, then hooked the clasp back. Hung the necklace on a rack. Wha la. Then I spent about another hour inserting other necklaces down each ones own straw. Someone had their thinking cap on, it works great. I know where each necklace is, it isn't tangled, ready to pick the one that matches the outfit or the occasion. Next will be a shamrock for March.