There is a standard problem in elementary probability that goes as follows. Consider a stick of length 1. Pick two points uniformly at random on the stick, and break the stick at those points. What is the probability that the three segments obtained in this way form a triangle?

Of course this is the probability that no one of the short sticks is longer than 1/2. This probability turns out to be 1/4. See, for example, problem 5 in these homework solutions.

It feels like there should be a nice symmetry-based argument for this answer, but I can't figure it out. I remember seeing once a solution to this problem where the two endpoints of the interval were joined to form a circle, but I can't reconstruct it. Can anybody help?