15+ Easy-To-Miss Things That Will Definitely Change Our Lives For the Better
For many years, humans have invented things that make our lives easier in every way. There are many objects that we use on a daily basis but never notice their true purpose. You might have tried cleaning your shoes with the brushes of an escalator, though that is not what they are designed for, so here we have some interesting facts for you.
47. The seemingly unnecessary button on your jeans
No, we are not talking about the one you use to actually keep your pants in place, but rather the tiny ones that are placed in the corner of the pocket. They are called rivets, and their main purpose is not decorative as most people believe.
They are placed in specific parts of the denim pants that are more prone to tearing due to movement or usage. They were created in the 1870s when a housewife went to a tailor for help because her husband’s work clothes were disintegrating too quickly.
46. The number on the Heinz Ketchup bottle
You might have seen this number and guessed that it had something to do with advertising or part of the label of the company. However, it was designed to mark the spot where you should tap in order to get ketchup onto your food.
A spokesperson for Heinz said, “To release ketchup faster from a glass bottle, here is a little secret from Heinz. The sweet spot to tap on the Heinz bottle is the embossed 57 on the neck. All you need to do is apply a firm tap where the bottle narrows and the ketchup will come out easier.”
45. The indentations at the underside of cups
You might have noticed that several, if not all, your cups have these little grooves on the bottom, and the reason is to make them easier to wash. If there were no indentations, then after placing them upside down to dry, the water would pool.
However, that is not their only purpose. They allow temperature air to flow below your cup, so when you place a hot drink on it, it does not break. Now, we wonder who figured out the problems and how they went about to fix them.
44. The holes in your kitchen utensils
Every single kitchen utensil you have in your cupboard has holes in it. Except for the cutlery, though some of them do. Most people use it to hang them conveniently around the kitchen, but what if we told you that it is not their only purpose?
Those holes are designed to hold other kitchens utensils. For example, the next time you are heating your spaghetti sauce with a wooden ladle, try placing it on the hole of the panhandle. That way, you won’t dirty your kitchen up, and the sauce on the spoon will drip right back to the pan.
43. The hole on the pen
Speaking of holes, you might have noticed that some of your pens have a tiny hole in the lid. The reason is very simple. It will allow air to pass through in case someone accidentally swallows it. Most people nibble on their pens during class, and this has happened before.
42. The pompoms on beanies
You might have purchased a nice, cute beanie for the coming winter, and if it has a lovely pompom on it, the better. However, this little piece of fluffy adorableness is not just for decorative purposes. In fact, it was created initially for French Sailors.
Apparently, some of them used to hit their head when the ceiling of the boat was too low, and someone came up with this solution. It was later used for armies and trickled down to the fashion industry. We just love history!
41. The metal at the end of measuring tape
Now, this might seem a bit obvious to some people, especially those that love working on their homes, but most do not know why the end of a measuring tape has that little metal thing. Well, it has several uses, for example, the bent shape means you can hold it against an edge easily.
There is also a hole which facilities holding it with a nail, and there is another purpose that people have ignored for ages. These metal things have a serrated edge, which is supposed to be used for marking things without having to find a pencil.
40. The childproof stopper in bottles
Nowadays, most medicines come with convenient childproof lids, though sometimes it is hard to open them, even for adults. However, the next time you cannot open your prescription, you just need to turn the lid upside down.
You will no longer be fighting against this piece of plastic to get to your medicine, and all your pills will still be safely stored in the bottle. But, it is important to do this only when you know your kids will not be anywhere near it.
39. The marks on the F and J keys
After all these years of using a computer, some people still have no idea why there are tiny marks on some of their keyboard’s keys. Well, if you spend a lot of time at the computer, your brain probably learned the placement of the letters without having to see them.
However, these ridges are used so that you remember where to place your fingers first. As if it was a starting point. Furthermore, if you are one of those people that want to learn the “proper” way of typing, they are very useful.
38. The brushes on escalators
Now, most people use those handy brushes on the side to clean their shoes, but those are actually vital for safety reasons. Most accidents on escalators have to do with stuck items like coats or bags, and the brushes prevent this from happening by making people stand away from the edge.
37. Another use for screwdrivers
This tip might come in handy if you like DIYs. Most screwdrivers can be placed through a wrench, and this allows for more torque. This life-hack is convenient when you are working in tricky spots around the workshop or your house.
36. The arrow in the gas gauge
We really had no idea about this one, but it’s a life-hack that is going to save you some time. There is a tiny arrow next to the fuel tank sign in the gas gauge of your car, and its purpose is to point out where the lid for the fuel tank is.
35. The wings on the charger
If you are like us and hate getting your charger cord all messed up, then we have a cool hack for you. Well, the Apple charger can be changed so that you can arrange the cable around it and keep it from getting all twisted up.
34. The dot in the iPhone’s camera
If you have an iPhone, then you might have seen a weird dot next to the camera, and this is actually a microphone, used to record when people are using the back camera instead of the selfie one in front.
33. The hole on locks
You might have seen a hole next to the keyhole in any lock, and this is to prevent water from accumulating inside it which could rust the material. Some people have to use these outdoors, so this is very helpful.
32. The little pocket in your jeans
It is very likely that you have noticed that denim jeans have a small extra pocket on the side, and many people call it the fifth pocket. Everyone has found some use for this pocket, from keeping some folded money to a stick of lip balm.
The reality is that gold miners widely used these pants in California in the mid-nineteenth century, and one of the essential items for them was their pocket watch. This fifth pocket was designed to protect their expensive pocket watches.
31. The crest pattern of some coins
Previously, the coins were manufactured in different molten metals that corresponded to the actual value of the currency. For example, a silver dollar weighed precisely one ounce of silver, and because of this, it had that specific value.
People took advantage of this and began to file the edges of the coins to collect enough to melt it into new coins, spending them later as if they still weighed an ounce, so this pattern was applied to detect which coins had been altered.
30. The hole in a tab of the cans
All cans have this tab that serves to open them quickly and enjoy the drink. Although the cans are different in terms of brand, color, or content, they all have the same hole in the tab at the top.
Although this hole serves to make it easier to insert the finger when we are going to open the can, its real purpose is to serve as a space in which to place the straw while we consume our favorite drink.
29. The small squares of extra cloth
The reason seems obvious, the extra buttons are in case one of them fall, and the fabric serves to amend a hole or ripper, right? The truth is that, although it can be used for that purpose, its function is to test the cleaning products beforehand and avoid damaging the complete garment utilizing a product that could ruin the material.
28. The loops on the top of the supermarket cart
While most people do not know their purpose, these loops are designed to help people with their purchases. Its real function is to allow buyers to hang bags with light or fragile items such as bread and eggs, preventing them from being crushed by the rest of the products.
27. The half-belt on the back of the coats
It is usually used in trench and pea coats and was developed for army men. They wore large jackets that could be folded like blankets, so the purpose of the half-belt was to collect all the extra material so that the soldiers could walk freely.
26. Extra holes on the sides of Converse shoes
Many people assume that these holes only serve to improve the flow of air in the shoes, or merely as a fashion statement, but the reality is very different. The Converse shoes were designed to fit the basketball players, so these holes allowed them to adapt the fit of their shoes and prevent the laces from fraying.
25. Margins in the notebooks
Many years ago, rats were a common plague in all houses, and one of their favorite foods was paper. The margins on the sheets of paper were designed to protect important work that might be written, giving the rats a margin of paper that they could chew first.
24. Paper cups for condiments
Due to the number of fries that are served in fast food restaurants, we always need some more sauce, right? It all comes down to the purpose of the folds of the paper in which they are made because when you unfold the paper container, it becomes a small plate that can contain much more sauce.
23. Chinese food takeout containers
Its purpose is similar to that of cups for seasoning because the small boxes of Chinese takeaway food can be deployed to become a small cardboard plate that you can use to eat your food quietly without messing up something else.
22. The small pocket in the female underwear
Although many women have found very useful uses for this additional space in their underwear, it is not designed to be used as a pocket in reality. It is an extra piece of fabric sewn to provide more hygiene to women, but to save time and money, manufacturers do not end up sewing one end, and it looks like a pocket.
21. The plastic cover on utility knives
This lid can be removed and, using the slot at one end, used to break the tip of the blade and use a new and sharper razor blade located underneath it. Using this lid to perform this procedure instead of the hands makes the process faster and avoid unwanted accidents.
20. The neck of beer or soda bottles
Almost everyone in the world is familiar with the design of beer bottles or soda bottles, but very few people know why they are designed in this particular way. Why do you think the neck is so long?
It turns out that the shape of the neck is designed so that people hold the bottle by the top, preventing body heat from affecting the product and allowing you to finish drinking your beer while it's still cold.
19. The metal plate under the staplers
This small plate is called an anvil, and by turning the stapler upside down, you can adjust it so that it is aligned with the apparently random hole in the metal plate. This is a configuration that allows you to place a "temporary staple" by guiding the arms of the staple outwards, allowing it to be easier to extract when needed.
18. The hole in the top of a lollipop
The reason why this hole exists is that, when the manufacturer pours the melted candy, part of it leaks through this hole and becomes hard, preventing the candy from falling off the stick until you finish eating it.
17. The plastic cover of disposable cups
This design may seem very basic, but the reality is that it has a multifunctional purpose that adapts to all the needs of the person. It holds the liquid inside the container but also has a series of specific flanges that allow it to bend and serve as a coaster.
16. The hole in the pasta spoons
Although many people use it to filter excess water or sauce from pasta, its real purpose is to determine the portion of dry pasta necessary for each of the diners, avoiding preparing more than you have to and helping eaters to not exceed with the size of their plate.
15. The removable headrest
The design of the headrest is quite peculiar and innovative, even though many people do not know its characteristics. It can be adjusted so that people can support their head comfortably during their trip, but this is not their only use.
When removing the headrest, it has a pair of long metal bars with dull tips. If you are ever trapped in your vehicle or are in danger, you can use the headrest to break the glass and quickly escape.
14. The bands on the audio connectors
The crests and shapes of an audio jack are not present only so that the adjustment is perfect when they are plugged into a music player. These bands are made of an insulating material that is used to protect the cables while transmitting the sound.
Also, the number of bands indicates the end to which they must be connected. Three bands indicate that that end of the cable must be connected to a stereo or amplifier, while two bands indicate the end that should be connected to a device.
13. The hole in the aircraft windows
This small opening in the lower part of the windows serves two different purposes. Initially, it allows the flow of air to regulate the pressure of the cabin of the plane so that it is not excessive and breaks the windows while the plane goes up, and in addition to this, it prevents the airplane windows from fogging with the warm breath of the passengers
12. Silica gel
This gel is known as a desiccant, and its purpose is to absorb moisture from its immediate surroundings. These small packages are filled with these small gel beads that can absorb moisture around them up to 50%, so they help preserve everything that can be damaged by moisture.
11. The notch in the bottom of wine bottles
This notch is called a punt and was initially used in wine bottles because they were handblown, so the seam on the bottom of the bottle was pushed in to avoid any bulge in that part of the bottle and maintain its vertical balance
Currently, it is added by tradition, although many people say that it helps to accumulate sediment, preventing it from floating in the contents of the bottle. Similarly, it helps in champagne and carbonated beverages by evenly distributing carbon dioxide pressure.
10. Rubber protrusions on the tires
These low elevations inside the tire slots are there to tell people when to change the tires. While many people use the trick of the coin to know when to replace them, another easy way to find out is by detailing if the edges of your tread are up to the bumps.
9. Two-tone erasers
Although it does not serve to erase ink marks as many people believe, the opposite sides of these erasers are designed to erase pencil and graphite marks on different types of art papers that are more sensitive to tearing or damage if an ordinary eraser is used with them.
8. The second hole in a gas can
When filling these gas containers, it is possible that you have noticed that there are two holes with lids. Although many people believe that this second hole is used to pour the contents into smaller containers, their real purpose is to let the air out of the can while you pour gasoline to avoid fuel spillage and accidents.
7. The lines in a Solo Cup
These cups have become a synonym for partying for many people because it is widespread to see dozens of these bright-red items in meetings between friends or in any movie where there is a fraternity party or university students. Their color easily hides what people are drinking, and they are relatively inexpensive, but their design has another function.
The lines present in the cup determine the amount of each of the most common types of beverages that should be served. The first lower line is the equivalent of 1 oz. of strong liquor, the second mark is the recommended dose of wine, that is, 5 oz., And the third mark is the 12 oz. indicator, which is the perfect amount for a beer.
6. Holes in running shoes
When you buy a pair of new running shoes, it is very likely that you have noticed that they have some extra holes near the top. These holes are for the laces, but not everyone knows exactly how to use them. They are designed so that runners can tie their shoes in different ways that give them a customized fit to the type of race and terrain they will face.
5. The wavy side of a Bobby Pin
Although it seems very common, most women do not know the exact position in which the pins should go and use the wavy side up as if it were something fashionable. The reality is that these waves are made so that the pin stays in its position and does not slip through the hair, so, it must go facing down the hair.
4. Stripes on the toothpaste
Some people think that the colors in the toothpaste have to do with how the brand or the company identifies itself, but the reality is that these were added to satisfy the need to let buyers know the characteristics of the toothpaste.
The blue stripe was added so that people would know that the product can freshen their breath, and the red one so that they knew that it serves to control the plaque. Although some other products that do not have them also have these functions, the strips proved to be an excellent way to sell it.
3. The square spoon of the McFlurry
If you love sweets, it is very likely that you have eaten McDonald's McFlurry once or twice in your life. If so, it is very reasonable that you have wondered why the spoon that comes with this ice cream has a square hole in the back that extends through the handle and narrows to the bottom.
Although many use it as straw as the ice cream melts, its real function is to serve as an accessory to the ice cream machine that mixes the ice cream to facilitate this procedure using the spoon as part of it. Then they give you the spoon, and this reduces the cleaning of the machine.
2. The handle in a Jerry Can
These cans of fuel are very familiar to people who like to camp or travel a lot because they are a convenient and safe way to transport little more than 5 gallons of gasoline when you go to lands far from civilization or decide to undertake some adventure.
The handle of these cans is designed with a triple handle to ensure that the weight of the fuel is distributed evenly when one or two people carry it. If you are alone, you use the central handle, and if someone helps you, each one grabs one of the side handles.
1. Wooden hangers
Many people think that the purpose of wood hangers is only to be an elegant and refined version of plastic or wire hangers or a way to make pieces of clothing look more expensive while they are on store shelves.
The reality is that these hangers are usually made using cedar wood, which is known to repel insects, moths, and maintain a delightful aroma, not to mention that it is very resistant and durable. These hangers are perfect for hanging clothes susceptible to insects such as coats or wool jackets.
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