24 Every-Day Things That Stunned Us Instantly When We Learned What They're For
There are so many things we use in our daily life, and we have become accustomed to using them in a particular manner. We use those items so frequently that we’ve never bothered to check if they have extra uses or features. If you’ve been wondering what those tiny pockets in your jeans mean, then you're lucky, here’s a big reveal of the extra uses of 24 objects all of us use almost every day.
1. Plastic Liner In Bottle Caps.
Also called a pressure seal, this plastic “liner” acts as a gas-proof barrier to keep your carbonated drinks fresh and bubbly.
2. Bumps on "F" and "J" keys.
If you’ve observed your laptop keyboards very well, you'll notice that the “F” and “J” keys both have a slight bump on them. These keys are the orientation keys, and they mainly come in handy for those who have mastered the art of typing without looking at the keys. These keys help typists navigate their way on the keyboard.
3. Diamond-shaped patch on bags.
Also called a lash tab or a pig snout, it is used to hang extra gear on backpacks. These gear could include a water bottle, climbing robe, a sleeping bag, running sneakers, and so on.
4. The ‘57’ on the bottleneck of Heinz ketchup
For those of you who can’t count how many times you’ve had to shake, tap, and stick a knife into a Heinz bottle to get some of the sauce out, here’s a game changer. The ‘57’ on the bottleneck of Heinz ketchup is the best spot to tap to get the sauce out quicker. Goodbye to the days of vigorous bottle banging.
5. The marks on the toothpaste tubes
The theory that the marks beneath tubes signify the composition of toothpaste is a myth. The actual use of these squares is in the manufacturing process to let the machines know where the packaging needs to be cut and folded.
6. “12M” on the makeup boxes
One of the symbols on makeup tells users how long a cosmetic product is useful for after it has been opened for the first time. “12M” means that the item will be safe to use for 12 months after opening.
7. Pointy tip inside the tube lids.
Ever bought toothpaste and opened it only to find out that it has a foil seal? Your next move is to look for something to poke it and start your daily routine in peace. The “poke” has already been provided by the manufacturers in the form of the pointy tip inside the tube lids.
8. The hole in a spaghetti ladle
Not only it can be used to help water from the pasta strain through, but it can also be used to measure a serving of spaghetti for a single person accurately.
9. The opening at the end of a pot handle
It has two primary uses. The obvious one is that it is used to hang pots up in the kitchen, while the second and less-known use is that it can be used to hold long kitchen utensils as shown in the picture below.
10. Two holes on Converse sneakers.
The essence of these two holes is to keep your feet well-ventilated. A tight, stuffy shoe can cause your feet to have unpleasant odors. Apart from ventilation purposes, other people have claimed that the holes can come in handy if you need your kicks to be extra-tight.
11. The hole in a ruler
There’s no ingenious plot in this one. The hole in a ruler is used to hang it up if the need arises.
12. The hole at the end of ballpoint pens
It is there to prevent suffocation if swallowed. And this isn’t far-fetched. In 2016, the cause of death of about 100 people in the US was due to choking on pen lids. A drastic reduction of what was obtained earlier before pen lids had holes.
13. The holes in lollipop sticks
Those are just like that of pen caps are used to prevent suffocation if swallowed. This hole is a particularly significant feature considering how young children enjoy lollipops a lot.
14. The rear end of the cutter knife
It is used to reinsert blades that fall out while you're using them for your DIY tasks. This feature is not only a safety feature, but it can also help you save some quick cash.
15. The little metal plate in the stapler.
Have you ever tried to figure out what it is for? Pushing out the small metal piece and turning it around can staple pages together in a different form called “pinning.” Unlike regular staples, the outward facing staples are more comfortable to remove and are perfect for pages that you need to keep together temporarily.
16. Box-end wrench and screwdriver
This tip is a handy one to have if you have any DIY task which requires the use of a wrench. If you need to lose a screw which is beyond your reach, merely attach the box-end wrench on top of a screwdriver, to get the extra length you need.
17. The slots on your car tires
It's not an unnecessary design quirk, its primary purpose is to let your mechanic know if your tire needs replacing. Typically, the deeper the grooves of your tires, the safer it is to drive in wet conditions. Once the rest of your tire thread is in line with your grooves, you should immediately get your tires replaced, as they have less grip and have a higher risk of a blowout.
18. The small arrow next to the gas icon
Sometimes, while entering the gas station, you might forget which side your gas tank is situated. The small arrow next to the gas icon can save you here. It points to the side of the car where your gas cap is.
19. The black ring lining the periphery of the windshield
It is called the frit and the purpose of the frit is to provide a rough surface that allows the adhesive bond to the glass. Other than this, they also block the sun’s ultraviolet rays from melting the adhesive beneath the band.
20. Extra fabric accompanying your clothes
Those are there not to help with repairs on your clothes. The material is there so you can see how it reacts to different detergents when washed. It ensures that you don’t end up using the wrong soap to wash your clothes and end up ruining them.
21. Small pocket space in jeans
The initial use of this small pocket space in jeans was to hold pocket watches which were a common sight in the 19th-century Wild West. And while there’s hardly anyone that still carries pocket watches about, this extra pouch can be used keep coins, micro SD cards, and tickets, to name a few.
22. Studs on the jeans
Also known as ‘rivets,’ these studs are fixed on areas of jeans that are most likely to come undone as a result of strain or pulling apart. The studs keep the fabric in place and give you more value for your money with long-lasting jeans.
23. Bobby pins
They have so many uses including using them to keep food fresh, or using bobby pins to squeeze out toothpaste, or using them as a bookmark. There are lots of other creative ways you can use bobby pins.
24. Mc Donald's' cup's lid
We are all familiar with Mc Donald's' legendary cup. Its cover has a second use! It can be used as a coaster.
Most of these extra uses of the everyday objects probably came as a surprise to you. Which of these uses amazed you the most? And are there any other essential objects we didn’t mention? Share with us in the comments section below.