Features Of Everyday Items That You Had No Clue Had A Purpose
LifeAspire Staff 1/12/2017
If you've caught yourself questioning something odd about an everyday item, like why it has a seemingly useless feature--you're definitely not alone. Little did you know, some of those itty-bitty details are more useful than you may realize!
Here are 10 interesting features and uses of common items in your life that you may not know about...
If you're at your computer or on your laptop, look down at the keyboard. Notice that the F and J keys have a tiny ridge on them. Ever wonder why? Those bumps were molded onto the F and J keys in the 1960s as guides when you're typing. The F and J keys are the "home" keys for your index fingers and the bump was added to help typists increase their speed without having to look down and reposition their fingers.
The next time you pull out a pot to boil noodles, examine the handle. Most people think the hole in the end of the handle is there for hanging up the pot, but it's actually there for another reason. Pot handles were designed with the hole in the end so cooks can stick their spoons in them and angle the spoons over the pot to minimize messes. Who knew?
Are you a pen cap chewer? If you are, rest assure that if the pen cap manages to somehow slip into your windpipe, you won't suffocate. That's because in 1991, the leading manufacturer of pens, Bic, redesigned its streamlined polypropylene pen cap to not be pointed anymore. It has a small hole to reduce the risk of suffocation if the cap is accidentally inhaled, which occurs most often with young children.
Back to the subject of noodles--if you assumed the hole in your pasta spoon was for draining any remaining liquid, you're partially right. That hole is actually used to measure one portion or one serving size of dry spaghetti noodles. Many people grab a handful of dry spaghetti noodles and pop them in the pot, then drain and strain them only to discover they've made enough to feed half of the country. That hole in the spoon can be your guide to measuring the proper portion.
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If you've ever used a rental car or borrowed someone's vehicle and needed gas, you might have gotten that panicked feeling of "Which side of the vehicle is the gas cap on?!" Relax. Just look at the gas gauge and you might find an arrow next to that little gas pump pictured on the gauge. The direction the arrow is pointing tells you what side of the vehicle you'll find the gas cap. No more pulling up to the gas pump twice trying to get it right.
Some people will pop a fistful of Tic Tacs at one time, but the lid holds the secret to how you're supposed to eat them. Inside the lid of a Tic Tac bottle is an oval ridge in which will sit one Tic Tac. Just flip the container, pop open the lid and there sits the one Tic Tac nestled in that groove.
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Ever wonder what the hole in your can's metal tab is used for? Turns out you're supposed to swivel the tab around so it's hovering over the hole in the can out of which you sip your beverage, then you stick a straw in it. That will help you avoid splashing sugary drinks on your teeth or spilling down the front of your shirt.
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Many people have fallen victim to aluminum foil or plastic wrap rolls flying out of the box when they're trying to just unroll a sheet. What you may not realize is that at the end of the roll are perforated shapes that you're to push in. These inserts then hold the roll in place so you aren't attacked by a flying roll of foil.
If you have an iPhone, you may have noticed the small hole on the backside. Some versions of the iPhone were designed to have better audio capabilities and that hole actually is a microphone. Aren't you glad that mystery is finally solved?
Apple also designed its computer chargers with "wings" on them. But many people don't even realize that they're there, since they're conveniently designed as part of the entire charger. Just slide the wings out, wrap the cord around them and you'll save yourself some space and hassle next time you need to use it.
Chances are you've never realized that so many things around your house have hidden features. The next time you need to use one of these items, try using them the way they're intended. It just might fit your lifestyle!
Sources: Interesting Engineering, TRI102.5, Bic, YouTube/WilliamHiggins, Allstate, HealthyNaturalGuide, Alaska Granny, ChicaandJo, TechSpot, Apple FB Image source: Facebook/VRPremax