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.

40. 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.

Image credits: Wikipedia

Image credits: Wikipedia

39. 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.”

Image credits: Twitter/HeinzKetchup_US

Image credits: Twitter/HeinzKetchup_US

38. 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.

Image credits: Reddit/unknown

Image credits: Reddit/unknown

37. 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.

Image credits: Twitter/Posting99843420

Image credits: Twitter/Posting99843420

36. 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.

Image credits: Wikipedia

Image credits: Wikipedia

35. 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!

Image credits: Wikipedia

Image credits: Wikipedia

34. 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.

Image credits: Twitter/Posting99843420

Image credits: Twitter/Posting99843420

33. 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.

Image credits: Imgur/unknown

Image credits: Imgur/unknown

32. 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.

Image credits: Twitter/Posting99843420

Image credits: Twitter/Posting99843420

31. 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.

Image credits: Wikipedia

Image credits: Wikipedia

30. 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.

Image credits: Reddit/thetortureneverstops

Image credits: Reddit/thetortureneverstops

29. 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.

Image credits: Reddit/IGotTheDeadInMyHead

Image credits: Reddit/IGotTheDeadInMyHead

28. 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.

Image credits: Twitter/itsJeremiahS

Image credits: Twitter/itsJeremiahS

27. 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.

Image credits: Twitter/Posting99843420

Image credits: Twitter/Posting99843420

26. 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.

Image credits: Twitter/Posting99843420

Image credits: Twitter/Posting99843420

25. 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.

Image credits: Elite Readers

Image credits: Elite Readers

24. 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.

Image credits: Zid Bits

Image credits: Zid Bits

23. 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.

Image credits: Twitter/Mix969

Image credits: Twitter/Mix969

22. 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.

Image credits: OXO TV

Image credits: OXO TV

21. 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.

Image credits: Aunty Acid

Image credits: Aunty Acid

20. 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.

Image credits: Macy's

Image credits: Macy's

19. 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.

Image credits: Culture Hook

Image credits: Culture Hook

18. 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.

Image credits: Off The Merry-Go-Round

Image credits: Off The Merry-Go-Round

17. 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.

Image credits: Flickr/Jeremy Jo

Image credits: Flickr/Jeremy Jo

16. 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.

Image credits: Wikihow

Image credits: Wikihow

15. 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.

Image credits: Fashion101

Image credits: Fashion101

14. 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.

Image credits: Knife Guides

Image credits: Knife Guides

13. 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.

Image credits: The Grocer

Image credits: The Grocer

12. 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.

Image credits: Liquidity Preference/Jacob Grier

Image credits: Liquidity Preference/Jacob Grier

11. 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.

Image credits: NoiseBreak

Image credits: NoiseBreak

10. 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.

Image credits: Reddit/screwed13

Image credits: Reddit/screwed13

9. 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.

Image credits: Pop Sugar

Image credits: Pop Sugar

8. 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.

Image credits: Evoke

Image credits: Evoke

7. 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.

Image credits: Helpful/knobs-dials

Image credits: Helpful/knobs-dials

6. 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

Image credits: Flickr/Chris Waits

Image credits: Flickr/Chris Waits

5. 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.

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Image credits: ShowStopper VIP

4. 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.

Image credits: Marco's Cellar

Image credits: Marco's Cellar

3. 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.

Image credits: Dexel

Image credits: Dexel

2. 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.

Image credits: The Hunt

Image credits: The Hunt

1. 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.

Image credits: Holidays

Image credits: Holidays

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