25+ Everyday Things That Make Perfect Sense When We Understand The Idea Behind
Day by day we use objects that we probably don't know how to use correctly or even know what their real purpose is. In the following list, you will see daily items and what they're used for. And trust us, there will be some that are guaranteed to surprise you. Let’s start!
49. Breathing hole
The hole in the top of a coffee cup may serve two purposes. Both of them are based on simple physical laws. If there is only one hole in a container of liquid, the liquid cannot be poured from it smoothly. In this case, the air will enter the cup through the same hole the coffee is flowing. This means without the additional hole your drink would bubble and splash - the least thing you want from a hot coffee you are trying to enjoy.
Also, the top acts as an insulator for the heat of the drink. The hole allows the hot steam to escape so that we do not get burned when we try to drink our coffee in the morning and reduce the pressure to avoid other accidents.
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48. Fuel Hoses
Magnetic locks on the service station fuel hoses help prevent the dispenser from getting damaged and prevent the fuel from leaking. If a car leaves without first removing it, it is released and blocks its entry to avoid an accident.
47. Emergency headrest
Some vehicles have removable headrests whose purpose is to help you in case you get locked up in a car. When removed from the seat, its metal bars are designed with a special tip that allows you to use them to break the window and escape from the vehicle.
46. Ice cream spoon
If you ever bought ice cream at McDonald's, you probably noticed its strange square spoon. The truth is that these spoons are designed to mix the ice cream toppings while they are hooked to the machine, and when finished, they work like a spoon.
45. Jerry Can
Gas containers known as "Jerry Can" usually have three handles. This design has the purpose of balancing its weight and facilitating its transport. When you carry it by yourself, you use the central one, and when two people need to move the container, they use the lateral ones.
The black film that covers the microwave door is a material that creates a Faraday cage inside the device, blocking the electromagnetic fields, and making sure that the food heats up more quickly and people are not exposed to the energy it uses.
43. Rice bags
If you ever wondered why microwave rice bags have those strange flaps on the bottom of each of them, it's so you can open them and keep the bag from falling sideways while it's being cooked. Ingenious, isn't it?
42. Aluminum Foil
Very few people usually pay attention to this, but the aluminum foil packs have peculiar flaps on the sides. When you push them into the package, they hold the roll in position inside the box and allow you to access aluminum foil faster.
41. Baby clothes
The baby's clothes are designed to make it easier for the little ones to use it without causing much trouble for their parents. Onesies have a kind of flaps on the shoulders so that the parents can push the baby down and dress them more quickly.
40. Chocolate boxes
The small holes in which the chocolates are found in the boxes of chocolates are intended to protect them from damaging or losing their shape, and facilitate extracting them. If you push them up, you will quickly obtain the chocolates from the mold, and you will be able to enjoy them.
39. Pizza Box
Pizza boxes are designed to have several purposes apart from allowing us to bring that delicious pizza to our homes to share it with our family and friends. You can use it as a support when folding it in the same way as in the image below and avoid dirtying extra plates.
38. Ballpoint cover
You must have been confused about the presence of the hole in your pen cap while growing up. Nevertheless, you might have turned it into a whistle or found another function for what seemed like a weird addition. Although many of us interpreted it as a way to keep the ink flowing, the manufacturers of the pen had something even better in mind.
In addition to protecting the tip of the pen from damage or drying out, the purpose of the hole in the lid of it is to reduce the risk of suffocation should a child choke on it. The hole allows the air to pass while the child is taken to the emergency room. Isn't that brilliant?
37. Airplane window
Have you ever noticed the small holes in the aircraft windows? If you look closely, you will see them at the bottom of them. These help to compensate for air pressure when the airplane rises too high in the air and prevents the windows from fogging.
36. Replacement fabric
Most of the time, our new tops or pants or underwear come with a patch of fabric and button in a little Ziploc bag. Many people mistake the extra fabric as a replacement for any part of your clothing that gets torn or burnt, but that isn't the true purpose.
The buttons are spares in case you lose one, but the purpose of the fabric is to test how it will react to different detergents before washing the garment. While it doesn't hurt to use it as a replacement fabric, it would be better to use it for its original purpose.
35. Small pocket
Most jeans that we come across have a tiny extra pocket that many call the fifth pocket. While many find it as an irrelevant addition, others have found a way to make it work for them. Some use it as a stash for their lip balms or a store for folded cash. However, that isn't the actual purpose of the pocket.
The small pocket that is on one side of our jeans was made during the mining era, and its purpose was to keep the pocket watch, a precious object for the miners. Although no one uses them, the design remains to this day.
34. Metal rivets
Many of us are confused about the purpose of those metal rivets. We believe it makes our favorite pair of jeans more fashionable. However, it actually has a purpose, an important one at that!
The small metal pieces that are in our jeans are placed in the places where these are more likely to tear. Its purpose is to strengthen the seams to allow the pants to be more resistant to heavy work and time.
33. Additional holes
The converse is one of the few shoe brands that have remained relevant all through the years. However, this was made possible not only because of its style, but also it's functionality.
The small holes that are often seen in shoes are made to provide additional ventilation, but they are also used to tie shoes in different ways to provide more stability, depending on the activity you are doing and your comfort while using them.
32. Hole in the measuring tape
The mechanism of the measuring tape is explanatory enough for anybody. It involves taking measurements with a long flexible band that has a metal end. Although the metal end is mostly used to hold whatever is being measured in place, many don't know it has other purposes.
The small holes at the end of the measuring tape used by carpenters or workers are made so that you can hook the tape to a nail and, in this way, prevent it from moving to ensure that the measurement is as accurate as possible. Also, the metal tab has a ragged and rough edge that can be used to make a mark on whatever is being measured. It makes you aware of where your measurement is supposed to end.
31. The small jagged edge
And the small jagged edge that is in the final part of the measuring tape is used by the workers to mark subtly the point where the measurement was made. In this way, you can check the calculations later to make sure everything is perfect.
30. The pots
We all know that the hole in the handle of the pots works to hang them on the wall, but it can also be used to place a kitchen utensil while it is being used. In this way, we avoid messing up the kitchen, and we can taste our delicious pasta while we prepare it.
29. Hole in the pasta spoon
In addition to filtering the pasta and removing excess water when we are preparing it, this hole is just enough to calculate the portion of pasta needed for a person's dish. In this way, we make sure that all our guests are well fed.
28. Gas Meter
Have you ever parked at the gas station to fill your tank, only for you to discover that it is on the other side of your vehicle? That can be embarrassing, and it makes you wonder why the car manufacturers didn't think of putting a sign to indicate the position of your tank. Well, they did! You just didn't take note!
Few people know, but the arrow next to our car's gas meter serves to help us remember which side of the car the tank lid is on. In this way, we will not make the mistake of parking on the wrong side of the station.
27. Bobby Pins
Although many women use it without caring about this small detail, one side of the pins is bent in a zigzag pattern because that is the part that should be in contact with the scalp for a better grip, preventing it from moving around our hair.
26. Hole in the padlocks
The padlocks have a small hole in the bottom so that the water comes out of the lock in case it gets wet due to rain or other events. This hole protects the inside of the mechanism from moisture, allowing it to be more resistant to the elements.
25. Cylinders in the cables
The cylindrical bulges we find in many of our cables are actually ferrite cores that are used to suppress high-frequency electromagnetic interference. They prevent the signal from being altered by any intervention and protect the equipment to which they are connected.
24. Utility Blade
Although some people do not know it, the plastic back cover of the knife can be removed and used to separate the part of the edge that is already worn and damaged, obtaining a new sharp blade and prolonging the useful life of these utility blades.
23. A small peak in the caps
This small plastic protrusion in some caps is used to pierce the protective sheet that the products bring, as some creams and lotions. These covers can be rotated to penetrate the product sheet before returning the lid to its initial position and start using it.
22. Ridges on the keys
These little crests are used to remind you again where the primary keys are when we use 10-finger writing as trained typists do. By touching them, the fingers remember the position of the keys so we can write more quickly.
Although some believe that it has another purpose, the small hole in the rulers is used mainly to hang them while they are not in use. Some people use it to keep the rule in place while they use it, but this is something external to their real purpose.
20. The wings of Apple
Many people have asked what's the purpose of how Apple makes its accessories. Their power cords have these strange wings in their power block to wrap the thinnest section of the cable when it is not in use.
19. Hole in cell phones
For those who have asked what is that little hole next to the camera of some cell phones. This is the microphone used by the rear camera to record the videos because the primary receiver of the Smartphone does not correctly capture the sounds in that position.
18. Tic Tac
Although it may seem unimportant, many people have been eating Tic Tacs wrong all their lives because they did not know that the small slit in the lid serves as a dispenser that gives a Tic Tac at a time. Although let's be honest, nobody eats only one at a time.
17. Plastic Lids
The small plastic discs inside the caps of some soft drinks serve to create an airtight seal, preventing liquid and carbonation from escaping the bottle and preserving the quality of the product for much longer.
16. Two-tone eraser
Although many people think that the purpose of this is to destroy our sheets of paper, the blue side of the two-tone erasers is more abrasive and stronger, so it should be used only on more robust materials and thicker art supplies.
15. Wine bottles
Although some companies now place them for tradition, the notches in the bottles of wine and champagne exist to compensate for the pressure that the bottles go through, and serve to distribute it uniformly in bottles of champagne or carbonated drinks.
14. The sweet spot
Many people believe that it is only a brand's advertising strategy to highlight their product, but the number "57" of Ketchup Heinz bottles indicates the ideal point in which to hit the bottle to get the product as quickly as possible and enjoy it.
13. Slots in the cups
The small grooves in the bottom of the cups are not a manufacturing error; they are designed to prevent water from stagnating when they are placed face down to dry. Also, by allowing the passage of cold air, they prevent the cup from cracking when you pour hot drinks.
The pompoms that are placed in the beanies caps were developed for the sailors to avoid that they hit their heads with the roof of the ships and submarines. Currently, they are used by all kinds of people, but the pompoms remain to add some cuteness.
The childproof caps of the plastic bottles come with a system that can be mocked when placing the container upside down, but you should avoid doing it in front of the children to prevent them from learning to open them, and not all of them are designed to work like that.
10. Electric stairs
Although many people only use them to clean their shoes while they go down the stairs, the brushes on the sides of the escalators are actually a safety feature that is used to prevent people from getting too close to the edges.
In addition to the frequent use we give to this tool in our day to day, many standard screwdrivers are designed to slide inside wrenches, allowing them to create more torque and facilitating their use in certain situations in which you need greater strength.
8. Coin ridges
Have you ever wondered why the two surfaces of a coin are smooth, but its edges are rough? Well, they are not just there for fun. They actually have a roe to play.
A long time ago, the coins were minted on a metal that matched the real value of the currency. People used to shave the metal to enrich themselves with silver or bronze shavings, so this pattern was designed to determine which coins had been filed and damaged.
7. Soda Cans
Many people believe they know all there is to soda cans and its functions, but this fact will surely surprise you. The tab on the top of most cans of soda have an interesting purpose.
All cans have this small hole in the metal tab that many people use to place their finger and facilitate the opening of that refreshing can of soda, but its real purpose is to keep your straw in position while consuming the product, avoiding spills.
6. Shopping cart
It is funny how we make use of the grocery cart almost every day of our lives. Yet, we still don't understand some of its function. An example is the loop in the frame of a grocery cart.
The strange loops in the metal frame of a grocery cart are designed to hold your bags with fragile products, such as eggs or sauce jars, and prevent them from being crushed by the rest of your purchases when you place them next to the other products. These manufacturers are indeed forward thinking!
Over the years, many features on our outfits have been deemed as fashion statements, but what many don't know is that they are more than just extra fancy details, An example is the half belt on most of our coats and jackets.
The half-belt that is usually seen in trench and pea coats was developed for the army. They used large coats that could be folded like blankets so they could rest at some point in the battle. The half-belt allowed them to gather the additional material to avoid stepping on it.
4. Paper notebooks
The margins of the notebooks are designed to move the annotations and writings away from the edges of the paper, avoiding the loss of valuable information and protecting it against general wear and tear, and against rats that may chew the paper.
3. Seasonings' cups
The paper cups for condiments in fast food restaurants may look very small, but they can actually unfold and spread out to become small paper plates where you can store a lot more ketchup for those potato chips that you love so much.
2. Takeout containers
In the same way, it happens with containers of takeout Chinese food. When disassembling them following their unions, they become small cardboard plates of the perfect size to eat without needing to use additional plates. Delicious food without dirtying any plates!
1. Female underwear
Many women have used these peculiar pockets in their underwear to store many things, but the reality is that it is only an additional piece of fabric that is added for the hygiene of the woman who uses the garment and is not fully sewn to save time and money in the factories.
Now that you know the real purposes of all these items, they will never look the same for you. It is important for everyone to know about the proper use of the objects in this list, so share this article with your family and friends. Also, we invite you to keep reading our other articles, surely they will interest you!