Most of the inanimate objects we come across regularly in our daily lives have more than one function to them. If you hadn’t realized these twenty little details that’s fine – most people don’t, either. Luckily, there is the vast knowledge of the world wide web, waiting out there to enlighten everyone who is curious enough to look.
1. Phone almost out of battery?
Switch to airplane mode while charging and the phone will charge much faster.
2. The little arrow beneath the gas indicator
The arrow represents which side of your car the fuel tank hatch is on.
3. The little hole in plane windows
Called a ‘bleed hole’, it’s used to equalize pressure between the cabin and the gap of air which is in between the windowpanes.
4. Did you know the dimple on the bottom of a wine bottle is called a punt?
In the past, their flat bottoms would often cause wine bottles to topple over, but the punt solved the issue.
5. Ever realized how cleverly designed Tic Tac lids are?
There is a little crater in the lid that allows your Tic Tac to fall perfectly into place so that you can dispense one at a time.
6. Gas station accident prevention
At gas stations, brackets are put on top of the nozzles as a safety precaution in case someone accidentally drives away with the nozzle still in their gas tank, in which case, the bracket will simply snap away.
7. Fast food beverage lids
Did you know that lids for takeaway drinks in most fast food joints are nowadays designed to also be used as coasters?
8. Are your cooking utensils always rolling away?
The holes in the handles of pots can be used to hold a cooking spoon!
9. The small raised lines on the F and J keyboard letters
These are used as a guide for people who are touch typing, in order to easily position their hands.
10. The holes on top of pen lids
These are actually an important safety measure in the case that if a child accidentally swallows a pen cap, they could still breathe through the hole even if the pen cap got lodged in their throat.
11. Always losing straws from your cans of soda?
The hole in the ring pull of soda cans is actually designed so that you can fit your straw through them and then drink comfortably, preventing the straw from bobbing or moving around.
12. The plastic ring around a bottle of soda?
It keeps the soda from going flat!
13. Want to get rid of those unpopped kernels in the bottom of your microwave popcorn bag?
Use the slit at the top of the bag to dump out those pieces of corn after you’ve microwaved the popcorn.
14. Aspirin has more uses than curing a headache
Adding crushed aspirin to the water you’re watering your plants with will make them healthier! Also, a paste created from crushed aspirin and water relieves sunburn!
15. Hate getting your hands dirty when reaching into a bag of chips?
Just invert the bottom of the bag by popping the bottom upwards into the bag, and then roll down the edges, which will create a mini bowl for you to eat your chips comfortably.
If you ever cut up onions or garlic, the smell can linger on your hands for days afterwards. To get rid of it, just rub your hands with salt. You can also remove unpleasant shoe odors by sprinkling them with salt overnight.
17. Takeaway containers
If you unfold the Chinese takeout box, it turns into a plate.
18. Tiny holes at the bottom of padlocks
In case the lock was ever submerged in water, the hole would allow the padlock to drain itself. The hole can also be used to oil the locking mechanism to keep it from seizing.
19. Cedar coat hangers have natural oils inside them
These help to prevent insects such as moths in your cupboards and wardrobes.
20. Tiny jeans pocket
It was originally designed to hold pocket watches!