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Everyday objects often come with a set purpose in mind, but what if there’s more to them than meets the eye? From tiny holes in pen caps to the mysterious grooves on coins, many items have hidden features or uses that often go unnoticed. Dive in and discover the secrets of 16 everyday items that you’ve probably been using without realizing their full potential.
Ever noticed a small loop at the back of your dress shirt? Originally, these loops were used by Ivy League students to hang their shirts in gym lockers without getting wrinkles. It also became a dating trend: if a man was taken, he’d remove the loop to show he’s off the market.
Hole in Pen Caps
This isn’t a design flaw. It’s a safety feature! If someone were to swallow the cap, the hole ensures that air can still pass through to the lungs.
Black Grating on Microwaves
This is called a Faraday shield. Its purpose is to prevent the microwaves from escaping the oven and cooking you!
Tabs on Aluminum Foil Boxes
Pressing in the tabs on the sides of the box will lock the roll in place, making it easier to tear off a sheet.
Hole in Spaghetti Spoon
That hole can be used to measure a single serving of spaghetti.
Tiny Jeans Pocket
Originally, this little pocket was designed to hold pocket watches for cowboys in the 1800s.
Dimples on Golf Balls
These dimples reduce drag and help the ball fly further than a smooth ball would.
Holes in Converse Sneakers
Apart from ventilation, these holes can be used for a more snug lacing method.
Ridges on the Edges of Coins
Originally, these ridges were created to prevent coin fraud. People would shave off small amounts of precious metals from the coin’s edges.
Hole in Airplane Windows
This tiny hole, called a breather hole, balances the pressure between the window’s inner and outer panes.
Tabs on Rearview Mirrors
These can be adjusted to prevent the bright glare of headlights behind you at night.
That loop in the dishwasher is meant to prevent water from being sprayed directly at the door, reducing potential leaks.
The small bumps on the ‘F’ and ‘J’ keys help users correctly position their left and right hands without looking at the keyboard.
Gas Gauge Arrow
The little arrow next to the gas pump icon on your car’s fuel gauge points to the side of the car where the gas tank is located.
Pot Handle Hole
Apart from hanging pots, you can also rest a stirring spoon in this hole.
Toothpaste Color Blocks
Contrary to popular myths, these aren’t indicators of the toothpaste’s ingredients. They’re just color marks used in the manufacturing process to align the packaging.