16 Everyday Items With Purposes You Didn't Even Know

Have you ever noticed that many everyday items are designed in a way that doesn’t seem to make sense? In fact, those extra bits have more purpose than you might think, and some of them might even save your life! Here are 16 objects with uses you never knew!

1. Extra Piece Of Fabric With Clothes

Remember that extra swatch of fabric you get with every purchase of a new article of clothing? You may have assumed that it was for patching in case your shirt or pants get a rip. In fact, the extra fabric sample is for you to test how different laundry detergents will react to your new garment. That way you’ll know if it’ll shrink or if the colors will fade.


2. Indentation At The Bottom Of Wine Bottles

You’ve probably heard that the dip at the bottom of a wine bottle, called a punt or a kick-up, is designed for the sommelier so that they can get a better grip on the bottle whilst pouring. Although it does have an anti-skid function, it’s actually there to help regulate the pressure experienced by the container during the corking process and to prevent it from shattering.


3. Colored Squares On Toothpaste

Have you ever noticed that there’s a colored square toward the bottom of the tube of toothpaste? Rumor has it that it is a hidden mark about the ingredients used to produce the toothpaste and that different colors imply different ingredients. In fact, these colored squares are called “eye marks”, which actually do nothing but tell the machines on the assembly line where to cut and fold the packaging. Read the ingredient list if you’re worried about any toxic chemicals inside your toothpaste.


4. Discs Under Bottle Caps

If you’re a careful person who never overlooks the little details in life, you’ll notice that there’s always a small plastic disc on the inside of your soda bottle cap. After prying one of them out, you’ll find that the lid still closes just fine. Seems like another unnecessary design, huh? Well, the disc is actually there to create a seal, which keeps both liquid and carbonation in the bottle. If it’s removed, your soda will go flat in no time.


5. Holes In Windows Of Airplanes

Don’t be ashamed if you thought that the plane was going to crash when you noticed the little holes in a plane’s windows for the first time. On the contrary, the hole called “the breather hole”, is precisely designed to avoid shattered windows. Airplane windows are two-tied, and the breather exists only on the interior pane. It helps regulate the air pressure difference between inside and outside panes and keeps the windows from fogging up.


6. Extra Holes In Sneakers

You may have noticed that your sneakers have extra holes at the top, which seem to be useless. Hold off on blaming the manufacturer though, for it is not a design defect at all. You can create a “lace lock” to ensure your shoes remain tight on your feet with the help of the extra holes when feeling your feet moving around inside the shoes. Place the shoelaces in the holes in the opposite direction to make a loop on each side, and then cross the laces inside each circle and pull down on them. You’ll find it much tighter than your typical lace tying method.


7. Cylinders Toward End Of Cables

Is the cylinder-shaped lump toward the end of power cables a decoration? Nope! It has a much more practical purpose than you’d imagine. The piece is a ferrite core, also known as a choke, which is actually a magnetic iron oxide that helps to prevent any high-frequency electromagnetic interference, such as that weird noise you get when your phone goes off too close to a speaker. 


8. Black Grating In Microwave

How many of you have looked closely at your microwave before? If you’re one of those who have, you probably found that odd black grating on the door. Well, it isn’t for decoration either. It’s called a Faraday shield, and it keeps electromagnetic waves inside the microwave, rather than spilling them out into the environment. Without it, not only would the microwave lose efficacy, but it would be pretty hazardous to your health too.


9. Soda Can Tabs

Most people have been irritated by how difficult it is to use a straw when drinking a can of soda. Well little did you know, but the tab at the top of the can is a soda-drinking game changer. Crack open your soda, flip over the tab, and stick your straw into the small slot on it. Voila! You don’t need to worry about it any longer. Besides, the tab also protects your fingers from nasty cuts.


10. Holes On Pasta Spoons

We’re sorry to inform you, but if you are using your pasta spoon only to strain the pasta and drain the water, then you’re missing out. On most models of pasta spoon, that little hole in the middle plays an additional role by acting as a way to measure out one serving of spaghetti. Unfortunately, this method only applies to spaghetti rather than other kinds of pasta. Still, give it a try next time!


11. Flat Takeout Boxes

How do you usually eat your Chinese takeout? Dump it out onto a plate, or straight out of the carton? Well, as a matter of fact, that takeout box is more than just a box. Try taking it apart entirely and flattening it, you’ll find that you get a perfectly usable plate with your meal on it. Thank the box’s designer for saving you the trouble of washing dishes!


12. Holes In Cap Of Ballpoint Pens

You wouldn’t blame the hole in the pen cap for drying out your pen, if you know that over 100 people reportedly choke to death on pen caps every year in America alone. The hole in the cap allows air to flow through in case the pen cap is swallowed accidentally whilst being chewed. It prevents the airway from becoming blocked and is a secret safety feature.


13. Metals At End Of Measuring Tape

Ever been forced by your parents to hold the end of measuring tape for them? Well, you can save your kids from wasting their time now, as long you use the metal at the end of the measuring tape correctly. The hole on it is used to hook onto nails or screws so you can measure safely without the tape slipping, and its serrated edge is for you to make a measurement mark easily while you have no hands to hold a pencil!


14. Ridges On Coins

Take a quarter or a dime out of your wallet and observe it carefully. Do you know why it has a rough edge? Well, it’s actually a long story. When coins were still stamped in different weights to reflect the actual value of the coin, crafty people shaved the edges of the coins and melted them into new coins. To combat this illegal behavior, minters put ridges on coins made of precious metals, making it easier to tell whether the sides had been shaved off. Pretty clever, right?


15. Brass Doorknobs

Although none of us pay much attention to doorknobs, I’d still like to suggest you take a look at yours. What are they made of? If the answer turns out not to be brass, buy brass ones as soon as possible. It’s for your health, no kidding. Surfaces made of brass are more resistant to bacteria building up, which helps keep doorknobs hygienic. After all, a new doorknob is much cheaper than those medical bills.


16. Wooden Coat Hangers

Aside from denoting a touch of class, what else can a fancy wooden coat hanger do? Well, heavy clothing, especially dresses or coats made out of wool, can be very vulnerable to insects such as moths. If you use cedarwood hangers the wood can help repel bugs that may do damage to clothing, for the wood has a distinctive smell that moths dislike. Don’t worry though. It’s quite pleasant for us humans.


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