Humans are always trying to find ways to make life more convenient and are often coming up with small functions on simple objects that you might not have noticed before. Whether it be buttons depicting what beverage is what on lids, or the hole at the bottom of a lollipop, there are probably several everyday things with a purpose you might not have known about. Some of these include
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Whether they be functions to make something more convenient or a clever safety measure, all of these mundane things have a deeper meaning.
Here is a list of 10 interesting everyday items that have a hidden purpose you may not have known about before.
Ice Cream Scoops: Everyone is pretty familiar with the function of an ice cream scoop. The name is kind of a dead give away. But did you know that these handy utensils come in a variety of colors? And this is for more than just stylistic reasons.
Ice cream scoops actually come in a different sizes and the colors are used to indicate such. There is actually a color coded chart that can be referenced which measures the tools by how many level scoops it takes to fill a container that is 32 oz.
Pen Caps: You’ve probably noticed that most pen caps come hollow, or with holes in them. This is not because it doubles as a whistle. Contrary to popular belief, it’s not to keep the pen from drying out. It actually serves a function that could prevent accidents.
There used to be several incidents in which people would choke on the caps of pens, especially children. The holes were implemented so that if the cap is swallowed, the person would still be able to breath because air would pass through the hole.
Lollipop Hole: More strange holes! You may have noticed a tiny hole on the bottom of your lollipop stick. While some people may have thought that this was to turn the stick into a whistle, the hole actually serves a different function.
The hole is actually in place to allow a little bit of candy to melt in its place, creating a hook to keep the lollipop attached. If it wasn’t there, the candy could fall off the stick as a result of the force.
Stapler Disk: Most people have stapled something at one point in their lives, and there is nothing more annoying than stapling something and then having to take it apart. This usually results in sore fingers and torn paper unless you have a staple remover. Did you know that some staplers have a temporary staple feature?
On the bottom of older staplers, there is a setting that can be adjusted so that the stapler folds the metal prongs outwards. This makes it easier to remove the staple by sliding it through the holes.
iPhone Hole: If you have a newer iPhone, you’ve probably noticed the little hole on the front in between the flash and the camera lens. Have you ever wondered what it’s for?
This is actually a tertiary microphone and is one of the three sound cancelling microphones that the iPhone has. Why put a microphone on the front? To help when you’re recording video and to cancel white noise.
Utility Knife Cap: You might not have known this, but when you need to sharpen your utility knife, there is a little tap that needs to be broken off. Most people use pliers to do this but that’s actually not necessary.
Most utility knives feature a removable cap at the bottom that has a slot to assist you in sharpening the blade. All you have to do is close the knife and lock it for safety and then pry the cap off. Sometimes a butter knife will be needed to do this but some knives come with a tab to help remove it. Or if you happen to have two knives, you can sharpen using this technique.
Lid Buttons: If you’ve ever gone to a coffee shop or fast food restaurant, you may have noticed the series of buttons on top of the plastic lids. While these are satisfying at any age to press, there’s actually a deeper meaning behind them.
These buttons are used to label and distinguish different drinks from each other. They might feature options like diet, soy, or black. Also located in most hot drink lids is a small hole that allows proper ventilation when you drink. Sometimes it may need to be punctured.
Coaster: Cold drink lids have even more functions! Have you ever noticed the little grooves on the inside of a plastic drink lid and thought nothing of it?
This actually serves as a drink coaster so you can save your tables from sticky messes and water rings. The groves fit the size of the cup perfectly so that when you take your fast food home you can eat with some class.
Pedestrian Crossing: Although with technology improving, these dials may not be seen around as often, but there is a hidden knob underneath most pedestrian crossings that serves a very interesting purpose.
This knob is used as an indicator by people who are either seeing or hearing impaired. This knob spins to allow people to know that it is safe to cross. It was designed by the University of Nottingham and it exists in the UK.
Beer Bottle Design: Most bottles of beer feature a similar design that includes a slender neck and wide bottom. However this is more than just a stylistic choice.
The neck of the beer bottle is meant to prevent body heat from warming the beer. The person can drink the first few sips and then hold the beer confidently by the neck without having to drink their beverage too quickly.