From erasers to Chupa Chups lollipops, there are objects we use on a daily basis that contain some weird and quirky attributes. Here are 15 things that you probably didn’t know about your everyday objects.
1 The bobble hat
To many, the bobble located on the top of a winter hat is just a fancy fashion statement. Whether it is to accentuate an outfit or simply to state your loyalty for a team, most winter hats nowadays contain this little bobble at the top. But its origin story speaks of its usefulness. French marines would wear a sailor hat with a bobble on the top to prevent themselves from hurting their heads on the low cabin ceilings. The furry bobble would soften any head blows dealt by an unwary sailor or it could act as a warning signal if you felt your bobble grazing across your scalp. Later, they were used to define different branches of the military based on the size, shape and color of the bobble. The word was later changed to pompoms and the first people to have ever worn hats with pompoms are thought to be Vikings. Pictures depicting Viking gods regularly showcased them wearing caps with pompoms and to this day it is still a key component of Scandinavian folk costume.
2 Colored line toothpaste
The colors of the lines at the bottom of tubes of toothpaste were at first thought to denote the type of toothpaste (organic or non-organic). But in reality, they are just bar codes used by light beam sensors at the factory to designate where the tube should be cut and folded.
3 The hole at the top of the stick of Chupa Chups
The popular lollipop brand Chupa Chups is known not only for its delicious candy but also for that weird hole at the top of the stick. Although many thought it was for children to whistle through or to prevent choking hazards, they are actually created to stop the candy from being pulled out. This makes the candy harder to swallow by accident. In the production phase, and while the candy is still in liquid form, the hollow stick is inserted into the liquid so that when it hardens, it does so through the hole first to prevent the candy from falling out.
4 Hind legs of keyboard
The hind legs of a keyboard (or the stands) were at first thought to add to the ergonomics of typing. In reality, they were designed to help computer users see the keys they were hitting. The purpose of the stands were to place the keyboard at an angle allowing the user to better see the keyboard. Bonus tip: it is actually more ergonomic for your wrists to type on a flat keyboard.
5 Backpacks nowadays
Many backpacks nowadays come with this diamond-shaped, pig-nose symbol on the front of the backpack. Although many assumed it was merely a fashion statement, it actually serves a purpose! Hikers and climbers alike could attach a rope or a metal loop through it while an athlete ties his shoes, keeping it hands-free!
6 The hole in a spaghetti strainer
While the spaghetti strainer may be more commonly used to separate the boiling water from your al dente noodles, the hole in the strainer actually serves as a measuring utensil. If you were to fill the hole with the raw spaghetti strands, that would equate to one full serving. Now you don’t even need a measuring cup!
7 Blue and red eraser
As children, we were told that the blue part of the eraser got rid of our pen errors while the red part took away the pencil marks. But we soon found out that as much as the blue part would hide our ink writing, it would also smudge our papers! In fact, the blue part of the eraser was designed to get rid of pencil marks on art and graphic papers because they are softer and more sensitive.
8 57 on heinz ketchup bottles
While some believe this signifies an anniversary or the age of Henry John Heinz when he invented his version of ketchup, the number is actually placed there to help dispense the perfect amount of ketchup. According to the Heinz website: “To release ketchup faster from a glass bottle, apply a firm tap to the sweet spot at the neck of the bottle—the 57. Only 11% of people know this, now you’re in the know.”
9 Tic Tac
If you have ever had trouble controlling yourself to one Tic Tac, have no fear, the Tic Tac company actually designed something to help control your cravings. The tab on the back of the opening of the Tic Tac box perfectly fits one Tic Tac. By tilting the box at an angle, one Tic Tac will perfectly sit on the tab. Voila, instantly fresh minty breath!
10 The headrest of a car
Although many people already know the benefits of a headrest, there is one more use that many may have neglected. In an unfortunate scenario where you are trapped in your car and desperately need to get out, all you have to do is remove the headrest and wedge it into the window sill of your car. Make sure the metal tongs are wedged into the window, and by cranking it lightly, the window will shatter allowing you to make a hasty escape.
11 The punt at the bottom of wine bottles
The punt at the bottom of wine bottles helps a wine bottle balance and stand upright. The punt also allows the sediment that is in a wine bottle to fit into a tight space which circles around the base of the bottom, preventing it from being released into the wine as it is being poured.
12 Hole in the bottom of padlock
If you’ve ever noticed a little hole in the bottom of most padlock keys, you’ll be happy to know that they are there for a reason. The little hole at the bottom of a padlock key is there to help oil the lock if it becomes rusty. It also works as a drain to drain out any liquids that may go into the lock.
13 Dimples On Golf Balls
The ridges on the golf ball are there to lessen the amount of drag when the golf ball in the air. These dimples allow the golf ball to fly further and faster.
14 Studs On Denims
Almost all denims come with rivets or studs on them. They are usually placed on corners of your pockets where the chances of scrapping off are higher. The rivets and studs are there to provide extra strength to your denims so that they don’t.
15 Did you know that this holder on the lid is actually for a gas cap?