Self Help

30 Facts About Everyday Objects You Never Fully Realized

By Psquared - March 12, 2019
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Modern life is full of all sorts of conveniences. But did you know that many of these conveniences are even more convenient than you realized? Don’t be afraid to lead the best possible life you can: these were made to make your life easier, so take advantage of it. What are we talking about? Well, it turns out that there are many items that you may use each and every day. And despite how common they are and how often they’re used, you might not be using them correctly at all!

We’re not insulting your intelligence. We had no idea about this either until recently. We’re just here to inform. If only there was a giant handbook on life that let us know how much time and frustration we could have saved if only we knew the proper way to use all these objects. Check it out, and leave more conveniently than ever.

Aluminum Foil

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Aluminum foil and plastic wrap are true miracles and lifesavers when it comes to cooking.

But when was the last time you looked carefully at the box they came in? Probably never, so you may have missed this.

On the sides of each box are triangular tabs you can push into the box that stay attached. They’re used to hold the rolls in place, keeping them steady so you have an even easier time accessing those handy sheets inside.

Gas Gauge

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Your gas gauge is more helpful than you already know. And that’s truly saying something.

This little tool lets you know when you’re going to need to fill up so you don’t end up stranded alongside some highway.

But when you’re filling up in a new or rental car you’re unfamiliar with, you don’t always know what side of the car the fuel tank is on. That’s where the gas gauge gets extra useful. Most have an arrow alerting you to what side they’re on!

Gas Cap Cover

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Speaking of your fuel tank and filling up, here’s a trick you can take advantage of from now on.

Most cars have a gas cap, and most have a gas cap cover. These were designed to accommodate each other.

You may have noticed that your gas cap cover has a notch built into it. Boy, wouldn’t it be something if your gas cap fit neatly into it so you wouldn’t have to leave it to awkwardly dangle? Well… there you go.

Bobby Pins

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Imagine trying to style your hair without using bobby pins. That’s be a nightmare, right?

While bobby pins are useful and certainly appreciated, they do have an annoying habit of falling out frequently. Eh, nothing can be perfect, right?

Actually, the reason they’re falling out might be because you’re placing them in upside down. Try placing the bumpy side against your head. By doing this, it allows them to get a much firmer grip on your hair, so they won’t fall out.

Cables

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Have you ever wondered what this chunky bit on your cables was supposed to be used for?

Is it even supposed to be used at all? Is this some sort of strange decoration? Because it’s not very aesthetically pleasing.

It actually has a name and a purpose. This is a “ferrite bead.” Without one, your cables can act as antennas, broadcasting or picking up electrical interference. This cylinder prevents that from happening. So, uh… sorry for calling them not aesthetically pleasing.

Half Belts

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If you have a heavy, sturdy jacket, you may have noticed one of these… things on the back of it.

These… things are called “half belts.” They first appeared on jackets and coats in the military centuries ago.

At that time, greatcoats were immensely wide and had to be tailored with pieces of cloth on them. At night, half belts could be unstrapped and the greatcoat could be used as a blanket. Times have changed, but half belts still remain. Too bad our jackets still can’t be converted so easily to cozy blankets.

The Frit Band And Dots

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Have you ever noticed those series of dots at the top of your windshield in your car?

It’s a baked-in ceramic paint called the frit band and dots. It looks kind of like the dots you saw that made up art in old-timey comics.

These serve a lot of uses. They protect the urethane sealant that holds the glass in place from ultraviolet rays, conceals the dirt that gathers along the edges of the glass and create a more even temperature distribution during the manufacturing of windshields.

Sunglasses

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Not only do sunglasses protect your eyes from the sun, but did you know they also make you instantly look 46% cooler?

Okay, you probably all knew that. But sunglasses weren’t initially created to protect from the sun directly.

Dark glasses were invented by Arctic people to protect their eyes from the sun reflecting off the snow. In addition, sunglasses were used in 12th century China by judges in order to hide their real emotions from witnesses. Sadly, you can’t wear them in court today.

Fruit

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Fruit is good for you. Make sure you eat plenty of it. This hopefully isn’t new information for you.

If you’ve ever eaten fruit, you’ve surely noticed stickers on them. Do your best to not eat these, as they’re not as nutritious.

The stickers mark the country and the producer, but what about the numbers? If there are 4 digits and the first is 4, it means that the fruit has been sprayed with pesticides. If there are 5 digits and the first is 9, the fruit has been grown organically. If there are 5 digits and the first is 8, the fruit has been genetically modified.

R-Symbol

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You know how a lot of trademark logos have a little tiny ‘R’ with a circle around it next to them?

It looks like this “®.” That’s not there to let you know your snack isn’t PG-13 and actually contains extra swearing and some nudity.

That little symbol lets you know that trademark logo is registered with the US Patent & Trademark Office. Basically, this registration gives the trademark owner not just the right to use “®on their products but also to sue anybody who tries to infringe on the trademark.

Utility Knife

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The utility knife is a nifty invention that can be used for all sorts of purposes.

Although, to be honest, most of us that own one only ever use it to open Amazon boxes. But this info will still be useful to you!

The blade on a utility knife can become dull, so here’s how you sharpen it: take the end cap off, and break the blunt blade off with it! Then use the slider to bring the sharp blade to the front.

Notebook Margins

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Notebook margins aren’t just there to give you an idea of where to stop writing.

Sure, that’s helpful to keep the page from looking too cramped and also gives your prof a place to put their disapproving notes.

But these were invented to solve a specific problem you hopefully don’t have to worry about. Mice and rats like to gnaw on books and pages, so these were thought up so you could protect info from being eaten. Hm… looks like the dog isn’t the only animal that likes to eat homework.

Golf

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If you’ve ever held a golf ball, you know they aren’t perfectly smooth spheres as they appear to be from a distance.

They’re actually covered in dimples. By now, you’re likely beginning to suspect this wasn’t random or an accident.

Originally, golf balls were perfectly smooth, but players noticed the best balls were the aged ones that were scuffed and cracked. So, instead of having to wait for your new golf ball to get that aged feel, manufacturers started making them artificially aged.

Cuticles

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If you take care of your hands and have healthy nails, you’ve noticed your cuticles.

They’re that hard layer of skin at the base of a nail. Many people get rid of it by cutting it every now and then to get a perfect look, but that would be a mistake.

This tiny area of skin is actually there to protect nails from infection. When the skin is removed, your nail is left exposed with a tiny wound. This allows bacteria and fungus to sneak in. Cutting your cuticles may seem like a way to get a flawless manicure, but it doesn’t benefit your nails in any way and might be really harmful.

Headphone Jacks

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The more you learn about all these hidden uses in all these items, the more you’re gonna notice everything about everything.

Here’s something else to notice: your headphone jacks have stripes along them. What are they there for?

It’s not to grip the inside of your device or anything like that. Each of these stripes has wires in them going to both headphones. Without them, you’d only get sound from one instead of both. They’re that important, and you may have never even noticed them.

Coins

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Did you know that you can use coins for things other than flipping or spinning?

You can actually use them as money!… Okay, that’s obviously a joke, but some kids may not know that considering how many transactions are done through cards these days.

Coins have ridges in them. It’s to make sure no one damages them. Back in the day, people would trim part of the metal off and sell it. These ridges make it easy to spot if they’ve been tampered with.

Oven Drawer

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That little drawer at the bottom of your oven is full of cooking sheets right now, isn’t it?

Don’t worry, we all used it for that purpose until someone pointed out what it was actually supposed to be used for.

This isn’t meant for tins and pans, but as a place to warm your food! After cooking something in the oven, this becomes warm, so you can store it in here and then serve it later, still deliciously hot.

Toblerone

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The best types of chocolate are the ones you can break into pieces and eat separately.

We don’t know why that is, but it probably has something to do with why string cheese tastes better when peeled apart.

Hershey and Kit-Kats are great, but Toblerone is the king of the break apart chocolates. If you’re going to break it apart, do it right. Instead of pulling away from the bar, push in towards it. This ensures a perfectly even break every time.

Bottle Openers

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Key chain bottle openers are a handy thing to have at your disposal while you’re at a party.

They ensure you’re able to open beers without an issue. But what if you don’t like beer and want to stick to soda?

These key chain bottle openers can help in that department as well! Stop ruining your fingernails (even more than cutting off the cuticles) and use the little slot that’s meant to be used as a tab opener.

Bananas

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If you’ve been eating bananas like apples, peel and all, you’ve been doing it wrong, friend.

If you’ve been eating bananas by peeling them from the top (by the stem) first , then congrats… you’ve been doing it wrong, friend.

That may surprise you, but the best way to eat a banana is by peeling it from the bottom. But don’t take our word for it. Take it from nature, monkeys specifically. Watch how they peel the banana. They know the best way to enjoy that fruit better than anyone.

Tape Measures

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Tape measures haven’t undergone any radical transformations in any of our lifetimes as far as we know.

Maybe the button that snaps it back into place might still be cool to some, but we’re all used to it by now.

But here’s something you’re not used to: using the hole in the metal tip on the tap. That’s there so you can put a tack or nail through it to keep it in place should you need

Chinese Takeout Boxes

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Why is Chinese food always so much more delicious the next day? It’s a weird fact of life.

The only sad thing is having to take out extra plates to use, thus making more items you need to clean.

If you don’t want to do that, broke brain tells you that you can eat it right out of the box. But woke brain? Woke brain says you can eat it right off of the box. Look at the diagram and see what we should have been taught all along.

Sauce Pots

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If you make your own sauces, congrats on being awesome and skilled at cooking. Yay!

However, cooking can create a huge mess. Especially when you’re making something like sauces, which can drip from the spoon all over your counters. Boo!

This issue was solved a long time ago, but no one told us! Many sauce pots have a hole in the handle. This isn’t just so you can hang them. It’s so you can have a place to place the spoon that won’t increase the mess!

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Plungers are an example of a life-altering, truly amazing invention that can also technically be considered “crappy.”

If you have a clog in your toilet, there’s a chance you’re not properly dealing with it, because there are more than one type of plunger.

Pictured here are a cup and flange plunger. The cup plunger on the right is meant for sinks. Uh oh… is that the kind you use on your toilet? Those are meant for sinks. Get yourself a flange plunger for the John. They work much better.

Natural Peanut Butter

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Natural peanut butter is by far the healthiest option of peanut butter you can choose from.

It is much more likely to not contain added sugars and artificial ingredients… but man, it sure is a messy substance to deal with.

It’s such a pain stirring the oil in every time you want to use it… which is why you’re supposed to store it upside down. This causes the oil to integrate instead of separate. Boom. You’re welcome.

Juice Box

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Here’s one for the kids. Juice boxes are a great way to get your juice every day.

It’s relatively simple: you remove the straw from the box, remove the straw from the wrapper and plunge it in.

Assuming it’s not a Capri Sun, it’s easy as that. It can be easier still. Those little flaps on the sides of the box? They can be lifted and used as handles, which makes it easier for kids to hold onto as they drink.

Apple Sauce Cups

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Here’s another one for a cherished childhood snack… or adult snack, if you’re into that.

We’re not here to judge, we’re here to inform, and this is something you should absolutely be made aware of as soon as possible.

Have you ever found yourself with a cup of applesauce, but didn’t have a spoon? The correct answer is “no,” because you’ve secretly had a spoon with you the whole time. You can turn the top into a makeshift spoon and get at that apple-y goodness.

Condiment Cups

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French fries are one of the most delicious substances in the known and probably even in the unknown universe.

But that’s only when they’re dipped in Ranch or ketchup, so you want to make sure you have plenty on hand.

You can actually fit more in the condiment cups than you realize. They’re made to stretch a bit, as you can see pictured here. Get an extra couple of pumps and squirts of the condiment of your choice… assuming it’s not mayo, you weirdo.

Shopping Carts

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We’ve seen a lot of hidden uses and life hacks for various grocery items so far.

It almost makes you want to rush out to the store and try them all at once a little, doesn’t it?

If you do, here’s another common item use to help you out. Those protruding rings on many shopping carts? Yeah, they serve a purpose. You can hang your bags from them to keep them upright and prevent your purchased items from spilling out.

Donuts

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What the heck else is there to know about donuts? They’re sweet, delicious and they have holes.

Is there really that much more to them than that? Actually, there is. Like, did you know they have a hole for a reason?

First of all, the hole isn’t punched out, they’re just shaped this way naturally. Secondly, the reason is because without a hole, it’s hard for the edges and the center to bake evenly. This ensures a perfect donut every time.