15 Things You Didn’t Know The Purpose Of!

What’s the story behind that fluffy ball on
top your beanie? What’s the real purpose of that tiny pocket
in your jeans? Find out in 16 Things You Didn’t Know The
Purpose Of! Number 16. “Tiny Pocket”
You may have made up plenty of your own custom uses for that strange tiny pocket on your
jeans whether it be storing hard candies, protecting secret notes or just holding your
loose change but you might not know what it was originally designed for. Jeans were originally designed in the middle
of the 19th century as a more durable pant for the miners that flocked to California
in search of gold. One of the most common and important gadgets
of the time was the pocket watch and this pocket was made to snuggly hold these sometimes
expensive time-keepers. As for those bizarre looking often dimpled
rivets that adorn your jeans? Well these were an innovation allowed jeans
to further battle the harsh elements of the American frontier. Each one of that those rivets is strategically
placed in a part of the jeans where the seams were prone to tearing. Number 15. “Pen Cap”
You have definitely noticed the tiny hole in the top of a cap and may have used it to
try and make a whistle or pretended it was a tiny spyglass. Most people believe this hole has something
to do with preventing a pen from drying-out but this is not the case. The hole in the pen cap actually serves as
a safety feature. In the event that a small child swallows one,
the hole allows air to pass through and reduces the risk of suffocation. Number 14. “Measuring Tape Tools”
The modern measuring tape machine is a handy invention that most construction workers and
contractors can’t live without, but even some of the most skilled workers might not know
it has two incredible yet simple features. First there is the serrated edge on the metal
end of the tape. This was put into the design so that if you
desired you could put a minor scratch or indentation into the surface you are measuring, in order
to give you a marker to make further measurements or designs off of. The other feature is right next to the serrated
edge. You may have noticed the small hole that is
commonly located in the metal tip. So what’s the purpose of this? Well this is so that if you are measuring
something from a point where a nail or screw is you can hook the tape onto the nail and
hold the tape in place. Number 13. “The Quarter’s Edge”
You probably have spied the hundreds of tiny grooves that mark the outside edge of a quarter
but not thought twice about it having a purpose. But these tiny ridges actually once served
an important function and no it’s not just so magician’s can get a better grip during
coin tricks. Up until recently, historically speaking,
the cost of the metals in a coin reflected the coins value so many people took to shaving
the edges off of the coins and then used the rest of the coin to purchase items as if the
coin still had full value. They would then save up their shavings and
melted them together to create new coins or just sell the chunks. In order to combat this, coin minters started
putting these ridges on their coins so that retailers could tell whether the coins had
been shaved. This practice, though not necessary today,
is carried on for the sake of tradition and aesthetic. So why don’t nickels have them? Because no one cares about nickels. Number 11. “Handy Hole”
The modern soda can is an engineering marvel, but you have probably never noticed one of
its coolest features. The hole in the tab. You may have thought it only served the purpose
of adding grip but there is a hidden feature that you will kick yourself once you see it. The hole is actually designed so that if you
turn the tab around, you can place a straw in it and it will hold it into place while
you sip your sweet treat. Number 10. “Extra Fabric”
Chances are you have bought some new clothes at some point and noticed that they came with
a little plastic ziploc bag that had a couple extra buttons and a swatch of the clothing
items material. We know that the buttons are extras in case
you pop one during Thanksgiving dinner…But what’s the purpose of the piece of fabric? It is a common misconception that this swatch
is extra material in case you get a hole in your clothes and need to patch it up. In actuality this little piece of cloth is
so you can test your detergent or various clothes washing methods on it before risking
ruining the nice cardigan you just paid top-dollar for. Number 9. “Cart Loops”
If you do your own grocery shopping the odds are you have dealt with a nightmare grocery
bagger who no matter how delicately you originally put your groceries into your cart just bags
them up and throws them in without a care for the crushing of bread and eggs that will
ensue. Not saying that you should be a busy body
and tell the bagger how to do their job but maybe next time you can demonstrate how use
this grocery cart feature that even most grocery stores seem to have forgotten. You may have noticed that on the back of the
child seat in the shopping cart there a small metal loops that jut out. These aren’t designed as some weak torture
device for children no, they have an ingenious purpose. You see, these hooks are there so that when
you are replacing your now-bagged groceries back into your cart either you or the bagger
can hang the bags with the lighter items on them while the heavier items are put at the
bottom of the cart. Such a simple design that has sadly fallen
by the wayside. Number 8. “Half-Belt”
Especially if you live in a colder climate you may own or have owned a trench coat or
jacket that features a small strap on its back that has button that attaches to nothing
and that seemingly serves no purpose but looks. Though they may have evolved into a fashion
feature, the half-belt (as it is known) once was an innovative way to help keep troops
warm during winter. Trench coats used to be purposefully made
oversized so that they could also be used as portable blankets. The half-belt on the back was used to keep
this extra material buttoned up neat and tidy so troops wouldn’t trip on it while it was
being used as a jacket. Number 7. “Gas Gauge Arrow”
You are guaranteed to be embarrassed for ever parking on the wrong side of a gas pump once
you know this next one. You see, automobile manufacturers had already
came up with an idea to prevent this from happening ages ago. Next time you look at your fuel gauge on your
dashboard see if you can spot a little arrow next to the pump icon. Which ever way this arrow points is the side
that the cap for your gas tank is on. Pretty clever right? Because it is so rarely noticed some car manufacturers
that have stopped putting it on the gauge at all and some companies have made it so
that the side the nozzle is on in gas icon is the side your cap is on. Number 6. “Converse Lacing”
Ever since the popular Converse All-Star shoes were first created people have wondered what
purpose the two holes near the sole serve. Most chalk it up to ventilation but if you
really think about it is adding two holes to reduce a little bit of sweat worth getting
soggy socks every time you step in a puddle? No, but that’s because that’s not why the
holes are there. As you may well know, Converse were originally
designed as basketball shoes and the holes tie into this design, literally. These holes look exactly like those on top
that are meant for the laces and this is because they too are meant for laces. The shoe was designed to be laced in several
ways and if you wanted a tighter grip or one that insured you wouldn’t trip on your laces
while driving the lane you could use these two extra holes. Number 5. “Pill Bottle Top”
This one seems like a no brainer but there are many people out there who will be shocked
to the dual purpose of the modern day pill-bottle top. You may have glanced at one of these tops
once and wondered why there seem to be screw grooves on the part that doesn’t go into the
bottle. Well, this is because it does! Yes, if you flip the top over you can use
it as an easy-access top. This is for those who don’t have children,
the elderly or those who just have trouble opening the normal child-proof cap who need
to be able to access their medication in an easier way. Number 4. “Notebook Margins”
If you have ever written in a composition book or other type of notebook you have probably
been trained to not write outside the margin. But what is the point of the margin? Is it just to guide your writing? Is it an area for you or your teacher to make
notes? Well this may be the way it is used now but
in reality the margin was originally created in order to help preserve one’s writings. Back in the days when architecture wasn’t
as pest-preventive as it is now many homes and building were infested with rats and mice. These rodents love to chew on anything and
everything, and if you lived back then your precious book of poetry would have been no
different. In order to prevent rats from chewing up valuable
parts of a manuscript notebook and journal manufacturers started adding a margin that
be nibbled at without the fear of losing words to a mouse’s gullet. It also was helpful in limiting damage from
normal wear and tear, so the practice became standard. Number 3. “Ketchup Cup”
If you have ever used one of those paper cups meant for ketchup from a fast-food joint you
may have thought “why are these things so flimsy and why are they so small, do they
really expect this to be all the ketchup I need?”. But these cups were designed with a brilliant
intention that not many people know about. You may have noticed the folds in the side
of the cup and wondered why they were there. Well this is because if you unfold these flaps
the cup turns into a much wider paper saucer which can be filled with even more ketchup
and is much easier to dip your french fries into. This isn’t the only common food container
that has a semi-secret double use. You probably noticed how Chinese food containers
are made up of several flaps folded together, well this is because these containers, just
like the ketchup cup, are meant to be unfolded. When all the flaps are unfolded and unconnected
the container turns into a handy plate for picnicking. No wonder Chinese Restaurants always look
at us funny when we ask for paper plates. Number 2. “Beanie Pom-Pom”
Many people think the pom-pom on top of knitted caps is a cute little accessory while other
may think it frivolous and ugly but this little fluffy ball actually has a complex history. Knitted caps were believed to be first created
by the Vikings to keep their burly ears warm during the icy Scandinavian winter. These hats were made by taking triangles of
knitted wool and fastening them at the top. In order to cover up the seams at the top
and prevent loose ends the top was covered up by a pom-pom. Some later versions may have replaced the
pom-pom with a button, which resembling a bean, may have given rise to the term ‘beanie’. Later on in history, English sailors would
find the pom-pom quite useful in preventing them from hitting their heads when below decks
as the pom-pom feels like an extension of the person’s head so they subconsciously duck
a little lower than they normally would. Pom-poms at their most regal period in history
would be used by Napoleon’s Army on top of their helmets. Different colors and variating pom-pom plumages
were used to signify different regiments, factions and ranks of the French military. Number 1. “Panty Gusset”
If you are a man you might only know of this one from doing laundry whereas women might
know of this small pocket in their underwear but might not know its purpose or even what
it’s called. This little pocket in the front of ladies
underwear is called a ‘gusset’ and it is added for the purposes of hygiene. The pocket version of the gusset is usually
only found in less expensive women’s underwear and is a result of companies saving money
by saving the time it would take to stitch up the open part. In many more expensive underwear brands the
gusset is stitched entirely around. Many women have found the pocket version quite
useful though, not just for added protection as it was designed but for holding hygiene
products into place. What something that you use in a clever way
that is different than what it was intended for?


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