11 Ordinary Things We Never Thought Were So Useful

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Don’t you just hate it when your sticky notes are not so sticky after all? While it does seem that they just don’t live up to their name sometimes, you might actually be the one to blame if you’re tearing them from the wrong side. You’re most likely not letting your garlic press show its full potential, too, if you’re not using its handles to get rid of cherry stones. There’s also a chance that you look from the outside to see on which side of your friend’s car the gas tank lid is, while the information is right there on the fuel gauge.

If any of these apply to you, scroll down for 11 useful tips that will shed a new light on the ordinary things you use every day. [Continue reading below…]

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#1. Why there is an arrow on your car’s fuel gauge

This little arrow was added that drivers wouldn’t have to look from outside to know which side of the car their gas tank lid is. While it’s very convenient if you’ve just bought a new car, not all cars have this feature. I wish my car had it when I bought it!

#2. Why you need this aperture in an iPhone

Were you ever puzzled by the little hole on the back of your iPhone, between the camera lens and the flash? While it does look like it just shouldn’t be there, it is actually a second microphone. It helps to diminish the surrounding noise and makes your speech clearer.

#3. How to correctly tear sticky notes from their block

Many of us tear sticky notes from below and that’s not the right way to do it because the edge rolls up and the note gets unstuck with time.

To avoid this, tear it off along the sticky part.

See the difference?

#4. What rivets on jeans pockets are for

While today jeans are worn by pretty much everyone, they were originally designed as working clothes for miners and gold prospectors. They had to be as durable as possible, so rivets were made to prevent tools and nuggets tearing off pockets with their weight.

#5. How to find out if your phone is wet inside

If you’ve accidentally dropped your brand new phone into the toilet, don’t get too panicky until you checked this special moisture indicator that looks like a little square or a circle. It changes color from light to red if it’s wet. You might want to put your phone in rice in both cases, though.

Starting with the iPhone 5, Apple smartphones have this indicator in the SIM card slot. You might need to use a highlighted magnifying glass to see the indicator clearly.

#6. Why there are small bumps on the F and J keys

These keys act as “anchors” – they help you to correctly position your index fingers without looking at the keyboard.

#7. Why staplers have this part

Usually, a stapler bonds paper with staples on the inside. However, if you turn the silvery platform 180 degrees, staples will bend to the outside which makes it easy to take them out if needed without hurting your fingers and also saving the papers.

#8. Why there is a pin and a hole in a garlic press

You’re most probably using a garlic press, well, to press garlic and that’s totally fine. However, did you know that you can also use it to get rid of cherry stones? You just need to put a cherry in the hole at the end of the handle and press the other handle so that the pin can push the stone out.

#9. Why you may need a hole and serration at the end of a tape measure

No, this smiley hole is not there to distract you from home repairs

It’s actually there for you to attach it to a nail or bolt so you can measure the distance

Also, if you don’t have a pencil at hand, the serrated end will help you mark the place

#10. Why there is a hole at the bottom of a lock

Since padlocks are generally used outside, this hole acts as a drainage for water that gets inside the lock when it rains, preventing it from becoming rusty. You can also oil the padlock through it.

#11. Why we need indentations in wine bottle bottoms

These indentations are called punts, and they exist for several reasons:

  • Back in the days, a lack of equipment made it difficult to make a bottle with a flat bottom, so the seam had to be “folded” into the bottle when blown. It remains as a tradition.
  • The punts accumulate sediment around itself, preventing it from flowing into glasses with the wine.
  • The punts also help to distribute the pressure inside the bottle when it comes to champagne or wine bottles – they help to lower the pressure on the seam between the walls and the bottom.