You think that you know the ins and outs of every household item. Brooms, computers, and the contents of your fridge have nothing on your ability to think critically as to how to most effectively use your belongings. But as it turns out, many everyday things have great tips and tricks to them that you would never have thought of. Some incredible people have designed common possessions, and so it makes sense that they would have some additional uses. Welcome to the wonderful world of life hacks via these tips and trips. Get ready to have your mind blown by extra holes, pockets, notches, and so much more!
1. Every Dot Has Meaning.
If you’ve ever looked at your car windows intently, perhaps while a passenger on a very boring journey, you will have noticed that there are little black dots around your car windows. But isn’t it strange that car manufacturers waste their time on putting on this funky design?
Well, these dots actually have a purpose. They are called frits and they help protect the rim of the glass from extreme temperature changes that could shatter it. Thanks, dots!
The idea for Post-its came to be in 1974 by Arthur Fry. He needed a way of holding bookmarks in his hymnal while practicing with his singing group.
Because he was aware of a sticky substance accidentally created in 1968 by colleague Spencer Silver, he knew that he would be satisfied with the results. Today, they are primarily used for pranks, to wild success.
3. The Arrow Next to the Gas Gauge.
Have you ever pulled up to a gas station in a rental car only to sit there wondering which side of the car the gas tank was on? This conundrum needs no longer be. Do you know that little arrow next to the gas gauge?
It just so happens to point to the correct side of the car to avoid you driving around in circles of the gas station looking rather foolish.
3. Paper Clips.
When designs for paper clips were submitted, people came up with all sorts of crazy shapes, some being flowers and other complex geometric designs.
But the paper clip as we know it today was deemed to be the most effective because it does not at all damage the papers it is meant to bind and can easily be taken apart to use for other purposes.
5. The Fifth Pocket of Your Jeans.
The fifth pocket of your jeans is something you’ve probably used a few times without really understanding what to do with it or why it is so small. You might have stuffed it with some laundry coins or lip balm, but that’s really about it.
But this tradition actually stems from the mid-1800s, when jeans were at the height of fashion for California gold miners. The mini-pocket was used to keep their expensive and delicate pocket watches tucked in safely. Today, people again hold their watches in their pockets, this time in the shape of an equally expensive and delicate smartphone.
6. The Tiny Hole in Elevator Doors.
No, the small hole in elevator doors isn’t a peephole placed there for you to get a split second advantage by knowing who will be exiting the contraption. It would indeed be nice to have such a thing if you want to avoid your boss.
Instead, it is there for maintenance purposes, specifically to get people out of the elevator when it malfunctions.