From the extra button on a pair of jeans to the hole in your pen lid, the hidden purposes of these everyday items will blow your mind
- There’s a lot more behind the thought process of designs than people may think
- Heinz tomato ketchup bottle has spot you can tap for the condiment to come out
- Few also know about the hole in the cap of pens and pompoms on beanie hats
When you pull on your jeans or put a mug into the dishwasher, you’re probably not aware of the tiny features that often pass us by.
But in reality, there’s a lot more thought behind the designs of everyday items than people may think.
For example, Heinz tomato ketchup is a staple on any British kitchen table and we could probably all draw the container from memory – but only 11% of people know what the embossed number 57 on the bottle means, according to Heinz.
‘All you need to do is apply a firm tap where the bottle narrows, and the ketchup will come out easier,’ a spokesperson said, thus reducing the struggles of getting every last drop.
Brightside.me revealed the clever hidden purpose behind other items, including the holes on the handles of pots and pans, the hole in the cap of a pen and the pompoms on beanie hats.
Who knew? The tiny button on the pocket of jeans is placed to secure the fabric and prevent ripping in the most delicate spot
The real reason behind the number 57! Not many know that the perfect tap of ketchup comes if you tap the printed number on the bottle
The ridges on the F and J keys are in place to help your fingers build muscle memory as to where the letters are, allowing you to tap without staring at the keyboard
Ever chewed on a pen lid while bored or feeling humdrum? The hole in the top of the lid is there to prevent choking
Keeping it tangle-free! The wings on an Apple laptop charger can be flicked up to keep the wire from tangling when loose in a bag
The double purpose tool! A lot of screw-drivers can be slid through a wrench and used to create more torque
While most would recognise the gas gauge, not many drivers know that the little arrow indicates which side of the car the fuel tank is on
A hole new meaning! Pan handles are designed to hold utensils to avoid counters getting messy
A safety skirt! The bristles on the side of every escalator keep rider’s away from the edge, and less likely to face a mishap with a trapped bag or shoe lace
Groovy! The ridges in the bottom of mugs are designed to help make washing them in the dishwasher more convenient, as it allows water to drain from the top of the mug
When a pill bottle is flipped upside down, the childproof lid will no longer function, making them easier to open
Most people know that the metal slot on the end of a measuring tape can be used to hang it for measurements – but did you know the serrated side can be used to mark points without a pencil?
Most locks have a small hole next to the key hole, allowing water to be drained from the lock when it is used outdoors to prevent it from clogging and rusting
The cute pom poms that often adorn hats are actually a design feature by French sailors, so they could cushion their heads from blows while on the rough seas