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Mind-blowing hidden purposes of everyday objects – from tiny button on your jeans to the hole in your frying pan handle


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 A number of hidden purposes on everyday objects have been revealed and they’re bound to blow your mind.

Bored Panda has released a gallery that lists the uses of items such as Heinz Ketchup bottles and holes in padlocks – which perhaps you never about.

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The hole in the handle of your saucepan is to hold utensils[/caption]

The revelations are sure to get people thinking and make more use of the objects, including pairs of jeans and tape measures.

The first that will no doubt wow you is the reason for their being a hole on the handle of your pots and pans.


The 57 on a Heinz ketchup bottle has a pretty surprising use[/caption]

This handy little hole is there so that you can hold your utensils in place – such as your wooden spoon – to avoid making a mess on the kitchen counter.

On the topic of food and cooking, you’ll be surprised to discover there’s a rather important use for the number 57 imprinted on bottles of Heinz tomato ketchup.

“All you need to do is apply a firm tap where the bottle narrows [by the number], and the ketchup will come out easier,” a Heinz spokesperson said, thus reducing the struggles of getting every last drop of the much-loved sauce.

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You probably never knew what the mini pocket on your jeans was for[/caption]

However, it’s not just in the kitchen where you’ll find useful reasons for random objects, but also in your wardrobe too.

For example, the teeny tiny pocket that you find on every pair of denim jeans has a rather particular reason for being there.

Back in the day, these seemingly useless pockets were the perfect size to hold a person’s pocket watch

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Bobbles on hats were originally to protect sailors’ heads from getting hit on the ceilings of ships[/caption]

Whereas the tiny button on the pocket of jeans is there to secure the fabric and prevent ripping in the most delicate spot.

Meanwhile, the bobble on top of winter hats hasn’t always just been a fashionable thing.

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The hole in a pen lid is very, very important[/caption]

Back in the day, they had more of a functional use and were added to protect sailors’ heads from getting hit on the ceilings of the ships during rough weather.

Speaking of avoiding injuries, there’s a couple of super important hidden uses for items that we use pretty much every day.

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Escalators come equipped with bristles to protect riders from a mishap[/caption]

The hole at the end of a pen lid is there in case someone accidentally swallows the lid whilst chewing on it – which we’re all guilty of doing.

The air hole is there so the person can still breathe in case it gets lodged in their throat.

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The triangle on a petrol gauge is there to let you know which side your pump is on[/caption]

Meanwhile, the bristles on the side of every escalator are in place to encourage people to stand away from the edge, meaning they’re less likely to face a mishap with a trapped bag or shoe lace.

And hidden uses that won’t exactly save your life, but could make it a little bit easier include the small triangle on your petrol gauge.

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You can use the hold at the end of a tape measure to keep it steady[/caption]

This is there to indicate what side of the car to access your pump from, so you’ll never have to get out of a hire car to check again.

Another one that will help you save time is by using the small hole at the end of most tape measures to hook it onto nails or screws to avoid slipping and ensure that DIY gets done double quick.

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You may type a lot faster now that you know this about your keyboard[/caption]

But if you spend more time on the computer than you do renovating your house, then the small bumps placed on the F and J tiles on a keyboard are there to help you correctly position your left and right hands without having to look at the device.

However, if you’re more of a paper and pen person when it comes to jotting things down then you may interested to know that originally margins on lined paper were not made to leave space for notes.

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The hole found on padlocks has not one, but two handy uses[/caption]

They were instead used to protect the information penned inside from rats – who often enjoyed nibbling away at the edges of the paper.

And last, but certainly not least, if you ever wondered what the reason for the hole found on the bottom of a padlock is – then wonder no more.

It actually has two uses – one, to act as a filter for any water trapped in the item, and two, to insert oil into it for lubrication.


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