11 Facts About Usual Things That Can Surprise Even Know-It-Alls
A more careful study of the most common things can lead to unexpected discoveries. We could have seen them millions of times but never even guessed about their true purpose. Many of us have even used them, just not in the way we were supposed to. In this article, you’ll find new information about usual things that you’ll definitely want to use in your daily life.
If you still don’t know the reason why you should buy beer in a brown glass bottle, here are 11 interesting facts about the most common things that Bright Side collected especially for you.
11. The loop on a hair dryer
If you keep your hairdryer in a hanging position to prevent the wire from bending, this device will serve you much longer. Don’t worry if there’s no special hook on the wall — the loop on almost every hair dryer makes it possible to hang it on any hook.
The history of pom-poms goes back to the beginning of the 19th century when pom-pom hats were used by French navy soldiers. At those times, ships had very low ceilings and pom-poms helped prevent sailors’ heads from hitting the ceiling. Or at least to soften the blow.
9. Backpack loops
Backpack loops in the shape of diamonds are there to hold the things that don’t fit in your backpack. They can provide easy access to things you might urgently need such as a bottle of water or a rolled up raincoat. All you need to do is tie the things you might require to a thin rope and loop it through this diamond-shaped loop.
8. Holes in Apple earphones
Besides their unusual shape, Apple earphones also have 4 differently-shaped holes. Each of them has its own unique function. The speaker directs the sound into the ear and the other holes optimize the airflow which improves the acoustics.
7. The hole on a frying pan’s handle
The hole in the handle of any frying pan has been there since the times when kitchen utensils were hung on wall hooks. It can also be pretty useful today if you use it correctly. After stirring a dish, place the spatula in this hole at an angle of 45° — it will help the sauce left on it pour right into the pan. You’ll never have to think about where to put the spatula again!
6. Egg marking
In the countries of the European Union, the marking includes 3 components:
- The method of production:
0 — hens spend time outdoors; no antibiotics are added to their food;
1 — hens walk outdoors; the indoor space is one m² per 9 birds;
2 — hens live in a closed barn with sawdust; 9 hens per one m²;
3 — birds live in cages and don’t have the opportunity to move.
- The country code:
UK — United Kingdom, DE — Germany, FR — France, ES — Spain, etc.
Registration number of the farm.
In the USA, eggs quality is defined by their grade, which is printed on the package boxes:
- Grade AA — the white of the egg is firm, the yolk is upstanding, and has a round shape. The content of the egg doesn’t take up a lot of space.
- Grade A — the white of the egg is quite firm, the yolk is upstanding, and has a round shape. The content of the egg takes up a reasonable amount of space.
- Grade B — the white of the egg is watery and doesn’t stay still, the yolk is flat. The content of the egg takes up a lot of space.
5. The clock icon on an iPhone
The icon of the Clock application reflects the real time and has a moving clock arrow. This bright innovation was supposed to draw the attention of iPhone owners but very often, they simply don’t even notice it. People are used to the fact that the icons of different applications are static.
4. Paper cups with ketchup
We all know how difficult it is to dip a hamburger and french fries into a small paper container with ketchup. All that is because we use it incorrectly. Pull the edges of the container to different sides to change its shape and you’ll get a small saucer. Now, it’ll be much easier for you to dip your food in ketchup.
3. Numbers on airport runways
All over the world, airport runways are marked with a couple of digits from 01 to 36. This marking corresponds to the magnetic course which runways are located on and helps pilots operate the plane safely. In order to identify the course indicator, the magnetic course is rounded to tens and divided by 10.
For example, a runway has the magnetic course 77°, then on the runway, it will be indicated with the numbers 08. And since any runway has 2 directions and the difference between them is 180°, the other side of the runway will be indicated with numbers 26 (08+18=26).
The zero direction is replaced by the course 360° and is marked with the number 36.
2. A tiny handle on the bottleneck of maple syrup
The handle on the neck of maple syrup bottles is so tiny that it is impossible to use it for its intended purpose. So what do we really need it for? The answer lies in those times when maple syrup was stored in large 5-pound clay vessels. At those times, the handle was much bigger and could perform its original functions. Over time, it turned into a decorative element reminding about this tradition.
1. Beer in brown bottles
Beer loses its flavor under the influence of sunlight and heat. That’s the reason why manufacturers place this beverage in brown glass bottles to provide it with more protection than it would receive in green or transparent bottles.
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