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13 Astonishing Secrets of Ordinary Things That Can Change Your Life

There are things we all want to know, but, unfortunately, some of them remain unrevealed. Just imagine – there are some strongly guarded secrets just a couple of people in the world know about.

Bright Side brings you these secrets: guarded, revealed, stolen, and known by just a few people or no one at all.

13. Who killed the King?

In the standard French deck of cards, the King of Hearts is depicted rather strangely. He’s the only king without a mustache. Moreover, he’s the only king who appears to be sticking his sword into his head. There are several theories in this regard.

  • The first hypothesis suggests that the King of Hearts originally wielded an ax in his left hand. However, as a result of centuries of bad copying by card makers, his ax disappeared, becoming more like a sword.
  • Another theory claims that the King of Hearts represents the emotionally disturbed Charles VII (King of France). According to popular belief, the King went insane and put a sword through his head from fear of being poisoned.
  • Some historians also argue that the King of Hearts represents Ajax the Great, while the Queen of Hearts is Helen of Troy, the most beautiful woman in the world. Ajax was one of the suitors of Helen. But when she refused him, he chose to commit suicide by stabbing himself with his own sword.

12. KFC’s 11 herbs and spices

In July 1940, Sanders created his "Original Recipe" of 11 herbs and spices, and it is still used on KFC chicken today. Only 2 executives know the full recipe. When it is made, half of the ingredients are mixed at one location, half at another, and they are combined at a third. The actual physical copy of the recipe is stored at KFC’s headquarters.

11. The subject of the song "You’re So Vain"

Carly Simon's "You’re So Vain" is a revenge song with an unidentified subject. There is a list of people that the song is rumored to be about, including some celebrities, but Simon has never revealed the subject. In 2003, Dick Ebersol, president of NBC, won the chance to know this secret at an auction and became the second person who knows it. He signed an agreement promising that he would never share it.

10. The formula for Coca-Cola

The secret formula for Coca-Cola is what brings the company billions of dollars each year. They say that only 2 executives know the formula, and the original document with the formula written on it is kept in a purpose-built vault in a permanent interactive exhibit at the World of Coca-Cola in Atlanta.

9. The meaning of the Led Zeppelin symbols

One of the best-selling albums of all time, the fourth album from the legendary Led Zeppelin, had a few unusual signs instead of the name. Each of the 4 symbols represented each band member in some way. However, they have all refused to comment on what the meaning of the symbols is.

8. The Hapsburg napkin fold

In Austria, the imperial napkin fold is the country’s secret. This fold design was used at the tables of Austro-Hungarian royalty. There are no written guidelines on how to do it, and only a few anonymous government employees know how to fold a napkin into this shape. When the employees retire, they pass on the information to the new employees who will then fold the napkins for state dinners.

7. The Farmer’s Almanac weather formula

The special Almanac’s formula for predicting the weather was designed by the magazine’s founder, Robert B. Thomas. The Almanac’s popularity depends on the precise weather forecasts for farmers, so it’s no surprise that the formula is kept secret. Only the Almanac’s editor and an anonymous meteorologist know it.

6. The location of Lena Blackburne's Baseball Rubbing Mud

It's hard to believe, but the entire Major League Baseball depends on only one supplier of special rubbing mud. Before the 1930s, teams tried various substances for rubbing onto the balls, until one day Lena Blackburne rubbed a ball in the mud. Soon enough, the entire league was using this mud, and its origin has been kept secret ever since. Only the business owners know where this mud comes from.

5. The Berglas Effect

The magicians who know this trick can produce any card requested by the audience from anywhere inside a deck without even touching it. This card trick is known by only 2 people: David Berglas, who invented it, and his apprentice, Marc Paul. Many magicians have tried to crack this trick, but no one has been able to do it yet.

4. The results of the Academy Awards

Since the Academy Awards started, there has been no leak of information about the winners. The results of the ballot voting are calculated by hand at PricewaterhouseCoopers. They take half the results in 2 separate suitcases and are escorted to the venue by LAPD officers.

3. Plasma display

Few people know this, but the plasma screen television tech was researched and developed exclusively by Samsung. They would have had the monopoly in the television business, but one of their employees stole all the secret files on his last day there and walked away with them. He gave the stolen secrets to a Chinese company and every manufacturer can build a plasma TV today.

2. Plastic bottles

A plastic bottle can exude dangerous chemicals. Pay attention to the special signs on the bottom: those numbered triangles indicate which kind of plastic was used.

  • A bottle labeled 1 (PET or PETE) is only safe for a single use. When exposed to oxygen or high temperatures, including heat from the sun, such a bottle will discharge toxic substances that get into the water.
  • Avoid bottles labeled 3 or 7 (PVC and PC) as they exude toxic chemicals able to penetrate your food and drinks. Lengthy exposure can even result in severe health problems.
  • Bottles made of polyethylene (2 and 4) and polypropylene (5 and PP) are suitable for multiple uses. They’re relatively safe if you only store cold water in them and regularly disinfect them.

1. iPhone secret buttons

If you like big-screen iPhones but your hands are not big enough to comfortably thumb your way around it, there is a genius device invented for you: a screen protector that adds 2 "smart" buttons to the glass. It allows you to touch the very bottom of your device, sending a signal to the top left or right of the device. It will change the way you use your phone.

Bonus: There's a new scam that tricks you into giving away your Apple ID, so it's important to know the difference.

Your Apple ID secures everything on your phone: your photos, messages, browser history, and more. The scam works by creating a pop-up within a compromised app that looks exactly like the password pop-up screen. Thankfully, there is an easy way to check whether the pop-up is legitimate. If a pop-up randomly appears, you should press the home button. If the password prompt is coming from a scamming app, it'll disappear because it is contained within that app. If it's legitimate, it won't go away because it's coming from the operating system itself.