10 Design Features Of Ordinary Items That Have Surprising Purposes

February 10, 2017

There are many things we use every day that hide super helpful and surprising purposes right in plain sight.

For instance, I’ve always gotten so frustrated with my oven for never being quite right about the temperature setting. Every recipe I would try would end up taking so much longer than the instructions described, but the secret behind the knobs in #10 totally cleared things up and made my life so much easier. I just can’t believe I never knew what those screws were actually for!

Now I know that’s just one of the many things I’ve been oblivious about when it comes to the things most of us use on a daily basis. Take a look to see more amazing and surprising purposes for common things that we tend to overlook.

Have you discovered a surprising purpose for something else that we didn’t list? Let us know in the comments and don’t forget to SHARE the helpful tips with your friends and family!

1. Tiny Holes On Padlocks

Surprising purposes: padlock

The holes allow water to drain when used outdoors and provide space for you to pour oil into the gears when the lock gets stuck.

2. Holes In Pasta Ladles

Surprising purposes: pasta ladle

Surprisingly, this hole is designed to help you measure the amount of noodles needed for one serving.

3. Discs Under Bottle Caps

Surprising purposes: bottle cap

Without these discs to keep the carbonation in control, your soda would go flat before it even got to the store.

4. Holes In Tennis Shoes

Surprising purposes: tennis shoes

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You might think these holes are for ventilation, which is helpful too, but you can also loop the laces through for a snugger fit.

5. Lines On Box Cutters

Surprising purposes: box knife

You can break them off when the blade gets dull for a fresh new (very sharp) blade.

6. Holes In Pen Caps

Surprising purposes: pen cap

Most think these holes are to keep the ink from drying out, but they’re actually to prevent suffocation if a child accidentally swallows a cap.

7. Bumps Between Tire Treads

Surprising purposes: tire tread

The bumps show the minimum height it’s safe to drive on, so if your tire tread wears down to match these markers, it’s time to replace the tire.

8. Threading On Top Of Childproof Caps

Surprising purposes: pill bottle

Why is there threading on the tops of certain childproof pill bottle caps? These are designed so adults can flip them around and un-childproof the bottle.

9. Holes In Soda Tabs

Surprising purposes: straw holder

After opening the can, you can turn the tab around. Food Beast reports that the hole is meant to hold a straw in place for you.

10. Screws On The Backs Of Oven Knobs

Surprising purposes: oven knob

Using an oven thermometer, you can adjust them to calibrate the knob to accurately reflect the oven’s actual temperature.

Did we miss any commonly overlooked purposes of everyday items? Let us know below and be sure to SHARE with your friends!