The internet is chock full of facts and pictures. And, if current trends continue, there will be 657 billion more of them twelve months from now. Most of them, however, aren’t worth the buffering time. But, some of them are definitely worth taking a look at. Join me in this interesting facts trivia as we take a look at 20 images that will make you say ‘I Had No Idea.’
20– Apple’s Headphones
Most earbuds have two or three holes. The big ones for the noise and a teeny-tiny one for the microphone. Apple earbuds, on the other hand, look like the work of a Swiss cheese manufacturer.
Don’t be too quick to judge. Apple didn’t do this to save a few bucks. These extra holes actually reduce the pressure that builds up in run-of-the-mill headphones. By letting fresh air in and pressurized air out, these holes improve acoustics.
So, next time you get Rick Rolled, make the most of it with a pair of Apple’s headphones.
19– The iPhone Clock App
So, let’s talk about the iPhone Clock App. We wager it’s one of the first things you shove in a dusty folder and leave there to rot. What do you need it for when there’s a clock right on your home screen!?
But, in your haste to declutter, you missed something pretty cool: unlike other app icons that are stationary images, that little icon is actually a working timepiece. If you sit and stare long enough, you’ll start to see its hands move.
Don’t stare too long, though! It’s supposed to tell the time, not waste it.
18– The USB Logo
Easy to corrupt and one sharp tug away from snapping in two, most people wouldn’t associate the USB with a God of unimaginable power. Or, since water ruins them, the sea. But, that’s exactly where the icon came from! It’s actually based on Poseidon’s trident. The trident has triangles on all three prongs, but the icon has a circle and square on two of them.
Why the trident, you ask, and not some other pointy object? The alteration was made to give a sense of universality and to signify all the different peripherals that could be attached using the standard.
17– The Dairy Queen Lid
Why do cold things hate us so much? Poles get stuck to our tongues. Ice rinks like to watch us crack our skulls open. Even Dairy Queen sundaes turn our fingers into icicles. That’s just the price you pay for ice cream though, right? Well, It doesn’t have to be. You see that lid?
It also doubles as an ice cream holder. Just pop off that DQ lid and slide it over the bottom of your sundae.
16– Ketchup Containers
What were the manufacturers thinking!? These cups are barely big enough to dip your fingers in, much less a hamburger. That’s only because you’ve been using them wrong. These little cups are actually a piece of industrial origami. Just grab the outer edge and tug to fan pygmy cups into the miniature plates they were meant to be! You are now a condiment master!
15– The Power Button’s Shape
Take a look at the power button on a nearby electronic device. Go ahead, I’ll wait. Do you ever wonder why it looks like that?
The symbol you saw, as long it wasn’t some alien device, is a combination of the universal symbol for on—a line—and the universal symbol for off—a circle. Using these icons, in place of ‘on’ or ‘off’ allowed electronic manufacturers to bypass language barriers.
The Bluetooth logo, on the other hand, didn’t come from some boring handbook. Nope! It’s actually the name of a Viking peacemaker King – Harald Bluetooth – written in Scandinavian runes. I hope that fact didn’t rune your day.
14– The Direction of Your Fuel Arrows
Have you ever pulled up at a gas station and realized that your gas cap is on the other side? Do you remember taking the walk of shame back to the driver’s side to turn the car around? As you flipped it into gear, you just knew your ancestors were shaking their heads at you.
But, what if I told you there was a way to tell which side the gas tank is on without getting out of the car? Take a look at your gas gauge. Do you see that little icon on the dash? The one with the miniature gas pump? Bet you didn’t notice that little arrow next to it. Next time you go to pull up at the pump, make sure it’s pointing towards the gas pump.
13– Pen Cap Holes
Kids will stick anything in their mouth if given a chance. That’s why toy companies like to print those ‘choking-hazard’ labels on pretty much everything. So it may come as no surprise that before the hole was added to pen caps, pens caused over 100 choking deaths a year. That hole in the pen cap is so much more than a quirky design feature. It’s a way to keep kids from choking on it – leaving just enough space for them to breathe through it should the cap get stuck in their throat.
12– Airplane Window Holes
Is that hole proof of a gremlin at work? A potentially fatal oversight in the design of your Jumbo Jet? It’s actually a pressure regulator. Called breather holes, these tiny holes regulate the pressure passing between the window’s outer and inner panes. By ensuring that the outer pane bears the most stress, these holes ensure you’ll still be able to breathe in case of window failure. They also keep the window from fogging up to ensure you get a magnificent view of the ground below.
11– Pygmy Jean Pockets
They aren’t big enough for credit cards, lip balms, or Lilliputians. So, why the heck do jeans have them? People have wondered what these little holes were for since the invention of jeans. While many have speculated as to what that little pocket could be for, the real reason has to do with 19th-century cowboys. Back then, cowboys would string their watches on chains to keep them from falling into a cow pie or braining a grumpy rattlesnake. Tailors added this pocket to give those cowpokes a place to store their pocket watch.
10– Converse Holes
A lot of people have fallen victim to wet feet thanks to these holes. Who the heck thought it was a good idea to put them there!? Converse, of course.
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Those holes actually improve ventilation. And stop your feet from smelling like an artisanal mix of bleu cheese and toe jam. They also make it easy to bar lace your shoes. This special type of lacing ensures that those Chuck Taylor Converses don’t end up flopping around like cheap rubber clown shoes. Just remember, that next time you go singing in the rain, these holes aren’t waterproof.
09– Measuring Tape Edge
This one takes a keen eye to notice, but the serrated edge of measuring tape is there for a reason. No pencil handy? No problem! Just scratch the surface your measuring with the jagged edge to mark your spot. That’s just one secret of this multiple faceted tool. That little hole at the end can also be hooked over a nail or to hold it in place when you’re measuring.
08– Pot Handle Holes
While every Italian grandma can tell you what the holes in pot handles are for – you might not know. That hole is the perfect shape and size to hold the end of a spoon when you’re not stirring with it. This helps keep pasta sauce and chili off your counter and makes cleaning up a lot easier.
Or, if you want to be boring, you can just use them to hang it up.
07– Tic Tac Lids
Tic Tac has thought of everything! Not only are these little candies addicting, but the container is also handy! Before seeing that picture, you likely played a game of candy roulette every time you opened a box of Tic Tacs. You shook the box and hoped to end up with one mint, instead of twenty.
06– The 57 on a Bottle of Heinz
Heinz today makes more than 5700 distinct products. So, why does the bottle say 57? It all started in 1896 when founder H.J. Heinz stumbled upon an advertisement for “21 styles of shoes.” After some debate, he came up with the slogan “57 Varieties” despite the fact that the company offered more than 60 products at that time. The lucky number has been there ever since. It’s put in that specific location on the bottle for a reason as well. The ’57’ is placed on the bottleneck as the best spot to tap in order to get sauce out quicker, and more efficiently.
05– Take Out Containers
Surprise, surprise! It turns out that condiment cups aren’t the only origami containers out there. Like its cousin the condiment cup, the typical Chinese takeout box also unfolds into a plate Save yourself a few dishes, avoid the grease stains, and chow down!
04– Airport Runway Numbers
Every runway in the world has two numbers on it. But, what the heck do they mean? They don’t seem to follow any pattern.
Well, it turns out these numbers are what keeps pilots from mixing up takeoff and landing runways. Each number matches a direction on the compass and sits somewhere between 1 and 36—and each number corresponds to a point on the compass between 1 and 360 degrees. Every runway number differs from the other by exactly 18—or 180 degrees. This makes it easy for pilots to decide which runway is made for landing.
03– Reversed Military Flags
Americans are real sticklers when it comes to their flag. They have dozens, if not hundreds of rules, about how to use it, fly it, and retire it. For example, it’s the only flag that doesn’t tip towards the head of state of the host country at the Olympics. It also must always face forward. Which means the stars sit on the left when its flown on a flagpole.
But, on military uniforms, it’s flipped. The stars are on the right. The reason why is simple: the flag cannot be in retreat when the soldier marches forward. Just another sign that America takes that flag very, very seriously.
02– Fire Casts No Shadow
Take a look at this video. Do you notice something missing? That’s right, there’s no shadow. And, no, that’s not Peter Pan’s candle. You also won’t be able to sew one on with thread or rub it on with a bar of soap.
To understand why you need to know two things: 1. Shadows are the result of light being blocked by an object and 2. a flame is nothing more than a gaseous chemical reaction. Since light can pass through a flame unaltered, and the flame itself projecting light onto the wall, there’s usually no way for it to cast a shadow.
01– Maple Syrup Handles
Have you ever held a bottle of 100-percent real maple syrup—or helped smuggle one across the Canadian border? If you have, you’ve likely noticed those tiny little teacup handles. It might be large enough to fit your pinky through but it’s not exactly made for pouring.
Where did it come from though? And, why is it there? This tiny handle hails from the days when maple syrup was packaged in five-gallon jugs. As the bottles shrank, so did the handles. But, in order to keep some of that old-world charm, the handles never disappeared entirely.
Which one of these interesting facts surprised you the most? Do you have any photos to share that left you shaking your head in disbelief? Let me know in the comments below!