24 Everyday Things You Never Knew Even Had A Purpose

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Think the hole in the lid keeps the ballpoint from drying out?

Think the hole in the lid keeps the ballpoint from drying out?

A lot of people think the hole in the cap of a ballpoint pen is there to keep the pen from drying out, or that it's there to keep a pressure balance that prevents the pen from leaking. The real reason it's there is much more straightforward:

It's there to lower the risk of suffocation. If a small child was chewing on the cap and choked on it, the hole keeps their airway from closing up entirely.

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You know that extra piece of fabric that comes with new clothes?

You know that extra piece of fabric that comes with new clothes?

You probably always thought it was there for patches, right? Wrong! The manufacturer includes that little sample of material so you can test how different laundry detergents will react to your new garment.

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And this little pocket on your jeans?

And this little pocket on your jeans?

The purpose of that little pocket is obvious to any Wild West cowboys or 19th-century gold miners reading this. It's where you kept your pocket watch when jeans were first invented.

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