23 Outside-The-Box Thinking Facts About Everyday Things • MetDaan

23 Outside-The-Box Thinking Facts About Everyday Things


Are you surprised to see someone mastering multitasking while you live in daily chaos and frustration? Don’t be, because someone actually bothered to discover the real usage of some strange objects we use daily. While you may claim you knew some of them, you still find yourself complaining at the end of the day. Wishing everything went smoothly and without breaching your comfort zone.

Let me tell you something. Comfort zones are boring! You need to think outside of the box and reinvent things every single day. Here are some random facts about everyday life that can get you thinking creatively.

1. Holes in pen lids are super important. They can save lives!

They increase airflow and reduce the risk of choking if the lid is swallowed.


Source: Science Alert

2. The cardboard sleeve you put around your coffee cup has so many names!

Other than coffee sleeve, other names include coffee clutch, coffee cozy, Java Jacket, and paper zarf. So creative!


Source: Wikipedia | Nirzar

3. You know the annoying trailers you have to wait through before you get to see the movie at the cinema.

Those used to be played after the movie. From here cometh the name “trailer”!


Source: F1 Online

4. The tiny pocket on your jeans is not for change!

This pocket was actually designed for cowboys in the 1800’s who commonly put a pocket watch in there.


Source:Men’s Den

5. Barbie has been a mainstay in children’s lives for decades. But what’s her actual name??

Barbara Millicent Roberts is Barbie’s official name. Her birthday is March 9, 1959.


Source: The Find

6. There’s more to the signature line on a check than you see.

It’s actually made up of small print that reads, “AUTHORIZED SIGNATURE.”


Source:Broken Secrets

7. The dab of toothpaste you put on your toothbrush has a name.

It’s known as a nurdle.


Source: Polar Dental

8. Croissants aren’t actually from France.

They originate from Vienna, Austria.


Source:William Sonoma

9. Ever wonder how many trees die for you to have toilet paper?

Every day, 127,000 trees are chopped down in order to meet the global demand for toilet paper. So sad.


Source: Self

10. That small piece of fabric that comes with certain articles of clothing isn’t for patchwork.

It’s actually meant to be put in the wash to make sure the detergent won’t ruin the material.


Source: YouTube | JERYKO

11. If you don’t know how to tie a tie in that special way…don’t worry.

According to Swedish scientists, there are 177,147 ways to tie a necktie.


Source:Tailor On Ten

12. The first webcam wasn’t to video chat with friends.

It was actually set up by scientists at Cambridge University to check the levels of a coffee pot from their desks.


Source: Gizmodo

13. Liners in plastic bottle caps are there for a reason.

Without them, pop go flat a lot quicker. They create a tight seal that keeps both liquid and carbonation in the bottle.


Source: Instagram | @yowayowa

14. In the 1700s, people thought chocolate milk had therapeutic qualities.

The Irish botanist, Sir Hans Sloane sold it as medicine. Interesting!


Source: KRCM

15. Notice anything different about one of the kings on these cards?

In a Rouennais pattern deck of cards, the king of hearts is the only one without a mustache.



16. The hole in the spaghetti spoon has a practical use.

It shows what is one appropriate serving of dry pasta.


Source: Oh Nuts

17. In one day, 400 million M&Ms are produced.

In the United States, M&Ms are made in New Jersey and Tennessee. That is a big number, indeed!


Source:Oh Nuts

18. Where does Coca-Cola get the brown coloring from?

Coca-Cola’s original formula used caramel to give it the brown coloring we know today. The ‘cola’ part of the name comes from kola nuts, which was also an ingredient in the original formula.


Source: Oleg Sklyanchuk

19. Do you remember having this as a kid? They happen to be exceptionally long when stretched out.

When you stretch the slinky completely flat, it measures 87 feet.



20. Do you know what the bumps on the ‘f’ and ‘j’ keys stand for?

In classic 10-finger typing, the bumps help direct your pointer fingers to the ‘home keys’. This will allow you to find your hand’s positions without having to look.


Source: Foss Bytes

21. When you thought you knew what a berry is, and then…

Bananas, grapes, and oranges are actually berries. Boom!


Source: Flickr | keepon i

22. Who invented the cotton candy? A dentist!

Shops sold it as “fairy floss.” Yeah, it’s totally weird.


Source: YouTube | KTNV Channel 13 Las Vegas

23. The invention of Bubble Wrap was a happy mistake.

The two men who invented it were originally trying to create textured wallpaper. Then, the machine they were using ended up producing the plastic sheets covered with air bubbles. You gotta love that mistake!


Source: Reddit | [deleted]

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