These Things 'You May Not Know About Everyday Objects' Is Pretty Interesting
Aren't facts great? Especially fun ones. There's nothing better than sitting in the pub and loudly announcing: "DID YOU KNOW..." and following it up with a good old fact. But there's always one knobhead who goes: "Yeah, everyone knows that. Why don't you go back to 2004 when that would've been interesting."
I hate those people. They're even worse than the guy who wildly underestimates the price of something when you say: "Oh my God, guess how much this was?!" Hoping that they'd say a tenner. Trust bloody Chris to say 10p. It was a quid, now I look a right prat.
Anyway, #Mind Warehouse has put together this awesome video full to the brim with facts about everyday objects. It's bloody brilliant.
But I know that you're all very busy and important people and you may not have time to watch a four-minute video so here's the highlights:
Bobbles on bobble hats
Pretty much everyone has a bobble hat. It's a winter staple. But did you know that the bobble on top actually has a function? I bloody didn't, I thought it was just decorative. However, the video explains: "The first bobble appeared in the 18th century, French marines wore them. Back then, ship cabins had low ceilings, so bobbles were very important - they prevented sailors from hurting their heads.
"Then, other countries began using this element in army uniforms. By looking at its shape and colour, you could know which branch of the military a solider belonged to. Nowadays, it is pure decoration."
The hole in the lollipop stick
I always thought this was just so at the end of your lollipop you had an extra tiny bit. Like a little treat at the end of a treat. But I was wrong.
"Many people are in the wrong thinking that the hole in the stick prevents suffocation in case you swallow the stick. It's not true, though. For this purpose, the whole stick is hollow. Other people believe that it's for you to whistle after you've finished your candy, but they're wrong too.
"Don't believe us? Then try it out.
"Actually, this hole is designed especially for the candy not to fall.
"During production, when the stick is sunk in the still liquid candy the substance fills this hole first. Once its cooled down, this part fixes the whole candy. Also, thanks to this invention, Chupa Chups are harder to swallow compared to other candies. One of the reasons why it's so popular."
Every girl crazy bout a sharp dressed man, right? A suit wouldn't look right without the creases down the front. But why are they there?
The video explains: "One of the integral parts of the business suit. But, how did people come up with them? And why? Almost nobody knows.
"It happened at the end of the 19th century. Clothes made in European factories were sent to other countries.
"In order to fit as many clothes as possible into the ship's hold, it was folded and tamped. After long travels through oceans and seas the trousers had severe creases. It was almost impossible to get rid of them. So people had no other choice but to accept this effect. So the trouser creases became fashionable."
Lines on toothpaste tubes
We've all seen this picture going viral on Facebook. Something along the lines of "WARNING: THESE LINES MEANS THERE'S CHEMICALS IN YOUR TOOTHPASTE". Alright, Linda. Calm down. It's nothing to do with that.
"There's a legend that the black line is for chemicals, and then green one is for organic components in the toothpaste. Don't believe it! This is bullshit.
"Actually, these are barcodes. They have nothing to do with the composition of the product or its potential health effects.
"The colour codes are supposed to be read by light beam sensors in order to be typically identified so the high-speed machinery knows where the packaging needs to be folded or cut.
"The mark has to contrast with the colour of the tube... So for a white tube, the mark's going to be black. For a green tube, white or beige."
Little pocket in ladies knickers
In knickers, there's a little bit of material along the crotch area. To be completely honest, I had no idea why it was there. But now I feel like I've been missing out on using this as a pocket. Mind you, what would you keep down there? It'd be pretty weird to store my cash down there and then have to try and grab it while I'm paying for my drink at the bar.
I think I'll stick to my purse.
Anyway, there is a legitimate reason: "Not many women know about the purpose of this weirdly-placed pocket, not to mention men.
"The thing is, according to health standards, the inner layer has to be made from a special soft tissue. By the way, it applies both to women's and men's underwear.
"But the ladies panties are made in such a way that it's impossible to attach this extra bit of fabric with two inner seams. In that case, one of them will make you uncomfortable. So on one side, they leave it unsewn.
"As a result, there's a little pouch in there. Oddly enough, many people do think that it's a special secret pocket for something really valuable."
Square on backpack
Once again, never noticed this. But after a quick Google search I can confirm that it's feature on shit-loads of backpacks. Weird.
"This strange pig-nose thingy appears on almost every backpack but, do you know what it means? Originally, it was quite useful for camping. You could thread ropes or carabiners through the tab, or mount equipment to free your arms. And today you can hang something on it too, but it would be more for decoration."
Well there you have it. I feel like we've all learnt something today.
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