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18 Things Designed for a Different Purpose

You know, once upon a time, I spotted a tiny
groove on the bottom of my favorite coffee mug. Was it broken? Nope, it looked as if it had been made that
way! And that’s how this crazy obsesson started. After googling this question, I discovered
that tons of things I used every day without thinking twice — were equipped with tiny
gizmos I’d never noticed! And here are 18 discoveries that impressed
me the most. 1. Brushes on Escalator Sides
Um, no, they aren’t for polishing your shoes. In fact, these brushes serve an important
safety purpose. You might have heard that most accidents happen
when people get their bags or clothes stuck in escalators because they stand too close
to the sides. But when there are nylon brushes on both sides,
you can’t help but keep your feet away from the escalator’s skirt panels. The result? No accidents! 2. “57” on Heinz Ketchup Bottles
I was dumb struck when I found out that the number “57” on a Heinz ketchup bottle had
nothing to do with the product label! The truth is that the place with the numbers
is the sweet spot you should tap to get the ketchup flowing! So, stop banging the bottom of your sauce
bottle already and hit the “57”! 3. Pompoms on Beanies
Aren’t pompoms attached to beanies to add an extra touch of cuteness? Apparently not. French sailors were the ones who invented
this style, and pompoms actually served a very practical purpose. They prevented the sailors from hitting their
heads against the ships’ low ceilings. Later, the pompom design was adapted by army
troops, and that’s how they ended up decorating our beanies! 4. Slots on Measuring Tape
You’ve probably noticed that on the end of almost any measuring tape, there’s a metal
stub with a small slot. If one of your hands is occupied, you can
use this slot to hook your measuring tape over a nail head and continue your calculations
– the tape will stay in place. Also, the stub is often serrated on one side
so that you can make marks without having to use a pencil. 5. Grooves on Toothpicks – groovy toothpicks-
take your pick. While I was doing my google research, I also
found out that I’d been using toothpicks the wrong way! Now, I’m talking about toothpicks with grooves
at the flat end. If you don’t have anywhere to put such a toothpick
after using it, snap off the flat end at the first groove and put it on the table. Now, you can balance the used portion of your
toothpick on the grooved part so that it doesn’t have to touch the table. 6. Grooves on Cup Bottoms
It turns out that a little groove on a cup or mug bottom serves several purposes! First of all, it lets cool air flow beneath
the cup. It saves your favorite coffee mug from cracking
when it gets heated up from the hot beverage. What’s more, when you wash cups placed upside
down in the dishwasher, the grooves make sure that water doesn’t stagnate in the cup bottoms
and spill all over your feet when you take the cups out. How thoughtful! 7. Holes in Soda Pop Tabs
What could be simpler than a can of soda? Don’t be so sure, the thing has its own secrets! For example, pay attention to the tab you
pull on to open your beverage. Do you see a reasonably large hole in the
middle? Let me introduce a designated place-holder
for your straw. The only thing you need to do is to spin the
tab around so that it’s over the can opening and push your straw through it. Now who would have thought? 8. Little Dot Near the iPhone Camera
Despite what most people think, the tiny dot next to the camera on an iPhone is NOT the
flash! Brace yourself – it’s one of the three microphones
that starts recording once you switch on your back camera. It also helps to eliminate background noises
when you’re recording videos in crowded places. 9. Holes on Gas Cans
You might have wondered why most gas cans have two holes with caps, one bigger and one
smaller. Before, I thought that the little hole is
used when you pour something into a smaller container, but I was wrong. In reality, you’re supposed to uncap it before
you pour the gas inside the bigger hole to prevent it from “glugging” and spilling on
your clothes and the ground. 10. Holes in Pen Caps
Honestly, I used to think that this little hole in the caps of most pens is just an offbeat
way to keep the ink flowing. But no! Apparently, pen manufacturers know more about
little kids than you can imagine. For example, they realized that one day, a
child might end up choking on the innocent-looking pen cap. And to prevent the little ones from suffocating,
they started to place holes in pen caps, so that even if one gets stuck in a child’s throat,
the air can still get into their lungs. 11. Childproof Prescription Bottles
Ever got super frustrated when trying to open one of those childproof prescription bottles? Then you’ll understand my relief after I found
out that there’s an easier way. If you don’t have small kids around, turn
the lid on the bottle upside down and there you go! It’s no longer childproof. 12. The Ridges on “F” and “J”
The small ridges on letters “F” and “J” on your keyboard are made so that you can type
without looking down at the keyboard. This way, you’ll always know the initial position
of your index fingers; and after that, it’s all about your muscle memory. Too bad my muscles have so forgetful.. 13. Hole in a Padlock Bottom
This tiny hole has a very important task: it helps to drain water from the outdoor lock
after the rain, which prevents the thing from rusting and clogging. On top of that, you can also use this hole
to oil the lock’s hinges so that it doesn’t get stuck. You should also remember that if a lock doesn’t
have this small hole, you should only use it inside. 14. The Gas Gauge Arrow
The next time you drive your car, pay attention to the little arrow next to the fuel tank
sign on the gas gauge. The direction it points in isn’t random. The arrow shows the side of the car where
your fuel tank is. Believe me, you’ll see the true value of this
feature as soon as you rent a car and drive it to a gas station! 15. Fabric Squares That Come with Clothes
It puzzled me to no end that every time I bought a new shirt or a pair of pants, I found
an attached Ziploc baggy that contained a tiny piece of matching fabric and a button
sewn on it. Well, the purpose of an extra button is pretty
clear, but what with the fabric? The shocking truth is that you’re supposed
to try out your cleaning products on this piece of fabric first, so you don’t ruin
the whole thing when you decide to wash it! 16. Plastic Lids
At first sight, everything is obvious about plastic lids on disposable cups – they keep
your beverage inside, right? But that’s not all they’re capable of! As soon as you find a cozy spot and get ready
to sip on your drink, you can use the lid as a coaster! If you look attentively, you’ll notice special
ridges that snuggly hug the bottom of your cup. Each lid’s size fits the corresponding cup’s
bottom. 17. Notebook Margins
Well, I have to admit that this fact left me outright flabbergasted. It appears that originally, margins weren’t
created for making additional notes! They used to protect your work from… rats! In those times, rats were common residents
in people’s homes, and they loved to snack on paper. That’s why, by leaving margins wide, manufacturers
safeguarded the writing on the outer edges. Ah rats! 18. Side Holes in Converse Sneakers
I have to make a confession – I’m an avid sneaker collector. But even though I have tons of Converse All-Stars,
I could never figure out the purpose of the two extra holes located on the side next to
the sole. I mean I read somewhere that they were for
“additional airflow,” but seriously? Two tiny holes? It turned out I was right in my skepticism,
and the holes are actually for laces. Since sneakers were originally invented for
basketball players, this interesting design allowed them to accommodate any player’s foot. They just needed to lace their sneakers in
a way that was most comfortable for them. So there you have it! Pretty particular purposes for puny parts
of personal possessions. How about you? Do you know about other things with hidden
purposes? Let me know down in the comments! If you learned something new today, then give
this video a like and share it with a friend. But – hey! – don’t go pondering the puny
parts of your personal possessions just yet! We have over 2,000 cool videos for you to
check out. All you have to do is pick the left or right
video, click on it, and enjoy! Stay on the Bright Side of life!



Aug 8, 2019, 10:29 am Reply

Hey there, BrightSiders! Which of these things do u use more often?

Thomas Cordero

Sep 9, 2019, 7:18 pm Reply

Thats why my history teacher calls me rat, because i eat paper

Rusty Kennedy

Sep 9, 2019, 7:46 pm Reply

Thank you Captain Obvious.

Gulan Akrawi

Sep 9, 2019, 8:44 pm Reply

I also measure my eggplant

Billy Heath

Sep 9, 2019, 11:35 pm Reply

I'm 10 and I know how to open up the child proof medication bottle

micheal dp

Sep 9, 2019, 3:30 am Reply

How is some of these a DIFFERENT purpose some of them u would already know


Sep 9, 2019, 1:52 pm Reply

I know

If i subcribe i will never miss your vidoes

Mix of Tricks

Sep 9, 2019, 9:09 pm Reply

5:10 I love this hack! I've been doing it ever since! I mean, picking the pills up off the floor is a little annoying but hey, no struggle to open a child safe lock as an adult!


Sep 9, 2019, 11:17 pm Reply

I already new 7 and 8

Alicia love

Sep 9, 2019, 11:40 pm Reply

Ok the real question is why did he use a ? to demonstrate the metal part on the measuring tape

Dipankar Bhowmick

Sep 9, 2019, 6:21 am Reply

News Bangla

Sarah Taylor

Sep 9, 2019, 10:34 am Reply

is that a plastic straw?


Sep 9, 2019, 12:49 pm Reply

0:53 I put my feet near the brushes because that feels nice but idk why

Fabulous Kitty

Sep 9, 2019, 1:24 pm Reply

With the nylon brush I always put my shoe on it xD

Fabulous Kitty

Sep 9, 2019, 1:27 pm Reply

Is it just me or are some of this are like common fact. Or is it just me

alex pratt

Sep 9, 2019, 3:55 pm Reply

Who doesn’t know how to use a tape measure lol also the other cap on the gas can is the choke it’s there so you can open it and the can won’t either get a bubble and not pour or go everywhere it makes so the can pours steadily and let’s some fumes go out idk if that’s what you said but that’s why it’s there


Sep 9, 2019, 5:58 pm Reply

3:50 You lost me here! COME ONNNN

Unicorn MRH

Sep 9, 2019, 6:26 pm Reply

I know all these

Nate Norton

Sep 9, 2019, 2:44 am Reply

Is he the voice for How its Made?

Ann Waitai

Sep 9, 2019, 7:48 am Reply

Why’d he measure an eggplant and nothing else???

Phaulo Kyel Reyes

Sep 9, 2019, 9:19 am Reply

2:02 Ummmmmm….are you thinking what im thinking!?!

Xian Laurence Duallo

Sep 9, 2019, 10:30 am Reply

5:33 i learned that on grade 1

FlareStarsdream –

Sep 9, 2019, 11:08 am Reply

I wanted to play minecraft, but I watched this instead

Vicious Venom

Sep 9, 2019, 12:05 pm Reply

I know a hidden purpose that YOU dont know……..I am your father. (You know if you know)

First Last

Sep 9, 2019, 1:20 pm Reply

Tnxs paaa

Teo Lol

Sep 9, 2019, 1:36 pm Reply

bright side best youtuber]

Musicplayer 142

Sep 9, 2019, 6:24 pm Reply

OMG you just made my day brighter 2:01

Anthony Salazar

Sep 9, 2019, 7:51 pm Reply

It’s not the 57 on the label, it’s the 57 imprinted on the glass

Ne Ne Zilla

Sep 9, 2019, 1:22 am Reply

Your image of the Heinz 57 "tapping" is incorrect…you are to "tap" on the 57 that is actually imprinted on the glass bottle. Thanks from Pittsburgh PA!

Cyber Punk #386

Sep 9, 2019, 12:25 pm Reply

? It's 2019 (or whatever) and this dude is using Google+

Cyber Punk #386

Sep 9, 2019, 12:35 pm Reply

That was officially the last Bright Side video I watched.

Haider A

Sep 9, 2019, 5:04 pm Reply

Phones have volume buttons for turning the volume up.

daniel oamha

Sep 9, 2019, 8:18 pm Reply

Not gonna explain how that works? 7:49 Just gonna state it as fact with no evidence or reasoning?

Hana Lawrence

Sep 9, 2019, 9:18 pm Reply

I knew a lot of these ??

marija mladenovic

Sep 9, 2019, 9:41 pm Reply


Slow motion guy S

Sep 9, 2019, 11:44 pm Reply

half of these i already know


Sep 9, 2019, 4:47 pm Reply

Common sense is not so common i guess

Great Mazente

Sep 9, 2019, 10:25 pm Reply

2:06 no one gonna notice that ??? Not dirty minded btw so chill ??

Like if u know what it means ?

Tg Whitaker

Sep 9, 2019, 11:04 pm Reply

For the first one I don’t apply because when I was a little kid i always brushed my foot against that brush but then what happened is my foot almost got cut off because I brushed my foot…… against the brush

Chepy Chepay

Sep 9, 2019, 11:14 am Reply

Thanks. Finally I can sleep well after know the purpose of all that things

alysha Teo

Sep 9, 2019, 1:57 pm Reply

He hit the wrong 57 it's supposed to be the glass 57 in the middle

hasan ch

Sep 9, 2019, 5:22 pm Reply

yes i know things with hidden purpose

that is that apple haven't space for a headphones jack?

Peps Haven

Sep 9, 2019, 7:41 pm Reply

Some staplers have a rubber cover at the bottom. If you remove it, there is storage space for spare staples.

Peps Haven

Sep 9, 2019, 7:45 pm Reply

The ridges on the f & j keys are tactile reminders for placement of the fingers on the home keys. Touch typists use them so they can place their fingers on the correct keys when typing so they don't have to keep checking the keyboard and can keep their eyes on the page.


Sep 9, 2019, 9:42 pm Reply

You're not serious about what you said about number 8 right?

Muhammad Toieb

Sep 9, 2019, 5:39 pm Reply

You are always amazing..
I love to hear you and the knowledge you give is extraordinary. Thank you….

melwin frank

Sep 9, 2019, 10:31 pm Reply

Its not true that the french men invented it it was the vikings

Sun_flower Heaven

Sep 9, 2019, 3:46 am Reply

But why an eggplant @[email protected]

Joseph Tosey

Sep 9, 2019, 3:31 pm Reply

What lead you to the idea that margins are protection against rats? I can’t find another article that confirms this; we include margins on web pages, picture and window frames, streets (“curbs”), shirt sleeves (“cuffs”), hats (called “brims”), dinner plates (“edging”), playing cards, paper currency (US dollar), gardens (“edging”), mats (“borders”), etc. I imagine that rats are possible, but it seems more likely that this is an aide to human perception. Given 10% of pages are dedicated to margins, it would imply 40 million metric tons of paper a year are produced to protect the other 360 metric tons of paper against rats, which just seems unlikely. Maybe some person historically said this in jest?

Your mum69

Sep 9, 2019, 8:21 pm Reply

Everyone whos in the trade knows that about a tape measure

YoSavageGal8806 !!!

Sep 9, 2019, 10:21 pm Reply



John Kean

Sep 9, 2019, 10:30 pm Reply

The arrow doesn't always point to the right side for the petrol cap – not the Passat

Retali 8 sound promoting

Sep 9, 2019, 10:58 pm Reply

yea um did you know a garbage can was for garbage

Evil GOD Joe

Sep 9, 2019, 9:20 am Reply

We had pompom in hand made such…. I used to bite and pull off one string of pompom and chew…. And still now when ever I remember such, I shiver for a second, it feels so cringy and shivery. I don't know why but I always shiver when I remember chewing the woollen.

Brodi tamez 2nd

Oct 10, 2019, 4:03 am Reply

Number 14 every body new that.and yah a bunch of these I already know what their for

Joseph Renthlei

Oct 10, 2019, 5:26 am Reply

Who goes to comment section after seeing 2:10 ? u dirty mf's..yeah u…u do..?

Mr.Galaxy Gaming

Oct 10, 2019, 6:36 am Reply

So actually when it comes to putting a straw in a can of soda I put my straw to the side of the tab and pin it against the opening so the carbonation doesn’t push the straw out, if you haven’t done this before 10/10 would recommend ?

John Doe

Oct 10, 2019, 11:03 am Reply

? wrong about gas can


Oct 10, 2019, 3:19 pm Reply

The small fabric square on replacement buttons that come with pants & shirts isn’t for testing out the color fastness of the fabric. It’s for fixing your button if it gets ripped out & leaves a small hole.

If there’s a hole where your button used to be, you can’t sew it back on. The little bit of fabric allows you to leave the button attached to it & to sew that little bit of fabric over the hole so there’s still and anchor point to attach the button to.

zoe jordan

Oct 10, 2019, 5:59 pm Reply

I see grooves in mugs as cigarettes ashtray

Cynthia Macdonald

Oct 10, 2019, 6:19 pm Reply

lv the water sounds ????

You Wish

Oct 10, 2019, 9:07 pm Reply

That 57 dont work on glass bottles

ניר שלום

Oct 10, 2019, 3:18 am Reply

2:00 i think that one was pretty obvoius for 99% of men 😛

Idc Vlogs

Oct 10, 2019, 4:57 am Reply

Is it weird I know all of these


Oct 10, 2019, 8:28 am Reply

u cant be the only one that puts my foot right by the brushes so they brush against my shoes on escalators?

Sumit Jain

Oct 10, 2019, 2:56 pm Reply

Thanks for this great video, quite insightful! However, I disagree with #7. Sure, nowadays when you pop the soda can, you can swing it around as a placeholder for your straw. But in earlier cans, the lid came off when you popped it, so it could never be used for straws. Besides, different cans have different sized holes in the lids and straw sizes may not always fit. I believe that the original intent for the hole in the lid was simple physics, to give a better grip to pop it open. Imagine trying it without that hole.

G4nTu Mongolia

Oct 10, 2019, 3:04 pm Reply

i always hit the bottom of my sause?


Oct 10, 2019, 4:20 pm Reply

The 2 one isnt true. Its the amount of hienz products there are.

The bible is Truth

Oct 10, 2019, 8:48 pm Reply

Just like why women can't burp like a man

Jordan Li

Oct 10, 2019, 11:56 pm Reply

2:07 that my size oh what to small great for you though

Macka Hates You ;I

Oct 10, 2019, 2:56 am Reply

I always put my foot on the brushes on escalators

Realltom Productions

Oct 10, 2019, 6:25 am Reply

This is much better than those awful space vids

Cat Gotcha

Oct 10, 2019, 6:35 am Reply

Why do TVs have bright red flashing light on the back of it

Samyuk Behera

Oct 10, 2019, 7:34 am Reply

Did you buy a cup from a scp

Keny Vadquez

Oct 10, 2019, 9:42 pm Reply

You just had to use the eggplant

Mya W

Oct 10, 2019, 6:33 am Reply

My life has been a lie

Relaxing Storm

Oct 10, 2019, 10:03 am Reply

2:05, measuring your thing one handed

Gerald Mcdowall

Oct 10, 2019, 11:33 pm Reply

Knew nearly all

derek james

Oct 10, 2019, 7:29 am Reply

Bro you failed to explain that my pills will spill when I put the bottle upside down. Now my 3 month old just swallowed 4 of my perkz. He’s be straight

Ephraim Legaspi

Oct 10, 2019, 8:35 am Reply

Is it weird that i already know these things?

Brezner Palaganas

Oct 10, 2019, 10:52 am Reply

i also saw some holes on number 18

Sub to Pewds

Oct 10, 2019, 3:24 pm Reply

Mine is glass not plastic

J Matthew

Oct 10, 2019, 9:09 pm Reply

Are you that thick lol

chris mullon

Oct 10, 2019, 12:20 am Reply



Oct 10, 2019, 5:47 am Reply

I call BS on the soda can tab hole being intentionally designed for holding a straw. Cans used to have pull-tabs that you pulled completely off the can. The tabs had a hole in them that you could stick your finger through in order to pull them. When they switched to the modern style where the tab stays attached to the can, they just used the same design. Also, having a hole there versus making the tab solid saves a tiny amount of aluminum, and for a company producing billions of cans, that savings can add up.

Sure, holding a straw is a handy use for the hole, but I doubt the designers even thought of it.


Oct 10, 2019, 7:37 pm Reply

This is actually very helpful…

I just tried to write without looking at my keyboard when he talked about FJ


Oct 10, 2019, 12:02 am Reply

I already Knew 10 of these “facts”

Internet Grandma

Oct 10, 2019, 1:14 am Reply

I thought those wholes in the converse were for tying your brothers shoes together when he fell asleep on the couch so he would fall flat on his face when he got up.

Aziz Tiba

Oct 10, 2019, 7:36 am Reply

? Really ?? Lol and it’s 30 inches ?


Oct 10, 2019, 8:06 am Reply

The arrow shows the side that the gas cap is on and yet the person who took the gas cap off didn't hang it on the hook inside the gas door. Yes that clip it did have one

Random Unboxings

Oct 10, 2019, 2:25 pm Reply

Save the turtles!

Michael Rodriguez

Oct 10, 2019, 4:32 am Reply

So a bag of chips. If you fold the bottom inside out just enough you can set down your bag of chips and it wont fall and you dont have to hold it.

Matt w

Oct 10, 2019, 5:10 am Reply

I really wonder where you guys get your info from.
Margins are always on the left so how is that going to stop a rat from destroying anything written on the right hand page?
The holes in Converse sneakers were primarily for ventilation but with methods of lacing being fashionable the holes can be, although uncomfortably, be used for “bar” lacing.

Kick Punch gaming

Oct 10, 2019, 1:35 pm Reply

I shine my shoes with escalator brush sometimes.

Tiina Heidrits

Oct 10, 2019, 5:26 pm Reply

Ok teres a milion thing and you pick?

Arpita Bharangar

Oct 10, 2019, 8:26 pm Reply

2:10 why tho just why would you mesure that with a measuring tape?

Richard Harris

Oct 10, 2019, 12:53 am Reply

well thats 10 mins of my life ill not get back


Oct 10, 2019, 2:19 am Reply

People who think the small hole next to the iPhone camera is a flash should get a Samsung instead.

Andrew Wilmoth

Oct 10, 2019, 6:47 am Reply

5:25 Yes, please take the cap off a pill bottle upside down so all the pills spill out. genius.

Goktug Erol

Oct 10, 2019, 10:06 pm Reply

The hole in container helps fuel to not get hot and explode… You can search on internet people who carry fuel on different containers which are not designed for hazmat died because of explosion.

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