Thursday, February 16, 2017


1. 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.

2. Ever notice the little holes in the windows of airplanes?

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That little hole is there for two reasons:
The first reason is to compensate for air pressure. When the plane climbs to cruising altitude, there’s a huge pressure difference between the inside and outside of the plane. The hole is there to regulate some of that difference so that the outer window doesn’t have to do all the work.
The other reason is that it prevents the windows from fogging up.

3. 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.

4. And this little pocket on your jeans?
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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.

5. Okay, but what about the studs?
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When Levi Strauss made his first pair of jeans, it was a pretty common problem 
for the seams of the trousers to tear due to the stress being put on them by the workmen & miners who wore them.
The rivets just exist to strengthen the trousers at the most conspicuous spots.

6. What are those little holes in Converse All Stars there for?
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The main reason they’re there is the most obvious one: ventilation.
But some people think that because Converse All Stars were originally made as basketball shoes, laces could be looped through the extra holes for a snugger fit.

7. Ever notice the little hole at the end of a tape measure? Ever wonder what it’s for?
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It’s there to hook onto nails or screws so you can measure safely without the tape measure slipping.

8. And what about the little serrated edge?

Pretty obvious now that you see it, isn’t it? Imagine trying to mark where your measurement is, but not being able to because your hands are currently both busy using a tape measure.
A little serrated edge would come in handy right then, wouldn’t it?

9. That hole in the handle of your pot is useful for more than one reason.
Sure, the main reason that hole is there is for hanging up your pot, but next time you need to set down a messy cooking spoon you’ll know exactly where to look.

10. And the hole on your pasta spoon?
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This one is going to blow your mind. The hole’s primary purpose to strain the pasta and let the water drain out, but on many spoons, the hole is just about the size of one person’s portion of spaghetti.

11. What’s that arrow next to your gas gauge there for?
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Maybe you’ve never even noticed it before, but that little arrow is secretly the most convenient feature on any car. It indicates which side of the car the gas cap is on. Believe me, it comes in handy when you’re driving a rental car.

12. Why is one side of a bobby pin bent into a zigzag?
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That’s an easy one! The grooved side is the bottom of the pin and should face toward the scalp. The grooves help the hairpin hold the hair better.

13. Ever notice a little hole in the bottom of a padlock?
That little hole is there for a few reasons. The first is that it lets water drain out of the lock if you’re using it outdoors, so it won’t rust in the rain or freeze and break in the winter. The hole can also be used to oil the lock to keep it working well.

14. What about this thick bit found on many cables?
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Those little cylinder-shaped lumps are ferrite cores or chokes, and they’re essentially just chunks of magnetic iron oxide that are there to suppress high-frequency electromagnetic interference.
Have you ever heard weird interference when your cell phone goes off too close to a speaker? Well, ferrite cores are there to keep that from happening to your monitors, power supplies, and everything else.

15. Do you even know how utility blades work?
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Take a close look at the blade on your box cutter or utility knife. Notice the little score lines? You can break off the end of the blade to give yourself a fresh, sharp blade whenever you want.
To do so, take that back cap off, slide the blade out the back end, and use the cap to snap off the end of the blade before putting it all back together again.

16. And why do some caps on tubes have a little spike in them?
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Unscrew the lid, flip it around, and push it in. The little spike will punch right through the protective foil on a new container.

17. And the little bumps on the “F” and “J” keys on a keyboard?
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Most trained typists will already know what they’re there for. In 10-finger typing, the “F” and “J” keys are the home keys, where your index fingers rest. The little bumps let you find your way back to the home position without looking down at your keyboard.

18. What about the hole found in rulers?
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Easy. It’s for hanging them up.

19. Why does an Apple power cable have wings?
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The wings flip up to give you something to wrap the cable around. Start by wrapping the thicker section of cable around the power block, then the thinner part of the cable around the wings, and secure the whole thing with the little clamp on the very end.

20. And while we’re at it, what’s the dot next to the camera on an iPhone for?
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It’s a microphone for when you’re using the back camera.

21. Have you been eating Tic Tacs wrong this whole time?
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Maybe you’ve noticed the little indentation on the lid of a package of Tic Tacs before and figured it was there to tightly seal the container, right? Well, it also serves as a dispenser that gives you one Tic Tac at a time.

22. And the little disc under the lid of a plastic bottle?
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Have you ever pried one of them out and found that your bottle still closes fine? What purpose could they possibly serve then?
They’re there to create a seal that keeps EVERYTHING in that bottle, both liquid and carbonation. Without it, that soda would go flat in no time.
23. What’s that mysterious blue side of an eraser for?
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You’ve always heard that it could erase pen ink. Well, it can. But it only really works on very strong, thick paper.
The blue side is harder and more abrasive that the softer pink side, and takes a lot more paper off when you use it, which is why you’ve probably erased clean through the paper any time you’ve tried to use it.

24. And why do wine and champagne bottles have those indentations in the bottom?
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It’s not there so that the sommelier can get a better grip while they’re pouring, which is probably what you’ve always heard.
It’s actually there to compensate for the pressure that the contents of the bottle go through during the corking process. The sides and bottoms of bottles are weak spots, and the indentation helps evenly distribute the pressure inside the bottle. That’s why it’s so much deeper on champagne bottles, which are under much more pressure due to the carbonation.
(Thanks, BuzzFeed)

Did you know that drinking two glasses of Gatorade can relieve headache pain almost immediately-without the unpleasant side effects caused by traditional pain relievers?   

Colgate Toothpaste makes an excellent salve for burns.

Before you head to the drugstore for a high-priced inhaler filled with mysterious chemicals, try chewing on a couple of curiously strong Altoids peppermints. They'll clear up your stuffed nose..

Achy muscles from a bout of the flu? Mix 1 tablespoon horseradish in 1 cup of olive oil. Let the mixture sit for 30 minutes, then apply it as a massage oil for instant relief for aching muscles. 

Sore throat? Just mix 1/4 cup of vinegar with 1/4 cup of honey and take 1 tablespoon six times a day. The vinegar kills the bacteria. 

Cure urinary tract infections with Alka-Seltzer. Just dissolve two tablets in a glass of water and drink it at the onset of the symptoms. Alka-Seltzer begins eliminating urinary tract infections almost instantly, even though the product was never advertised for this use. 

Honey remedy for skin blemishes...... Cover the blemish with a dab of honey and place a 
Band-Aid over it. Honey kills the bacteria, keeps the skin sterile, and speeds healing. 
Works overnight. 

Listerine therapy for toenail fungus: Get rid of unsightly toenail fungus by soaking your toes in Listerine Mouthwash. The powerful antiseptic leaves your toenails looking healthy again. 

Easy eyeglass protection... To prevent the screws in eyeglasses from loosening, apply a small drop of clear nail polish to the threads of the screws before tightening them. 

Cleaning liquid that doubles as bug killer... If menacing bees, wasps, hornets, or yellow jackets get in your home and you can't find the insecticide, try a spray of Formula 409.. Insects drop to the ground instantly.

Smart splinter remover: Just pour a drop of Elmer's Glue-All over the splinter, let dry, and peel the dried glue off the skin. The splinter sticks to the dried glue. 

Hunt's Tomato Paste boil cure.. Cover the boil with Hunt's Tomato Paste as a compress. The acids from the tomatoes soothe the pain and bring the boil to a head. 

Balm for broken blisters... To disinfect a broken blister, dab on a few drops of Listerine, a powerful antiseptic.. 

Vinegar to heal bruises... Soak a cotton ball in white vinegar and apply it to the bruise for 1 hour. The vinegar reduces the blueness and speeds up the healing process.. 

Quaker Oats for fast pain relief.... it's not for breakfast anymore! Mix 2 cups of Quaker Oats and 1 cup of water in a bowl and warm in the microwave for 1 minute, cool slightly, and apply the mixture to your hands for soothing relief from arthritis pain. 
(Thanks, Carole)

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It was almost impossible to find cartoons on today's subjects, 
so here are some on puzzles & just being puzzled:

I’m out of my mind right now, but feel free to leave a message.  I’ll get back to you as soon as I can----fishducky

On a different subject, I want to remind you again about a book by my blogging buddy, 
Carol Wyer.
If you like mysteries, it's a must read!!
Right now it's only 99 cents on Amazon.
Buy it!!
Read it!!
You'll thank me!!