Everyday objects with fascinating stories behind their designs

Have you ever wondered why there are small holes on lollipop sticks, or what's the purpose of the drawer under your oven? In case you have, we'll try to answer the questions of the stories behind everyday objects.


Have you ever wondered why there are small holes on lollipop sticks, or what’s the purpose of the drawer under your oven? In case you have, we’ll try to answer the questions of the stories behind everyday objects.

Hats with Pom-poms

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These hats look fluffy and fashionable, and make a great addition to the overall winter outfit for many, but the truth is that they were first introduced by the French sailors back in the 18th century to protect their heads from the low ceilings below deck.

The hole on Lollipop sticks

When we were little kids, I remember using these sticks to whistle, so I was convinced until today that it was the reason why they are even there in the first place. But, other than providing joy for children, the hole’s purpose is to keep the candy fixed to the stem. Small part of the candy fills the holes and that keeps the lollipop more stable.

The patch on the backpacks

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This patch, which is usually made of leather, is used for tying or hooking things on the back of your backpack. Like your shoes, maybe?

The little hole on the smartphones


The hole placed between the camera lens and the flash might be super tiny, but its function is big. Believe it or not, it’s a tiny microphone, but not an ordinary one. It’s a noise cancelling microphone, or a rear microphone which helps improve the quality of audio recordings.

Number 57 on ketchup bottles


This one is quite interesting indeed. “57 Varieties” used to be an advertising slogan for the H. J. Heinz Company. The number is believed to be the founder’s lucky number and is now on each ketchup bottle. However, according to what the company’s spokesperson told TODAY Food, it serves a function that can come in handy. “The sweet spot to tap on the Heinz bottle is the 57 on the neck. All you need to do is apply a firm tap where the bottle narrows, and the ketchup will come out easier.”

The “pocket” in your underwear

Did you know that the pocket in the crotch of women’s underwear is called the gusset? Although it does look like a pocket, it’s definitely not used for storing anything. No matter what material the panties are made of, this tiny part is almost always made of cotton and the reason why is to provide extra comfort and allow breathing. One side is not sewn because an extra seam on that spot would make things very uncomfortable.

Toffifee hacks


The spaces between the toffee treats made of caramelized sugar or molasses along with butter are used to help you reach your favorite sweets easier. Just press your thumb and forefinger on two diagonal holes to push up the candy.

Metal brackets on shopping carts


Doing grocery shopping can be as exhausting as much as it can be fun. Now, if you have troubles with your products spilling from the bags, simply hang them on the metal brackets behind the child seat on a shopping cart, just like on the photo above.

Switch on rear-view mirror


Someone was curious to learn what the purpose of the switch on their rear-view mirror was and took to the Internet community to find their answer. Quora users said “That little switch works like a dimmer switch. If you look at it on an angle you will see it’s not just a mirrored piece of glass. It actually has angled slats inside of it.” It means turning the mirror to anti-glare mode will protect the driver from being blinded by the headlights of a car behind.

The little arrow-like symbol on a car’s dashboard

Do you struggle to remember on which side of your car the tank is? You don’t have to be bothered with that any longer as it turns out that the arrow or the triangle placed near the gas gauge shows exactly that.

Spoon slot


The holes in the handles of utensils are perfect for hanging the pots and pans on the kitchen wall, but they serve another purpose as well. As it turns out, the holes can be used for holding ladles and spoons while cooking. The good thing? Your counter won’t get messy.

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