Unknown Details About Well-Known Things

Apr 26, 2021Sonali Pandey
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Our lives are filled with mundane items—the things we use to groom ourselves, prepare food, keep ourselves entertained, and much more! However, there are some cool facts and bizarre stories about them that we aren't aware of! Most likely, it's because we don’t think about them much. But all of us know that "it's never too late to start." So, get ready for some mind-blowing details about everyday essentials!

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OREOS AREN’T VEGAN

Over the last few years, you might have heard multiple times that America’s favorite cookie, Oreo, is vegan-friendly. We’re sorry to share this with you—especially if you’re a vegan who loves Oreo—but it's not true. According to Oreo's website, the cookies may come into contact with milk during processing and should therefore be avoided by vegans.

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STRAWBERRIES AREN’T BERRIES, BUT WATERMELONS ARE

We understand that it’s common for one to think that fruits that contain the word "berry" in their name are berries. But in reality, that’s not the case. The scientific meaning of the term “berry” suggests that it should have an outer skin, a fleshy middle, and seeds on the inside, not the outside. So strawberries are out, but watermelons and bananas are in!

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SHAKING KETCHUP CHANGES ITS TEXTURE

If you’re tired of thick and sticky ketchup that barely comes out of the bottle, all you have to do is shake it. When you shake the ketchup, the circular tomato particles become thinner ellipses, making it runnier and perfect for squirting on tacos, burgers, and other favorite foods.

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CHIMICHANGA IS NOT COMPLETELY MEXICAN

Chimichanga is one of the go-to food choices at a Mexican restaurant, but it turns out that it isn’t entirely Mexican. It was most likely invented in a Mexican restaurant in Tucson, Arizona. Culinary historians and Arizona restaurants still argue about who invented it. Apparently, two Tucson restaurants claim to be the first to make chimichanga.  

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ALL FROOT LOOPS HAVE THE SAME FLAVOR

If you think that you have a sophisticated palate that can notice a distinct taste in each of the differently colored Froot Loops, we’re sorry to disappoint you. They're a blend of fruit flavors, and all of them have the same taste. But kudos to its manufacturers for using different colors and making us think that they might have different flavors!

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SLICE BREAD WAS ONCE BANNED

Machine-sliced bread was first introduced in 1928, and it completely changed the way people thought about bread. But 15 years later, in 1943, the FDA banned it for using too much plastic for wrapping. However, the ban lasted for only three months because there was a huge public outcry after the ban. 

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YOU CAN TASTE GARLIC WITH YOUR FEET

No, we’re not telling you to pick up garlic with your feet and eat it. That would be gross! Actually, garlic’s pungent smell—which is due to a chemical called allicin—is so powerful that it can be absorbed through your skin and through your bloodstream, all the way up to your mouth and nose, giving you the feeling of "tasting" it.

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WE’RE 60% SIMILAR TO BANANAS

Humans aren’t as unique as we think. At least, not according to our DNA! We each have around 3 billion base pairs of DNA, and the majority of our human genome is designed to function similarly to that of other species, making us 96 percent similar to chimps and 60 percent similar to the humble banana.

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WHITE CHOCOLATE ISN’T ACTUALLY CHOCOLATE

Despite containing the term “chocolate” in it, white chocolate is not actually chocolate. Instead, it is a mix of sugar, cocoa butter, milk products, vanilla, and lecithin. The actual chocolate is made from cocoa beans that are ground into chocolate nibs and then processed into chocolate liqueur.

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POTATOES CAN IMPROVE WIFI-SIGNALS

In 2012, when Boeing was testing wireless internet on its planes, it loaded the planes with piles of potatoes. The reason? Potatoes, like humans, reflect and absorb wireless signals due to their high water content and chemical composition. This way, they were able to test for the weak signal spots easily!

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TINY POCKETS IN THE JEANS HAVE A SPECIAL USE

The tiny, hidden pockets in the jeans are made for holding your pocket watch. Well, maybe not yours, but the cowboys who popularized blue jeans in the 1800s were grateful for it. Watches were traditionally worn on chains and tucked into waistcoats, but the fieldwork made this difficult. That's when these tiny pockets came into action!

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PEN CAP HOLES CAN PREVENT CHOKING

Yes, that’s right! BIC first added the tiny holes in the tops of their pen caps in 1991, both to equalize pressure within the pen and to provide a last-ditch lifeline for cap swallowers. Their logic was that if a cap got stuck in someone's throat, they could still breathe through the opening. This may seem like an irritation fear, but over 10,000 people have swallowed pieces of pens and pencils, according to Business Insider.

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DUCT TAPES CAN REMOVE WARTS

Duct tapes can remove eyesores from your house, but it's also effective at removing blemishes on your body, such as warts. In fact, according to a study published by Harvard Health, duct tapes have proved more effective at removing warts than cryotherapy, which involves freezing warts with liquid nitrogen. 

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SOAPS CAN COST UP TO $2800

Well, if you’re tired of using your regular soap bars and if you have $2,800 to throw away, you can buy a bar of the world's most expensive soap, which, according to the BBC, is made in Lebanon and costs a whopping $2,800 because it's infused with powdered gold and diamonds! 

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TOOTHBRUSH DIDN’T EXIST UNTIL THE 1400S 

Humans chewed on several twigs, like neem, to keep their mouths minty-fresh before bristles were invented. Actually, it wasn't until the 1400s that humans used toothbrushes. Back in those days, someone in China had the idea of combining stiff boar bristles with a bamboo handle, and thus, the modern toothbrush was born.

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BOBBLES ON WINTER CAPS AREN’T FOR FANCY PURPOSES

The bobble on the top of a winter hat is merely a fashion statement for many people. But the main use of those bobbles is to protect your head from harm. French marines used to wear sailor hats with a bobble on top to avoid hitting their heads on low cabin ceilings on ships. Later, the shape and color of the bobbles were used to differentiate various military branches!

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THE HOLE IN A SPAGHETTI STRAINER HAS A SPECIAL PURPOSE

You must have seen the spaghetti spoons that are used to stir and serve noodles. But have you ever wondered what the hole in the middle is made for? Well, it acts as a measuring tool so that you cook the right amount of noodles! Usually, it can measure around one serving of spaghetti. 

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COLOR TAGS ON STORE-BOUGHT BREAD HAVE A MEANING

Fresh bread is distributed to stores five days a week, and each day is identified by a different colored tag or twist tie. While some companies have their own color scheme, this standard code is simple to remember: blue, green, red, white, and yellow are the colors that correspond to the week's days, which are listed in alphabetical order from Monday to Saturday.

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IPHONES HAVE HIDDEN MICROPHONES

Have you ever wondered why there is a dot next to the camera on the back of your iPhone? No, it's not just a simple design! Instead, it is a hidden microphone! So, the next time your voice sounds muffled when you're using the phone, check if the rear microphone is obscured or dirty.

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TOOTHPASTE CAN BE USED TO FIX WALLS

You've already made two trips to the home center store, but there's a tiny hole in your wall that needs to be repaired, and you're out of material. So, what to do now? Well, for a fast fix, go to the bathroom and grab the tube of toothpaste. Then squeeze the paste into the hole and take a putty knife or a card and remove the excess amount. Easy!

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PAPER MARGINS HAVE A SPECIAL PURPOSE

If you're like us and thought that the margins on paper were empty spaces for taking notes or getting input from a teacher or editor, you're wrong!  Margins have been around almost as long as the paper itself, and their original purpose was to protect the text in case rats nibbled the page's edges. 

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BUTTONS ARE USUALLY ON LEFT SIDE OF WOMEN’S CLOTHING

The reason dates back to the olden times when buttons were placed on the left side to denote a certain social and financial status. If you owned clothes with buttons on the left side, you were presumably of the same rank and social class as women who had chambermaids to dress them. The fact that women's clothing buttons were on the left side made the job a little easier for them!

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KEYBOARD BUMPS INCREASE TYING SPEED

According to Typing.com, an average typist who uses all ten fingers types more than 50 words per minute (WPM), which is about twice as fast as those who only use two fingers and type 27 WPM. But the keyboard has a feature in the form of bumps on the F and J keys that can help you increase your typing speed!

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HERE’S WHY MEASURING TAPES HAVE HOLE AT THE END

The hole at the end of a measuring tape is meant to clip onto a nail or screw. This is particularly useful when you don’t have someone to help you out in measuring something large. All you need to do is tap a nail into the surface of whatever you're measuring to prevent the tape from moving around, and you’ll be good to go!

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YOU CAN HEAR RHUBARB GROWING

Rhubarb can grow up to one inch every day, which is so fast that you can hear it creak and pop as it grows. But that’s not all! Rhubarb growers claim that growing them forcibly makes them sweeter. Probably that’s the reason why the stalky plant appears in so many of our favorite spring and summer dishes!

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COCONUTS ARE MORE DANGEROUS THAN SHARKS

Well, as long as we’re talking about mortality rates, that's true! Sharks have a bad reputation that they're deadly! In reality, coconuts are much more likely to kill you than a shark! Each year, about 150 people are killed by falling coconuts, compared to just 10 people killed by sharks.

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HOLES IN SAUCEPAN HANDLES HAVE A SPECIAL PURPOSE

Are you someone who often makes a mess by dipping a spoon in a saucepan of food and then leaving it out on the table? If yes, then this fact is exclusively for you! The holes in the saucepan handles are meant to hold the spoon and save you the hassle of extra cleanup!

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EGGSHELLS HAVE WEIRD SPOTS

During the egg-laying process, tiny blood vessels in the hen's ovaries or oviduct rupture, causing weird spots (or blood spots) to develop on the egg's surface. But these spots are not harmful to your health, and you can consume them. However, if you still feel suspicious about the spots, you can always scrape them off or chuck the eggs!

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CAR HEADREST IS AN EMERGENCY TOOL

Yeah, you read that right! If you're ever stuck in a car and don't see a way out, feel free to break the car window with these detachable headrests! We’ll advise you to be a little cautious and pray that it never happens to you. But unfortunately, if it ever happens, you know how to save yourself!

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SALT WAS USED AS CURRENCY

Salt played an important role in human history and exploration as it helped people preserve food and transport it over long distances. But for the ancient Romans, it was a little more special—they used it as currency and paid their soldiers in salt rations.

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ALBERT EINSTEIN CO-INVENTED REFRIGERATOR

General Electric produced the first refrigerator in 1911, but the coolants used to keep their interiors cool were highly toxic. In fact, in the 1920s, a family died in sleep due to a leaking refrigerator coolant. This prompted Albert Einstein to build a refrigerator with his colleague Leo Szilard. The new refrigerator didn’t have moving parts, so it didn't require coolants, and hence there was no possibility of leaks!

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THE MOST COMMON PIZZA TOPPING ISN’T WHAT YOU THINK

Although cheese pizzas are the most classic, cheese is not the most common pizza topping! Shocking, isn’t it? Well, according to Business Insider, the first place for the most common topping goes to pepperoni, followed by sausage, mushrooms, chicken, and onions.

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CHOCOLATES HAD MEDICINAL VALUE 

European doctors recommended chocolates for anything from fevers and indigestion to depression. Those cocoa mixtures were a little different from the chocolate we eat today, but chocolate would have been prohibited from Europe entirely if it weren't for medical purposes. 

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CROISSANTS AREN’T FRENCH

Though many people think of croissants as a quintessentially French baked good, they were originally invented in Vienna, Austria, in the 13th century. So yeah, it’s Viennese, not French! Back then, it was a denser pastry called a "kipferl" and had a distinctive crescent shape.

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 WHITE EGGS ARE AS HEALTHY AS BROWN ONES

You may assume that since brown eggs are more expensive, they may contain more nutrients, have less fat, or have other health benefits. But that's not true! The nutritional value of brown and white eggs is the same. However, the living conditions of the chickens can affect their nutritional value.

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ELECTRIC FANS DON’T COOL AIR

The temperature would not drop if you placed a thermometer in front of an electric fan set to turbo mode. Instead, if you leave the thermometer near the working parts, the temperature will rise due to the electric current. However, fans speed up evaporation, causing liquid, such as sweat, to evaporate faster. That's why you feel the cooling effect.

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A DENTIST INVENTED COTTON CANDY

Yeah, you read that right! A dentist named William Morris teamed up with a Tennessee candy maker, John Wharton, to create the delicious, sugary treat! Maybe that’s the reason why cotton candy has less sugar than other sweets, such as candy apples and funnel cakes.

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AMAZON BOX SIZES AREN’T RANDOM 

Most of us have had the experience of buying something small from Amazon—a single book, CD, or even pen—and receiving it in a package that seems to be far larger than it should be. Well, that’s because of Amazon's complicated shipping algorithm, which considers the size of the shipping vehicle and the size of other packages being sent to the same location.

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CARS AND SNACKS ARE COATED IN THE SAME WAX

Carnauba wax, the substance which gives a glossy appearance to gummy bears, is also used to polish vehicles, shoes, surfboards, and floors. But don't worry, it's made from palm tree leaves and is perfectly safe to consume. 

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THE NUMBER “57” ON HEINZ KETCHUP HAS A SPECIAL MEANING

The number "57" on the bottle is a "soft spot," according to a Heinz spokesperson. All you have to do is give the bottle a hard tap at this spot, and the ketchup will come out easily. Can we hope now that the next time you try to get ketchup from the bottle, you won't hit it too hard?

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OVEN DRAWERS WEREN’T MEANT FOR KITCHEN GEARS

Can you recall your oven drawer right now? Is that where you keep all of your extra kitchen equipment that doesn't fit anywhere else? Well, if the answer is yes, you've been misusing it the entire time! The purpose of the drawer was to keep food warm until it was time to serve!

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TIC-TAC DISPENSER HAS A SPECIAL FEATURE

Tic-Tac dispensers have a small groove on the top so that you pull out only one Tic-Tac at a time. Honestly, no one eats just one Tic-Tac at a time, but if you're one of those rare souls, you can always take advantage of the special feature of the Tic-Tac dispenser! 

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SOME FRUITS BELONG TO THE ROSE FAMILY

Yep, you read that right! Rosaceae is a flowering plant family (order Rosales) that includes over 2500 species in over 90 genera. Some of the fruits that belong to their family include apples, almonds, cherries, pears, raspberries, and strawberries.  

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AVOCADO IS NOT A VEGETABLE

Yes, that’s true. Avocados are fruits. But more specifically, they are berries! As we said before, the scientific meaning of the term “berry” suggests that it should have an outer skin, a fleshy middle, and seeds on the inside, not the outside. Since avocado has all these characteristics, it’s considered a berry!

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HERE'S WHY MOSQUITOES BITE YOU, BUT NOT OTHERS

Well, everyone feels nice when they're considered special, but in this case, you wouldn't like it. But have you ever wondered why it happens? Well, if you notice that mosquitos bite you more often than other people, you may be onto something. Several factors can attract mosquitoes, such as the carbon dioxide you exhale, your body odor, and your body temperature. And a combination of these factors makes you more appealing to mosquitoes!

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ONLY FEMALE MOSQUITOES BITE

Yes, you read that right! Female mosquitoes bite because animal blood provides the ideal combination of nutrients for the development of their eggs. Are you wondering now why a male mosquito doesn't bite? Well, that's because they lack the mouthparts needed for skin piercing. So they are just like the pollinators, such as bees and butterflies, that feed on the flower nectar. However, female mosquitoes also feed on the nectar when they aren't producing eggs. 

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We hope you enjoyed reading these unusual facts about the everyday essentials! But if you’ve got some equally interesting facts that you’d like to share, don’t forget to hit us up in the comments. See you soon. Until then, keep reading!

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