From ballpoint pens to Chupa Chups lollipops, there are objects we use on a daily basis that contain some weird and quirky attributes. Here are 30 things that you probably didn’t know about your everyday objects.
1. French marines would wear a sailor hat with a bobble on the top to prevent themselves from hurting their heads on the low cabin ceilings. The furry bobble would soften any head blows dealt by an unwary sailor or it could act as a warning signal if you felt your bobble grazing across your scalp. Later, they were used to define different branches of the military based on the size, shape and color of the bobble. The word was later changed to pompoms.
2. The colors of the lines at the bottom of tubes of toothpaste were at first thought to denote the type of toothpaste (organic or non-organic). But in reality, they are just bar codes used by light beam sensors at the factory to designate where the tube should be cut and folded.
3. The popular lollipop brand Chupa Chups is known not only for its delicious candy but also for that weird hole at the top of the stick. Although many thought it was for children to whistle through or to prevent choking hazards, they are actually created to stop the candy from being pulled out. This makes the candy harder to swallow by accident.
4. The hind legs of a keyboard (or the stands) were at first thought to add to the ergonomics of typing. In reality, they were designed to help computer users see the keys they were hitting. The purpose of the stands were to place the keyboard at an angle allowing the user to better see the keyboard. Bonus tip: it is actually more ergonomic for your wrists to type on a flat keyboard.