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40+ Everyday Things With Hidden Features You Didn’t Know The Purpose Of

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When people first started developing tools to make life easier, every single little detail of a tool had a specific purpose. Nothing they did was by accident or simply for flare. Even what was meant to be artwork had a specific purpose that had to do with either religious beliefs or common everyday activities. Everything was very intentional, and nothing was abstract.

This makes sense when you consider how few raw materials were being used, and that everything you were using in your craft had to be painstakingly harvested or gathered by hand. When a project consists of back-breaking work, the designs tend to become pretty practical. Most of us might not know it, but that is still the case with many of our everyday items today.

From soda cans and can openers to seams and tape measuring machines, there are tiny details in the design that may at first seem purely aesthetic but that actually serve a very useful purpose. Sometimes their purpose may even seem blatantly obvious, but in reality the product’s intended purpose is something you never thought of! Here are 40+ everyday things you didn’t know the purpose of.

1. The Fifth Pocket On Your Jeans

You may have noticed that a lot of denim jeans come with a tiny extra pocket on the side known as the fifth pocket. While millions of people have found thousands of different uses for it, from storing folded up cash to tucking away a stick of lip balm, this small pocket was actually designed with a very specific item in mind; the pocket watch. Jeans were the pants of choice for gold miners in California in the mid-1800s, and one of the most important items they kept on them was their pocket watch, which was generally delicate and spendy. The fifth pocket was designed to protect their expensive pocket watches by keeping it snugly and safely tucked into place.

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2. Metal Rivets In Denim Jeans

Yes, believe it or not, all of those small metal rivets you have in your jeans have a purpose. They’re not just there to make a fashion statement, they are strategically fastened in areas where jeans used to fall apart. While denim jeans are sold more for the way they make our butts look nowadays, they originally became popular among the working class like farmers, miners, ranchers, laborers, and the like. In order to keep their work clothes from ripping apart at the seems, they used the rivets where they were most likely to rip to give them some extra life!

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3. The Hole In Your Pen Cap

If you’re like most of the rest of the world, you remember wondering what on earth the tiny hole in your pen cap was meant for as a child. Even into adulthood, when we bother to notice the little opening in the cap, we still find ourselves distantly wondering what it is doing there. While many have just summed it up to some strange way to keep the ink flowing, there is actually a much more thoughtful explanation. Manufacturers of the pens that are so ubiquitous in our lives understood that small kids would likely end up with these choking hazards in their mouths one day. They took measures to prevent them from suffocating by placing a hole in the cap so that if one were to get stuck in a little one’s throat, they could still breathe air into their lungs.

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4. The Tools On A Tape Measuring Machine

Just about everyone is familiar with the ultra-handy tape measurers sold in hardware stores today. They seem to be pretty self-explanatory. A long, flexible band of tape with measurements pulls out from a roll and has a metal end that you can hold in place. Most people would be surprised to learn, though, that the metal tab has two other distinctly useful purposes. The wide hole in the metal piece is designed to be just large enough to hook over a nail head, so you can hold the measurer in place while you make your markings. In addition, the same metal tab has a serrated edge on one side that you can use to gently press and mark a board where you want the end of your measurement to be.

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5. The Ridge Pattern On The Edge Of Some Coins

Have you ever found yourself wondering why the edges of dimes and quarters have rough-hewn edges, but the edges of nickles and pennies remain smooth? Well, you are right to wonder, because there’s a very good reason for this. Back in the good old days, coins were stamped from different types of metal cast in different weights that were the true value of the coin. For example, one silver dollar was crafted out of one ounce of silver. People began shaving off the edges in coins to save up to melt into new coins later and would spend the shaven coins at their full value, even though they weren’t worth that much anymore. In order to avoid this, coin minters started using the rigid pattern only on the precious metal coins, so that a person could easily tell if a coin had been shaven.

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6. The Hole In A Soda Pop Tab

You may have thought you understood all there was to know about the purpose of a soda can, but chances are you will be surprised to learn about this one. Every can of soda comes with a tab for easy opening of the tasty beverage. While these may come in all sorts of colors and different details on their corners, every single one of them has a fairly large hole in the top. Although this hole does seem to make it easier to get your finger wedged beneath the tab to pop the top on your soda, its intended purpose is actually to serve as a place-holder for your straw. Simply spin the tab around over the opening and slip your straw through. Boom!

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7. Tiny Fabric Squares That Come With Clothes

You know how sometimes when you buy a nice new shirt or pants…or even underwear, that it often comes with a tiny Ziploc baggy containing a button and about 1 square inch of matching fabric? The reason seems obvious, right? A button in case one falls off when you aren’t paying attention, and the fabric in case you get a small hole in your clothes and need to patch it up. Well, this is a nice use for the fabric swatch, but it’s only a secondary one. The real purpose of the fabric is for you to test out your cleaning products on, to make sure they won’t ruin the material. We know; mind=blown!

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8. The Loops In The Frame Of A Grocery Cart

The grocery cart, of all things we use in our day to day life, should certainly be the most self-explanatory, or at least one would think. Sometimes the purpose of everyday items get lost amongst its main function, which in this instance is to carry your groceries around while you shop. The manufacturers of these seemingly basic carts are more forward-thinking than we’ve given them credit for, though. While even our checkers and baggers don’t know it, there is a purpose behind those metal loops that frame the top fold out section of our grocery carts; to hang your bags with light items like bread and eggs from so they don’t get smashed among your heavier goods. Do your grocers a favor and show them how it’s done next time to make their lives easier.

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9. The Half-Belt On Your Coats And Jackets

Oddly enough, many details and features to some of our most popular clothing items today are represented as only existing to serve as a fashion statement. While this is certainly true for some styles of clothing, such as that $97 pair of jeans that have been “pre-torn”, there are still many clothing features that regularly get mistaken as simply fashionable when actually they have a unique purpose. The half belt is one of them. Usually seen on trench and pea coats, they were originally developed for men in the military who had oversized jackets that doubled as blankets. The half belt is simply used to gather the extra material and hold it in place so soldiers could walk freely.

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10. Arrow On Your Gas Pump Indicator Light

Have you ever had one of those embarrassing moments at a gas pump where you realized you parked your car on the opposite side of where your gas tank is? It’s happened to the best of us. So, you’ll be glad to know most drivers will share your embarrassment after realizing that our cars have been showing us which side the tank is on for decades. If you pay closer attention to the gas indicator light in your vehicle, you might notice that there is an arrow next to the pump. That arrow is indicating to you which side your fuel tank sits on. Other lights simply use the pump handle to indicate which side it is on.

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11. The Side Holes In Converse Shoes

Converse shoes have made a huge comeback in popularity over the last decade. Originally designed in the early 20th century for basketball players, the shoes featured two extra holes on the side near the bottom that were identical to the shoelace holes. Over the years many people have assumed that these “extra” holes are for airflow, or simply a fashion statement. Actually, these two side holes are exactly what they look like; for lacing your shoes. The design was intended to accommodate every basketball player’s foot, and the two holes on the side would allow them to customize the fit of their shoes and keep laces from unraveling.

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12. Child-Proof Pill Bottle Caps

If you’ve ever gotten frustrated trying to open up one of those childproof pill bottles, you’ll be glad to know that the solution to your problem is staring you right in the face. Most of these style of pill containers have strange lids that are threaded on each side. One of these sides have standard threads, and will also screw on top of the pill bottle without “locking” into place. This is so that in the event you don’t have small children around, and you have trouble unscrewing the childproof cap, you can use the other side of the cap to make it easier to open your medicine when you need to.

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13. Notebook Margins

Remember the horror of realizing that “college ruled” notebook paper meant slimmer margins, and therefore left room for more writing? Well, believe it or not, those margins weren’t invented as a guide for how many sentences you could fit onto one page, or even to leave space for note-taking. Manufacturers began to apply margins to writing paper for the purpose of protecting your work. Earlier on in history, rats were a common resident in many people’s homes, and one of their favorite snacks was your paper, in addition to everything else they could munch on. Applying wide margins to paper safeguarded against losing important work by leaving blank spaces around the edges for the rats to chew through first, and to protect the writing on the outer edges from general wear and tear.

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14. Paper Condiment Cups At Fast Food Restaurants

Have you ever asked yourself why the fast food restaurants use such tiny cups for the ketchup and mustard? Based on the amount of fries they serve in even their smallest size container, clearly they are aware that you’ll be needing just a little bit more dipping sauce. So then, why the folded paper cups? It all comes down to the purpose of those folds. When you unfold the paper cups, they turn into small paper platters that can hold a great deal more sauce for all your dipping needs. Nifty, right?

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15. Chinese Takeout Containers

If you have ever been into a restaurant to pick up some Chinese food takeout and requested paper plates only to get a look that indicated the person thought you were a little off, there’s a good reason for that. Much like the paper condiment cups at fast food joints, the Chinese food takeout boxes are folded in such a way that when you unfold them, they become perfect sized cardboard dinner plates. The best part? Your food is already on the platter, so you can just dig right in. Basically, they’re looking at you like you’re crazy because the plates are built-in.

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16. Beanie Pom-Poms

It’s that time of year where everyone pulls out their winter wear. Among the snowsuits, poofy jackets, winter boots, and the mountains of mismatched gloves somewhere is your winter cap or your “beanie”. Just like most other people today, you may just think that the poofy pom-pom dangling from the end of your beanie is simply there for added fashion, but when first designed it served a much more functional purpose. You might be surprised to know that the common beanie we see today was first created by the Vikings to keep their ears warm in the harsh winter climate of Norway. The pom pom was sewn to the top of the cap to keep the seams from coming apart. In later years, people began using buttons instead of pom poms to bind the seams and it looked like a small bean at the top, hence the name we are now familiar with.

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17. The Pocket In Women’s Panties

Many men would be surprised to learn that not even most women know the specific purpose of the small pocket sewn into their panties! Although women have found them to be plenty useful for storing things like tampons or other small items of a private nature, this actually isn’t why it’s there. This pocket is actually called a panty gusset, and was never intended to be a pocket at all. Rather, it is an extra piece of fabric sewn in for women’s hygiene and in the higher-end panties the gusset is sewn completely shut. The “pocket” is simply a result of manufacturers unwilling to spend the time and money to get those last few stitches in!

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18. Utility Knife Cap

You might have noticed that most utility knives or box cutters these days come with a thick plastic cap at the end, similar to a pen cap. While it would be easy to assume by the shape of it that it’s meant for clipping to your pants or shirt pockets, which it can, it actually serves an entirely different purpose. The plastic cap can be pulled off of the utility knife frame and the slit in the end can be used to break off the tip of your blade to reveal a new, sharper razor blade just beneath it. Using the cap instead of your hands to break the scored blade off from the rest of the knife makes it quick, easy, and prevents any unwanted cuts on your fingers.

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19. Necks On Beer and Soda Bottles

Nearly everyone on the planet knows the familiar shape of a beer bottle. It’s no great mystery why the bottle was invented, but have you ever stopped to wonder about the design of the beer bottle. Specifically, why is the “neck” so long and shaped the way it is? Well, as it turns out the bottleneck shape is intentionally designed to encourage a person to hold their beer at the top of the bottle, where their body heat won’t warm up the rest of their beer before they can finish it!

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20. The Metal Plates On Staplers

You may have noticed the metal plate toward the front end of your stapler. If you just assumed it’s there to act as reinforcement to bend the staples you’d be right, but did you know there’s more to it than that, and that your stapler actually has settings? No joke. The metal plate is called an anvil, and if you turn your stapler upside down you can adjust it by spinning the wheel until it lines up with the seemingly random hole in the metal plate. This setting is for a “temporary staple”, and will guide the arms of your staple outward instead of inwards, making it easier to pull out the staple later.

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21. The Hole At The Top Of A Lollipop Stick

Do you remember your love of suckers as a kid, and the excitement that came when you finally finished your candy and you tried to turn the plastic stick with the hole into a whistle? As it turns out, that ‘s not actually what that hole is meant for. The reason the plastic lollipop stick has a small hole at the top is so that when the manufacturer pours the hot, melted candy into the mold, some of it seeps into the hole and hardens to keep the candy on the stick instead of falling off. This wasn’t necessary with the round paper lollipop sticks because the melted candy gripped it better.

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22. Plastic Lids For Disposable Cups

It may seem obvious what the plastic lid on disposable cups is for at first; to keep your drink inside the cup, but that is not it’s sole purpose. The seemingly basic design of disposable plastic lids is really pretty versatile. Not only does it keep liquid inside the container, but when you’re ready to sip on your drink, the lid has specific ridges that can allow it to double as a coaster and hug the base of your cup. Lids are manufactured with this function in mind, and each size fits the corresponding cup’s base.

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23. Letter Arrangement On A Keyboard

Have you ever found yourself wondering why keyboard letters are arranged the way they are? Wouldn’t it make more sense to have them in alphabetical order? Well, yes and no. The first keyboard ever invented belonged to the typewriter, which operated with mechanical metal arms. Originally, keys were arranged in alphabetical order but typing that way came so naturally to typists that they would end up typing too fast and the key “arms” would get cross-wired and stuck. So, for all the classes you took growing up to increase your typing speed, it might pain you to know that people were already fast, and keyboard manufacturers had to randomize the order of keys to intentionally slow down typists to keep the machine running. We haven’t changed it back today because, well, we are lazy and hate change.

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24. The Hole In Pot And Pan Handles

Most pots and pans these days come with handles that have a slim, oval-shaped hole at the end of them. It seems pretty straightforward that these holes are there so you can hang your pots and pans when you store them. On the other hand, many of them come with a metal ring looped through the hole which is meant for hanging, and the irregular shape of the hole in the handle doesn’t fit too well on most hooks. That’s because the true purpose of the hole on pan-handles is to hold the handle of most stirring spoons. This way the spoon end hangs directly over the pot and minimizes the mess from cooking.

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25. The Weird Hole In Pasta Scoops

We all know what the strangely shaped claws on the rim of a pasta scoop is for, to grip pasta as you scoop it out so it doesn’t slide off the utensil. What about the weird hole in the middle bottom of the scoop, though? While you might have thought it was to strain any excess juices or sauce, it really has a much more useful purpose. The hole can be used to determine how much dry pasta you will need for a serving by slipping a bundle of dry noodles into the hole of the scoop. This will help keep single eaters from overdoing it on their pasta.

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26. Detachable Headrests

The design of the headrest is pretty upfront, they are made to be adjustable to comfortably support anyone’s head, no matter how tall or short. While this makes sense, why make them completely detachable? The answer has to do with survival. When you pull your headrest completely out of the seat, it has two sturdy, long metal bars that come to a dull point. If you ever find yourself trapped inside your car and need to get out quickly, you can detach your headrest and use the metal bars to smash out your window.

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27. The Threaded Bands On Audio Jacks

The deep ridges or threads on audio-jacks aren’t just there for a tighter fit when plugged in. These bands are made of an insulating material used to protect the wires while the sound is being transmitted. Additionally, the number of bands indicates which end goes where. Three bands equate to one band per left and right ear, and the third band for grounding, and should be plugged into the stereo or amplifier, while 2 bands indicate the end that plugs into a device.

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28. The Tiny Hole In Your Airplane Window

If you spend a lot of your time flying, then chances are you’ve rolled over the possible uses for the tiny hole in your airplane window a time or two before. The small opening at the bottom of the window actually serves two purposes. First, it allows airflow through to keep from too much pressure building in the plane and busting the window as it rises in altitude, and second, it is a clever way to keep the windows from fogging up with all the warm breath of the passengers.

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29. The Small Black Dot Between The Lens And Flash On An iPhone

If you are an avid iPhone user, then you will have already noticed the tiny black dot between the lens and flash on the back of your iPhone. Contrary to many strange suggestions, this black dot is really a third microphone. It serves the purpose of providing superior sound quality by eliminating background noise and also takes better sound when recording video in a crowded place like a concert.

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30. Silica Gel Packets

Okay, so we all know that the small silica gel packs are included with products to “preserve freshness”. It says it right on the little packet. Have you ever wondered how, exactly, this small sack of “beads” works to protect your product though? Silica gel is something known as a desiccant, meaning that it tends to suck moisture out of its immediate environment. The small packets are filled with these silica gel beads that can absorb humidity in an enclosed environment up to 50%, helping to keep anything that can spoil with too much moisture nice and dry. So, hang onto those packets and next time you need to dry out your phone, shove it in a bag full of them. It works much better than rice and is less messy.

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31. The Indentation In The Bottom Of A Wine Bottle

Many people have asked over and over again what the indentation at the bottom of a wine bottle is for. Contrary to popular belief, it doesn’t actually indicate the superior quality of the wine it holds. The indentation is called a punt, and originally found its way to the wine bottle because back in the day, they were handblown and the seam of the bottle at the bottom was pushed up in order to prevent an outward nub at the bottom that would keep a bottle from balancing upright. Today, the punt is there more for tradition, though many wine lovers claim that the smaller space created by the punt helps collect sediment at the bottom and keep it from flowing out with the wine. The punt still serves a purpose in champagne and carbonated beverages, as it evenly distributes the pressure from the carbon dioxide.

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32. Rubber Bumps In The Grooves Of Your Tire Tread

These little rubber bumps are so inconspicuous, you might never notice them unless checking the tread on your tire. Oddly enough, that is exactly what they are meant for. The little-raised edges inside the grooves of your tire’s tread are there to let you know when it’s time to change your tires. While many people still rely on the old penny head trick, an easy way to tell if you need to get to the tire shop is if the edges of your tread are even with the bumps. If they are, then you are driving on legally unsafe tires. If the edge is above that of the bump, you’re good to keep cruising for a while.

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33. The Lines On A Solo Cup

Solo cups have become basically synonymous with beer and outrageous parties. Their solid red color hides the nature of their drink perfectly among youngsters, and they are the perfect receptacle for a decent game of beer pong. Did you know those lines and ridges in the cup can serve a totally different function, though? Although the manufacturer claims coincidence, the lines on a solo cup can be used as liquid measurements for different kinds of alcohol. The bottom line is the rough equivalent of a 1 oz recommended serving of hard liquor, the second marks the 5 oz recommended dose of wine, and the third line marks 12 oz, the perfect amount for a cup of brew.

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34. Two-Toned Erasers

Most of us grew up with the frustrating misinformation that the two-toned erasers allowed you to erase pen ink with one side. Sadly, this was a load of B.S., as many a young doodler can tell you. Although you won’t be able to save your paper from ink marks, the opposite sides of these erasers do actually serve a purpose. The red, blue, or gray end of a two-toned eraser allows you to erase pencil and graphite markings from different types of artist’s paper that are more sensitive to friction and easily tear when a regular eraser is used on them.

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35. Holes At Top Of Running Shoes

If you have ever owned a pair of running sneakers, then you might have noticed that the shoes have extra holes near the tops. This is exactly what it looks like, holes for your shoelaces. Many people see these as unnecessary and awkward, but that’s only because they tend to use them incorrectly. These holes were designed so that a runner could lace their shoes in any number of ways that will give them the customized support they need while they run.

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36. The Wavy Side Of A Bobby Pin

More often than not, when you see a girl with bobby pins in her hair, they’re usually wavy side up. This is because most women assume the curves in the pin are there for fashion, should they be showing. The true purpose for the waves, though, is to grip the pin into place by catching it to the underlying bulk of hair. In other words, wavy side down, girls!

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37. The Stripes In Toothpaste

If you’ve ever used Aquafresh, then you’re familiar with the red, white, and blue stripes in the toothpaste. No, these aren’t there to represent the company’s patriotism. In the 1970s people were realizing that simply cleaning the mouth to keep it healthy wasn’t enough; they needed something in the toothpaste to freshen the breath, too. Aquafresh answered the call by adding in a blue stripe to their paste to indicate that it had the dual action of cleaning and freshening. After people began paying more attention to the health of their gums, the ingenious toothpaste brand added a 3rd red stripe to their product, to indicate that their paste now had triple action; cleaning, freshening, and plaque control. Even though solid white brands offer the same hygiene benefits, companies continue to add stripes to their paste because it’s a proven seller.

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38. The Square Hole In The McFlurry Spoon

If you suffer from a sweet tooth, then chances are you’ve had a McFlurry from McDonald’s a time or two in your life. If so, you will have noticed that the spoon that comes with your Flurry has a square-shaped hole through the handle of the spoon that tapers to the bottom. Though it definitely makes a fun straw as your ice cream melts, it’s actual purpose is to serve as an attachment to the machine that whisks the ice cream and toppings together. The bar of the machine slips into the spoon and stirs it the way a drill spins a screw. Then they give you the spoon with it, minimizing clean-up.

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39. The Triple Handle On A Jerry Can

If you are a fan of offroading, or grew up in a family that loves to camp and travel, you’re probably familiar with the Jerry can. Specifically designed to hold up to the demands of rugged terrain while holding a little over 5 gallons of fuel, the Jerry can is a well thought out design. One of its more peculiar features is the triple-barred handle that runs across the top. These are meant to make sure fuel is evenly distributed when being carried by either one or two people. If you are alone, using the middle handle will make for easier carrying, whereas if there are two people to carry, one can grab a handle on either side.

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40. Wooden Coat Hangers

You may have just thought that wooden coat hangers were simply a fancier version of a plastic or wire one that served no other purpose than fetching a higher shelf price. In reality, though, they actually have a unique purpose to them. The wooden closet hangers are made using cedar wood, which is known to repel bugs and moths and it has a refreshing scent, not to mention their durability. These are the perfect hangers to use for heavy clothing that is susceptible to damage from insects, such as nice heavy coats and jackets or dresses, particularly of the wool variety.

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41. The Second Hole On A Gas Can

When filling up your gas can for the lawn mower you might have noticed that there are two holes with caps. While a lot of people seem to think that the second hole is for pouring into smaller receptacles, they will soon find out that that is some messy misinformation. The second hole is actually meant to be uncapped before you go to pour your gas to prevent the gas from “glugging”, resulting in wasted fuel and highly flammable clothing.

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42. The Plastic Liner In A Soda Bottle Cap

Believe it or not, those clear plastic liners inside of the soda bottle caps are not solely intended for giving out free prizes and reward codes. Actually, they have a very specific function. The liner inside of the lid acts as a guaranteed seal to trap in the carbon dioxide to keep your drinks fizzy. Without these, the gas would escape and all you would be left with is a flat, syrup rather than a refreshing beverage.

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43. Women’s Shirt Buttons

Aside from the obvious use for buttons and their ability to keep your clothes shut, you might have wondered why the buttons on most women’s shirt are on the left. Considering that the majority of people are right-handed, wouldn’t it make sense to put the buttons on the right? Well yes, but only if you’re dressing yourself. Adding the buttons to the left of the shirt is an old tradition carried over from a time when buttons represented your social and financial status. If you owned buttons, chances are you were likely being dressed by a chambermaid, and the buttons on your left were on her right when facing you.

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44. Small Bumps On ‘F’ And ‘J’ Keys

When you’re hammering out the sentences on your keyboard, you probably no longer even notice the raised bumps when you hit the ‘F’ and ‘J’ keys. Whenever you do notice, you probably fleetingly question what their purpose is. If you think back to you’re early schooling, you will remember that ‘F’ and ‘J’ are the “home keys” where your index fingers should rest for the most efficient typing. These raised bumps were added to the keys to help your index fingers find their way back to the home position without having to take your eyes off of the computer screen.

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45. The Grooves On Restaurant Toothpicks

When you go out for Chinese or Japanese food pay close attention to their toothpicks. They tend to have to well-defined grooves at one end that is flat. These grooves aren’t just to make the toothpick look fancy, they are designed to help you maintain good dining etiquette in a social setting. When you use your toothpick, if your plates have already been whisked away, you can avoid putting it on the table and grossing out other diners by snapping off the end of the toothpick at the first groove. It has been intentionally weakened to make for easy snapping, and you can use the grooved end to balance the used portion of your toothpick so it doesn’t touch the table.

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46. The Number In The Corner Of Heinz Sachets

A few years ago the Reddit world was taken by storm with the mystery behind the numbers printed in the upper right corner of the Heinz condiment packets. Many people thought the specific numbers denoted the type of condiment in the packet until they realized two of the same type of condiment packages had two different numbers on them. Finally, the truth came out from the manufacturer themselves, and they said the number is simply to show what line the packet was manufactured on, so if an issue arises, they know which line to service.

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47. The Shape Of A Toblerone Candy Bar

Being that the delicious Toblerone candy bar was first manufactured in Switzerland (mmm, Swiss chocolate), it is easy to see why people assume that the odd triangular shape of the candy bar is a shout out to the infamous Swiss Alps. Actually, the design of the chocolate bar is more functional than aesthetic. This rich candy is not meant to be devoured all at once, but savored piece by piece. The pieces are in triangles so that if you press on the end of one piece with your thumb toward the piece beneath, it will snap off easily and leave you with the perfect sized serving of delectable chocolate.

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48. The Bulky Flaps On Top Of Juice Boxes

With so much waste from poor packaging design, it’s hard to understand why juice boxes have so much bulk to those folded flaps near the top of the box. As it turns out, these flaps are intentionally designed with small hands in mind. The flaps are meant to be folded outward so that a toddler can more easily hang onto their juice box without dropping it. Just remember that toddlers develop at their own rate.

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49. The Tiny Pin Hole On The Bottom Of A Padlock

Have you ever noticed when you go to unlock a padlock that there is a very tiny hole next to it? If there isn’t one, the lock should only be used indoors. This is because, in addition to being an opening to apply lubrication to the lock so it doesn’t get stuck, it also doubles as a drainage hole in case of extended water exposure.

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50. The Blue Bristles On Your Toothbrush

While you may have thought that the colored bristles on your toothbrush are just yet another marketing gimmick (we can’t blame you), this seemingly pointless addition actually serves a very desirable purpose. The blue color of your toothbrush bristles will lose their color and fade in intensity right about the same time you need to change your toothbrush out with a new one. So, this silly seeming addition actually serves as a reminder that you aren’t exactly keeping things as “clean” as you could be.

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These are really just a handful of some of the everyday items that we didn’t know the purpose of. There are literally thousands more. Can you think of any? Please SHARE this with your friends and family.

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There’s the right way of doing things, and then there’s the wrong way of doing things. But how can a solution be wrong when it’s faster? This is how.

Every day, we go through small internal battles. We argue with ourselves over doing things right or doing things fast. The 40 people ahead all opted to do things fast. And the consequences came even faster as a result!

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It’s as good as new.

If you look closely, you’ll be able to see that some of the column uses new wood. Thanks to this restoration, the roof that the column’s holding up should stay in place for weeks. Warning: Do not play Jenga with this!

 

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For once, the sockets are making the right expression

Drilling metal screws into the plugs? What could possibly go wrong? The weird thing about this one is that it actually took some effort to do something so stupid.

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Looks sturdy

Calm down, there’s some plastic tape. No one could possibly walk over the gap with that tape in place. Right?

 

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Does the Cookie Monster live there?

This is why health and safety laws have to exist. Trash and food should not mix! At least he’s wearing a hairnet.

 

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Who needs one of those fancy red extinguishers?

The beauty of this device is that it’s easy to refill. And you can drink from it too! Why does anyone use normal fire extinguishers?

 

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The company rules said no, but her sneakers said, “Just Do It!”

So this is why sneakers can’t be managers! In reality, this is a company issue. They need to buy bigger stepladders!

 

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Was this builder a pirate in a past life?

That or they were inspired by the whole, “walk the plank,” spirit. They can probably also make amazing card towers. Also, what is that platform/plank thing?

 

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Prevention is better than cure

Why have an emergency when you can just not have an emergency? This is some of the best self help advice out there. That phone should write a motivational book.

 

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Because hauling them up one at a time would take longer

If the wire starts breaking, just grab on to the hook. See. It’s not like there isn’t an emergency plan.

 

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Simply avoid the metal spikes

Yes, that is the only entrance to the building. At least there are two planks. All that pressure on the employer paid off!

 

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They complained that there was no heating in the worksite

It’s ok, the flame was quite far from the wooden studs. Just hope that it doesn’t roll off the ladder. Because that floor is also made of wood.

 

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Always remember the soft landing!

The sign has a point. Slipping and falling hard hurts. So just slip and fall slow and soft from now on!

 

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What’s more dangerous, the fire or the escape route?

If you fall, grab one of those wires. Imagine studying at this college. What are their public safety degrees like?

 

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Watching a scary movie in this seat is not advised

Sure, there’s being lax about health and safety, and then there’s actually setting a deathtrap. This definitely veers into the latter! Someone get that guy a hardhat!

 

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Calm down, it’s a church. Jesus will protect him

Was he trying to fix the roof or trying to reach heaven? With this method, he’ll get there one way or the other. Or maybe that other place with the fire and stuff.

 

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There’s something fishy going on here

On the plus side, that fish can be sold at a discount! And the shoe dirt will give it extra flavor. Yum!

 

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What happens on Craigslist stays on Craigslist

Would you be able to sell this without being consumed by guilt? He lost two fingers. Who knows that the next accident will do?

 

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First thing’s first, don’t panic!

Fixing the door? That takes time. Writing a note? That’s quick!

 

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In a way, he’s literally sleeping on air

And soon, he’ll be sleeping under that air. Does this make you proud to be American? He’s so fearless!

 

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They protect the toes don’t they?

Again, this is one of those lazy solutions that end up taking more effort than doing it properly. Some people are so determined to be lazy that they put in tons of effort. What heroes.

 

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At least they put the cone out to warn them

Seeing that cone will be so reassuring after you’ve broken your leg. Maybe the manager meant that they should put the cone outside of the hole? Hey, they don’t get paid to think sensibly.

 

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This warning could save your life if you didn’t see it

Is this tag made from paper from a tree that fell when no one was around to hear it? Also, why is there a full stop after the word “found”? That’s the real issue here.

 

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They asked him if he had secured the scaffolding.

His response was that he had, “nailed it.” It’s ok. If you look closely, you’ll notice that there’s also a cable tie.

 

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It’s only a 25 foot drop

If you do fall, simply aim for the trash. It looks pretty soft. It must be a joy to work here.

 

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It’s just a thin tile

What makes this tile extra special is that it can also send something all around the world. Will it get past the fire inspector? It would fool me.

 

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The light switch pan is filling up again

Leaky light switches are the worst. And by worst, I mean deadliest. Perhaps a wider pan would fix it?

 

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Like to or love to?

If only there was a place that we could put things that don’t work. Just think, we could employ people to take these things away. Perhaps we could even reuse parts of these broken things in non-broken things?

 

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Cones to the rescue again

It took a while to put them down. But now that they are down, everyone can get back to work. Who wants to play with the forklift next?

 

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One day, they’ll invent an elevator that doesn’t share its “off” button with a lightswitch

And before anyone complains, they underlined the words “do not.” They like to be extra cautious like that! What’s the longest someone’s been trapped in the elevator here?

 

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Thank you, essential workers!

Imagine if one of them was super valuable. As in, it was a priceless first edition. You’d have to risk collapse to get it out!

 

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Whose bright idea was this?

Does anyone else feel like they could get an electric shock from just looking at a picture of it? And tetanus. And splinters.

 

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When you get annoyed at all the people honking

Because, when it lands on the road, it isn’t a problem any more. Fun fact: this truck got pulled over pretty soon. Another fun fact: the driver lost their license.

 

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This is actually pretty ingenious

If the cone were the other way around, it could blow away. Now the hole is basically fixed. And it got fixed in record time!

 

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Daily!

There must have been a lot of dust on that day. That or someone was blatantly disregarding the notice. But who would do that?

 

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So that’s why they were so cheap

Perhaps they shrank in the wash? At least the mice will be warned. And the city saved $3 of taxpayer money.

 

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Is there anything that cones can’t do?

It’s fine. The electrical wire in the water is insulated with rubber. Whoever thought this up is so smart.

 

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The emergency hammer kept on falling off

So of course they cable tied it on. Now it can never come loose. Not even in an emergency.

 

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This is literally a man cave

Bet all the women are jealous that they can’t get man caves now. Sadly, this is just seconds away from being a man cave in. It was fun while it lasted.

 

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Why waste the money on renting a vehicle when you can just buy more straps?

In his defense, he only had to transport them 300 miles. But did he make it before the load squished him? We don’t know.

 

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The worst that will happen is that the plugs will have a bath

Visit this restaurant before it burns down! At least they had the foresight to put a towel under the tank. That made all the difference…

 

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Next time you’re feeling down, just think, at least you weren’t behind any of these dumb disasters!

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10+ People That Had No Idea How Attractive They Were Until They Worked To Improve Themselves

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Sometimes when your health is out of balance you can’t see yourself clearly. When people struggle with something physical, like weight, they can’t always see how beautiful they really are. These people didn’t even realize how attractive they were until they worked on themselves, but now they can celebrate their appearances every day.

These 30 people have powerful stories, and their transformations are absolutely amazing. Their messages are so inspiring.

“I lost 100 lbs, and I feel great.”

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“It took me 2 years and 3 months to get in shape. It sounds like a lot of time, but it was well worth it.”

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“I made true friends, and they helped me to have a more active lifestyle. That’s how I managed to lose weight. Now I can communicate with any person.”

 
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“The difference between these 2 photos is 4 years. And I was even used to not enjoying what I looked like.”

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“Me when I was 19 and 21.”

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“I was depressed because of the way I looked. I didn’t even want to live. But I decided that I was able to change everything, so I started losing weight… I feel great, and I’m enjoying my life!”

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“I didn’t use to be really fat. I had a hard time choosing the right hairstyle.”

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“I used to weigh 60 lb, now I weigh 90, and I keep working on my body.”

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“3 years between these photos. Some people don’t believe that it’s me.”

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“So much has changed in 3 years! Before, I didn’t get out much. I was very shy. Now we live in a time when changing your appearance is very easy.”

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“Just 4 years, and this is what I’ve become (I’m on the right).”

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“I started reading all the time. I read a lot. This is how I started changing psychologically and emotionally… This is how I found the answer for me.”
“I have to admit, I couldn’t lose weight myself for a very, very long time. A really professional doctor helped me a lot.”

“I didn’t do anything special, but I’m not ugly anymore.”

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“I restored what was destroyed by 20 years of McDonald’s and Coke.”

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“15 months later I finally have a chin! Now I’m doing everything I can to maintain my weight.”

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“I lost 100 lb, and I keep working on my body.”

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“The difference is just 4 years. I was a nerd, and now I’m a macho.”

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“The difference between these photos is 25 months. I had always been fat, so I decided that I could lose weight.”

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“My weight was 330 lb when I finally decided to start losing weight… But now I have a new goal — 180 lb. I’ve started my way to it! I wish you luck too.”

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“The difference between these photos is 20 months. I lost weight, and now I’m not shy about the natural structure of my hair.”

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“This is my progress.”

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“Now I am 25, I lost 120 lb, and I work out every day.”

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“This is my boyfriend at the age of 16 and 21. It’s hard to tell that it’s the same person.”

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“A short time ago, I realized that the most important thing is to care about your appearance properly, feel good, and be a confident and interesting person.”
“I felt overwhelmed, but I decided to take one day at a time. I didn’t know if I would live or die. I just knew that I had to focus on the day I was living. I had a ‘lose weight or die trying’ mentality.”

“I knew I owed it to my son to try to break the family tree of obesity. There are so many compromises to being an obese parent: I was simply forfeiting the ability to participate in so many wonderful moments.”

“As the pounds started to come off, I noticed a change, but others didn’t — until the day I appeared outside of my office standing up.”

“My goal is to train and inspire people to show them that the weight loss is possible.”

“My dad pushed me and motivated me to start working out. He would tell me he wanted me to be around for a long time.”

These people have some incredible transformations, and their messages are so motivational.

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50 Cringeworthy Fashion Fails We Can’t Believe People Didn’t Notice

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Not all of us are fashion experts. This is why we try to experiment and mix and match clothes to see if we can look more stylish. Unfortunately, the more we try to look more fashionable, the more we end up failing. The risky fashion choice we make often leaves us looking ridiculous and weird in other people’s eyes.

Fortunately, fashion disasters aren’t always bad. In fact, they can be transformed into little entertainment and also a warning for others to never try to copy them.

Here are the most cringe-worthy fashion fails you need to see this year:

1. Brown logo on white shoes

In theory, putting a brown logo on a white background will make a product look classy. In reality, a brown logo on white shoes just looks like bird poo from afar.

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2. A not-so-comfortable evening dress

This is probably one of the most uncomfortable dresses you’ll see. I don’t think you’ll have a great time wearing this to a party or anywhere.

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3. When you accidentally stepped on something

This is actually a good pair of shoes if you always walk on mud or dirt. You won’t have to worry about cleaning your shoes. Plus, its design can work as camouflage for when you accidentally stepped on your dog’s poo.

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4. Undecided

Will you give up or will you never give up? Well, it’s a good shirt to wear if you still can’t decide. At least, you’re letting other people know where you stand.

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5. The letter “G”

There’s nothing wrong with being gay. However, if you are seriously working on showing support to your team, you might want to find another way to do that.

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6. Wrong idea

For an introvert, you might find this shirt uncomfortable. It’s like whoever designed it clearly doesn’t know what introverts are like.

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7. The crotch

The crotch on these pants doesn’t look like it’s intentionally designed that way. Otherwise, why is it totally misaligned?

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8. Lost

Is this in New York or is this in London? I guess the designer is quite as confused as we are.

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9. Your Saturday sweater

This sweater’s design is actually cute. Just make sure you don’t pull it taut like that or else, Saturday becomes Turd day.

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10. At a candy shop

This is a children’s shirt in a candy shop. It might look harmless but the sexual connotations are quite disturbing.

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11. The irony

The way this shirt is marketed is quite confusing. Should you not iron it because it doesn’t look wrinkly or should you not iron it because it’s designed to look wrinkled?

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12. The saggy bunny ears

There could have been a better spot for those bunny ears. The way they are sagging at those points looks a bit weird.

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13. When you want to look sick

Even if your favorite color is purple, I don’t think you should get these tights. They can make you look like you’re covered in bruises.

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14. No, thanks.

This is probably not the best design to have on your swimsuit. Apart from that it’s a children’s character, the theme creates a different connotation.

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15. A practical jacket?

This jacket’s design is a bit spooky. It’s like something you’d wear if you’re planning to rob a bank or if you’re aiming to look like a snowman.

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16. Is that even a donut?

Without the label, no one would think that it’s a donut. It looks more like someone’s backside.

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17. Buy what?

You’ll have to take a closer look for you to actually understand what this shirt is trying to say. The image at the bottom is a glass and the text is supposed to mean “shot”.

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18. That “part”

The dress would look nicer if the bottom part wasn’t designed that way. It forms something you can only find in men.

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19. Nothing sexual here.

This is a wrestling patch. Despite what it looks like, there’s nothing sexual there.

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20. The popping shoes

These shoes can make it easier and safer for you to walk on smooth surfaces. The only issue is the popping sound they make with each step.

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21. Just spell it

Using images to replace a letter can make a design look extra nice. However, you just have to make sure that the image actually looks like the letter. Otherwise, you’ll end up making something like this one.

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22. Look closely

This shirt is empowering. I’m just hoping that whoever made it counted the fingers before releasing it.

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23. Quite distracting

There are dresses that shouldn’t be worn during formal interviews. This is one of those dresses.

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24. Crappy design

If you ever pooped on yourself by accident, this is the dress that’ll save your day. On a regular day, however, I think it’s best to avoid this dress and this design.

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25. What if you missed the front?

If you are going to issue a warning, it’s best to keep it all in one area. That way, you won’t look like you are actually encouraging a negative behavior like this one.

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26. It’s not what you think.

If you’re going to wear a shirt with beads on, think twice about wearing a jacket over it. You might end up looking like this and it’s awkward.

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27. Hood on or off

This is the type of jacket you wouldn’t want to wear with the hood off. It sends the wrong message if you don’t put the hood on.

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28. Emo?

Back then, this look was a hit among teenagers. Now, it’s something a lot of adults regret and it’s not hard to see why.

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29. Not edgy

This look would have been better if she colored her hair completely. With just a few colored areas, it looked weird and awful. It’s like someone spilled paint on her head.

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30. All black

In theory, wearing black will make you look slimmer and classier. I guess this photo proves that theory wrong.

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31. Those eyes

Wearing a black eyeliner used to be a hit among teenage boys before. It’s a good thing that the phase ended already.

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32. When you can’t decide which hairstyle to wear for the day

This hairstyle is quite confusing. It’s like she can’t decide if she wanted dreadlocks or straight hair. It’s a good thing her hair and shirt match.

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33. The 2000 glam

This photo summarizes the fashion trend of 2000. Those glossy lips, orange glasses, and twisted hair are just on point.

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34. Those eyebrows and lips

It looked like this guy got confused about colors. Pink should go on the lips and black should go on the eyebrows- not

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35. Every single day

Back in 2003, this guy used to leave the house looking like this. It’s a good thing that it’s 2020 now.

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36. In love with bracelets

This 15-year-old had an immense love of pony bead bracelets. He’s nearly filled his entire arm and neck with them.

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37. They thought they were cool.

There are so many things going on with these kids’ styles. From their hairstyles to their jackets and pants, it’s a good thing everything’s over now.

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38. Her formal wear

Believe it or not, this kid wasn’t going to a Madonna concert. This was her outfit for the father-daughter church dance in her area.

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39. Those baggy pants

Almost everyone in the 90s used to wear those baggy pants. They weren’t just cool back then but they’re quite comfortable, too.

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40. Recycled dress

This wasn’t a phase. She just decided that it was a good idea to wear a dress made of trash bags and duct tapes.

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41. White face

This woman has just discovered white face powder. It certainly took her style to a whole new level.

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42. New male fashion

It’s hard to determine what the designer of this shirt is trying to achieve. This new male fashion certainly looks weird.

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43. Would you wear it?

This shirt looks like it has been cut in half and sewn together without checking the alignment of the stripes. Intentional or not, it’s hard to believe that anyone would buy it.

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44. Wrong orientation

Ariana Grande would have been proud of this shirt, if only her face wasn’t printed upside down.

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45. A sweater for kids

Someone didn’t think hard while designing this. It looks more like “hell” instead of “hello”.

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46. The new fashion

These hats prove that in today’s fashion, stains and tears are cool. You won’t have to worry about keeping your hats clean anymore.

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47. This is high fashion.

It’s hard to understand why someone would buy this sweater. It’s even harder to understand why a sweater in this condition would cost nearly a thousand dollars.

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48. Crazy expensive shoes

These shoes seriously looked like they’ve been picked up from the garbage can. You can clearly see hot glue and duct tape on it!

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49. When fashion makes no sense

Sometimes, it’s hard to understand fashion. It can be as confusing as this zipper that has no pocket.

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50. Speechless.

These pants are crazy. They are painful not just in the eyes but in the brain, too.

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