Things We’ve Been Doing Wrong Our Whole Lives
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Things We’ve Been Doing Wrong Our Whole Lives

Johan Brown

People eat multiple times, every day. Few people enjoy cooking, but the upside of cooking is that it leads to the pleasure of eating. Unfortunately, that is followed by cleaning the kitchen and washing dishes.

We all know what a mess it makes when you dip a spoon into a saucepan and then leave the saucy spoon on the countertop. Luckily, there is one handy trick to avoid this common issue. Look closely at your saucepan, on the handle, there should be a hole. The hole is there for you to balance the spoon and save yourself a huge mess!

Tying Your Running Shoes


Growing up, one of the first things your parents teach you is how to tie shoelaces. Once you get the hang of it, you tend to leave it there. But did you know that there are a few extra steps involved when tying the laces of running shoes?

There are extra holes in running shoes that you can use to tighten the laces. You can tie your shoes without them, but tighter shoes lessen the risk of getting blisters.

The Lids On Paper Soda Cup

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No one really gives much thought to the soda they buy at the movies or fast food restaurants. These sodas commonly come in paper cups with plastic lids. You’d think they’re pretty simple, right? The lid goes on top and the straw goes through the hole in the lid.

Well, it depends on where you are taking your drink. If you’re just going to stand around, holding your cup, then that’s all good and well. But if you want to put it down somewhere, you can fit the cup into the lid as a temporary coaster! This is a great way to protect your tabletops.

The Loops In Dress Shirts

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We’ve all seen those little loops of fabric on the inside of a dress shirt. They’re under the collar, in the middle of your shoulders when you have the shirt on. But no one really pays much attention to this odd detail and its purpose.

You shouldn’t ignore these little loops. They are extremely useful when you need to hang your shirt without a hanger. Simply hook the loop to hang your shirt easily!

Spilt Milk


Milk cartons are known for spilling, but there is a good reason for this. There is something about all that liquid sloshing around in the carton that makes it hard to control. But there is a simple trick to avoid spilling milk all over the counter.

Try pouring milk from the other side of the carton. This way, there is less milk sloshing around, and it’s easier to hold steadily! You might not believe us, but try it yourself! It really works!

Wooden Hangers

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You have two options when it comes to managing your wardrobe. You can either throw all of your clothes in a big pile on a chair (which we do not recommend), or you can hang them up in your closet. But have you ever really thought about the kinds of hangers you use?

We’ll have you know that there is a secret behind wooden hangers. They actually repel moths, which means that they keep your wardrobe safe from being eaten!

Useful Keychain Bottle Openers

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We’re all familiar with those keychain bottle openers that everyone seems to have. They often get handed out as promotions and are included in all kinds of gift bags, and even the occasional Christmas cracker. But you should never throw them away if you find them.

Not only do they open bottles, but if you turn them around, you can use the other side to open cans! This should save a few people’s nails!

Takeout Containers As Plates

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We all know what those little cardboard takeout boxes look like that you get from Chinese restaurants. Who doesn’t love eating straight out of the box while watching Netflix?

Did you know that there is more than one way to eat from them? These boxes can actually be unfolded so that you can use them as a plate! This way, there is no need for additional dishes. How convenient!

Removable Car Headrests

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If you’ve ever decided to fidget with a headrest, you’ve probably made this strange discovery: they come right off if you pull them all the way up. This might seem useless, but there is a good reason behind it.

If you are ever trapped in a car, you can use these headrests to break a window and escape! Hopefully, the day will never come that you’ll need this knowledge, but it’s still good to keep in mind.

Leather Patches On Backpacks

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There are details all around us that we unknowingly ignore every day, assuming that they’re decorative or useless. Sometimes, we get so used to these details that we never even stop to think about what they’re there for.

One of these details is the diagonal leather patch on backpacks. These are usually found on backpacks that are intended for use in the great outdoors. They’re there for you to attach your hiking gear, joggers, and any other equipment you might need when you’re out and about.

Aluminum Foil Boxes

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There are little details we ignore because we’ve got so used to them, and then there are the details we miss entirely. These are the useful little tricks that are hidden in plain sight because we never think to look.

One such helpful detail can be found on most boxes of aluminum foil. On the side of the box, you’ll find a little tab that you can push in. It’s simple enough, but it holds the roll of foil in place. That makes it much easier to unroll a sheet and tear it off, solving one of the frustrations of using foil.

Soda Can Tabs

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Is there anything more common than the tab of a soda can? You pull it, open the can, you drink, and you forget all about it. There’s nothing special about it, there’s no little trick — or so most of us think until we learn the use of it.

If you’ve ever lost your straw in a soda can or had it fall out, you’ll be pleased to discover a use for the little hole in the tab. Slot your straw through and it holds everything in place, making it much easier to manage.

Measuring Tape Diamonds

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Another little detail that’s easy to miss is on a tool we all have, but which we might not use all that often, our tape measure. Everyone’s seen a tape measure and most of us have used one, but there’s more to it than just stretching it out and counting the numbers.

There are tiny markings on tape measures that are there to help you find the right position for wall studs. These black diamonds are known as “stud finders,” and they can help mark the center point between two studs.

Pasta Ladles

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This has happened to everyone who ever cooked pasta: you think you’ve picked the perfect serving size, only to find you’ve got too much pasta. Pasta always grows when you cook it, and you can end up with way too much — or worse, with just a little bit extra, but not quite enough to save for later.

The little hole in a pasta ladle can help save the day. You can use it to measure out how much pasta you should cook, and it tends to give you just the right amount for a meal for one.

Fuel Gauges

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Something you get used to, over time, is which side of the car your fuel tank is on. You get so used to it that you don’t think about it — that is, until you’re driving a car you don’t recognize, like a friend’s car, or a rental.

The only way to figure it out is by remembering to check before you need to refuel. Well, there is another way! Check for the little arrow on the fuel gauge by the pump symbol. It’ll point you to the right side — the arrow indicates which side of the car has the fuel tank.