When it comes to the everyday objects that we use around our houses, our offices, and at school, we think we’ve got them down pat. That is to say that using certain things — a spoon, an eraser, a soda tab — feels pretty straightforward, like there’s nothing left to learn other than what you already know.
However, after reading this post, you will realize that is completely wrong. Many random objects we use every day have alternate purposes, and you just might not be realizing how useful they can actually be. Check out the pictures below to learn how a wooden spoon can prevent a mess of boiling water, how soda tabs can organize your closet, and even how you can seamlessly make your sunny side up eggs in a perfect circle without much though. Needless to say, after you read this, your life will do nothing but improve.
#1. Erasers don’t just have two sides for the hell of it.
When you see an eraser with two colors, remember the blue part isn’t for your pencil: It’s for erasing ink instead. However, this only works when the ink you’re using is erasable — otherwise, you’ll just have a hole in your paper.
#2. Don’t let your straw pop up out of your can.
The large hole on the can cap is for your straw to enter, to keep it in place in your carbonated beverage of choice.
#3. Sick of your pot boiling over?
There’s a ridiculously simple solution for that, and all you have to do is place your wooden spoon over top. Seriously, that’s it. The bubbles won’t overflow, and everyone will think you’re a damn genius.
#4. Don’t throw away your printer cartridge just yet.
Often, your computer will alert you that there’s no ink remaining. In the words of Maury Povich, “THAT was a lie.” All you have to do to get that extra mile is remove the cartridge and use a paper clip to pop the reset button on the bottom. It will trick your computer, and you’ll be good to go.
#5. The back loop of your shirt isn’t just so mom can grab you.
The loop on the back of your shirt is for your hanger to go on, to prevent the front and back of the shirt from wrinkling.