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Common Things That People Always Use Incorrectly

Updated January 22, 2019 2.3m views24 items

We rarely pause to think about how we interact with everyday objects, but when we do, it can be shocking to discover the number of things we've been doing wrong for years. What's more, the answers to many of life’s little frustrations are actually already built into these common items. 

Have you ever wished, for instance, that there was a simple way to keep the entire roll of aluminum foil from leaping out like a jack-in-the-box every time you tried to rip off a sheet? The simple solution you’ll find here may surprise you. Ever been so sick that the thought of launching into a Spartan-style battle with your prescription medication’s child-proof cap is enough to exhaust you? Never again!

Here you’ll find a handy list of hidden features, ignored innovations, and simple instructions that will have you using everyday objects like a boss in no time. So let the reprogramming begin.
  • Soda Lids

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    Believe it or not, a lot of thought was put into the nifty design of the plastic soda lid. Unfortunately, most of it appears to have been wasted on people who have no idea that the average takeout cup's lid was also designed to be a coaster. (Some also theorize this allows you to stack drinks on top of one another with ease.)

  • Cookware Handles

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    That's right, that random hole in the handle of your pots and pans isn't just there for hanging them on any spare hooks you might happen to have around the kitchen. It's actually a really great spoon holder. 
  • Soda Can Tabs

    Ever wonder why there's a hole in your soda can tab? Grab a straw and check out how that little hole can hold it in place like a boss.
  • Toilet Seat Covers

    You know that weird middle flap in paper toilet seat covers? It's actually supposed to go in the front and even sink down into the water a little bit so that the whole cover will be swept away when you flush.