Common Things That People Always Use Incorrectly

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.

  • Zippers

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    Wouldn't it be nice to never have to worry about your fly accidentally coming unzipped again? Believe it or not, there's actually a locking feature built into most zippers. To activate it, just press the little handle all the way down so that it lies along the top of your zipper and everything should stay put.

  • Prescription Pill Bottle Lids

    Prescription Pill Bottle Lids
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    The next time you're sick and in no mood for your medication's child-proof shenanigans, just flip the lid upside down. Most are designed with threading on the top that makes the lid reversible so you can give or take the whole child-proofing thing. But maybe don't do this if you do have kids.

  • Aluminum Foil Packaging

    Ever wish you could rip off a sheet of aluminum foil without the rest of the roll flying out of the box in protest? As it turns out, the folks at Reynolds Wrap are one step ahead of you. There's actually a little tab on the side of the box you can punch in to hold the roll in place when you tear off a sheet.

  • Solo Cups

    You know those random lines on red solo cups? No accident! They're actually convenient measuring tools for alcohol. While the company that produces Solo brand products claims it did not intend this, the lines do follow standard measurements for alcohol