The older we get, the more we become used to seeing certain items and fixtures everywhere we go. And once something becomes part of our routine, it’s easy to overlook the fine details.
For instance, we use a variety of objects every day, like cell phones or playing cards, that we usually don’t give so much as a second thought to. But did you know that there’s a good chance that they’re engineering marvels?
That’s why it can be pretty mind-blowing when you learn that these ordinary items have specific features that serve an important purpose. Oftentimes, these awesome secrets are hiding in plain sight…
When the top section of it is worn down over time, the wire of the tram needs to be replaced. In order to allow the pantograph to wear down in an even manner, the above wire is placed in a zigzag pattern.
Many theories have circulated as to why this is, including that it represents Charles VII, who was rumored to have put a sword through his own head. Another suggests that it represents Ajax the Great, who stabbed himself with his own sword. These theories, however, have yet to be confirmed.
The number featured next to the letter “M” indicates the exact number of months. In this case, the product should last for 12 months before it needs to be replaced.
Each quire typically consists of a set of pages (or “leaves”) in multiples of two, so if there isn’t enough content to fill a full set, the publishers will simply leave the extra pages blank.
The white portion is fluoride, which not only whitens your teeth, but removes plaque, too. The blue stripe typically contains anti-microbial elements and works to freshen breath and kill germs. Lastly, the red portion helps maintain healthy gums. It’s not completely necessary to keep these ingredients separate like that, but it definitely makes brushing your teeth more fun!
It’s so strange to think that these secrets have been hiding in plain sight all along. It makes you wonder what else is out there right under your nose!
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