9 Startling Secrets Of Everyday Things You Didn’t Know Existed

May 8, 2018

We usually don’t pay much attention to the things we use every day, which is why we miss on the details. Here are such secrets you need to know about these things.

Numbers on Heinz product

Bitter Nintendo Switch cartridges

If you have played Nintendo Switch you would have probably wondered why the manufactures of the cartridges made them taste bitter.

They did it on purpose. The reason for such an unusual decision was that the cartridges are small, and kids could swallow them. Their bitter taste, though, would make children spit out the cartridge in disgust. What an idea!

Colorful toothpaste

So we have all wondered why classic toothpaste has stripes of three colors, white, blue, and red? The reason is that each stripe has different ingredients and purposes.

Fluoride (white component) is the most valuable ingredient in toothpaste, containing substances that whiten the teeth and remove plaque. Blue (or green) aqua gel has antimicrobial and breath-freshening effects. The red gel was added later. It contains some crucial elements for healthy gums. In fact, dividing the toothpaste up with different colors isn’t necessary. It’s just a clever marketing strategy.

Blank pages in books

You may have noticed that some books consist of blank pages in it and this is because book pages are often printed on large sheets of paper rather than on small individual ones.

That’s why if there isn’t enough content to fill these large sheets, there will be blank pages. Publishers often print the word “Notes” or leave some other sign on them so that readers don’t think they’ve encountered a publishing mistake.

The Statue of Liberty’s crown

Here’s a fact only a few people know that the seven spikes on the crown of this statue represent the seven oceans and the seven continents of the world, indicating the universal concept of liberty. And one more interesting fact: each spike weighs exactly 150 pounds. Bet, you didn’t know that.

Open jar symbols on cosmetic packaging

The little open jar icon is the PAO (Period After Opening) symbol that informs consumers of the determined period of time a product may be used after opening without any harm to the consumer.

This symbol, featuring a number followed by the letter “M” meaning, months, can be seen on almost all cosmetic products. This number inside the graphic jar tells you how long the product will stay good after the package is unsealed.

The Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom

The British coins of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, and 50 pence depict sections of The Royal Coat of Arms that form the whole shield when placed together.

However, the pound coin depicts the entire shield of arms on the reverse.

Who killed the King?

In the standard French deck of cards, the King of Hearts is depicted rather strangely. He’s the only king without a mustache, and, moreover, he’s the only king who appears to be sticking his sword into his head. There are different theories regarding the same.

The first hypothesis suggests that originally, the King of Hearts wielded an ax in his left hand. However, as a result of centuries of bad copying by card makers, the king’s ax has disappeared, and it has become more like a sword.

Another theory claims that the King of Hearts represents the emotionally disturbed Charles VII (King of France). According to popular belief, the King went insane and put a sword through his head from fear of being poisoned.

Some historians also argue that the King of Hearts represents Ajax the Great, while the Queen of Hearts is Helen of Troy, the most beautiful woman in the world. Ajax was one of the suitors of Helen. But when the woman refused him, he chose to commit suicide by stabbing himself with his own sword.

A mysterious tram’s zigzag

If you look closely at a tram’s overhead lines, you’ll see that its contact wires zigzag back and forth instead of going in a straight line.

The thing is that all trams have pantographs attached to their roofs. The upper part of the pantograph is gradually worn down by the overhead wire and eventually needs to be replaced. To wear it down evenly, the wire is not installed strictly along the tram’s path but in zigzag patterns. As the tram moves, the pantograph slides along the wire and it wears down evenly.