Did You Know…What That’s For?

whats that


Ever find yourself in the middle of a project or task and happen to notice a part or shape and wonder ‘what is tarnation is that for’?

Scroll through this list and see if you’ve even noticed these items before…or maybe you’ll realize you hadn’t seen it before, until now.


So,  ‘What is THAT for?’ :

The dimpled ridges on golf balls are actually there to help reduce the amount of drag while it is flying in the air. These dimpled ridges not only allow the golf ball to fly faster, but also farther.

golf ball


Ice cream scoops tend to come in several different colors, but the reason isn’t just for the owner’s aesthetic preference. Ice cream scoops are color-coded and each color actually represents the size of the scoop, which is based on how many scoops it takes to fill a container measuring 32 ounces.

ice cream scoops

You’re probably aware of the tiny tabs on the ends of aluminum foil boxes. You may have even punctured one by accident. These tabs actually help secure the roll so that it doesn’t come sliding out every time you try to grab a sheet. Simply press in the tabs to make sure the roll stays put.

foil tab



That little pom pom on the tops of hats are for has a special story. While today they are used mainly for decoration, but back in the 18th century, French marines used to wear them for warnings & protection against the low ceilings of ship cabins. They were also used in uniforms for soldiers to help distinguish the branch of military a soldier was in.

hat poms


A good majority of door knobs are made out of brass. This is because brass surfaces can prevent bacteria from accumulating. Brass kills bacteria and essentially makes doorknobs germ-proof, which is ideal when they receive so many different hands coming into contact with them.

brass knobs


See those little metal circles that you find on the pocket area? Most people think that these are snaps, but they are actually rivets. The purpose of these rivets is to reinforce the seam where pockets attach, an area which was prone to tearing in the past.

jean rivets


That spaghetti spoon you use, with the hole in the center?  It’s not for draining the water out of it. The hole actually fits the size of exactly one serving of spaghetti so that when you’re making your meal you can accurately measure it. Test out the the spoon’s suggested serving portion as it might not be what your family thinks is enough.

spaghetti spoon measure


You may have never noticed the little arrow beside the gas gauge, but you’ll be happy you know about it the next time you’re driving an unfamiliar vehicle. The arrow points to which side of the car the gas cap is on, so you know where it is when you fill up.

car fuel guage


See that little hole beside the iPhone camera? The tiny hole next to the camera has puzzled many iPhone users, but it’s nothing more than a microphone. While there is a microphone where you’d expect one when talking on the phone, this one is for capturing audio while using the back camera.

iphone mic


When you open the tab on your soda pop can, you don’t just have to sip it from the can. Not many people realize that the hole in the tab has a purpose outside of make it easier to pull. The hole can be used as a straw holder when the tab is spun around.

coke can


There’s a reason beer bottles are shaped to have long necks. A person’s hand naturally carries heat, so when it touches a beer bottle, the heat transfers to the bottle. This is why beer bottles elongate the neck portion so the beer drinker can have something to hold while keeping the beverage cool longer.

beer necks


For you weekend carpenters, there’s a reason the end of tape measurers have a hole and a serrated edge.  To make things easier when measuring, the hole actually works to hook on to things like a screw or nail to keep the tape from slipping. The serrated edge is to be used as a marking tool when one isn’t on hand.

tape measure



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