Here’s the Purpose Behind These 11 Common Things

Ever look at some mundane item and think to yourself, “What’s the point of that thing anyway?” You wouldn’t be alone. There are dozens of random holes, tools, and loops that remain a mystery to us regular people. We’re just so used to seeing these doodads in our everyday life that we don’t question what they are.

In actuality, it’s more important to be asking ourselves what these things are FOR, rather than what they ARE. As it turns out, most of these common items have a very reasonable (and even helpful) purpose — they’ve just been kept a very good secret.

Check out the surprising uses behind these 11 random things.

1. Tic-Tac Holder

Have you ever opened up a pack of Tic-Tacs and noticed that there’s a raised indent on the inside of the lid? Well, that’s not there for show, it’s meant to function as a dispenser so you can eat one Tic-Tac at a time. It’s like they’re trying to tell us something…

2. Cylinder on Charger

Laptop charger with cylinder attached.

Many laptop charging cables come with a thick cylinder on the cord, and it has a very scientific purpose. Those lumps are ferrite cores or chokes, and they’re essentially just chunks of magnetic iron oxide that are there to suppress high-frequency electromagnetic interference.

You know what happens when your cell phone goes off too close to a speaker? Well, ferrite cores are there to keep that from happening to your monitors, power supplies, and everything else.
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