Can openers are good for… well, opening cans. But that’s not their only purpose. Throughout the years, hardware companies have been trying to create an ideal solution for opening that ridiculously stubborn plastic packaging that comes with chargers and other toys. You know, the one that even your toughest pair of scissors can’t cut through?
Well, there have been a few attempts with different tools that were made specifically to open that thick plastic packaging, but you may like to know that the solution was sitting right there in your kitchen drawer the entire time. That’s right, you can use your can opener to open the edges of the plastic package, and you’ll have that brand new electronic or toy in your hand in no time!
Applesauce and Yogurt
Have you ever packed yourself a cup of applesauce or yogurt to take along as a snack and forgot to bring along a spoon? Many grocery stores will be kind enough to give you a disposable spoon if you check out with just one yogurt, but you're not always around a convenience store. So, what can you do?
The lids on applesauce and yogurts were actually designed to be transformed into a disposable spoon if need be. Next time you're debating what brand of yogurt or applesauce to bring with you from home, always choose the kind with a foil wrapper instead of paper. The foil is bendy and can be molded into an eating utensil – just like in the picture above.
Copper Rivets on Jeans Pockets
Jeans don't usually strike people as difficult to figure out; their function is quite simple. While the zipper part is quite simple, no one really knows what those small copper button-things at the edge of your pockets are for. However, we don't seem to give it any extra thought and simply dismiss the matter, considering them to be a part of the jeans' design.
Well, they are not. Actually, these small buttons provide the pockets with extra strength to prevent the fabric from tearing apart when it's stretched. It would do very good for Levis if the pockets would stay in place. These beauties are supposed to last for a few good years.
The Compass App
Each iPhone update brings with it new secret ways to use it, play with it, enjoy it, and ultimately get your mobile phone to be as useful as it possibly can be. We must admit, some of these are absolutely genius and rule out the need for pretty much anything else in our lives, short of food and clothing. However, one of the best-kept secrets of the iPhone actually came with the original.
Have you ever used the compass app on your iPhone? We may not need a compass very often but if you tap into the app and swipe to the left, you'll be surprised to find that your iPhone comes with a built-in level.
Tiny Jean Pockets
There is little that can be squeezed into those unusually tiny pockets that can be found on every pair of jeans. Aside from some Chapstick and maybe a few neatly folded twenties, the space is practically useless. It wasn’t always useless, though. Back in the 1800s, pocket watches were all the rage. They would usually be kept in a man’s waistcoat pocket and attached to a button by a small chain. This design, however, wasn’t practical for the blue-collar workers of the nineteenth century.
Originally called waist overalls, Levis started producing their jeans with this tiny pocket, creating the perfect spot for the working man to put their pocket watch. Not only were jeans more practical than a waistcoat, but they offered more protection for the watch. While it was first called a watch pocket, it has had several names over the decades, including the frontier pocket, coin pocket, match pocket, and ticket pocket.