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20 Common Household Items With a Purpose You Never Realized

The world can be a confusing place. Even if you’re able to make your way in it one day after the next, there are still things that probably confuse you. There’s no shame in it because it’s true for all of us. There are always little details to everyday objects that for whatever reason we don’t understand. A lot of times, we just except something the way it is without fully knowing why it is that way. Fortunately, this doesn’t prevent us from using those objects. Still, when we think about them, it always seems like there’s something missing. 

Well, that’s all about to change. We’re about to rock your world by explaining to you all of the things you never knew needed explaining in the first place. To be fair, this may not be the most earth-shattering thing that will ever happen to you. However, it always helps to be reminded that every little detail on every object in this world is there for a reason. After this, you’ll understand the hidden purpose behind so many items that help form our daily lives. With any luck, you’ll have learned something fun and interesting and developed a greater appreciation for the world around us.

Dip in Wine Bottle

So you like drinking wine, huh? Well, then you probably noticed that sizable dip at the bottom of the bottle. It seems a little odd, but there are a number of reasons why it’s there. For starters, it’s called a punt or a kick-up, although it’s not exactly clear why it’s called that. In any event, it makes the bottle a little more stable, so it won’t fall over and break with a slight touch or a strong wind if you happen to like taking a bottle on a picnic. Having the punt at the bottom also makes the bottle stronger so it can hold up to higher pressure if there is champagne or sparkling wine inside. The punt also makes it easier to distribute steam while cleaning the bottle before the wine is poured into it, ensuring that your wine is as pristine as possible.

Loop in Back of Shirt

First of all, this doesn’t apply to garden-variety t-shirts. Surely, you own at least one nice, collared shirt that has this mysterious loop in the middle of your back. We actually have the Navy to thank for the loops on our shirts. Believe it or not, there isn’t a lot of closet space while you’re out at sea, so sailors would have loops on their shirts so they could just hang them on hooks. College kids in the 1960s also utilized the loops, as they could hang up their shirts and keep them neat and wrinkle-free while at the gym. Today, manufacturers put them on shirts as a sign of class and quality. Also, you may have noticed that young ladies sometimes pull the hooks of boys they like, so there is still a practical reason to have these on our shirts.