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What’s that for?

By: Ryan Glatzel/Junior Writer

Have you ever looked at a random object and wondered what its purpose was? There are so many different items that have hidden purposes you might not have known about. For instance, what’s with the hole in the spaghetti spoon, or the loops on backpacks? There are so many things we don’t know the purpose for, so here are a few examples.

Sarah Marble’s Converse

Number 1: What is the true purpose for the 2 holes on the inside of Converse brand shoes?

Most people think that they are there to help aid in ventilation. If you thought this, you are technically correct, but they also have another use. If you didn’t know, Converse shoes were originally made to be worn as basketball shoes. With that being said, you can take the extra laces and loop them through the holes for a snugger fit to your foot.

Number 2: Why is there a hole in your spaghetti spoon?

Spaghetti Spoon

When I first saw a spaghetti spoon, I thought the hole in the middle was used for draining, just like other spoons with holes. I figured most people did too, and moved on with life. However, I was wrong. The real intended purpose is to measure dry spaghetti noodles, giving you exactly one serving size of spaghetti.

Carissa Zawiski’s backpack


Number 3: Why are there loops on the outside of your backpack?

When people see the loops on most backpacks, many of their first thoughts are simple. They are there as a design purpose. Like many, I thought this too. After research, I actually found their real purpose. They are there so if you have something that you don’t want to carry inside your bag (shoes, water bottles, lunch pails, etc.) you can save room by tying and or clipping them to these loops. They are actually very functional.

Number 4: Why is one side of a bobby pin bent into a zigzag?

After interviews with various bobby pin users, I concluded that most of the participants put the “zigzag” side facing upward. As it turns out, that is not the right way to do it. You’re supposed to put the “zigzag” side downward, so it grips better to your scalp and doesn’t move around or fall out.

Bobby Pins

Number 5: Why are there bumps on the F and J keys on your keyboard?

Personally, I’ve never really noticed them to begin with and, truthfully, I don’t think the average human would even care about their true purpose. They are there because in the 10 finger typing system, the F and J keys are the “home buttons,” so they are there to help your typing fingers find their way back home (haha get it).

The “F” and “J” keys on a keyboard

Number 6: Why is there a hole at the top of a pen cap?

A lot of people think the hole is there to keep the pen from drying out, or to keep a pressure balance that prevents the pen’s ink from leaking. The real reason is a lot simpler. It’s there to decrease the risk of people suffocating. If a person was chewing on the cap and started choking on it, it prevents their airway from fully closing.

The hole in a pen cap

Now you can go around and impress your friends and families with this new knowledge about the real purposes or uses of certain objects in most people’s everyday lives.


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Ryan Glatzel
Ryan Glatzel
Ryan Glatzel is a second year journalism student who likes to try new things. He's a senior who participates in band, theater, and NHS. After high school he plan to attend Marywood University to major in Biology.
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