How many of these did you already know?
1. Stapler Settings
Normally staplers have two different settings. One to keep your
papers more or less permanently bound together and one to keep them
loosely attached if they need to be separated again. To activate the
“loose” setting, push and rotate the little metal plate on the bottom of
the stapler. – Source
2. Frozen Desserts are not Ice-Creams
Majority of so called brand ice cream you buy at the grocery store is
not ice cream but rather frozen dessert. The term is often used on
products which are similar in taste and texture to ice cream, but which
do not meet the legal definition of that term (often being made
primarily with vegetable oils, i.e. mellorine, as opposed to milk or
cream). – Source
3. Gorilla Glass is Old Tech
Gorilla Glass is the registered trademark of a specialized toughened
glass developed and manufactured by a company called Corning. Corning
experimented with chemically strengthened glass in 1960, as part of a
“Project Muscle” initiative. Within a few years they had developed a
“muscled glass” marketed as Chemcor. The product was used until the
early 1990s in commercial and industrial applications. Experimentation
was revived in 2005, investigating whether the glass could be made thin
enough for use in consumer electronics. It was brought into commercial
use when Apple asked Corning for a thin, toughened glass to use in the
new iPhone. It is now being sold as a cutting edge product, but really
it is 50 years old.
4. Lego Bricks are Ripoff
Lego bricks were based in part on the Kiddicraft Self-Locking Bricks,
which were patented in the United Kingdom in 1939 and then there
released in 1947. Lego modified the design of the Kiddicraft brick after
examining a sample given to it by the British supplier of an
injection-molding machine that the company had purchased and started
making Lego Bricks. The Kiddicraft founder Harry Page died in 1957
without ever knowing about it. In 1981, Lego acquired Kiddicraft so that
they can successfully sue Tyco, another brick maker in the late 1980s
citing copyright infringement. They had bought Kiddicraft earlier to
make their claim stronger. The court however decided against Lego saying
bricks are not patentable.
5. Budweiser Beechwood Aging
Budweiser is brewed using barley malt, rice, water, hops and yeast.
It is lagered with beechwood chips in the ageing vessel which, according
to Anheuser-Busch, creates a smoother taste. While beechwood chips are
used in the maturation tank, there is little to no flavor contribution
from the wood, mainly because they are boiled in sodium bicarbonate
[baking soda] for seven hours for the very purpose of removing any
flavor from the wood. It is added to their lagering tanks to increase
the surface area on which the yeast lands as it separates from the beer
after primary fermentation is complete and aging begins.
During aging, beer yeast absorbs the esters (flavor compounds)
released by the yeast during primary fermentation as it converts,
removing flavors from the beer.
Everyone else who wood-ages a beer, does so to impart flavor. Budweiser does it to remove flavor.
6. Pet Food Labels
If the product’s label statement is a single listed, unmodified
ingredient (Turkey, Pork, Chicken, etc.) it has to contain at least 70%
of that ingredient.
If it uses a modifying word (Chicken entree, Salmon dinner, Beef
stew, etc.) that percentage declines to 10% for wet food and 25% for dry
If the modifying word used is “with” (with beef, with chicken, etc.) it declines to 3%. – Source
7. Pepto-Bismol Ingredients
The key ingredient in Pepto-Bismol is bismuth, a metal that is 86% as
dense as lead, hence the weight of the bottle. Bismuth is used because
it is toxic to some microorganisms that cause diarrhea. The mechanism of
action of this substance is still not well documented, but it is
believed that the weight of the bismuth allows it to displace stomach
contents very effectively and reach the source of your problems.
The reason why taking Pepto Bismol can cause your tongue and poop to
turn black is because Bismuth, reacts with the trace amounts of sulfur
found in saliva and the gastrointestinal tract. – Source
8. Graham Bell Never Invented Telephone
The telephone was actually invented by an Italian inventor named
Antonio Meucci, not Alexander Graham Bell. Meucci started work on the
device in 1849, and had a working prototype well before he could afford
to patent it.
He filed a caveat, an intention to patent and then took his prototype
to a lab to get help with it. When his caveat expired, his prototype
went missing, and Bell applied for a patent on an almost identical
design. It just so happened that Bell worked at that lab.
To make matters even more interesting Elisha Gray, a professor at
Oberlin College, applied for a caveat of the telephone on the same day
Bell applied for his patent of the telephone, but he arrived just a
little bit later than Bell. Therefore Bell is credited as the inventor
of the telephone. – Source
9. Mountain Dew’s Ingredients
The ingredient composition of Mountain Dew is listed as: “carbonated
water, high-fructose corn syrup (in much of the U.S.), concentrated
orange juice, citric acid, natural flavors,” among other things. People
still wonder what flavor Mountain Dew is. It was also invented in East
Tennessee as an ideal mixer for moonshine and Jack Daniels. Hence the
name, Mountain Dew which is the Southern and/or Scots/Irish slang for
10. Ivory’s Floating Soap
Perhaps Ivory’s most famous feature – its ability to float – was the
result of an accident. An employee failed to shut off the soap-making
machine when he went to lunch. When he returned, he found the soap
mixture puffed-up and frothy. After consulting with his supervisor, the
decision was made to finish and ship the soap since the ingredients had
not been changed in any way by the longer mixing time.
About a month later, P&G received orders for more of “the
floating soap.” The people in the other departments were perplexed. Only
after some detective work was the mystery solved. The long forgotten
lunch-time accident had produced a floating soap.
11. Palm Oil is in Everything
Palm oil is in nearly every grocery store item. Look on the
ingredient list of anything in your home (like food, cleaning supplies,
etc.) and you probably see a form of palm oil (look for anything with
the word palm, such as palmitate). Most people will say, “So? Who
Palm oil is awfully unsustainable. Many palm oil companies employ the
slash and burn method. They cut down and burn rainforest, plant palm
oil palms in its place. Lots of rainforest has been destroyed for your
palm oil. Worse yet, there are even rumors of black market bounties from
those companies on endangered wildlife such as orangutans. Kill and
remove the endangered species, so that the governments will let you
slash and burn. – Source
In 2012, a ‘Nutella Tax’ was proposed by France partly because Palm
oil’s production has led to displacing and killing endangered
Orangutans. It raised taxes on palm oil by 300 percent. – Source
But things are looking up. More people are learning about palm oil
issues and pressure is being put on the companies. More and more
manufacturers are starting to turn to sustainable palm oil practices.
12. You only need one Alka-Seltzer.
In the 1960’s a marketing director told the company producing
Alka-Seltzer that he could double their sales. He did this with the now
iconic phrase plop plop fizz fizz in a jingle. Until that time they had
only recommended a dose of one, and this jingle was about rebranding it
as a pack of two. They did in fact nearly double in market size very
shortly after releasing this jingle, mostly attributable to people now
taking two at a time. It marks the beginning of larger serving sizes to
increase sales. – Source
13. Oreos are Knock-offs
Oreos are actually a knock-off of a cookie brand called Hydrox that
was created 4 years before the Oreo. People soon assumed Hydrox was the
knock-off as Oreos became immensely popular. This is one of the few
cases where the knockoff was more popular than the original. – Source
14. Control the Duck
The Nintendo Game “Duck Hunt” is a two player game, in which the second player controls the ducks. – Source
15. Mr. Clean Magic Erasers
Mr. Clean Magic Erasers are just melamine sponges. Melamine is as
hard as glass and actually just scrapes away stains. You can order about
a hundred melamine sponges for about 8 dollars on e-bay.
16. Dove and Axe are owned by Unilever.
Dove and Axe are owned by the same company, Unilever.
One promotes female self-confidence by re-defining beauty while the
other advertises itself using highly sexualized images of females. They
tell both men and women what they want to hear. It’s kind of brilliant
really, they get to appear empowering on the surface when in reality
they’re perpetuating the same kind of insecurities as the rest of the
beauty industry that keep women buying their products.
17. Lysol’s Original Use
Lysol was originally marketed as a contraceptive. It was corrosive to
sperm, but also damaged tissue inside the woman. Its ads said using it
as a douche would lead to “marital bliss.” Hundreds of people died from
Lysol exposure. – Source
18. HeadOn is a Homeopathic Remedy
HeadOn is a homeopathic remedy. As of September 2000, there were two
versions of HeadOn available in makets/stores: “ExtraStrength and
Migraine.” Chemical analysis of the Migraine formulation has shown that
the product consists almost entirely of wax. The three “active
ingredients” are iris versicolor 12× (a toxic flower), white bryony 12×
(a type of toxic vine), and potassium dichromate 6× (a known
carcinogen). The “×” notation indicates that the three chemicals have
been diluted to 1 part per trillion, 1 part per trillion, and 1 part per
million respectively. This amount of dilution is so great that the
product has been described as a placebo; with skeptic James Randi
calling it a “major medical swindle.” – Source
19. Fake Fruit Juices
Most of the time when you buy juices like peach, pear, strawberry,
raspberry, cherry, kiwi, passion fruit, dragon fruit, banana, mango,
guava, it is almost always just apple juice with flavor added. Sometimes
it is a blend of apple, pear, and (white) grape juice from concentrate
with added other fruit juices from concentrate or natural/artificial
flavors. Most of the time cranberry juice falls under this category too.
You are buying “cranberry juice cocktail.” Read the labels before you
buy these fruit juices and make sure they are real fruits juices.
20. Baby Carrots
Most baby carrots that you buy in the grocery store are not actually
baby carrots, and should be labeled as baby-cut carrots. These carrots
start out as regular sized carrots that may have some cosmetic issues.
They are cut into pieces and then put through a peeler. Though it may be
misleading marketing, it is actually a pretty green thing to do,
because otherwise the unsightly carrots probably just get thrown away. –