Did you know those ketchup cups can fold out? Do you know what "I.e." means?
Sometimes we think we know how to use the simplest products/sayings in everyday life, when in reality we have been failing spectacularly.
Here, Reddit users were asked to share things that people hardly ever use correctly. Warning: some of the results might blow your mind.
These little cups are never used to their full potential. Instead of grabbing multiple cups, just pull the sides apart to make the cup bigger.
People always say "I felt better so I stopped taking them." "I fought it off after three days. Stupid doctor always gives me too many pills." And they'll act proud of it too!
You're supposed to take them until you run out. You're the reason that antibiotic-resistant strains exist!
arcticfunkymonkey & sulfameth
They are actually straw holders! Turn the tab around to one side and put the straw through the middle. It will prevent the straw from coming out of the can when the drink fizzes.
This (pictured below) is not the Kremlin. It's a damn church. It doesn't even look like a government building.
But what happens when you Google Image search the Kremlin? This church.
People either use them all interchangeably, or they use "aka" every time they want to use one of the three. When you know what they stand for, reading an incorrect use of these words is really jarring.
A.k.a. - "also known as;" used for introducing alternate names for a person or thing. "Marshall Mathers, a.k.a. Eminem" "New York, a.k.a. the Big Apple."
*I.e. *- "Id est"->"that is;" used to xplain something further, imagine replacing "i.e." with the English words when deciding if it fits. "It was a Civil War, i.e. a war between two or more factions in the same country" "I can't believe I am descended from the 1st U.S. president, i.e. George Washington.
*E.g. *- "exempli gratia"->"for example;" used to set off one or more examples. "I love fruit, e.g. apples and pears." "I dislike the humanities classes, e.g. political science, history, and sociology."
The amount of people at my work who don't know how to properly use the crocodile staple remover baffles me. Like seriously your ripping half the page with the staple, surely you have to realize that you are using it wrong.
In the Bible story, Samaritans are expected to be evil. A good person is not a "good Samaritan" unless there's some reason you'd expect them to be a dick. Don't know why this gets me so mad when it's used wrong, but it does.
You only need around a pea-sized amount of toothpaste for effective teeth brushing. Most ads feature a bigger glob of toothpaste because A) it looks nice and, B) it makes you use up more toothpaste.
A lot of people confuse coincidence with Irony. Here is a great example I heard as a kid and it's always stuck with me:
Irony: being run over and killed by an ambulance
Sumit316 & Ukleon
You've probably been ignoring this feature. On each side of the box there are press-in tabs that secure the roll in place, so you don't have worry about it falling out every time you rip off a sheet.
This one grinds my gears.
People on the internet seem to think introvert is synonymous with shy/socially anxious/indoors-y types. While a lot of those things relate to introversion they do not mean the same thing.
I consider myself an introvert, more specifically a social introvert.
My job is on the phones, I talk to people for 8 hours a day and have no issue with it. I also have no issue talking to strangers (granted it's limited to small talk like weather but still). My issue as an introvert arises when after working an 8 hour day on the phones my friends invite me out to the bars/clubs. I usually like to know ahead of time if we're planning on going out for the night, that way I can mentally save some energy for going out. After 8 hours on the phones I'm thoroughly exhausted, and really just want to be alone to recharge my batteries. Most days I won't talk to anyone for at least an hour after getting off work because I'm all "social-ed out" so to speak. Introverts can be shy (and I'd say a majority probably are), but they can also be outgoing. The similarity is the fact that they "recharge" by being alone.
You've more than likely been dispensing Tic Tacs the wrong way. Under the cap, there is a tiny mint-size crevice that is a perfect alternative to violently shaking the whole case.
O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?
It means 'why'. In Romeo and Juliet, Juliet isn't asking where Romeo is. She's pondering out loud why he can't be a member of ANY other family so she could love him without trouble.
Try replacing the word.
Romeo, O Romeo. Why are you Romeo?
Deny thy father and refuse thy name; Or, if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love, And I'll no longer be a Capulet.
Never, ever, soak or put in the dishwasher. A lot of people don't even use any soap, just a quick rinse (with little water) and dry with paper towels
Or, wreck your cast iron pans if you want.
Geez. Every time I'm on the internet, some schmuck is telling a story, and they say "low and behold." No no no no. No.
LO AND BEHOLD.
Like I feel like literally no one knows how to use it.
Oil bottles. Most people pour them upside down. The sloped portion is supposed to go on the bottom, not the top.
Apparently they're not supposed to actually go in your ear. But on the other hand they just say that so they don't get sued because of dumb people getting injured.
Simple2244 & puos_otatop
Sunscreens only really work if you apply generous amounts and re-apply every 2 hours.
The problem is that a SPF 100 sunscreen is very expensive to manufacture and thus can only be profitably marketed in small quantities. When people buy a small tube of sunscreen they tend to apply insufficient amounts, and will get a sunburn anyhow. They would have achieved a better protection by spending the same money on a LARGE tube of SPF 30.
That's why EU regulations prohibit labelling any sunscreen with SPF higher than 50; It can only be labelled as 50+