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17 Household Objects You Thought Were Useless But Are Actually Genius

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1. That little metal or plastic tab on the end of your stapler? It's a handy built-in staple remover.

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Use it to bend up the two short prongs on the back of the staple, then flip your papers over, and slide it under the wide front side. Ta-da! Staple removed.

4. The little hole at the end of your tape measure is designed to catch and hold the head of a nail or screw.

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5. That hole on your pasta spoon that lets water drain will also measure out about one serving's worth of spaghetti.

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It probably depends on your exact spoon, but hey, it works for some people. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ From here.

6. Wine glasses (and some fancy beer glasses) have stems to help keep your drink at the right temperature.

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While there's no shame in holding your wine glass however feels most comfortable, if you hold it by the stem the heat from your hand won't warm up what's in your glass. From here.

7. The rivets in your jeans help protect them from wear and tear at high pressure points.

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In the 1870s, a tailor named Jacob Davis told Levi Strauss (who owned a dry goods store in San Francisco at the time) how he did it, and they patented the handy trick.

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11. The flaps on either side of a juice box will fold up to make it easier for little kids to hold.

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Little hands sometimes have trouble holding a juice box without squeezing it! Thankfully, there's this solution. From here.

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13. If you suspect your oven runs hot or cool, you can manually adjust the temperature of your oven so it matches an accurate in-oven thermometer.

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This might be why your baked goods never turn out! *How* you adjust it depends on your brand and model, but it'll be in your oven's manual. Get an accurate thermometer on Amazon for $4.49. From here.

16. The little point on the cap of tubes of medicine is there so you can pierce the foil seal over the opening of the tube: Just unscrew the cap, turn it around, and push it in.

17. The wings on your Apple laptop charger are there so you can loosely wrap the cables around it.