“Notice the small things. The rewards are inversely proportional.”
There are some things in life with which we are so used to that we don’t even notice them on a regular basis. But the fact is that these unremarkable features most often contain some of the most fascinating and mind boggling stories hidden behind them. Here are seven similar stories which will give you some food for thought.
1. A mysterious tram’s zigzag
– Each and every tram has got a pantograph attached to the top of its roof. The top most part of the pantograph needs replacement after certain intervals of time as it is worn down gradually by the overhead wire.To facilitate even wearing down of the pantograph, the overhead wire is installed in a zigzag pattern rather than in a straight line along the trams path.
2. Who killed the King?
– In a standard deck of playing cards of France, there is a rather strange depiction of the King of Hearts. Not only is he missing a moustache also he is the only king who appears to be sticking his sword into his head. There have been a number of theories and speculations surrounding this but none of them have been proved to be true.
3. The Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom
– The British pound coins of the denominations of one, two, five, ten, twenty, and fifty pence have inscribed on them sections of The Royal Coat of Arms which when put together form the entire shield. But in case of a pound coin, it has inscription of the complete shield of arms on the reverse.
4. Open jar symbols on cosmetic packaging
– ThePAO (Period After Opening) symbol is present on the packaging in the form of a little open jar icon which makes the consumers aware of the time period during which the product needs to be used after opening the jar so that the customer is not harmed.
5 .The Statue of Liberty’s crown
– We all have seen the statue of liberty in pictures or even in person. However, it is a little known fact that the seven spikes which are present on the crown of the statue represent the seven oceans as well as the seven continents of the earth and depicts the universal concept of liberty.
6. Blank pages in books
– We all have one time or the other noticed that there are several blank pages in the beginning or the end of any book. The reason behind this is that the pages of any book in general are printed in large sheets of paper rather than the individual small ones. When there is not enough material to fill the large pages then there are a number of blank pages.
7. Colorful toothpaste
– We have seen a number of toothpaste which have multiple colors. It is matter of great curiosity that why these colors are present. The reality is that each color has a different ingredient and purpose.
- Fluoride (white color) is the substances which whitens teeth and also removes plaque.
- Blue (or green color) is an aqua gel which has antimicrobial as well as breath-freshening properties.
- Red gel is essential for maintaining healthy gums.
The reality is that adding colors to the toothpaste is not necessary and rather a clever marketing strategy.