So THAT'S what it's for! FEMAIL reveals the brilliant and life-changing hidden uses of everyday household items you thought had no real use

Some of your everyday household items actually have hidden meanings and they will change your life. You are not going to believe these brilliant hacks.

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Do you ever look around your house and see piles of useless stuff scattered everywhere and you don’t know what to do with all of it? Or even worse, do you not know what to do with some of the most basic household items you use everyday?

Prepare to have your mind blown, because some of the most useless things around your house are actually insanely useful.

Who would have thought that some of the most obsolete objects you own, such as a stapler, actually have more than one duty.

Did you know that a stapler actually has a built in staple remover? Or that you’ve been wearing bobby pins wrong your whole life? Neither did we.

Your life will be changed when you find out all of these simple yet ground-breaking product uses - some of which were originally shared by Buzzfeed. 

 
Remember having a five pound pencil case in elementary school because you had a clunky stapler and a staple remover? Well, there was no need because the metal tab on the back of the stapler is actually a staple remover
It seems as though ballpoint pens were created with the idea of chewing the cap in mind because the hole at the top of the cap prevents someone from choking on it and suffocating
Portion control: the hole in the middle of your spaghetti ladle is not just meant for straining water, it measures out a single pasta serving
This is riveting! The metal rivets around the pockets of your jeans aren’t decoration, they actually prevent your jeans from ripping at specific areas of pressure or straining. A tailor from Nevada, Jacob Davis, came up with the idea, presented it to Levi Strauss, who patented the idea and the patent was granted to Levi Strauss & Company on May 20, 1873
The unnecessary baby pocket inside the actual pocket of your jeans was designed to hold people’s pocket watches back in the day
Ever wonder why the ‘F’ and ‘J’ letters on your keyboard have bumps on them? No, it’s not braille, it’s meant for typists to know exactly where all the keys are
Ever wonder why the ‘F’ and ‘J’ letters on your keyboard have bumps on them? No, it’s not braille, it’s meant for typists to know exactly where all the keys are
Hit the hidden number 57 on the side of a glass Heinz ketchup bottle and never be stuck waiting for ketchup again
The flaps on the sides of an Apple MAC laptop charger are there to wrap your skinny cord around it to prevent it from tearing
The small hole at the end of a tape measure is meant to hook on to nails or screws so the tape doesn’t slip
You’ve been eating Tic Tacs wrong your whole life! There’s a little holster in the cap that dispenses a single Tic Tac serving at a time
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The tiny hole in the tab of soda cans is meant to fit a straw so you can drink from a straw and have it stay in place
 
Ever wonder why pots have little holes in their handles? It’s meant to fit a wooden spoon as a placeholder while you’re cooking
Ever show up to the gas station and completely forget which side your gas tank is on? There’s a little arrow next to the gas tank symbol on the dashboard of your car that points in the direction of your gas tank
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This is going to blow your mind! Do you ever get overwhelmed by exit signs on the highway and not know where to exit? Whatever side the exit sign is on, is the side you get off at
If you thought your Chinese food came in those cute little white boxes for decoration, you thought wrong. They actually fold out into one big plate so you don’t have to dig for your noodles
Ever wonder why your fresh-baked cookies don't come out looking like the ones on the box? It's because your oven may be running too hot or too cold and you can manually adjust the temperature of your oven, just follow the directions in the manual
If you ever bought a piece of clothing but you’re too scared to wash it, have no fear, some clothes come with extra pieces of fabric so you can test how it will react with different detergents
Never lose a bobby pin again: the wavy part of the bobby pin that has groves isn’t for decoration – it’s actually a grip to hold your hair in place

IRAQ PLANS TO BUILD GAS PIPELINE TO KUWAIT

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IRAQ HAS APPOINTED JAPAN’S TOYO ENGINEERING CO. TO HELP BUILD A GAS PIPELINE TO KUWAIT AND A PETROCHEMICAL PLANT LINKED TO BAGHDAD’S BID TO REDUCE GAS BURN AND PAY COMPENSATION DUE TO THE INVASION OF KUWAIT IN 1990, REUTERS REPORTED.

SOURCES IN THE SECTOR SAID TOYO PROPOSED TO BUILD A GAS PIPELINE AND START DELIVERY AFTER 2019.

TALKS ON THE PIPELINE AND THE PETROCHEMICAL PLANT ARE CONTINUING, BUT THE FINAL INVESTMENT DECISION HAS YET TO BE MADE, KINSUKE WAKI, CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER OF TOYOTA, TOLD REPORTERS.THE PROJECT WOULD BE A BLOW TO ROYAL DUTCH SHELL, WHICH SOUGHT TO DOMINATE IRAQ’S GAS, BEFORE ITS RELATIONS WITH BAGHDAD WERE DAMAGED FOLLOWING ITS WITHDRAWAL FROM MAJOR OIL PROJECTS.

“IRAQ NEEDS AN IMMEDIATE REDUCTION IN GAS BURN AS IT PURSUES THE GOALS IT HAS COMMITTED TO THE WORLD BANK,” SAID A SENIOR SOURCE IN THE OIL AND GAS SECTOR WORKING ON THE PROJECT, BUT NOT AUTHORIZED TO SPEAK ABOUT IT PUBLICLY.IRAQ RANKS 12TH IN THE WORLD IN TERMS OF ITS 3.7 TRILLION CUBIC METERS OF GAS RESERVES, BUT THIS FIGURE IS BACK TO 10 OF WHAT IRAN HOLDS THE WORLD’S LARGEST RESERVES.

IRAQ EXTRACTS LARGE QUANTITIES OF GAS ASSOCIATED WITH THE EXTRACTED OIL, AND YET, THIS GAS IS BEING BURNED NOW.IRAQ’S LONG-TERM GAS DEVELOPMENT PLANS HAVE FOCUSED ON BASRA GAS COMPANY, A 25-YEAR $ 17 BILLION PROJECT IN WHICH IRAQ HAS A 51 PERCENT STAKE, SHELL HOLDS 44 PERCENT AND JAPAN’S MITSUBISHI CORP. HAS A 5 PERCENT STAKE.

THE PROJECT AIMS TO COLLECT GAS FROM FIELDS IN SOUTHERN IRAQ, INCLUDING WEST QURNA 1 OPERATED BY EXXONMOBIL, ZUBAIR OPERATED BY ENI OF ITALY, AND RUMAILA OPERATED BY BP.

BREAKING NEWS: MORE THAT 184 DEAD IN SINAI Bomb and gun attack at mosque - 'many feared dead'

A state of emergency was declared across Sinai.

A BOMB attack at a mosque has left "many feared dead", with gunmen picking off survivors in horrifying scenes.

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Suspected militants have launched a bomb and gun attack on a mosque in Egypt's North Sinai province, killing 184 people, state media report.

Witnesses say the al-Rawda mosque in the town of Bir al-Abed, near al-Arish, was targeted during Friday prayers.

Local police said men in four off-road vehicles opened fire on worshippers, AP reported.

Egypt has been fighting an Islamist insurgency in the region, which has intensified since 2013.

There have been regular attacks blamed on militants on the Sinai peninsula, but this is the deadliest assault of its kind.

Pictures from the scene show rows of bloodied victims inside the mosque. More than 100 people were also wounded, reports say.

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One report said the target appeared to be supporters of the security forces who were praying at the mosque.

President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi is to meet security officials to discuss the incident, Egypt's private Extra News TV reported.

It is not yet known who was behind Friday's attack.

Jihadist militants have been waging an insurgency in recent years, stepping up attacks after Egypt's military overthrew Islamist President Mohammed Morsi in July 2013.

Hundreds of police, soldiers and civilians have been killed since then, mostly in attacks carried out by Sinai Province group, which is affiliated to so-called Islamic State (IS).

In September, at least 18 policemen were killed in an attack on a convoy near al-Arish by militants affiliated with IS.

The jihadists have also killed dozens of people in attacks targeting Egypt's Coptic Christian minority elsewhere in the country, and claimed they planted the bomb that brought down a Russian plane carrying tourists in Sinai in 2015, killing 224 people on board.

Another 75 people are reported to have been injured, some of whom can be seen above alongside those who died at the mosque 

President Abdel Fattah al Sisi convened an emergency security meeting soon after the attack, state television reported. Pictured: Victims in the mosque 

Police said militants in four off-road vehicles bombed the mosque and fired on worshipers during the sermon segment of Friday prayers. Pictured: Al-Rawdah mosque 

GERMANY SHOULD BAR KUWAIT AIRWAYS

The law forbids any discrimination on the grounds of the citizenship or residence of the customers.

Adar M., an Israeli student who lives in Germany, bought a ticket from Kuwait Airways to fly from Frankfurt to Bangkok via Kuwait. The airline declined to honor the ticket and instead offered him a ticket to Bangkok on a different route.

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The German Air Traffic Act is very clear: Airlines that provide scheduled services, except in the case of unreasonableness, are obliged to conclude transport contracts with everybody and transport them within the published timetable. The law forbids any discrimination on the grounds of the citizenship or residence of the customers.

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Nevertheless, the District Court of Frankfurt am Main accepted the airline’s argument and found it unreasonable for Kuwait Airways to transport Israeli citizens.

This was due to the Kuwait Unity Act of 1964, which regulates the boycott of the Jewish state and sanctions any Kuwaiti contacts with Israelis.If Germany’s own recognition of Israel’s existence and security has any meaning, it must withdraw permission for Kuwait Airways to operate from the country. We cannot excuse Kuwait’s antisemitic boycott of the State of Israel.

Federal Minister of Transport Christian Schmidt should not hesitate any longer to act.

Germany’s message must be clear to Kuwait Airways: In our country an airline has to carry everybody or nobody.You have the choice! You do not recognize Israeli passports, so we do not recognize your right to operate from our country. It should be a simple choice for your state and its state-owned carrier.The writer was a German MP from 1994 to 2017. In 2015 the Central Council of Jews in Germany gave to him the Leo Baeck-Award for his support of the Jewish people.

 

BY VOLKER BECK

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‘There was no time to think about death’, recalls Jeddah flood hero

JEDDAH: Daud Saripada Balindong, a family driver, did not think twice about jumping into the water when he saw an elderly Saudi man trapped inside his car in the Abruq AR Rughamah neighborhood during last Tuesday’s floods.The rescue, which was filmed and went viral on social media, echoes the heroic efforts of the Pakistani construction worker Farman Ali Khan, who died after saving the lives of 14 Saudis during Jeddah’s 2009 floods.

Balindong told Arab News that the trapped man was in his sixties and looked unable to leave the car. “There were many people around who tried to prevent me from swimming to reach the man. They were waiting for the Civil Defense to arrive,” he said.Balindong added that the only thing he remembered at that moment was the Qur’anic instruction that says: “... and he who saved someone’s life, it will be as equally rewarding as if he had saved all mankind,” he said.

When he reached the man, he handed him a lifejacket and helped him to get out of the car and jump into the water. The two swam to the dry side of the road, where the Saudi man thanked Balindong and asked Allah to reward him.

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“There was no time to think about death and I could not just watch a person dying or about to die. This does not mean I want to say I am a hero. It was a spontaneous response dictated by humanity, and I am so happy to have been able to save the man’s life,” he said. He said that he did not deserve to be awarded for what he had done.

The 39-year-old Filipino family driver, a father of seven children, has been working in Saudi Arabia for about seven years, six of which were in Jubail. He said he had received a number of calls from his family in the Philippines saying they were proud of the bravery he had shown.

Can a Tamil Nadu woman save husband from death row in Kuwait?

Malathy from Thanjavur has travelled multiple times to Kerala's Malappuram to seek pardon for her husband

When 45-year-old Malathy, a native of Thanjavur in Tamil Nadu reached Kerala on Tuesday morning, there was an air of familiarity around her. This was not her first time to Malappuram district, but her fourth visit. 

Her frequent travel to Kerala is for a singular purpose – to save her husband Arjunan from the gallows in Kuwait. Working as a labourer in Kuwait, Arjunan was arrested by the police in 2013 for killing his roommate Abdul Wajid in a fit of rage.

Wajid, a native of Malappuram had left behind a family, including a wife and two children. 

 

A year ago, the apex court in Kuwait awarded the death sentence to Arjunan for his crime. However, as per Kuwaiti law, Arjunan’s death sentence can be commuted if Wajid’s family pardons him and agrees to accepting diya or blood money (compensation).

What followed over the course of a year, were multiple meetings between Malathy and Wajid’s wife and mother. But the grieving family were unwilling to compromise and sign documents to reprieve Arjunan.

Malathy says that eight months ago Wajid’s wife agreed to pardon Arjunan in return for compensation of Rs 10 lakh. However, following objections from Wajid’s mother and brother, the blood money was raised to Rs 30 lakh.

"How can a housemaid like me afford to pay such a huge sum of money? When I met his wife previously, she had told me that she will help me. But when I met the family in August, Wajid's mother and brother demanded more money," Malathy told TNM over the phone. 

After months of negotiations, Tuesday’s visit to Malappuram finally offered Malathy and her husband a ray of hope. Returning to her one-room house in Thanjavur on Wednesday, Malathy, who lives with her 15-year-old daughter, hopes her year-long struggle will come to an end thanks to Munnawarali Thangal.

Thangal is the son of an influential IUML leader in Kerala and Arjunan’s likely saviour.  

After several media organisations reported about Malathy's desperate attempts to save her husband, Munnawarali Thangal reached out to her, offering help.

"We met him at his house in Panangad and he has assured us that he will collect the necessary amount of money. We believe they will do so," Malathy’s relative, Ali says. 

Thangal together with Kottakkal MLA Abid Hussain has launched a crowdfunding initiative to raise the compensation amount of Rs 30 lakh.

"Wajid's family is also facing financial constraints just like Malathy. We understand that Wajid's family demanding such a huge amount is a challenge for Malathy. But as far as Wajid's family is concerned, as much as they don't want to be seen demanding money as compensation, one must understand that the family lost its only earning member. So, we decided that we will help raise the amount ourselves so that it is fair to both the parties," says the IUML MLA.

Malathy prays that Thangal keeps his promise and that every rupee donated will be one step closer to saving her husband from the gallows.

5,000 Saudi women build careers in mobile phones maintenance

MAKKAH: A Saudi woman trainer in mobile phones maintenance says that more than 5,000 women trainees have graduated and entered the labor market in the past three years.Fadwa Al-Atwi has also created a team of trainers in all regions of Saudi Arabia to unite academic efforts and training platforms.


The Saudi trainer, who runs several courses in America, Jordan and Egypt, told Arab News that the courses in mobile maintenance and other technology skills began five years ago.Al-Atwi said she had received diplomas from Jordan, Egypt and the US in hardware and software, noting that “the Saudization of the telecommunications sector has increased the involvement of Saudi women in the labor market significantly.”

She said that the program began with small beginner’s courses in the Faculty of Education in Tabuk, in the northwest of Saudi Arabia, and also in private institutes, as well as courses at chambers of commerce and industry in several Saudi cities. It was then expanded to all cities of Saudi Arabia.Al-Atwi said that the demand for Saudi women in the sector is large and consistent with the challenges of the labor market in the country.

“More than 5,000 have been trained and then entered the labor market either through small and medium-sized enterprises or by doing business from their homes.”She said that the trainees were able to perform practical and theoretical tasks and to conduct academic research related to maintenance.
“Work is being done on the training of mobile maintenance female technicians in a step toward establishing these professions for Saudi women,” she said. She said the trainees covered a range of ages, including 60-year-old women.

Al-Atwi has also created 18 WhatsApp groups with more than 14,000 members so they can follow up the maintenance process while working. She said that 40 percent of women trainees are working from home, 10 percent are trainers and 50 percent work through specialist shops.

OFW DAVID BALENDO WHO RESCUED ELDERLY MAN DURING JEDDAH FLOODS

OKAZ’ NEWSPAPER HONORS OFW DAVID BALENDO WHO RESCUED ELDERLY MAN DURING JEDDAH FLOODS

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Passenger Held With Drugs

Kuwait: Customs officers at Saad Al-Abdullah International Airport foiled an attempt by a Bangladeshi passenger to smuggle nearly 9000 of narcotic pills, he was referred to the concerned authorities

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Viral video shows Filipino rescuing elderly man stuck in Jeddah floods

Social media users called on authorities to investigate the failure of civil defense officers to do their jobs

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Manama: A Filipino expatriate in Jeddah who rescued an elderly man stranded in his car engulfed in flood water has become a hero on social media.

The expatriate was standing among dozens of onlookers as the elderly man was waiting to be rescued by Civil Defence officers.However, the Filipino noticed the officers were hesitant to approach the vehicle and decided to rescue the man himself.He jumped into the choppy waters, pulled the man out of the car and waded him back to safety.

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“When I first wanted to swim, some people around me told me not to do it, explaining that the Civil Defence would rescue him. But I was concerned Baba would be killed if the rescue operation was late,” he said.

Honoured on social media

Several media users called for honouring him and holding the servicemen to account.The Interior Minister ordered an investigation into the incident and the failure of the rescue team to do their jobs.

Meanwhile, a Somali boy has become the first fatality the sweeping floods that have ravaged the Red Sea city this week.

On Tuesday evening, the eight-year-old boy’s body was found on the street. Authorities says he died from electrocution.

Social media users offered sympathies to the bereaved family and called for authorities to be probed for negligence and held to account.

Jeddah’s 40-year-old sewage networks only cover 18 per cent of the city which means that flooding is very common whenever it rains.

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The country’s Attorney General, Shaikh Saud Bin Abdullah Al Muajab, has given the green light for authorities to arrest and probe individuals for negligence.

School has been suspended in Makkah, Jeddaah and Taif and flights have been delayed at Jeddah’s airport.

In late 2009, dozens of people were killed in the western region after heavy rains triggered deadly floods.

The tragedy scarred Saudis who lost loved ones who engaged in lengthy court cases for years to try to seek justice for gross negligence.

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Water skiing

In lighter news, others used the floods as an opportunity for fun.

One girl, pulled by a car, was filmed water skiiing in her abaya. The video also went viral online.

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Action urged

Several Saudis called for stringent action against officials who have allowed the rainfall to cause havoc in the city that greatly suffered in 2009 when dozens of people were killed or went missing in the worst floods to hit the city in almost three decades.

The tragedy triggered lengthy court cases and deep controversy, and residents who were hit really hard hoped there would be no repeat of the drama.

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