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Video Shows We’ve Apparently Been Threading Needles Wrong Our Whole Lives

We can confirm it works!

As a kid, were you ever taught how to thread a needle? I must admit that I never quite learned to sew, and I usually give even the most minor of tears in my clothing to the dry cleaner to fix. Still, I’ve been confident in the knowledge that, if push to came to shove, I know how to thread a needle.

But do I?

My confidence has been rocked in the wake of watching a viral video that seems to prove that the way you’ve been threading a needle your entire life is probably wrong.

needle thread photo
Flickr | CarbonNYC [in SF!]

There’s More Than One Way To Thread A Needle

The video in question shows that if you place a piece of thread flat in your palm, then put the needle down flat with the eye on the thread, the threading will magically happen on its own if you roll the needle back and forth.

Check out the simple hack in action below:

Wow! Who knew? Not me, certainly.

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Does It Work?

I tried the trick out for myself, and I can confirm that it works! While I doubt I’ll be starting any major sewing projects any time soon, it’s nice to know that, technically speaking, I could do so if needed.

The Twitter video above has been watched more than 6 million times since April 2. Many users commented that they found the trick extremely useful and were blown away that they hadn’t known about it sooner. However, some replies indicated that the hack didn’t quite work out for them.

If you’re on the hunt for more shortcuts that will make your life a lot easier, check out our hacks for makeup, cleaning, cooking and saving money at the grocery store. If finally learning how to easily thread a needle has you inspired, check out our guide for everything you need to start a sewing hobby.

Did this sewing trick work for you?

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Did You Ever Wonder What Those Sidewalk Bumps Are For?

You’ve probably noticed the raised, bumpy patterns where the sidewalk ends. You might also have wondered why they are there in the first place. No, it’s no for traction in bad weather. How about durability? That would be a good guess. But, even though you could consider durability a bonus feature, that is not the function, either.

Turns out there’s a very good reason, but it’s not what you may think it is.

tactile tiles
Transplanet Blog

Those blister-like bumps, also known as “truncated domes and detectible warning pavers,” are a part of “tactile paving” (meaning: paving that can be felt). It helps the visually impaired detect when they are about to leave the sidewalk and enter the street.

These ground indicators are also sometimes known as braille paving. These textured tiles make it easier for people to feel changes in patterns and textures. These changes signal changes in a path, including a curb or a change in direction.

Adobe

People with vision impairments can feel the change in texture on the ground below them and know to stop before proceeding to cross the street. In this video, you can see how a braille pathway can make a difference in getting around for the visually impaired.

For people who are visually impaired but still have partial sight, the bright yellow or red coloring on those sidewalk bumps also helps to alert them that the sidewalk is coming to an end.

Depending on where you are in the U.S. or other countries, you’ll find different tactile paving patterns.

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When the bumpy patterns are used correctly, they allow for a more accessible and safe street layout. It can also mean a greater level of independence for people wanting to get out in the community, but struggle because of their vision.

sidewalk bumps photo
Flickr | torbakhopper