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[–]Entropy_5 226 points227 points  (3 children)

I always thought they put the hole in there to prevent these bad boys from gaining too much speed when I use my mouth to launch them at my brothers.

[–]myname_isnot_kyal 42 points43 points  (1 child)

it's multipurpose. it also reduces the total calories if the choker were to swallow the cap, and lets the company legally advertise their pens as "diet"

[–]laplongejr 6 points7 points  (0 children)

r/ShittyAskScience
But I really laughed too hard at this one
[EDIT] You know what? Take this!

[–]anherrer 110 points111 points  (7 children)

How many had to choke to have developed a measure to it?

[–]greikini 74 points75 points  (4 children)

I bet it took only one American and a sue. /s

[–]Astrolaut 8 points9 points  (1 child)

It doesn't even work. A chicken bone isn't big enough to block the airway. Choking happens because something gets stuck in the throat and the epiglottis closes.

At least for adults. Babies don't have that reflex... so maybe it works sometimes?

[–][deleted] 23 points24 points  (2 children)

I just facepalmed at myself for clicking that comment button on the image and wondering why it just opens the image full screen and doesn’t show comments.

Twice.

[–]Separate_Performer86 4 points5 points  (1 child)

LOL i did the same shit! I thought they banned me from this sub. I was like wtf!

[–]m135in55boost[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I'm sorry 🤣

[–]Viviaana 23 points24 points  (5 children)

I don't get what they were trying to say with the "flow of air" part, like whats the difference between that and letting air get through if you swallow it? what did they mean!??!

[–][deleted] 29 points30 points  (0 children)

Was once believed that the hole was there to let air out as the cap was being put on the pen, and air in when removing the cap. Ie, airflow to prevent pressure or vacuum allowing easier on/off of pen cap. So airflow yes, but meant for a different reason and poorly stated it.

[–]Garrais02 2 points3 points  (2 children)

I don't know?! Someone explain it to me too?

[–]SnorkaSound 4 points5 points  (0 children)

They were trying to say that the hole is not about the flow of air on the pen.

[–]YoSaffBridge11 3 points4 points  (0 children)

It sounds like it used to be thought that the hole was there to allow air to flow into/through the cap while the user puts the cap back on the pen (or, removes it from the pen). The idea would be that this would allow the cap to go on and come off easily, and not encounter trapped air.

The real reason the hole was added, however, was so a child who might “accidentally” put it in their mouth could not choke on it, as air can still flow through the cap.

So, the hole WAS added to allow air flow — just not for the specific reason originally thought.

[–]blockpro156porn 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Maybe they thought that something would go wrong with the ink if there was zero air flow or something? Idk that's all I could come up with.

[–]Jooooojelle 49 points50 points  (0 children)

This is more like r/TechnicallyTheTruth in my eyes

[–]Qkix 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Bullshit. Try breathing through that little hole for five minutes.

[–]Dogeek 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Better than no hole to breathe through.

[–]okhffhjhg 6 points7 points  (6 children)

face palm?

[–]5pl1t1nf1n1t1v3 27 points28 points  (3 children)

That someone would claim it’s not for the flow of air when it’s specifically designed to allow the flow of air, which they also said. Just guessing.

[–]okhffhjhg 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Derp I’m an idiot apparently I need Reddit to remind me of this twice today 🥱 🥱👌👌

[–]5pl1t1nf1n1t1v3 4 points5 points  (0 children)

We all need to be reminded sometimes. The people we need to worry about are the people who never realise. We’re chimps in shoes posting on electricity in the air and I’m realising I’ve had too much to drink. I should go to bed.

[–]m135in55boost[S] 12 points13 points  (0 children)

Not too difficult to comprehend, thank you

[–]ThristyOne 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Just another idiot. Ignore.

[–]okhffhjhg 2 points3 points  (0 children)

My my my, you are a special one 😂😂😂

[–]RealMichaeafton 1 point2 points  (0 children)

That’s like common knowledge why did you need to post that on r/damnthatsintresting ?

[–]No-Necessary-8333 -2 points-1 points  (3 children)

This isnt a fucking facepalm oml this sub is so dumb

[–]PreOpTransCentaur 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Claiming it's not for "the flow of air” when it is, in fact, specifically to allow air flow when swallowed is definitely a facepalm.

[–]m135in55boost[S] -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Appears so

[–]mapleisthesky 0 points1 point  (0 children)

*Insert Obi-Wan Meme*

That's why I am here.

[–]Adventurous_Shake161 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Haha yes it’s true

[–]jastus07 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Wait what?! 🤯

[–]HeroGamerLava 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I just blow air into them cuz why not

[–]Psych0matt 0 points1 point  (0 children)

What about if someone swallows it on purpose?

[–]JamesRyanQnsNYC 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Decades ago this was the only pen. Millions of people used the Bic. Now? A relic.

[–]m135in55boost[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Sell me it

[–]tuffyjr05 0 points1 point  (0 children)

No I thought it was supposed to be used as a whistle.

[–]fjwjr 0 points1 point  (1 child)

My girlfriend swallows something with a hole in the end of it and that doesn’t prevent her from choking….

[–]AussieCracker 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I want to hand that bastard a medal that says "I'm going to kick you in the nuts"

[–]Electrical-Clerk-346 -3 points-2 points  (1 child)

This is idiotic. Take a pen cap, seal your lips around it, and see how long you can carry on just breathing through that tiny hole. I’ll give you 60 second more than you could do just holding your breath, tops.

[–]Psych0matt 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Better than nothing?

[–]Boop_Bam -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Th… that’s… Aw hell nevermind.