16 Everyday Symbols People Don’t Know Actually Mean Something

The modern world around us is inundated with tons of gizmos and gadgets to help us out in specific situations. Walking along a city street, for example, there are hundreds upon hundreds of signs and symbols to guide us through life, but do we really pay attention to them all? Believe it or not, we are surrounded by object or symbols that mean something, but almost no one knows their true meaning or just never considered thinking about it.

Let’s take a look at 16 everyday symbols that have a meaning behind them.

1. Did you know that the pink part of the text in the Baskin Robbins logo spells out “31”?

That’s the number of flavors they offer!

Mind-blowing, right?

There are a lot more where that came from.

2. The portrait of Abraham Lincoln was designed by Victor David Brenner and every penny struck after 1918 has his initials on the bottom.

You just have to look at the tiny print on the edge where the red arrow is pointing.

3. If you look closely, the logo for Toblerone chocolate bars has a hidden bear in it!

The name also has “Berne” in it, the town in Switzerland where they are made.

4. The late Stardust Casino in Las Vegas had a very recognizable cloud design.

It turns out that the logo was made to resemble the common sight of mushroom clouds in the Nevada desert in the 1950s.

Here is a photo taken in Las Vegas showing a mushroom cloud from an atomic bomb blast in the background.

Detonation times were even broadcasted so that people on vacation could take advantage.

5.You probably never thought about it, but the spikes on Lady Liberty’s crown have a special significance.

The seven spikes on the Statue of Liberty’s crown represent the seven continents on Earth.

6. You know that little arrow on the gas gauge in your vehicle?

It points to the side of your car that your gas cap is on.

7. Most people recognize this religious symbol on bumper stickers.

This symbol, known as the ichthys, is most commonly associated with Christianity. Little do most people know, the symbol is rooted in pagan culture to symbolize fertility.

8. You know that interesting striped pole found on the outside of some barber shops?

The red stripe actually represents blood.

Barbers used to do a lot more than just cut hair. They used to perform a controversial practice known as bloodletting and also performed certain surgeries.

The red stripe is thought to symbolize bloody bandages.

9. While not technically a symbol, the tag on your bread at the grocery store can tell you a lot about the freshness of your bread.

I don’t mean that it just tells you the expiry date, either.

The color of the tag actually tells you what day of the week it was freshly shipped.

You can keep that little secret with you the next time you pick up a loaf.

10. Believe it or not, those golden arches that make up the McDonald’s logo have an odd background.

Yes, it seems to be true based on several sources, but the original arch design was meant to represent breasts. This subliminal message was aimed at bringing those customers in.

11. Ever wonder why the ‘pause’ symbol is two parallel lines?

In music, this symbol is called a caesura, which indicates a — wait for it — pause.

12. Talk about one of the more confusing symbols, where did the USB symbol come from?

It actually represents Neptune’s Trident named Dreizack, but also uses the shapes of triangle, circle, and square to represent the types of connections that can be made with a USB device.

13. See the hidden symbol in the Hershey Kisses logo?

If you look closely between the ‘K’ and ‘I’ in ‘Kisses’ you will notice that there is a hidden Hershey Kiss! Whoaaaaaaaa.

14. Now this one is my favorite. Check out this logo for Yoga Australia.

Notice anything interesting? You got it! You can see Australia in the outline of her stretch!

15. That little black diamond on a tape measure?

It allows those doing construction to evenly split an eight-foot piece of material into five segments for underlying support (trusses).

16. I’ll leave you with another tape measure symbol — the roman numeral on the end of it.

This is actually pretty important because it represents the level of accuracy of that tape measure. The lower the numeral, the more accurate it is.
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