I think I had an epiphany yesterday. If an epiphany is the sudden realization that up until this point, I have been completely clueless as to how something works, then yeah, I totally epiphanized.
You know those little ribbons that they sometimes put in the battery compartments of electronics and such? They are apparently so complicated that it took me 29 years to realize that they aren’t some annoying, worthless little piece of fabric that was put there to attempt to do a job that is impossible for them to do.
Up until yesterday afternoon, I thought that you were supposed to put that ribbon over top of the batteries, in hopes that it would keep them from falling out of the compartment. It never seemed like it would be too effective, but I thought maybe it was put there to give those people who worry about their batteries falling out a false sense of security. Most of the time the ribbon just lays right over top of the batteries and the end will slide down into the space beside the batteries, giving the illusion that the batteries are safe, secure, and going nowhere. On some occasions, however, no matter how hard I tried I just couldn’t get the ribbon to lay flat across the batteries and would just have to stuff it in the best I could.
Then yesterday happens. I had just put four AA batteries in a device and was needing to take them back out. I was mumbling something to myself about how pointless the ribbon in the battery compartment was since it was already nearly impossible to take the batteries out. Then it hit me. If I stick the ribbon underneath the batteries, I can just pull up on the end of the ribbon and all four batteries will lift right out.
I decided to share my epiphinization with some coworkers, thinking that maybe they would like to know the secret ribbon trick I had just figured out. Apparently it’s common knowledge. Unless you are me, which I’m guessing you’re not. So the highlight of my day yesterday involved the changing of my opinion of a 2 inch long ribbon. It went from being pointless and annoying to handy and wishing that it was included in every battery powered device.
It’s an exciting life I lead.