Ever wondered why ‘F’ and ‘J’ keyboard keys have bumps on them? Here’s why
Look closely at your keyboard and concentrate on the F and J keys. In most of the cases you will probably notice a little raised line or bump below them. Almost all modern keyboard models come with this feature. You will notice that only the F and J keys are having this feature.
So why is there bumps on the F and J keyboard keys? Here’s the reason.
These are to help us position our fingers correctly so that we are able to type without looking at the keyboard. If you balance your hand correctly using these bumps it improves your typing speed and makes it easier to use the keyboard.
The F and J keys were specially used for this purpose. These keys are referred to as the home row. The bumps on these keys enable you to position your hands on the keyboard without looking in a manner that is optimal for touch typing. You are supposed to place the index fingers of your left and right hands over the ‘F’ and ‘J’ keys respectively. With your index fingers on the two ridged keys – your left hand covers A,S, D and F while the right covers J,K,L and colon. Both thumbs should rest on the space bar.
The ridges on these keys were invented to improve keyboard and typewriters by June E Botich in 2002.
8 Weird Ingredients Found In Common Foods & Products
There are many food items and products which we use on a daily basis contains gross ingredients we can’t even think of. Below is the list of 8 weird ingredients found in common foods & products.
1. Bagels and bread products
L-Cysteine is an amino acid that’s widely used in the baking industry to extend shelf life and flavor for foods like breads and bagels. It is most often derived from human hair or duck feathers. About 80% of the L-cysteine on the market comes from human hair. The hair is dissolved in acid and the L-Cysteine protein is extracted, purified, packaged and shipped to bakeries all over the world.
2. Chewing gum
Most modern chewing gum is made from synthetic rubber which is cheaper to manufacture. Chewing gum also contains plastic in the form of Polyvinyl Acetate. Polyvinyl acetate is often used to make glue and latex paint.
3. Soy Sauce
One of the main ingredients in soy sauce is mold. Molds are type of fungus which thrives on damp areas. They are used to ferment soybeans to produce soy sauce.
4. Vanilla-flavored foods
Castoreum is an ingredient which is commonly found in vanilla ice cream and raspberry flavored foods. Castoreum is a chemical compound that mostly comes from a beaver’s perineal glands and urine.
5. Sweet Jelly
Jelly desserts such as gummy candies are actually made from gelatin. Gelatin is a protein obtained by boiling skin, tendons, ligaments, and/or bones with water. It is usually obtained from cows or pigs.
Rennet is added to most cheese to speed the coagulation process and separate the milk into solid curds and liquid whey. Rennet is derived from the enzymes in a newborn baby calf’s stomach.
Lanolin is a natural oil found in sheep’s wool and it’s normally used for shaving cream, lotions, skin creams, shampoo, lipsticks and other cosmetics to leave your skin and hair silky and smooth.
Glycerin is a common ingredient in many toothpastes and what gives the paste-like quality to it. Glycerin (which can be derived from plants), is cheaper to derive from the fat taken out of animal bones.