EVER wondered what that strange hole at the end of a Bic biro pen lid is for?
It’s the kind of question you might ponder over while slouching at your desk chewing the end of a pen.
And, as it turns out, the hole is a result of that exact habit.
Contrary to popular belief, the hole isn’t there to fashion a makeshift whistle. Neither is it a trick to allow the ink to run out of the top, staining your clothes and bags.
In fact, the hole is actually there to save your goddamn life.
In 1991, the small hole was introduced to the end of it’s lid in an effort to prevent suffocation.
If you were to accidentally swallow the lid and it were to get lodged in your throat, the hole is a design feature to allow you to continue breathing until such time as the lid can be removed, presumably by a bemused doctor.
So there you have it.
However, it goes without saying that you should not attempt to prove this theory at home.
a 13-year old boy from Durham, Ben Stirland, died after falling from his chair and swallowing the lid of his pen.
His mother Nathalie Hodgson warned:
“Contrary to popular belief, the safety hole is no use.
“Body secretions soon block this and because of the lid’s shape, they easily lodge in the throat and cannot be removed quickly.
“I have lost one of the biggest parts of my life and if I can warn just one parent and stop another senseless death like this, it will have been worth posting.”