So Apparently, We’ve Been Using Tic Tac Containers All Wrong

Last week I learned that my ketchup cup usage was a lie, and now this week, I’m learning that Tic Tac box lids have a crevice built to catch exactly one mint?! What the hell were our parents teaching us — or not teaching us?!

It all started when I was driving my buddies home after a trip from an onion-heavy lunch and mints were absolutely necessary. I reached into my glove compartment, pulled out a box of Tic Tacs and proceeded to struggle to get just one Tic Tac out at a time (1st world problem).

Watching my struggle, one of my mates snagged the box out of my hand and patronizingly asked, “Damn fool, don’t you read the Internet?” He then proceeded to explain that each Tic Tac box has a crater built out that perfectly houses one Tic Tac mint. It looks a bit like this, and now I feel slightly dumb:

Most likely, I’ll still shake each box of Tic Tacs until either 1 mint or 20 of them come out. That’s just the type of backwards, ignorant life I’ve led up until now, and no amount of common sense will persuade me otherwise.


By Elie Ayrouth

Elie is a product of Orange County, CA. In early 2012, his dentist diagnosed him with 8 different cavities, three of which on the same tooth, as a result of his 23-year Sour Patch Kid addiction.

20 replies on “So Apparently, We’ve Been Using Tic Tac Containers All Wrong”

Some restaurants have toothpicks in a round plastic container, with a hole in the lid to allow a single toothpick to be shaken out. Everybody turns it sideways with the hole at the bottom and struggles to get one out. Turns out the other toothpicks, through gravity, get in the way. Rotate the hole to the top and one easily pops out.

headed straight from here to Snopes — this is the kind of thing they are good for–

instead of obfuscating the truth in fundamental building blocks of evidence in huge damaging cases where corruption is involved

My crevice is quit a bit bigger than my Tic Tac. Possibly big enough for a second one to slip in if it so desired. The Tic Tac almost fell out of the crevice, too, because it’s so big.

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