Pretty much everyone has heard of ballpoint pens. But hardly anyone has put much thought into why the cap is designed the way it is, am I right?
The BIC company unveiled this design to the world in 1991 which remained completely unnoticed by the majority of people! What was changed? Well, there is now a small hole in the top of the cap of the extremely popular Cristal Pen. Many people didn’t even notice the innovation.
Yet, the decision to switch this design has saved the lives of large numbers of toddlers & small children (including a few adults). More than a hundred children in fact. We all know how much small children love putting just about everything they touch or pick up in their mouths and no matter how hard we try to keep them safe, we as parents are human and we do miss things or somehow our children manage to outsmart us no matter how hard we try with our baby proofing efforts.
A pen cap can very easily get lodged in the windpipe of a child. If such an awful situations were to arise, that little hole in the cap helps get just enough oxygen to the child providing valuable time for the paramedics to rush your little one to the emergency room.