Every now and then the internet gets thrown into a tizzy over a life hack food video that goes viral usually for one of three reasons.
Those reasons are because (a) it blows so many people’s minds, (b) it makes people angry, or (c) it starts an argument.
Today, we have an example of the rare video that’s gone viral on Twitter for all three reasons.
“At what age did you realize the ridges on the bottom of the salt shakers had a purpose?” Twitter account Today Years Old asked on Monday.
The tweet shows a video of someone holding a salt shaker over a pot of food cooking on the stove. At first, a little salt trickles out of the shaker. But then, THEN, the person holding the salt shaker rakes a fork across the bottom of it and voila! Salt comes pouring out of the shaker with each scrape.
At what age did you realize the ridges on the bottom of the salt shakers had a purpose? 🧂
— Today Years Old (@todayyearsoldig) May 15, 2023
Is your mind blown?
With responses like “just now,” “52” and “39 & some days,” there are numerous people whose minds were indeed blown.
🤦♂️well damn☝🏼always learning🙌🏼
— J $tack (@JSTACKCORLEONE) May 16, 2023
However, if your first thought upon watching that video is something along the lines of “that’s not what those ridges are for,” you are far, FAR from alone.
“That’s 100% not the intended purpose,” read one response.
That's nasty. Imagine doing this at a restaurant where the bottom of the shaker never gets wiped and many people do this with their dirty forks (because people usually taste first to know if they need more salt). The ridges are there to keep the shaker from sliding off the table.
— Blue Dot in a Red District 🌻 ⚠🆘🗳😼💚🌲💉🚀 (@MrFrodo_theCat) May 15, 2023
“Hahaha. Salt shaker. It’s got it in the damn name. It’s not a salt scrape it with a forker,” another person observed.
I have ridges on the underside of my beer bottles, but I don't need to scrape a fork against them to pour the beer.
— Capital_G (@CapitalG5000) May 16, 2023
“So, that’s not what it’s designed for, and has shaking really become THAT much of a burden?” someone else asked.
Then there was this person…
There are two main purposes for the ridges on the bottom of salt shakers.
The first purpose is to prevent the shakers from slipping and sliding on the table. The ridges create friction, which helps to keep the shakers in place. This is especially important if the shakers are…
— El Greco (@AGiannas) May 16, 2023
Mostly though, people on Twitter were just left aghast at how much salt was being put into that pot.
“So much salt that I’m getting high blood pressure just watching,” someone commented.
Waaaaaaaaaaaaay too much salt 💀💀
— Chad Pedro (@ChadPedro) May 15, 2023
“Heart attack for sure,” another person added.
me after taking one bite of that meal: pic.twitter.com/lbXVcGi1xM
— 🧪 縫いぐるみ用心棒 💗 (@AnotherYojimbo) May 16, 2023
“Forreal though. I’d feel like a cow licking a salt block,” read another comment.
I’m going to take this video with a grain of salt.
— CarolineSwitched (@CarolSwitched) May 15, 2023