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Can You Remember What This Hole Is Used For?

This is a blast from the past that may stump you even if you grew up in an old house. We've puzzled you with some pretty confounding antiques before, but this one is really tricky. Unlike some of our challenges from the past, some homes just didn't have one of these, but they were pretty popular a few decades ago.

Here are a few hints to help you figure out what this is, in case you're stumped.

If you can't tell from the photos, these are in the bathroom.

If you've ever done any renovations you, probably know what these are.

And finally, there's a good reason that we don't use these anymore.

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If you grew up in an old house you probably recognized this slot right away. But you can still see them in some hotels too. These holes were used to dispose of old razor blades. Back before stainless steel blades became common in the 1960s, you could really only get two uses out of a blade (once on each side).

Instead of throwing them in the garbage can, where kids or pets could find them, they would be dropped through the slot into a space behind the wall.

It's not a bad idea, and some people still use these slots, but if you ever renovate your home you'll find a pile of razors behind your walls.

Today there are modern versions of this solution that don't leave a nasty surprise for your contractor, like a "blade bank," a little piggy bank that stores your used blades.

Does your home still have one of these slots? Maybe you found a pile of razors inside your bathroom wall and always wondered why. Now you know!

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