This is the surprising reason your pen caps have holes in them

You'll Never Guess Why Bic Pens Have a Hole in the Cap

Admit it, you've always wondered why your pen caps came with those mysterious little holes in them.

Are they for decoration? Was it an accident that everyone just ran with? Does it make the ink dry out quicker thus requiring you to buy more pens?

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Turns out, there's a much more heroic answer behind it all. According to the Independent, the idea was conjured up by the French company, Bic, who added the holes to prevent people from choking to death if they were to accidentally swallow one.

As explained on the FAQ section of their website, Bic claims, "In addition to help prevent the pen from leaking, all our BIC® caps comply with international safety standards that attempt to minimize the risk of children accidentally inhaling pen caps."

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Chromatic Desk Organizer

Keep flash cards and the like organized in style! With just a touch of paint, a plain-old desk organizer looks fall-fresh.

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Paint-Your-Own Notebook

Because they were going to doodle on the notebooks anyway. Give your kids a little paint and let them get creative!

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Fair Isle Dot Trays

Trays are a great way to keep all of those seemingly random school supplies in order (think pesky paper clips and thumbtacks.) Add a cute fair isle design for an elegant touch to these easy organizers. 

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Desk Accessories

Desk accessories are way more fun when they're DIY. This set of boxes is decorated with a foil transfer for a subtle flourish. 

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Dip-Dyed Pencils

The soft, faded look of dip-dye is all the rage, so get in on it! Using the old number 2 feels cooler with a colorful self-dyed pencil. 

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Textbook Covers

Protect the sacred text of ye olde textbooks! Make your own textbook covers, using whatever (we mean it -- whatever!) print you want.  

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Personalized Packs

Have the kiddos give their backpacks their own monogram. Who needs L.L. Bean?

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Container Magnets for Lockers

Save sturdy tins (from gum and ginger chews and the like) for sticking on lockers! This way they can keep their pens and pencils locked away in style. 

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Floral Binders

The summer days of hiking through the woods are over, but that doesn't mean the flowers can't stick around! Decorate bare-bones binders with these delicate flowers for indoor sort of flora.

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Felt Pencil Case

A good project for hand-sewing, these felt pencil cases are sturdy enough to last till school lets out in spring. 

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iPhone Case Templates

No, they shouldn't have their phones out at school. But it's fall! Everything turns over a new leaf and puts on a fresh coat of paint. So let them design a whole new case for their phone.

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Sticky-Note Calendar

Sticky notes are almost (almost!) as fun as stickers themselves. Use them to help your kid keep track of his or her own schedule -- it'll probably help you remember soccer practice, too! 

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Tree-Bark Pen Holder

Studying takes on a rustic feel with these bark-wrapped pencil holders. 

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Stamp It

Sometimes, the old-fashioned way is still the best. Just stamp it! Any paper school supplies can be stamped with these leaf-patterned stamps. Just hand them the stamps and let them run rampant!

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Business Insider points out that between 2000 and 2010, there were more than 10,000 reported cases of people swallowed parts of pens or pencils.

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