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In an deep dive into the Internet, Elite Daily has uncovered a Yahoo Answers question from many moons ago in which someone asked why those tiny buttons exist on jean pockets.

These buttons. The ones that don't connect to anything. What's with that?
These buttons. The ones that don't connect to anything. What's with that?
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The buttons, it turns out, do more than add an industrial chic look to jeans. They're much more functional than that teeny little pocket you can't fit anything in (once upon time, people could fit things in there, but that purpose is now obsolete). The buttons—which are actually called rivets—were patented back in 1873 by Jacob Davis for Levi Strauss & Co.