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The rice cooker explodes

Well, burns out. It was a $15 appliance, and doesn't have any fancy thermal cutouts or anything. Last night I put the rice cradle in crooked, it must have developed a hot spot and died.

We went out and bought a new one today, a little larger and presumably with some failsafe facility.

[Aside: Interesting date today: 22-02-2002]