Thursday, March 18, 2010

High Tech meets Water and Rice; a public service announcement

What do you do when you see this, after emptying your washer?

Yes. Cry. Because that was one perfectly good Ipod that SOMEONE didn't take out of their pocket knowing full well that we are a "empty your pockets before putting things in the basket" household.

But it was too late to chastise, really. These things happen. And we had other Ipods.

Still, I was hoping to fix it.

We tried to open it as was described on many websites.
We succeeded only in misshaping the bottom. They must weld these things or something.

So I tried a last absolutely crazy idea I read on the internet.

I buried it in a jar of rice.

Organic rice, since it is a green ipod.


Rice, of course, is a natural desiccant. And while I held no hope whatsoever of this working, I had to try.

I left it there for two weeks while I was in DC.

I came home and got it out, not really expecting anything. But I was pretty amazed to see this after I charged it.


It works!

Is it just me, or is there something elegant about an extremely high tech device being repaired by one of the more primitive things on earth?

Yeah. Just me. :)

7 comments:

Wolfie said...

WOW! It's not just you. I am very impressed! Very cool.

Susan said...

I don't know if I'd call it elegant, more like a back to the basics. I'm glad it worked!

Kate said...

That's amazing! I'll have to try that trick next time someone puts their phone in the washer - we've not had an i-pod yet but I expect that any day!

Merri said...

I bet Martha Stewart doesn't even know this. I'm keeping this in mind!
- The Equestrian Vagabond

Once Upon an Equine said...

Incredible! I wish I'd known that when I dropped my brand new iPod in the bathtub. It didn't get nearly the soaking from a brief dip in the tub than a full washing machine cycle. Thanks for the great tip.

Michaela said...

Wow, that's awesome it worked. By the way, following your lead, I interviewed a horse today. See my blog (Gimme that Teatowel) x Michaela

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Wow! I would have been jumping for joy. We don't have any Ipods....too pricey. But knowing how much they cost and seeing it THERE. gah!

I'm glad for you that the organic rice did the trick!


~Lisa