Phantom gadgetry: A hair-raising awakening
This is a very bizarre, but true story that happened to me this weekend. I trim my hair with a Braun CruZer cordless buzzer, one I owned since 2011. It's served me well over the years, though it was beginning to wear down a bit (the battery wouldn't stay fully charged, for example).
I took care of my hair routine over the weekend and then put the waterproof buzzer in a dry glass in my sink (to eventually put it in the dishwasher to sanitize it). At 2:45 in the morning, I was awoken to an extremely loud jackhammer-like sound. I thought, for some bizarre reason, construction was happening in my otherwise quiet neighborhood. It turns out, the buzzer just turned itself on and as a result, was creating a vibration of that glass and other dishes against an aluminum sink. The power button was not in a position where it was pinched or able to be turned on, even if an earthquake or something moved things around. Despite repeatedly pressing the button and holding it down for a couple of minutes, it wouldn't turn off.
At this point I was even more groggy and just really wanted to go back to bed. In a semi-panic of sorts, unsure what to do, I opened my front door and threw the buzzer hard across the hall from my apartment (not near any of my neighbors doors, of course), at which point it stopped buzzing. I went back to bed and about a minute in, I heard another loud noise, this time the buzzer was back on and vibrating now across the concrete floor outside my apartment. As I lay there puzzled, I start to hear the sound fainting ever so slowly until the buzzer choked out. I remained rather spooked, so I had to take a melatonin to return back to sleep. In the morning, I took the buzzer to its proper resting place in the downstairs recycling bin.
Have you ever had an experience like this where a gadget just turned itself on, or did something incredibly out of the scope of what it's supposed to do? Share your thoughts below.
(On another note, considering I bought what was probably a $40 buzzer over 3 years ago and I replace my smartphone on an annual basis, I should probably re-think my priorities).
If the power goes out (and then subsequently comes back on) during the night, my printer comes to life doing its pre-boot checks. I keep my home printer turned off because it barely gets used, and its the last thing you want waking you up at 3am
Bzzzzzt. BSSSSSSHHHHH. BzzzzzzzzT. :)
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