jvcc wrote:Sometimes I'll use appliances in my house that stop performing their functions after a set period of time as alarm clocks of sorts. When I'm getting ready in the morning, for example, I like to procrastinate by watching Netflix or listening to music. To make sure that I don't do this for too long, I might turn on my hair straightener, which beeps when it turns off after being left alone for too long. So maybe some people do that with workplace appliances?
I'm not at all convinced that that's true, but it is a possibility.
I am concerned/amused that in both of your cases--hair straightener, kettle--the makeshift alarm the safety switch preventing the intentionally-left-on heating element from burning down the building.
In a completely unrelated turn of events, I would like to chip in to help buy you a watch.