A rice and easy way to resurrect water-damaged mobiles
Lifehacker are running their top ten lists of 2009 and through them we unearthed this corking gem of a hack from The Washington Post, with some advice on what to do should you drop your mobile down the toilet, as several of you invariably will while pissed up at the Christmas party:
My friend told me to leave it turned off overnight in a bowl of uncooked rice.
Rice, he explained, sucks out moisture. After sleeping in a bed of rice, my BlackBerry functioned well on Sunday, except for the time function, which froze.
It was flimsy on Monday, fading in and out, but sprang back to life on Tuesday, after another night in the rice bowl.
The health benefits of rice will probably only extend a mobile's life for so long after a swim, so it's probably best to concentrate on the job in hand in the first place.