I went down to the house yesterday to check on my extremely handsome son George and the doggies and the cats. Everything was in order, except that the electric kettle was outside on the back door step.
"Why is the kettle outside George?"
"It was making a funny noise and smoking Dad."
It looked perfectly all right to me so I took it indoors filled it with water and switched it on. EHS George and I watched to see what would happen. After a couple of minutes it began to boil and bubble.
"That's the noise it made Dad."
"It always makes that noise when it boils son. All kettles do that."
"It's smoking now Dad. Why is it smoking?"
"That isn't smoke son. That is steam. Steam comes out of kettles when they boil."
EHS George is off to university next September! To be fair to him though he never drinks tea or coffee so hasn't had much chance to become acquainted with the intricate and mysterious world of the electric kettle. He is only eighteen years old after all!
In case you are wondering why he switched it on in the first place. He clicked it on accidentally while he was making some toast. He knows about toasters!
Happy New Year!