eruthros: A panel from a 1950s educational comic book showing a communist deflating -- I mean, blowing up, the Washington Monument (Communists!)
[personal profile] eruthros
1. Yeah, so as that cut text would seem to indicate? I kind of had a vibrator explode yesterday. It was a moderately cheap Good Vibes one, not all fancy-schmancy elegant LELO curves or whatever, but a) it was still effective and I liked it and b) I still didn't expect it to explode.

Fortunately it exploded about ten seconds before it might've done serious damage; I pulled it out of the drawer, absent-mindedly twisted the cap to test the batteries, and it made a horrific grinding noise and zapped my hand with an electric shock. I turned it off again pretty much instantly, but half a second later (and before I'd put it down) the back cap shot off the body of it and into the middle of my palm, followed by some metal bits and melted plastic. And they burnt my palm something awful, which is pretty impressive considering that the thing had been on for all of three seconds at that point. I had to pull the melted plastic stuff off my hand under running water, ugh. I assume a spring or the whirly vibrator thing went horribly wrong, because I can't imagine that there was a structurally fatal buildup of any kind of real explosive pressure.

And then it smoked a bit, and was really hot to the touch, and made my room smell like burning plastic and rubber, so I had to put it and the removed battery in the sink where they couldn't set anything on fire (just in case). And I threw it away this morning with a slightly mournful tear (listen that vibrator was like eight years old, we have had some good times together) and also with a separate plastic bag around it and straight into the trash can outside, because it still smelled like awful burning rubber.

I would miss it more, but the sudden zzzzzap-THWAM of the base into my hand instantly made me ready to give it up.

2. As a consequence of (1), I had a migraine all fucking day, because it's too cold outside to open the windows, and burning rubber is basically a guaranteed migraine triggers. Thanks, vibrator.

3. As a consequence of (2), I have been nauseated all day, and have eaten only peppermint tea, black tea (oh caffeeeine why didn't you help), bread, slightly against-the-rules OTC painkillers (shh don't tell my doctor), and some carrots and cooked squash. And sat around on the couch breathing and making faces and trying very hard to take enough naps to make the migraine go away. Bleh.

4. But my migraine is now mysteriously gone! Perhaps the burnt rubber in the air has finally gone away. So now I am enjoying the internet, late though it is, because that was obviously a story that had to be shared, and knitting some of this cowl I'm making for myself. (Burgundy alpaca! Yum.)

5. ... And to think I thought "gosh, I don't have a good icon for this post."

Date: 2011-01-18 07:54 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] nixwilliams
WOAH!!! that is both funny and SCARY! i wonder if you could write to the manufacturer and let them know about the possible fault?

Date: 2011-01-18 10:01 am (UTC)
telesilla: black and white picture of telesilla (Default)
From: [personal profile] telesilla
:( Ouch! I've lost a few battery vibes the same way and it's kind of scary.

Date: 2011-01-18 11:00 am (UTC)
such_heights: fire exit sign, text reads 'oh god no' (text: oh god no!)
From: [personal profile] such_heights
Good grief! That is a somewhat dramatic story!

However, you do at least have the perfect icon for this post, so that's a plus. :D

Date: 2011-01-18 11:49 am (UTC)
dhobikikutti: earthen diya (Default)
From: [personal profile] dhobikikutti
Ok, that shit is scary!

Date: 2011-01-18 07:14 pm (UTC)
theleaveswant: text "make something beautiful" on battered cardboard sign in red, black, and white (humerus)
From: [personal profile] theleaveswant
*groan* Nice one.

Date: 2011-01-18 12:41 pm (UTC)
livrelibre: DW barcode (Default)
From: [personal profile] livrelibre
Oh wow! Now that is alarming and I'm glad you're OK! And that is the perfect icon:)

Date: 2011-01-18 03:08 pm (UTC)
anatsuno: a cartoon fork with a sad mouth (with the text: forked again) (argh)
From: [personal profile] anatsuno
O.o *wraps you hand up!*

Date: 2011-01-18 03:59 pm (UTC)
chagrined: DC comics: Bruce is very chagrined (noooooooo!!!)
From: [personal profile] chagrined
D: D: D:

Agreed, though, that is the perfect icon.

ANYWAY I AM ALSO GLAD THAT DIDN'T HAPPEN, LIKE, TEN SECONDS OR W/E LATER! That would have been so much more D:

Date: 2011-01-18 05:28 pm (UTC)
glass_icarus: (bradley/colin ipod)
From: [personal profile] glass_icarus
!!! WHAT. I am glad you avoided worse damage though, because OMG. *cringes*

Date: 2011-01-18 06:19 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] some_stars
YIKES. Thank goodness it didn't happen a few seconds later, but...yikes. I hope your hand is okay, and that you can find a suitable replacement--I know the tragedy of losing a beloved vibe.

Date: 2011-01-18 10:41 pm (UTC)
monanotlisa: alex and maggie next to each other (Default)
From: [personal profile] monanotlisa
5. ... And to think I thought "gosh, I don't have a good icon for this post."

Ah, but who has? ;)

Date: 2011-01-19 02:42 am (UTC)
toft: arms and wallpaper (happy_arms)
From: [personal profile] toft
Shit! Omg! How awful! Oh god, how miserable. Ewwwwwww, gross awful. Vibrators and anything one uses for sex should not explode. I think that that is a good rule for life.

Date: 2011-01-19 09:30 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] gloriamundi
seriously, I'd let the manufacturers know *anyway*. That's catastrophic fail: consequences could have been really ick (sorry, vocab fail too!) and they might want to, I dunno, shove a warning on existing stock, or take out insurance. or fix their process.

Date: 2011-01-27 04:34 am (UTC)
pineapplechild: HELLO!, says the giant squid, wait why are you running away (Default)
From: [personal profile] pineapplechild
I am glad you are okay! If only because that would be interesting to explain to a doctor!

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