Our tea kettle broke. It’s an electric model. I took it apart, and sure enough, the heating element inside that was supposed to have a 10 Ohm resistance now has an infinite resistance.

So I thought I’d get a replacement part, and I’d be all set. Google’s my friend, right? Forget it. I couldn’t find spare parts for any tea kettles – let alone ones made by the obscure Chinese manufacturer that produced ours. So what happens? It breaks, you throw it away and buy a new one. Our society is ridiculously wasteful.

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