ET dropped her iPhone in the toilet.
How’s THAT for an opening line?
Anyways, the way I discovered that this had happened was...
ET (my 15-year-old) was rummaging in the kitchen pantry and came out with a giant bag of rice.
Me: Are you hungry?
Me: Then what are you doing with that rice?
ET: I dropped my phone in the toilet.
Now this might seem a non sequitur to some mothers, but, tech-savvy mom that I am, I understood. She wanted to immerse her wet cell phone in rice in order to dry it out.
Yeah, I read about it on facebook. I’m cool like that.
(Insert adolescent eye-roll here.)
So I helped her put some rice in a baggie and asked if she’d taken the phone apart.
Here’s where we hit a big snag: Taking an iPhone apart is apparently like dismantling a bomb.
I ended up looking for the answer online and found some instructions on wikihow.
Unfortunately, the instructions were about twenty-five steps long and involved several tools, one of which I’d never heard of.
What on earth is a spudger?
It turns out this is a tool specifically for prying open iPhones or iPods. Oh, and it costs $20.99.
What, I can’t use a butter knife?
Long story short, we ended up putting the iPhone into the bag of rice intact and hoping for the best.
I guess she might have been due for an upgrade anyway…
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