Apparently Rice Does Nothing, Here’s How To Fix A Wet Phone

If you’re one of the millions of Americans that have dropped your phone in the toilet while trying to take one of those timelessly sexy bathroom selfies, then this message is for you.

There was a study conducted September 2014, showing that putting your wet phone in a bowl of rice DOES NOT work.

In fact, just leaving out to dry and doing nothing is more effective than the rice method, although still not a very effective method overall.


"Shhh! Be quiet and don't...move... They can sense movement."


Your reality as you know it has been shattered, I know.

I’ve dropped many a phone into a variety of pools, bowls, sinks, basins, puddles and even rivers.

I’ve used a bowl of rice to try and remedy the situation nearly every time. Thinking back on it, I now realize that none of those phones survived, even after placing them in their round little rice coffins, except for one that only went halfway into the toilet before I saved it. But that doesn’t count, it barely got wet.

TekDry, the company that released the study, conveniently has a phone rescue program that assures customers that if they can get their hands on your wet phone within 48 hours, they can fix it.

But not everyone can get to their fancy service within that 48-hour window, so here are some more practical tips for the next time you fall asleep in the jacuzzi with your phone in your hand, or that clumsy friend we all have spills their Barefoot Moscato all over it:

  • Don’t put your phone in a bowl of rice. It has a better chance of survival if you leave it outside to dry naturally.
  • If it falls in saltwater, rinse it immediately. The saltwater will do much more damage to the phone than regular water.
  • Don’t blow dry it, microwave it or put it in the oven. Yes, some people have to be told not to put their phones in the oven. The intense heat could warp some of the more fragile parts of your phone.
  • Turn your phone off immediately and don’t charge your phone. Unlike Sonny and Julian from Big Daddy, water and electricity do not go together like lamb and tuna fish.
  • Remove as much water as possible from the outer surface of the phone with a towel or napkin.
  • Don’t be a dumbass. Hold onto your phone, butterfingers. Grow up, Peter Pan! Count Chocula!

You may now go back to using your excess rice for pelting newlyweds and blowing up pigeons.

Picthx: Star Hub, MPora


This Is What a Donut Selfie Looks Like and It’s Kinda Cool


Let’s face it. The selfie is tired and done to death. While it’ll never truly fade from existence, there must be a fresher way to show the Internet what you look like and where you’re at. Enter the Donut Selfie.

Created by former Microsoft employee Karen Cheng, a Donut Selfie is essentially where you take your phone and set it to video mode. You then face the camera toward you in a basic selfie position. Instead of snapping a picture, you actually record in a circular donut motion starting from your face, moving your arms toward the side of your head. Hitting stop at this point you begin from the other side of your head as if to pull the phone out of your ear and continue the loop.

Once the footage is edited together, perhaps add some music, and what results is a pretty cool time jump effect. Now imagine trying one while eating multiple meals with the other hand.

Cheng uploaded two instructional videos on how to master the Donut Selfie as well as one in full-effect. Check them out below.

H/T Rocket News 24


3D Printer Uses Mayo to Create Burger Selfies


Hellmann’s, a mayonnaise brand, recently launched a campaign for their products. The company posed the question: What if your burgers were a blank canvas? Setting out to answer that burning question, the brand used a 3D printer nestled inside a burger truck. The truck took photos of customers via smartphone.

The photos selfies are then uploaded and sent to the printer. Using a bottle of mayonnaise, the printer then draws the face onto the burger patty. Though we’re pretty sure the lines are long and the burgers aren’t too crazy, having your selfie printed in mayo does sound tasty (unless you’re one of those people who loathes mayo). Should give your Instagram selfie collection a different look for at least a day.

Just make sure to snap it before the mayonnaise runs.

H/T D&S Media


TOASTIE: A Step-By-Step Guide to Taking a Selfie with Toast


For anyone sick to death of seeing selfies posted on their social media feeds, here’s a way raise the bar. Apparently, it’s possible to take a selfie of yourself on a piece of toast. Provided you have the time and equipment, or enough internet savvy to place an order at Burnt Impressions, home of the Vermont Novelty Toaster Corp.

CEO and President Galen Dively explained the process for creating images of people on toast  to Mashable. Dively bought a CNC Plasma Cutter, a computerized metal cutting machine that creates requisite plates. The company makes novelty toasters with various logos, including the famous Jesus face. Now you can submit your own photos, for a price, get your custom toaster made and shipped.


Designing the Image


A digital photo is first uploaded onto the Vermont Toaster website.  There, the image is thrown on Photoshop and touched up. A hi-res image over a white background, however, is the preferred option as it speeds up the process.

Once edited, the photo is uploaded to a computer aided design program. It creates a relatively close duplicate of the face on toast by eliminating unnecessary lines.


Cutting the Plates


The image is sent to the Plasma Cutter which combines compressed air and electricity to create an incredibly hot plasma that can cut through metal. Once the plates are cut, and it looks good, the team makes the second plate.


Final Touches


The plates are polished throughly to get out all the rough edges.


Adding Custom Toaster Plates


Finally, the finished plates are added to a custom-made toaster with built-in rails to hold the plates inside. Each side of the toaster gets one plate with a face embedded onto it.


Boom. Selfie toast.



Picthx Galen Dively