Watched pot fails to boil

Thursday, February 17th, 2005 - 2:16 pm PST

Rev. Smith spent several hours this morning watching a pot full of water on his stove to see if it would begin to boil while under his observation. “I put the water on the stove at 7:14 AM,” said Smith. “I then watched and waited. Normally when I put water on to boil, it takes five to seven minutes maximum. But two and a half hours later, this water still had failed to boil under my watch.” At 11:28 AM Smith made a startling discovery: “I had forgotten to turn the burner on.” Smith proceeded to set the burner on high and resumed his observation, but after answering a phone call in an adjacent room, Smith returned to find that the water had begun boiling during his absence.