Our Electrical Devices Love You

Today at the mall, while in the washroom, I made use of the hot-air hand-drier. Unable to hold a magazine, I decided to read the front panel. It informed me:

Stops automatically — prevents chapping.

What exactly is the theory, here? If it didn't turn itself off, people would continue to hold their already-dry hands in the scorching air-stream until their hands turned to toast?

This reminds me of a power tool I once bought. They'd given it an absurdly short electrical cord. I thought they were cheapskates, but the instructions informed me: "Reduces tripping hazard".

Here I was being cynical when they were simply concerned about my well-being.

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