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While getting ready for bedtime, my friend’s 2-year-old got away from him and somehow peed on the laptop. They were hoping they could stick the laptop in rice to absorb the moisture like some people have done with phones dropped in water.
My advice was “back up everything while it’s still working and buy a new computer.” Why? Well apart from the unpleasant thought that the laptop you’re working on has been peed upon, pee is not water. In fact, through my genealogical wanderings I learned that back in the day (1800s, 1700s, etc.), people would collect urine in buckets and let it sit till it turned to ammonia; then they used it for cleaning and scrubbing. Point being, if pee turns into ammonia, there’s a good chance your laptop is on its way out. Permanent-like.
But that got me thinking about other odd tidbits I’ve picked up along the way. I’d love to hear what tidbits you’ve picked up in your historical wanderings.
What random bits of knowledge have you learned in your genealogical and historical wanderings?