“A watched pot never boils”

Boiling water for iced tea today made me think of a favorite scene from ST:TNG; unfortunately I couldn’t find a video clip online. I found this on Memory Alpha, however:

I have been testing the aphorism, ‘A watched pot never boils.’ I have boiled the same amount of water in this kettle sixty-two times. In some cases, I have ignored the kettle. In others, I have watched it intently. In every instance, the water reaches its boiling point in precisely 51.7 seconds.

Data, exploring the Human perception of time

Yes, I’m a Star Trek fan.

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