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Completely, utterly random question regarding kettles. Yes, you read that right. What? I'm British. I'm obsessed with tea.

I've noticed that stories in dS fandom have Fraser or Ray boiling the kettle by placing it on the stove. In Fraser's case I can understand, because his utensils tend to look as though he's going camping, but I would have expected Ray to have an electric kettle. I don't think I even know anyone who owns the other kind.

I tried shopping for a kettle on the internet and it seems you can buy them in American stores, so why this uniform desire to write Ray with an old-fashioned kettle? I would have thought Ray would be all about convenience, and electic kettles turn themselves off after they've boiled, which is awfully helpful, whereas you have to watch the other kind. Personally, I find that I can put teabags in the pot, turn the kettle on, and then wander off to do something else. Half an hour later I'll remember that I was trying to make tea. But that's another story.

I also came across a non-electic kettle in a Snape/Lupin story recently, which made me wonder if it was an American thing instead of a dS thing. And since one of the prompts from [livejournal.com profile] ds_snippets this week is Tea and Sympathy it seemed pertinent.

I fail at cultural awareness, I know. It was just idle curiosity, but anyone care to enlighten me?
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