The OMG! I stepped on an electrical socket adapter! FAQ

Fret not, comrades! I’ve come up with an FAQ for this extremely common accident!

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Q: OMG! I just stepped on a stray electrical socket adapter while going to the loo in the middle of the night! Help! What should I do?
A: Don’t panic. Turn on the light and inspect the damage. Did you step on the white part (good) or the yellow part (bad)?

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Good

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Bad

Q: How do I know if I’ve stepped on it on the face side up or prong side up?
A: It’s easy. If you stepped on the electrical socket adapter on the face side up, it would most likely twist or warp the contraption with no ill effects to you.

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However, if you stepped on it prong side up, you will most likely feel a sharp pain followed by a string of profanity consistent with Tourette Syndrome. You will also notice some bleeding on the soles of your feet.

Q: Phew! I’ve stepped on the white part. What do I need to do?
A: Nothing. Just get another electrical socket adapter if you need it.

Q: How can I prevent occurrences of stepping-on-electrical-socket-adapters in the future?
A: This is a no brainer. Most people won’t them lying around in likely paths of foot traffic in your house…so don’t!

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Q: What if I’m not most people?
A: You’ll need to consult this guide frequently and often. It might also help to keep some disinfectant in your house e.g. Dettol.

Q: What if I don’t believe in disinfectant?
A: Sure, I understand you just want to go back to sleep after taking a pee. It’s all good. However, be prepared to walk gingerly for the next 2-3 weeks, depending on how hard you stepped on it, which is in turn dependant on your body weight.

Q: 2-3 weeks? Are you kidding me? Does it take that long to heal?
A: As a rule of thumb, yes. Wounds in movable parts of your body (palms, wrist, soles) takes longer to deal due to the constant friction and contact you make with various external objects during the course of the day.

Q: Do I have to see a doctor?
A: Most people won’t have to. However, if you’re a pussy or suffering from haemophilia (which causes your blood to not coagulate properly), it might be a good idea to consider heading over to your GP. At least for the latter.

Q: What’s going to happen to the poor sole of my feet after 2-3 weeks?
A: Well, you’ll form a hard callus where the point of injury occurred. You’ll notice that the skin is significantly thicker and rougher. It’s no big deal.

Q: Okay, what if I still want to leave random items lying around the house and walk around in the middle of the night with no lights on?
A: I strongly suggest snapping off the Earth prong. It’s the one that sticks up the most (the longest one) and from previous experience, it’s the one that causes the most damage. You can also opt to snap off all three for good measure.

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Q: Okay, I’ve done just that. Will I still get injured when I step on it in the middle of the night?
A: Nope, it has now transformed into a nice, benign surface with no pointy bits. It’s perfectly safe to step on, kick around, hide under dirty articles of clothing or anything else you leave around without causing any more harm to unsuspecting nocturnal creatures.

Q: Will I still be able to use the electrical socket after that?
A: Hmm…you can try. But how are you going to plug it in without the prongs?

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50 thoughts on “The OMG! I stepped on an electrical socket adapter! FAQ

  1. The wound of your injury not fully recover yet and probably will leave a scar. You should apply Dettol cream more frequent. :)

  2. Thanks Hb, I thought I was the only one to go hopping into the night with muffeled swear words, after having stepped on somthing. ( leggos, or barcie doll heads, or those litte cars… or worse.. Nice of know someone else has a case of Sytitisis ( stub your toe itis, — latin for turn on the lights , dip shit) The absoulute worse was a watermelon. Yeah right in the middle of the floor. I guess it was left as a gift, but rolled there and some one ( me ) punted it a 3 am. while getting a drink of oj. I guess I said Sh__, Wtf, loud enough to wake the whole community. Tom

  3. that does look pretty nasty though. ( your feet, I mean, worse looking than mine HB) At least it is cauturized, by the voltage. Just hope the electricity did not kill too much. Clean it with hydrgen peroxide, and wear white socks. And hope it starts itching ( a sign of healing). main thing is dont be doing that again. ( I am one to talk). But I really would not snap off the ground ( earth) prong. That is a really bad Idea. Electiricty wants/ needs to go to ground. And with out that prong, YOU ARE the ground. Put some neosorprin on that foot, my friend. I’ll do the same where I got burned by a acytelene torch recently, lighting it with a bic lighter. but that is another story. tom

  4. thx for the faq! i’m sure it will be a guideline to many situations!
    blessed be the man who has his faqs straight and one like this, i have been searching all over the internet ^^
    take care dude and have someone take a look at the upper “whole” looks infectet to me.

  5. Shirley Snow: It will leave a scar. I’ve stepped on it twice dy. Grr…now I snapped all the prongs off. IT SHALL HURT ME NO MORE!11111111 :)
    tom r: Heh! Kicking a watermelon has gotta hurt. Most people don’t know how hard a watermelon is, I know firsthand coz my cousin thought it was soft when we were kids and she dropped it on my head. :S
    Anyway, there’s always stuff lying around in the house, but I’ve taken care of the Sharp Bits (TM) so I hope that’ll be the last of holes in the soles of my feet.
    Thanks for the tips, my friend! :)
    mars: I can’t – it jumped out at me in the dark and got under my feet. Not my fault. ;)
    eiling: OMG! You don’t know what you’re missing! You must try leaving random (preferably sharp) objects lying around the floor. It’s a lot of fun! ;)
    KY: Indeed…it’s the walking gingerly part more than anything. Makes me look a bit like a pansy. ;)
    Choonie: Heh! Still livin’ it up though! :)
    lev: Haha! I love your humor, mate. This is a veritable guide to survival, it should be in every Boy’s Guide to Survival in the (Urban) Jungle. ;)
    I guess it is a little infected, but since I wear socks and shoes, it probably won’t do too much harm. Appreciate the concern! Cheers buddy! :)

  6. Hope you went to your general practitioner to have him/her have a quick glance at it. If something like that gets infected it can get real bad.

  7. do you know that your 1st pic of your posts are always right-in-your-face type of shock??
    first in the face was the 2 thighs on the “throne”…. then after a few days.. a sore feet smack in the face!!
    lol hahahah… u just love giving your readers a jolt uh!

  8. HB, to step on it for 2 times is er… Either way, good luck with figuring out how plug the electrical socket now that you snapped the prongs off.

  9. Which is why I keep all remotely sharp objects off the floor.
    Gosh, what’s it with you and unconventional piercings?
    Hope the next week gets better for you.

  10. Which is why I keep all remotely sharp objects off the floor.
    Gosh, what’s it with you and unconventional piercings?
    Hope the next week gets better for you.

  11. taufulou: Haha! I’ve stepped on a lot of things. This is relatively okay compared to some other things I’ve stepped on…like a scattering of thumbtacks. :S
    aud: It was a very tragic and uncomfortable experience. ;)
    shimmers999: Yeah, bare bones for me! :)
    Patrick: I didn’t after all. It’s healed now anyway. :)
    Cheesie: You need to get a new one! :)
    annant: …but it’s been on the floor all this while. ;)
    shimmers999: Heh! Yeah, I like to start the posts strong. ;)
    Cheers: Haha! I don’t need it anyway so I snapped it off. Grr. :)
    Darren: It blindsided me on the way to the toilet in the middle of the night. :(
    Giant Sotong: Thanks buddy! I hope this year gets better for me soon. :)
    Dr. Pepsi: Dude, don’t scare me…are you serious?

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