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a watched kettle never boils

If you are waiting for something to happen, obsessively checking it does not make it happen faster. A variation on the more common phrase, "a watched pot never boils." Would you stop refreshing the page? The results will be posted soon enough, and a watched kettle never boils!
See also: boil, kettle, never, watch
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They say a watched kettle never boils - so what if you could bypass the whole kettle part and go straight to the boiled water?
Elena Dalrymple, editor of Mother & Baby Magazine says: "Just as a watched kettle never boils, so a watched baby never sleeps and rigging up baby monitors could be a step too far.
It adds a whole new dimension to the old saying that a watched kettle never boils.
What Makes Us Tick, the first in tonight's Time Season offerings, looks at the groundbreaking science which can now explain exactly why a watched kettle never boils.