I wasn’t unlucky; I was stupid. The next time I made tea I tried 2:401, and the handle was right where I wanted it. A minor victory, to be sure, but a victory I get to repeat every day.
I talked about how much I related to this article with my wife and she laughed at how obsessive I am sometimes.
I get the exact same result using 2:40 in my microwave. Apparently, most microwaves spin at the rate of 1 full cycle every 10 seconds. ↩