The big oil-filled electric radiator in my living room has now for a while gotten the stupid habit of ticking. It's the the timer, which I've never used, and it won't be turned off. I've read the "manual" and everything.
Finally I found the obvious solution: I'd kick it. The timer is external and fragile, so of course it's stop ticking, while it would keep heating fine.
No sooner thought than done. It produced an impressive array of sparks and such, and half my apartment went in black, including my blu-ray player, my HD TV, and my computer (in the other end of the apartment), which took four reboots to work properly again after this.
Result: now the radiator does not heat, but the timer still ticks on merrily, even though it's kicked halfway to the middle of the case.
What I've learned: study an appliance a bit more carefully before kicking it. Some of them are complex mechanisms, and you need a delicate and precise touch.