Someone at the work cafeteria today was complaining that the faucet was broken.
“It doesn’t work,” she said.
Turns out, there’s a subtle shift in some obscure, alien-originated technology we’ve adopted for Earth use. I think the key is this: if it doesn’t work with a twist, try a pull. The scary thing is, she’s been working here longer than I have, so I really want to know: how has she survived more than six months without a drink of water? Does she usually lap it from the toilet?
I’d love to include things like this in my writing — but no one would believe me.