We interrupt this program for a Public Service Announcement.
Three days ago, I washed my iPhone. I did not check carefully enough in all the pockets of my jeans when I was putting them in the wash, apparently.
Damp phone in hand, and dashing to the computer, I googled "I washed my iPhone" ... and, of course, there is an entire culture that exists around washing your iPhone.
Apple, as it turns out, knows that dunking your phone is an inevitable hazard, so they built them with this in mind - including a couple of color-changing sensor strips inside the phone that change color upon soaking, so you cannot bamboozle the Apple Store Geniuses.
The standard cure:
Step One: resist turning on the power (this is the hard step).
Step Two: sit your phone in a closed up bag of desiccant (and while I almost went over to the chemistry building to nab some silica gel or magnesium sulfate, I took the on-line advice and just used a bag of rice).
Step Three: let it sit for 3 days, then plug it in as usual for power/synching.
That was 3 days ago.
iPhone : 1
washing machine : 0
We now resume our regular programming, already in progress.