Here's the deal.
It all started a couple of months ago, when 2 weeks after the 5 year warranty ran out on the dishwasher, it broke beyond repair.
Then this week my 3 year old boiler system broke, 2 weeks after the yearly service was due, and just 11 months after the warranty run out. My 15 year old television broke (OK fair enough!)
Last night a lamp wouldn't turn on as the 6th (this week) :w00t: lightbulb (energy efficient) blew. I remarked to my missus 'bet the warranty has just ran out on it!!'
Every time something breaks in our house we always check that whether its nearing its warranty end.
My neighbour is so sure that manufacturers 'program' their goods to go wrong just after the warranty runs out. He is booking his 2 and a half year old car in for a dealer service 2 weeks before the 3 year parts and labour warranty ends.