Wily as a coyote (fourcorners) wrote in thequestionclub,
Wily as a coyote

The Shattered Glass

A lot of unusual things have happened to me and my family. One thing in particular involves shattering dishware. Many years ago, my brother was holding a glass and it shattered into a hundred pieces. It didn't drop, he didn't bang it. He was just carrying it and it shattered, inexplicably. He was like 10. A few months ago, my mom was cooking and she was using a plate to pre-cook some meat. She put it in the microwave for a minute, took it out, put some other things on the plate with the meat, and was about to put it back into the microwave when it EXPLODED. She said it didn't just shatter. There was flying glass shards EVERYWHERE. She was lucky to not get hurt. This dish is microwave safe and something that's been used in the microwave hundreds of times, so it isn't like it was pressure mounting on this particular plate and it went explodey.

So my mom and I have talked about both experiences and we have different explanations. To fully comprehend how unusual OR how uncommon the experience is, has this happened to you or anyone you know? Have you or anyone you know experience glassware shattering or exploding in your/their hands for no reason?

Or do you have any explanation for it? My mom thinks it's glass fatigue, but glass fatique doesn't work that way. It'll crack down the middle, it'll snap under it's own weight, but it won't shatter.
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