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2012-08-22 11:55:41 AM
Yes, well thousands of tables spontaneous explode every year, it just isn't widely reported.
 
2012-08-22 12:02:33 PM
Damn Ikea, I could swear that pictogram meant "insert stick of dynamite here."
 
2012-08-22 12:03:51 PM
i.imgur.com
 
2012-08-22 12:34:46 PM
 
2012-08-22 12:49:46 PM

dittybopper: Yes, well thousands of tables spontaneous explode every year, it just isn't widely reported.


And we're done.
 
2012-08-22 01:22:36 PM
I think the technical term is 'sploded.
 
2012-08-22 03:23:59 PM
SHOOT THE GLASS TABLE.

www.rowthree.com
 
2012-08-22 03:24:18 PM
"There is nothing I can think of that would have been the foundation of this explosion"

Why is this guy talking like he's being paid by the word?
 
2012-08-22 03:27:14 PM
He must have been served my wife's cooking. It would make anyone think the table exploded. (She's British.)

brap: I think the technical term is 'sploded.


Actually the correct term is "assploded", but you were closer than the Subby.
 
2012-08-22 03:28:51 PM
Tables explode all the time, the world's an imperfect place.
 
2012-08-22 03:28:56 PM

Balchinian: He must have been served my wife's cooking. It would make anyone think the table exploded. (She's British.)

brap: I think the technical term is 'sploded.

Actually the correct term is "assploded", but you were closer than the Subby.


I think it's actually "Blow'd Up"

Link
 
2012-08-22 03:29:36 PM
I hear that happens at Michael Bay's house all the time, that's the way he likes it.
 
2012-08-22 03:30:14 PM
"these things happen" O.J.Simpson
 
2012-08-22 03:33:01 PM
Those chairs look horribly uncomfortable, even without the glass bits on the seat.
 
2012-08-22 03:35:45 PM

LeroyBourne: I hear that happens at Michael Bay's house all the time, that's the way he likes it.


Well, he gets it.

/I don't like it, any more than you may.
 
2012-08-22 03:39:32 PM
Take a drop of molten glass and drop it in a bucket of mineral oil.

Pull it out. You have what looks like a tadpole.

Hammer on the head a bit, no problems right?

Now clip the tip of the tail.

FWOOshia

the whole thing explodes into dust!

What happens here is the molten glass hits the oil and the outside immediately cools and hardens. That enters a low energy state, holding together pretty well. Meanwhile the inside is thermally insulated and has to cool much more slowly by heat migration. This causes the inside to experience different expansion, slowly shrinking and pulling and creating high amounts of tension with the outer layer of glass.

Disrupt the outer layer and the whole thing rips itself apart.
 
2012-08-22 03:48:59 PM
I once put a hot pot full of spaghetti sauce on top of a glass table. You haven't had fun until you have cleaned spaghetti sauce and little bits of glass out of a deep shag carpet.
 
2012-08-22 03:50:56 PM
i2.photobucket.com 

These things happen...
 
2012-08-22 03:52:43 PM

bluefoxicy: Take a drop of molten glass and drop it in a bucket of mineral oil.

Pull it out. You have what looks like a tadpole.

Hammer on the head a bit, no problems right?

Now clip the tip of the tail.

FWOOshia

the whole thing explodes into dust!

What happens here is the molten glass hits the oil and the outside immediately cools and hardens. That enters a low energy state, holding together pretty well. Meanwhile the inside is thermally insulated and has to cool much more slowly by heat migration. This causes the inside to experience different expansion, slowly shrinking and pulling and creating high amounts of tension with the outer layer of glass.

Disrupt the outer layer and the whole thing rips itself apart.


That sound very interesting.
I don't want to try this at home, is there a video on the interwebz I can look at?
 
2012-08-22 03:57:03 PM
Hitler said the same thing
 
2012-08-22 04:01:06 PM
Many years ago I was walking into work when one of the3 x 5' tempered glass sheet inserts in a railing system exploded out of it's place and into an atrium-type space, raining bits of glass down onto the cube farm dwellers below. It was so loud all of us nearby on the second floor ducked for cover and (at least me) prayed that nothing ELSE was raining down on the folks below (blood, poop, you get the idea).

And that's the only time I need to be near THAT kind of action. I'd be gripping my chest like F Sanford if it happened now.
 
2012-08-22 04:13:40 PM
Soymilk:

google: "prince rupert drops"
 
2012-08-22 04:29:09 PM
"It" did it.

i50.tinypic.com
 
2012-08-22 04:34:49 PM
This happens with tempered glass all the time and happened to me
 
2012-08-22 04:42:34 PM

dittybopper: Yes, well thousands of tables spontaneous explode every year, it just isn't widely reported.


ALL tempered glass shatters when damaged, in any way. Safety feature.
It disintegrates into fairly benign "gravel".
It does NOT produce "shards", nor does it "explode"- pieces drop and spill across the room. They do NOT kinetically fly out.

Side and rear windows of cars are tempered. Some types of windows, like windows around the front door, must be either tempered or Laminated Safety Glass, as per building codes, because someone can fall against or through them. LSG is tough and essentially unbreakable (a car windshield is LSG), somewhat the polar opposite of tempered.

Now as an aside, Pyrex dishes are NEITHER LSG nor tempered. Prior to 1988, Pyrex was borosilicate glass, a type of glass virtually immune to thermal stress, because it does not expand with heat so it builds up no stresses. But in 1988 the company got bought out and changed to toughened soda lime glass, which is NOT THE SAME THING, because apparently the purchasing company had the name and just didn't give a shiat.

In fact, personal experience- toughened soda lime bakeware CAN explode, kinetically, upon heating or cooling. It will make a significant "bang" and throw slivers and shards for several feet. YouTube has many videos of exploding post-1988 Pyrex, generally footage taken after it detonated. This will not happen with borosilicate. Sometimes it goes off in the oven, sometimes the burst of cool air when the oven door gets opened does it, sometimes they pull it out and put it on a cold metal stove burner as a rack and it goes off a minute later.

Well it's not gonna blow the walls out. But sharp shards will be thrown ALL OVER THE PLACE and do fly around, if you're near it with exposed skin, you're gonna have a bad time. My advice? Visit thrift stores (or eBay) and seek out pre-1988 Pyrex and hold it dear. It's the stuff you keep for life and include its disposition in your will.
 
2012-08-22 04:48:52 PM
It didn't explode. It shattered.

Glass does that all the time, especially when used as a table and having weight put on it.
 
2012-08-22 04:59:08 PM

Oznog: In fact, personal experience- toughened soda lime bakeware CAN explode, kinetically, upon heating or cooling. It will make a significant "bang" and throw slivers and shards for several feet. YouTube has many videos of exploding post-1988 Pyrex, generally footage taken after it detonated. This will not happen with borosilicate. Sometimes it goes off in the oven, sometimes the burst of cool air when the oven door gets opened does it, sometimes they pull it out and put it on a cold metal stove burner as a rack and it goes off a minute later.


i did something like this when I, in a moment of idiocy, put a Pyrex oven dish in the sink after getting the food out and not thinking about the thin sheen of water in the sink. The think just turned from pan to glass fragments in the blink of an eye. It was really very impressive and I don't want to try it again.
 
2012-08-22 08:11:06 PM
This actually happened to my boyfriends glass coffee table. Set a hot bowl of soup on it, walked in to the kitchen and then heard an explosion. Came back in to the living room to a shattered table and and bowl of soup sitting perfectly unharmed in the middle of a mess of glass and all the rest of the crap that was on the table.
 
2012-08-22 08:56:47 PM

MzUnderstood: This actually happened to my boyfriends glass coffee table. Set a hot bowl of soup on it, walked in to the kitchen and then heard an explosion. Came back in to the living room to a shattered table and and bowl of soup sitting perfectly unharmed in the middle of a mess of glass and all the rest of the crap that was on the table.


Nothing was spilt?
 
2012-08-22 09:04:55 PM
glad Fark's resident Glaziers have already commented on tempered glass, one thing I noticed is that the table was dark black (bronze) so if it was cool overnight and was hit with sunlight first thing in the morning I could see the temperature change causing this, even more likely if he had a sliding door or handrail glass to refract.reflect the sunlight

oh and FTFA: We took Adam's photos and story to glass expert, Justin Ivy. Ivy works at Seattle Stained Glass, and he has heard of glass exploding before.

if you talk to a "glass expert" and ask about "exploding glass" and their response is "exploding glass huh, eeyup I reckon I've heard of that happening once," they're no expert. or they've been huffing too much lead from solder
 
2012-08-22 10:27:31 PM
It looks like the circular base that the table was on is bent in more than one place kind of like there was some sort of explosion that might have been the foundation of glass expansion
 
2012-08-23 12:04:17 AM

Soymilk: MzUnderstood: This actually happened to my boyfriends glass coffee table. Set a hot bowl of soup on it, walked in to the kitchen and then heard an explosion. Came back in to the living room to a shattered table and and bowl of soup sitting perfectly unharmed in the middle of a mess of glass and all the rest of the crap that was on the table.

Nothing was spilt?


Not a drop. But the ground was littered with glass and cigarette butts. It was bizarre. I was going to eat the soup, but realized it may be filled with bits and shards of glass. Dumped it.
 
2012-08-23 12:35:33 AM
The experts were right about borosilicate glass, it will take an incredibly high thermal derivative. If the Pyrex name is no good anymore, stick with Schott. Only downside to borosilicate is its low index of refraction, making it a poor choice for a lens, although a great one for the backside of a mirror.
 
2012-08-23 01:51:26 AM

signaljammer: Soymilk:

google: "prince rupert drops"


Thanks! Youtube had a whole bunch of videos and they were all amazing.
 
2012-08-23 02:21:47 AM
Hi All,

I'm the guy in the video and I'm very intrigued by all the comments - even the teasing about my "foundation for the explosion" remark. Believe me, I think it's totally retarded and have no idea why I chose that word. Anyway, thanks for taking interest in the story! For those of you who are truly curious about the conditions surrounding the incident, the table was pristine. I'm a bachelor who hardly ever entertains and is traveling most of the time. The table hardly ever gets touched except to wipe the dust off. And I live in a condo in Seattle (no major temperature fluctuations) with no direct sun exposure. It was about 65 degrees in my condo at 8:30 in the morning. So all the potential explanations of a nick, a scratch, direct sun simply don't hold in this case. It truly went from perfect condition complete disaster. And I know that tempered glass is supposed to just shatter into dull pieces and fall. But there were sharp shards stuck in the wooden cabinets, leather chairs, plastic (and quite comfortable) chairs, and the wall. So, this was no passive shattering incident.
 
2012-08-23 08:54:43 AM

Oznog: dittybopper: Yes, well thousands of tables spontaneous explode every year, it just isn't widely reported.

ALL tempered glass shatters when damaged, in any way. Safety feature.


Apparently, you didn't get the joke.
 
2012-08-23 12:03:54 PM
Ha! No I didn't get that joke but I like it... Been a while since I've seen that.
 
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