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Unexplained glass breakage

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Dfg15 Thu 29-Dec-16 12:27:45

Was woken up about 4 this morning by the sound of breaking glass. Got up and had a look all round my flat but couldn't see anything. Just went to the cupboard to get a plate for my toast and one of my glass plates was smashed to pieces on the shelf! It hadn't fallen down was just where they always are. Spooky or what?

marciagetscreamed Thu 29-Dec-16 21:08:18

I would love to say a ghost but I think you may have mice or rats confused

Dfg15 Thu 29-Dec-16 21:58:55

Oh good god ! I'd prefer a ghost. No sign of rats or mice. I think it might have had a flaw in it and just gave way. The cupboard gets very cold also so that might have done it. It did spook me a bit I must say.

hesterton Thu 29-Dec-16 22:00:41

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ChapstickLegends Thu 29-Dec-16 22:01:28

Is it one of those toughened glass plates? Arcoroc or similar?

They (and the glasses) sometimes shatter apparently at random. Something to do with the protective coating giving way or something.

If it's a crystal plate, I got nothin' wink

BathshebaNewYearStone Thu 29-Dec-16 22:04:17

A mouse or a rat would have to give it a hefty whack, wouldn't it? fshock

Dfg15 Thu 29-Dec-16 22:48:57

It was a toughened glass plate yes. It was in exactly the same place as I left it, just all in pieces. A mouse or rat would have had REALLY whack it.

PossumInAPearTree Thu 29-Dec-16 22:54:32

Temperature dropping in the kitchen on a cold night. Weakened, old plate?

WeAllHaveWings Thu 29-Dec-16 23:01:26

I have had IKEA malm drawers with the tempered glass top for around 4 years. About a month ago I was standing beside it one morning in the dark because dh was sleeping,, getting dressed, never touched it, when it basically exploded and there was glass everywhere.

Googled it and found out tempered glass can sometimes have flaws (small pieces of metal) that change over time and then changes in temperature can cause a build up of pressure around them causing the glass to shatter.

bingbong02 Thu 29-Dec-16 23:06:24

Yes our old glass tv unit held a 55" tv for a year, we lifted it off to put on the wall and 5 mins later the unit EXPLODED around us. There wax glass everywhere confused

Dfg15 Fri 30-Dec-16 00:23:03

Blimey I never knew that could happen. It was a new plate, one of a set of four. Bit scared of the rest of them now

BathshebaNewYearStone Fri 30-Dec-16 13:43:46

<checks cupboard for glass plates> fshock

WeAllHaveWings Fri 30-Dec-16 14:12:43

Watch out for the tiny glass splinters that can be left behind, I was finding them, mostly in my feet, for days after even after vacuuming the laminate flooring and wiping with a damp cloth more than once.

marciagetscreamed Sun 01-Jan-17 07:22:29

A few years ago I was convinced I had a poltergeist - I would go into the kitchen in the morning and find the olive oil moved from the counter and it would either be in a totally different spot or sometimes in the middle of the floor confused
I would also find quite large items moved from the front room into other rooms.

I was, being the completely rational person I am, totally petrified and considering priest intervention, when my boyfriend recorded the goings on at night with his iPad and discovered it was huge, terrifying rats.

I think I would have preferred the poltergeist.

2017watchoutherewecome Sun 01-Jan-17 07:44:00

It's because there was an extra second in the last minute of 2016; the pressure of waiting that bit longer for the year to end was too much and it shattered under the excessive strain.

Dfg15 Sun 01-Jan-17 11:05:35

How could rats move things from one room to another ? They must have been huge. No more plate breaking so far, although I'm still wary of opening the cupboard.

Butterpuff Wed 11-Jan-17 10:17:12

At my parents house we had a huge orange glass 60's lamp shade over the living room light. We were all watching a cheesy spooky film one evening and it exploded without warning leaving little bits of glass all over our toast on the coffee table. Spooky at the time, but pretty sure it was just old knackered glass.

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