The strangest thing just happened. The ashtray on the back of my terlet just spontaneously exploded. We were in the other room and heard a loud "pop - clang" noise, we went in to examine the disturbance and found this:
There wasn't anything in the room that had fallen onto it (in fact - above the tank is a shelf, so nothing could have fallen onto it). We scoured the bathroom for any potential projectile, but found nothing.
It's really weird, it looks like one piece was shot back toward the wall, and one piece fell down toward the bowl. The dead cigarette butt landed roughly where it had been when there was an ashtray under it.
- The top of the bowl was dry (no condensation) and wasn't hot or cold
- The tank never vibrates (that I've noticed)
- Room temperature was approximately 75 degrees Fahrenheit
- There was one cold cigarette butt in the ashtray (from 2 hours prior)
- Earlier there was a big thunder storm, but it had completely passed when the ashtray broke
- The ashtray broke into 4 distinct pieces, with only 2 small slivers additionally
- There were no 'impact' marks anywhere on the astray
- There were never any noticeable flaws in the (clear) glass
I'm stumped. What could cause a solid piece of glass to randomly shatter at room temperature without any discernible outside force?
Things I've ruled out:
- Falling object
- Extreme temperature flux
- Static electricity phenomena (despite porcelain and glass being excellent conductors)
- Ghosts, Bigfoot, Chupacabras, the Loch-Ness toilet monster, Leprechauns, Jesus, etc.
If any of you science types have any idea what could have caused this, please let me know. All of you non-science types can feel free to load on your own left-field theories.
The Freemasons assassinated my Chicago Comics ashtray!