Wednesday, January 21, 2009


Remember last week when we talked about the physics behind pouring liquid from one container into another? And how to keep it from going everywhere? Some smart people told me to pour faster and use a lipped container if possible. Okay, smart people. Consider it done.

But tell me - who do I blame when I quickly pour my hot, brothy soup from a lipped container into a bowl and this happens?

Don't be confused: I didn't drop the bowl, I didn't whack the bowl, I didn't even touch the bowl. That bad boy cracked all by itself. I poured my soup in, just like I have done hundreds of times, and was putting the pot back on the stove when I heard a loud crack! and next thing I know, soup was everywhere. And as you can see, this was noodle soup, meaning it was about 90% yellow sticky broth and 10% noodle. It. Was. Everywhere. All over the floor, all over the cabinet, all over the microwave, all over the dishwasher - the only thing it didn't get on was me. I was so angry, I didn't even bother to clean it up until after American Idol.

I'm only eating solids from now on. Screw you, liquids.


  1. Hahahahaha! I had a plate do this once, but it wasn't nearly as messy!

  2. HA! This happened to me just last week. I made hot tea and poured into a pitcher that was cold since I just took it out of the fridge and the handle cracked right off of the stupide thing. What am I supposed to do with a pitcher with no handle? Seriously? I guess it is my fault though. I should have known better.

  3. This has happened to me with a margarita glass - a favorite glass.

    As for pouring, I have the same trouble when I boil water for bottles, and pouring faster difficult because I was using a funnel.

    I'm with you - screw liquids.

  4. FYI: rapid temperature change causes unstable molecules in matter. I don't really know the best remedy, except to heat the soup in the mug in the microwave (if the mug is microwave-safe). I sound stupid now!! Sorry it broke

  5. Allison: Pitcher with no handles = vase.

    Sarah: Anyone that knows anything about the behavior patterns of molecules is not stupid.

    Everyone else: Tragic, but not the same as hot broth going all over half of your kitchen.

  6. I'm sorry for your loss. But, this is one aspect of physics I am familiar with. I'm with Sarah, sudden explosion of dishes is caused by rapid temperature changes most of the time. Don't give up on liquids though! Think of all the hot chocolate you'd miss out on.

  7. It's all about the temperature difference. Not that it matters in Alabama, but it's the same reason you can't just put warm water on a frozen windshield. Maybe you could warm the bowl in warm (not hot) water before pouring the soup into it.


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