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Near Death (two feet) Experience [Jan. 24th, 2005|07:35 pm]
Nicodemus
[Current Mood |Shocked. And stunned.]

The oddest thing just happened.

I'm standing in the kitchen, chopping some vegetables for a mirepoix. Just assembling a simple chicken dinner. Slicing up broccoli stems, which I'm using instead of celery, when...

CRASH!

The light fixture smashes on the floor without warning! Having a chefly presence of mind, I manage not to slice off my thumb when I startle.

We have had one of those hemispherical glass fixtures that fits flush with the ceiling. The glass dome is held in place by a threaded rod running from the apex up to the base plate installed in the ceiling. Now I know that sometimes the fixture creaked a few minutes after the light was turned on; I knew that this was heat expansion, but I figured it was just parts of the lamp. Examining the rod, I'm not so sure...

The threading on the rod showed some wear. Could be that this was from regular changing of the light bulbs. Or, the threaded socket might've not had a tight grip on the rod and expanded due to heat. That would explain the noise of the fixture heating up; it was the rod slipping down a thread at a time!

The glass dome fell straight down, so the rod failed cleanly. I know it went straight since it impacted the floor with the metal finial at the bottom of the rod. It left a clean half-inch wide and eighth-inch deep crater in my linoleum, just two feet from where I was standing. Wow.
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From: ex_purpleca
2005-01-24 08:04 pm (UTC)
My, this was quite a scary coincidence! Or... was it? Ask yourself these questions:


  • Do I hear unusual voices coming from empty rooms at odd hours of the night?
  • Have there been unusual disappearances of (cats|dogs|children) in my neighborhood?
  • Is there a portal to another world in my refrigerator, closet, or breadbox?
  • Have I ever been possessed by something other than the desire to cook? Like, for instance, the spirit of an angry dock worker?
  • Do my walls breathe or bleed?
  • Has my home ever demanded that I 'get out'?


If you answered 'yes' to more than three of these questions, you might wanna rent some priests or somethin.
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[User Picture]From: twopiearr
2005-01-24 08:42 pm (UTC)
"I just can't take any more scares!"

*CRASH*

- Martin Maul as "Col. Mustard", Clue
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[User Picture]From: the_gneech
2005-01-25 06:27 am (UTC)
Hey, you stole the reference I was gonna make!

-The Gneech
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[User Picture]From: twopiearr
2005-01-24 08:43 pm (UTC)
glad the crater was in the floor and not your head, tho!
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[User Picture]From: arrowtwolf
2005-01-24 09:31 pm (UTC)
Were you chopping broccoli? Chopping broc-co-li-ie?
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2005-01-25 05:39 pm (UTC)
I was. I was choppin' broc-oh-lay!
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[User Picture]From: patch_bunny
2005-01-24 09:33 pm (UTC)
Interesting coinky-dink. seetherwolf was working on rehanging his dining room lamp when he discovered that the majority of the welds holding it together had failed, and it was in danger of falling. Luckily, it was discovered before it tumbled.

Mythinks I'm gonna recheck my own dining room lamp. :)
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[User Picture]From: rubbertexcooper
2005-01-24 09:41 pm (UTC)
I had something similar happen to me years ago. I was in one of those giant family tents... the 8 foot tall ones and there was this like 15 pound Coleman lantern hanging from some string inside where the peak of the tent was. I was kneeling down just doing something or other, happily. Minding my own business. Suddenly the whole 15 pound lantern comes right down square on top of my head. For a minute I thought someone had hit me with a baseball bat over my head or something. Took a good 10 minutes before everything stopped spinning enough for me to be able to actually stand up. x.x
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2005-01-25 04:49 pm (UTC)
OW! Mine was, at least, just a near miss...
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[User Picture]From: p0lecat
2005-01-24 10:28 pm (UTC)
Tings like that do happen. I have replaced several lights like the one your describing because" The simply fell" as the home owner would exclaim. heat dose have a big part into it so I have a question, were you using higher wattage bolbs then the lamp required?
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2005-01-25 04:49 pm (UTC)
I don't think so, but I haven't checked. I've just replaced them with what was in there before (from the previous home owner). That might be a very good point!
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[User Picture]From: happyjenn97
2005-01-24 11:30 pm (UTC)
We've had the exact same problem with our lighting fixture. I wasn't thinking heat expansion so much as the building shaking from traffic zooming by on our well-travelled street, but yeah... We lucked out, as the glass didn't break as it hit the floor. After the second time it fell, we left the glass off, so we've just got naked bulbs.
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From: jonnywoof
2005-01-25 12:26 am (UTC)
Wow...that would have made a nice visit to the hospital.. >.
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2005-01-25 04:47 pm (UTC)
Okay, so it wasn't really hugely threatening, like when I almost tipped a server rack on my head.

But the fact that it happened without warning, while I was cooking, was just spooky.
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[User Picture]From: brandywine93
2005-01-25 07:42 am (UTC)
proof that cooking is indeed an extreme sport!!! look how dangerous it is!!!
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[User Picture]From: genhusky
2005-01-25 11:12 am (UTC)
That would add to the complications if that was done on Iron Chef America! I mean, it is tough enough to cook from scratch and all that, but imagine if things randomly dropped from the sky in the process! Now that is what I call extreme cooking!
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From: icaruspony
2005-01-25 12:27 pm (UTC)
This is why chefs where those poofy hats!
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2005-01-25 04:47 pm (UTC)
Now we know the truth! Keeps the insurance costs down.
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