Ohh Ohh Ohh ! I have a Pyrex story! I have one!
Imagine if you will,30 years ago. I am a newly wed. In laws were pretty sure this country girl was an idiot. I was from rural Florida, they were from New York. It is a long tradition down here that these two don't mix.oil and water.
We resent being told how to do things, they resent that we are not grateful to be told how to do things... anyway.
Brand spanking new Pyrex baking dish with a lid.
We were at In laws house for the 'day after Thanksgiving' holiday meal. I brought baked beans in the new Pyrex dish.
My father in law grabbed them and said we will warm them up on the stove. I said, 'no, the instructions said not to put it on the burner that it could shatter.'
he said, 'That won't happen you don't know what you are talking about.'
I said,' It was in a warning box on the label..'
'No No No. You don't know what you are talking about it will be alright. '
so... after getting fussed at I stopped protesting.
He heated it up on the burner. Nothing bad happened.
We placed everything on the table.
My husband's friend was sitting in front of the dish.
We were a couple of minutes into the meal when he said, 'those beans look good' and he had not even raised his arm to the serving spoon when...
-suddenly- the Pyrex dish made a small little noise, and instantly shattered into thousands of little square pieces. it just stopped being a vessel. It looked like a slow motion picture of a water balloon popping - the beans held their shape for a moment, - and then baked beans slowly oozed out onto the table cloth.
Everyone was quiet.
Then the friend said, 'Man. Those were some powerful beans."
I will never ever ever forget that. Because he drew our attention to the dish moments before it shattered we all saw it happen.
My father in law returned the lid and never said a word about it.
I still have the lid.
It is my quite silent reminder that I might be a backwoods idiot, but I had more on the ball than he did.