So, I get up out of bed and throw my treasured L.L.Bean Wicked Good Slippers (the Mocs) (with the rubber soles) and head downstairs. I realize that it is too late to go to the store, and find a gallon of strawberries that I had frozen a year earlier in the freezer. I pop them in a pyrex bowl to thaw them, and then put the pyrex bowl over a saucepan of boiling water.
Everything is fine for about 20 minutes. The strawberries and granulated sugar (and a pinch of salt) are sitting there maturating and all of a sudden POW!!!!!!!!
Naturally, the grandparents are sitting in the other room watching a documentary on the bombing of the UN building in Baghdad in 2003 (date?). Pops hears the pop of the pyrex splitting into tons of pieces and jumps up because he thinks it was a bomb.
(it was very loud)
So he comes rushing in (and he tells me later) expecting the POLICE! He couldn't figure out why they would be outside his house making such a noise.
End of story: I spent another hour in the kitchen cleaning up shards of glass. Pops and I got talking about how this should never ever ever happen with pyrex. He hopped online and, lo and behold, Pyrex glass is no longer made out of the.. what was it... borosilicate glass. The article is here.
Yes, it exploded. Here is the carnage:
And here, the last slices of the naked new york cheesecake: