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OFSO
11th Aug 2010, 16:02
I was sitting in a Sushi restaurant in Girona at lunch time today having ordered what I always order; the waitress brought the food, and then went back to get the china pot containing the soy sauce for me.

Just as she reached the table, and with the hand holding the soy sauce jug (by the top) about 12" above the table, there was a loud bang and the jug cracked completely around, about 1/3 up.

The following events were the usual: the jug was full, the top stayed in her hand while base and contents fell onto the table top, splashing everywhere: a niagra of soy sauce swept across the table, drenching that and chairs, floor etc. Thanks to my superb reflexes honed by years of Limerick writing, I retracted my legs under the table, and as the first wave passed, leaped up and to one side. Only a few tiny drops sullied my Zara suede shoes (snigger).

But I really have to wonder: what would make a jug full of cool soy sauce explode like that ? They have (of course) several of them and I go in there frequently; I've never seen one explode like that. It was as if it had been hit with a high-velocity round......

Oh oh.

Restaurant window was open. And ETA have promised to make things 'interesting' this summer.

goudie
11th Aug 2010, 16:13
You weren't singing, were you OFSO?

I take it the lunch was free

Lonewolf_50
11th Aug 2010, 16:14
Why would the ETA be in Catalunia? A bit oriental for them, isn't it? Are they becoming expansionist? :confused: Do they need more näseraum? This incident smells fishy ...



(As I understand their turf, it trends more Navarre and Pais Vasco. )

tony draper
11th Aug 2010, 16:48
Hmmm,interesting, as yet we have still not solved the hole burned through captain Tins shower curtain mystery,nevertheless one shall give it some thought.
One has no idea where this Girona is but it sounds furrin to me,and as we all know, anything can happen in those dammed places,could have been the jug got betwixt your neck and the poisoned dart aimed at it and in the confusion some inscrutable Chinaman bent down and retrived his dart.
:uhoh:

Storminnorm
11th Aug 2010, 17:13
The Rusky Mafia like to holiday in that area I've heard tell.
They hate limericks.

OFSO
11th Aug 2010, 17:15
(a) No I didn't get a free lunch ! Nor was I singing.

(b) ETA killed a very young nice policeman in our local town a few years ago, Mrs OFSO had met him the week before. He was guiding tourists away from the suspected car bomb in Roses when it exploded and deposited several kilos of red-hot metal in his intestines.

(c) I'm taking professional advice from a specialist in Japanese cuisine on this one. She says soy sauce normally doesn't explode.

hellsbrink
11th Aug 2010, 17:45
I'm taking professional advice from a specialist in Japanese cuisine on this one. She says soy sauce normally doesn't explode.

Maybe it was the bastard offspring of a secret liason between the soy and the wasabi.






























Or I guess it was just soyicidal...............

singaporegirl
11th Aug 2010, 17:48
Maybe the restaurant gets its soy sauce from BP.

Loose rivets
11th Aug 2010, 17:51
Put hot sauce in a cold jug, or vikke verki ?

mustpost
11th Aug 2010, 18:27
Something like this scenario perhaps?

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OFSO
11th Aug 2010, 20:49
the wasabi

Is that the green paste or the red shavings ? Both are fairly hot. I ate them both and needed a gulp of tea afterwards.

Lonewolf_50
11th Aug 2010, 21:13
(b) ETA killed a very young nice policeman in our local town a few years ago, Mrs OFSO had met him the week before. He was guiding tourists away from the suspected car bomb in Roses when it exploded and deposited several kilos of red-hot metal in his intestines.
Very sorry to hear that. :(

Best wishes on your investigations into the mystery of exploding soy sauce containers ... :ok:

G-CPTN
11th Aug 2010, 21:26
I heard that the bottom has fallen out of soy source supplies . . .

Supplies!

tinpis
11th Aug 2010, 21:48
Some mysteries may never be explained Mr D
This case is still open.

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y150/tinpis/DSC01503.jpg

hellsbrink
11th Aug 2010, 21:54
Well, tinpis, since I can't tell what height that hole is at I cannot say for certain if it was caused by the effects of the wasabi or not, but it does look like it was hit by a fast-moving, superheated stream of air.............. :E

tinpis
11th Aug 2010, 22:04
You may like to ponder on it here, there could be a connection with Combusting Catalonian Condiment Containers

http://www.pprune.org/jet-blast/225053-really-really-boring-totally-pointless-snippets-information-thread-mk-viii-post2588775.html?highlight=shower+curtain#post2588775


Gold Trabb! :p:ok:

SoulManBand
12th Aug 2010, 00:52
So when you say "cold soy sauce" was it cold from a fridge? If so, and if it was a hot day, the part of the pot would heat faster than the part where the sauce is. The difference between two parts could cause the pot to crack.

Just thinking...

Cacophonix
12th Aug 2010, 00:54
The Chinese! Can we kill them at dawn?

RiskyRossco
12th Aug 2010, 01:00
Heat stress point sounds plausible to me. Same-old happened to an Arcoroc cup once. Holding a cuppa when it committed self-destruction with extreme prejudice, leaving me with only the handle.

Was the soy jug of strengthened glass persuasion?

Cacophonix
12th Aug 2010, 01:05
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etrang
12th Aug 2010, 02:36
Warm jug, fresh from the dish washer, cold soy from the fridge. Stress fracture.

OFSO
12th Aug 2010, 11:05
Gently swaying bosems of waitress set up currents of air at resonant frequency of jug. I believe way back in the distant past, Goldie Hawn had similar problem with her jugs on Saturday Night Live ? - or maybe the Smothers Brothers ? Must be some ancient US TV watchers (or AFN TV watchers like me) who remember.

Storminnorm
12th Aug 2010, 11:50
One was planning a late breakfast, but you've put
me right off the idea now.:eek:

Gainesy
12th Aug 2010, 12:30
We need to hire a sniper that understands windage better...:)

Lonewolf_50
12th Aug 2010, 13:05
Gently swaying bosems of waitress set up currents of air at resonant frequency of jug. I believe way back in the distant past, Goldie Hawn had similar problem with her jugs on Saturday Night Live ? - or maybe the Smothers Brothers ? Must be some ancient US TV watchers (or AFN TV watchers like me) who remember.
Smothers Brothers. Goldie predated SNL nearly a decade, starting on Laugh In, though I don't think her breasts ever reached sufficient volume to sway, gently or otherwise, in other than hurricane force winds. :8

tony draper
12th Aug 2010, 13:06
Feckion impact,need one say more.:)

OFSO
12th Aug 2010, 18:26
My guess without looking at the remains of the soy sauce pot would be a failure known as dunting. A poor fit between the clay body and the glaze (especially if the clay body holds a lot of silica) means that after firing the pot is a virtual time bomb, silica undergoes two phase change inversions (I cannot remember the exact temperatures) both these phase changes result in a dimensional change, in a perfectly matched glaze and body the glaze and clay would both have the same dimensional change. In practice the clay and glaze are never a perfect match, normally (and you actually aim for this) the glaze shrinks at a greater rate than the clay resulting in crazing, and pots that come out perfect will eventually craze as the tension between the clay and the glaze continues forever. If on the other hand the body shrinks more than the glaze the glaze is held in tension, the pot may survive the firing and be fine for years, but a sudden small shock, even a thermal shock of having cold soy sauce poured into a room temperature (or slightly warm from the dishwasher) pot will cause if to fracture into razor sharp shards.
All commercial (ones sold if hobbiests and potters) clay bodies are formulated so that it is almost impossible to get dunting occurring, however industrial bodies might not be so flexible. It is often an issue for the real men (and women) who insist on digging and processing their own clay.