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Come tell me how stupid I was (glasses sticking together)

BlochWaveBlochWave Registered User regular
edited August 2008 in Help / Advice Forum
I know, you just read the topic title and are thinking "he can't seriously be talking about the act of getting two glasses stuck together, this is going to be ridiculous..." and here we are.

So ok, me and a couple of friends (that word becomes used more loosely by the moment) are at a bar the other night, and I'm off to go buy a pitcher, being the gentlemanly sort, while they hold down a pool table. So I get a pitcher and a couple of pint glasses, stack the pint glasses and I have two easy handfuls to transport, no big deal. Ahh but throw in now a shot glass (a wide one)full of limes. Trickier. Thinking myself clever I gently placed the shot glass into the top pint glass, not expecting a problem to develop from the simple act.

So I get back to the table and my friends are simply awe-struck that I had done this, as now the pint glass is firmly inside the pint glass. One of the friends (a particularly critical fellow, of everybody and everything equally) went on to call it one of the stupidest things he'd ever seen, and actually stated "I don't think you can get them apart," when the other friend inquired what to do. Now, had I been thinking, of course you can always get them apart by cooling the inside glass and if necessary heating the outside one, something I could've done in the bathroom in about 10 seconds, but we just shook them vehemently until it came loose. Anyways, both friends stressed that this was one of the dumbest things they've ever seen.

Well the more I think about it the more this really annoys me, I'm going to the gym with them tonight and I want to be a total jackass about it, but I won't have much room to do so if I was, in fact, being a total idiot by doing that. But dammit, I have a degree in physics, I've never sat down and thought about glasses sticking together, but I've always associated it with them being hot and thus expanding, clearly in a non-uniform way since it makes them get stuck, or at different temperatures, or whatever, but these two glasses were pretty much at room temperature. I just didn't expect that after gently placing it in there I wouldn't be able to just dump it out. My suspicion is that for whatever reason the shot glass expanded after I put it in and cooled down while we were talking about it, causing it to come out easier

Anyways the question: Was this REALLY that damned stupid? Do I have any room to be anything but embarassed? Yes I'm aware I should hang out with non-pricks, but this is surprisingly aggravating to me

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    AlpineAlpine Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    With glasses it's less frequent because they don't change shape as easily, but with those big tupperware tubs, when you stack them within eachother, they form vacuums because there's no air in between the two tubs. You pull and pull, but unless there's a way for air to seep in between them, they're stuck.

    Not likely, but maybe.

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    BlochWaveBlochWave Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    Ohh ok, so it's a pressure thing? You put together two warm glasses, trap some air in the space between, the air cools, bam, pressure differential? Like I said I thought they were at room temperature, but clearly my guage of heat was off. Now to pretend like I knew that tonight and that my only error was a poor judgement of temperature

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    illigillig Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    BlochWave wrote: »
    Ohh ok, so it's a pressure thing? You put together two warm glasses, trap some air in the space between, the air cools, bam, pressure differential? Like I said I thought they were at room temperature, but clearly my guage of heat was off. Now to pretend like I knew that tonight and that my only error was a poor judgement of temperature

    yeah, it's the pressure differential that forms when hot air cools

    that's why it's not a good idea to stack closely fitting glasses right after taking them out of the dishwasher... they're hot, and dry, so you're just asking for stickage

    i've actully had glasses break due to this... one of my really cheap ikea glasses shattered

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    eternalbleternalbl Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    Dude, I'd have done the same thing. No way in hell am I making 2 trips.

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    Evil MultifariousEvil Multifarious Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    most waiters stack their pint glasses around here and we never have any trouble

    your friends are dicks

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    ErandusErandus Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    Amusing hijinks, yes. "Dumbest thing I've ever seen", no. Tell your friends to eat a dick and move on.

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    RipsawRipsaw Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    My local bar has stacks and stacks of pint glasses.

    Everywhere.

    You do not need your Applied Physics degree to get your glasses apart.
    If they stick, twist.

    Your friends are retarded. Or have never been to a bar.

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    vonPoonBurGervonPoonBurGer Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    BlochWave wrote: »
    Ahh but throw in now a shot glass (a wide one)full of limes. Trickier. Thinking myself clever I gently placed the shot glass into the top pint glass, not expecting a problem to develop from the simple act.

    So I get back to the table and my friends are simply awe-struck that I had done this, as now the pint glass is firmly inside the pint glass.
    Do you mean the shot glass was firmly inside the pint glass? That would be a bit of an issue, because you can't exactly grab and twist the shot glass when it's so far down inside the pint glass. Even still, whoop-tee-doo, you get another pint glass, the bartender runs the pint glass with the shot glass stuck inside it under hot tap water, that expands the trapped air and *pop*, problem solved.

    You should have drank all the beer to teach your friends to be nice to people who bring them beer.

    Also, this is why fruit and beer should never come within three feet of each other.

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    BlochWaveBlochWave Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    Yah the kicker here is that it wasn't two pint glasses, it was a shot glass inside the pint glass. I didn't shove it in there as hard as I could, but they were speaking as though this should've been obvious to everyone, which it very well may be, which is why I'm asking. Oh well, I've calmed down and my thoughts of disproportionate vengeance while spotting them tonight have faded. Mostly!
    Also, this is why fruit and beer should never come within three feet of each other.

    I didn't even WANT the damned limes, they did! rarrrrrghhhh

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