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September 28th, 2003

Separation of Glass and Mug

So as we were unpacking our dishes a couple of weeks ago, I found a few items that I really like: my favorite mug (usually used for coffee), and one of my favorite glasses.

I placed the mug in the sink, as I had done with every other thing that needed to be washed. Then, I placed the glass in the mug – just set it on top, really – figuring that I could remove it later. Guess what?

The glass is still stuck inside the mug.

The glass is almost the exact size of the mug’s opening, so it really doesn’t give very much. Naturally I figured, “Ah! I’ll use the Internet! It’ll help me figure out how to solve this!” and indeed I thought it had: one page I found suggested pouring ice cold water into the glass, and putting the mug in very warm or hot water. That would cause the glass to contract, the mug to expand, and voila!

Unfortunately, there was no voila. Just a wet mug and a wet glass.

So, I’m asking any Pingers out there for advice. I’m thinking that the final straw will be to simply sacrifice the glass by breaking it, but I also don’t feel like having glass shards in my coffee mug.

Posted in Miscellaneous

FROM: jk
DATE: Sunday September 28, 2003 -- 12:30:52 pm
olive oil???

FROM: Matt
DATE: Sunday September 28, 2003 -- 4:15:09 pm
I think you misread Paul's question. He is asking how to separate a glass and a mug, not what you use for body oil.

FROM: Robert [E-Mail]
DATE: Sunday September 28, 2003 -- 4:33:22 pm
Do you have a hammer?

FROM: Jacquie
DATE: Sunday September 28, 2003 -- 5:27:25 pm
Have you tried, using diswashing soap? Maybe soaping it up will loosen it?

FROM: Dave Walls [E-Mail]
DATE: Sunday September 28, 2003 -- 6:52:55 pm
Jacquie beat me to it. I had the same problem with a few glasses when I moved back to DE from VA...Let them soak in the sink for a while with some dish soap...HOT water. I let em soak the morning, I was able to just pry them apart..

FROM: Paul
DATE: Sunday September 28, 2003 -- 7:04:33 pm
Good thought, Jacquie - I'll definitely try that.

I have a hammer. I hammer in the morning, Robert.

FROM: jk
DATE: Sunday September 28, 2003 -- 8:53:13 pm
Now you all know how I stay so young-looking!

I still suggest injecting olive oil and letting it sit on its SIDE. If this works, will you send me a chillow?

FROM: Rob [E-Mail]
DATE: Monday September 29, 2003 -- 9:44:08 am
jk - And here I thought you were just... you know... young. Pings can be deceiving, I guess.

FROM: Greg
DATE: Monday September 29, 2003 -- 2:26:16 pm
Leave well enough alone. I think you're on the verge of a great marketing idea. Two beverage holders stuck together. You charge for each glass and if the person who purchases the cups, they then have two glasses. When I think of Paul, I think, "trendsetter".

FROM: jk
DATE: Tuesday September 30, 2003 -- 9:44:56 pm
Paul! We need answers!!!! What happened?

FROM: Paul
DATE: Wednesday October 1, 2003 -- 9:42:01 am
Nothing happened, thus far. I tried the overnight soak in soapy hot water, and that didn't work. I haven't tried olive oil yet - although I might.

FROM: Ace High
DATE: Sunday October 5, 2003 -- 10:46:27 pm
Just don't do it next time. It is called prevention.

FROM: Paul
DATE: Monday October 6, 2003 -- 9:24:13 am
Thanks a lot. That was really helpful.

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