I was sitting at the computer pulling an all-nighter, and it was past dawn. I was thinking of calling it a day (or night), when I heard a crash of glass from my bathroom. Damn. Expecting a picture off the hook or a shattered toothmug, I went to investigate.
The upper panel of the bathroom window had smashed. Pieces of glass lay all over the floor.
What happened? At first I thought something had broken it from outside – a confused bird, a thrown rock, a blown branch. But:
- There was nothing out there
- The screen outside the window was untouched and
- It’s a double-paned window, and the external pane was whole.
So the damage had occurred from inside. But:
- I was the only one awake at the time, and wasn’t in the bathroom
- Nothing in the bathroom can accidentally bang into the glass
- The gap under the bathroom door is large enough to prevent a serious pressure differential in the bathroom
So – maybe I have a poltergeist? Or is it a message from my long-neglected Muse, because the broken window? It looks like a phoenix on its nest.
Then again, it could be thermal shock (though I didn’t notice any serious temperature change) and pareidolia.
I’d be interested in other explanations (preferably scientific, but open to anything).