taken from this post on a bulletin board…
puzzled in portland
has anyone heard of such a thing?
Wed Nov 3 20:19:51 1999
I put on a pot of water to boil today at luchtime. I have a gas stove, so it usually takes about 7 or 8 minutes for water to start boiling. I put the water on the stove and went about doing other things, checking back occasionally to see if my water had started boiling yet. 5 minutes… no boiling. 10 minutes… nothing. 15 minutes later, the water is still just sitting there. Thinking this was a bit odd, I looked closer and was startled to see that although the flame was fiercly licking at the bottom of the pot, there wasn’t a trace of steam and there weren’t any little air bubbles forming beneath the water. Here’s this pot of water that has been sitting on a strong flame for 15 minutes and it looks exactly like a pot of cold water, just sitting there. I take the pot by the handle and before I can move it, half the water literally jumps straight out of the pot into the air, while the rest erupts into a mad boil. I don’t know if this sounds odd the way I’ve described it, but it was without doubt the strangest thing I have seen in my life. Can anyone explain it?