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Can you really shatter a glass with a high note?

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Author's Note: "Can you really shatter a glass with a high note?"

A few years ago I was cleaning the kitchen when I tipped a chair too far back on its rear legs. It slipped from my hand and hit the oven door. The door's window exploded into a dramatic, vitreous meteor shower. The floor glistened, stunning as a winter landscape after an ice storm. Although the source of the energy was not sonic, the outcome was similar, and just as unlikely. (Guess I was just lucky.)

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