The other Saturday morning I had the misguided impulse to be productive, so I pulled off the glass light globe off our kitchen ceiling fan to get at the bulb, which needed to be replaced. The globe was hard to turn. I forced it. It came off suddenly. To keep it from flying across the kitchen, I snatched at it, saving 1/3 of it while the other half snapped off and exploded into a million pieces on the kitchen floor, somehow not cutting my hands, narrowly missing my eyeballs and just missing Scout and the dog.
Later, I went to the website and looked up the number to get a replacement globe, and ran across these instructions for removing the globe:
Don’t try to change the shade on your own—seek help. It’s a lot easier to change a bulb, shade or globe when you have someone to help you hold it. Talk to your spouse, roomate, mom, dad, brother or other to help you complete the task. Often times, you just need another set of hands to hold the shade while you unhook it or release it from the holding screws. … Keep in mind while you’re unscrewing the globe, who’s going to hold it so it does not smash on the floor?