Before I went upstairs, I filled the tank up with water. I put in the filter and the grounds. I closed the lid. I pressed "start." I did not put the pot back under the drip. Usually, if you just pull the pot out from under the drip while the coffee is brewing, it seals the opening for the time it takes you to pour a quick cup. But, if it remains sealed because the pot was never there in the first place... it fills up in the filter area and spills over the edges -- coffee, grounds and all. And all the way down the counter. Mess.
Not that big a deal. I was able to sop it up with a few towels. Unfortunately, we have run out of laundry soap, so the laundry room smells like towels soaked with coffee -- because in fact, the laundry room is full of towels soaked with coffee.
I leave you with this lovely image which I would have preferred to see on my counter.You can see more "latte art" on this Flickr page. Wow.