There is a real effect along these lines, which I will recount below, but it sounds different from the one you cited. Here goes:
If you have a container with extremely smooth sides (free of pits or scratches) and you fill it with water that is pure and free of any sort of suspended solids, and you add heat steadily to it without any stirring or shaking action at all, it is possible to raise its temperature above the boiling point without having it start boiling. This metastable state is called superheat, and if the superheated water is then gently perturbed by, for example, picking up or otherwise moving the container, the entire volume of water will burst into violent boiling in what is called a superheat vapor explosion.
How is this possible? If the container has very smooth sides, there will be no tiny amounts of air trapped in surface pores to act as nucleation seed sites for the phase change to get started at. Ditto for water containing no particles of dust or whatnot. And if you do not shake the hot water, you will not form any transient local low-pressure spots in the water which could similarly furnish an excuse for the superheated water to blow up into steam.
Then if you strike the side of the container with a spoon- or even just pick it up and move it- you'll likely form a transient nucleation site within the bulk of the water and then ka-boom! The whole thing blows up and you get a geyser of hot water and steam shooting out the top of the container.
The higher you raise the water temperature, the smaller becomes the seed site required to trigger boiling and the less time you have to wait for the system to experience a random fluctuation on its own that sets off the boiling. So as superheat goes up, the initiation lag time goes down and approaches zero. When it is zero, the attendant temperature is called the thermodynamic limit of superheat which for water is about 340C.
Can you do this at home? Yes, with a little luck, if you use a freshly-emptied Snapple bottle and put an inch or so of filtered water in it, and set it in a microwave oven which does not have a turntable, and set it on high.