Yes, I know this is a ridiculous question. I know, because this question made the rounds all day yesterday in the Skepchick back channel. It’s really all Will’s fault.It started with a back channel email from Will about his exploding lunch which included the photo above, the subject “Microwave Safe My Ass” and this:
Now the inside of the microwave is covered in shrapnel.
And so it was. This lead to a huge discussion of what we all have test in the same way:
Mary: BTW did anyone ever microwave marshmallows as a kid? Or American cheese?
A: I didn’t do that, but I microwaved those little cups of creamer as a kid, and microwaved ivory soap sometime in the last month. The soap was way more spectacular.
Rebecca: My freshman year of college, when I was in the dorms, my roommate and I microwaved our neighbor’s Dave Matthews CD. We told her it was homework for our photonics course. It was beautiful, but I still feel a bit bad about it.
Mary: I ate a lot of microwaved SPAM as a freshman.
Jacqueline: In high school when I was a burgeoning scientist, I designed an experiment testing the structural integrity of Twinkies versus HoHos. There was a gravitational response test (climbing a tree and dropping them), a solubility test, and a radiation test. After microwaving the Twinkies for way too long it stunk up the house for weeks. My parents were umm… angry.
All fun and games until Elyse taught us why we shouldn’t play with our food (in microwaves):
I boiled sugar water in the microwave my senior year in highschool. The bowl I had it in exploded when I picked it up, coating my hands in liquid sugar. All I remember is holding cold towels and screaming all the way to the emergency room and my dad telling me to be quiet because he was trying to drive. I then spent several weeks with my hands wrapped in gauze like boxing gloves and slathering them in silvadene cream.
Tip: Don’t boil sugar water in the microwave. It gets really fucking hot. And if you get that on your skin, it’s going to feel really bad.
So, what about you guys? What
safe fun tales of the SCIENCE of microwaves can you share?
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