How Does it Work? Episode 8: The Microwave Oven

Microwave ovens have been a mystery for over 6,000 years. It was only recently that we even invented them, before that it was an even bigger mystery. The unique thing about microwaves is the way their doors open from side to side, instead of the standard upsy-downsy manner. This actually has to do with the physics. Microwaves are named after the primary food they cook, microwave popcorn, which was next to impossible to cook before microwaves. Microwaves emit beams of microtrons (a smaller version of the macrotron) at precisely the right levels to imitate human fire. The beams are so active, that metal will just go crazy if it’s inside, because metal is the antithesis of microwave popcorn, so the anti-matter involved is at exactly the wrong frequency wavelength. If you open the door to a microwave while it’s cooking, some of these microtrons will absorb into your skin, and make you feel like your chicken is rubbery. That’s one of the remaining mysteries of the microwave oven.  The other is inside-out butter melting, but really, who knows, right?

Comments (2)

  1. 6:57 pm, September 7, 2009taylor  / Reply

    hahahahahaha, oh shit! I’m actually crying from laughing. Oh mann, soooo good!!! I LOVE THESE INFO-ARTICLES!!!

  2. 6:16 pm, November 30, 2009Heather  / Reply

    Oh, that is too funny – I was crying laughing too! Awesome break from thesising.

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