Sunday, October 23, 2011

Will it microwave?

My wife got a new microwave this past week.  But that's not what this post is about.  You see, a new microwave means that we have an old ghetto microwave that doesn't matter if it gets ruined.  An old ghetto microwave means we have the chance to answer the age old question of "Will it microwave?"

It is such an important question to answer that I thought I would share my findings with all of you.  By the way, don't try this at home.  Just come over to my place instead.  We'll have good times.

Here are all the things we tried microwaving.  (Actually, it's not all.  Some of them weren't that interesting.  These are all the ones that were cool and/or amusing.)  Thanks be unto my brother Zack for being the face of the "Will it Microwave?" movement.

Microwaving CDs has been a pass time of children for centuries.  I'm pretty sure I've seen cave paintings of kids putting CDs in microwaves.  Nevertheless, I felt it was an appropriate place to start.

DVDs may look a lot like CDs but the technology is fairly different.  It turns out DVDs are not as cool to microwave as CDs.  But there are still some fun sparks and goodness.

A Fork
This was one of my favorites.  The awesomeness is overwhelming.

A marshmallow
Microwaves make marshmallows multiply.  It's like when gremlins get wet.

A zinger
Zingers are kind of like twinkies with frosting on top.  We were hoping it would explode or expand or something.  It mostly just melted, but still pretty cool.

A match under a glass bowl
This contraption was something my brother had seen videos of.  It turns out its awesome.  This was probably my favorite.  I am not an expert in physics so I have no idea why this happens.  I am an expert in awesome, so I can tell you this is definitely awesome.  If there is a physicist in the house, perhaps they can explain what is happening here.

I hope I've helped you answer the eternal question of "Will it microwave?". It turns out being an adult is just like being a kid, only when you own the microwave your mom can't get mad at you for doing things that could break it.


  1. I think my favorite part is your laughing. Though I am sad that a cat didn't make it on the list. That is the best thing to microwave.

  2. I wish you had the "will it microwave" dancers like David Letterman

  3. Ha! Love it!!

    And Jared - EEEW! Who would put a living thing in a microwave? That's just rude!

  4. Wow! Alex and I just watched these and cracked up! This is some pretty cool science. (Although it will be unequivically banned at my house!)

  5. I am glad you didn't blow anything up. I like my Jeff just the way he is right now. I don't know how I feel about having a round too. I was secretly hoping the microwave would just magically stop working.

  6. I think the match burning awesomeness is caused by smoke igniting in the top of the bowl. If you microwave a smoking candle you will see a similar affect but at the inside top of the microwave. It is like a burning ball rolling around the top. Great Stuff!

  7. What if you microwaved coffee creamer? It ignites beautifully when you light a match so what about if you microwave it? Just a thought.

  8. I can't leave a real comment on this yet because I haven't watched the videos. Doug and I were going to watch them together and forgot to. Once we do then I will leave my real comment.

  9. This was so awesome. Hahaha but had you never microwaved a marshmallow before?! Heather taught me that for s'mores years ago!


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