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Old 10-22-2010, 02:08 PM   #11
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I have to ask what the reason would be for microwaving a grape, other than too much time on your hands . I'm intrigued!
Bullseye, snickerdoodle! A university professor (I can't remember which institution) was featured on NPR radio's "Science Friday." He'd done a bunch of odd things inside a microwave oven and posted a video website, primarily to demonstrate/teach students the physical principles of microwave radiation. i.e. he had too much time on his hands.

It's kinda scary that the only thing protecting us from boiling into toast when we use a microwave is that the mosquito mesh that's built into the oven's door has holes that are precisely too small for the high amplitude wavelengths of this fatal radiation to pass through.
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Old 10-22-2010, 04:57 PM   #12
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I can say with confidence that it's Kryptonite that's settled in the onions, makes them arc every time.
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Old 10-23-2010, 09:24 PM   #13
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No wonder Superman hates my french onion soup!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 10-24-2010, 01:56 PM   #14
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No wonder Superman hates my french onion soup!!!!!!!!!!!!
But I betcha Lex Luthor loves it!
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Old 10-25-2010, 02:17 PM   #15
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Frequently I've had it happen in my old (1984) and new (2002) microwaves. Kind of scary but livens up the afternoon!
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Old 10-25-2010, 02:26 PM   #16
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Bullseye, snickerdoodle! A university professor (I can't remember which institution) was featured on NPR radio's "Science Friday." He'd done a bunch of odd things inside a microwave oven and posted a video website, primarily to demonstrate/teach students the physical principles of microwave radiation. i.e. he had too much time on his hands.

It's kinda scary that the only thing protecting us from boiling into toast when we use a microwave is that the mosquito mesh that's built into the oven's door has holes that are precisely too small for the high amplitude wavelengths of this fatal radiation to pass through.
I'm so disappointed that there wasn't a culinary reason to microwave grapes!
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Old 10-25-2010, 02:44 PM   #17
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they do? I gotta try that!
I think I'm starting to understand why everyone missed you.
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Old 10-25-2010, 02:51 PM   #18
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Tonight I found this article about exploding and arcing grapes, cranberries and onions.

Re: Why do some onions spark when heated by microwave?

Fascinating reading.
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Old 10-25-2010, 11:42 PM   #19
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Okay, this is way more info than I expected and I am very appreciative. Thank you so much for your reply. I love all of the stuff I learn about cooking here.

As for Lex Luthor: As it happens I have a son named Alex. He would never allow me to call him Lex as planned when he was born. It wasn't till a Superman fanatic explained the situation to me that I understood my sons objections. I mean I knew about Superman But never knew anything about Luthor. So of course Luthor is never invited over even though he has hinted strongly for an invitation.
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