Try this at home!

All I can say is that if I had come across this list of 16 things you should never put in the microwave when I was a teenager, I would have certainly tried at least 14 of them.  As it was, even without the internet I recall some fun after-school microwave experiments.  Here’s my two favorite (you’ll want to fast-forward to 1:40 or so on the grapes, but totally worth it).


For the record, I recently learned that although microwaving a dishwashing sponge is a great way to disinfect it, you definitely don’t want to leave it in there for 6 minutes.  I tried this at bed time and went off to take out my contacts and brush my teeth.  I returned to a flaming sponge and a stinking kitchen.  [The good news was that at least Kim was asleep and blissfully unaware at the time].

About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State

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