#1384 – Matryoshka

I really freaked out when I was a kid and I accidentally left something metal in the microwave. There was a loud pop sound and a flash. I quickly turned it off and opened the door to find nothing had happened. I carefully removed the spoon and turned the oven back on. Still works! Everyone calm down!

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11 thoughts on “#1384 – Matryoshka”

  1. Baughbe says:

    My dad bought one when they first started hitting the stores. Was almost the size of our regular oven. Still took an hour to bake a potato.

  2. Maskman says:

    Double your microwaves, double your fun…

    Heh! I used to have ALL MANNER of fun playing in Radar Lab, back when I was a young impressionable innocent sailor. *snerk* Little games, like trying to microwave the Sears Tower, and so on….

  3. August says:

    It’s usually fine until something catches on fire.

    My mother microwaved some restaurant breadsticks (still in the pack that said DO NOT MICROWAVE) and there wasn’t just a flash- the whole pack ignited, and there’s still scorch marks in the microwave itself.

    Of course at first I was terrified that our house was going to burn down, but when she removed the burnt package and bread, the ‘DO NOT MICROWAVE’ part of the wrapper was still intact, and all I could do was laugh.

  4. Lord Detrius says:

    do they actually sell microwaves small enough to fit inside of another microwave? or did biff have to make his own?

    1. MaskedMan says:

      Actually, yes. Mind you, the outer microwave unit has to be an industrial-sized one, but yeah, it can be done.

      1. das-g says:

        Not that it makes a lot of sense: Microwave ovens are — surprise, surprise — designed to shield microwaves. That works for waves coming from the outside just as well as those coming from the inside. So the waves of the outer oven would never reach the content of the inner oven.

        As the electronics of the inner oven would probably quickly be destroyed (they might not be shielded against waves from the outside) the inner oven might stop working quite soon so that the food inside it might stay much colder than when you’d just use one of the microwave ovens to heat it.

        1. Maskman says:

          Genaerally speaking, only the resonant cavity and waveguides are ‘shielded’ – That is to say, designed as inductive giude that will prevent leakage whilst maintaining the proper voltage standing wave ratio (which isn’t really the same thing as “shileding”). Most of the electronics is only protected accidentally, if at all. The only exception to that would be the magnetron itself, as it’s a pretty robust bit of gear.

          OTOH, it all makes little difference – the light show would still be every bit as pretty.

  5. Heinrich says:

    this reminds me of a conversation i had with a friend while bored at 2 or 3 in the morning once – it started off with something like “what if the large hadron collider could be used to make things bigger than hadrons collide?” and ended up getting to “well what if you someone made a large hadron collider collider? could that make black holes inside of black holes, if the large hadron colliders were making large hadrons collide while they were colliding?”

    (and if you say it enough, the word “collide” starts to sound funny. 🙂 )

    1. MaskedMan says:

      I wanna know if you can use a sufficiently powerful collider to fire pumpkins. I would SO win the Punkin Chunkin’ constest!

    2. Derenil says:

      Yo dawg, I heard you like hadron colliders….

  6. kingklash says:

    Then your neighborhood will be known as “Little Tunguska.”

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