What's the most interesting thing you've ever put in the microwave?

United States
November 28, 2008 8:45am CST
Microwaves are amazing machines, not only do they cook food in record time but they make marshmallow peeps puff up, CDs spark, and soap swell up and smell terrible. Have you ever put anything "interesting" in the microwave just to see what would happen? If so, what were the results, and were they what you expected?
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@owlwings (37718)
• Cambridge, England
28 Nov 08
I have, of course, done the CD sparks trick - one of the most efficient ways of destroying a CD, by the way, if it contains sensitive data that you need to destroy! The most original microwave trick I know is to slice a grape almost in half, leaving the two halves attached by a small piece of skin. Place the two halves face down on a microwave-safe plate and switch on for a second or two. The skin joining the two halves will give off a bright flash. The other odd thing that I experienced once (but have never been able to do again) was when I put a cup of coffee in to heat for perhaps rather too long. When I took it out and put a spoon in to stir it, it suddenly exploded in my face. I think this was because the coffee had been standing for some time and the liquid was quite still. The microwave actually superheated the water (or maybe part of it) to above boiling point and it was only when I went to stir it that bubbles of steam began to form.
@owlwings (37718)
• Cambridge, England
28 Nov 08
At least one microwave manufacturer has included a warning not to put pets in a microwave - well no normal person would, surely! - after they were successfully sued by the owner of a miniature dog who had just given her pet a bath and put it in the microwave to dry it!
@Sheepie (3121)
• United States
28 Nov 08
I've never put anything metal in there for fear of killing my whole family with who knows what flying out. But I have put peeps in there. I put some oatmeal cookies in there yesterday to make them softer because they were too crunchy, but it just made them hot and weird. Chocolate chip cookies get soft in the microwave, but not oatmeal cookies. Once I put an apple in the microwave to see what would happen, a whole apple. It just kind of fizzed and there was a small hole in the skin when I took it out. I think it could have actually exploded.
• United States
28 Nov 08
Yeah I've put apples in the microwave. They start to bake from the inside, like a baked apple in the oven, although they don't taste as good.
• United States
28 Nov 08
When we were in the market for a new microwave many years ago my husband took some woodticks in a jar to the stores with him. He timed how long a tick would last walking around in the oven before dying. Kinda gives a whole new meaning to the phrase "puff up and pop". errrrrrrrrrr, that phrase is from way way before most of you can remember, or were even born.
@cream97 (29175)
• United States
28 Nov 08
Well, I know that I have put my daughter's Pediasure in the microwave to warm the milk up. It was frozen from the freezer. So, I left the cap on and it started to spark fire. I took it out. So from now on, I make sure that I take all caps are off of a bottle when warming the drink up in the microwave. I just thought that this would work. But, comes to find out it did not. I have put other things that had aluminum on it inside of the microwave to warm up. Only to find out that this material cannot go inside of the microwave to heat up. So, from now on, I take precautions when it comes to things as this.
@greyy21 (181)
• Ireland
28 Nov 08
I put Skittles in the microwave...! All the colour dripped off and got burnt aswell as the actuall skittle melting.. I guess it was kinda expected but it smelt pretty bad _