Fun With Microwaves

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Fun With Microwaves

And here you thought that monkeying with microwaves was for professionals.

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It will, however, cook you if you're dumb enough to stand there long enough.

One of the two valuable lessons The Tubes song "What Do You Want from Life?" taught me was "don't watch the food cook". The other was the description "a baby's arm holding an apple".

Was very disappointed the minute of blackness at the end didn't come to anything.

Otherwise, very insightful. I now know how microwaves work and know not to put nothing in a microwave. I also know how big Laserdiscs are now. Who the hell though they were a good idea?

Calumon: It's bigger than me! D:

OH GOD, I'M LEARNING! WHY!?

Not going to lie, kind of want a CD-bowl now.

And here I was thinking I knew how microwaves worked. I would be interested in what Cam majored in in college to learn this. Chemical engineering maybe.

I learned more from this video, than from 3 years of chemistry classes.

Make that laser disc bowl into a flower pot.

I now want a segment called "Science with Cam." :D

Eric the Orange:
And here I was thinking I knew how microwaves worked. I would be interested in what Cam majored in in college to learn this. Chemical engineering maybe.

It was probably just plain old physics ;-)

War Penguin:
I now want a segment called "Science with Cam." :D

Science Cam is Science Paul's arch-nemesis. :p

OT: That minute of darkness tricked me into thinking there were more! D:

You mentioned dry marshmallows, what happens to a wet marshmallow in the microwave?

"So, while it's obviously a terrible idea to take your microwave's grill off, it's not the instant death ray you may think."

There goes that world domination plan :(

Jack and Calumon:
Was very disappointed the minute of blackness at the end didn't come to anything.

Otherwise, very insightful. I now know how microwaves work and know not to put nothing in a microwave. I also know how big Laserdiscs are now. Who the hell though they were a good idea?

Calumon: It's bigger than me! D:

When laserdiscs came out, the 12" LP was still a very popular music format. The laserdisc fit in the same bins that people were buying music from, so it seemed natural from a marketing standpoint. They also didn't look so comically large in that context.

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Jack and Calumon:
I also know how big Laserdiscs are now. Who the hell though they were a good idea?

Everyone who didn't like the quality of VHS. Ah, those were the days. Better quality, but rare, expensive, and then there was panic about "laser rot".

And first gen tech is ALWAYS huge. Floppies were eight inches across and hard drives were the size of washing machines. Which lead to some fun stories (see the one on Xerox) and sporting events.

TimeLord:
You mentioned dry marshmallows, what happens to a wet marshmallow in the microwave?

"So, while it's obviously a terrible idea to take your microwave's grill off, it's not the instant death ray you may think."

There goes that world domination plan :(

Well, the microwave was a re-purposed radar antenna from the late 50's early 60's. The primary materials a microwave is used to excite are water, fat, and protein. Failing that, microwaves will go for sugar molecules causing them to expand. A wet marshmallow will expand as a marshmallow does, while it heats up as the water molecules are excited.

There was surprisingly little complaining about the cleanup required and surprisingly much science by Cam.

TimeLord:
You mentioned dry marshmallows, what happens to a wet marshmallow in the microwave?

"So, while it's obviously a terrible idea to take your microwave's grill off, it's not the instant death ray you may think."

There goes that world domination plan :(

If it's any consolation, you could still use a microwave magnetron to fry electronics at a distance. And the world needs electronics.

Antitonic:
OH GOD, I'M LEARNING! WHY!?

Not going to lie, kind of want a CD-bowl now.

They should auction it on Desert Bus!

Joseph Harrison:
They should auction it on Desert Bus!

You better start saving, if they do. :D

I really learned something today. I wouldn't mind seeing a science segment because it was actually interesting.

I believe that Cam deserves some extra awesome points for teaching us about microwaves without being incredibly boring.

Science boner indeed. Loved Cam's lecture on quantum mechanical phenomena. Also the gummy bears were highly pimp and I'm glad I got to see them.

I understand why you got Cam to the science bit. Once you sanitized the footage, it was only about 12 seconds of Paul cleaning the microwave. :)

Not sure about Cam's theory on why marshmallows react how they do. I believe the inflation is largely due to the heating of the air inside the marshmallows, causing it to expand and inflate the size of the marshmallow. Of course, there's probably some interaction with the sucrose, but I don't think it's the main factor here?

Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong - I'd be interested to know the science behind it!

Science! And people say that you can't learn anything from the internet.

Also, was it just me or did it look like that pink covered marshmallows were breading?

-M

TheBobmus:
Not sure about Cam's theory on why marshmallows react how they do. I believe the inflation is largely due to the heating of the air inside the marshmallows, causing it to expand and inflate the size of the marshmallow. Of course, there's probably some interaction with the sucrose, but I don't think it's the main factor here?

Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong - I'd be interested to know the science behind it!

Air does not absorb microwave radiation, as Cam has noted. Also, as I understand it, marshmallow fluff has no air pockets, yet it expanded in the same way.

Oh wow. Cam succeded in a way that no teacher/prof of mine has ever done. I already knew the science behind microwave ovens and he still managed to make it interesting for me. Bravo good sir.

Thank you Dr. Cam!

Odd to see Paul handing the gauntlet to someone else.

I just wanted to waste time watching videos on the internet. And now I learned some science. WHYYYYYY?

I learned Cam is left-handed. Intriguing.

I do so love it when videos make me learn something. Came for lulz, stayed for SCIENCE.

Daeggreth:
Oh wow. Cam succeded in a way that no teacher/prof of mine has ever done. I already knew the science behind microwave ovens and he still managed to make it interesting for me. Bravo good sir.

I was just about to say the exact same thing. Damn ninja.

This episode was just chock full of sexy sexy science.

IT'S ALIVE!!!
No, but really, red marshmallows were creepy

Also
"It will, however, cook you if you're dumb enough to stand there long enough"
What? No superpowers? Awww :(

P.S. Why there are almost 2min of nothingness in the end?

Ahhhh chemistry, oh how much of you i have already forgotten.

Also you drew the magnetron in the microwave wrong, it usually looks like this;

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War Penguin:
I now want a segment called "Science with Cam." :D

Everybody wants that Now! Cam you need to share your knowledge and create this new segment. FOR SCIENCE!

necromanzer52:
I learned more from this video, than from 3 years of chemistry classes.

Heh, I knew a lot of this stuff already, but Cam is definitely better at explaining things than the jerkwad that was my chemistry teacher.

teeheehee

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