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Microwave Oven Explodes Foods In Slow Motion (VIDEO)

01/27/2012 11:09 am ET | Updated Jan 27, 2012

Most of us know that microwave ovens don't get along with aluminum foil, CDs, and certain foods. But it can be great fun - don't try this at home - to toss those things in and watch the sparks and explosions that result.

An experiment gone wrong can ruin your microwave, or at least cover it in the sticky remains of whatever you've just exploded, so we don't recommend it. Luckily, the video above lets you watch the insanity from from the comfort of your desk.

The best part?

It's in super slow-motion. Some of the objects outright explode, like the egg; others, like the watermelon, have very specific reactions to the microwave's power. Interestingly, though, it doesn't happen instantly: you can see that the egg white is already partially cooked when it blows up, so the microwave might have done its job if the egg were sturdier or had holes for ventilation.

Microwaves work by making polar molecules - ones that have positive and negative sides - spin around and hit one another, creating heat. Water is one of these polar molecules, and if the resulting steam can't get out (of, say, an egg) then something's got to give.

If this isn't enough, we understand. Some experimenters get even more extreme with microwave experiments. One word: plasma.

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