34. Microwave Oven


Microwave Oven or simply Microwave has become an essential gadget in the modern smart kitchens, all over the world! This wonderful invention is also due a lucky accident and the open mindedness of its inventor!

In 1945, Percy Spenser-an engineer and an inventor- was working on a Magnetron. A Magnetron is used to create microwave radio signals for the use in Radars.

He noticed that the chocolate bar kept in his pocket began to melt! Wondering whether it was due to the microwaves, he further experimented with popcorn kernels and an egg.

Th popcorn kernels popped up well and the egg exploded in the face of one of the experimenters! The microwave oven was born!

The initial models were giants compared to the present day models. The first microwave oven built in 1947 was the size of a fridge 5′ 9″ tall, weighing a massive 750 lbs and costing a fortune of 5000 US$! It had to be water cooled!

As time went on, the microwave got streamlined to become smaller and more affordable. They can now fit in the homes and as well as the budgets of the common folks!

The smallest microwave oven in the market is 11″ tall, 15″ wide and less than 10″ deep! It would appear to be a mere toy kept beside the first ever microwave oven!

Visalakshi Ramani

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