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Redwood Falls Gazette - Redwood Falls - MN
  • The power of microwaves

  • Historical fun fact about Redwood Falls: the first microwave oven made its appearance here in the late 1950s.
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  • Historical fun fact about Redwood Falls: the first microwave oven made its appearance here in the late 1950s.
    When my mom was in high school around that time, one of the hardware stores in town got its hands on a demonstration model of a new type of oven that cooked with (dun dun dunnnnnn!) the power of microwaves.
    It was real science fiction stuff, but then it was the beginning of the Space Age® and all.
    Americans back then were all convinced that in a few years — like by 1970 — they’d all be walking around wearing silver jumpsuits and plastic bubble helmets with wire antennas on top.
    This microwave oven thingy was the way of the future, so the RFHS science teacher had his students trek downtown to see it in action. They even got to eat hot dogs cooked (in seconds!) in the microwave oven.
    My mom said some of the kids were nervous about eating food cooked by what amounts to suped up radio waves. They were afraid they might die of radiation poisoning.
    Me, I’m still waiting for the first microwave charcoal grill. Where are the scientists when you need them?
    . . . . .
    I don’t know what the deal is, but I haven’t accidentally written “2012” on a document even once so far this year, and it’s the fourth week of January.
    I must be slipping in my old age. When I was younger I would have messed that up dozens of times by now.
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