Mike Pomranz
Updated September 17, 2014

There’s no bigger culinary tragedy than leaving your fork on your plate before shoving it in the microwave. At least that’s how Mom always made it sound. Even though no one in our house really knew how the microwave worked, what we did know was that, as sure crossing our eyes would make them freeze that way, sticking metal objects inside the science oven would make it explode. That’s Microwave 101.

“But why?” you’ve been asking since you were five years old. Well, thanks to the Internet (often considered the best invention since the microwave), we now have the answer. And, better yet, we don’t even have to read it off some boring website. The dude in the video above will just talk us through it.

Did you finish watching yet? Great. Hot Pockets for everyone!

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