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Microwave Hacks

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Did you know that your microwave is more than just a simple leftover reheater?

A couple weeks ago I heard about a study which showed that nuking a grungy sponge for 2 minutes was effective at sterilizing it. This was quickly followed by reports of a number of small fires involving dry sponges. Lesson learned: wet your grubby sponges before superheating them.

There are a number of interesting things to do with the household microwave. Of course, there are a number of materials which will spark or ignite, but my personal favorite is David Reid’s method for casting small amounts of soft metals like bronse, silver, and gold. On the less dangerous side, there’s also the strange and unexpected growth phenomena of marshmallows or bars of soap, though I’m not sure what this is good for besides entertaining the kids with Peep battles.

Finally, you can do a lot of conventional things with a microwave as well. The guardian recently released a top 10 list on the subject. There are hacks for softening citrus fruits for juicing, heating up plates for serving, and sterilizing potting soil before planting seedlings.

What’s your favorite microwave hack? Let us know in the comments!

6 thoughts on “Microwave Hacks

  1. Thats quite cool.
    Could you fool a custom coded one by randomizing which e-mail field or other fields are hidden? Maybe this could be custom coded for too, but it would be more difficult

  2. From an accessibility standpoint, wouldn’t this approach have a tendency of assuming that the visually impaired were bots, seeing as their browsers would ignore the css and reveal the field to them? Just a thought, and I am very tired this morning, so maybe I’ve overlooked something obvious.

  3. I’ve take your idea to move my webpage (chuso.1.vg) from the positive CAPTCHA it was using to a negative one.
    Positive CAPTCHA blocked spam, but when I moved to negative one I received spam again. I discovered that it was because input fields had too descritive names (url, text, captcha, nick…) so bots know how to fill them, but I change their names to field1, field2, … so bots can’t guess what are fields used to and now I receive no spam without annoying visitors with CAPTCHAs.
    Thanks!

  4. This won’t work if the bot is smart and lookin through the DOM tree for input fields that are hidden and therefore should be ignored.

  5. @grimen: you got the idea in a wrong way. If it it css hidden (a.k.a. visibility: hidden) looking through DOM tree won’t make any difference

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