The early versions of the Easy-Bake Oven, a child's toy that allows children to bake small treats, used incandescent lightbulbs as their heat source. That's because these bulbs were so inefficient that only 5% of the electricity they used produced light. The rest produced heat. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eas…
An air fryer is basically a mini convection oven. The powerful fan pushes super hot air in contact with the food, quickly heating/cooking it up, creating a crispy exterior and softer inside. That's why new fancy toaster ovens often have an 'air fryer' setting. youtube.com/watch?time_co…
The fourth funnel on the Titanic was fake. It was for appearances only: it made the ship look bigger. It was not connected to the charcoal ovens, but it was connected to the first-class smoking room, making it a sort of oversized kitchen hood. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RMS…
Today I learned about American woman China Arnold who was convicted of murdering her 28 day old daughter by cooking her in a microwave oven in 2006. Arnold appealed the decision several times before finally receiving life without parole in 2011 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
A man was cooked alive in a 270Β° pressure cooker oven along with 12,000 pounds of tuna. In CA’s largest workplace safety violation settlement ever ($6M), Bumble Bee Tuna agreed to pay $1.5M to the deceased’s family, $1.5M to state government and courts, and $3M to purchase new automated ovens. usatoday.com/story/news/n…
Charles Babbage, once literally baked himself in an oven at 265Β°F (130Β°C) for four minutes "without any great discomfort" to "see what would happen." newworldencyclopedia.org/…
In 1968 Elton John attempted suicide but was discovered by Bernie Taupin. Upon finding Elton's head in the oven, resting on a pillow, with the gas on low, and all the windows open, Bernie couldn't stop laughing. This event inspired the hit single "Someone Saved My Life Tonight" ultimateclassicrock.com/e…
The scientist that discovered how sweat regulated body temperature did so by standing in an oven. On occasion he was joined by a colleague, a dog, and beef steaks. The food cooked, the men and dog were fine. publicdomainreview.org/co…
Modern appliances, including refrigerators and ovens, have a Sabbath mode. This mode allows the appliances to be used by Shabbat-observant Jews on the Shabbat and Jewish holidays en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sab…
Microwave ovens DON’T heat food using the β€œresonant frequency” of water. They work by causing polar molecules (water is one, and so are some fats) to rotate back and forth quickly in an oscillating electromagnetic field, producing molecular vibrations (heat). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Die…
The electricity used by the clock radio on the microwave ovens and such are call Vampire Electricity and the clock radio itself is referred to as Phantom loads. paylesspower.com/blog/vam…
Microwave ovens operate on 2.4 GHz and can interfere with your WiFi. scienceabc.com/innovation…
A pizza company, Zume Pizza uses robots for many stages of pizza production. The pizzas are cooked en route in a van equipped with 56 GPS-equipped automated ovens, timed to be ready shortly before arrival at the address, and are then sliced by a self-cleaning robot cutter. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zum…
In 2012 an employee at a Bumble Bee Tuna factory was killed when he was cooked in an oven with 12,000lbs of tuna. nbcnews.com/news/us-news/…
A factory worker was slowly cooked to death in an industrial oven after his son-in-law locked him inside it. bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england…
The Roman Emperor Commodus had a bath attendant thrown into an oven after he found his bathwater was lukewarm. Due to repeated attempts on his life, he often had Roman citizens killed for making him angry. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Com…
Elton John once made a song about an oven manual and played It to a live audience on the spot. youtu.be/8GuI4UUZrmw
Microwave ovens are pretty old technology, the first commercial microwaves were sold to restaurants as early as 1947. In 1965 they were small enough to fit in a countertop and they became a common kitchen appliance in the 70s. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mic…
Some modern appliances have something called "Sabbath Mode" which makes subtle changes to the way they operate (fridges, ovens, etc) - basically allowing people who observe not using machines and whatnot the ability to "cheat" and still use them en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sab…
Elton John once composed and performed a song on the spot on TV. The lyrics were taken from a user manual for an oven. youtu.be/MLyUOWJEgn0
In 1945, a school dropout and self-taught electrical engineer named Percy Spencer was working at Ratheon. He stepped in front of a magnetron, a device that powers radars. He noticed a chocolate bar in his pocket had melted. Later that year, he filed a patent for the first microwave oven. newenglandhistoricalsocie…
The red ovenbird, the national bird of Argentina and Uruguay, collects mud and piles it on top of a tree branch while letting it slowly dry, like adobe construction.When completed, its characteristic dome-shaped nest bears a resemblance to an old-fashioned wood-fired oven, hence the bird's name. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruf…
Scoring on bread loaves was originally so families could find their loaves after baking in community ovens youtu.be/EGbNI26PPYg
In the 1st episode of 30 Rock, after Jack discusses how he developed the Trivection oven, GE ran an ad during commercial break to make sure the audience knew it was a real product, not something writers made up as a joke for the show. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tri…
Homemade biscuits rise higher in the oven when they’re touching. sallysbakingaddiction.com…
The word 'Biscuit' means β€˜cooked twice’ in French. Around 1690 in Reims (France), a baker wanted to make the most of the oven between two batches, so he had the idea of creating a special dough and cooking it twice. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bis…
There is a sabbath mode on ovens so that it meets the requirements of certain religious laws for holidays and days of rest. samsung.com/us/support/an…
Microwave ovens do not heat food by operating at a special resonance of water molecules. Instead, in a phenomenon known as dielectric heating, molecules in food rotate as they try to align themselves with the alternating electric field, colliding with other molecules and heating the food. wtamu.edu/~cbaird/sq/2014…
Microwaves are "non-ionising" radiation, meaning they are too low-energy to damage DNA. So your microwave could give you a nasty burn (enough to kill you, even), but only in the same manner as your oven. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mic…
Today I learned of mysterious radio signals, called "perytons", that mimicked signals from deep space but were detected only at Parkes Observatory in Australia. They were actually caused by opening a microwave oven's door early. nationalgeographic.com/sc…
One of the treatments for the Black Plague was to coat the victim in mercury and place them in an oven. historyonthenet.com/the-s…
The Lego set 10179 UCS Millennium Falcon spent a day in a sauna, since it couldn’t fit into the ovens used to quality check a product’s resistance towards sunlight lego.com/en-us/aboutus/ne…
The 1975 song "Someone Saved My Life Tonight" by Elton John is about his attempted suicide in 1968. He tried to asphyxiate himself with a gas oven in his home. John did not love his then-girlfriend Linda Woodrow and felt trapped by the relationship. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Som…
The inventor of the microwave oven only received $2 for his discovery aps.org/publications/apsn…
Stalin once sent 6,000 people to an island now known as 'Cannibal Island'. They were given no food except flour, with no ovens to make it into bread theaustralian.com.au/news…
The microwaves in your microwave oven only penetrate your food to about 1/2". If you are heating pieces bigger than 1", the inside heats at a much slower rate through heat conduction from the warm outer parts. That's why your food ends up burning hot on the outside and cold on the inside. genuineideas.com/Articles…
Some appliances, such as refrigerators and ovens, have a β€œSabbath mode,” that forces them to comply with the β€œHalakha” Jewish Law. products.geappliances.com…
In 2001, Bosch-Siemens tried to trademark the name "Zyklon" to use on ovens (Zyklon B is the gas used to kill over 1 million people in the "showers" in Nazi death camps) morningstaronline.co.uk/a…
There was an illegal crematorium disguised as a ceramics plant. It was discovered when a man calling in to complain about the smell said,"Don't tell me they're not burning bodies. I was at the ovens at Auschwitz." articles.latimes.com/1988…
Dutch Ovens "...were so valuable that wills in the 18th and 19th centuries frequently spelled out the desired inheritor." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dut…
It cost British taxpayers Β£650 to have the firefighters free a man who cemented his head inside a microwave oven for a YouTube prank! news.sky.com/story/youtub…
Today I learned about mushroom ketchup, the British ancestor of modern tomato ketchup prepared by packing whole mushrooms into containers with salt, letting the liquid from the mushrooms fill the container, cooking it to boiling point in an oven, adding spices, and straining it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mus…
The microwave oven was an accidental invention by researcher Percy Spencer. popularmechanics.com/tech…
No amount of radiation will escape from your microwave oven if you open the door without stopping it first - it takes just 64 nanoseconds to decay to 0.1% [PDF] emu.dk/sites/default/file…
Original Microwave Ovens were 6 ft tall, weighed 750 pounds and had to be water cooled to keep them from overheating. wired.com/2010/10/1025hom…
Sweden has oven 200,000 Islands, and Stockholm is an archipelago of fourteen islands connected by 50 bridges worldatlas.com/articles/w…
In the late 80's and early 90's McDonalds brought in the McPizza as part of their dinner menu. Customers who were used to fast service were irritated by the long wait times for made-to-order pizza and it was discontinued. Some franchises were left with pizza ovens they paid fifty grand for. money.howstuffworks.com/5…

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