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December 2000 Issue

Be Micowave Safe When Zapping Water

Q. There’s a story circulating on the Internet about a young man who suffered severe burns to his face after a cup of water he heated in the microwave erupted in his face. Can this really happen? A. While we weren’t able to confirm this specific case, microwave experts have told EN that the severity of the scenario described is rare, but the phenomenon is indeed possible and is probably not an isolated incident. "It all boils down to bubble

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