December 6 is Microwave Oven Day. It is a day to celebrate and honor the invention that has made the lives of college students, single people and over-worked parents easier, by making it convenient and faster for them to cook and reheat food.
It is unclear why the anonymous creators of the unofficial holiday chose this date to celebrate the common household appliance.
Heats by Agitating Molecules
Invented by American engineer Percy Spencer during World War II, a microwave oven uses electromagnetic waves to heat and cook food. The waves produce heat by agitating the water, fat and sugar molecules in food and cook it. Because of this, food tends to heat and cook faster and more evenly than other cooking methods.
A New Industry
Microwave ovens were first commercially sold in the United States in 1946 under the name Radarange. They rapidly became a coveted kitchen appliance and spawned a whole section of the food industry. Now, one can find ready-to-microwave meals and microwave cookbooks in grocery stores around the world.
Creating Equality in the Kitchen
Short cooking times also meant that women did not have to spend a bulk of their time in the kitchen and could use it to pursue activities that they previously did not have time for. In addition, microwave ovens also made it possible for men, who traditionally did not cook, to cook meals for themselves and for their families.
How to Celebrate?
Make all your meals and snacks for the day using a microwave oven.
If you are in the market for a microwave oven, today might be the day to bring one home?
Did You Know…
...that the Sun and Jupiter emit microwaves? Astronomers study them using radio telescopes.