Immune to microwaves?
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Mon Nov 23 12:01:13 EST 1998
On Mon, 23 Nov 1998 09:39:39 -0500, Robert Miller <stargazr at stc.net>
>My wife recently bought a second hand microwave oven that just
>happend to be infested with cockroaches. With one small cockroach
>in the cooking chamber I closed the door pluged it into the wall
>turned on the microwave oven. After a few minutes the cockroach
>appeared to be unharmed.
>I was trained in electronics not biology so I can not understand
>why this small bug would not appear to be effected.
>Can somebody give me the short answer why?
I believe this has been discussed in another newsgroup before, so I
repeat what I have heard:
The wavelength of microwave used in your standard oven is such that,
in order to be absorbed by an object and converted to heat, that
object must be of a certain, minimum size or mass. That minimum size
or mass happens to be larger than your average cockroach / ant / etc.
So, unless you are nuking a whole bowl of them, your roaches simply
wont get done in your microwave.
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