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1945 Dr. Percy Spencer, a self-taught engineer accidentally melts a chocolate bar in his pocket while testing a new vacuum tube called the magnetron.
Sounds to me like Dr. Spencer could have used a lead pocket protector, but whatever — bless him, because on that fateful day in 1945, little could he have known that the microwave oven was born. Yes, the microwave – that ubiquitous kitchen countertop small appliance that’s in over 92% of households surveyed and, according to a Yankelovich Monitor study, is considered indispensable by 75% of us (second only to the automobile!), was discovered by accident. Oops!
Did you know?
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