Saturday, April 11, 2015

You're messing with the radio astronomers! Stop it!

You're messing with the radio astronomers!  Stop it!  Researchers have discovered the source of the mysterious perytons that are plaguing radio astronomical research.  It's your microwave oven, when you open the door before it has finished cooking.  The oven emits a brief burst of 2.4 GHz microwave energy before the door interlock switch shuts it down.  Incidentally, that burst is also cooking you, just a tiny bit.

The solution is simple: don't open your microwave door until the timer has completed, or you have manually shut it down.  Now all we have to do is get 4 or 5 billion microwave owners to cooperate, and the peryton plague will be over...

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