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19 Somethin’ – Microwave Ovens

The 19 Somethin’ series continues. If you missed the previous articles, you can get caught up here.

Here are the next lines in the song:

It was the dawning of a new decade
we got our first microwave

It’s hard to imagine a world without microwave ovens now. But, I remember getting our first microwave oven in the early ’80s. It may be surprising, but the microwave oven was not an ’80s invention.
The first home microwave was launched in 1952 in the US. But, it did not catch on due to its hefty price tag, and due to the fact that it probably freaked people out. In the ’60s, several companies started producing the microwaves. But, nobody could still afford them. The prices started to drop in the ’70s, but it was still not worth it unless your name was Rockefeller. By the ’80s, normal people could afford to buy them – and soon, everybody was.

There was a learning curve though. Have any of you put something metal or aluminum in a microwave? it looks awesome, but probably not good for the microwave! And it became known that you shouldn’t stand near the microwave if you had a heart pacemaker. I wonder how they found that out! Well, if you wanted to knock off somebody with a pacemaker, the microwave would be very handy. It was also handy if you needed to get rid of a gremlin.

But, the microwave did make our lives easier. You could cook a lot faster.

The earlier microwaves usually had 2 dials, one for the cooking time, and one for the cooking power. Things are even easier today. The microwaves are mainly digital, and they usually have pre-programmed cooking options.

Now we just need something to automatically clean the microwave if you forget to cover something that explodes all over the place when you cook it.

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