Physics

Microwaved exploding eggs make for an unusual acoustic experiment

Microwave ovens are often a fast way of warming food and have become a staple cooking appliance in both household kitchens and restaurants alike. If you have looked closely at the microwave's warnings or have experienced an accidental explosion, you know that certain foods pose a risk due to an increase in their internal pressure. Potatoes and hard-boiled eggs are among the most common culprits of potentially dangerous explosions. While both potatoes and eggs might explode, their mechanisms of bursting are different.