Old white man of the day

After a long, tiring, stressful, day at work, many women grab a convenience meal out of the fridge and pop it in the microwave.

Isn’t it reassuring to know that Julie Anne Genter; her supporter, Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner, Dr Jackie Blue; and the rest of the staff at the old white men despising Human Rights Commission would not dream of doing any such thing as it would give tacit approval and thanks to the old white man who invented that useful little appliance in the kitchen? Quote:

What Microwave

The microwave is beloved for its speed and ease of use. But what you might not know about your indispensable kitchen appliance is that it was invented utterly by accident one fateful day 70 years ago, when a Raytheon engineer named Percy Spencer was testing a military-grade magnetron and suddenly realized his snack had melted.

Spencer was no timid lab rat. “Gramps was loud, wanted to make everything happen at all times”?so the inventor’s grandson George “Rod” Spencer Jr. told Popular Mechanics. “There were no ‘challenges,’ simply everything was a goddamn problem that needed to be solved. Everyone trusted him to do just that.

Growing up poor around the turn of the century in the wilderness of Howland, Maine, Spencer had little formal schooling and, unlike the millions of modern Americans who now heat up their lunch in his invention, often had to hunt for his food. Modern conveniences like the automobile and electricity were unfamiliar to him at young age, but he got into engineering anyway. […]

He joined the Navy and learned the new technology. Spencer would later explain, “I just got hold of a lot of textbooks and taught myself while I was standing watch at night.”[…]

In the ’20’s, Spencer became one of Raytheon’s most valued and well-known engineers. During World War II, while Raytheon was working on improving radar technology for Allied forces, Spencer was the company’s go-to problem solver. […] Spencer “had a knack for finding simple solutions to manufacturing problems.”

Spencer earned several patents while working on more efficient and effective ways to mass-produce radar magnetrons. A radar magnetron is a sort of electric whistle that instead of creating vibrating sound creates vibrating electromagnetic waves. […] At the time Spencer was trying to improve the power level of the magnetron tubes to be used in radar sets. On that fateful day in 1946, Spencer was testing one of his magnetrons when he stuck his hand in his pocket, preparing for the lunch break, when he made a shocking discovery: The peanut cluster bar had melted. Says Spencer, “It was a gooey, sticky mess.”

A story this good can’t help but change as it’s passed down over the years. Some tellings of the legend say it was a melted chocolate bar that led to Spencer’s eureka. But if you ask Rod Spencer today, he’ll tell you that’s dead wrong.

“He loved nature (due to his childhood in Maine)… especially his little friends the squirrels and the chipmunks,” the younger Spencer says of his grandfather, “so he would always carry a peanut cluster bar in his pocket to break up and feed them during lunch.” This is an important distinction, and not just for the sake of accurate storytelling. Chocolate melts at a much lower temperature (about 80 degrees Fahrenheit) which means melting a peanut cluster bar with microwaves was much more remarkable.

Understandably curious just what the heck had happened, Spencer ran another test with the magnetron. This time he put an egg underneath the tube. Moments later, it exploded, covering his face in egg. “I always thought that this was the origin of the expression ‘egg on your face’,” Rod Spencer laughs. The following day, Percy Spencer brought in corn kernels, popped them with his new invention, and shared some popcorn with the entire office. The microwave oven was born.

At this point you might be wondering: How did Spencer know cooking with microwaves was safe? According to his grandson, he didn’t. Today, we know that the low doses of electromagnetic radiation emitted by microwaves are generally considered safe. […] But back in the 1940s, this information was not available. “He didn’t care about that,” Rod Spencer says. “This was when people would wear nuclear stuff around their neck to get rid of cancer.? End of quote.