Q&A #5: Jolly Time
[Consider this a placeholder for long, rambling morning monologue]
I haven't forgotten your questions, you inquisitive kids. I'm just taking them a little at a time.
Both Peat and Bonnie ask:
What happens when you make microwave popcorn with the wrong side up?
In my never ending quest to answer every inane question that comes my way, I always go to the full extent of my abiliities. So, last night, I put a bag of popcorn in the microwave. Upside down. I do live the daring life.
Well, Peat, Bonnie and the rest of you curious cats, I can now tell you what happens. But I'm going to make you guess.
This is what occurs when you put an upside down bag of popcorn in the microwave:
- The bag explodes with such force that the microwave bursts into pieces, scattering shards of plastic, metal and glass throughout yourhouse, causing you to run for the phone and immediately dial the number for your attorney.
- A magic genie appears, but he's a dark genie and instead of granting wishes, he beats the shit out of you and then turns you into dust.
- An mysterious agent dressed in black appears in your house, admonishing you for not following directions and slaps you with a summons. You notice this is the same man who appeared when you wantonly ripped the tag off the mattress.
- Nothing happens. And I do mean, nothing. Apparently the instructions are written that way for a reason.
According to the nice lady from Jolly Time, a leading maker of microwave popcorn, the bottom of the bag contains a reflector that helps spread the microwave energy, which comes from the top of the oven, uniformly throughout the product. Turn the bag upside down and the popcorn will still pop, but it may take longer, and some of the corn may be dried out or scorched.
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