Mugs, microwaves, and Murphy

If you have one of those microwaves with a spinning platter, try this experiment:

1. Put some water in a mug with a handle.

2. Put the mug in the microwave; run it for a minute or two.

3. When the microwave stops, note the position of the mug handle.

If you’re right-handed, the mug handle will be at about 10 o’clock every time, the most awkward position for picking up a container of hot liquid.

You can’t reach around it without risking touching the hot mug with the inside of your wrist or forearm. You have to use your left hand.

(It’s possible this isn’t universal—it could just be me this happens to.)

14 Feb 2004

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