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Life IS history in the making. Every word we say, everything we do becomes history the moment it is said or done. Life void of memories leaves nothing but emptiness. For those who might consider history boring, think again: It is who we are, what we do and why we are here. We are certainly individuals in our thoughts and deeds but we all germinated from seeds planted long, long ago.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Ever heard of the Radarange?

Is it possible you could be preparing dinner in a new "Radarange"? Yes! If this were not the 21st century! Well, it was the beginning of the microwave! You know it had to start somewhere, sometime. But, do you know the facts about the first? They will somewhat remind you of the bulkiness of the first computer. Speaking of which...this is what it looked like:

The ENIAC was invented by J. Presper Eckert and John Mauchly at the University of Pennsylvania and began construction in 1943 and was not completed until 1946. It occupied about 1,800 square feet and used about 18,000 vacuum tubes, weighing almost 50 tons. Although the Judge ruled that the ABC computer was the first digital computer, many still consider the ENIAC to be the first digital computer because it was fully functional. Source: Computer Hope
Pretty scary, huh? Can you image the microwave in your kitchen being nearly 6 ft tall weighing in at 750 lbs? 
 http://www.boston.com/business/technology/articles/2012/07/02/raytheon_marks_90_years_with_challenges_ahead/
In 1947, Raytheon demonstrated the world's first microwave oven and called it a "Radarange," the winning name in an employee contest. Housed in refrigerator-sized cabinets, the first microwave ovens cost between $2,000 and $3,000. Sometime between 1952-55, Tappan introduced the first home model priced at $1295. In 1965 Raytheon acquired Amana Refrigeration. Two years later, the first countertop, domestic oven was introduced. It was a 100-volt microwave oven, which cost just under $500 and was smaller, safer and more reliable than previous models.
Like the computer, the microwave has come a long way, even to being assigned its own day of celebration. It would not only be difficult to imagine a home kitchen without a microwave but that also holds true for the fanciest of restaurants. From appetizers to snacks to main course meals to desserts, where would we be without the ease and convenience of the microwave!

December 6 is...
America's favorite snack: Popcorn
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What about homemade potato chips?
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Berrylicious Microwave Muffin in a Mug
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 3 Microwaveable Breakfast Mugs...
Celebrate Microwave Oven Day from your favorite breakfast bowl to mid-morning snack to a budget meal for lunch through your mid-afternoon break to your favorite microwaveable meal for dinner!

Is your mouth watering yet?
 


yum, yum, yum . . . yummy!