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What Happens When You Microwave a Highlighter

by Paul Strauss

Generally speaking, it’s not a good idea to put things in the microwave that don’t belong in there. But that doesn’t stop the curious minds of people like us from wanting to see what happens to other stuff when you jostle around its atoms in the microwave. Take, for instance, office supplies – more specifically, a fluorescent highlighter pen. Well, ask, and ye shall receive…


This amazing image of an exploding highlighter was captured by Redditor opticreason, presumably for some optic reason, or maybe just for fun. Either way, he’s going to have a whole lot of fun cleaning out the inside of his microwave after this mess. Never mind the fact that the next time he goes to heat up a Hot Pocket or pop some Reddenbacher’s, his food is going to be hot pink. This makes me wonder what might happen if you microwaved some of those scented markers. Could you make food taste like other flavors? I always had a thing for the grape scent.

Needless to say, I don’t recommend that you try this at home. Your office, on the other hand…

[Reddit via Buzzfeed via Gizmodo]

Comments (1):

  1. Matt says:

    Here’s a video showing in real time what happens to highlighters in the microwave. Actually it’s three at once.

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