When the twins were two and a half, they put an eraser, a pencil, a can of cinnamon, and a plastic vial of red food coloring into the microwave, punched a few buttons, and then walked away. I was perplexed about the pervasive scent of burning rubber in the house until I discovered the contents of the microwave. And the vial of food coloring had exploded and bloodied the innards of the microwave. Ugh!! I guess the little partners in crime missed quite a light show.
Well, the guys are older now but not so much wiser when it comes to playing around with microwaves. Stephen wanted to show me what a CD looks like when it's briefly exposed to microwaves. The thingy sparks a lot, and the surfaces of the disk are fragmented (but in an aesthetically pleasing way):
Mark had to get in on the act by putting a dreidel thingy made out of aluminum foil into the microwave. He generated a big blue flame, which was quite spectacular.