Microwave Literacy Quiz
Demonstrate your knowledge of European domestic appliance symbols by answering the following questions. Refer to Figure 1.
1. Setting “A” is used to:
(a) Shower food with rain-like droplets.
(b) Grill/broil food using radiant heat.
(c) Form food into the shape of Devil’s Tower as in Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
(d) Heat food via microwave technology.
2. Setting “C” is used to:
(a) Heat food via microwave technology.
(b) Prepare for the arrival of bare-chested indigenous, tribal women.
(c) Grill/broil food via radiant heat.
(d) Engage serpentine evasion techniques.
3. Setting “C” is used to:
(a) Cool down over-hot food. Also called ‘toddler-assist.’
(b) Engage ‘four-leaf-clover-mode’ which increases the odds that a frozen meal will be edible.
(c) Cook food inside a windmill.
(d) Cook food via convection technology.
4. Setting “D” is used to:
(a) Enhance the aroma of food.
(b) Heat food via microwave technology.
(c) Automatically add three long hairs to food.
(d) Steam food.
5. Setting “E” is used to:
(a) Double the amount of food by circumventing the known laws of physics.
(b) Preserve food in jars.
(c) Both (a) and (b).
(d) Engage the rice-bowl force field.
6. Write three paragraphs on how Samsung’s patented ‘Slim Fry’ technology altered the eating habits of early 21st Century Europeans.
Bonus question: Describe the functions of the ‘crying asterisks’ and ‘glittery raindrop’ settings:
Solution Set: Currently unavailable as the microwave’s manual is in only French and Dutch.
For more thoughts on European home appliances check out this article from 2011 in Slate: We’re number one! But only when it comes to domestic appliances.