• The word was first coined in 1931 meaning a "type of electromagnetic wave" with a wavelength between that of infrared and short waves (one millimeter to one meter). Micro means small.
  • Why do I call my Microwave oven Herbert? kind of looked like a Herbert! (I'm just kiddin around. It generates very short ("micro") radio "waves"...which excite the atoms of whatever food item or liquid you put in it, which makes them hot.

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