Microwaved Exploding Eggs Explained Using an Acoustic Experiment

An acoustics expert wanted to see if an exploding egg could produce a big enough bang to damage an eardrum, and why it detonates in the first place.

Updated On 12/26/2017 at 04:03PM EST
1:16 PM EST
M M aybe you’ve seen this on YouTube. A guy sticks a peeled hard-boiled egg in the microwave for a minute, pokes it with a fork, and — kablooey! The egg explodes like a high-protein grenade, sending a violent shower of crumbly yolk and quivering whites across the kitchen.