Burning Andrew Jackson

So it seems that when you place a new US $20 bill in the microwave, it explodes. Wonderful. The article claims that the explosion is caused by an rfid tag burning.

A quick google doesn’t turn up much info on this one way or the other. I can tell you that there is nothing to suggest that this isn’t the case. Actually, Tim tells me that the slashdot collective is surmising that this is simply a result of Andy Jackson is printed with magnetic ink. Stack up a pile of magnectic ink, inject high energy radio waves and suddenly everything you love is combustible.

Anyway, food for thought.

  1. Somehow I don’t think that $20 bills are the only thing those people wrap in tinfoil. I’m reminded of a few scenes from Signs.

  2. I was struck mostly at the number of twenties involved. I guess they have money to … err … burn over there.

  3. I just convinced our receptionist to put a new twenty in the microwave.

    Apparently it only works with a stack. No signs of anything with a single bill.

    It was still fun to convince her to try it atleast.

  4. It would seem to me that “Is that money burning a hole in your pocket?” would have been a better post title.

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